CMU Student’s Report on The Future of Work: Truckers on the Road to Automation

June 12, 2018
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The Future of Work Systems Synthesis graduate capstone class team, composed of five Carnegie Mellon University students, partnered with the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative to explore potential impacts to long-haul truckers and policy responses to automation in the trucking industry. The team set out to answer two primary questions:

  1. How might highly automated commercial vehicles disrupt the trucking workforce and long-haul trucking industry?
  2. How are states and state trucking advocacy groups responding to this potential disruption?

The next steps, concluded in the thesis, was that policy makers need to systematically manage the future of work for long-haul truckers through data collection. The data might include the exit and entry of drivers in the workforce, rate of displacement from automation and tracking new jobs created by automation. Data could also be collected on the drivers themselves, such as who leaves the industry and where they go.

The team concluded that regulators and policymakers need to focus in the short-term on understanding how autonomous technology will be used in the long-haul trucking industry. This will aid policymakers in being empowered and informed when developing policy on how autonomous technology will be used in the long-haul trucking industry, including performance, safety and workforce issues.

Read the full reports below:

Future of Work: Truckers on the Road to Automation Prediction

Future of Work – Truckers on the Road to Automation

 

CMU Students Research “Automotive Transportation Experience for Visually Impaired Individuals”

May 30, 2018
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May 2018

CMU students Sarah Papp and Ross Rybalov spent the spring 2018 semester researching Automotive Transportation Experience for Visually Impaired Individuals. The primary goal of this project was to increase personal agency and autonomy for persons with visual impairments through an improved transportation experience. They developed an in-car conversational interface to provide passengers with critical information and system controls to increase access and practicality for passengers with visual impairments. Learn more by viewing their final powerpoint presentation.

 

Students in Methods of Policy Analysis Class shared their “Spatial Mismatch” Research

May 1, 2018
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April 30, 2018

Undergraduate students Kenneth Wells, Jamie Slomka, Micah Rabin, Ben Kaplan, Mengjia Ren in Professor Branstetter’s Methods of Policy Analysis Class shared their “Spatial Mismatch” Research (jobs versus disadvantaged employees/job seekers locations). For this project they received technical assistance from Ngani Ndimbie, Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Traffic21 Program Manager.

Traffic21 Fellow Ngani Ndimbie Assisting with City Bike Plan

April 30, 2018
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April 30, 2018

Since March, Traffic21 Fellow Ngani Ndimbie has been interning with the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure to help complete Pittsburgh’s Bike Plan- a document for the public and other key stakeholders that explains the City’s goals for building out it’s bike network. This is the City’s first update since the 1999 bike plan.

Societal Consequences of Autonomous Vehicles Class Presents Findings to City

April 10, 2018
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April 10, 2018

The Heinz weekend course taught by Metro21 Director Rick Stafford, Societal Consequences of Technological Change: Autonomous Vehicles in the Central Business District, presented a summary of students’ findings to City officials and the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Recommendations to the City included curb mapping, a use tax on transportation network companies, and deploying an autonomous electric shuttle, among others.

Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson and Ngani Ndimbie Participate in Sustainability Week Panel Discussion

April 7, 2018
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April 7, 2018

On Saturday morning, T-SET UTC’s Chris Hendrickson & Ngani Ndimbie spoke at the Transit and Equity panel for CMU’s Sustainability Weekend. They were joined by 4 other panelists to discuss the current state of mobility in Pittsburgh, particularly for those with accessibility or socioeconomic challenges.

UTC Students and Staff Integral in WTS Pittsburgh Scholarship Gala

April 2, 2018
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UTC Students and Staff Integral in WTS Pittsburgh Scholarship Gala

On Thursday, March 15th, the Women’s Transportation Seminar Pittsburgh Chapter hosted its second annual Scholarship Gala and Fundraiser, and honored the winner of the 2018 Molitoris Leadership Scholarship.

WTS is an organization working to advance women’s careers through professional development and networking opportunities. While WTS International was established in 1977, the Pittsburgh Chapter was created in May of 2015 with help from organizers including CMU’s own T-SET University Transportation Center (UTC), Traffic21.

This year’s Scholarship Gala was put together by a planning committee of WTS members; all of whom were credited during the event. The planning committee included one of CMU UTC’s Women in Intelligent Transportation Fellows, Ngani Ndimbie.

Pictured clockwise from top right are Lisa Kay Schweyer, Allanté Whitmore, Karen Lightman, and Ngani Ndimbie.

Also representing T-SET University Transportation Center, Traffic21 from CMU were Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman, and Diversity in Transportation Fellow Allanté Whitmore. Allanté is a Ph.D. student in the Engineering and Public Policy Department and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with research interests in societal and environmental impacts of autonomous vehicles. She is studying under CMU faculty Scott Matthews, Costas Samaras, Chris Hendrickson, and Gabrielle Wong-Parodi.

Pictured above is Keynote Speaker Karina Ricks

This year’s keynote speaker was Karina Ricks, Director of Department of Mobility and Infrastructure for the City of Pittsburgh. Karina has been a collaborative research partner to CMU’s own T-SET UTC faculty research, playing an integral role in ensuring that UTC research efforts could be tested and deployed in the real world.

The winner of this year’s $2,500 scholarship was CMU’s Grace Taylor- an undergrad in the Department of Civil Engineering. The Molitoris Leadership Scholarship is awarded to female undergraduate students demonstrating academic strength and leadership skills, by taking risks and persevering to reach successful outcomes, in the field of transportation.

CMU Poster Session on Commuting and Public Transit Solutions

March 26, 2018
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March 26th, 2018
Six teams in the User-Centered Research and Evaluation (UCRE) class presented their concept posters on solutions to the commuting and public transportation challenges for CMU students. Taught at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, the UCRE class introduces students to the field of human-computer interaction; this year’s topic was on transportation, and what solutions might be needed if Pittsburgh’s Port Authority cut bus services. Team posters included ideas to subsidize UberPOOL rides, and create enclosed waiting stations with wifi and USB ports.

Transportation Club: Autonomous Vehicles and Equity

March 8, 2018
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February 26, 2018

At CMU’s Transportation Club, Margaret Edwards and Gaurav Gupte, two Ethics, History, and Public Policy students shared their capstone presentation: a report on autonomous vehicle and transportation equity in Pittsburgh. The larger team of eight students presented their work before the Pittsburgh City Council at the end of 2017. T-SET’s Chris Hendrickson also talked about Traffic21’s history and initiatives.

Women in Intelligent Transportation Fellow Speaking at National Bike Summit

March 6, 2018
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March 6, 2018

One of T-SET’s Women in Intelligent Transportation’s Fellows, Ngani Ndimbie, spoke on a panel called “Complete Streets in the Age of Automated Vehicles” at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Ndimbie was joined by representatives from BikePGH and Local Motors.

Three Penn Transportation Students Win Women’s Transportation Seminar Awards

January 17, 2018
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November 30, 2017

A record of three standout PennPlanning students won Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) awards at this year’s Awards Banquet. The three Penn Transportation Planning students shown above – Olivia Moyabed, Carrie Sauer, and Rachel Finfer – were honored for their dedication to accessible transportation, Vision Zero, safe mobility, and for helping students at the collegiate and high school level connect with transportation. Also pictured is T-SET UTC researcher Dr. Megan Ryerson.

Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge

January 17, 2018
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November 17 – 18, 2017

Mobility21 and T-SET UTC’s Stan Caldwell helped judge the Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge. This year’s challenge was on “The Future of Transportation Technology.” Winners of the challenge are students from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and are shown above.

Visit from Mifflin Academy of Science and Technology

January 17, 2018
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November 16, 2017

Members from the Mifflin Academy of Science and Technology and the Mifflin County School District toured CMU’s NavLab.

TRB Students of the Year

January 7, 2018
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January 6, 2018

T-SET UTC students, Max Li of the University of Pennsylvania and Amanda Johnson of Carnegie Mellon University, won the U.S. DOT’s Outstanding Student of the Year Awards. They were recognized for their achievements and accomplishments in the field of transportation during the Council of University Transportation Centers Banquet during the annual winter meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Research Assistant Represents UTC at TRB War Games

January 7, 2018
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January 7, 2018

At the 2018 Transportation Research Board Conference, the first ever ‘War Games‘ was held to bring together all types of transportation professionals and develop and understanding on potential trends and scenarios arising as new technologies come to market. CMU’s UTC was represented by Mobility21 research assistant Amanda Johnson who participated on the Department of Transportation team, along with nine others from across the country.

Amanda Johnson Participates in TRB War Game

January 7, 2018
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January 7, 2018

The 2018 TRB Annual Meeting hosted its first Strategic War Game, and a video has been released to summarize this year’s event. War games are fast-paced simulations involving teams that represent a market or customer, a set of competitors, and a series of other uncontrollable factors or entities. Amanda Johnson, student researcher for Traffic21 participated in this year’s event, saying it was “…a real fast paced high intensity exciting brainstorming opportunity that generated new and exciting ideas.”  Click here to view the video:  Video: Strategic War Games at the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting.

Heinz College and PennDOT Coordinated Facebook Live Interview

October 23, 2017
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Traffic21 research assistant Amanda Johnson, and Women in Intelligent Transportation fellow Ngani Ndimbie were joined by Secretary Leslie S. Richards for a Heinz College and PennDOT coordinated Facebook Live interview. Both Heinz students discussed with the Secretary their internships at PennDOT over the summer, and the importance of increasing diversity in government. Amanda and Ngani are both in their second year at Heinz studying Public Policy and Management.

2017 Women in Transportation RISS Intern

October 13, 2017
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Stephanie Milani was this summer’s Women in Transportation Robotics Institute Summer Scholar (RISS) intern, with funding from Mobility21. The Riss program is an eleven-week research program that allows undergraduate students to work on cutting-edge robotics projects in one of the top robotics for undergraduate programs in the world. Stephanie is currently a junior at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, and is studying Computer Science and Psychology. Read more about Stephanie’s RISS experience here.

UTC’s New Diversity Fellow

October 6, 2017
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Traffic21 welcomes its new Diversity Fellow, Allanté Whitmore. Whitmore is excited to finally be at Carnegie Mellon, where she says thirst for knowledge is encouraged and the interdisciplinary culture is powerful. While she’s a veteran to the field of engineering, she’s taking her first swing at public policy.