Heinz College Students Present Final Capstone and Thesis Presentations

May 15, 2022
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May 15, 2022

Students in the Heinz College MISM and MSISPM programs presented their final capstone projects and thesis presentations over the course of two days, two of which were advised by Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, and included clients from the US Department of Transportation, PennDOT, and Honda.

Women in Transportation Fellow Hajra Shahab Graduates and Awarded the Barbara Jenkins Service Award

May 15, 2022
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May 15, 2022

Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow 2020-2022 Hajra Shahab was the 2022 recipient of the Barbara Jenkins Service Award at the Heinz College graduation ceremony for the class of 2022.  The award is given annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated service to the Heinz College community and made significant contributions to the quality of life for residents in the Pittsburgh region.

The Future of Artificial Intelligence and the Workforce

May 12, 2022
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May 12, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University and CCAC hosted a panel discussion, “The Future of Artificial Intelligence and the Workforce,” which included speakers:  Mobility21 UTC partner and CCAC professor Dr. Justin Starr, Joel Reed of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, Michael Sebetich of Argo AI, and Mark Kamlet of Carnegie Mellon University.

The panel dispelled common misconceptions of AI and shared how to work symbiotically with AI.

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Appointed to IIJA Study on Impacts of AVs

May 4, 2022
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May 4, 2022

As part of the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act, Congress directed the Federal Highway Administration to conduct a study of the impacts of Automated Driving Systems (ADS) in consultation with a defined expert panel.  Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was appointed to this panel as a representative from academia and participated in the initial panel discussion today focused on ADS impacts on the roadway infrastructure.

UTC Researchers Participate in AFL-CIO Workshop at CMU

May 4, 2022
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May 4, 2022

The CMU Block Center for Technology and Society hosted a workshop on campus with the AFL-CIO Technology Institute and the AFL-CIO Industrial Unions Council to discuss impacts of manufacturing technology on the workforce. Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar make a presentation titled “Perspectives on Alternative Pathways for the Development of Autonomous Vehicles and the Convergence of Connectivity, Electrification and Autonomy” and other UTC researchers participated including, Nik Martelaro, Sarah Fox and Stan Caldwell. Mobility21 Advisory Council Member Amanda Ballantyne was also particpated and is Director of the AFL-CIO Technology Institute.

Stan Caldwell Appointed to the 100 Questions Initiative on Urban Mobility and Transportation

May 1, 2022
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April 28, 2022

The 100 Questions Initiative seeks to map the world’s 100 most pressing, high-impact questions that could be answered if relevant datasets were leveraged in a responsible manner. This domain is focused on identifying the top 100 questions related to urban transportation and mobility. This work is essential due to the need to steer the use of data more purposefully to better inform decisions on urban development.

The GovLab, along with CAF –  Development Bank of Latin America, the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), and the New Urban Mobility Alliance (NUMO) will collaborate in identifying priorities for the field by creating and sourcing a curated community of “bilinguals” from around the world. Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell was selected as one of the bilinguals and participated in the first panel discussion and formulated questions related to his UTC research.

Traffic21 Institute Launches New Donor Fund       

April 29, 2022
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April 29, 2022

The Director of the Traffic21 Institute, Chris Hendrickson is excited to announce the establishment of a new donor fund at Carnegie Mellon University to support the work at Traffic21.  “Since 2009, we have conducted research and partnered with the community and industry partners to produce mobility solutions that improve safety, equity and efficiency of transportation systems.  The real world impacts include applications of artificial intelligence helping feed kids during COVID, improvements to traffic signals which reduce emissions from vehicles and smooths motorists travel, and tools that save municipalities money on roadway maintenance.”

The Traffic21 Fund will help support the initiatives  including student education, workforce development,  research deployment, and technology transfer.  Stan Caldwell, Traffic21  Executive Director has helped several researchers transfer their work  into new products, services and companies.  “We are preparing the current and future workforce from high school students to Ph.Ds. with the tools they need to manage emerging transportation technologies.  In addition, we have supported researchers in spinning off seven companies who employ workers and support economic development in our region.”

We invite you to be part of the inaugural donor cohort supporting our work.  We will be recognizing this inaugural group of donors at our fall Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium in the fall of 2022.

All gifts made through this fund are fully tax-deductible.  Consider making your gift today, https://mobility21.cmu.edu/welcome-to-the-traffic21-fund-page/.

Association of Commuter Transportation Hosts 2022 Future of Commuting Summit

April 27, 2022
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April 26, 2022

Today, the Association of Commuter Transportation 2022 Future of Commuting Summit convened in Pittsburgh, featuring local leaders discussing Transforming the Steel City:

    • Kim Lucas, Managing Director, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh
    • David Huffaker, Chief Development Officer, Port Authority of Allegheny County
    • Chris Watts, Vice President of District Development, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and
    • Vincent Valdes, Executive Director – President & CEO, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.

Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer engaged the speakers in conversation as she moderated the session.

Over 110 participants from across the US, Canada, and Costa Rica engaged in the day’s events.

 

CMU Engineering & Public Policy Course Focuses on Transit in the City of Pittsburgh

April 26, 2022
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April 26, 2022

CMU’s Spring 2022 Engineering and Public Policy Senior Project Course was focused on transit in the City of Pittsburgh and culminated with a poster session highlighting five  group projects.  Mobility21 researcher Destenie Nock was co-instructor of the course and UTC researchers Corey Harper and Stan Caldwell served as advisors and provided feedback throughout the course and at the poster session.  In the photo is Professor Nock and Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure Acting Director Kim Lucas along with some of the students.

Federal Transit Administration’s Chief Innovation Officer Joins Remaking Cities by Design Dialogues

April 26, 2022
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April 25, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Ray Gastil of the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University hosted Federal Transit Administration‘s Chief Innovation Officer Karina Ricks on Remaking Cities by Design Dialogues.  Karina discussed new directions for local mobility and new insights since delivering her lecture on mobility justice with the Remaking Cities Institute in the fall of 2021.

Research Recap: Real-Time Traffic Analytics at Intersections

April 25, 2022
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April 25, 2022

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Srinivasa Narasimhan’s project “Real-Time Traffic Analytics at Intersections.” Recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report.

Pittsburgh’s Smart Loading Zones Launch Event

April 25, 2022
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April 25, 2022

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the ribbon cutting of the City of Pittsburgh’s new Smart Loading Zone Pilot Project, launched in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Parking Authority and Automotus.

Mobility21 researcher Sean Qian is working through a Department of Energy grant to evaluate this pilot.

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Paulina Jaramillo Authors Report for Transportation and Climate Policy

April 25, 2022
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April 25, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering Professor Paulina Jaramillo served as coordinating lead author of the transportation section of the newly released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report for climate policymakers.

“Our chapter includes several cross-cutting boxes, such as how changes in urban form would affect transportation.” – Paulina Jaramillo

Read the full story here.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Transportation Club Hosts Bike Ride

April 23, 2022
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April 23, 2022

Students affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon University Transportation Club recently participated in a bike ride around downtown Pittsburgh. The event allowed students to network with one another, as well as learn about the active transportation network within the city. The group biked for a total of seven miles, beginning at Hamburg Hall at the CMU Campus, then along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail towards the Strip District. The trail follows parts of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio River, and allowed the students to see a unique side of downtown Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Robotics Network Hosts The State of Our Autonomous Vehicle Industry

April 22, 2022
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April 22, 2022

Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Hajra Shahab and Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the “The State of Our Autonomous Vehicle Industry” event hosted by Pittsburgh Robotics Network.

Seeing industry leaders in the AV space coming together to discuss the future of this technology and the industry at large was an enriching experience. Hearing from leaders from Aurora, Argo AI, Motional, Waymo, and Locomation about the humble beginnings of this technology to full-scale commercialization and IPO listings speaks to how much the industry has grown in a couple of years. It was also quite interesting to see how each industry leader was or has been very closely affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University, particularly the Robotics Institute and University Professor William (Red) L. Whittaker who happens to have mentored almost everyone on the panel during their time at CMU. Professor Red also received the Pittsburgh Robotics Impact Award for his Leadership and Excellence in Robotics at the event.” – Hajra Shahab

2022 Pennsylvania Broadband Symposium

April 22, 2022
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April 22, 2022

Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at the University of Pittsburgh Mark D. Henderson kicked off the 2022 Pennsylvania Broadband Symposium by highlighting technology as the key to unlocking and participating in the economy.

Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman moderated the panel “Access and Technologies,” which featured:

    • Nathan Flood, President & CEO, KINBER
    • Sam Garfinkel, Executive Director, Meta Mesh Wireless Communities
    • Lance GrableDirector, Office of Planning and Redevelopment, Beaver County
    • Andy Stutzman, Project Director for Civic Technology, ExCITe Center, Drexel University

Learn about the symposium and watch the panel here.

Mobility21 Hosts PennDOT’s ‘Moving Forward with STEM’ Discussion

April 22, 2022
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April 22, 2022

The Mobility21 UTC hosted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Yassmin Gramian and other leaders in the industry for PennDOT’s ‘Moving Forward with STEM’ panel discussion.

Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, opened the event welcoming the panelists and attendees on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University.  He highlighted the university’s history in STEM and the UTC’s focus on workforce development.

Hajra Shahab, the 2020 – 2022 Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow then introduced the panel and the moderator for the event:

 

 

 

 

Panelists then shared their views on the importance of STEM, cultivating the next generation of transportation industry workers, and Pittsburgh’s leading role in the transportation revolution (through higher education institutions and transportation-related technology companies).

Additionally, the panel discussed ways to increase diversity and equity in STEM and the transportation workforce.

Over 100 national industry leaders from departments of transportation, intermediate units, school districts, higher education institutions, transportation providers, community organizations, industry as well as students registered for the event and participated by submitting questions for the panel.

You can view the video of the discussion here.

SWPA Connected Initiative Launches Connectivity Roadmap

April 19, 2022
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April 19, 2022

A briefing was held on Phase 1 Results of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Connected – Equitable Broadband Access Plan for local government officials and foundations who funded the plan.  Mobility21 UTC researchers Jon Peha and Stan Caldwell presented, highlighting the CMU faculty and student contributions to the planning process.

Professor Katherine Flanigan Introduces Sensing in CEE Project Course

April 14, 2022
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April 14, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and CMU College of Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor Katherine Flanigan is providing students with hands-on experience to solve complex problems in engineering by introducing the topic of sensing in her course, “CEE Challenges: Design in a Changing World.”

Burcu Akinci Named Head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

April 12, 2022
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April 12, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Burcu Akinci, Paul Christiano professor and leading researcher in the field of data-driven approaches to construction and infrastructure, has been named the next Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.  Read the full story here.

Metro21 Lunch and Learn: Monitoring Infrastructure

April 7, 2022
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April 7, 2022

Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman led a panel of experts to discuss challenges and solutions to current and future infrastructure monitoring.  Panelists included:

Mobility21 Highlighted to Visiting Delegation from Dortmund

April 6, 2022
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April 6, 2022

A delegation from the City of Dortmund, Germany visited Pittsburgh and CMU, hosted by the Scott Energy Institute, to learn about our work with technology in energy, transportation, food systems, etc.  Stan Caldwell presented an overview of Mobility21, and UTC researchers Don Carter and Ray Gastil presented their research associated with the Remaking Cities Institute.

CMU Adjunct Faculty Member Henry Posner III Is Making History

April 4, 2022
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April 4, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University adjunct faculty member Henry Posner III is making history with his railway, RDC Deutschland, to help transport Ukrainian refugees from the Polish border into Germany.  Read the full article here.

Mobility21 UTC Academic Partner Rahul Mangharam to Lead Autoware CoE

April 4, 2022
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April 4, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher, Rahul Mangharam from the University of Pennsylvania will be leading the Autoware Center of Excellence, with the objective of bringing together industry and academia to advance Autonomous Driving technology based on Autoware Open-Source Software.

“The Autoware CoE for autonomous driving was setup because we believe that all machines that move people and goods will have a significant element of autonomy. Our goal is to develop OpenAV software for OpenEV platforms. As electric vehicle platforms get standardized, we produce production-grade open-source autonomy software stacks for systems in logistics, material handling, cargo delivery, last-mile and closed-system transportation solutions. Our team of engineers develop the autonomous driving modules of perception, planning and control to lower the barrier of entry and expand the availability of autonomous driving capability for industry, government and researchers. The CoE is backed by the $14MM DoT Mobility21 National University Transportation Center and serves as a physical developer laboratory for over 60 Autoware partners, DoT projects and University of Pennsylvania’s robotics researchers.” – Rahul Mangharam

Read the full article here.

Mobility21 UTC Researchers Participate in NSBE 48th Annual Convention

April 1, 2022
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April 1, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researchers Dr. Destenie Nock and Dr. Corey Harper participated in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 48th Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA.  NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States.