CMU Team Paper Accepted to ICCV 2019

October 2, 2019
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October 2, 2019

Carnegie Mellon team, Lijun Yu, Dawei Zhang, Xiaojun Chang, Xiangqun Chen, and Alexander G. Hauptmann had a paper accepted to ICCV 2019 Demo Program at the International Conference on Computer Vision in Seoul, Korea entitled “Traffic Danger Recognition With Surveillance Cameras Without Training Data.”  More information about this project is available here.

Smart Mobility Connection Seminar with Pei Zhang

September 27, 2019
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September 27, 2019

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection seminar featured Pei Zhang sharing his research on “Incentivizing Vehicle Mobility to Optimize Sensing Distribution in Smart City Applications.”  He examined the utilization of existing taxi fleets to optimize both mobility and passenger pickup as well as smart city sensing. Pei showed his teams work through 50,000 collected taxi traces with 230 actuated routes in the city of Beijing, China. Watch this seminar here.

Mobility21 Spinoff, Rapid Flow, Wins Tech Startup of the Year Award

September 25, 2019
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September 25, 2019

Today, Pittsburgh Tech Council hosted their 23rd annual Tech 50 where they honor technology innovation in southwestern Pennsylvania. The council determines winners by growth in product, corporate citizenship, job growth and retention, industry achievement and innovative technologies.

Mobility21 UTC spin-off, Rapid Flow Technologies, was awarded Tech Startup of the Year! Rapid Flow Technologies is the commercialization of Surtrac (Real-time Adaptive Traffic Control). Rapid Flow Technologies is using technology to improve congestion, and shares one of their biggest achievements of 2019: landing their first international customers. Watch the full video here.

Christoph Mertz Featured on NPR

September 23, 2019
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September 23, 2019

Christoph Mertz, UTC Faculty, sat down with NPR station WESA to discuss his latest work using deep learning to develop an early-warning system to predict landslides. Using the same technology Mertz developed under the UTC, he is able to use computer algorithms to analyze, identify and calculate where a landslide is more likely to occur. Learn more and listen here.

FHWA’s Center for Accelerating Innovation Tours NREC

September 22, 2019
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September 22, 2019

The Federal Highway Administration established the Center for Accelerating Innovation to serve as the focal point for internal and external coordination for identifying and prioritizing innovations. The team held their Center of Accelerated Innovation Meeting in Pittsburgh on September 18, focusing on Pittsburgh’s innovation. For their agenda they teamed up with Mobility21 to tour the National Robotics Engineering Center to learn more about technology and initiatives being led at CMU.

CMU Transportation Club Kicks off Fall 2019 Semester

September 20, 2019
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September 20, 2019

The CMU Transportation Club held its first meeting of the new academic year today.  Mobility21 UTC Women in Transportation Fellow, Bonnie Fan co-facilitated the meeting.  Attendees included students from across the university  studying policy, infrastructure, architecture, and data.  The agenda included a review of data projects, a traffic management site visit, and the development of a mentorship program with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Women in Transportation Seminar.  In addition, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer provided an overview of the UTC and ways students could be involved.   CMU students interested in joining the club should complete this form: https://tinyurl.com/cmu-transpo-19.

Mobility21 UTC Faculty, Costa Samaras, Publishes Opinion Piece in NY Times

September 19, 2019
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September 19, 2019

Gernot Wagner and Mobility21 UTC Faculty member Costa Samaras published an opinion piece entitled “Do We Really Have Only 12 Years to Avoid Climate Disaster?”   The article reminds readers that the children and grandchildren of today will be managing the impacts of climate change for decades and centuries to come. Read the full article here.

Ding Zhao Welcomes CMU-Thailand Program Sponsors

September 18, 2019
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September 18, 2019

UTC Researcher, Ding Zhao introduced the Safe AI Lab lab to Mr. Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, president and CEO of ThaiBev, which is a founding industry sponsor for the CMU-Thailand program.

PennDOT, Carnegie Mellon University lead team on “Safe Integration of Automated Vehicles into Work Zones” for Demonstration Grant

September 18, 2019
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September 18, 2019

PennDOT’s submission to the Automated Divine System Demonstration Grant was awarded 7.5 million to develop a consistent approach to allow for automated vehicles to safely operate in work zones. The core team is made up of PennDOT, CMU, and PSU. Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar will be leading the Carnegie Mellon effort on the grant. To learn more about the research, team and proposal, read on>>

Mobility21 UTC Faculty, Sean Qian, Leverages Ride-Hailing Companies Platform

September 16, 2019
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September 16, 2019

Mobility21 UTC Faculty, Sean Qian, is developing a cyber-physical-social system that lets cities leverage the platform of ride-hailing companies in order to provide benefits for everyone in the transportation system. Qian will partner with the University of Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh on this research, which is being funded by the National Science Foundation. Learn more here.

Stan Caldwell Presents to National Association of College and University Business Officers

September 15, 2019
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September 15, 2019

Mobility21  Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, presented background information on Traffic21 and the Mobility21 University Transportation Center research to the the National Association of College and University Business Officers who are attending the 2019 Budget and Planning conference in Pittsburgh.

Smart Mobility Connection with Sean Qian

September 13, 2019
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September 13, 2019

Today, the first fall 2019 Smart Mobility Connection Series featured Mobility21 UTC faculty, Sean Qian. Qian discussed his work with helping Cranberry Township predict traffic delays in real time for 30 minutes in advance. The SMC was attended by Cranberry Township partners who presented to the CMU community why this work is so important and the positive impact it has had on congestion in Cranberry Township. Watch the video here.

Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, Keynote Speaker at PWX Expo

September 11, 2019
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September 11, 2019

Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson attended Public Works Expo in Seattle where he was a featured speaker, presenting his research entitled “Past and Future of the US Interstate Highway System.” The PWX Expo draws thousands of public works professionals from all over the world.

Mobility21 UTC Participates in the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit

September 9, 2019
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September 4-6, 2019

The Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit is the largest dedicated Automated Vehicle conference in the Northeast region, bringing together both public and private industries – and the Mobility21 UTC  students, staff and faculty participated, serving as presenters and session moderators.

PA AV Summit - Allante Whitmore Moderating a Session

Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar participated on a panel of CAV Testers during a Plenary Session. He was joined by panelists from AV companies Uber, Aurora, Argo AI and Aptiv.

 

During the Equity breakout session, Allante’ Whitmore, Doctoral Candidate and Mobility21 Diversity Fellow ,moderated a panel that included Corey Harper, Post-Doctoral Research Associate at CMU who works closely on Mobility21 research projects focused on equity and mobility.

Corey-Harper-PA-Summit

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager moderated a panel focused on Human Factors: Consumer Expectations & Education. The panel featured a variety of panelists from academic including Penn State and organizations such as AARP and Partners for Autonomous Vehicle Education.

Another breakout session entitled Energy Implications, featured Parth Vaishnav, an Assistant Research Professor at CMU, who joined panelists from PA’s Governor Office of Energy, Maryland SHA, Momentum Dynamics and more.

Mobility21 UTC academic partner, the Community College of Allegheny County, also had a presence at the summit as Bob Koch presented as part of the breakout session “Jobs for an AV World.”

Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, Stan Caldwell and Women in Transportation Fellow, Carlee Benhart were also in attendance, participating in the conference.

Ding Zhao: Making AI Safe for Autonomous Vehicles

September 7, 2019
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September 7, 2019

Mobility21 UTC Faculty, Ding Zhao discusses how his lab is developing better AI for safer autonomous vehicles. He discusses how he’s partnering with industry and government to save time and lives with AI. Watch the full video here.

UTC Faculty Discusses Tesla’s New Solar Rental Option

September 4, 2019
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September 4, 2019

Costa Samaras, UTC Faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering/Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses Tesla’s newly-unveiled solar rental option with Marketplace’s Jack Stewart.  Read the article and/or listen to the conversation here:  https://www.marketplace.org/2019/08/20/teslas-plan-for-solar-could-increase-competition/. 

Mobility21 UTC Faculty Lead DOE Team Improving Rural Mobility

September 1, 2019
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September 1, 2019

Mobility21 UTC Researcher, Sean Qian, is leading an interdisciplinary team from Carnegie Mellon University as they attempt to address rural transportation in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Greene County.  The team includes Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, UTC Researcher, Costa Samaras and Metro21: Smart Cities Institute Director Karen Lightman.

Working in collaboration with Greene County and Waynesburg University, the team from Carnegie Mellon University will test an innovative rural county mobility platform, with the ultimate goal that it can be replicated in other rural counties.

Sean Qian says this project has “the potential to advance the fundamental knowledge of how energy-efficient, affordable mobility services can work in rural America.”

Mobility21 UTC Researcher, Christoph Mertz, Presents at SMAR 2019

September 1, 2019
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September 1, 2o19

Mobility21 UTC Researcher, Christoph Mertz presented his UTC research at Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures (SMAR) 2019 in Germany. His talk entitled “Moving Beyond the Romans: Deep Learning and Road Maintenance” highlighted his research using machine learning to predict and prevent potholes and road repairs.

Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meet with Butler County Commissioners

August 28, 2019
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August 28, 2019

Mobilty21 UTC researchers Sean Qian and Stan Caldwell visited Butler County to meet with Commissioners Leslie Osche, Kim Geyer and county transportation officials to discuss transportation research and technology and explore potential collaboration.

 

CMU, OSU team wins first event in DARPA Subterranean Challenge

August 22, 2019
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August 22, 2019

In the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, Team Explorer, whose members come from Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University, deployed robots to autonomously map and search underground mines. Team explorer won the event by detecting and pinpointing the most artifacts. Further, In addition to being named champions of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge event, the team also was cited for “Most Accurate Artifact.”  Sebastian Scherer, UTC Faculty and an associate research professor in the Robotics Institute said that “Mobility was a big advantage” for the team. Read more and watch videos of the robots during the challenge here.

Results of 2018 Gates Foundation Visit to CMU Included in New Report

August 22, 2019
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August 22, 2019

During 2018, the Gates Foundation along with MetroLab (a Mobility21 UTC spin-off) sent a team to meet with communities, organizations and universities across the US to explore civic innovation.  In July 2018 the team traveled to Pittsburgh, and their visit included meeting with Mobility21 UTC leadership.  A year later, the team produced a report that recapped their findings called Exploring Civic Innovation:  Leading U.S. Approaches to Civic Data, Technology, and Engagement.  The Mobility21 UTC is highlighted in the report (pages 10 – 11) : EXPLORING-CIVIC-INNOVATION-Leading-U.S.-Approaches-to-Civic-Data-Technology-and-Engagement.

Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar Featured in RetroReport – Can We Teach Cars to Drive?

August 19, 2019
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August 19, 2019

RetroReport, an independent, nonprofit news organization, dives in Autonomous vehicle technolgy and how it gotten better in the last decade, and so has the hype. The report dives into how close we truly are to robots being able to drive people around safely. Mobility21’s Director, Raj Rajkumar, gives his thoughts on the obstacles that AVs have to overcome, including weather, traffic and pedestrians. Watch the full report here.

 

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ding Zhao featured in new video on Making AI Safe for Autonomous Vehicles

August 19, 2019
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Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ding Zhao discusses his research in new CMU College of Engineering video on Making AI Safe for Autonomous Vehicles.   Learn more about his research here.

Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, Presents at AASHTO Committee Meeting

August 15, 2019
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August 11-15, 2019

Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, presented his talk: Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future at the meeting of the AASHTO Committee on Construction in Franklin, Tennessee.

 

Harvard Business School case study on Testing Autonomy in Pittsburgh and its Connection to Traffic21 & Mobility21

August 15, 2019
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August 2019

Integral to the Harvard Business School case study on Testing Autonomy in Pittsburgh, was information shared by Traffic21 & Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, Stan Caldwell. The case study provided an overview of the introduction, evolution and lessons learned testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, presented in a way allowing fellow academics and city leaders access to this unique knowledge on autonomous vehicle testing.