Roads Australia Delegation Visits CMU

July 24, 2019
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July 24, 2019

Roads Australia, a delegation of Australian industry and government leaders traveled all the way to North America from 22 July – 2 August 2019 to explore Future Transport: Smart Cities. Their visit was designed to deepen their understanding of the progress, challenges and emerging trends in Regulatory and Technological Innovation around future transport and smart cities – more specifically, to learn about the latest strategies and solutions and how they might apply them in an Australian context.

One of their first stops in North America was Pittsburgh for a visit to Carnegie Mellon University to Meet with Mobility21. The Australian team was interested in meeting with key participants in the future of transportation, and Mobility21 was able to provide the delegation firsthand information on the types of research, partnerships and entrepreneurship that is happening in Pittsburgh through Mobility21 to enhance the future of transportation and mobility.

The delegation met with Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Mobility21; Aaron Steinfeld; Associate Professor and UTC researcher, Carnegie Mellon University and Griffin Shultz, CEO of a Mobility21 spin-off, Rapid Flow Technologies.

Roads Australia was eager to learn more about the beneficial partnerships created through Mobility21, the variety of research projects supported by Mobility21 and how the City of Pittsburgh is working collaboratively – not competitively – to build a city focused on mobility and innovation for all.

Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Mobility21 UTC, Participates at PennDOT STIC Meeting

July 17, 2019
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July 17, 2019

Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, is a member of the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC).  The STIC meets three times each year in Harrisburg so members can provide feedback on innovations in development, approve Innovation Development Summaries and Deployment Plans, and receive updates on STIC activities, including communication and outreach efforts.

Mobility21 Students Attend Automated Vehicle Symposium

July 15, 2019
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July 15 – 18, 2019

Throughout the week in Orlando, Florida, more than 1,800 leading researchers, regulators, technologists and decision makers converged to discuss the future of automated vehicles. Keynote speakers included Carnegie Mellon alumni and Aurora founder, Dr. Chris Urmson. Also participating in the event were Mobility21 supported PhD students, Allante’ Whitmore and Jake Ward.  The students represented Mobility21 research and development as well as collaborated with industry leaders on the future of mobility.

DJI visits CMU for RI Summer Scholars event

July 11, 2019
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July 11-12, 2019

DJI, a leader in commercial and civilian drone industry, visited CMU as part of the RI Summer Scholars (RISS) event program. DGI’s time on campus included meeting with leaders in robotics at CMU, providing attendees with demonstrations of their drones, and a drone flying contest for RISS students.  Mobility21 program manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, attended the event with PA Rural Robotics Initiative Director, Tim Heffernan.

 

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team won first place in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

July 5, 2019
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May 22, 2019

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team won first place in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year One Competition. This is the sixth consecutive year that Ohio State won an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition. The competition is headline sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and Mathworks, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory. Ohio State EcoCAR scored 887 out of 1,000 overall points. In addition to the firstplace overall finish, the team also won eight other awards including first place for its final technical report, its target market presentation, and its controls, systems modeling and simulation presentation. Learn more here. 

SURTRAC Featured in Ethical Corporation Magazine

July 5, 2019
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July 2019

Mobility21 funded research Scalable Urban Traffic Control (Surtrac) was featured in the July edition of Ethical Corporation Magazine. The article describes how cities like Pittsburgh are using the technology to improve vehicle flow, reduce engine idling and cut carbon emissions. Read the full article (starting on page 13).  

 

Students from PA Rural Robotics Initiative Visit CMU

July 3, 2019
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June 27, 2019

Today, 15 students from the Franklin Area High School went to Carnegie Mellon University for the day. The students, all part of the PA Rural Robotics Initiative, traveled almost 2 hours each way to get a glimpse into some of CMU’s programs and resources.

Organized and supported by CMU’s Mobility21 University Transportation Center and the Robotics Institute, the visit included:

  • A discussion of transportation & technology
  • An introduction to making traffic “smarter”
  • A tour of the NavLab where the students saw and learned about autonomous vehicles
  • A tour of the Field Robotics Center where the students learned more about aerial robotics
  • A networking lunch where the students met and talked with members of the 2019 CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars cohort

When asked what she thought of the experience, Grace said “I really enjoyed learning about the autonomous vehicles and our discussions with the summer scholars. Thank you, CMU!”

Tim Heffernan, the Executive Director of the PA Rural Robotics Initiative said “Although geographically Carnegie Mellon isn’t too far from home, sometimes these types of opportunities and institutions seem worlds away to these students. Having the chance to meet the summer scholars and interact with the world’s best in their professions will change how these kids view themselves and their futures. We couldn’t be more excited about, and grateful for, the opportunity that our friends at CMU have provided for these young people. Events like today have a positive impact on our kids and our region.”

In addition to the students and Mr. Heffernan, five chaperones accompanied the group:

  • Mrs. Jill Foys, Northwest Commission, Director
  • Mr. Trenton Moulin, Bridge Builders Community Foundation, Executive Director
  • Mr. William Vonada, Cranberry Area School District, Superintendent
  • Dr. Jody Strausser, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Associate Professor Computer Information Science, PA Rural Robotics 2019 Volunteer of the Year
  • Mr. Albert Abramovic, Venango County Commissioner. He said he was impressed with the day’s program and was grateful for the opportunity to join the students for the day.

One of the Mobility21 UTC’s focus areas is Education & Workforce Development.  Research and technology is only one half of the new mobility equations. The transportation industry is being deluged with disruptive technologies just as its current, aging workforce faces mass retirement. Educating, training and inspiring the currently and next generation of transportation professionals is critical to the success of new technology. Helping coordinate and participate in the visit from the PA Rural Robotics Initiative is one way the Mobility21 UTC is engaging the next generation of transportation professionals.

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In 2018, Franklin Area High School had four lonely VEX robots that students traveled around Pennsylvania and West Virginia with, searching for teams to compete against. Fast-forward to the end of this June and those four robots have 180 new companions right next door. Together they make up the Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative, a consortium of 11 school districts, one technology center, and an intermediate unit that all share a common robotics platform and curriculum. Twenty-five schools, covering five counties, have found like-minded friends in higher education, business and industry, state and local government, non-profits, and regional economic and workforce development that not only support their initiative but help it to thrive.

The Traffic21 and Mobility21 Institute’s leadership team have been trusted advisor since the conception of PA Rural Robotics and continues to look for ways to support their mission. Both faculty and graduate students from the Robotics Institute are working to bring CMU and these young STEM students together. PA Rural Robotics was also excited to find themselves partnered with a team of CMU undergraduate students as part of the 2019 Information Systems Spring Project. The Office of Outreach and Engagement have provided a menu of options that can further the CMU connections as the initiative grows. The most recent Carnegie Mellon connection was with the CMU CS Academy. PA Rural Robotics plans to introduce their member schools to the CS1 course and discuss the potential it could have in expanding computer science offerings within all of the member districts.

Mobility21 UTC participated in COMTO “Get Acquainted” event

July 2, 2019
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June 27, 2019

Katharine Kelleman, Mobility21 UTC Advisory Board Member and Port Authority of Allegheny County’s CEO and  Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of the Mobility21 UTC participated in the “Get Acquainted” and Pittsburgh chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials kick-off event.  COMTO is a national organization; the group’s mission is to “… ensure opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, veterans, people with disabilities and certified MWDBE businesses through leadership training, professional development, scholarship and internship funding, political advocacy, partnership building and networking opportunities.”

Scott Matthews, Mobility21 UTC Researcher’s Work Published in the Transportation Research Record

July 1, 2019
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July 1, 2019

Mobility21 UTC researcher, Scott Matthews and his fellow CMU researchers Vinod Krishnappa and Yi Liu’s work on “Data-Driven Analysis to Support Revised Tire Tread Inspection Standards” was published today in the July 2019 edition of the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Click here to read the article: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0361198119851456.

 

Mobility21 Exec. Director Participates in TRB Ahead of the Curve Subcommittee

June 28, 2019
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June 28, 2019

Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, participated today in the Transportation Research Board’s “Ahead of the Curve” Subcommittee at the National Academies of Science Keck Center in Washington DC.  During the meeting, members made final edits to the ‘Instructor’s Manual’ for this course, which was designed for transportation research managers including those at the state departments of transportation and University Transportation Centers.

 

Mobility21 Director Presents at CUTC Summer Meeting

June 25, 2019
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June 25, 2019

The Council of University Transportation Centers Summer Meeting was held in Norman, Oklahoma. The themes of this summer’s meeting included Preparing for the Mobility Future:  Workforce Development and Training Needs, Climate-Resilient Transportation Infrastructure, and Public-Private Partnerships.  Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, presented today on workforce development.

Stan Caldwell Presents on Technology Transfer at Annual CUTC Summer Meeting

June 25, 2019
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June 25, 2019

During the Annual Council of University Transportation Center’s summer meeting in Norman, Oklahoma, Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Mobility21 presented the UTC’s technology transfer plan, and how impacts and accomplishments are tracked. The meeting brings together the nation’s leading transportation professionals from academia and industry along with U.S. DOT and other transportation agency officials.

Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, Served on the Southwest Partnership for Mobility Advisory Council

June 21, 2019
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Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 UTC Executive Director served as a member of the Southwest Partnership for Mobility Advisory Council.  This month as a result of the council’s work, a report was released describing the challenges facing the region’s transportation system. Read the report and learn more about the council’s work here: https://www.paturnpike.com/yourTurnpike/partnership_for_Mobility.aspx.

 

The Hill District CDC Hosts Transportation and Mobility Community Meeting

June 20, 2019
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June 20, 2019

Mobility21’s Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated in tonight’s Hill District’s CDC community meeting on transportation and mobility. This was the first of many upcoming community engagement meetings where community members will have an opportunity to voice their concerns around bus routes, parking, sidewalks, and much more.

Mobility21 Exec. Director Participates in Public Meeting on Four Mile Run

June 20, 2019
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June 20, 2019

Stan Caldwell participated in a public meeting where the Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority presented plans for innovative transportation plans connecting the neighborhoods of Hazelwood, Greenfield, the Run and Oakland.

Mobility21 Exec. Director leads Workshop at PSPE Boot Camp

June 17, 2019
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June 17, 2019

Mobility21’s Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, presented a workshop entitled “Pittsburgh’s Evolution as a Smart Transportation Testbed” at the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers Bootcamp West. The bootcamps are designed for licensed engineers to gain a broad range of knowledge and make connections with experienced professionals.

Traffic21 welcomes Tessa Guengerich as CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholar

June 12, 2019
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June 12, 2019

Traffic21 welcomes and is pleased to sponsor Tessa Guengerich as part of this year’s CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program. Currently an undergraduate student at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, she arrives in Pittsburgh hoping to learn more about machine learning and programming and learn more about the implementation of robots outside of academia.  Tessa says she is excited to learn about things she wasn’t exposed to before (computational statistics and machine learning) and is also excited to be surrounded by other students from around the world.

Carnegie Mellon’s RISS Program is an eleven-week summer (June 1 to mid-August) undergraduate research program that immerses a diverse cohort of scholars in cutting-edge robotics projects that drive innovation and have real-world impact. Launched in 2006, RISS is among the best and most comprehensive robotics research programs for undergraduates in the world.

Mobility21 Fellow Attends ENO Leadership Development Conference

June 7, 2019
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June 2-7, 2019

Mobility21 UTC’s 2018 – 2020 Women in Transportation Fellow, Bonnie Fan, participated in the Eno Leadership Development Conference this week in Washington, DC.   Fan won a scholarship to attend the conference through the Council of University Transportation Centers.Photo of ENO Cohort

Eno is a non-partisan transportation think-tank started by William Phelps Eno, the “Father of Traffic Safety,” who famously invented the stop sign.  The Eno Leadership Development Conference is an opportunity for up and coming student leaders to tap into ENO’s strong network and leadership development programming.

Fan referred to the conference as “…something between a transportation policy crash course, a week-long networking session with industry titans, and a nerdy sleep-away camp for graduate students.”

Fan reported feeling intimidated at first but quickly started to feel at ease as the twenty students started discussing bike-ped access, VMT funding and then falling asleep to conversations about autonomous vehicle regulation. Fan noted that she learned just as much from the other fellows as she did from the sessions themselves.

The ENO learning experience is structured around a barrage of panels. Eno president Rob Puentes and Eno Weekly’s Jeff Davis provided high level insights into transportation industry trends and policy.

Photo of some ENO Fellows on Bicycles in DCThe panels balanced representation from different organizations – trades, DOT, associations, industry – as well as perspectives – political, federal, local, private. Each speaker also took time to illuminate the path they took and advice on how they got there.

The whole week’s events are considered “off the record” – which meant the panelists could speak very candidly.  The fellows learned more about the interplay between organizations, as well interesting disconnects.

Fan said one of her major takeaways was a desire to incorporate lessons and standards established in aviation around automation, operations and safety into other modes.  She is excited to take the lessons learned and connections made from this experience into her academics and work.

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Photo of ENO Cohort in front of the US DOT

Mobility21’s Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, takes part in ITS America Annual Meeting

June 4, 2019
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June 4-7, 2019

ITS America held their annual meeting in Washington D.C. entitled “Intelligent Mobility: Safer. Greener. Smarter.” Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, was there representing Mobility21 UTC research efforts. UTC spin-off, Rapid Flow Technologies, was an exhibitor, to showcase their Surtrac technology.

Mobility21 Researcher Participates in the Traffic Safety and the 5.9 GHz Band Conference

June 3, 2019
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June 3, 2019

Mobility21 UTC researcher, Steve Smith participated in a panel at the Traffic Safety and the 5.9 GHz Band Conference in Washington D.C. along with the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, Diana Furchtgott-Roth. The purpose of the panel was to provide examples of  Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Communications deployment.  Professor Smith highlighted research deployed in Pittsburgh connecting blind pedestrians to smart traffic signals.

CCAC Faculty Leads Transportation Discuss with Career and Technology Center Students

June 1, 2019
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June 1, 2019

Bob Koch from the Community College of Alleghey County visited the Western Area Career and Technology Center to discuss the career opportunities available in the transportation industry with their students.  The class, led by Koch, also discussed the impact these new technologies could have on the economy, and how do they see it impacting those living in a rural environment.

UTC Faculty Received Award from Office of Naval Research

May 30, 2019
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May 30, 2019

Venkat Viswanathan, Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and UTC funded faculty received a 2019 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research to research how to improve battery safety in low temperatures. Learn more about the award recipients here.

Comcast Leadership Tours NavLab

May 29, 2019
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May 29, 2019

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and UTC Researcher, Christoph Mertz led Comcast’s Heartland Regional Team on a tour of CMU’s NavLab. The Comcast leadership was interested in learning more about the research, development and deployment of Mobility21-led research in the region.

Mobility21 Welcomes New Women in Transportation Fellow – Carlee Benhart

May 29, 2019
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Mobility21 welcomes Women in Transportation Fellow for 2019– 2021, Carlee Benhart.

Carlee developed an interest in smart transportation, urban infrastructure, and transportation equity during her time studying Regional Planning at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While pursuing her degree, she undertook internships with the Indiana County (PA) Office of Planning and Development where she worked as the Indiana County WalkWorks community liaison to address the challenges of introducing alternative transportation infrastructure, and with Quaker Valley Council of Governments in Allegheny County, where she served as manager of an pilot online geographic information systems implementation for the rollout of a new municipal property and structure condition assessment. After graduating, Carlee maintained her professional relationship with the Quaker Valley Council of Governments to work on the Route 65 Corridor Study Multi-Municipal Project as a research intern.

She would like to incorporate a synthesis of technical and social science methods to improve the equity of all types of mobility. Upon completion of graduate school, Carlee hopes to work to improve the accessibility and integration of a spectrum of transportation modes with humans and the built environment. She is excited for the opportunity to hone her knowledge and skills in Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College Public Policy and Management program, and to continue her academic career in transportation planning and smart mobility as a Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow.

Learn more about the current Women in Transportation Fellow, Bonnie Fan, here: https://mobility21.cmu.edu/about/leadership/student-leadership/.

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The Traffic21 Women in Transportation fellowship provides financial support to an incoming female student who is entering either the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College MSPPM (Public Policy and Management) or MISM (Information Systems Management) degree programs. Female students who have demonstrated an interest and commitment to Intelligent Transportation Systems are eligible to apply for the fellowship. The fellow’s work supports the Mobility21 University Transportation Center’s activities.

Key Lessons in Urban Mobility Podcast Featuring Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell

May 19, 2019
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May 21, 2019

Stan Caldwell, Mobility21’s Executive Director, sat down with Ken Dunlap, Managing Partner of Catalyst-Go, a company that specializes in the autonomous technologies industries, to discuss urban mobility in their latest podcast.

The podcast entitled ““Key Lessons in Urban Mobility” explores a wide variety of topics, including how Pittsburgh has transitioned from an industrial city to one that competes with Silicon Valley for companies and talent.

Ken and Stan discuss the role of Traffic21 and Mobility21 in the transformation of Pittsburgh including the model of using seed funding from partners to develop, research and deploy technology in the city. Stan discusses how the formula has led to successful university-government partnerships and how these partnerships are helping the mobility of the greater Pittsburgh region and subsequently nation-wide.

The podcast then shifts gears to discuss the whole picture of Mobility21 and how the transportation center and the future of transportation is not simply about automation but rather using new urban mobility technologies to ensure that all, not just some, communities benefit. Stan describes the difference between Pennsylvania’s approach to automation and policy compared to states like California – and how Pennsylvania’s might be a better recipe for success.

Listen to the podcast to hear Stan share the lessons he and his Mobility21 colleagues have learned and are learning while research, developing and deploying technology in mobility:  https://www.catalyst-go.com/thinkingthroughautonomy/2019/5/24/stan-caldwell-lessons-in-urban-mobility.