Research Recap: Bus on the Edge – Applications

January 27, 2023
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January 27, 2023

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Carnegie Mellon University researcher Christoph Mertz’s project “Bus on the Edge: Applications.” 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.

CMU Robotics Institute Partners with Locomation, Zamboni and the Pittsburgh Penguins

January 27, 2023
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January 27, 2023

A student-led team from the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, AI on Ice, has partnered with CMU spinout Locomation, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Zamboni to add autonomous capabilities to a two-Zamboni machine convoy on the ice.  UTC researcher John Dolan, a principal systems scientist in the Robotics Institue is the adviser on the project. Read more here.

Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Jeremy Michalek

January 20, 2023
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January 20, 2023

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured  Mobility21 UTC researcher Jeremy Michalek.  He discussed his policy brief, “Uber & Lyft in U.S. Cities: Findings and Recommendations.”  Watch the recording here.

CMU Student Hannah Morin Shares EV Knowledge

January 18, 2023
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January 18, 2023

Mobility21 UTC researcher Jeremy Michalek’s second year Ph.D. student Hannah Morin, who studies Engineering and Public Policy and Material Science and Engineering, was interviewed by a Hudson High School student from Hudson, Ohio for his paper on electric vehicles, specifically the California 2035 all EV rule.

Stan Caldwell Attends Gubernatorial Inauguration

January 17, 2023
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January 17, 2023

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and CMU President Farnam Jahanian, who served on the Governor’s Transition Team, traveled to Harrisburg for the Inauguration Ceremony for Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis.

Mobility21 Women in Transportation Fellow Shares TRB Experience

January 16, 2023
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January 16, 2023

Mobility21 UTC Women in Transportation Fellow for 2021-2023, Maggie Harger attended the Transportation Research Board’s 102nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  The meeting offered her the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in transportation research, policy, and innovative practices from across the world.

Students at TRBMaggie reports some highlights of the event included remarks from U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm on the state of transportation policy in America, specifically the new joint office between the US Department of Transportation and the US Department of Energy.  Additionally, she was also able to view poster presentations from researchers in the field and attend lecterns on topics ranging from concrete modeling to autonomous vehicle policy.

Maggie and other students from CMU were able to meet fellow students involved in transportation at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as several CMU alumni who are now professionals in the field.

Experience at TRB’s Annual Meeting

January 16, 2023
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January 16, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University student & transportation club member, Brian Hsu attended the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“My experience at the TRB Annual Meeting allowed me to gain insight into the research happening in the transportation industry and into the inner workings of TRB. As a future roadway engineer, I was particularly excited to see the emphasis in roadway design on safety, complete streets, and human factors. I found the discussions about the AASHTO Green Book and how to effectively implement its guidelines to be very informative. I also learned about some fascinating alternative intersection designs. Through participation in committee and subcommittee meetings, I came to understand how TRB functions and what research is occurring. By attending the TRB Annual Meeting and engaging with the research community, I can improve my practice when I become a roadway engineer. Further, the meeting was the perfect place to learn about new research and to engage with knowledgeable students, researchers, and professionals.”      – Brian Hsu

Graduate Research Award Program Recognizes CMU Student

January 13, 2023
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January 13, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University doctoral student Yanyu Wang was recognized at the 2023 TRB Annual Meeting for her 2021-2022 applied research on airport and related aviation system issues to help the public sector improve the quality, reliability, safety, and security of the U.S. civil aviation system in her paper, “Proactive Improvements of Standard Taxi Routes in Airports Based on Reinforcement Learning and Data-Driven Simulation.”  Her faculty mentor is Mobility21 UTC researcher Pingbo Tang.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Welcomes Pohang City Delegation to Pittsburgh

January 12, 2023
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January 12, 2023

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance hosted The Pohang City Delegation, led by Mayor of Pohang City, Kang-deok Lee.  The main purpose of the visit was to establish partnerships between the City of Pohang and Pittsburgh, to discuss, explore, and collaborate around open innovation to drive future technologies, and extend regional collaboration opportunities (to the Asian market via Pohang City and to the North American market via Pittsburgh.) Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell presented on research, education and technology transfer activities of the Mobility21 UTC and the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute.

University of Pennsylvania Adds New Course in Machine Learning

January 12, 2023
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January 12, 2023

Mobility21 academic partner and UTC researcher Rahul Mangharam is offering a new hands-on first course in machine learning at the University of Pennsylvania, ESE3600 TinyML – Tiny Machine Learning.  Watch the course overview video here, or visit the course website for more information.

University of Pennsylvania at 2023 TRB Annual Meeting

January 12, 2023
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January 12, 2023

Mobility21 UTC academic partner University of Pennsylvania researchers and students participated in lectern and poster sessions throughout the 2023 TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC including:

Poster Sessions:

      • Investigating the Recovery of For-Hire-Vehicle, Taxi, and AirTrain at Two New York City Airports During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Xiaoxia Dong, Erick Guerra, Megan Ryerson
      • Mobility Disparities in Access to Early Licensure for Teens: Toward a Definition of Driving Training Deserts – Megan Ryerson, Jasmine Siyu Wu, Xiaoxia Dong

Lectern Sessions:

      • Is Automobile Congestion a Useful Measure of Transportation Performance? An Oxford-Style Debate – Megan Ryerson
      • Barriers and Facilitators to Participant Recruitment in Clinical Trials Involving Young Drivers and Their Parents – Thandwa Mdluli, Nicole Frager, Andrew Weiss, Catherine McDonald

Ohio State University Showcases Work at Poster Session during 2023 TRB Annual Meeting

January 12, 2023
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January 12, 2023

Mark McCord, Rabi Misalani, and Harsh Shah from Mobility21 UTC academic partner The Ohio State University showcased their project, “Vehicle Miles Traveled Monitoring of an Urban Network Using Bus-Based Video Imagery: Empirical Evaluation and Comparison with Location-Based Service Data Derived Estimatesduring a poster session at the 2023 TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Carnegie Mellon Engages at 2023 TRB Annual Meeting

January 12, 2023
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January 12, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University and Mobility21 UTC researchers, staff and students took part in several lectern and poster sessions during the 2023 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting including:

Poster Sessions:

      • Estimating Dynamic Origin-Destination Demand for a Multimodal Transportation Network: A Computational Graph-Based Approach – Sean Qian and Qiling Zou
      • Assessing the Impact of Communication Delay on Speed Harmonization of Connected and Automated Vehicles: Application of Markov Decision Switching to Field Experimental Data – Zulqarnain Khattak
      • Identifying Safety-Critical, Heavy-Duty Vehicles in Fleets with Complementary Vehicle Inspection Data Sets Through Cross-Database Clustering Analysis – Pingbo Tang, Chenyu Yuan, Ying Shi, Ruoxin Xiong
      • COVID-19 Public Transit Precautions: Trade-Offs Between Risk Reduction and Costs – Lily Hanig, Corey Harper, Destenie Nock
      • Calibrating Bridge Element-Level Condition Ratings Through Weighted Inspection Behavior Analysis – Pengkun Liu, Ying Shi, Ruoxin Xiong, Pingbo Tang
      • Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Autonomous Ground Delivery Vehicles – Thiago Rodrigues, Jeremy Michalek, Constantine Samaras
      • Should Ridesourcing Services Pool More Rides? – Matthew Bruchon, Connor Forsythe, Jeremy Michalek
      • Smart Curbspace: Estimating the Potential for Optimized Delivery Vehicle Parking Assignment to Reduce Double Parking, Congestion, and Energy Consumption – Aaron Burns, Jeremy Michalek, Constantine Samaras
      • Does Congestion Pricing for Uber and Lyft Work?: Effects of Chicago’s Downtown Zone Surcharge – Matthew Bruchon, Connor Forsythe, Charlotte Andreasen, Kate Whitefoot, Jeremy Michalek
      • What’s Driving Electric Vehicle Adoption?: Evaluating Changes in U.S. Consumer Preferences and Vehicle Technology – Connor Forsythe, Kate Whitefoot, Jeremy Michalek

 

Lectern Sessions:

      • Taking a Multimodal Approach to Equitable Bikeshare Station Siting – Zhufeng Fan, Corey Harper
      • Tools for Assessing Transportation Demand Management Strategies – Lisa Kay Schweyer
      • Bridge Management Models for Load Ratings and Repair Methods – Pingbo Tang
      • Using Automatic Passenger Counting-Automatic Vehicle Location Data to Improve Transit Reliability and Accessibility Analysis – Daryn Lee, Sean Qian
      • A Two-Stage Multi-task Learning Model for Proactive Non-recurrent Traffic Prediction – Sean Qian
      • Air Pollution, Greenhouse Gas, and Traffic Externality Benefits and Costs of Fully Electrifying Ridesourcing Services – Jeremy Michalek
      • Ridesharing the Wealth: Effects of Uber and Lyft on Jobs, Wages, and Economic Growth – Adam Koling, Daniel Armanios, Jeremy Michalek, Connor Forsythe, Akshaya Jha
      • How Clean Does the U.S. Electricity Grid Need to Be to Ensure Electric Vehicles Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions? – Jeremy Michalek
      • Exploring the Congestion, Emissions, and Energy Implications of Switching from In-Person to Online Grocery Shopping – Carlos Mateo Samudio Lezcano, Corey Harper, Destenie Nock, Gregory Lowry, Jeremy Michalek
      • Will Pickup Truck Owners Go Electric? – Connor Forsythe, Kate Whitefoot, Jeremy Michalek

 

TRB TDM Committee Hosts Lectern Session at TRB Annual Meeting

January 10, 2023
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January 10, 2023

The TRB TDM Committee hosted a lectern session today at the TRB annual meeting called “Tools for Assessing Transportation Demand Management Strategies.”  This session featured the highest rated TDM papers received by the TDM Committee including:

  • How Multi-worksite Employers can Use Secondar Data to Assess Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Opportunities (Bruce Batchelor, John Batchelor, Todd Litman)
  • A Stated Preference Approach to Measure Perceived Benefit of Drive-Alone Users toward Shifting to Park-and-Ride: An Indian perspective (Manaswinee Kar, Shubhajit Sadhukhan, Manoranjan Parida, Arpit Shrivastava)
  • Predicting parking occupancy for residential shared parking lots using deep learning methods considering COVID-19 Policies (Zhipen Niu, Xiaowei Hu, Mahmudur Fatmi, Shouming Qi, Dongling Wu, Shi An)
  • Simulation-based Analysis of Different Curb Space Type Allocations on Curb Performance (Thomas Maxner, Andisheh Ranjbari, Chase Dowling)

Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, the paper review co-chair for the committee, moderated the session.

TRB TDM Committee Thanks Mobility21 Program Manager for Efforts

January 9, 2023
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January 9, 2023

During the Transportation Research Board’s Transportation Demand Management Committee meeting, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer was presented with a certificate of appreciation for her work on the 2022 paper review process redesign.

Dr. Destenie Nock Joins Clean Energy Works Board

January 9, 2023
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January 9, 2023

Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Destenie Nock has been named to the Clean Energy Works Board, adding her expertise to guide strategies for accelerating clean energy upgrades where they are needed most.

Council of University Transportation Centers Holds Annual Winter Meeting

January 8, 2023
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January 8, 2023

Today’s Council of University Transportation Center‘s  winter meeting brought together the nation’s leading transportation professionals from academia and industry along with U.S. DOT and other transportation agency officials.  Raj Rajkumar, Director, Stan Caldwell, Executive Director and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of Mobility21 participated in the meeting.

Mobility21 UTC Honors “Student of the Year” Lily Hanig at 32nd Annual USDOT Awards Ceremony

January 7, 2023
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January 7, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University student Lily Hanig was honored tonight as Mobility21 University Transportation Center’s “Student of the Year” at the Council of University Transportation Center’s annual awards event.

2022 Students of the Year

Annually, the United States Department of Transportation honors the most outstanding student from each participating University Transportation Center for his/her achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. Students of the year are selected based on their accomplishments in such areas as technical merit and research, academic performance, professionalism, and leadership.

Picture of Lilly receiving her award from Dr. Firas Ibrahim, Director of the U.S. DOT’s Office of Research, Development, and Technology, and Caesar Singh, Director, University Transportation  Centers (UTC) Grants Program.
Lilly receiving her award from Dr. Firas Ibrahim, Director of the U.S. DOT’s Office of Research, Development, and Technology, and Caesar Singh, Director, University Transportation Centers (UTC) Grants Program.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute houses Mobility21, the National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility. Students from CMU, University of Pennsylvania, The Ohio State University, or Community College of Allegheny County were eligible for the Mobility21 UTC nomination.

Mobility21 team with Lilly at the Student of the Year Awards DInner

More about our winner:

Lily Hanig, the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility Student of the Year.

Lily Hanig is a Ph.D. student in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on analyzing transportation system equity during 1) disruptive events (e.g., COVID-19 and climate change) and 2) energy transitions. Her current work assesses long-distance coverage of electric vehicles (EV) chargers along corridors in the US and future work will look at siting of EV chargers at the community level to optimize for equitable distribution and low emissions. Lily is excited to be working towards a more equitable and decarbonized transportation system during a period of disruption by new technologies in the field.

In 2022, Lily won the Herbert L. Toor award for outstanding research paper submitted to the qualifier exam, “COVID-19 Public Transit Precautions: Trade-offs Between Risk Reduction and Costs,” and interned at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the Mobility, Behaviors, and Advanced Powertrains team.

Educating, recruiting and training new workers is critical to managing our country’s infrastructure safely and efficiently.  Mobility21 strives to help develop a transportation workforce capable of designing and maintaining the complex transportation systems of tomorrow.

Help us congratulate our 2023 UTC Student of the Year!

To learn more about the University Transportation Centers’ Student of the Year awards please click here.

Metro21 Executive Director Participates in CES2023

January 6, 2023
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January 6, 2023

At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman served as a panelist discussing “Smart Infrastructure: Building the Future,” and how planners are using sensors, data, analytics, and adaptability to create technological systems that will improve the day-to-day lives of citizens.

Research Recap: Rethinking Connected Vehicles for Spectrum Scarcity

January 6, 2023
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January 6, 2023

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Carnegie Mellon University researcher Jon Peha’s project “Rethinking Connected Vehicles for Spectrum Scarcity.” 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.

Rahul Mangharam Named Board Member of The Autoware Foundation

January 6, 2023
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January 5, 2023

University of Pennsylvania Mobility21 researcher Rahul Mangharam is kicking off 2023 as a new Board Member of The Autoware Foundation.  The foundation is a non-profit organization supporting open-source projects enabling self-driving mobility.

Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy Creates an Easier Path to a Tech Career

January 3, 2023
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January 3, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy has entered into an  agreement with Pittsburgh Technical College, allowing any CMU Robotics Academy graduate who chooses to enter Pittsburgh Technical College’s robotics and autonomous engineering technology associate degree program to receive a 12-credit exemption and save up to $4,000 on tuition.

Three University of Pennsylvania Students Win WTS Philadelphia Awards

December 20, 2022
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December 20, 2022

Earlier this month, 3 students from the Mobility21 academic partner University of Pennsylvania, were among the awardees at the WTS Philadelphia annual awards program.

        • Nata Kovalova, a Master of City Planning Candidate received the Sylvia Alston Scholarship Award
        • Bingchu Chen, Graduate Candidate at Master of City Planning/Master of Urban Spatial Analytics received the Circle of Continuity Award
        • Siyu (Jasmine) Wu, Master of City Planning Candidate received the Vision for Equity Award

 

WTS Philadelphia annually offers scholarships to advance the careers of individuals in the transportation industry. We accept scholarship applications from individuals who identify as a woman or gender-minority and are high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in transportation to attract, sustain, connect, and advance individuals’ careers in this demographic in the transportation industry. WTS develops and cultivates the next generation of a diverse and inclusive workforce, from students to professionals, and prepares these individuals to join and champion a more accessible and equitable transportation industry. Scholarships are competitive and based on applicant’s specific transportation goals, academic record, transportation-related activities, and other relevant skills.”

WTS Philadelphia
[L-R] Carrie Long (UPENN MCP ’18 and WTS leader), Nata Kovalova, Bingchu Chen, Siyu (Jasmine) Wu, and Megan Ryerson (UPS Chair of Transportation) celebrating our UPENN WTS Award Winners!

 

CMU Students Awarded 2022 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

December 19, 2022
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“Wenhao Ding and Jiacheng Zhu, Ph.D. students in [CMU UTC researcher Ding] Zhao’s lab, proposed a new method, Learning to Collide, to identify risky scenarios leveraging the reinforcement learning technique. This method builds a framework where the autonomous system is a victim attacked by the scenario-generation algorithm. … Ding and Zhu’s proposal, ‘Safety-Critical Scenarios Generation and Generalization for Autonomous Driving’ was awarded the 2022 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, which promotes innovation, execution, and teamwork.”  Read more here.

Rajkumar Appointed to PennSTART Operating Committee

December 16, 2022
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December 16, 2022

Mobility21 UTC Director Raj Rajkumar was appointed to the Pennsylvania Safety Transportation and Research Track (PennSTART) Operating Committee, which held its inaugural meeting today.  Funding for the PennSTART facility in southwestern Pennsylvania was announced by PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian in August 2022.