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.

Freight Mobility Research Institute Hosts 7th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region

March 25, 2022
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March 25, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Pingbo Tang‘s UTC research project, “Towards Data-Driven and Continuous Safety Inspection of Commercial Trucks and Trailers” was presented by his student, Chenyu Yuan, at the 7th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region in Boca Raton, FL.  The goal of the conference was to disseminate information about UTC research and encourage collaboration on future projects.

Research Recap: Synthesis of Research Results and Technology Trends to Inform Federal, State, Regional and Local Policies for Smart Mobility of People and Goods: Phase 3

March 25, 2022
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March 25, 2022

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Stan Caldwell and Chris Hendrickson’s project “Synthesis of Research Results and Technology Trends to Inform Federal, State, Regional and Local Policies for Smart Mobility of People and Goods: Phase 3. 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.

Mobility21 Participated in Fifth Annual WTS Pittsburgh Chapter Scholarship Gala

March 24, 2022
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March 24, 2022

CMU students Hajra Shahab, Maggie Harger, and Sreya Vangala, joined by Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated in the Fifth Annual Women in Transportation Pittsburgh Scholarship event.  Attendees enjoyed an evening of networking with current and future transportation industry professionals and leaders and celebrated their achievements.

Rail-Volution Hosts Webinar “Communicating to a Changing Rider Base”

March 23, 2022
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March 23, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Megan Ryerson from the University of Pennsylvania joined an expert panel in the field of transportation for a Rail-Volution webinar, “Communicating to a Changing Rider Base.”  The webinar addressed changing ridership patterns and priorities for transit service delivery.

Can Pittsburgh Have Mobility and Justice for All?

March 23, 2022
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March 23, 2022

Mobility21 Women in Transportation Fellow 2018-2020 Bonnie Fan, along with Paul O’Hanlon from the advocacy group Pittsburghers for Public Transit talked about what it would be like to create a more equitable transit system for everybody with City Cast Pittsburgh‘s Senior producer Megan Harris and newsletter editor Francesca Dabecco.  Read the report here or listen to the interview on Apple Podcasts here.

 

Utilizing School Bus Routes and Machine Learning to Deliver Meals to Families in Need in Award Winning

March 22, 2022
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March 22, 2022

Professor Steve Smith‘s Mobility21 UTC and Metro21 project, “Utilizing School Bus Routes and Machine Learning to Deliver Meals to Families in Need” has been named winner in the IDC Government Insights’ Fifth Annual Smart Cities North America Awards in the field of public health and social services. 

With 20 municipalities recognized, IDC said it demonstrates the commitment by local government officials and technology suppliers in collaborating to develop smart city initiatives for the betterment of all.

U.S. DOT RD&T Video Forum on Artificial Intelligence

March 21, 2022
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March 21, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation‘s University Transportation Centers  program as part of the Office of Research, Development and Technology, in collaboration with the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, hosted a video and discussion forum today, focusing on emerging technologies and research in transportation.

Mobility21 UTC researcher Steve Smith’s video highlighting the use of artificial intelligence to solve real-world transportation problems was featured during this program.

Access the forum recording here.

Smart Mobility Connection featuring Helen Loeb

March 18, 2022
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March 18, 2022

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Helen Loeb.   She discussed her project, “Self-Driving Technology and ‘Trust’ – Can a Driving Simulator Help?”  Watch her presentation here.

Pennsylvania Holds Legislative Hearing on HAVs

March 17, 2022
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March 17, 2022

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell attended a field hearing on pending highly automated vehicle legislation with the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee.  The hearing was held at the Westmoreland County Community College Advanced Technology Center at RIDC Westmoreland. Stan had the opportunity to meet with state legislators, as well as labor and industry officials to discuss his UTC research on emerging transportation technology policy.