• January 25, 2022 - Endgame: Decarbonization-How Do We Get There Features Mobility21 UTC Researcher - January 25, 2022 Dr. Jeremy Michalek, Mobility21 UTC researcher, Carnegie Mellon University Professor of Engineering and Public Policy and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of Vehicle Electrification Group joins a panel discussion on national decarbonization strategies for The Block Center for Technology and Society and the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

  • January 20, 2022 - Mobility21 Researcher Presents “Managing AI in Transportation” to DVRPC - January 20, 2022 Mobility21 researcher Stan Caldwell presented an overview of the Traffic21/Heinz College Executive Education Course “Managing AI in Transportation” to 35 participants from New Jersey and Pennsylvania at the quarterly meeting of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Transportation Operations Task Force Meeting.  This is a quarterly meeting that DVRPC facilitates to bring their various transportation partners together that provides an opportunity for agencies to coordinate and share information regarding their TSMO Programs, and share information about new and innovative technologies or best practices.

  • January 19, 2022 - 6th Annual Smart Cities Technology International Symposium Focuses on Infrastructure - January 19, 2022 Mobility21 UTC researcher and Community College of Allegheny County Professor of Advanced Technology Justin Starr participated in a panel discussion about the risks and security concerns where AI meets critical infrastructure at the 6th Annual Smart Cities Technology International Symposium. Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman also hosted a panel at the symposium entitled \"Smart Isn\'t Smart Enough - Redefining the Smart City Through Co-Creative Partnership,\" where the discussion focused on how the  pandemic has shone a bright light on the inequities that lie within our communities, particularly low-income communities and communities of color, and we must turn our focus to creating equitable and sustainable communities for all through co-creative partnerships between academia, government, non-profit and the private sectors.

  • January 14, 2022 - UTC Students Attend Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting - January 14, 2022 Students from 3 of the academic partners of Mobility21, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania and The Ohio State University  attended the Transportation Research Board’s 101st Annual Conference in Washington, DC.  The conference offers an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in transportation research, policy, and innovative practices from across the world. Highlights of the event included remarks from keynote speaker, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on the state of transportation policy in America, emerging challenges, poster presentations on a variety of topics including transportation demand modeling, automated vehicles, emerging technologies and lectern sessions on maintaining equity across transportation systems. The students also met for a networking dinner where they shared experiences working and learning about the field of transportation.

  • January 12, 2022 - Best Presentation Award at Workshop on Doctoral Research in Transportation Analysis, Planning and Policy Goes to Mobility21 Diversity Fellow - January 12, 2022 Mobility21 Diversity Fellow Allante\' Whitmore was selected for a Best Presentation Award for the Workshop on Doctoral Research in Transportation Analysis, Planning and Policy at the TRB Annual Meeting.

  • January 12, 2022 - Transportation Demand Management Showcase at TRB Annual Meeting - January 10 & 11, 2022 On January 10, Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer presided over the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Showcase at the 2022 TRB Annual Meeting.  The poster session highlighted new TDM strategies, advanced modeling techniques, and innovative visions for the next generation of demand management, both from employer and worker perspectives.  Schweyer is a new member of the TRB TDM Committee and she also participated in the committee meeting held January 11.

  • January 11, 2022 - CMU Block Center Highlights Work of Mobility21 UTC Researcher Sarah Fox - January 11, 2022 Mobility21 UTC researcher Sarah Fox and her colleagues were recently spotlighted by CMU’s Block Center for Technology and Society for their work on Hospitality Workers in the Age of Automation.  Read the full blog post here.

  • January 11, 2022 - Carnegie Mellon University Honored with the CUTC Technology Transfer Leadership Award at 2022 Winter Meeting - January 10, 2022 At the 2022 CUTC Winter Meeting and Awards Banquet tonight,  Carnegie Mellon University was awarded the Council of University Transportation Center\'s 2021 Technology Transfer Leadership Award for its efforts through its Mobility21 University Transportation Center.  Watch the acceptance video here. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) launched the Traffic21 Institute in 2009 with the motto of \"Research, Development and Deployment\" to connect cutting edge research being done at the university with \"real-world\" transportation practitioners and challenges they faced. With dramatic changes in the field of transportation driven by rapid advancements in information and communications technologies, CMU recognized that researchers doing work in transportation were housed in many departments of engineering including civil and environmental, electrical and computer, mechanical, systems, etc.  Furthermore, there were researchers from other disciplines including computer science, robotics, public policy, business, architecture and design, etc.  Therefore, CMU has kept this transportation research funding open to all faculty in the university. The technology transfer program is designed to: Reach out to public and private transportation practitioners to identify real-world problems. Share those real world problems with researchers. When there is alignment, connect researcher with practitioner to jointly scope out a research project that can be pilot deployed in the field. Identify research funding. Support the research and pilot deployment. In successful deployments, support transfer of the technology or policy research for agency adoption or commercialization. Support faculty with their spin off companies. Continue to re-engage with deployment partners. The program began in 2010 with seed funding from the Hillman Foundation, 12 researchers and 20 deployment partners. Researchers are supported by CMU\'s Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation and the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship.  In 2021 the Mobility21 UTC sponsored two Swartz Center Innovation Fellows who were working on spin off companies. By and large, what attracts entrepreneurial professors and students to CMU is a liberating technology commercialization philosophy.  This underlying philosophy, dubbed \"Five Percent, Go in Peace\" serves as CMU\'s technology transfer model and is the driving force behind Greenlighting Startups. Developed on the Carnegie Mellon campus, \"Five Percent, Go in Peace\" is a first-of-its-kind spinoff-model for academia that has, itself, become one of the university\'s great inventions. \"The goal of Five Percent, Go In Peace, was to create a transparent, expedient and easy to understand process that minimizes extensive negotiations,\" said Carnegie Mellon Provost and Executive Vice President Mark S. Kamlet. \"Through this unique model, we have simplified our approach to free entrepreneurs so they can do what they do best.\" There have been six spin off companies at CMU that were support by UTC research. With support from the US DOT University Transportation Centers program, CMU and its Traffic21 Institute has grown its original 20 deployment partners into a formal Deployment Partner Consortium with over 180 active public, private and non-profit members.  An annual symposium is held to continually foster the collaboration among students and researchers along with their research deployment partners. Deployment partners are invited to participate in a seminar series, the Smart Mobility Connection, held throughout the school year where research is highlighted and networking is enabled.   Partners are also subscribed to the Smart Transportation Dispatch which is a weekly email newsletter of transportation technology news from CMU and around the world. CMU has demonstrated the scalability of this model within the university through the growth of the consortium and its reach into students and faculty across the campus. Starting in 2015 CMU began applying this deployment partner model nationally with other UTCs.  Using the annual consortium symposium as a model, CMU sponsored the first National Safety Summit of University Transportation Centers in Pittsburgh, convening a national group of public and private transportation leaders to discuss real-world problems and inviting over a dozen other UTCs to highlight their research.  In the second year this event was moved to Washington, DC to further engage a national audience of partners and UTCs from across the nation.  CMU has hosted a total of six national summits under the themes of safety and mobility. When the US DOT UTC program required UTCs to develop and implement formal technology transfer plans, CMU’s Technology Transfer Plan was recognized by US DOT as one of two model programs and shared with other UTCs.

  • January 9, 2022 - Council of University Transportation Centers Awards Lifetime Achievement Award to Al Biehler - January 9, 2022 Former Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute Executive Director, Al Biehler was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Transportation Professional and Public Service by the Council of University Transportation Centers. As his nomination states: \"Al has had a long and distinguished career of professional and public service. He served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as well as having a lengthy career of service at the Pittsburgh region Port Authority of Allegheny County transit agency. He has been President of AASHTO and a member of the Executive Committees of both APTA and TRB. Al served eight years a PennDOT Secretary and implemented a Smart Transportation program which streamlined and stabilized the Commonwealth\'s transit program, accelerated PennDOT\'s highway project delivery processes, and ensured that highway projects became assets for the surrounding community. He co-founded the State Smart Transportation Initiative and currently serves on the Executive Board. After finishing his appointment as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Transportation in 2011, Carnegie Mellon was fortunate to attract Al as a Distinguished Service Professor and [the first] Executive Director of the...Traffic21 Institute.\" View Mr. Biehler\'s acceptance speech here.

  • January 8, 2022 - Mobility21 UTC Honors “Student of the Year” Rick Grahn at 31st Annual Awards Ceremony - January 8, 2022 Carnegie Mellon University student Rick Grahn was honored tonight as Mobility21 University Transportation Center\'s “Student of the Year” at the Council of University Transportation Center\'s annual awards event. 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. 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. Meet our winner: Rick Grahn, the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility Student of the Year. Rick Grahn is a research assistant working under Dr. Sean Qian and Dr. Chris Hendrickson in the Mobility Data Analytics Center. His research interests include shared modes and public transit, with a focus on how to best integrate new technologies to improve their efficiency, accessibility, and reliability in both urban and rural settings. Rick is looking forward to a career in research addressing sustainability and equity issues within the transportation system. He is also a registered professional engineer in California. In 2021, Rick published a paper in Transportation Research Part C and a paper in ASCE: Journal of Infrastructure Systems. 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 2022 UTC Student of the Year! To learn more about the University Transportation Centers’ Student of the Year awards please click here.

  • January 7, 2022 - Research Recap: Smart Glasses for Improving Mobility of Low Vision People (Phase Two) - January 7, 2022 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for Yang Cai\'s project \"Smart Glasses for Improving Mobility of Low Vision People (Phase Two).\"  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.

  • January 5, 2022 - TVS Motor Company Appoints Venkat Viswanathan as Technical Advisor - January 5, 2022 Mobility21 UTC researcher and Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Venkat Viswanathan was recently appointed as Technical Advisor for electric mobility by TVS Motor Company.  Prof. Viswanathan is also a technical advisor and Scientific Advisory Board Member at QuantumScape, a company developing next-generation solid-state lithium-metal batteries for use in electric vehicles.  

  • January 4, 2022 - Mobility21 Research Project “Safe Intersection Crossing for Pedestrians with Disabilities” by Steve Smith Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - January 4, 2022 Mobility21 UTC researcher Steve Smith\'s UTC project, \"Safe Intersection Crossing for Pedestrians with Disabilities\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the Research Roundup section.  Read the newsletter here.

  • January 3, 2022 - Stan Caldwell Awarded ITSPA Person of the Year - January 3, 2022 Traffic21/Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell received the Person of the Year Award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania.  Stan serves as a founding member of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Task Force with the vision of \"safe and strategic integration of UAS technologies in Pennsylvania\'s transportation system.\"  He also serves on the ITSA Broadband Deployment Task Force, the ITSA AV Safety Task Force, and is the chair of the ITSA Standing Committee on Emerging Technologies.

  • December 28, 2021 - Latest Consequential Podcast on Transit of the Future Features UTC Researchers - December 28, 2021 Public transportation is one of the most critical aspects of our infrastructure, but it is also one of the most imperiled and underfunded. This episode looks at how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan\'s historic investment in public transit and other targeted policymaking can build the transportation systems of the future, with guests and UTC researchers Stan Caldwell and Corey Harper, as well as Eric Goldwyn, and Anthony Foxx. Consequential is a Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University podcast that looks at the human side of technological change and develops meaningful plans of action for policymakers, technologists and everyday people to build the kind of future that reduces inequality, improves quality of life and considers humanity. In its third season, Consequential will examine how AI and machine learning will impact research practices and data collection, as well as the development and dissemination of knowledge. Topics will include combatting disinformation, the ethics of crowdsourced research, and representation in open source software development. Hosted by Lauren Prastien and Eugene Leventhal.

  • December 21, 2021 - New Policy Report on “How COVID-19 Affects Major Trends and Forces Shaping The Future of Transportation” - December 21, 2021 Stan Caldwell applied his UTC research on emerging transportation technology policy in support of a year-long advisory round-table exploring  “How COVID-19 Affects Major Trends and Forces Shaping The Future of Transportation” for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian.  CMU Heinz College Master of Public Policy and Management student Erick Shiring served as research assistant throughout the project to PennDOT Senior Policy Advisor and report lead Roger Cohen.  Mobility21 UTC research Professor Megan Ryerson from the University of Pennsylvania also served on this round-table advisory group and applied her UTC research. Research & Policy Papers - Traffic21 - A transportation research institute of Carnegie Mellon University - Carnegie Mellon University (cmu.edu)

  • December 21, 2021 - National Academies Releases New Report on Improving Safety of ‘Duck Boats’ - December 20, 2021 The National Academies released a new report on improving safety of ‘Duck Boats’ used for commercial passenger service, called Options for Improving the Safety of DUKW Type Amphibious Vessels.   The review of the report was overseen by Traffic21 Director and Mobility21 researcher, Chris Hendrickson, and Craig Philip of Vanderbilt University.

  • December 17, 2021 - Traffic21 Director Presents Keynote to Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) - December 17, 2021 Chris Hendrickson,  Director of the Traffic21 Institute and researcher in the Mobility21 UTC, presented a keynote talk on \"Recent ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering Editorials\" for the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) during the opening ceremony of the 21st COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals.  Watch the his keynote presentation here.

  • December 16, 2021 - Emerging Transportation Technology Trends Shared with High School Students and Teachers - December 16, 2021 Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 UTC Executive Director & researcher, presented a session on his emerging transportation technology policy research to high school students and faculty from suburban and rural school districts throughout western Pennsylvania.  The event titled Automotive Technician Scholarship Contest & Student / Instructor Transportation Update was sponsored by Bob Koch from Mobility21 UTC academic partner, Community College of Allegheny County and held at their West Hills Campus Automotive Technology Center.  There were 62 attendees, 39 of which competed for scholarships.

  • December 15, 2021 - Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman Redefines the “Smart” in Smart City - December 15, 2021 Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman\'s recent blog for Pittsburgh Region defines smart cities of the past, and provides a thoughtful path forward for more connected, equitable and sustainable cities of the future. Read the full blog here.

  • December 13, 2021 - Honda Visits CMU and Learns about UTC Research - December 13, 2021 A group from Honda R&D America visited CMU and met with various UTC researchers including Sean Qian, Stan Caldwell, Nik Martelaro and Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar.

  • December 10, 2021 - Research Recap: Development of a Safe, Profitable, and Fair Robotaxi Deployment Strategy - December 10, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for Ding Zhao\'s project \"Development of a Safe, Profitable, and Fair Robotaxi Deployment Strategy.\"  The 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.

  • December 9, 2021 - Mobility21 Presents at Transportation Engineering & Safety Conference - December 9, 2021 Mobility21 presented the Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference session “Welcome to the Smart Cities – Managing AI in Transportation.”  This conference session provided a preview of several topics included in the executive education session, including an overview of technology and AI impacts in transportation today, AI and predictive analytics and how to make a better decision with transportation data, and equitably applying AI for safe and efficient transportation.  Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 moderated the session.  The other CMU speakers included UTC researchers:  Sean Qian on AI and Predictive Analytics:  How to Make Better Decisions with Transportation Data, Allanté Whitmore on Equitably Applying AI for Safe and Efficient Transportation, and Stan Caldwell on the Technology and AI Impacts in Transportation Today.

  • December 9, 2021 - Heinz College Masters Students Present Capstone - December 9, 2021 CMU Heinz College Masters of Information Systems Management Capstone students Shiyi Liu,  Yanwen Peng. Jiaoying Mu, Kehan Li,  Yilin Hua and Zhenyuan He made a final presentation of their capstone project developing an automated truck departure user interface.  The client was Klara Oberhollenzer, Manager of Development Autonomous Truck Mission Control Product & Partnerships at Daimler Truck North America and the course advisor was Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Mobility21 UTC.

  • December 8, 2021 - UTC Researchers Attend ITS America Annual Meeting in Charlotte - December 8, 2021 UTC researchers attended the ITS America annual meeting in Charlotte this week.  CMU Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate and Swartz Center Innovation Fellow Matt Guttenberg presented his research with Professor Venkat Viswanathan on their INCEPTS software, which optimizes EV charging and is poised for commercialization.  Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell presented annual accomplishments of the Emerging Technologies Standing Committee to the ITSA Board, presented his UTC research in an executive session titled “Equity, Climate, Safety and Infrastructure for Automated and Autonomous Mobility Deployments” and participated in the quarterly meeting of the Smart Belt Coalition.   Watch Stan\'s panel here.

  • December 6, 2021 - Mobility21 Highlights the Work of Professor Steve Smith in U.S. DOT Video - December 6, 2021 Mobility21 UTC recently highlighted projects completed by UTC researcher Steve Smith for a U.S. Department of Transportation Forum on Artificial Intelligence in Transportation video.  The video focuses on key projects funded by Mobility21 UTC that Professor Smith implemented the use of artificial intelligence to solve real-world transportation problems.  Watch the 5 minute video here.

  • December 3, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Sarah Fox - December 3, 2021 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Sarah Fox.   She discussed her project, \"Centering Operators’ Perspectives in Designing the Future of Transit Work.” 

  • December 2, 2021 - Professor Lee Branstetter Presents His Work at the Heinz Informal Lunch Seminar - December 2, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Lee Branstetter, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University\'s Heinz College, presented his ongoing work \"Closing the Opportunity Gap Among Marginalized Students: Using Human-Computer Teaming For Motivational Mentoring and Content Tutoring\" at the Heinz Informal Lunch Seminar (HILS).

  • December 2, 2021 - CMU Students Share Final Capstone Projects - December 1-2, 2021 Students of the CMU Heinz College engage in semester long “Capstone Projects” to apply coursework to real-world scenarios.  Today, students shared the results of their semester long research projects during a poster fair.  The projects featured today included the following transportation related projects: Team US Ignite, advised by Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer Team Daimler Trucks North America, advised by Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell

  • December 2, 2021 - Congressman Higgins Discusses Transportation & Infrastructure with Mobility21 - December 2, 2021 Congressman Brian Higgins, member of the United States House of Representatives serving New York’s 26th congressional district, spoke to Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar, Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 UTC researcher Steve Smith, and Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman to discuss the broad array of federally supported intelligent transportation and infrastructure research at CMU.  

  • December 1, 2021 - UTC Researcher Appointed Co-Chair of PennDOT’s Advanced Air Mobility Subcommittee - December 1, 2021 Mobility21 researcher Stan Caldwell joined Joby Aviation’s Max Fenkell in co-chairing the first Advanced Air Mobility Subcommittee of PennDOT’s new Unmanned Aerial Systems Task Force.  The subcommittee is meeting to discuss potential initiatives to safely advance applications of this emerging technology in the Commonwealth.

  • December 1, 2021 - Research Recap: Analysis of the Potential for Micromobility to Replace Short Car Trips in Urban Areas and Impacts on Congestion - December 1, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for Corey Harper\'s project \"Analysis of the Potential for Micromobility to Replace Short Car Trips in Urban Areas and Impacts on Congestion.\"  The 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.

  • November 24, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Joins White House Office of Science & Technology Policy - November 24, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras recently joined the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy as Principal Assistant Director for Energy and Chief Advisor for Energy Policy.  Read the full press release here.

  • November 23, 2021 - Pittsburgh Coro Fellows Learn How Transportation Research Impacts Public Policy - November 23, 2021 The 2021-2022 Group of Fellows from the Coro Center for Civic Leadership (Pittsburgh) conducted an “Established Nonprofit Sector Leaders Interview” with Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell to learn how transportation research, education and technology transfer initiatives from University Transportation Centers impact public policy.

  • November 22, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-trucks [PISES]” by Venkat Viswanathan Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - November 22, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan\'s UTC project, \"Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks [PISES]\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the Research Roundup section.  Read the newsletter here.

  • November 19, 2021 - New Executive Education Program Introduced on ICT Policy - November 19, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Jon Peha announced a new executive education course on Information and Communication Technology policy to leaders in developing countries through the CMU Department of Engineering & Public Policy.

  • November 18, 2021 - Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Attends Western Area MASITE Presentation - November 18, 2021 Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow 2021-2023 Maggie Harger  attended the Western Area MASITE In-Person Presentation and Social  hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institution of Transportation Engineers, which offered networking opportunities as well as the chance to learn about mobility projects underway in the City of Pittsburgh.

  • November 16, 2021 - Dates Announced for 2022 Executive Education Program “Managing AI in Transportation” - Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy announce the dates for the 2022 executive education program, “Managing AI in Transportation.”  The virtual session will be held May 2 - 6, 2022. The program was developed by the experts at Heinz College’s Traffic21 Institute to explore critical areas that are required for breaking down public and private organizational barriers and understanding how managing AI can benefit key stakeholders throughout the transportation industry. “Since Traffic21’s founding more than 10 years ago, we have seen firsthand the various ways AI is impacting and improving transportation,” said Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Traffic21.  “From asset management to automated vehicles, the use of AI is transforming transportation sector, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to share what we have learned with both public and private sector managers to leverage the power of this technology and mitigate its risk.” Participants in the program will explore the impact of disruptive technology on transportation; AI in traffic control devices; AI in connected and autonomous vehicles; the role of AI in predictive analytics; AI in transportation asset management; the equitable application of AI for safe and efficient transportation; and how to develop and implement an enterprise AI strategy. The first program cohort competed the course in May 2021.   One participant reflected, “As a company, we’re always looking for ways to use new technologies to make our business better.  Better understanding what AI can and can’t do, what it needs to succeed, and ways of thinking about problems using an AI \'lens\' will all be long term beneficial.” Learn more about the session and sign up here. ****************************************************** ABOUT CMU HEINZ COLLEGE The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized gradu­ate-level institutions at CMU: The School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Pol­icy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, healthcare, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. ABOUT TRAFFIC21 Traffic21 is a multi-disciplinary research institute of Carnegie Mellon University. Its goal is to design, test, deploy, and evaluate information and communications technology-based solutions to address the problems facing the transportation system of the Pittsburgh region and the nation. Housed within the institute is the US DOT funded, Mobility21 National University Transportation Center. The Pittsburgh region serves as a “learning lab,” deploying solutions that can be applied around the nation and the globe. Traffic21 leverages Carnegie Mellon’s leadership in relevant areas such as intelligent transportation systems, smart infrastructure, cyber security, human factors, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and connected and automated vehicles.

  • November 15, 2021 - Özgüner earns IEEE Lifetime Achievement Award for Intelligent Transportation Systems Research - November 15, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher and professor at The Ohio State University Ümit Özgüner  was awarded the 2021 IEEE Lifetime Achievement Award for Intelligent Transportation Systems Research.  Ümit is active as Faculty Emeritus with Ohio State’s Electrical and Computer Engineering program and is current Transportation Research Center Chair in Intelligent Transportation Systems. He is also Director of the Crash Imminent Safety University Transportation Center.

  • November 12, 2021 - Open Energy Outlook Seeks Input from Mobility21 UTC Researcher - November 12, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Destenie Nock has been named to the Uncertainty Assessment team for Open Energy Outlook of the United States.  Her team, along with several others, is committed to formally advising the core team and participating in annual workshops to help set the research agenda.

  • November 12, 2021 - The New York Times Features Impacts of Ridesourcing Systems from Mobility21 Researchers - November 12, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researchers Costa Samaras and Jeremy Michalek, along with their doctoral student Jake Ward, discussed the impacts of ridesourcing systems, which was featured in The New York Times editorial.  Read the editorial here.

  • November 12, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection featuring Pulkit Grover - November 12, 2021 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Pulkit Grover.   He discussed his project, \"Towards New Accessible Neural Sensing Technologies for Portable Use During Driving.”  Watch his presentation here.

  • November 11, 2021 - Traffic21 Director Reviewing CUTC Doctoral Dissertation Nominations - November 11, 2021 Chris Hendrickson, Director of the Traffic21 Institute and a Mobility21 UTC researcher, is part of a panel reviewing doctoral dissertation nominations for the Council of University Transportation Centers\' Charles E. Wootan Memorial Award.

  • November 9, 2021 - Mobility21 Innovation Fellow Luke Lyle Shares His Experience - November 9, 2021 During Mobility21 Innovation Fellow Luke Lyle\'s time, he concentrated on developing a novel growth method for gallium oxide, a semiconducting material for high power electronic applications. This material is critical for developing renewable energy technology by increasing the efficiency of power electronics in electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar cells, and batteries. In addition to developing the growth method, he also participated in dozens of business lectures designed by the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. These lectures included topics varying from licensing intellectual property to budgeting and was also involved in one-on-one business mentoring with the help of an entrepreneur-in-residence. The largest portion of the fellowship was participation in the I-Corp program, where he spoke to over 30 different researchers, professors, program managers, business analysts, and scientists addressing the viability of gallium oxide-based electronics and common bottlenecks for other wide bandgap semiconductors. This portion was the most crucial to his professional development throughout the program as it gave him comprehensive understanding of the wide bandgap semiconductor market and informed which solutions to scientific problems are most important to commercializing gallium oxide-based devices.

  • November 9, 2021 - Research Recap: Joint Optimization of School Bus Routes and Last-Mile Services - November 9, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for Peter Zhang\'s project \"Joint Optimization of School Bus Routes and Last-Mile Services.\"  The 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.

  • November 5, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Launches Start-Up Company - November 12, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan and others have launched their start-up company Chement, a zero emissions cement production company that will allow for cleaner and cheaper carbon capture.

  • November 4, 2021 - Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium Held - November 4, 2021 The Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium kicked off earlier today with the Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar, providing a welcome and an overview of updates on activities and plans at the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center. The keynote speaker for 2021 Symposium was Yassmin Gramian, Secretary of Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Symposium’s first panel focused on Equity/Justice and Mobility.  The panel was moderated by Stan Caldwell and featured: Ben Bear, CEO, Spin Carol Lewis, Chair, Transportation Research Board, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Irene Marion, Director, Department of Civil Rights, DOT Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America The second panel focused on Environment/Climate Change and Mobility.  The panel was moderated by Chris Hendrickson and featured: Rachael Nealer, Deputy Director for Transportation Technology and Policy at White House Council on Environmental Quality Rohan Patel, Senior Global Director, Public Policy and Business Development, Tesla Kelsey Owens, Environmental Protection Specialist, US Department of Transportation The Symposium also featured 7 research and academic project presentations, comprising the UTC Academic and Research Showcase.  The projects allowed for a brief Q&A with the researchers upon the conclusion of their video presentation. Over 130 people from academia, government, community and industry registered to attend the symposium.  View the full list of presenters and videos of the sessions here.

  • November 4, 2021 - Leadership Pittsburgh XXXVIII Cohort Visits CMU Campus - November 4, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researchers and CMU faculty welcomed the Leadership Pittsburgh XXXVIII cohort to the CMU campus for their class session on infrastructure.  They participated in a program highlighting how CMU is leading new development of infrastructure technologies to encourage livability and sustainability (ATLAS moonshot) and is illuminating the social inequities posed by prior infrastructure decisions. Individuals in attendance included: Rob Hamilton, Executive Director, Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard Beth Larkin, Senior Vice-President, Michael Baker International Bill List, Director, Capital Markets Funding & Hedging, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh Karen Markle, Senior Development Consultant, ZMark Health Maisha Sturdivant, Vice-President, New York & Partner Plan Operations, Highmark Health

  • November 4, 2021 - CAMMSE Research Symposium Features Traffic21 Director as Keynote Speaker - November 4, 2021 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson delivered the keynote presentation during the Fourth Annual CAMMSE Research Symposium.  CAMMSE (Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education) is a Tier 1 University Transportation Center and a consortium of five universities, led by The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, each with programs in synergistic research, education, technology transfer and innovation on multimodal transportation planning, design, operations, and maintenance.

  • November 3, 2021 - Mobility21 Director Tours AV Policy & Research with Pennsylvania Legislators - November 3, 2021 Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar and Mobility21 UTC researcher Ding Zhao met with Pennsylvania State Legislators including (left to right) Representative Josh Kail, Senator Joe Pittman, Representative Natalie Mihalek, Senator Ryan Aument, and Senator Pat Stefano.  Rajkumar provided a tour of his level 4 automated vehicle and discussed automated vehicle-related UTC policy and technology research. Ding Zhao was able to give a demonstration of  an autonomous sidewalk delivery robot.

  • November 3, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council Holds Annual Meeting for 2021 - November 3, 2021 A talented group of national leaders comprising the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center\'s Advisory Council, assembled today for their annual meeting. Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar welcomed the group and provided an overview of updates of activities and plans. The remaining time was spent in roundtable discussions, where council members were joined by Mobility21 UTC researchers and focused on: Equity/Justice and Mobility Sarah Fox, CMU Erick Guerra, PENN Allante Whitmore, CMU Environment/Climate Change and Mobility Katherine Flanigan, CMU Corey Harper, CMU Jeremy Michalek, CMU Sean Qian, CMU The next annual meeting of the Advisory Council will be in November 2022. # # # The Mobility21 team is a tight collaboration among Carnegie Mellon University (Lead), the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County, and brings to bear the reach and scale of all four institutions. Tackling the multi-faceted nature of Traffic21 and Mobility21 objectives requires coordinated research, education, workforce development and technology transfer.  This work is supported by researchers spanning multiple disciplines such as engineering, computer science and robotics, public policy, urban design, information systems and data analytics. The distinguished Advisory Council of national leaders provides strategic guidance and counsel.  Advisory Council members include: Amanda Ballantyne, Director, AFL-CIO Technical Institute Raymond T. Betler, former President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation Rebecca M. Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute Robin Chase, Co-founder Zipcar, Veniam, NUMo Ty Gourley, Vice President of the Hillman Family Foundations Yassmin Gramian, Secretary of Transportation, PennDOT Charles L. Hammel III, President and owner, PITT OHIO Express Ashley Hand, Co-founder CityFi; formerly Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow for Los Angeles Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer at Port Authority of Allegheny County Jane Lappin, former Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Toyota Research Institute Ken McLeod, Policy Director at The League of American Bicyclist James A. Misener, Senior Director, Product Management at Qualcomm and former Director of UC Berkley PATH David Roger, President of the Hillman Family Foundations Paul Skoutelas, President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Public Transportation Association Kirk Steudle, Senior Vice President of the Econolite Transportation Systems Group and subsidiary CAVita, and former Director of Michigan Department of Transportation Vincent Valdes, Executive Director, Southwestern PA Commission Learn more about the Advisory Council members here.

  • November 2, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Erick Guerra Discusses Dynamic-Priced Parking with Axios - November 2, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher and University of Pennsylvania professor Erick Guerra provided his expertise to Axios on the possibilities of dynamic-priced parking in Philadelphia.  Read the full article here.

  • October 29, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection featuring Keith Redmill and Ekim Yurtsever - October 29, 2021 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researchers Keith Redmill and Ekim Yurtsever.   They discussed their project, \"End-to-End Driving Automation with Deep Reinforcement Learning: Challenges and Promises.”  Watch their presentation here.

  • October 27, 2021 - AFL-CIO Technology Institute Director Amanda Ballantyne Joins Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council - October 27, 2021 AFL-CIO Technology Institute Director Amanda Ballantyne is the newest member of the Mobility21 University Transportation Center (UTC) Advisory Council.   The Advisory Council is comprised of national leaders that provide strategic guidance and counsel for the UTC.

  • October 26, 2021 - Research Recap: Smart Right-of-Way Permitting System for the City of Pittsburgh: Coordination, Pricing and Enforcement - October 26, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for Sean Qian\'s project \"Smart Right-of-Way Permitting System for the City of Pittsburgh: Coordination, Pricing and Enforcement.\"  The 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.

  • October 25, 2021 - CMU College of Engineering ATLAS Awards Announced - October 25, 2021 The CMU Autonomous Technologies for Livability And Sustainability Planning Grant for Engineering Research Centers recently announced their Year 2 award winners, including projects featuring several Mobility21 UTC researchers (listed in green): Pingbo Tang, Burcu Akinci, Yorie Nakahira - Self-diagnosing and predictive control coupling human-building systems with partial and noisy human being interaction logs in building automation systems Corey Harper, Jeremy Michalek, Ding Zhao, Gregg Lowry, Destenie Nock, Costas Samaras, Daniel Armanios - A digital twin virtual testbed for sustainable and equitable autonomous food delivery Matteo Pozzi, Jeremy Michalek - Equitable ridepool using autonomous electric vehicle fleets with community driven stops Soummya Kar, Mario Berges - Energy efficient community connected buildings

  • October 25, 2021 - Remaking Cities Institute Hosts Karina Ricks to Discuss “Taking Care: Towards Mobility Justice” - October 25, 2021 The Remaking Cities Institute in the CMU School of Architecture hosted Karina Ricks, Acting Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation with the Federal Transit Administration to lead a talk  focused on the connection between transportation mobility and social mobility, underscoring the importance of connecting communities to better opportunities through better access to transit and other forms of mobility.   She presented this as part of a larger social context in which innovation\'s greatest value would come with a full reckoning of how to better measure access to mobility and its impact on people\'s lives. In a lively Q&A that followed the talk, Karina responded to questions about the future of more diverse leadership in transportation, the importance of respecting lived experience in shaping future transit and mobility options, with comments and questions from CMU students, faculty, and recent graduates, including former Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Ngani Ndimbie. 

  • October 21, 2021 - Local Government Commission Hosts Inaugural Symposium - October 21, 2021 Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell moderated a panel alongside Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman at the Inaugural Local Government Commission Symposium to discuss \"Solving Real-World Problems through Collaboration and Innovation with Municipal and Equity Partners\" and featured: Kimberly Lucas, Acting Director, Department of Mobility & Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh Kelly Maurer, Director of Public Works, Cranberry Township View all of the presentations from the symposium here.

  • October 18, 2021 - CMU US Ignite Capstone Team Presents Mid-Term Update - October 18, 2021 Today, the CMU US Ignite student Capstone Team (Brittany Pruitt, Dillon Cox, Mika Ansley, Gisselt Gomez, Roy Wang and Sophie Abo, advised by Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer) presented their mid-term update to the client and advisors.  The class gave this presentation to provide updates and gather feedback from attendees.  The team will be completing their work by the end of the semester.

  • October 15, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researchers Host Education Classes at Embedded Systems Week 2021 - October 15, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researchers Dr. Rahul Mangharam and Dr. Johannes Betz of the University of Pennsylvania participated in Embedded Systems Week (ESWeek) 2021.  ESWEEK is piloting a new education track, where in, top researchers in the world teach 2-hour topical class on emerging/newer, but well established embedded systems concepts, tools and methods that are not readily available in textbooks in an exciting, engaging and hands-on way to students across the globe.  View their presentation here.

  • October 12, 2021 - Research Recap: Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks (PISES) II - October 12, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for Venkat Viswanathan\'s project \"Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks (PISES) II.\"  The 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.

  • October 12, 2021 - Mobility21 Supports Student Capstone with Daimler Trucks - October 12, 2021 CMU Heinz College Masters of Information Systems Management students Shiyi Liu, Jioaying Mu, Kihan Li, Yanwen Peng, Yilin Hua, Zhenyuan He, along with their advisor Stan Caldwell from Mobility21, presented midterm capstone project results.  Attending the presentation were clients from Daimler Trucks North America and Torc Robotics who provided feedback on student plans for an automated truck departure approval application.

  • October 8, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Destenie Nock - October 8, 2021 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Dr. Destenie Nock.   She discussed her project, \"Transportation Implications from COVID-19: Food Delivery and Public Transport.” Watch her presentation here.

  • October 7, 2021 - Ray Gastil Presents “Green Cities: Pittsburgh” - October 7, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher and Carnegie Mellon University Remaking Cities Institute Director Ray Gastil presented \"Green Cities: Pittsburgh\" in the Green Cities 2021 Series with the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanism.

  • October 4, 2021 - Chris Hendrickson Re-Appointed to the TRB Executive Committee - October 1, 2021 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson has been re-appointed to the Transportation Research Board\'s Executive Committee for 2022-2025.  The Executive Committee is the senior policy body of TRB.

  • October 1, 2021 - Traffic21 Releases Policy Brief on Driver Warning Technologies and Partial Vehicle Automation - October 1, 2021 Traffic21 researchers released their latest policy brief, \"Driver Warning Technologies and Partial Vehicle Automation: Save Lives and Money,\" authored by Stan Caldwell, Chris Hendrickson, Corey Harper and Costa Samaras.   The brief reviews empirical data on changes in crash frequency and severity with driver warning technologies and partial automation; provides estimates of benefits, costs and lives saved; and concludes with policy recommendations.

  • October 1, 2021 - CCAC Hosts Odyssey Day - October 1, 2021 Mobility21 UTC academic partner Community College of Allegheny County hosted over 75 people at their 12th annual “Odyssey Day,” working with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) to promote alternative fuel options for transportation.  35 automotive students had an opportunity to listen to speakers, visit with vendors and ask questions about alternative fuels.

  • October 1, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Dr. Justin Starr Named Engineering Unleashed Fellow - October 1, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher and assistant professor of Mechatronics at CCAC Dr. Justin Starr has been named Engineering Unleashed Fellow.  The designation recognizes leadership in undergraduate engineering education. Each fellowship is accompanied by recognition, advanced project work, funding and community with other Fellows. Read the full story here.

  • October 1, 2021 - What Can We Learn From Autonomous Racing? - October 1, 2021 Faculty and students from the Mobility21 academic partner University of Pennsylvania\'s F1Tenth team presented their work at the Fall 2021 GRASP Seminar.  Their talk explores how to get involved in very exciting research on safe autonomous systems.  Watch the full presentation here.

  • October 1, 2021 - Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Hajra Shahab Attends Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration - October 1, 2021 Women in Transportation Fellow Hajra Shahab participated in the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC).  The GHC is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists.  Hajra says that from a stellar speaker line-up to a packed career fair, \"GHC is THE place for women interested in exploring a career in tech.\" The conference focused on several tech tracks including Artificial Intelligence,  Computer Systems Engineering, Product Management, Data Science and many more. Below is Hajra\'s experience at GHC, and her suggestions for others who plan to attend this conference in future years. Prepare Resume Hajra shared that \"As there are multiple tracks, one can easily get lost in their job/internship hunt search at GHC and so did I.\" She was advised to start well in advance by going over the list of companies participating in the conference and identifying tracks that she would want to focus on.  She shaped her resume accordingly and created different versions, for example, product management and software engineering.  She suggests that for others who attend... DON\'T forget to submit your resume on the portal once you seek feedback from your peers and mentors.  She also says to keep an eye on all GHC related emails and conference-specifically the newsletters. Participate in Career Fair Apart from preparing her resume, Hajra started early by going through the list of companies participating in the career fair, filtering out teams that she wanted to interact with at the fair.  For others attending, Hajra cautions that the overall process of attending a conference can get overwhelming easily especially when you have to juggle with school, classes and assignments simultaneously and that preparing a schedule in advance can help you optimize time and energy. Gear up for Intense Networking! Networking at GHC started even before the conference begins. Talking to past attendees and learning from their experiences helped Hajra clear her thoughts and questions about the conference, saving a lot of time as she was sure of things to make the most of this opportunity.  Talking to her peers who attended this conference previously helped her feel much more confident as she participated in different sessions throughout the conference. Design your own schedule Hajra says the conference picks up pace very quickly and it becomes really hard to keep up with conference sessions, speaker corner, tech talks and career fair. If attending, she recommends reviewing the agenda carefully, and creating your own schedule.  While one gets lost with career fair and other networking sessions, she recommends to not forget to attend the keynote speaker session --- as it is absolutely worth your time! Managing notes from each session is the key to success at GHC. Hajra would recommend creating a spreadsheet tracker to track all meetings  (1:1 or group meetings). Harja enjoyed her experience at GHC, and said she was \"...very impressed how they support women who aspire to grow in the field.\" Learn more about the conference here.

  • September 27, 2021 - Research Recap: Taxi-for-all: Incentivized Taxi Actuation System for Balanced Area-Wide Service - September 27, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for Carlee Joe-Wong\'s project \"Taxi-for-all: Incentivized Taxi Actuation System for Balanced Area-wide Service.\"  The 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.

  • September 27, 2021 - Mobility21 Innovation Fellow Joe Bartels Shares His Experience - September 27, 2021 Mobility21 Innovation Fellow and Robotics Institute alum Joe Bartels is the CEO of a CMU spinout called Phlux Technologies. Phlux is enabling advanced capabilities in robotics and automation with a new class of programmable 3D sensors that were developed in CMU\'s Imaging and Illumination Lab. As a Mobility21 Innovation Fellow, Joe focused on early commercialization activities including prototype development and customer discovery research in robotics, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and industrial automation. During this process, Joe worked with Tepper MBA students supported by Mobility21 to tune Phlux\'s early business model, value proposition, and customer profile. Joe is currently leading Phlux through an evaluation program of their sensors with a global automotive company and is lining up other pilots in robotics and industrial automation.

  • September 25, 2021 - Shaler Area Homecoming Events Create Vibrant Community Atmosphere - September 25, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher & Director of the Remaking Cities Institute, Ray Gastil participated in the 2021 Shaler Area Homecoming Festivities, which brought together the community for a parade, picnic, and football game and turned Mount Royal Boulevard into a vibrant, walkable main street.  Ray is working with Walk Bike Shaler, in partnership with the Township of Shaler, to inform and contribute to the Better Boulevard Initiative.

  • September 24, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Erick Guerra - September 24, 2021 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Erick Guerra.   He discussed his project, \"What the Heck is a Choice Rider? A Theoretical Framework and Empirical Model.” Watch his presentation here.

  • September 23, 2021 - SAE International Podcast Features Stan Caldwell to Discuss Smart Mobility in Pittsburgh - September 23, 2021 Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was featured on the recent SAE International podcast with host Grayson Brulte, Innovation Strategist and Co-Founder of Brulte & Company, to discuss how Traffic21 has helped place Pittsburgh at the forefront of the intelligent transportation field, improving the economy and attracting new businesses along the way.  Listen to the full podcast here.

  • September 23, 2021 - Smart Belt Coalition Quarterly Meeting Held - September 23, 2021 Stan Caldwell participated in the quarterly meeting of the Smart Belt Coalition, which included academic and state transportation agencies from Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  The group discussed efforts on vehicle electrification and associated infrastructure, as well as strategic planning.

  • September 22, 2021 - Mobility21 Presents at ITSA Board Meeting - September 22, 2021 Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 Executive Director and Chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) Emerging Technologies Standing Committee, presented at the quarterly board meeting on the committee efforts on working groups for personal delivery devices, electric vertical takeoff and landing systems, and digital twinning.

  • September 22, 2021 - Metro21 Kicks Off Justice and Technology Seminar Series - September 22, 2021 Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman moderated the first of three Justice & Technology Seminars which featured Lilian Coral of Knight Foundation, Kim Davis of City of Pittsburgh DOMI, Rayid Ghani of Carnegie Mellon University, and Marimba Milliones of Hill District CDC. This seminar series will provide an opportunity for researchers and community stakeholders to openly discuss issues with technology and justice and find opportunities to collaborate on advancing justice. The series is sponsored by the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute in cooperation with Traffic21 Institute.  Watch the inaugural seminar here.

  • September 16, 2021 - Traffic21 Enterprise Creation Internship - September 16, 2021 During the Summer 2021, Chenxin Xu served as an intern for Traffic21/Mobility21 and the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC).  She is a dual degree student at CMU seeking masters degrees in Engineering & Technology Innovation Management  and in Mechanical Engineering.  Chenxin collaborated with two other interns at CTTEC supported by the CMU Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, bringing a range of skills, training and experiences to their projects for CMU startup efforts. The two Traffic21/Mobility21 supported startup projects that Chenxin worked on were: Phlux Technologies: Phlux Technologies is a spinout company from CMU’s Robotics Institute from the lab of Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan, led by PhD graduate Joe Bartels.  They are developing technology to enable mobile and stationary robots to scan their environment to detect risks to humans and to the robots.  In one application, their systems could be applicable as a replacement for LIDAR on autonomous vehicles.  The intern conducted customer discovery interviews to help to segment market opportunities and to identify market entry and partnering strategies. Oxide Enterprises: Oxide Enterprises is a pre-company project from CMU’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, from the lab of Professor Lisa Porter, led by PhD graduate Luke Lyle.  They are developing materials and methods of manufacture to make power electronics devices in electric vehicles more energy efficient and lighter weight.  The intern conducted secondary market research and customer discovery interviews to help to identify how the startup could best enter the EV value chain in their go-to-market strategy.  Further, the intern built a production cost estimation model, using techniques taught in the E&TIM program, to give insight into the expected unit costs based on various assumptions of scale of manufacturing and production techniques. Joe & Luke have been working for the past year as Swartz Innovation Fellows  in collaboration with Mobility21 to commercialize their technology.

  • September 15, 2021 - Representative Davis Tours Mobility21 Research Lab - September 15, 2021 Pennsylvania State Representative and Transportation Committee Member, Austin Davis met with Mobility21 researcher Christoph Mertz to tour the Nav Lab at the Robotics Institute and learn about Dr. Mertz’s UTC road surface monitoring research and subsequent spin-off company Roadbotics, which is based in Pittsburgh and commercializing the UTC research.

  • September 14, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Bus on the Edge” by Christoph Mertz Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - September 14, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Christoph Mertz\'s UTC project, \"Bus on the Edge: Continuous Monitoring of Traffic and Infrastructure\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

  • September 14, 2021 - September 2021 UTC Faculty Meeting Held - September 14, 2021 Mobility21 hosted the first UTC faculty meeting of the fall semester. The discussion included a review of the updated Mobility21 Data Management Plan.  It also included Katie Behrman from the Carnegie Mellon University Library as the featured speaker.

  • September 10, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Allante Whitmore - September 10, 2021 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Allante Whitmore.   She discussed her project, \"Opportunities for Shared Autonomous Mobility Technology in Public Transit Systems To Improve Equitable Transit Coverage.” Watch her presentation here.

  • September 10, 2021 - Freight 2030 Initiative Comes to Carnegie Mellon University - September 10, 2021 United States Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Conor Lamb visited Carnegie Mellon University to speak at the launch of Freight 2030 (which is an initiative to create a freight rail innovation institute with partners Wabtec, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad and CMU).  Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar has been involved with the planning of Freight 2030 with the goal of decarbonizing the rail freight industry.  At this event, Wabtec displayed the industry’s first operating battery electric locomotive.

  • September 9, 2021 - Traffic21/Mobility21 Discusses AI in Transportation Executive Education Session with Southwestern PA Commission - September 9, 2021 Traffic21/Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, presented an overview of the recently completed inaugural session of the CMU Heinz College executive education session “Managing Artificial Intelligence in Transportation” at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Transportation Safety and Operations Committee.  The executive education session was sponsored and developed by the Traffic21 Institute in partnership with the Heinz College Executive Education program.

  • September 4, 2021 - Update on Mobility21’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholar, Rayna Hata - September 4, 2021 Mobility21\'s RISS Rayna Hata has completed her project centered around the localiation of vision or mobility impaired pedestrians as they cross urban intersections using the PedPal app and has this to say about her experience: \"This summer, I had the pleasure of working in the Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Lab under the mentorship of  Dr. Stephen Smith and Dr. Isaac Isukapati.  While crossing an intersection feels like an easy task, vision-impaired pedestrians face difficulties such as spending multiple cycles of signal changes to understand the intersection or straying off from the borders of the crosswalk. My end goal for this project is to have the app and the device accurately track and guide the pedestrian as they approach and cross the intersection. This research experience was my formal introduction to the field of robotics research. This experience solidified my interest in pursuing a graduate degree and a career in Robotics upon graduation. I cannot thank Mobility 21 enough for this sponsorship and support, and I am excited to keep working with the lab throughout my school year to complete this project.\"  The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program connects students from across the country and world to contribute to robotics research alongside top CMU researchers. With 43 scholars from 11 countries and 33 home universities, the 2020 RISS cohort is the largest cohort since the inception of the program in 2006. Forty percent of the 2020 participating scholars are from communities underrepresented in STEM.

  • September 2, 2021 - Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Completes Summer Internship with Aurora - September 2, 2021 During summer 2021, Carnegie Mellon University student and Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Hajra Shahab worked with the Government Relations team at Aurora. Hajra details her experience by saying, \"It was an exhilarating experience as I got to work very closely with engineering, safety, and product teams. I was able to deep dive into the understanding of how autonomous vehicles can be made more accessible for people with disabilities. My internship spanned over 12 weeks and I got a chance to learn about different functions of Government Relations. Aurora\'s GR team is uniquely placed in the company which gave me a chance to collaborate closely with other teams to define a roadmap for accessible autonomous vehicles for rides product. Working at a company that is redefining the future of transportation made each day challenging yet exciting.\"  

  • September 1, 2021 - ITSPA Hosts Annual Meeting - September 1, 2021 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania’s 2021 Annual Meeting which included session on connected, automated and electric vehicles and incident management.

  • September 1, 2021 - Research Recap: Spectrum for Connected Vehicles - September 3, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for Jon Peha\'s project \"Spectrum for Connected Vehicles.\"  The 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.

  • September 1, 2021 - CMU Spinoff RobotWits Helps Pave Waymo’s Way in Pittsburgh - September 1, 2021 Mobility21 deployment partner RobotWits LLC will be brought on board by Waymo as they open their engineering office in Pittsburgh.  In addition to its work on self-driving vehicles, RobotWits teamed with the Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative and WQED/PBS in 2020 to create \"The Robot Doctor,\" an eight-episode regional Emmy-nominated TV series aimed at increasing interest in STEM careers among high-school students by showing how mathematics is used in robotics. The 14-minute episodes aired multiple times on PBS stations across Pennsylvania.  Read the full article here.

  • August 30, 2021 - Mobility21 Fall Semester Smart Mobility Connection Series Kicks Off with Presentation by Dr. Constantine Samaras and Allante’ Whitmore - August 30, 2021 We are excited for the start of a new fall semester.  Please join us for the return of the Smart Mobility Connection (SMC) seminar series! Friday, September 10, 2021 from Noon-1:00pm (eastern), hear Allanté Whitmore and Constantine Samaras speak on their project, “Opportunities for Shared Autonomous Mobility Technology in Public Transit Systems to Improve Equitable Transit Coverage.” As automated transportation technology advances, public transit agencies are considering how automated vehicles can compete or complement existing transit systems as well as the subsequent impacts to transit equity. Capital and operating costs for automated vehicles managed by public transit agencies are uncertain since few deployments have occurred to date. Their work identifies unmet transit service needs based on transit dependence and sociodemographic information, then performs a cost analysis on the operation of shared autonomous vehicles  and autonomous shuttles as a part of a public transit system. They explore  autonomous vehicle transit service across three transit systems in U.S. cities: New York City, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. By comparing transit systems in different cities they reveal transit demand conditions most suitable for a cost-efficient and complementary service for shared automated mobility to improve equity and access. To register for the September 10 SMC, click here. Smart Mobility Connection seminar series:  As the nature of transportation continues to evolve, Carnegie Mellon University has students and faculty conducting transportation related research in data analytics, robotics, public policy, engineering, architecture and design, and more.  Since not all of these efforts are co-located in the same building, or even the same department, there was a need to help building a “community space” to bring together people interested in transportation on CMU’s campus.  This was the impetus for Mobility21’s launching of the SMC  One of the University Transportation Center  faculty is featured at each hour long session; half of the time is reserved for questions and answers as well as networking.

  • August 27, 2021 - Traffic21/Mobility21 Advising Heinz College Capstone Projects - August 27, 2021 Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer will serve as advisors for Heinz College student capstone projects throughout the fall 2021 semester.  The students engage in semester long capstone projects to apply coursework to real world scenarios.  Stan will work with students engaged with Daimler Trucks North America on the Departure of the Autonomous Truck and Lisa Kay will work with students engaged with Smart Cities, US Ignite, Fort Carson and the City of Colorado Springs.

  • August 23, 2021 - Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Executive Director Vincent Valdes Joins Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council - August 23, 2021 Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Executive Director Vincent Valdes is the newest member of the Mobility21 University Transportation Center (UTC) Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council is comprised of national leaders that provide strategic guidance and counsel for the UTC.

  • August 19, 2021 - Research Recap: Driving Low-Income Mothers to Greater Success: The Impact of Ridehailing on Income and Employment - August 12, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for project \"Driving Low-Income Mothers to Greater Success: The Impact of Ridehailing on Income and Employment.\"  The 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.

  • August 12, 2021 - CMU Now Listed as U.S. DOT Conformant Repository - August 11, 2021 KiltHub, a platform provided by the University Libraries that collects, preserves and provides global access to CMU’s research, has been approved as a United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) Conformant Repository. “It sets CMU apart as one of only a handful of universities whose repositories are part of this elite group,” said Lisa Kay Schweyer, program manager of the Traffic21 Institute, Mobility21 and CMU National University Transportation Centers. “It also gives our faculty access to the KiltHub staff, who can support them in their archiving and preservation tasks.” Read the full story here.

  • August 12, 2021 - Mobility21 Updates CMU Transportation-Related Coursework Listing - August 12, 2021 Mobility21 provides a comprehensive list of transportation-related courses offered by Carnegie Mellon University ... check out the updated listing for the fall 2021 semester.  Find the list of courses offered for the current and past semesters here.

  • August 11, 2021 - Rail-Based Mass Transit a Possibility in the Future - August 11, 2021 Pop-Up Metro, a battery-powered, modular train that can be inserted onto existing infrastructure is a rail-based mass transit system in the United States was developed by Henry Posner III, adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  Henry is also the chairman of Railroad Development Corporation, a Mobility21 deployment partner.  Read the full article here.

  • August 11, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Joint Optimization of School Bus Routes and Last-Mile” by Peter Zhang Highlighted in TRB Newsletter - August 11, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Peter Zhang\'s research project, \"Joint Optimization of School Bus Routes and Last-Mile Services\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the University Research News section.   Read the newsletter here.

  • August 5, 2021 - Research Recap: Real World Data-Driven Characterization of Urban Human Mobility Patterns - August 5, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for project \"Real World Data-Driven Characterization of Urban Human Mobility Patterns.\"  The 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.  

  • August 3, 2021 - New National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes Named - August 3, 2021 \"Carnegie Mellon University researchers will contribute to four of the 11 new National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes announced today by the National Science Foundation.\"  Mobility21 UTC researchers Jodi Forlizzi and Aaron Steinfeld are involved in one of these institutes, AI-CARING (focused on assisting in the care of the elderly by seeking to understand and manage the interaction between humans and AI agents).  Learn more here.

  • August 3, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Accessibility with GetGoing” Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - August 3, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researchers Maxine Eskenazi, Alan Black and Yulan Feng\'s research project, \"Accessibility with GetGoing\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

  • August 1, 2021 - TRB TDM Committee Held Mid-Year Meeting - August 1, 2021 The TRB TDM Committee held its mid-year meeting today.  The group reviewed the committee’s mission and its draft strategic plan.  Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager, was added to the committee membership earlier this year and this was her first meeting as a member.

  • July 30, 2021 - Welcoming New Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Maggie Harger - July 30, 2021 Mobility21 UTC welcomes Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow for 2021-2023, Maggie Harger. Maggie is pursuing her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management with an interest in transportation policy. Prior to her time at Carnegie Mellon, she completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, and worked as a mobility coordinator for the North King County region near Seattle. This role involved working with city planners, local human service providers, elected officials, and regional transit agencies to identify transportation challenges for populations with unique mobility needs, including older adults, people with disabilities, and low income individuals. Maggie hopes to continue learning about the intersection of efficient transportation, environmental sustainability, and economic advancement during her time as the Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow. In her spare time, Maggie can be found exploring the many bike paths of Pittsburgh. Learn more about the Mobility21 student leaders here: https://mobility21.cmu.edu/about/leadership/student-leadership/. -------------- The Traffic21 Women in Transportation fellowship provides financial support to an incoming student who is entering either the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College MSPPM (Public Policy and Management) or MISM (Information Systems Management) degree programs.  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.

  • July 30, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Yang Cai Turns Network Data Into Music - July 30, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Yang Cai and his group have developed a data visualization tool to allow them to see network traffic patterns, as well as a way to hear them.  Learn more here.

  • July 30, 2021 - Summer Engineering Experience at Carnegie Mellon University - July 30, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researchers Pingbo Tang and Rick Grahn, along with other faculty,  presented virtually at the 2021 Summer Engineering Experience at CMU.  The camp offered two sessions (July 19-23 and July 26-30) and provided students ages 13-16 with a chance explore engineering & transportation in a variety of disciplines, in addition to creating and showcasing their own projects in a presentation at the end of the week.

  • July 29, 2021 - FHWA Workshop on CAVs and Active Transportation - July 29, 2021 A two-day Federal Highway Administration workshop on Planning for Multimodal Networks for a Connected and Automated Future was held with a diverse group of stakeholders to help FHWA define and refine the critical questions around planning for active transportation and CAV.  As an expert panel member for this study, Stan Caldwell participated and applied his UTC research in disruptive transportation technology policy.

  • July 26, 2021 - Mobility21 Researcher Appointed to ITS AV Safety Task Force - July 26, 2021 Stan Caldwell joined the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s inaugural meeting of the AV Safety Task Force which consists of representatives from the public, private and academic sectors to discuss the public perception of automated vehicle safety.

  • July 22, 2021 - Automated Transit Highlighted at Quarterly CAT Meeting - July 22, 2021 The quarterly meeting of the Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT) Coalition Strategic Initiatives Working Group, attended by member Stan Caldwell, included presentations on the Connecticut Automated Bus Deployment, the Automated Bus Consortium and the AV Shuttle Testing of V2I Data Exchange.

  • July 21, 2021 - Research Recap: Assessment of Prospective Mileage-Based Fee System to Replace Fuel Taxes for Passenger Vehicles in Pennsylvania - July 21, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for project \"Assessment of Prospective Mileage-Based Fee System to Replace Fuel Taxes for Passenger Vehicles in Pennsylvania.\" The 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.

  • July 21, 2021 - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Attends TRB Meetings in Woods Hole, MA - July 20, 2021 Chris Hendrickson, Director of the Traffic21 Institute and a Mobility21 researcher, attended the TRB Technical Activities Group meeting on July 16 and the TRB Executive Committee meeting on July 19-20.  The Executive Committee meeting was held in Woods Hole, MA.

  • July 21, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Recognized for Significant Research in AI - July 21, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Fei Fang was recognized by  by the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence for significant research in AI.  Fang received the \"...2021 Computers and Thought Award for her contributions to integrating machine learning with game theory to tackle societal challenges.\" The award is presented to outstanding young scientists working in AI. Read more here.

  • July 21, 2021 - PennDOT/FHWA Holds STIC Meeting - July 21, 2021 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the quarterly meeting of the PennDOT/FHWA State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) where PennDOT’s efforts on Unmanned Arial Systems were highlighted.

  • July 21, 2021 - Robotics Institute Ph.D. Students Selected for Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship - July 21, 2021 Ph.D. students N Dinesh Reddy and Gengshan Yang have been selected into Qualcomm\'s current class of Innovation Fellows. Mobility21 UTC researcher Srinivas Narasimhan serves as the advisor to N Dinesh Reddy. Read more here.

  • July 20, 2021 - Pittsburgh Transit Agency Finalizes Long Range Plan - July 20, 2021 Stan Caldwell participated in the final meeting of the NEXTransit Stakeholder Advisory Meeting where the Port Authority of Allegheny County presented the completed long range plan and discussed implementation and public outreach efforts.

  • July 16, 2021 - CMU Joins with Arizona State University to Make Autonomous Vehicles Safer - July 16, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Bob Iannucci worked with students as faculty advisor for the 2021 CPS-IoT Week virtual conference, where researchers from the cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things fields for a series of five conferences.  The student team won second place at the competition with their presentation “One Program to Rule the Intersection.” Learn more here.

  • July 13, 2021 - UTC Research Informing Policy Makers - July 13, 2021 Stan Caldwell met with Pennsylvania State Senator Ryan Aument to discuss  policy research in emerging transportation technologies and impacts in the commonwealth.

  • July 9, 2021 - Pittsburgh Mobility Collective Launches Move PGH - July 9, 2021 Traffic21 and members of the Pittsburgh Mobility Collective, unveiled Move PGH, an initiative combining multiple mobility options for easy and equitable travel.  The Pittsburgh Mobility Collective is a new initiative but it is rooted in a longstanding commitment by city leaders to make Pittsburgh a great place to live, work, and visit.  Read more here.

  • July 9, 2021 - ULI Hosts University Masterplan Discussion - July 9, 2021 Today, Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh hosted the University Masterplan Discussion with the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and Chatham University.  Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated in the session to learn more about the institution’s plans and potential impacts on transportation.

  • July 8, 2021 - TRB Holds Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting - July 8, 2021 Chris Hendrickson, Director of the Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 researcher, attended the TRB Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting July 8.  The committee is helping to implement TRB\'s strategic goal of increasing the diversity, equity and inclusiveness of TRB participants.

  • July 7, 2021 - Research Recap: Proactive Management of Mobility Impact of Interdependent Subsurface Utility and Roadway Construction Through Incentives - July 7, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for project \"Proactive Management of Mobility Impact of Interdependent Subsurface Utility and Roadway Construction Through Incentives.\"  The 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.

  • July 6, 2021 - Mobility21 Guest Speaker at Center for Shared Prosperity Meeting - July 1, 2021 Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer provided an overview of the Traffic21 & Mobility21 programs to the Center for Shared Prosperity’s Center Community Committee.  “The Center for Shared Prosperity aims to create a sustainable and replicable model for community-university collaboration, with a focus on deploying solutions for socio-economic inequities and making measurable progress toward greater economic prosperity and overall well-being of residents.”  This presentation concluded with  discussion on how the Traffic21/Mobility21 can help support the new center.

  • June 30, 2021 - Pittsburgh International Airport to Open ‘Green’ Terminal by 2025 - June 30, 2021 With the assistance of Carnegie Mellon University researchers, Pittsburgh International Airport announces Terminal Modernization Program, a state-of-the-art terminal powered by its own solar panel microgrid and natural gas sourced at the site.

  • June 29, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Costa Samaras Highlights the Need for Planning for the Future in Infrastructure - June 29, 2021 In a recent article published by The Atlantic, Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras discusses the recent heat wave in Portland, OR and the need to plan our infrastructure better for the extremes. “The public might look at engineering and say, ‘Of course they’re designing for a future climate; it would be silly if they weren’t,’” Samaras said. “But we’re basically not doing it.” Read the full article here.

  • June 29, 2021 - Metro21 Podcast Features Sean Qian to Discuss “Integrating and Learning from Mobility Data” - June 29, 2021 Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman recently sat down with Mobility21 researcher Sean Qian to discuss how leveraging technology can provide resources to disadvantaged communities through transportation and mobility data.  Hear the full podcast here.

  • June 28, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researchers Lend Expertise on President’s Climate Plan - June 28, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Destenie Nock and Akshaya Jha were recently asked for their expert opinions regarding President Biden\'s climate plan on a panel by StateImpact Pennsylvania and The Allegheny Front.  Read more about what they had to say here.

  • June 25, 2021 - Policy Summit 2021: Pathways to Economic Resilience in Our Communities - June 25, 2021 Mobility21 sister organization Metro21 attended \"Policy Summit 2021: Pathways to Economic Resilience in Our Communities,\" hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, which focused on economic resilience and equity and how they play out in communities of all sizes and compositions. View recordings from the summit here.

  • June 25, 2021 - NSF Concludes Stage 1 of the Civic Innovation Challenge Event with Project Showcase - June 25, 2021 As Stage 1 winners of the National Science Foundation\'s Civic Innovation Challenge, two Mobility21 UTC researchers were featured in the closing event film festival: Megan Ryerson of the University of Pennsylvania\'s \"Data-Driven and Community Engaged Planning Tools for Addressing Spatial Mismatch\" and Lee Branstetter of Carnegie Mellon University\'s \"City of Bridges: Using New Transportation Options to Drive Low-Income Mothers to Greater Success in Pittsburgh.\"

  • June 23, 2021 - Traffic21 Executive Education Course Highlighted at MASITE – Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting - June 23, 2021 Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, presented an overview of the recently completed inaugural session of the CMU Heinz College executive education session “Managing Artificial Intelligence in Transportation” at the MASITE Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting.  The executive education session was sponsored and developed by the Traffic21 Institute in partnership with the Heinz College Executive Education program.

  • June 23, 2021 - Research Recap: Integration of Autonomous Vehicles with Adaptive Signal Control to Enhance Mobility - June 23, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for Stephen Smith\'s project \"Integration of Autonomous Vehicles with Adaptive Signal Control to Enhance Mobility.\"  The 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.

  • June 22, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks (PISES) II” by Venkat Viswanathan Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - June 22, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan\'s research project, \"Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks (PISES) II\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

  • June 22, 2021 - RISS Program Hosts Exploring Robotics & Technology Lunch and Learn - June 22, 2021 The Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program of Carnegie Mellon University hosted \"Materials & Career Paths in Robotics & Tech\" in conjunction with the Technology & Engineering Education Association (TEEAP) to prepare students for 21st century careers in technology.

  • June 21, 2021 - 2021 International Symposium on Transportation Data & Modeling Features Sean Qian - June 21, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian, along with Xiaohui Liu, Lei Xu and Wei Ma, presented their work \"A Data-Driven Approach to Manage the Curbside Ride-Hailing Pick-Ups and Drop-Offs\" at the 2021 International Symposium on Transportation Data & Modeling.  ISTDM 2021 aims to gather transportation researchers and practitioners across the globe for exploring the frontiers of big data, modeling and simulation to advance transportation research to support the connected, cooperative and automated mobility.

  • June 21, 2021 - PennDOT Holds Inaugural UAS Task Force Meeting - June 21, 2021 The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Task Force was organized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at the direction of the Governor’s office with the with the vision of “The Safe and Strategic Integration of UAS Technologies Into Pennsylvania’s Transportation System.”  PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian kick off the inaugural meeting and Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell joined as a founding member of the task force.

  • June 19, 2021 - Jeremy Michalek Discusses Future Challenges of EVs and Trends - June 19, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Jeremy Michalek recently offered his thoughts on how quickly electric vehicles will become mainstream in the U.S., citing past trends and future challenges. \"We should remain skeptical about predictions of EV adoption if they are just based on past trends.\" Read the full article here.

  • June 18, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researchers Provide Insight for Scientific Data Article - June 18, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researchers Arnav Choudhry, Scott Matthews and Costa Samaras, along with others recently provided their data and research for the Nature.com article: \"In-flight positional and energy use data set of a DJI Matrice 100 quadcopter for small package delivery.\"

  • June 17, 2021 - Metro21 Represents CMU at the World Economic Forum Council on the Connected World Inaugural Convening for 2021 - June 17, 2021 Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman represented President Farnam Jahanian on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University as a member of the World Economic Forum\'s Council on the Connected World\'s inaugural convening for 2021. The Future of the Connected World is a collaboration of the World Economic Forum and their Executive Council. The Council on the Connected World formed in 2019 to strengthen global governance and innovation of IoT and related technologies to maximize the positive benefits, and minimize harm, for all of society.

  • June 17, 2021 - NPR Podcast Features Prof. Jeremy Michalek Discussing Electric Vehicles - June 17, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Jeremy Michalek discussed an all-electric vehicle future on the recent NPR On Point \"America\'s Electric Vehicle Future\" with Meghna Chakrabati.

  • June 16, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Real-World Data Driven Characterization of Urban Human Mobility Patterns” by John Paul Shen Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - June 16, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher John Paul Shen\'s research project, \"Real-World Data Driven Characterization of Urban Human Mobility Patterns\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

  • June 16, 2021 - Council of University Transportation Center’s (CUTC) Annual Meeting - June 15-16, 2021 The Annual Council of University Transportation Center\'s summer meeting brings 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.

  • June 16, 2021 - Tracking the Equity Outcome of Decarbonization with Dr. Destenie Nock - June 16, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Destenie Nock was recently featured on The Energy Gang podcast to discuss her research on the equity outcome of decarbonization and the models she is creating for energy-systems planning that factor in positive social objectives.  Listen to the full podcast here.

  • June 15, 2021 - Mobility21 welcomes Rayna Hata to 2021 Robotics Institute Summer Scholars Program - June 15, 2021 Mobility21 is pleased to welcome and support Rayna Hata, a participant in the 2021 Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) Program. At Mobility21, we view research and education as two sides of the same coin. We cannot educate for future generations without exposing them to research, development and deployment. On the other hand, we cannot do successful research, development and deployment without the input of future generations. “The Carnegie Mellon University RISS Program is an intensive summer research program for talented undergraduate students. Summer Scholars have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research projects, interact with a diverse research team, and to be mentored by leading faculty and technical staff. The program introduces aspiring students to dynamic research resources and methods, RI graduate education programs and research projects. The Summer Scholars program lasts 11 weeks.” “RISS connects students from across the country and world to contribute to robotics research alongside top CMU researchers. There were over 700 applicati ons to the RISS 2021 program from more than 40 countries and over 300 institutions worldwide. With 58 scholars from 13 countries and 43 home universities, the 2021 RISS cohort is the largest cohort since the inception of the program in 2006. Fifty percent of the participating scholars are from communities underrepresented in STEM…The RI scholars’ research experience is guided by outstanding research mentors that represent the incredibly diverse robotics research from across the Institute.” More from Mobility21 RISS Summer Scholar, Rayna Hata “Hi, my name is Rayna Hata, and I am a rising junior at Colby College in Maine studying computer science. I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in robotics at an institution where innovation through collaborations is fostered and encouraged. This summer, I am thrilled to be working under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Smith and Dr. Issac Isukapati in their Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory where I will be working on their PedPal app, an app designed to assist pedestrians with disabilities and/or mobility challenges to safely cross signalized intersections. Specifically, I will be working on getting better localization of the pedestrian’s location in relation the crosswalk that they are approaching or on. In my previous experience with robotics, I focused on how to make robots that can make carrying large loads easier for those with injuries and disabilities. I am excited to gain research experience in robotics and make connections with the other cohort members! I would like to thank Dr. Stephen Smith, Dr. Issac Isukapati, Mobility21, and the RISS sponsors and partners for making this opportunity possible.” Rayna continues “After selecting my research project, I looked at different types of distance sensors and beacons that may work for the PedPal app and the pedestrian traffic signals. I am very excited to keep going and further my knowledge about accurate localization. I am thrilled to be a part of this program, make connections with the other members of the cohort, and grow my skills at becoming a researcher in robotics.”

  • June 10, 2021 - Lessons from Internet Use and Performance During Covid-19 - June 10, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Jon Peha, along with several other Carnegie Mellon University researchers, despite repeated statements from internet service providers that they have handled the increased demand for service \"just fine\" during the COVID-19 pandemic, believe that is not the case.  Read their paper \"Lessons from Internet Use and Performance During COVID-19\" to see where the researchers see ISPs fell short and what improvements can be made for the future.

  • June 9, 2021 - Mobility21 Researcher Presents PSPE Continuing Education Course - June 9, 2021 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell presented the continuing education course \"Technology and Trends in Vehicle Automation\" to the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.  The course explained AV technology and trends and highlighted infrastructure applications and AV policy in Pennsylvania, and ended with a robust discussion on AV technology and policy.  View the full recording here.

  • June 9, 2021 - Mobility21 Executive Director Presents at ITSA Board Meeting - June 9, 2021 As chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) Standing Committee on Emerging Technologies, Stan Caldwell presented updates at the ITSA Board of Directors Meeting on activities of three working groups for: Personal Delivery Devices, Urban Air Mobility and Digital Twinning.  Stan’s current University Transportation Center research on disruptive transportation technology supports the efforts of this committee.

  • June 8, 2021 - Research Recap: Using Municipal Vehicles as Sensor Platforms to Monitor the Health and Performance of the Traffic Control System - June 8, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for project \"Using Municipal Vehicles as Sensor Platforms to Monitor the Health and Performance of the Traffic Control System.\"  The 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.

  • June 8, 2021 - ASCE Conference on Transportation & Development Features Traffic21 Director - June 8, 2021 Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21 and researcher with Mobility21, gave a plenary talk for the American Society of Civil Engineers\' International Conference on Transportation and Development entitled \"Accelerating Deep Decarbonization for US Transportation Modes.\"

  • June 8, 2021 - Traffic21 Director Contributes to Publication, Later Cited in NY Times Op-Ed - June 8, 2021 Traffic21 Director and Mobility21 researcher, Chris Hendrickson, serves on The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine\'s Committee on Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States:  Technology, Policy, and Societal Dimensions.  In February 2021, the committee contributed to the Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States Technology Policy and Societal Dimensions | National Academies. On June 8, this publication was cited in the NY Times op-ed, Opinion | To Fight Climate Change, Replace Fossil Fuels at Home and Work - The New York Times (nytimes.com).

  • June 6, 2021 - Carnegie Mellon Visited by Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee - June 3 & 4, 2021 Raj Rajkumar, Director of the Mobility21 University Transportation Center participated in the 2-day visit from the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee to Pittsburgh.  Senators Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (Chairman), Tim Kearney, John Gordner and Pat Stefano joined local elected official and corporate and civic leaders for a meeting and showcase of transportation technology being developed, tested and deployed in the Pittsburgh. The group met at Carnegie Mellon University’s facility at Mill 19 in Hazelwood Green (a transformed steel mill which is now home to AV companies) for a demonstration of electric and autonomous vehicles including buses, trucks, cars and scooters.  Other companies participating in the technology showcase were Spin, Tesla and Locomation.  Here Professor Rajkumar provided rides to the senators in his latest level 4 automated vehicle. [caption id=\"attachment_21608\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"840\"] From left to right, Senators Kearney, Langerholc (Chairman) and Stefano.[/caption] Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the committee’s visit to Mill 19:  https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2021/06/03/Hazelwood-Green-autonomous-vehicle-technology-Senate-Transportation-Committee-Pittsburgh/stories/202106030198 The following day, June 4 – The Senate Transportation Committee held the public hearing at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission on reforms and investments to advance transportation innovations in Pennsylvania.  Professor Rajkumar provided testimony on the future of autonomous vehicles, and testing within the commonwealth: “This hearing comes at an inflection point requiring prompt and decisive action. Continued advances in connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology will be vital to the future of Pennsylvania and the nation. CAV technologies are essential to end the scourge of vehicle crashes and to realize the full potential of smart transportation applications, accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and build the 21st century logistics system that will contribute to the competitiveness of our manufacturing base. CAVs will also provide a means of transportation and independence to differently-abled people, seniors and residents of rural and suburban areas without access to public transit. In fact, providing equitable transportation access to all is a primary goal of our Mobility21 National University Transportation Center at Carnegie Mellon University.” Read Rajkumar’s testimony here.

  • June 5, 2021 - The University of Pennsylvania Organizes Virtual Autonomous Racing Competition - June 5, 2021 Mobility21 academic partners at the University of Pennsylvania\'s F1Tenth Team organized a Virtual Autonomous Racing Competition at Trinity College, Dublin. This was a student run event where participants submitted their racecar software agents to race against autonomous driving algorithms developed by others.

  • June 3, 2021 - Traffic21 Director Presents Keynote at 2021 NSF Cyber-Physical Systems Principal Investigators’ Meeting - June 3, 2021 Traffic21 Director Raj Rajkumar presented the keynote, \"Are Autonomous Vehicles A Grand Challenge for CPS or AI?\" at today\'s 2021 NSF Cyber-Physical Systems Principal Investigators\' Meeting. \"Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have garnered immense interest and investments over the past 14 years, but practical deployments still do not seem viable in the near future. Did anything go wrong? From its very origins in the late 2000\'s, the cyber-physical systems community has deemed AVs as a grand challenge. Meanwhile, thanks to remarkable advances in machine learning since the early 2010\'s, the AI community has also been targeting AVs as a poster child to measure its progress and considers AV as an AI problem to be solved. This talk will provide a synopsis of the speaker\'s work on AVs and the current state of the art. In order to stimulate a larger debate, the talk will then delve into where AI can and does contribute, and where the CPS community must continue to play a significant role. Research questions that can and must be addressed by the CPS community will be posed.\"

  • June 2, 2021 - Metro21 Discusses Autonomous Vehicles in IHS Markit Podcast - June 2, 2021 Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman recently spoke as part of panel with industry leaders, including Jim Misener of Qualcomm and a member of the Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council, to discuss how and when autonomous vehicles will penetrate markets, understanding things such as technical, regional and consumer acceptance challenges.  Listen to the full podcast here.

  • June 1, 2021 - University of Pennsylvania Teams Up to Organize International Virtual Autonomous Racing Competitions - June 1, 2021 Members of The University of Pennsylvania\'s F1Tenth autonomous racing team have teamed up with Riders.AI to conduct a series of virtual autonomous racing events.  Riders.AI has developed a professional virtual racing cloud-based platform to organize international competitions.

  • June 1, 2021 - The Ohio State University to Compete in SAE Auto Drive Challenge - June 1, 2021 Mobility21 UTC academic partner, The Ohio State University, is forming their inaugural team to compete in the SAE AutoDrive Challenge II this fall, joining nine other universities who are taking on the challenge to develop and demonstrate an autonomous vehicle that can navigate urban driving courses.  Click here to learn more about the competition.

  • May 31, 2021 - Mobility21 Penn Team Organizes ICRA’21 Opportunities and Challenges with Autonomous Racing Workshop - May 31, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Rahul Mangraham from the University of Pennsylvania organized the \"Opportunities and Challenges with Autonomous Racing\" workshop which had over 175 participants and invited speakers from MIT, Stanford, ETHz, GTech, Caltech and others who are balancing safety and performance at the limits of perception, planning and control of autonomous racing machines.  Learn more details about the event here.

  • May 28, 2021 - CMU Graduates First Cohort from New Executive Education Program “Managing AI in Transportation” - The week of May 3, 2021, the first cohort of students attended the Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy’s new executive education program focusing on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the transportation industry. The inaugural cohort included representatives of government, non-profit, industry and association leaders. The new program, “Managing AI in Transportation,” was developed by the experts at Heinz College’s Traffic21 Institute to explore critical areas that are required for breaking down public and private organizational barriers and understanding how managing AI can benefit key stakeholders throughout the transportation industry. “We were excited to offer this new program to our already strong roster of executive education,” said David Ulicne, Senior Director of Heinz College Executive Education. “As the transportation industry continues to rapidly evolve, and the influence of AI in the field continues to grow, this new program will provide managers the opportunity to expand their knowledge and keep pace with the latest technological advancements.” Participants explored the impact of disruptive technology on transportation; AI in traffic control devices; AI in connected and autonomous vehicles; the role of AI in predictive analytics; AI in transportation asset management; the equitable application of AI for safe and efficient transportation; and how to develop and implement an enterprise AI strategy. One participant reflected, “As a company, we\'re always looking for ways to use new technologies to make our business better.  Better understanding what AI can and can\'t do, what it needs to succeed, and ways of thinking about problems using an AI \"lens\" will all be long term beneficial.” “Since Traffic21’s founding more than 10 years ago, we have seen firsthand the various ways AI is impacting and improving transportation,” said Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Traffic21.  “From asset management  to automated vehicles, the use of AI is transforming transportation sector, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to share what we have learned with both public and private sector managers to leverage the power of this technology and mitigate its risk.” Plans are already underway for the 2022 class.  Contact Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer to learn more. ****************************************************** The bootcamp’s detailed agenda included: Session 1: Overview of Technology and AI Impacts in Transportation Today Application examples Risks and benefits Policy implications   Session 2: AI in Traffic Control Devices History, current status, future trends in devices The role of AI in improving traffic control devices Traffic control device optimization with increased IOT connections   Session 3: AI in Connected/Autonomous Vehicles History, current status, future trends of AV Societal impact of AV (safety, environment) Technology/policy risks of CAVs   Session 4: AI and Predictive Analytics: How to Make Better Decisions with Transportation Data AI enablement for improved decisions Analytics use cases Data sharing to modify behavior patterns   Session 5: AI in Transportation Asset Management Use cases for AI in asset management Optimization best practices How to achieve desired cost efficiencies   Session 6: Equitably Applying AI for Safe and Efficient Transportation AI approaches to improve mobility and access Misuse and/or negative impact of AI to mobility Ethical issues of AI   Session 7: Developing and Implementing an Enterprise AI Strategy Enterprise AI strategy components Key stakeholders needed How to build AI capability and find talent ******************************************************   ABOUT CMU HEINZ COLLEGE The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized gradu­ate-level institutions at CMU: The School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Pol­icy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, healthcare, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment.   ABOUT TRAFFIC21 Traffic21 is a multi-disciplinary research institute of Carnegie Mellon University. Its goal is to design, test, deploy, and evaluate information and communications technology-based solutions to address the problems facing the transportation system of the Pittsburgh region and the nation. Housed within the institute is the US DOT funded, Mobility21 National University Transportation Center. The Pittsburgh region serves as a “learning lab,” deploying solutions that can be applied around the nation and the globe. Traffic21 leverages Carnegie Mellon’s leadership in relevant areas such as intelligent transportation systems, smart infrastructure, cyber security, human factors, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and connected and automated vehicles.

  • May 27, 2021 - Fei Fang Receives the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program Award - May 27, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Fei Fang of the CMU School of Computer Science was recently awarded the NSF CAREER award, which is the foundation\'s most prestigious award for young faculty members.  Fang will use her award to build on research that integrates game theory with machine learning to optimize communication and coordination to tackle real-world problems.  Learn more about Fang\'s research here.

  • May 24, 2021 - National Academy of Construction Elects Burcu Akinci as New Member - May 24, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Burcu Akinci has been selected to become a member of the National Academy of Construction for her significant contributions to the effectiveness of the engineering and construction industry over a period of multiple years.

  • May 21, 2021 - TRB Highlights Accelerating Decarbonization of the U.S. Energy System - May 21, 2021 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson provided his knowledge and expertise for the latest TRB Newsletter Consensus Report \"Accelerating Decarbonization of the U.S. Energy System.\"

  • May 20, 2021 - Caldwell Appointed to Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Smart Transportation Working Group - May 20, 2021 Because of Mobility21 Director Stan Caldwell’s research on transportation technology and policy, he was appointed to the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Smart Transportation Working Group to study regional transportation technology needs.  Caldwell, along with other members of the working group, presented findings and policy recommendations today at the Chamber Board of Director’s meeting.

  • May 20, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researchers Invent Software for EV Battery Charging - May 20, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan, along with his colleagues at CMU, have invented the first software, INCEPTS, that can predict the charge of electric vehicles in different geographic and climate conditions to improve location of charging stations.  Learn more here.  

  • May 19, 2021 - Roadsigns Recent Podcast Features Mobility21 UTC Researcher Christoph Mertz - May 19, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Christoph Mertz was recently invited to discuss how university research is advancing transportation technology.  Mertz explained his work using a smartphone app to provide the data about potholes and cracks in the road to local governments so they can make data driven decisions about their infrastructure on the recent Roadsigns podcast. Listen to the full podcast here.

  • May 19, 2021 - Research Recap: Labeling Roads with Different Types of Automated Driving Functional Requirements Using Machine Learning - May 19, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for project \"Labeling Roads with Different Types of Automated Driving Functional Requirements using Machine Learning.\"  The 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.

  • May 18, 2021 - Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar Testifies at US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Hearing - May 18, 2021 Professor Raj Rajkumar, Director of the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center provided testimony at the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce hearing on “Promises and Perils: The Potential of Automobile Technologies,” alongside fellow panelists Jason Levine, Executive Director for the Center on Auto Safety and Greg Regan, President of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. Congressman Mike Doyle, member the House Energy and Commerce Committee, representing CMU’s hometown of Pittsburgh, introduced Professor Rajkumar.   The Subcommittee Hearing was chaired by Congresswoman Janice D. Schakowsky (Illinois-09) along with Ranking Member Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (Florida-12). Professor Rajkumar’s testimony included the history of autonomous vehicles (AVs), a current assessment of AV technology and the steps necessary to maintain domestic competiveness and achieve the social and economic benefits of the AV industry.  Professor Rajkumar also addressed challenges and opportunities to navigate the perils and ensure the ability to realize the promise: “It is imperative that we commit soon to an all-of-nation initiative to ensure AV technology does not join the list of innovations which are invented in the US but end up generating jobs and wealth only far beyond our shores.” Read Professor Rajkumar’s full testimony here. Watch the hearing here.

  • May 18, 2021 - Costa Samaras Discusses Net-Zero Emissions - May 18, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras recently discussed the possibility of net-zero emissions by 2050 and the steps that need to be taken to achieve global warming goals. “The report makes it clear that the window to get to net-zero emissions by 2050 is narrow, but—and this important—still achievable,” said Costa Samaras, a professor who studies energy systems at Carnegie Mellon University.  Read the full article here.

  • May 13, 2021 - Traffic21 Executive Education Course Highlighted at PA Automated Vehicle Policy Task Force - May 12, 2021 Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell presented an overview of the recently completed inaugural session of the CMU Heinz College executive education  session “Managing Artificial Intelligence in Transportation” at the quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Policy Task Force.  The executive education session was sponsored and developed by the Traffic21 Institute in partnership with the Heinz College Executive Education program.

  • May 13, 2021 - Why Battery Swapping in Electric Vehicles is a Thing of the Past - May 13, 2021 As director of Carnegie Mellon\'s vehicle electrification group, Mobility21 UTC researcher Jeremy Michalek provides the pros and cons to battery swapping and how we can make the process more streamlined for consumers while reducing our carbon footprint. “When you’re looking at 300 miles of range from a fast charge, it changes the game for how convenient EVs are,” Michalek said. Read the full article here.

  • May 13, 2021 - CMU Professors Use Expertise to Explain Infrastructure Plan - May 13, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher and CMU Professor Destenie Nock, alongside Professor Akshaya Jha have been asked to provide their knowledge and expertise in the fields of environmental studies and climate change as panelists on The Allegheny Front as part of a segment called \"What\'s Your Question About Biden\'s Climate Plan?\" 

  • May 12, 2021 - Pennsylvania UTC Representatives Present “Get to Know the PA UTCs” - May 12, 2021 Today, 5 Pennsylvania University Transportation Center (UTC) representatives joined together to present the “Get to Know the PA UTCs” workshop during the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania Spring Conference. The workshop began with a general overview of the UTCs.  This included history on the establishment of the UTC program, what UTCs do (research, education and workforce development, technology transfer, collaboration), how to find UTCs, and how to get involved in UTC activities. Then, each UTC provided an overview of their specific research areas and programs: Automated Vehicle Services for People with Disabilities--Involved Responsive Engineering (ASPIRE) Center, University of Pittsburgh – Rory Cooper, Human Engineering Research Laboratory As a new center, Dr. Cooper explained the initial aims are: Aim 1: Systematic Review Aim 2: Understand the needs of Users and Providers Aim 3: Data synthesis, extrapolation, analysis and modeling Aim 4: Impact on Transportation System and Its Users Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multi-Modal Transportation Infrastructure Systems, Penn State University – Dr. Eric Donnell, Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of Larson Transportation Institute Reviewed their program vision “Improve integrated asset management through research, education, and outreach activities that will enable transportation agencies to invest infrastructure funds when and where most critically needed” and focus areas: Application of Innovative Materials and Technologies Condition Assessment and Health Monitoring Infrastructure Management and Innovative Financing Center for Underground Transportation Infrastructure, Lehigh University – Spencer Quiel, Ph.D., PE, Associate Professor Described that “This is the first and only UTC focused on underground construction. Operating with a mission to be a leader in the development of sustainable, less costly and more durable technologies for underground transportation infrastructures that can be efficiently constructed, operated and maintained, providing solutions for future underground transportation projects.” Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions, University of Pennsylvania – Erick Guerra, Associate Professor Explained “Our center supports research that establishes a legal framework for cooperative megaregion transportation planning; develops analytical framework targeting passenger and freight mobility improvement in megaregions; capitalizes access-enabling spatial strategies; promotes equity for elderly and rural populations in and around the megaregion; creates environmental justice metrics in the megaregion context; improves public participation at the megaregional scale; optimizes multi-modality and inter-modality; and develops a GIS-based planning support system for cooperative mobility in megaregions.” Mobility21, Carnegie Mellon University – Lisa Kay Schweyer, TDM-CP, MPM, Program Manager Discussed their partnerships with the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and Community College of Allegheny, education and workforce efforts/student involvement and the launch of the new executive education session Managing AI in Transportation. The group encouraged the attendees to learn more about the UTCs and to get involved: Sign-up for Newsletters Propose Research Ideas Attend Webinars/Seminars Share Internship & Job Opportunities Invite UTC researchers to speak at events/conferences To learn more about the Department of Transportation’s UTC program and locate a UTC near you, click here.  

  • May 12, 2021 - The UX Academy Podcast Features Dr. Patrick Carrington - May 12, 2021 The UX Academy podcast, hosted by Dr. Abdullah X. Ali, sat down with Mobility21 UTC researcher Prof. Patrick Carrington to discuss chairable computing and his experience on both the academic and industry sides of the accessibility field.  Listen to the full podcast here.

  • May 12, 2021 - “Real-World Data Driven Characterization of Urban Human Mobility Patterns” Thesis Defense Presentation by CMU ECE Ph.D. Candidate - May 12, 2021 Abhinav Jauhri, CMU ECE Ph.D. Candidate presented his thesis defense on Real-World Data Driven Characterization of Urban Human Mobility Patterns. Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer attended his defense. Abhinav’s work was conducted as part of the Mobility21 UTC project, \"Real Time Traffic Congestion Prediction and Mitigation at the City Scale.\"  UTC Researcher John Paul Shen, was Abhinav’s advisor and his committee included Anupam Datta, Jason Hong, and another UTC researcher Sean Qian.

  • May 12, 2021 - Mobility21 Researcher at The Ohio State University Receives Lumley Research Award - May 12, 2021 Mobility21 academic partner and research professor Keith Redmill at The Ohio State University\'s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) was recently awarded the College of Engineering’s Lumley Research Award for his work focusing on intelligent transportation systems, autonomous vehicles and mobile robots, advanced safety and driver assistance systems, and the control, sensing, and communication technologies that make those systems possible.  Read the full article here.

  • May 11, 2021 - Ding Zhao Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award for AI - May 11, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Ding Zhao, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, was awarded a CAREER grant by the National Science Foundation for his work on safety-critical applications of AI, which includes autonomous vehicles and healthcare.

  • May 10, 2021 - Mobility21 Faculty Meeting with US Postal Service OIG - May 10, 2021 Working through the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at CMU, Mobility21 UTC faculty are meeting with the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General to discuss potential research on analysis of electric vehicles, the  current state of electric vehicles, and USPS challenges as they transition to electric vehicle use.

  • May 6, 2021 - CMU Students Share Capstone Projects - May 6, 2021 Students of the CMU Heinz College engage in semester long “Capstone Projects” to apply coursework to real-world scenarios.  Today, students shared the results of their semester long research projects during a poster fair.  The projects featured today included the following transportation related projects: Team US Ignite/Colorado Springs: Reducing Traffic Congestion at Fort Carson Army Base Team Port Authority of Allegheny County: Parking Management Scenario Planning for the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC) Department of Labor & Industry: Online Platforms in the PA Trucking and Construction Sectors: Measurement Challenges and Policy Implications  Beneficial State Foundation: Projecting the Future Growth of the Used Clean Vehicle Market in California Allies for Children: School Bus Optimization for Meal Delivery in the Age of COVID-19

  • May 6, 2021 - NASEM Releases Final Report for Phase 2 Reducing Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles - May 6, 2021 The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine have released the final report for Reducing Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Phase Two. This study is a follow-on to the National Research Council\'s 2010 report, Technologies and Approaches to Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium-and Heavy-Duty Vehicles. That report provided a series of findings and recommendations on the development of regulations for reducing fuel consumption of MHDVs.  Read the full report here.

  • May 5, 2021 - Heinz College Student Capstone Project Evaluates Transit Park and Ride Lots - May 5, 2021 Heinz College MPPM students Aly Caito, Ali Iftikhar, Erika Montana, Sanjay Renduchintala, and Shirish Verma, presented their Systems Synthesis class project \"Parking Management Scenario Planning for the Port Authority of Allegheny County.\"  The course was advised by Professor Stan Caldwell and the client was Heinz College Alum Amy Silbermann, Director of Planning and Service Development at the Port Authority of Allegheny County.  View the report here.

  • May 5, 2021 - University Transportation Research Discussion and Future Research with WVU - May 5, 2021 Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 Executive Director and Chris Hendrickson, Traffic21 Director met with Dave Martinelli from West Virginia University to discuss current University Transportation Center research and future research opportunities.

  • May 5, 2021 - CMU Student Transportation Club Hosts Career Panel - April 30, 2021 The CMU Student Transportation Club hosted their annual career panel to provide students with real-world insight from individuals who work in the transportation field.  Panelists were volunteers from the Pittsburgh Chapter of WTS : Melany Alliston-Brick of Toole Design Cathleen Zeisler of SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc. Angela Saunders of PennDOT Erin Potts of Pittsburgh Bike Share Matthew Parrish of Pennoni Lori Musto of PennDOT

  • May 4, 2021 - CMU Student Capstone Course Focuses on Electric Vehicle Adoption - May 4, 2021 Stan Caldwell served on the advisory panel and attended the final presentation of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy\'s undergraduate capstone project course on the local and national implications of vehicle electrification.  The semester long project course was taught by Professor Erica Fuchs and the question posed to the students was: What are the implications of vehicle electrification for national security, geopolitical and other supply chain risks, economic prosperity (including jobs), and social welfare (including the environment and equity)?

  • April 27, 2021 - 2021 Future of Commuting Summit Held by ACT - April 27, 2021 The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) held the 2021 Future of Commuting Summit – Today, Tomorrow and BEYOND. The event brought together 350+ employers, thought leaders, government agencies, and private sector TDM leaders to address the ever-evolving challenges that face commuters from home to work or campus. Mobility21 UTC Program Manager & ACT Board Member, Lisa Kay Schweyer led 2 small group discussion breakout sessions during the event.

  • April 27, 2021 - UTC Researcher Destenie Nock Awarded Wimmer Faculty Fellowship - April 27, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Destenie Nock has been awarded the 2021-22 Wimmer Faculty Fellow Award to evaluate how social justice based active learning activities can impact student learning.

  • April 26, 2021 - Student Debate on EV Policy with Professor Jeremy Michalek - April 26, 2021 Professor Jeremy Michalek, a Mobility21 UTC researcher, hosted a student debate on electric vehicle policy for his course \"Electric Vehicles: Technology, Economics, Environment and Policy,\" which also featured an expert panel that included: Alan Jenn is a CMU EPP alumnus who is now an Assistant Professional Researcher at the Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle group of the Institution of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. David Rapson is an Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Davis Energy Economics Program at the University of California, Davis. Costa Samaras is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Lisa Snapp is the Director of the Climate Analysis and Strategies Center in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Transportation and Climate Division.

  • April 25, 2021 - Roadbotics Inc. President Featured by Pittsburgh Business Times - April 25, 2021 Carnegie Mellon spin-off company Roadbotics, Inc. president was featured in the latest Pittsburgh Business Times \"Personalities of Pittsburgh.\"  The article highlights Roadbotics, Inc. President Ben Schmidt and his interests and thoughts for the future.  Read the full article here.

  • April 23, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Ümit Özgüner - April 23, 2021 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ümit Özgüner.   He discussed his project, \"Research on pedestrian vehicle interaction.” Watch his presentation here.

  • April 22, 2021 - Mobility21 Participates in CARMA Webinar - April 22, 2021 Stan Caldwell participated in a webinar hosted by the National Operations Center of Excellence on the CARMA’s latest simulation research and how this research advances cooperative driving automation for public benefit. CARMA is a program of the Federal Highway Administration.  Watch the full webinar here.

  • April 22, 2021 - Cooperative Automated Transportation Coalition Quarterly Meeting - April 22, 2021 Stan Caldwell participated in the quarterly meeting of the CAT Coalition Strategic Working Group where initiatives such as the Virginia C-V2X Deployment for Work Zone Safety were discussed. The Cooperative Automated Transportation Coalition (CAT) serves as a collaborative focal point for federal, state and local government officials, academia, industry and their related associations to address critical program and technical issues associated with the nationwide deployment of connected and automated vehicles on streets and highways.  CAT is supported by AASHTO, ITSA, ITE and US DOT.

  • April 22, 2021 - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Featured as Kent Seminar Distinguished Speaker for 2021 - April 22, 2021 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson was featured as the Kent Seminar Distinguished Speaker for 2021 by the Illinois Center for Transportation  and presented his project, \"Accelerating Decarbonization in the U.S. Transportation System.\"

  • April 22, 2021 - Maxine Eskenazi Selected as a Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association - April 22, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Maxine Eskenazi, a principal systems scientist in the Language Technologies Institute, has been selected as a fellow of the International Speech Communication Association for her contributions to the field and decades of service to the community.  Read the full story here.

  • April 22, 2021 - Solving the Problems of Traffic with Twitter Information - April 22, 2021 Working with Ph.D. student Weiran Yao, Mobility21 UTC research Sean Qian has extracted information from tweets to provide accuracy in predicting morning traffic patterns.  Read the full story here.  

  • April 22, 2021 - ASCE Publishes Special Collection on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Transportation Engineering - April 22, 2021 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson and Executive Director Stan Caldwell, alongside Laurence Rilett of the University of Nebraska recently published an article for the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems titled \"It is Time to Recognize Communications as a Mode of Transportation.\"

  • April 21, 2021 - USDOT ITS Joint Program Office Holds All-Levels Academic Virtual Forum - April 21, 2021 Mobility21 UTC academic partners Bob Koch & Justin Starr of Community College of Allegheny County and Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated and provided workgroup updates during today\'s USDOT ITS Joint Program Office\'s All-Levels Academic Virtual Forum, where educators at universities, two-year colleges, and high schools, as well as practitioners and industry leaders came together to learn, share, and strategize about ITS education and workforce development.

  • April 20, 2021 - Launch of the ITSA Urban Air Mobility Task Force - April 20, 2021 Stan Caldwell participated in the inaugural meeting of the Urban Air Mobility Task Force which is exploring education and policy initiatives around the electric vertical take-off and landing systems (eVTOLs).  The task force chair is Kristin White from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and is supported by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America Standing Committee on Emerging Technologies, chaired by Stan Caldwell along with Andrew Liu from AECOM.

  • April 20, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Highlighted at Pennsylvania Transportation Alliance Meeting - April 20, 2021 Stan Caldwell provided an update to the Pennsylvania Transportation Alliance on research of Mobility21 faculty Sarah Fox, Patrick Carrington and Nik Martelaro supported by the US DOT Inclusive Design Challenge.  The Challenge focuses on innovative design solutions to enable people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities to use automated vehicles to access jobs, healthcare, and other critical destinations.  Alliance members, including Chairman John Tague, are community partners in this research.

  • April 20, 2021 - University of Texas at Austin Smart Cities Consortium Features Mobility21 UTC Researcher - April 20, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian participated in the University of Texas at Austin\'s Smart Cities consortium to discuss his project, \"Strategic and Operational Strategies to Inform First- and Last- Mile Services: Case Studies for Robinson and Moon Townships, PA.\"

  • April 19, 2021 - Third Annual National Mobility Summit Held - April 19, 2019 The Third Annual National Mobility Summit was held on April 15, 2021. The National Mobility Summit is an opportunity for US DOT University Transportation Centers to come together to discuss the real-world problems, opportunities and innovations in today’s transportation landscape.   Over 200 people registered for this event.   Find more information about the National Mobility Summit here:  https://mobility21.cmu.edu/events/the-national-mobility-summit/the-national-mobility-summit-2021/.

  • April 16, 2021 - CCAC Students Meet to Discuss Transportation Development - April 16, 2021 Students from Community College of Allegheny County,  Mobility21 UTC academic partner, met at the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education facility and engaged in a discussion about the changes in the automotive field, such as ADAS systems and the need to understand sensing technology, and the various other employment opportunities within ITS.

  • April 15, 2021 - LG Silicon Valley Lab Partners with University of Pennsylvania’s F1Tenth Team - April 15, 2021 Members of the Mobility21 academic partners at the University of Pennsylvania\'s F1Tenth team have partnered with the LG Silicon Valley Lab  to develop a F1Tenth vehicle and race track for autonomous racing in the LG SVL Simulator, which is the leading AV simulator.  Watch the simulation here.

  • April 14, 2021 - CSTI Hosts Annual Transportation Forum - April 14, 2021 Stan Caldwell and Lisa Kay Schweyer of Mobility21 participated in the 2021 Annual Transportation Forum, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure.  The Transportation Forum is open to students, consultants, government agencies and other professionals that are involved in the planning, design, research, construction and operation of transportation systems.

  • April 14, 2021 - Roadbotics Data Helps Inform Local Area Paving Plan - April 14, 2021 Roadbotics, a Mobility21 UTC funded spinoff company, demonstrates impact of technology on local transportation in Bethel Park.  “It takes all the guess work out of it,” said Consolmagno, public works chairman. “Instead of people calling up and saying, ‘Hey. How about paving my road?’ This independent audit gives us a firsthand view.” Read the full article here.

  • April 9, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Justin Starr - April 9, 2021 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Justin Starr.   He discussed his project, \"Using a Virtual Racing League to Learn Artificial Intelligence Autonomy as a Skilled Trade.”  Watch his presentation here.

  • April 8, 2021 - Ohio State University Receives Funding from U.S. Department of Energy - April 8, 2021 The Ohio State University,  Mobility21 UTC academic partner, has received $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to optimize fuel economy in connected and automated vehicles. This is Ohio State’s second project to be funded through ARPA-E’s Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) program. Research will be led by Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR). Learn more…

  • April 8, 2021 - Ohio State University Receives Funding From US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E - April 8, 2021 Mobility21 UTC academic partner, the Ohio State University, has received $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to optimize fuel economy in connected and automated vehicles. This is Ohio State’s second project to be funded through ARPA-E’s Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) program. Research will be led by Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research. Learn more…

  • April 7, 2021 - Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell Reappointed to Pennsylvania STIC - April 7, 2021 Stan Caldwell participated in the quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Division of the Federal Highway Administration State Transportation Innovation Council where he was recognized with eight other members (including Penn State UTC Director Eric Donnell)  and has been re-appointed to the board for another two-year term.

  • April 6, 2021 - Mobility21 Engages with MetroLab Network - April 6, 2021 Stan Caldwell participated in the MetroLab Network Federal Policy Briefing which featured Marcia L. Hale, Chair of  Building America’s Future Educational Fund and Dan Correa, Acting President of the Federation of American Scientists and Director of the Day One Project.  The group discussed opportunities to advance smart community technology research and deployment.

  • April 5, 2021 - Hillman Foundation and Regional Leadership Working to Expanding Broadband Access - April 5, 2021 Stan Caldwell participated in a meeting with southwestern Pennsylvania leaders and hosted by the Hillman Foundation on strategies for expanding broadband access.  There was a presentation by Kathryn de Wit, Manager of the Broadband Research Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts and update from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission on their broadband plan, which is supported by Stan’s UTC research project.

  • April 1, 2021 - Stan Caldwell Instructs Continuing Education Course for PSPE - April 1, 2021 Stan Caldwell instructed a course for 20 members of the Philadelphia Chapter of Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.  The course was based on his Mobility21 research and titled \"Technology Trends in Vehicle Automation.\"

  • April 1, 2021 - National Institute for AI in Construction - April 1, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researchers Burcu Akinci and Pingbo Tang of the CMU College of Engineering are part of a team that is working to design the future National Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Construction, which will investigate and develop ways to integrate rapidly evolving machine learning and AI technology into modern construction work. Read the full story here.

  • April 1, 2021 - Green Building Alliance Hosts Inspire Speaker Series - April 1, 2021 Lisa Kay Schweyer, UTC Program Manager, participated in the Green Building Alliance’s Inspire Speakers Series session on Mobility, Health, and Justice in the Clean Transportation Revolution.  Speakers discussed the local context of Pittsburgh’s mobility evolution and its future, and  projects happening in our region and in other parts of the country to address the multi-faceted issue of clean transportation.

  • March 26, 2021 - Managing AI in Transportation Webinar Provided Preview of Executive Education Course - March 26, 2021 Transportation industry leaders presented a preview of the upcoming executive education program from Heinz College and Traffic21, \"Managing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Transportation.\" Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Traffic21/Mobility21 UTC, Mark Kopko, Director of the Office of Transformational Technology for PA Department of Transportation, Summer Fowler, Chief Information Officer at Argo AI and Allanté Whitmore, a Ph.D. candidate earning a joint Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University discussed how AI is impacting all facets of transportation as well as the challenges and opportunities that private and public sector professionals face in managing this new technology.  View the presentation here.

  • March 25, 2021 - CMU Student Project Update: Traffic Dashboard for Colorado Springs, a CMU/US-Ignite Solution - March 25, 2021 Today, five CMU MSPPM-DM students - Thomas Hurley, Akshay Oza, Karunya Manoharan, Yue Wu, and Yuran Zhu - presented an overview of their capstone project.   The project, led by UTC researcher Beibei Li, is developing a real-time dashboard for base personnel to reduce traffic congestion at the Fort Carson army base.  The team will continue the work on this project, refining the dashboard, and adding predictive analytics features.  Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer attended and provided feedback to the team.

  • March 25, 2021 - Research Recap: Bus on the Edge, Continuous Monitoring of Traffic and Infrastructure - March 25, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for project \"Bus on the Edge: Continuous Monitoring of Traffic and Infrastructure.\"  The 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.

  • March 25, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Feasibility of Mileage-Based User Fees Replacing the Gas Tax” by Scott Matthews Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - March 25, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Scott Matthews\' research project, \"Feasibility of Mileage-Based User Fees Replacing the Gas Tax\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

  • March 25, 2021 - Stan Caldwell Appointed to the ARTBA Workforce Development Council - March 25, 2021 Stan Caldwell represented UTC interests and the Research Division in the first meeting of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Workforce Development Council.  The 17 ARTBA members in attendance, representing multiple divisions, shared their recent experiences in workforce activities. Jorge Quezada of Granite Construction and Nick DiBartolo of the Rogers Group are co-chairs. Karen Bobo and Clark Martin of the Federal Highway Administration\'s Highway Construction Workforce Partnership, and Julie Davis of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, developer of her association’s new Workforce Solutions Toolkit, briefed the group.

  • March 24, 2021 - Eastern Transportation Coalition’s 2019 Passenger Vehicle Pilot Includes Mobility21 Participants - March 24, 2021 Volunteers for the Eastern Transportation Coalition\'s 2019 Passenger Vehicle Pilot included Mobility21 Stan Caldwell, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Scott Matthews and Prithvi Acharya.  They helped bring perspective to the exploration of mileage-based user fees.  View the full report of the findings here.

  • March 23, 2021 - Finding Alternatives to the State Gas Tax with a Mileage-Based User Fee - March 23, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Scott Matthews provided his knowledge and research expertise during a KDKA-TV segment discussing the mileage-based user fee that is a proposed alternative to the state gas tax by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.  Watch the full segment here.

  • March 23, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Driving Low-Income Mothers to Greater Success: The Impact of Ridehailing on Income and Employment” by Lee Branstetter Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - March 23, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Lee Branstetters\'s research project, \"Driving Low-Income Mothers to Greater Success: The Impact of Ridehailing on Income and Employment\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

  • March 22, 2021 - CEDM Visiting Speaker Seminar Features Traffic21 Director - March 22, 2021 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson was invited to present at a recent Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making (CEDM) seminar, where he presented his work with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, \"Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States: Technology, Policy and Societal Dimensions.\"  

  • March 19, 2021 - Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups Awards Internship to CMU Student - March 19, 2021 As part of the Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups, MS research assistant Devin White has been awarded an internship at the US Department of Transportation in the Federal Highway Administration Center for Accelerating Innovation.  Devin is advised by Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson and UTC researcher Dr. Corey Harper.  

  • March 18, 2021 - Traffic21 and Metro21 Join Pittsburgh Region Broadband Study - March 18, 2021 Karen Lightman, Metro21 Executive Director and Stan Caldwell, Traffic21 Executive Director participated in a kick off meeting for a regional broadband study led by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission in partnership with Carnegie Mellon and Allies for Children.  The Hillman Foundation provided funding for this project and Michael Baker Corporation has been contracted for support.

  • March 18, 2021 - Stan Caldwell Presents at ITS America Board Meeting - March 18, 2021 As chair of the ITS America Standing Committee on Emerging Technologies, Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was joined by Vice-Chair Andrew Liu from AECOM in participating in the ITS America Board of Directors Meeting to present the first report of their committee activity on programing and policy.  Stan’s current Mobility21 research on transportation technology and policy supports this committee activity.  Also presenting at the board meeting was US DOT Senior Advisor Carlos Monje.

  • March 17, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Informs NCHRP Study - March 17, 2021 Resulting from his UTC research in automated vehicle technology and policy, UTC Director Stan Caldwell was invited to participate as an expert panelist in a listening session on Current Research and Gaps in Automated and Connected Vehicles to support the research being performed under NCHRP Project 20-126(01) Programmatic Strategies for State Transportation Agencies Dealing with Issues of Future System Performance.

  • March 16, 2021 - Engineering and Public Policy Course on Vehicle Electrification - March 16, 2021 Mobility21 UTC supported CMU’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy\'s undergraduate capstone project course on Local and National Implications of Vehicle Electrification.  Stan Caldwell serves on the project team\'s advisory board and provided feedback and UTC research insights for the students’ mid-term research project presentation.

  • March 15, 2021 - Mobility21 Engages with Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Table - March 15, 2021 As a member of the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Table, Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the March 2021 meeting, where participants discussed clean transportation technology and policy initiatives including electric those for electric vehicles.

  • March 15, 2021 - University of Pennsylvania Professor Contributes Project Report to Urban Studies - March 15, 2021 Mobility21 UTC  Academic Partner and University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Erick Guerra contributed the project report on “How do low-income commuters get to work in US and Mexican cities? A comparative empirical assessment” to Urban Studies. The study was co-authored with doctoral fellow Shengxiao Li.

  • March 15, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Activity Highlighted in Congressional Briefings - March 15, 2021 Stan Caldwell joined fellow University Transportation Center members of the Research, Education and Training Reauthorization Coalition (RETRC) in virtual congressional staff briefings on UTC accomplishments and impacts.  Caldwell made presentations on Mobility21 National UTC research, education and technology transfer activity to staff from the following offices in a separate meeting: Senator James Inhofe Senator Joni Ernst Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Congressman John Katko

  • March 15, 2021 - Power Sector Carbon Index Created by CMU Professor - March 12, 2021 Carnegie Mellon University Professor and Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras has worked alongside the Scott Institute at CMU and Mitsubishi Power to create the Power Sector Carbon Index, which tracks the progress of the United States\' transition to cleaner electricity generation.  They recently released their 3rd quarter numbers.  Read the full article here.

  • March 12, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection Features Jeremy Michalek - March 12, 2021 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Jeremy Michalek.   He discussed his project, \"Uber/Lyft Implications: Vehicle Ownership, Transit, Electrification, Air Emissions, Traffic Externalities, and Equity.”  Watch his presentation here.

  • March 10, 2021 - Mobility21 AV Research to be Part of AV TEST Initiative - March 10, 2021 Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar recently joined the US DOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) AV TEST Initiative which provides a publicly accessible tool where automated driving systems developers and states can voluntarily submit information about automated vehicles and testing.  CMU is considered a birthplace of AV technology going back the 1980s and Professor Rajkumar has been conducting AV on-road testing since 2013.  

  • March 9, 2021 - SAE Panel on Urban Mobility Features Metro21 Executive Director - March 9, 2021 Executive Director Karen Lightman of Metro21 joined the SAE Detroit panel to discuss their \"Urban Mobility Series: Profitability vs. Societal Benefits.\"  Karen was joined by Karina Ricks of the City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility & Infrastructure, along with other professionals in the field of urban mobility.  The panel discussed the revenue issues that transit agencies have wrestled with  for decades.

  • March 9, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Research “Improving Short-Term Travel Speed Prediction with High-Resolution Spatial and Temporal Rainfall Data” Featured in The Journal of Transportation Engineering: Part A - March 9, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Corey Harper, along with Sean Qian and Costa Samaras, recently authored \"Improving Short-Term Travel Speed Prediction with High-Resolution Spatial and Temporal Rainfall Data,\" which was recently selected as an editor\'s choice paper in the Journal of Transportation Engineering: Part A.  The paper explores using high-resolution rainfall data and machine learning techniques to better understand how rainfall affects traffic operations.

  • March 9, 2021 - MBUFA Radio Features Scott Matthews to Discuss Transportation Funding Needs - March 9, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Scott Matthews was featured on MBUFA Radio to discuss the existing ways that transportation revenues are collected and disbursed, and ideas on what is needed to move more states from plans to pilots to programs. The Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA) is a national non-profit organization that brings together government, business, academic, and transportation policy leaders to conduct education and outreach on the potential for mileage-based user fees as an alternative for future funding and improved performance of the U.S. transportation system.

  • March 5, 2021 - Costa Samaras Debates the Role of the Government in Promoting Vehicle Electrification - March 5, 2021 Mobility Impact Partners hosted a debate on the government’s role in promoting vehicle electrification, the first in a series on the future of mobility.  Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras provided his expertise in favor of the government promoting vehicle electrification.  Watch the full episode here.

  • March 5, 2021 - ITSA Broadband Deployment Task Force Holds Inaugural Meeting - March 5, 2021 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was appointed to serve on the ITSA Broadband Deployment Task Force, which held their inaugural meeting. The ITS American Broadband Deployment Task Force is developing broadband policy for FAST Act reauthorization to support the 21st century connected, automated, shared, on-demand, and electrified transportation system.  The task force’s programmatic activities focus on ITS and edge device data to aid in the increase of safety and mobility and be the infrastructure pillar to bridge the rural and urban digital divide and advance public safety efforts.

  • March 4, 2021 - Stan Caldwell Moderates Pennsylvania AV Summit Session - March 4, 2021 As a member of the 2021 PA AV Planning Committee, Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell moderated a webinar on automated vehicle safety and validation with the following panelists: Nat Beuse, Aurora Maureen Brown, Munich Re Amy Chu, Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium Jackie Erickson, Edge Case Research

  • March 3, 2021 - WTS Pittsburgh Honors Award Winners at 2021 Recognition Awards Event - March 3, 2021 Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer was honored at the WTS Pittsburgh 2021 Recognition Awards Event today as the recipient of the WTS Rosa Parks Diversity Award.  The award recognizes an individual who contributes significantly to promoting diversity, inclusion and multi-cultural awareness within their organization, the transportation industry, or in a project or activity that supports the goals and mission of WTS.

  • March 3, 2021 - U.S. City Roads Report Released by Roadbotics - March 3, 2021 Mobility21 UTC spin-off company RoadBotics released their U.S. City Roads Report, which shows the results of the assessment of 75 miles of road in 20 major metropolitan cities around the United States.  Access the report here.

  • March 3, 2021 - Mobility21 Joins Great Lakes Chamber on Congressional Briefing - March 3, 2021 Through Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell’s UTC work on emerging transportation technology with the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, he participated in a meeting with Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher and a small group hosted by the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition for a discussion on \"Designing Infrastructure Policies for the 21st Century.\"

  • March 3, 2021 - Research Recap: Latest Generation Data Portal for the Intelligent Mobility Meter - March 3, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for project \"Latest Generation Data Portal for the Intelligent Mobility Meter.\"  The 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.

  • March 2, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Bus on the Edge: Continuous Monitoring of Traffic & Infrastructure” by Christoph Mertz Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - March 2, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Christoph Mertz\'s research project, \"Bus on the Edge: Continuous Monitoring of Traffic and Infrastructure\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

  • March 1, 2021 - ITSA FAST Act Reauthorization Task Force Launched - March 1, 2021 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell was appointed to serve on the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) FAST Act Reauthorization Task Force, where earlier today, he participated in the first meeting to discuss policy recommendations.

  • February 28, 2021 - CMU’s Traffic21 Announces Winners of Third Smart Mobility Challenge - February 28, 2021 Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 announced the Township of Shaler, the City of Monessen and Heritage Community Transportation as the winners of its third Smart Mobility Challenge. Traffic21, a research institute operated out of CMU’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and Mobility21, its affiliated USDOT National University Transportation Center in the College of Engineering, sponsored this year’s challenge as a continuation of its mission of transforming southwestern Pennsylvania into a testbed for mobility innovation. With generous funding from the Hillman Foundation and the USDOT, the Smart Mobility Challenge invited representatives of municipalities and public transit operators in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland Counties to identify real-world mobility challenges affecting their communities and apply to receive support from CMU faculty and students. “The problems submitted for consideration illustrate the mobility challenges we face in southwestern Pennsylvania and the awareness and dedication of our local leaders and transit operators to find solutions,” said Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of Traffic21. Walk Bike Shaler, in partnership with the Township of Shaler, will partner with CMU researchers from the Remaking Cities Institute to inform and contribute to the Better Boulevard Initiative. CMU, providing urban design and computer vision expertise, will deploy cameras for visual data, develop computer vision algorithms to analyze data, develop mobility/urban design recommendations from the data and respond to community priorities. The City of Monessen, led by Mayor Matt Shorraw, will partner with CMU researchers from the Remaking Cities Institute to inform and contribute to the ongoing work of the city’s comprehensive plan and initiatives related to mobility, equity, and safety with a focus on Mid-Downtown Monessen. Shaler’s pattern of a long Main Street in a suburban context and Monessen’s pattern of a riverfront downtown are mobility/urban design case studies relevant to numerous municipalities throughout southwestern Pa. and nationally. Heritage Community Transportation, a program of Heritage Community Initiatives, will partner with CMU researchers to review the impact of COVID-19 on its services with the objective to recommend rider-focused service enhancements including service routing. This project will collect data on demand patterns, develop new theory, and provide practical policy recommendations. It also provides faculty and students the opportunity to conduct research with a transportation provider whose mission is to serve the region’s most vulnerable populations. “The Traffic21 Institute has helped establish the City of Pittsburgh as a world-renowned test bed for transportation intelligent technologies,” said Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21. “Through the Smart Mobility Challenge projects, we are thrilled to extend this reach further into the southwestern Pennsylvania region.” There was one other application from Beaver County, and Traffic21 staff connected the municipality’s representatives with CMU faculty to explore additional solutions through class projects versus a traditional award. All projects will begin July 1, 2021 with the goal to be completed by June 30, 2022. ### About the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy: The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the #1 academic program for Analytics Education. For more information, please visit www.heinz.cmu.edu. About the College of Engineering: The College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University is a top-ranked engineering college that is known for our intentional focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration in research. The College is well-known for working on problems of both scientific and practical importance. Our “maker” culture is ingrained in all that we do, leading to novel approaches and transformative results. Our acclaimed faculty have a focus on innovation management and engineering to yield transformative results that will drive the intellectual and economic vitality of our community, nation and world.

  • February 26, 2021 - Celebration of Black Engineers Panel Features Mobility21 UTC Researcher - February 26, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Destenie Nock participated in a Scott Institute Engineering program highlighting black engineers, which featured alumni, faculty and a student who shared their origin stories about why they chose to go into the field of engineering.

  • February 25, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Rick Grahn Presents Forbes Avenue Reconfiguration Project - February 25, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Rick Grahn presented the project, \"Travel Impacts of a Complete Street Project in a Mixed Urban Corridor\" at the Southwestern PA Commission\'s Operations & Safety Meeting.

  • February 25, 2021 - Mobility21 Discusses Transportation Policy Research with Senator Langerholc - February 25, 2021 Stan Caldwell provided a private briefing on emerging transportation technologies and the Mobility21 National UTC to Pennsylvania State Senator Wayne Langerholc, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and discussed transportation policy research.

  • February 25, 2021 - IPMI Summit Features Stan Caldwell - February 25, 2021 Stan Caldwell presented his Mobility21 research on emerging transportation technology trends on a panel in the closing session of the International Parking and Mobility Institute (IPMI) Mobility and Innovation Summit which was attended by two hundred transportation professionals.

  • February 25, 2021 - STEM-Based Careers Featured in New Webinar Series - February 25, 2021 Mobility21 academic partner Community College of Allegheny County participated in a new webinar series with the University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council entitled \"Bridging the Digital Divide,\" which strives to educate the community and CCAC students on careers in STEM education.

  • February 24, 2021 - Last Meters Talks Podcast Features Ray Gastil on Cities and Planning - February 24, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Ray Gastil recently discussed cities and planning with Last Meter Talks on Spotify. Last Meter Talks’ host, John Manoochehri, led off the conversation by asking “are cities fit for purpose in the modern digital world?” Gastil and Christer Larssonl address the impact of the on-demand economy, changes in mobility and travel, the role of the public and private sector,  and current and future approaches to the 15-minute city. Listen to the full podcast episode here.

  • February 24, 2021 - Research Recap: Modeling and Enhancing Freight Mobility in the Philadelphia Region - February 24, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for the project \"Modeling and Enhancing Freight Mobility in the Philadelphia Region.\"  The 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.

  • February 24, 2021 - Port of Pittsburgh Commission Discusses Regional Transportation Opportunities - February 24, 2021 Stan Caldwell participated in the Port of Pittsburgh Commission’s Port Infrastructure Development and Commerce Roundtable to discuss collaborative transportation opportunities for the region.  Speakers included officials from the US DOT Maritime Administration and US Congressman Conor Lamb.

  • February 23, 2021 - 5th Annual Smart Cities Virtual Symposium Features Metro21’s Karen Lightman as Panelist - February 23, 2021 Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman was a featured panelist, along with other experts in the field of smart technologies, at the 5th Annual Smart Cities Virtual Symposium, where she discussed the topic, \"Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World.\"  

  • February 19, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection Features Maxine Eskenazi, Alan Black and Yulan Feng - February 19, 2021 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researchers Maxine Eskenazi, Alan Black and Yulan Feng.   They discussed their project, \"GetGoing and Better Mobility for All.”  Watch their presentation here.

  • February 19, 2021 - Research Recap: Travel Impacts of a Complete Street Project in a Mixed Urban Corridor - February 19, 2021 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for the project \"Travel Impacts of a Complete Street Project in a Mixed Urban Corridor.\"  The 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.

  • February 18, 2021 - NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Stage 1 Awardees Announced - February 18, 2021 \"The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has awarded 52 teams of civic and academic partners $50,000 to support refinement of their civic concepts for ready-to-implement, research-based pilot projects addressing ‘Communities and Mobility’ or ‘Resilience to Natural Disaster’.\" Two Mobility21 UTC researchers were included in these awards; Megan Ryerson of the University of Pennsylvania will be leading the project, “Data-driven and Community Engaged Planning Tools For Addressing Spatial Mismatch” and  Lee Branstetter of Carnegie Mellon University will be leading “City of Bridges: Using New Transportation Options to Drive Low-Income Mothers to Greater Success in Pittsburgh.”

  • February 17, 2021 - SPC Transit Operators Committee Meets to Discuss Updates and the Future of Transit - February 17, 2021 Today the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Transit Operators Committee meeting was held.  Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 UTC participated in the meeting, which included updates from the Federal Transit Administration/PennDOT, regional transit operators, amendments & administrative actions to the FFY2019-2022 TIP, presentations on the SmartMoves Connections, Port Authority NEXtransit, and CommuteInfo Reimagined.

  • February 16, 2021 - February 2021 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting Held - February 16, 2021 Mobility21 hosted the first UTC faculty meeting of the year today. The meeting spotlighted the research of Steve Smith, a recap of the 2020 Advisory Council Meeting & Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium, future UTC competitions, and updates from our academic partners, the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County.

  • February 16, 2021 - How Do We Get to “Net Zero” Transportation Emissions by 2050? Podcast featuring Chris Hendrickson - February 16, 2021 TRB Transportation Explorers Podcast featured Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson as he helped answer the question, \"How do we get to \'net zero\' transportation emissions by 2050?\"  Listen to the full podcast here.

  • February 16, 2021 - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Provides Insights for GAO Report - February 16, 2021 The US Government Accountability Office recently released their report \"Ensuring a Skilled Workforce in the USDOT\", which includes insights from Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson.  The report highlights steps that should be taken to ensure the workforce has the skills necessary to oversee safety.

  • February 16, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Integration of Automated Vehicle Sensing with Adaptive Signal Control for Enhanced Mobility” by Stephen Smith Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - February 16, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Stephen Smith\'s research project, \"Integration of Autonomous Vehicles with Adaptive Signal Control to Enhance Mobility\" was highlighted in this week\'s Transportation Research Board\'s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

  • February 9, 2021 - ITS America Emerging Technologies Standing Committee Welcomes Mobility21 Executive Director as Chair - February 9, 2021 Stan Caldwell has been appointed chair of the Emerging Technologies Standing Committee of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and was joined by Vice Chair Andrew Liu from AECOM in hosting the inaugural committee meeting.  Committee members will participate in task forces for program and policy development of emerging ITS technologies.

  • February 8, 2021 - Mobility21 Program Manager Named Co-Champion for US DOT Working Group - February 8, 2021 Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, was asked to co-Champion (along with Chris Bischak of Noblis) the U.S. DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office Professional Capacity Building Academic Program’s Working Group on Outreach and Engagement.  Today, the group met to brainstorm outreach outlets and discuss upcoming educational opportunities.

  • February 8, 2021 - CMU Transportation Club Holds First Meeting for Spring 2021 Semester - February 8, 2021 The CMU Transportation Club kicked off the year with their first meeting.  During the meeting, attendees learned more about Traffic21, Mobility21, upcoming events for the Spring 2021 semester and internship opportunities. If you\'re interested in transportation or want to learn more about transit in PGH, then check out the transportation club!

  • February 5, 2021 - Smart Mobility Connection Features Rahul Mangharam - November 13, 2020 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Rahul Mangharam.   Rahul discussed his project, \"F1Tenth Autonomous Racing.”  Watch his presentation here.

  • February 4, 2021 - New PennDOT Law Allows Use of Bioptic Telescope Lenses to Obtain License - February 4, 2021 New Pennsylvania law, ACT 131, will allow people to use bioptic telescope lenses when testing for a driver\'s license starting later in 2021.  Mobility21 UTC project, Smart Glasses for Improving Mobility of Low Vision People, led by researcher Yang Cai, helped inform this new policy.        

  • February 3, 2021 - Third Annual Automous Vehicles and Public Transport Summit - February 3, 2021 Three Mobility21 UTC faculty (Nik Martelaro, Ray Gastil, Helen Loeb), a CMU student (Gisselt Gomez) and UTC Program Manager (Lisa Kay Schweyer) participated in the Third Annual Autonomous Vehicles and Public Transport Summit.  Event sessions included:  Vision for Transit-AV Alignment; AV Use Cases in Transit; AV Adoption in Transit; Impact on the Workforce; Future of Mobility - Autonomous, Electric, Connected, Shared.

  • February 2, 2021 - Southwestern PA Commission Hosts Freight Forum - February 2, 2021 Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 UTC participated in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Freight Forum.  The meeting included updates from the Federal Highway Administration, the Port of Pittsburgh Commission,  Staff on Initiatives Underway at SPC, and Current Funding Opportunities for Freight Handling/Movement.  The PennDOT consulting team also led a discussion on the Pennsylvania Freight Plan Update.

  • February 2, 2021 - Traffic21 Director Writes Report Featured by NASEM Study Committee on Decarbonization - February 2, 2021 Chris Hendrickson, director of Traffic21, has been working with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) study committee and has written a report on decarbonization, \"Accelerating Decarbonization of the U.S. Energy System,\" in hopes to provide policy ideas to the new Biden administration regarding transportation.  View other Traffic21 policy papers here.

  • February 1, 2021 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Receives 2020 Green Purchasing Award - February 1, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher, Megan Ryerson of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, along with Cheryl Hickey of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are the 2020 Green Purchasing Award recipients. Ryerson collaborated with Purchasing Services on the spring 2020 Advanced Transportation Seminar in which students explored best practices to minimize travel-related emissions. Read the full story here...

  • February 1, 2021 - University of Pennsylvania Researchers Focus on Social Dynamics & Environmental Justice - February 1, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Meg Ryerson of the University of Pennsylvania, along with Mobility21 UTC US DOT Student of the Year Camille Boggan, are working to continue to make transportation more equitable to all in the future. “There\'s so much you\'re going to miss if you’re not collecting the right data. And sometimes to do that, you have to actually ask or observe travelers themselves,” says Boggan. Read the full article here.

  • January 29, 2021 - CMU Student Attends TRB Annual Meeting - January 21-29, 2021 CMU student Kartik Narula participated in the 2021 Transportation Research Board\'s Annual Meeting.  He was able to network with professionals, participate in the career fair, and get an overview of similar research happening in the transportation world.  Kartik said:  \"I am currently working as a research assistant … creating microsimulation models for traffic in Athens using the Pineuma dataset. There were several poster sessions where people had used the same dataset for their research. It was insightful to learn how the dataset can be used for different analyses.\" 

  • January 29, 2021 - Allegheny Conference on Community Development Annual Meeting - January 29, 2021 Stan Caldwell from Mobility21, and Karen Lightman from Metro21, both participated in the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development (ACCD)  where regional transportation issues and initiatives were discussed.  The ACCD is the ten-county Pittsburgh regional community and economic development organization and houses the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.

  • January 27, 2021 - PA Automated Vehicle Policy Task Force Quarterly Meeting - January 27, 2021 Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar and Executive Director, Stan Caldwell participated in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Automated Vehicle Policy Task Force Meeting where public and private stakeholders discussed automated vehicle initiatives in Pennsylvania and issues related to the safe adoption of automated vehicle technology.  Rajkumar and Caldwell are founding members of the task force.

  • January 27, 2021 - University of Pennsylvania Students Pen Op-Ed on Racial Equity in Transportation - January 27, 2021 Students Emily Kennedy and Seunglee David Park of the University of Pennsylvania, a Mobility21 UTC academic partner, published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer which discusses a new way for Philadelphia transportation leaders to measure the impact of system changes on racial equity.  Both are students in the Master of City Planning  in Transportation course led by Dr. Megan Ryerson.  Read their article here.

  • January 25, 2021 - Mobility21 Spring Semester Smart Mobility Connection Seminar Series Kicks Off with Presentation by Dr. Rahul Mangharam - January 25, 2021 The Mobility21 UTC is resuming the Smart Mobility Connection Seminar Series (SMC) with the start of spring semester. Please join us on Friday, February 5, 2021 from Noon-1:00pm, as we kick off the semester with Rahul Mangharam from the University of Pennsylvania, speaking on his project, “F1Tenth Autonomous Racing.” To register for the February 5th SMC, click here. Smart Mobility Connection seminar series:  As the nature of transportation continues to evolve, Carnegie Mellon University has students and faculty conducting transportation related research in data analytics, robotics, public policy, engineering, architecture and design, and more.  Since not all of these efforts are co-located in the same building, or even the same department, there was a need to help building a “community space” to bring together people interested in transportation on CMU’s campus.  This was the impetus for Mobility21’s launching of the SMC  One of the University Transportation Center  faculty is featured at each hour long session; half of the time is reserved for questions and answers as well as networking.

  • January 22, 2021 - 2019 UTC Annual Report to Congress Released - January 22, 2021 The 2019 UTC Annual Report to Congress has been released to various members of Congress and posted on the UTC website.  The Mobility21 project, \"Improving Rush Hour Traffic Flow by Computer Vision-Based Parking Detection and Regulation\" can be found on page 12. This report discusses the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act, 49 U.S.C. §5505 as amended by P.L. 114-94, Sec. 6016) requirements which includes summary reporting for: Ongoing or recently completed UTC research project examples by each of the 37 Centers; Regional Centers to address transportation safety, congestion, connected vehicles, connected infrastructure, and autonomous vehicles; New technology transfer plans and reporting requirements to guide and strengthen the UTCs technology transfer activities; Summary of UTC program-wide performance indicators measuring productivity at individual Centers for four years; Discussion of research repositories used to disseminate results of UTC research.

  • January 22, 2021 - Arpa-E SCALEUP Award for Lithium Metal Batteries - January 22, 2021 Working to build on a new approach to suppressing dendrites in lithium metal batteries, Mobility21 UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan and his team are collaborating with 24M Technologies to scale-up their lithium metal batteries for electric aircraft.

  • January 21, 2021 - The 8th IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology - January 21, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Maxine Eskenazi\'s student, Yulan Feng, presented the paper \"Towards Automatic Route Description Unification in Spoken Dialog Systems,\" which describes the construction of a pipeline to automate the route description unification process in spoken dialog systems during the Spoken Language Workshop today.  Her 15-minute presentation introduced the technical details of the pipeline, the overall GetGoing system, and the collaboration her team had with UPMC. The SLT Workshop is a biennial flagship event of IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee. The main theme for SLT 2021 was \"Spoken language technologies: deep learning and beyond\" (as deep learning has witnessed great success in spoken language technologies over the last decade).

  • January 19, 2021 - ARTBA Research & Education Division Annual Meeting - January 19, 2021 The annual ARTBA meeting was held today.  Stan Caldwell, Executive Director and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of Mobility21 participated in the event where the winners of the annual transportation video contest were featured, and the annual winner of the S.S. Steinberg Award was announced.  This year\'s winner is fellow UTC Director, Dr. Lily Elefteriadou of the University of Florida and Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center.

  • January 14, 2021 - Consumer Electronics Show 2021 Sets the Tone for the Industry - January 11-14, 2021 Mobility21 partner Karen Lightman, Executive Director of Metro21, participated in CES 2021 and shares her personal key takeaways from the show (she loves to hate) on future-shaping insights and business growth trends for Smart Cities.

  • January 12, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Latest Generation Data Portal for the Intelligent Mobility Meter” by Bernardo Pires Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - January 12, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Bernardo Pires\' research project, \"Latest Generation Data Portal for the Intelligent Mobility Meter\" was highlighted  in the Transportation Research Board\'s recent newsletter, which outlines financial resources for deploying electric vehicle infrastructure in the university research news section.

  • January 12, 2021 - Mobility21 Research Project “Estimating Changes in Parking Capacity and Urban Form From Vehicle Automation” by Costa Samaras Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - January 12, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras was highlighted for his research project, \"Estimating Changes in Parking Capacity and Urban Form From Vehicle Automation\" in the Transportation Research Board\'s recent newsletter, which outlines financial resources for deploying electric vehicle infrastructure in the university research news section.

  • January 8, 2021 - Journal of Transportation Engineering Honors Sean Qian - January 8, 2021 Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian\'s paper, \"Lane Management with Variable Lane Width and Model Calibration for Commercial Automated Vehicles\" has been awarded Best Paper for Journal of Transportation Engineering: Part A 2020.  Sean\'s paper was selected by reviewers, readers, and the editorial board of JTE.

  • January 6, 2021 - Carnegie Mellon University’s Mobility21 UTC Honors “Student of the Year” at 30th Annual Awards Ceremony - January 6, 2021 Camille Boggan was honored tonight as Mobility21 University Transportation Center\'s “Student of the Year” at the Council of University Transportation Center\'s annual awards banquet. 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.  Read about all the Students of the Year in the annual booklet. 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. Meet our winner: Mobility21, the National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility Student of the Year. Camille Boggan is a current city planning graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University (Ohio) in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Camille has worked as a graduate research assistant in Dr. Megan Ryerson’s Smart Mobility Lab, supporting research efforts on transportation safety and wayfinding. In 2020 she interned with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and has served on the transit steering committee of 5th Square, Philadelphia’s urban activist PAC, since 2019. In 2019 Camille was part of the winning team of ITS America’s Emerging Leaders Program Global Challenge. Her team developed a transportation pricing model for Philadelphia to reduce congestion and direct funds to public transportation services. She was also recently awarded a graduate scholarship from the WTS Philadelphia chapter. Educating, recruiting and training new workers is critical to managing our country’s infrastructure safely and efficiently. We strive to help develop a transportation workforce capable of designing and maintaining the complex transportation systems of tomorrow. Help us congratulate our 2021 UTC Student of the Year! To learn more about the University Transportation Centers’ Student of the Year awards please click here.

  • January 6, 2021 - Mobility21 Researchers Win US Department of Transportation Inclusive Design Challenge Award - January 6, 2021 Carnegie Mellon University has been named one of the ten US Department of Transportation Inclusive Design Challenge $300,000 semi-finalist award winners. The Inclusive Design Challenge focuses on innovative design solutions to enable people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities to use automated vehicles to access jobs, healthcare, and other critical destinations. This theme was well aligned with the Traffic21/Mobility21 theme of “Innovating Mobility for All”. The CMU winning project, Promoting personal control of AVs through inclusive smartphone communication interfaces, will be led by Nikolas Martelaro, Patrick Carrington, Sarah Fox, Jodi Forlizzi, and Lisa Kay Schweyer with students Aziz Ghadiali, Daisy Gollis, Franklin Mingzhe Li, Wei Tung Lin, Xuanyuan (Ember) Liu, Estelle (Yicheng) Jiang, and Yunzhou (Kathy) Song (all from Carnegie Mellon University) and Pramod Mallapragada and Tapan Mukerji (from Propel). The project will be focused on using the accessible features of smartphones to facilitate inclusive communication between the car and rider, allowing people with differing abilities to control different aspects of the vehicle and adjust their ride experience. Utilizing the Mobility21 UTC Deployment Partner Consortium, Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer helped recruit community and organizational members which became part of an overall community engagement group. Since August 2020, the project team has facilitated an ongoing series of virtual meetings bringing together the community engagement group which includes people with disabilities, disability rights advocates, transportation officials, Tier 1 suppliers, and automotive user experience designers. The project will kick-off this Spring, the community engagement group will continue to meet throughout the project, and progress updates will be posted to the project’s website. For more information, please contact the project team, idc-team@andrew.cmu.edu.

  • January 6, 2021 - Council of University Transportation Centers Holds Annual Winter Meeting - January 5-6, 2021 The Council of University Transportation Centers held their winter meeting, followed by the Annual Awards Banquet.  The Council of University Transportation Center\'s  winter meeting brings 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.  View the awards program here.

  • December 22, 2020 - Mobility21 Research Project “Travel Impacts of a Complete Street Project in a Mixed Urban Corridor” by Rick Grahn, Chris Hendrickson, H. Scott Matthews, Corey Harper, and Sean Qian Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter - December 22, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researchers Rick Grahn, Chris Hendrickson, H. Scott Matthews, Corey Harper, and Sean Qian\'s  final research report \"Travel Impacts of a Complete Street Project in a Mixed Urban Corridor,\" was featured in this week\'s TRB newsletter.  Read the full report here.

  • December 21, 2020 - University of Pennsylvania’s Autonomous Racing Team Works To Develop Full Scale Autonomous Vehicles from 1/10th Scale Autonomous Racecars - December 21, 2020 The University of Pennsylvania\'s F1Tenth Team is now a Premier Member of The Autoware Foundation  to translate development from 1/10th scale autonomous racecars to full scale autonomous vehicles. Autoware is a leading open-source autonomous driving meta-operating system that makes it easy and efficient to convert drive-by-wire vehicles into autonomous cars. Through this partnership, Autoware is focusing on racing scenarios to further its goal of autonomous vehicles for everyone.

  • December 20, 2020 - Metro21 Executive Director Joins Congressman Mike Doyle to Discuss Infrastructure in Our Region - December 20, 2020 Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman was invited to present as a co-panelist with Congressman Mike Doyle at the program Our Region’s Business  with Bill Flanagan to discuss smart transportation and autonomous and electric vehicles.  Watch the full discussion here.

  • December 18, 2020 - US Government Accountability Office (GAO) Releases Report on Automated Technologies - December 18, 2020 The UTC program has been referenced in the recently released US General Accountability Office (GAO) report on “AUTOMATED TECHNOLOGIES: DOT Should Take Steps to Ensure Its Workforce Has Skills Needed to Oversee Safety.”  Mobility21 UTC Director Raj Rajkumar was part of the Carnegie Mellon University team interviewed and acknowledged as Selected Transportation Stakeholder Interviewed.  Read the full report here.

  • December 18, 2020 - Survey of Brick Roads Led by CMU - December 18, 2020 Mobility21 UTC research assistant Erick Shiring participated in a graduate Capstone course and recent study of Mt. Lebanon\'s brick roads. They presented their results to the Mt. Lebanon Board of Commissioners.  This study was led by Anna Siefken of the Scott Institute, along with graduate students Yunxi \"Luna\" Hu, Rachel Bukowitz, and Shunyu \"Charlotte\" Rao, who participate in the Heinz College Systems Synthesis program .  Read the article here.

  • December 17, 2020 - 2021 TMS Functional Materials Division JEM Best Paper Award Recipients - December 17, 2020 Luke Lyle, a postdoctoral researcher in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University is the recipient of the 2021 TMS Functional Materials Division JEM Best Paper Award for his paper, \"Characterization of Epitaxial ?-(Al,Ga,In)O-Based Films and Applications as UV Photodetector.\"  This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Journal of Electronic Materials (JEM).   As a Swartz Innovation Fellow Luke is working with Mobility21 and the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship to commercialize his technology.

  • December 15, 2020 - Disability Rights PA Hosts Transportation Alliance Meeting - December 15, 2020 Stan Caldwell presented at the Pennsylvania Transportation Alliance meeting hosted by Disability Rights PA.  He provided an overview of Mobility21 UTC research related to improving mobility for people with disabilities.

  • December 11, 2020 - UITP Research in Mobility Committee Meeting Discusses ‘Technology’ - December 11, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell provided his insight while  speaking at the recent UITP Research in Mobility Committee meeting, led by Ms. Jill Hough of North Dakota State University.  The topic of the session revolved around \"Role of Technology to Support Innovation and Shape the Future of Urban Mobility Post-COVID.\"

  • December 11, 2020 - Transportation Engineering & Safety Conference Highlights the Future of Shared Mobility - December 10-11, 2020 Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager, Traffic21 Institute, and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center moderated 2 conference sessions during the Transportation Engineering and Safety conference on changes in transportation/mobility operation due to COVID-19 and the future of shared mobility. The first session topic areas and featured speakers were: Transit, Mark Cassel, director of Service Planning, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) City Mobility, Lolly Walsh, Move 412, Pittsburgh Mobility Collective Micromobility, Ngani Ndimbie, executive policy specialist, PennDOT and former Traffic21/Mobility21 UTC Woman in Transportation Fellow Consultant Perspective, David C. DiGioia, P.E., McMahon Associates, Inc. View recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLCgraPoFaA&feature=youtu.be The second session topic areas and featured speakers were: Regional Planning, Vincent Valdes, executive director, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Commuter Transportation, Connie McGee, president, Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) Transportation Management Association, Lynn Manion, executive director, Airport Corridor Transportation Association University Transportation, Jason Thomas, Special Projects Coordinator Transportation Services, Penn State View recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEPzQMquyAY&feature=youtu.be “The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) — an annual gathering of professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country — continues to deliver authoritative information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today. Vigorous interaction and discussion among presenters and attendees is built into the program format, and optional certification training allow for more in-depth probing of selected topics.”

  • December 10, 2020 - CMU Students Share Capstone Projects – Day 3 - December 10, 2020 Students of the CMU Heinz College engage in semester long “Capstone Projects” to apply coursework to real-world scenarios.  Today, students shared the results of their semester long research projects during a poster fair.  The projects featured today included the following transportation related project: Team Sensez9: Integrating Technology with 2-1-1 Services – Last-Mile Public Services Delivery During a Pandemic

  • December 10, 2020 - FHWA Every Day Counts Round Six (EDC-6) Summit - December 8-10, 2020 Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, participated in the FHWA Every Day Counts Round Six (EDC-6) Summit.  The seven innovations being featured during the summit include strategies to increase engagement with people, new applications of products to preserve and repair infrastructure, and improved processes to save time on project delivery and incident management.

  • December 10, 2020 - University of Pennsylvania Weitzman Students Sweep Transportation Awards - December 10, 2020 Students Camille Brogan, Gabriela Marie Newell, and Emily May Kennedy from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, a Mobility21 UTC academic partner, have all received awards from the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Transportation.

  • December 9, 2020 - Jon Peha Presents on Spectrum Policy to United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union - December 9, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Jon Peha presented his work on \"Spectrum Policy for Intelligent Transportation Systems\" at an international meeting organized by the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union, and the Communications and Information Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia.  Learn about the event here.

  • December 8, 2020 - CMU Students Share Capstone Projects – Day 1 - December 8, 2020 Students of the CMU Heinz College engage in semester long “Capstone Projects” to apply coursework to real-world scenarios.  Today, students shared the results of their semester long research projects during a poster fair (the fair continues tomorrow).  The projects featured today included the following transportation related project: Team Port Authority: Changes in Transportation During COVID-19 in Allegheny County

  • December 8, 2020 - Students of Smart Cities: Growth and Intelligent Transportation Systems Course Give Final Presentations - December 8, 2020 Students made final project presentations at the Traffic21 supported CMU graduate course Smart Cities: Growth and Intelligent Transportation Systems taught by Mobility21 Professor Sean Qian.  This course exposes an interdisciplinary group of students to new transportation technology and policy issues and career opportunities in the ITS industry.  Multiple UTC faculty members provided guest lectures on their related research throughout the course.

  • December 7, 2020 - Luke Lyle Presents at Innovation Fellows Meeting - December 7, 2020 Luke Lyle, a postdoctoral researcher in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University  presented to the Innovation Fellows program today.  He shared updates on his gallium oxide research, and his efforts to commercialize this technology.  As a Swartz Innovation Fellow Luke is working with Mobility21 and the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship to commercialize this technology.

  • December 7, 2020 - Broadband Technology at the Forefront of Conversations - December 7, 2020 Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman participated in a broadband roundtable discussion with southwestern Pennsylvania community and economic development leaders.  Issues included equity and the relationship between transportation and broadband technology.

  • December 7, 2020 - Traffic21/Mobility21 Launches Managing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Transportation Certificate Program - December 7, 2020 Traffic21/Mobility21 Launches Managing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Transportation Certificate Program:  To meet the needs of busy professionals, the Managing AI in Transportation Certificate Program will be delivered as a virtual bootcamp offering to provide transportation managers with a practical guide to getting started with AI and understanding how to manage the impact of this disruptive technology to the organization. The curriculum in this 5-day intensive bootcamp (May 3-7, 2021) will explore critical areas that are required for breaking down organizational barriers and understanding how managing AI can benefit key stakeholders. Learn more: https://www.heinz.cmu.edu/programs/executive-education/managing-ai-in-transportation

  • December 4, 2020 - Smart Mobility Connection Features Carlee Joe-Wong - December 4, 2020 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Carlee Joe-Wong.  Carlee discussed her project, \"Incentivizing Taxi Movement for Balanced City-Wide Services.”  Watch her presentation here.

  • December 3, 2020 - UTC Researcher Erick Guerra Weighs In On How Cities Can Become Healthier for the Future - December 3, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher and University of Pennsylvania professor Erick Guerra provided his expertise to Penn Today on how cities are handling a public health crisis, systemic racism, severe partisanship, and climate change all at once.  Read the full article here.

  • December 1, 2020 - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson’s Article on “Technology Revolutions” Featured in TR News - December 1, 2020 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson\'s paper, \"Technology Revolutions: Bringing Tomorrow Here Today,\" co-authored by Johanna Zmud, was published by TR News.*  Read the article here. *  TR News is copyright, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; posted with permission of the Transportation Research Board.

  • November 30, 2020 - The Ohio State University Hosts Pedestrians on the Roadway: A Workshop on Autonomous Vehicles Encountering Pedestrians - November 30, 2020 Mobility21 academic partner, the Ohio State University, hosted a workshop today on Pedestrians on the Roadway: Autonomous Vehicles Encountering Pedestrians.  Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Umit Ozguner kicked off  the event.  He was followed by presenters sharing their research projects to understand how vehicles and pedestrians interact with each other.  Dr. Ozguner\'s UTC research project, \"Modeling and Simulating Collective Pedestrian Motion Influenced by Vehicle\" was also presented by Dongfang Yang as part of the event.  Watch the presentations here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyqTShehRG5OmKAoRIXEpAQdjsDq9YOHg.

  • November 30, 2020 - CMU Inclusive Design Challenge Team Holds Community Meeting - November 30, 2020 The CMU Inclusive Design Challenge Team led by Nik Martelaro, Sarah Fox, Patrick Carrington and Jodi Forlizzi and a team of their students hosted a community meeting to get feedback from members of the community about desired autonomous vehicle accessible design features.  CMU Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer also participated in this meeting.

  • November 24, 2020 - Southwestern PA Commission Transportation Op/Safety Forum - November 24, 2020 Stan Caldwell participated in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Transportation Operations and Safety Forum hosted by the regional metropolitan planning organization.  This forum provides an opportunity to apply UTC research to regional transportation projects.

  • November 20, 2020 - Traffic21/Mobility21 UTC Annual Symposium Concludes with Research Showcase - November 20, 2020 The second day of the Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium featured 19 research and academic project presentations, comprising the UTC Academic and Research Showcase.  The projects, grouped into 4 sessions ended with opportunities for small group discussion allowing the attendees to talk directly with the researchers/project sponsors.  Over 250 people from academia, government, community and industry registered to attend this symposium. View the full list of presenters and videos of the sessions here.

  • November 19, 2020 - Recap: Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium Panel Two - November 19, 2020 The Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium\'s second panel focused on COVID-19: How has mobility changed and impacted deployment. The panelists were: Yassmin Gramian, Secretary of Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Chuck Hammel, CEO, Pitt OHIO Larry Rilett, Distinguished Professor, Keith W. Klaasmeyer Chair in Engineering and Technology, Director of the Nebraska Transportation Center and the Mid-America Transportation Center Vincent Valdes, CEO, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Connie McGee, Board President, Association for Commuter Transportation Over 250 people from academia, government, community and industry registered to attend this symposium. Read the full recap or watch the presentations here.

  • November 19, 2020 - Recap: Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium Panel One - November 19, 2020 The Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium\'s first panel focused on Transportation and Equity. The panelists were: Sofia Gallo, Special Assistant for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Transportation Carol Wright, Director of Easter Seals Transportation Group and co-director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center Jill Hough, Program Director, Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University Mariah S. Stanley, National Program Manager, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Over 250 people from academia, government, community and industry registered to attend this symposium. Read the full recap or watch the presentations here.

  • November 19, 2020 - Recap: Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium Welcome - November 19, 2020 The Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium kicked off earlier today with the Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar welcoming the group and providing an overview of update of activities and plans at the centers. Over 250 people from academia, government, community and industry registered to attend the symposium.  Read the recap here.

  • November 19, 2020 - Roadbotics President Honored at Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards - November 19, 2020 Benjamin Schmidt, Co-Founder and President of Roadbotics, Inc., a CMU spinout company was named honoree at the Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards. The Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in the Greater Pittsburgh region for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations.

  • November 18, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council Holds Annual Meeting - November 18, 2020 A talented group of national leaders, comprising the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center Advisory Council, attended their annual Advisory Council meeting today. Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar welcomed the group and provided an overview of update of activities and plans at the centers. The remaining time was spent by the Advisory Council members leading \"dinner table\" conversations for the entire group on (leader/topic): Jim Misener: Communications is a Mode of Transportation Rebecca Brewster: Where\'s My Stuff? Paul Skoutelas: Transit – Where is My Ride? Robin Chase: I can’t drive and don’t have access to a car right now Ashley Hand: City Streets: Social Cost-Benefit + Vision Zero The next annual meeting of the Advisory Council will be in November 2021. # # # The Mobility21 team is a tight collaboration among Carnegie Mellon University (Lead), the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County, and brings to bear the reach and scale of all four institutions. Tackling the multi-faceted nature of Traffic21 and Mobility21 objectives requires coordinated research, education, workforce development and technology transfer.  This work is supported by researchers spanning multiple disciplines such as engineering, computer science and robotics, public policy, urban design, information systems and data analytics. The distinguished Advisory Council of national leaders provides strategic guidance and counsel.  Advisory Council members include: Raymond T. Betler, former President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation Rebecca M. Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute Robin Chase, Co-founder Zipcar, Veniam, NUMo Ty Gourley, Vice President of the Hillman Family Foundations Yassmin Gramian, Secretary of Transportation, PennDOT Charles L. Hammel III, President and owner, PITT OHIO Express Ashley Hand, Co-founder CityFi; formerly Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow for Los Angeles Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer at Port Authority of Allegheny County Jane Lappin, former Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Toyota Research Institute Ken McLeod, Policy Director at The League of American Bicyclist James A. Misener, Senior Director, Product Management at Qualcomm and former Director of UC Berkley PATH Leslie Richards, SEPTA and former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation David Roger, President of the Hillman Family Foundations Paul Skoutelas, President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Public Transportation Association Kirk Steudle, Senior Vice President of the Econolite Transportation Systems Group and subsidiary CAVita, and former Director of Michigan Department of Transportation Learn more about the Advisory Council members here.  

  • November 18, 2020 - PennDOT Quarterly State Transportation Innovation Council Meeting - November 18, 2020 On November 18, 2020 Stan Caldwell participated in the quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) which was led by PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian and FHWA PA Division Administrator Alicia Nolan.  The group discussed innovative applications in the state including the new Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program.

  • November 17, 2020 - TRB National Transit Safety & Security Conference Includes Presentation by Jon Peha - November 17, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Jon Peha, along with Alexandra Ligo, presented their work on \"Comparison of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Technologies for Road Safety\" at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Transit Safety and Security Conference.  Learn more about the conference here.

  • November 13, 2020 - Smart Mobility Connection Features Peter Zhang - November 13, 2020 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Peter Zhang.   Peter discussed his project, \"Gaps and Opportunities in School Bus Transportation.”  Watch his presentation here.

  • November 12, 2020 - Roadbotics Nominated for Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Tech 50 Awards 2020 - November 12, 2020 Pittsburgh Technology Council held their annual Tech 50 Awards to honor technology innovation in the region.  Roadbotics was named as a finalist in the Data Science category.  See all of the Tech 50 awards winners here.

  • November 12, 2020 - TRB Special Projects and Policy Committee Meeting - November 12, 2020 Chris Hendrickson, Faculty Director of Traffic21 and researcher in Mobility21, attended the Transportation Research Board\'s Special Projects and Policy Committee.  A wide range of issues were discussed, including strategic plans, the critical issues documents and future policy studies.

  • November 12, 2020 - Scott Institute Energy Fellows Partner with Google for Energy Equity Research - November 12, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researchers and Scott Institute Energy Fellows Costa Samaras and Destenie Nock are partnering with Google researchers to characterize energy equity in the U.S. as part of their Award for Inclusion Research (AIR) program. With the help of Google\'s Project Sunroof, Destenie and Costa will \"explore policy options for increasing energy equity in electricity, heating, and transportation during the transition to a decarbonized energy system under climate change.\"

  • November 11, 2020 - NRC Governing Board Meeting Discusses Strategic Plan Development - November 11, 2020 Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21, attended the National Research Council\'s Governing Board meeting November 10-11 in his role as Chair of the NRC Transportation Research Board Division Committee.  Topics of discussion included approval of the NRC budget and further work on developing a strategic plan for the NRC.

  • November 10, 2020 - CCAC Students Get Sneak Peek of All Electric Pickup Truck - November 10, 2020 Mobility21 UTC academic partner Community College of Allegheny County West Hills automotive students had the opportunity to see first-hand an exciting new, all electric pickup truck from Lordstown Motors. Students listened to a presentation from Lordstown director on sales and strategy, Jeff Kenny, who is a local North Hills High school graduate.  Students also asked questions regarding cost, maintenance, and reparability.

  • November 9, 2020 - Pittsburgh Bus Rapid Transit Holds Review for Final Design - November 9, 2020 Stan Caldwell participated in the Stakeholder Panel review of the Pittsburgh Bus Rapid Transit Final Design.  Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Downtown-Uptown-Oakland-East End BRT service plan calls for a \"core\" route that runs east-west between downtown and Oakland with three branches that go to Greenfield, Highland Park and through several Mon Valley communities.

  • November 9, 2020 - Association for Commuter Transportation Adopts Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement and Establishes Committee - November 9, 2020 At today’s Association of Commuter Transportation Board of Directors meeting, 2 motions were unanimously approved to adopt an organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement and establish a formal standing committee to continue D, E, & I efforts.  The D, E, & I work will focus on how the organization fosters an environment of inclusion and how the work members do in their communities can provide better journeys for everyone.  These motions were a culmination of the work completed by a 63 member Task Force, led by ACT Board Member and Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer.

  • November 9, 2020 - Mobility21 Researcher Destenie Nock Leads First Study Towards Equality in Electricity Planning - November 9, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Destenie Nock has led the first study to ensure equality in developing areas to expand electricity access. “Traditional models are focused on developing low cost systems, which is very important, but there are many more objectives—like equity, climate mitigation, and justice—that should be incorporated into energy systems planning.” Read the full article here.

  • November 9, 2020 - Research Recap: Cost-Effective Designs of Smart City Technologies for Vehicular Communications - November 9, 2020 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for the project \"Cost-Effective Designs of Smart City Technologies for Vehicular Communications.\"  The 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.

  • November 7, 2020 - Traffic21 Director Receives Torrens Best Editor Award for 2020 - November 7, 2020 Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21, attended the virtual American Society of Civil Engineers Editors Workshop.  During the workshop, he received the Torrens Best Editor Award for 2020.  The workshop was an opportunity to discuss new technology and both administrative and ethical issues in organizing peer reviews for thousands of ASCE submission.

  • November 4, 2020 - November 2020 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting Held - November 4, 2020 Mobility21 hosted the UTC faculty meeting today. The meeting spotlighted the research of Carlee Joe-Wong, discussions about the semi-annual research project activity and performance, preview of the 2020 Advisory Council Meeting and Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium, and updates from our academic partners, the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County.

  • November 3, 2020 - Review of Federal Railroad Administration Research & Development Program Published - November 3, 2020 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson recently helped review the Federal Railroad Administration Research & Development Program.  The Transportation Research Board (TRB) formed the Committee for a Review of the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA’s) R&D Program at the request of FRA’s Office of Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T) for strategic feedback on the program.  Access the full report here.  

  • November 3, 2020 - UTC Research Project Public Policy for Designing Connected Vehicles Featured in TRB Newsletter - November 3, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Researcher Jon Peha\'s project, \"Cost-Effective Designs for Smart City Technologies for Vehicular Communications\" was featured in the Transportation Research Board\'s (TRB) most recent newsletter.  Read more here.

  • November 3, 2020 - Intern Helping to Create Access to STEM for Rural Western Pennsylvania - November 3, 2020 Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Carlee Benhart Kukula started as a communications and policy intern for Robowitz in June of 2020, but found the work so exciting that she stayed on through the fall semester. “Equity in western Pennsylvania is extremely important to me,” said Carlee. “I grew up in a rural county and knew that issues of rural access and equity were close to my heart. Before this summer, I never saw myself necessarily working to help support education, but I was so excited to see how Robowitz  stepped up to create ‘The Robot Doctor’ program to address gaps in STEM education during the pandemic that I immediately knew I was working with the right people.”  Carlee is helping to partner with schools and other organizations which serve students who are underrepresented in STEM.  Carlee presented at the Pennsylvania TRIO conference and is scheduled to present at TEEAP, and to Intermediate Units.   Contact Carlee on LinkedIn for more information.

  • October 30, 2020 - CMU Student Interns with the American Public Transportation Association - October 30, 2020 Dominick Fiorentino, Carnegie Mellon University Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Candidate is interning this academic year (2020 – 2021) with the American Public Transportation Association.  His internship in the Policy Department involves work on various transit issues including mobility innovation, public-private partnerships, and mobility recovery and restoration in context of the COVID-19 pandemic (looking at each of these areas from a sustainability and equity lens).  Dominick was an active member of the CMU Transportation Club during 2019 - 2020 and through his involvement with Mobility21, was introduced to APTA (a Mobility21 UTC Deployment Partner) and secured this internship.

  • October 30, 2020 - Smart Mobility Connection Features Mark McCord - October 30, 2020 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher and the Ohio State University Professor Mark McCord.  Professor McCord discussed his project, \"Time-of-Day Traffic Volumes Using Video Imagery Obtained from Transit Buses in Regular Operations,” which is co-authored by Rabi Mishalani, and Benjamin Coifman.  Watch his presentation here.  

  • October 29, 2020 - Future Workforce Panel Features UTC Researcher Ray Gastil - October 29, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ray Gastil was a featured speaker for the #SMARTer Together Webinar Series.  The first in the series discussed the future workforce and how it may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can watch the full webinar here.

  • October 29, 2020 - Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Holds Final Downtown Advisory Group Meeting - October 29, 2020 Today, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Mobility21 UTC, participated in the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s final Downtown Advisory Group meeting.  The advisory group has been helping provide feedback and guidance for the development of the Downtown Pittsburgh Mobility Plan, which is expected to be adopted by early 2021: https://downtownpittsburgh.com/mobilityplan/.

  • October 28, 2020 - Broadcast on TV to 5,000,000 Households PA-Wide: RobotWits & WQED’s Robot Doctor Series Reaches Students & Families - October 28, 2020 Educational organizations, libraries, and community centers across Pennsylvania are beginning to leverage The Robot Doctor resources created by Mobility21 deployment partner RobotWits LLC & public television station WQED.  The Robot Doctor materials comprise student and educator videos, challenge questions and discussion prompts that aim to motivate high school students to engage more deeply in math. Downloadable, streamable, and available for offline learning, student videos can be accessed at www.robotwits.com/education.  Find the TV schedule and listing for the Robot Doctor on your local PBS here.  Learn more or join the community of users and partners by contacting  Maxim Likhachev or Rachel Burcin.

  • October 27, 2020 - C-V2X Deployment on US Roads Showcase - October 27, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the 5G Automotive Association showcase of C-V2X Deployment on US Roads, which provided information on existing C-V2X projects, as well as a panel discussion focused on the state of play and the future of ITS in the US.

  • October 26, 2020 - NCHRP ADS Framework Summit - October 26, 2020 Stan Caldwell was one of a select group of industry stakeholders recruited to provide feedback on the NCHRP Report 17-91 Assessing the Impacts of Automated Driving Systems (ADS) on the Future of Transportation Safety through a series of three virtual summit sessions. 

  • October 22, 2020 - PA Department of Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian Joins Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council - October 22, 2020 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian is the newest member of the Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council is comprised of national leaders that provide  strategic guidance and counsel for the UTC.

  • October 21, 2020 - “Are We There Yet?” – UIC Urban Forum Panel Discussion - October 21, 2020 Stan Caldwell presented findings form his automated vehicle policy white paper “Are We There Yet? Deployment of Connected and Automated Vehicles in the U.S.” co-authored by Chris Hendrickson at an UIC Urban Forum Panel Discussion.  Caldwell was joined by Austin Lannes Brown Executive Director of the Policy Center for Energy, Environment and the Economy at UC Davis and moderated by P.S. Sriraj Director, Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago.   A recording of the webinar can be found at this link.  https://urbanforum.uic.edu/forum-white-papers/white-paper-presentation-webinar/

  • October 21, 2020 - Prof. Rahul Mangharam and His Team Win Best in Session Award at the Digital Avionics Systems Conference - October 21, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Rahul Mangharam and his team, which includes Kuk Jang, Yash Pant and Alena Rodionova, wrote a paper on Learning-to-Fly RL, which won the Best in Session Award at the Digital Avionics Conference.  Their work on Designing Safe Autonomous Systems includes autonomous air traffic control for future drone urban air mobility networks of 1000-5000 drones over urban areas. One key issue is that unlike commercial airlines, these drones do not fly along pre-set routes but follow what is called \"free flight\" and can choose their travel route. This introduces a critical problem of collisions between drones and needs to be handled via collision avoidance systems between the drones. Watch the full video here.

  • October 20, 2020 - Getting Around Using Transportation Apps - October 20, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Maxine Eskenazi taught a course on \"Getting Around: Using Transportation Apps\" to a group of OSHER Lifelong Learning students.  The two-session course included: using UBER and LYFT; presentations of the Tiramisu app, the Transit app, the Port Authority website, the pathVu app and the GetGoing phone intelligent agent.

  • October 20, 2020 - The Black and Yellow Brick Road: Transportation Research and New Mobility in Pittsburgh - October 20, 2020 Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer presented on the role of research in transportation at the T.I.R.E.S (Transportation, Information, Resources, Education and Services) of Western PA virtual event where over 60 transportation specialists from Southwestern PA were in attendance.

  • October 14, 2020 - Research Recap: Utilizing School Bus Meals to Deliver Meals to Families in Need - October 14, 2020 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for the project \"Utilizing School Bus Meals to Deliver Meals to Families in Need.\"  The 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.

  • October 13, 2020 - The Ohio State University Doctoral Student Weighs in on Real-Time Update Apps - October 13, 2020 Luyu Liu, doctoral student at Mobility21 UTC academic partner the Ohio State University, recently conducted a study with Professor Harvey Miller to determine the value of real-time apps for public transportation.  “The app may tell you the bus will be five minutes late, but drivers can make up time after you start walking, and you end up missing the bus,” says Liu.  Read the full article here.

  • October 9, 2020 - Smart Mobility Connection Features Jon Peha - October 9, 2020 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Jon Peha, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, in the Dept. of Engineering & Public Policy and the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering.  Professor Peha discussed “Spectrum Policies for Connected Vehicles.”   Watch his presentation here.

  • October 8, 2020 - From Exclusion to Autonomy: The History and Future of Accessible Transportation in Western Pennsylvania - October 8, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Aaron Steinfeld participated as a panelist to discuss the early roots of innovative, accessible transportation, as well as current and future challenges and opportunities in accessible self-driving car development and the larger quest for autonomy in transportation.  More information and a video of the event can be found here: Accessible Transportation Symposium an Engaging Evening | Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium (wpdhac.org).

  • October 8, 2020 - UTCs present at National Council of Workforce Educators National Conference - October 8, 2020 Yesterday, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Mobility21 UTC, Bob Koch, Professor of the Community College of Allegheny County Automotive Technology Program, Missy Blair, Program Manager/Certified MSF RiderCoach and Traffic Survival School Instructor of the Pima County Community College Center for Transportation Training and member of the Pacific Southwest Region UTC and Robert Brown, Head of Public Affairs and Government Relations for TuSimple presented \"Cultivating Readiness for the Transportation Workforce of Tomorrow\" at the National Council of Workforce Educators National Conference.  They discussed partnerships that demonstrate how industry, workforce developers, and academic partners are working together to prepare workers for this evolving future.  

  • October 7, 2020 - PennDOT and Consultants Briefed on Smart Multi-modal Transportation Solution for North Huntingdon Township in Response to Roadway Construction Projects on Route-30 - October 7, 2020 Today, Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian along with Mike Turley and Ryan Fonzi of North Huntingdon Township presented findings of the Mobility21 UTC Smart Mobility Challenge Project Smart Multi-modal Transportation Solution for North Huntingdon Township in Response to Roadway Construction Projects on Route-30 to PennDOT officials and project consultants.  Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Mobility21 UTC also participated by sharing information about the Smart Mobility Challenge.  For more information about this project, check out the Research Recap.

  • October 7, 2020 - Meet Innovation Fellow Luke Lyle - October 7, 2020 Meet Luke Lyle, a postdoctoral researcher in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a Swartz Center 2020 - 2021 Innovation Fellow.  He completed his MS and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at CMU and also holds a BS and BA in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Buffalo. The focus of his doctoral research was gallium oxide, a wide bandgap semiconducting material for high power electronic applications. In these applications, gallium oxide is poised to have vastly higher efficiencies than competing materials. This material is critical for developing renewable energy technology by increasing the efficiency of power electronics in electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar cells, and batteries. He is working on commercializing this technology with the development of an industrially scalable, novel technique to grow gallium oxide aiming to leverage this material for use in renewable energy systems. As a Swartz Innovation Fellow Luke is working with Mobility21 and the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship to commercialize this technology.

  • October 6, 2020 - Equitable Future of Transportation Panel featured Mobility21 Diversity Fellow - October 6, 2020 Mobility21 Diversity Fellow Allanté Whitmore was a panelist on The Equitable Future of Transportation seminar held by the CMU and University of Pittsburgh Local Government Club. She discussed the role of equity in transportation, next-generation transportation technologies, and local municipalities\' decision-making.

  • October 1, 2020 - ARTBA RED Divisional Meeting Features Diana Furchtgott-Roth - October 1, 2020 As a member of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Research & Education Division (RED), Stan Caldwell joined the joint Planning & Design and RED Divisional Meeting which featured Guest Speaker Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation.

  • October 1, 2020 - Megaregion Hosts Inaugural Transportation Policy Symposium - October 1, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the inaugural Megaregions Transportation Policy Symposium which brought together industry practitioners, academic professionals, and policy experts to lead the conversation on technologies, policies, and trends in the field of transportation that will promote Megaregion development.

  • September 30, 2020 - Financial Support Overview Session Provided for CMU Business Managers - September 30, 2020 Business Managers representing faculty across the Carnegie Mellon University attended a session to learn more about the Traffic21 and Mobility21 UTC funding.  During the event, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21, Heather Depasquale of the Research Accelerator, and Olivia Wells of the Heinz College reviewed the funding sources and shared some tips with the business managers.

  • September 30, 2020 - US DOT ITS Joint Program Office Releases Report on Artifical Intelligence in Transportation - September 30, 2020 The US DOT ITS Joint Program Office recently released their report, \"Identifying Real-World Transportation Applications Using Artificial Intelligence (AI); Real-World AI Scenarios in Transportation for Possible Deployment.\" Carnegie Mellon researchers Aaron Steinfeld, Steve Smith and Stan Caldwell were acknowledged in the report as \"Volunteer Expert Stakeholders.\"

  • September 29, 2020 - F1Tenth Autonomous Racing & How It Can Help with Machine Learning Research - September 29, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Researcher and University of Pennsylvania Professor Rahul Mangharam released a new video today on \"F1Tenth Autonomous Racing and How It Can Help with Machine Learning Research for Perception, Planning and Control.\"  Watch his talk here.

  • September 29, 2020 - C-V2X Virtual Summit Hosted by Qualcomm - September 29, 2020 Stan Caldwell, the Mobility21 UTC Executive Director was an active participant in the Qualcomm C-V2X Virtual Summit 2020 today where he was part of the conversation and learning about cellular connected vehicle activity and trends including those of the 5G Automotive Association.

  • September 28, 2020 - Smart Mobility Challenge Highlighted at SPC Meetings - September 28, 2020 Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute and its affiliated US DOT National University Transportation Center, Mobility21, are inviting representatives of municipalities and public transit operators in southwestern PA to request research assistance by submitting their real-world mobility problem to be considered for the Third Smart Mobility Challenge. Challenge Partner, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission has been helping promote the challenge to their regional communities and public transit operators.  Today, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer was invited to give a presentation during the SPC Commission meeting.  Last week, she also gave presentations to their Transit Operators Committee and their Transportation Technical Committee.

  • September 25, 2020 - Smart Mobility Connection Seminar Features Corey Harper - September 25, 2020 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Dr. Corey Harper, Mobility21 UTC researcher and Incoming Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.  Dr. Harper discussed “Advancing Towards a Smarter and More Sustainable Transportation System.”   Watch his presentation here.

  • September 23, 2020 - Researchers and Community Partner Share Results from Smart Mobility Challenge Project - September 23, 2020 Earlier today, Mobility21 UTC researchers Sean Qian and Rick Grahn joined Lynn Manion and Amy Mathieson, community partners from RideACTA and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Mobility21 UTC to share the results of the Smart Mobility Challenge project, Data-driven mobility service design: a case study for Moon Township.  Over 60 people representing departments of transportation, transportation associations, and community organizations from across the country signed up to join the session to hear the presentation.  Learn more about the project by reviewing the research recap here.  You can also watch the recording of today’s presentation here .

  • September 23, 2020 - COVID-19 and the Future of Our Cities: The Future of Work - September 23, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Ray Gastil moderated a panel discussion on \"COVID-19 and the Future of Our Cities: The Future of Work.\"  The discussion highlighted how \"The current pandemic accelerates profound societal shifts that will have lasting effects on how we work going forward. With many employers successfully transitioning to remote work, we can expect more companies to shift an increasing part of their workforce to remote working models...\"

  • September 22, 2020 - September 2020 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting Held - September 22, 2020 Mobility21 hosted the UTC faculty meeting today. The meeting spotlighted the research of the Ohio State University, discussions about the CMU Big Idea and an annual call for projects, review of the 2020 Advisory Council Meeting and Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium, and updates from our academic partners, the University of Pennsylvania and the Community College of Allegheny County.

  • September 22, 2020 - Inaugural Bus Technology Summit Includes Presentation by Mobility21 Executive Director - September 22, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell discussed his UTC research on disruptive transportation technology trends at the inaugural Bus Technology Summit in a session titled, \"Embracing Technology Disruptions with Cautious Optimism in the COVID Era.\"  This summit was presented by School Transportation News.

  • September 21, 2020 - Research Recap: Data-driven mobility service design: a case study for Moon Township - September 21, 2020 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap\" for the project \"Data-driven mobility service design: a case study for Moon Township.\"  The 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.

  • September 18, 2020 - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Honored as Recipient of the 2020 Richard R. Torrens Award - September 18, 2020 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson has been selected by the ASCE Subcommittee on Technical Advancement as the recipient of the 2020 Richard R. Torrens Award \"...In recognition of excellent editorial leadership and for contributions to the enhancement of the Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems.\" Dr. Hendrickson responded when learning of the award, \"\'I am greatly honored to be recognized by my peers with the Torrens Award.  I have enjoyed and learned a great deal working with ASCE publications, especially my continuing service as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transportation Engineering Part A Systems.  I am fortunate to work with a great group of over twenty Associate Editors and hundreds of reviewers.\"

  • September 18, 2020 - CMU Team Helmet Advances to the Final Phase of the CHARIoT Challenge - September 18, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Yang Cai and his team have been chosen to advance to the final phase of the CHARIoT Challenge in the category \"Build Augmented Reality for First Responders.\"

  • September 17, 2020 - Automated Vehicle Industry Trends Discussed at TMACC Meeting - September 17, 2020 This morning, Stan Caldwell presented his Mobility21 research on automated vehicle industry trends along with PennDOT Director of Transformational Technology to industry and community transportation professionals at a webinar hosted by the Transportation Management Association of Chester County.

  • September 15, 2020 - Meet Innovation Fellow Joe Bartels - September 15, 2020 Meet Joe Bartels, a postdoctoral researcher in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and a 2020 - 2021 Innovation Fellow.  He completed his MS and PhD in Robotics at CMU and also holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  During his graduate studies at CMU and in collaboration with others in the Illumination and Imaging Lab, Joe developed a new class of 3D imaging systems for use in automation and robotics.  These imaging systems include a long-range outdoor depth camera and a fully programmable 3D light curtain sensor. These next-generation 3D sensors will equip automated systems with enhanced perception capabilities, such as high-resolution obstacle detection and adaptive mid-range sensing.  As a Swartz Innovation Fellow Joe is working with Mobility21 and the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship to commercialize this technology for smart cities, self-driving cars, and robotics.

  • September 15, 2020 - Research Recap: Smart Multi-modal Transportation Solutions for North Huntingdon Township in Response to Roadway Construction Project on Route 30 - September 15, 2020 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap.\" The 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. Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project: Smart Multi-modal Transportation Solutions for North Huntingdon Township in Response to Roadway Construction Project on Route 30.

  • September 14, 2020 - Third Smart Mobility Challenge – Mobility Problems Wanted - Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute and its affiliated US DOT National University Transportation Center, Mobility21, are inviting representatives of municipalities and public transit operators in southwestern PA to request research assistance by submitting their real-world mobility problems to be considered for the Third Smart Mobility Challenge.  Learn more here.

  • September 11, 2020 - Smart Mobility Connection Seminar Features Megan Ryerson - September 11, 2020 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Megan Ryerson, Mobility21 UTC researcher, UPS Chair of Transportation, an Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning and Electrical & Systems Engineering and the first Associate Dean for Research at University of Pennsylvania\'s Weitzman School of Design .  Over 200 people signed up to hear her discuss “Building Novel Traveler-Centric Metrics to Design Safe and Efficient Transportation Infrastructure Systems.”  Watch her presentation here.

  • September 11, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Christoph Mertz Featured at Landslide Capacity Building Seminar - September 11, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Christoph Mertz was a featured speaker at the University of Pittsburgh Landslide Capacity Building Seminar discussing applying technology to landslides, including techniques such as photogrammetry, LiDAR, interferometric synthetic radar (InSAR), laser scanning and neural networks.

  • September 10, 2020 - OSU EcoCAR Completes Year 2 - September 10, 2020 Mobility21 UTC academic partner, the Ohio State University\'s Center for Automotive Research (CAR)\'s EcoCAR team successfully completed year 2 of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge despite obstacles during the COVID-19 pandemic.  \"Year 2 was supposed to focus on the vehicle build. When COVID-19 caused us to go completely remote and leave the garage we turned our focus on the final competition deliverables which were written reports or video presentations,” said Kristina Kuwabara, co-engineering manager and CSMS lead for the Ohio State EcoCAR team.  Read more here.

  • September 8, 2020 - UTC Researcher Erick Guerra Co-Authors Peer Reviewed Paper - September 8, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Erick Guerra of the University of Pennsylvania co-authored the article \"Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places,\" which was also recently reviewed by the Journal of Planning Education and Research.  The paper explores the consequences of cities designed with a primary goal of moving people around quickly.

  • September 2, 2020 - OSU Undergraduate Student Shares Internship Experience with Uber - September 2, 2020 Mobility21 UTC academic partner, the Ohio State University\'s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) undergraduate student Paul Crock shares his internship experience with Uber, \"My role over the summer was being a virtual test engineering intern. Falling under the Systems Engineering and Test category of the organization, our job is assessing the current status and capabilities of the vehicle and performing the testing to ensure that it is working properly and exactly as intended by the designers.\"  Read more here.

  • September 1, 2020 - Research Recap: Personalized Trip Planner for Seniors - September 1, 2020 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap.\" The 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. Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project: Personalized Trip Planner for Seniors.

  • September 1, 2020 - Project Named MetroLab Innovation of the Month - September 1, 2020 Project \"Machine Learning to Help Families in Need\" has been named as MetroLab Network\'s Innovation of the Month for September 2020.  The startup funding for this project was provided by Traffic21 Institute and its ongoing coordination is provided by Metro21 . Through a collaborative partnership spanning government, nonprofit, and local business, Mobility21 UTC researcher Prof. Stephen Smith created a machine-learning algorithm that optimizes bus stops and food delivery routes to ensure children, families, and seniors throughout the Penn Hills area can receive meals at convenient locations during this difficult and uncertain time. You can watch the full video of all of those involved in this project here.

  • September 1, 2020 - 2nd Annual Workshop of CMU Safe AI Lab Held - September 1, 2020 Yesterday, Mobility21 UTC researcher Ding Zhao and his team held the 2nd Annual Workshop of Safe AI Lab, where they presented findings and highlights of their work on the design, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of statistical, optimization, and machine learning models for making AI safer for real-world development.  Watch the video here.

  • August 31, 2020 - Dates Announced for Traffic21/Mobility21 2020 Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium - August 31, 2020 The dates for the  Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium were just announced.  The 2020 symposium will be held virtually on Thursday, November 19 from 11 AM – 2:30 PM eastern, followed Friday, November 20 with a UTC Academic and Research Showcase.  Putting the research, development and deployment approach into action – the annual deployment partner symposium provides an opportunity for interaction and discussion among researchers, students and deployment partners.  Contact Lisa Kay Schweyer for more information.

  • August 28, 2020 - Digital Repository Submitters Tapped for Feedback - August 27, 2020 The US Department of Transportation National Transportation Library Repository & Open Science Access Portal pulled together a small group of frequent users, including Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager from the Mobility21 UTC to join today’s feedback group.  The library is looking to gather information about the development of a new data submission form for research reports and data sets.

  • August 26, 2020 - Research Recap: The Built Environment and Pedestrian Safety in the Philadelphia Region - August 26, 2020 Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap.\" The 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. Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project: The Built Environment and Pedestrian Safety in the Philadelphia Region.

  • August 26, 2020 - Team Creates New Method to Identify Over-Emitting Vehicles - August 26, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Scott Matthews, along with student Prithvi Acharya and Paul Fischbeck of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP), has worked to create a new method to identify over-emitting vehicles. \"Across the U.S., there has been some criticism of the cost and efficacy of emissions inspection and maintenance (I/M) programs administered at the state and county level. In response, Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) Ph.D. student Prithvi Acharya and his advisor, Civil and Environmental Engineering  Scott Matthews, teamed up with EPP’s Paul Fischbeck. They have created a new method for identifying over-emitting vehicles using remote data transmission and machine learning that would be both less expensive and more effective than current I/M programs. Most states in America require passenger vehicles to undergo periodic emissions inspections to preserve air quality by ensuring that a vehicle’s exhaust emissions do not exceed standards set at the time the vehicle was manufactured. What some may not know is that the metrics through which emissions are gauged nowadays are usually measured by the car itself through on-board diagnostics (OBD) systems that process all of the vehicle’s data. Effectively, these emissions tests are checking whether a vehicle’s “check engine light” is on. While over-emitting identified by this system is 87 percent likely to be true, it also has a 50 percent false pass rate of over-emitters when compared to tailpipe testing of actual emissions. With cars as smart devices increasingly becoming integrated into the Internet of Things (IoT), there’s no longer any reason for state and county administrations to force drivers to come in for regular I/M checkups when all the necessary data is stored on their vehicle’s OBD. In an attempt to eliminate these unnecessary costs and improve the effectiveness of I/M programs, Acharya, Matthews, and Fischbeck published their recent study in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation SystemsOpens in new window. Their new method entails sending data directly from the vehicle to a cloud server managed by the state or county within which the driver lives, eliminating the need for them to come in for regular inspections. Instead, the data would be run through machine learning algorithms that identify trends in the data and codes prevalent among over-emitting vehicles. This means that most drivers would never need to report to an inspection site unless their vehicle’s data indicates that it’s likely over-emitting, at which point they could be contacted to come in for further inspection and maintenance. Not only has the team’s work shown that a significant amount of time and cost could be saved through smarter emissions inspecting programs, but their study has also shown how these methods are more effective. Their model for identifying vehicles likely to be over-emitting was 24 percent more accurate than current OBD systems. This makes it cheaper, less demanding, and more efficient at reducing vehicle emissions. This study could have major implications for leaders and residents within the 31 states and countless counties across the U.S. where I/M programs are currently in place. As these initiatives face criticism from proponents of both environmental deregulation and fiscal austerity, this team has presented a novel system that promises both significant reductions to cost and demonstrably improved effectiveness in reducing vehicle emissions. Their study may well redefine the testing paradigm for how vehicle emissions are regulated and reduced in America.\"

  • August 25, 2020 - Update on Mobility21’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholar (RISS), Beverley-Claire Okogwu - August 25, 2020 Mobility21\'s RISS Beverley-Claire Okogwu has completed her project titled, \"Development of a Multi Agent Environment Trained with MADDPG Algorithm.\"  Beverley-Claire was mentored by UTC researcher Ding Zhao of the Carnegie Mellon University Safe AI Lab.  View Beverley-Claire\'s poster and video. The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program connects students from across the country and world to contribute to robotics research alongside top CMU researchers. With 43 scholars from 11 countries and 33 home universities, the 2020 RISS cohort is the largest cohort since the inception of the program in 2006. Forty percent of the 2020 participating scholars are from communities underrepresented in STEM.

  • August 24, 2020 - Mobility21 Fall Semester Smart Mobility Connection Series Kicks Off with Presentation by Dr. Megan Ryerson - August 24, 2020 Mobility21 is resuming the Smart Mobility Connection Series with the start of fall semester with a vast array of presentations. Please join us on Friday, September 11 at Noon for our first session in the series featuring UTC researcher Dr. Megan Ryerson of the University of Pennsylvania.  She will be speaking on “Building Novel Traveler-Centric Metrics to Design Safe and Efficient Transportation Infrastructure Systems.” Register here to join the webinar. Smart Mobility Connection seminar series:  As the nature of transportation continues to evolve, Carnegie Mellon University has students and faculty conducting transportation related research in data analytics, robotics, public policy, engineering, architecture and design, and more.  Since not all of these efforts are co-located in the same building, or even the same department, there was a need to help building a “community space” to bring together people interested in transportation on CMU’s campus.  This was the impetus for Mobility21’s launching of the SMC  One of the University Transportation Center  faculty is featured at each hour long session; half of the time is reserved for questions and answers as well as networking.

  • August 20, 2020 - Boulder Transportation Connection Discusses Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - August 20, 2020 Today, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer moderated a discussion on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with 30+ representatives from transportation management associations as part of the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ Boulder Transportation Connection meeting.  The group generated 40 comments and identified 8 possible next steps for continuing the D, E, & I discussion.

  • August 20, 2020 - Update on Mobility21’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholar (RISS), Fausto Vega - August 20, 2020 Mobility21\'s Robotics Institute Summer Scholar (RISS) Fausto Vega has completed his project titled, \"Effective Collision Avoidance for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.\"  Fausto was mentored by UTC researcher, Dr. Sebastian Scherer.  View Fausto\'s poster and video. The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program connects students from across the country and world to contribute to robotics research alongside top CMU researchers. With 43 scholars from 11 countries and 33 home universities, the 2020 RISS cohort is the largest cohort since the inception of the program in 2006. Forty percent of the 2020 participating scholars are from communities underrepresented in STEM.

  • August 19, 2020 - Hendrickson Updates Transportation Research Board Executive Committee - August 19, 2020 Chris Hendrickson, Faculty Director of the Traffic21 Institute and a Mobility21 UTC researcher, attended the Transportation Research Board\'s Executive Committee Meeting August 17-19, 2020.  Hendrickson made a presentation as Chair of the TRB Division Committee, reporting on committee activities and statistics on diversity of TRB volunteers.

  • August 19, 2020 - Rapid Flow Technologies Named Semi-Finalist in the Toyota Mobility Foundation City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge - August 19, 2020 Rapid Flow Technologies, a Mobility21 UTC spin-off company, has been named as a semi-finalist in the Toyota Mobility Foundation City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge.  During the application period, over 90 global teams submitted their ideas for review, which was then narrowed to only 16 semi-finalist teams.  Each semi-finalist team receives up to a $5,000 grant each to develop Proofs of Concept of their solutions. \"The Toyota Mobility Foundation was established in August 2014 to support the development of a more mobile society. The Foundation aims to support strong and equitable mobility systems. It utilizes Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, working in partnership with universities, government, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around the world.  Solutions till date have aimed at resolving urban transportation problems, expanding the utilization of multi-modal mobility, and developing solutions for future generations.\"  

  • August 18, 2020 - WTS Grants Leadership Legacy Graduate Scholarship to CMU Student Kathryn Schlesinger - August 18, 2020 The Women in Transportation Seminar, Pittsburgh Chapter awarded the Leadership Legacy Graduate Scholarship to CMU student Kathryn Schlesinger. \"Although originally hailing from sunny, south Florida, Ms. Schlesinger considers Pittsburgh to be her second home after living here for nearly ten years. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 with a dual B.A. and GIS Certificate, Ms. Schlesinger accepted an AmeriCorps Fellowship position at Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), a nonprofit membership based organization, where she served for close to four years as the Transit Research and Policy Fellow, and later went on to become the Policy Coordinator. Over her time at PCRG, Ms. Schlesinger earned her LEED Green Associate accreditation and began the Master of Public Management program at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College in January 2018. She will be graduating in December 2020.\" The published award profile further explains that \"After transitioning to a new role at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership in fall 2018, Ms. Schlesinger now works on the Mobility Team as the Mobility Project Manager. In this role, she has had the opportunity to work on and lead a variety of mobility and public realm improvement projects to enhance the vibrancy and character of Downtown Pittsburgh. Among many other projects currently underway, her team is leading a process to develop a Mobility Plan designed to improve the Downtown experience for all users and identify ways to improve the pedestrian, transit, biking, vehicle, and delivery realms. Outside of work and school, Ms. Schlesinger enjoys living in Squirrel Hill with her longtime partner, Josh, and their two cats, Pluto and Ezio. \"

  • August 14, 2020 - 2020 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Innovation Contest - August 14, 2020 Chris Hendrickson, Faculty Director of Traffic21 Institute and a Mobility21 researcher, served as a volunteer judge for the 2020 American Society of Civil Engineers\' Innovation Contest.  The contest aspires to rethink what is possible in civil engineering, including transportation.  The final competition will take place during the ASCE 2020 Convention in October.

  • August 13, 2020 - Inter-American Development Bank Transport Features Dr. Rahul Mangharam - August 13, 2020 The Inter-American Development Bank  Transport held their 11th virtual session \"Designing Safe Autonomous Systems,\" which featured Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Rahul Mangharam of the University of Pennsylvania. In this talk, Dr. Mangharam discussed the main difficulties in the development of safe autonomous systems and about the new approaches that are needed to bound and minimize the risk of autonomous vehicles to the public, determine liability and insurance pricing, and ensure the long-term growth of the domain.

  • August 13, 2020 - Stan Caldwell Presents at Pittsburgh Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar - August 13, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell presented “Autonomous Vehicles: Why Now and Why Pittsburgh” at a webinar hosted by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar.  This presentation on Caldwell’s University Transportation Center funded research highlighted industry and technology trends and public policies aimed put in place to enable innovation and mitigate risk.

  • August 12, 2020 - UTC Researcher Corey Harper Hosts Webinar Discussing Things To Consider Before Hitting the Job Market - August 12, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Corey Harper hosted a webinar titled, \"Choosing Between Academia and Industry,\" to discuss the pros and cons choosing a career path in either. Corey Harper will also be participating in the upcoming Mobility21 Smart Mobility Connection on September 25.

  • August 12, 2020 - 2020 TIDC Annual Conference Features Stan Caldwell as Keynote Speaker - August 12, 2020 The Region 1 UTC, Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center at the University of Maine, featured Stan Caldwell from Carnegie Mellon University’s Mobility21 National UTC as keynote speaker on disruptive transportation technologies and infrastructure durability. The purpose of the annual conference is to educate, engage, and work with varied stakeholders (academics, industry professionals, state DOTs, and other government agencies) to solve transportation challenges facing the New England Region and beyond. The conference is an opportunity to inform stakeholders on TIDC’s research and technology transfer activities. This includes showcasing contributions TIDC researchers have made to a wide-range of transportation fields, including: structures, concrete materials, monitoring and assessment, and future efficient manufacturing techniques in transportation (i.e. 3D printing molds).

  • August 11, 2020 - WTS Pittsburgh Chapter Honors CMU Student Sharika Hegde - August 11, 2020 The Women in Transportation Seminar Pittsburgh Chapter 2020 Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient honoree is CMU student Sharika Hegde. The award winner \"Sharika J. Hegde is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) majoring in Civil & Environmental Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. Sharika is interested in intelligent transportation systems, shared mobility, and connected and automated vehicle technology. Combining her experience in transportation and computing, she is also interested in using machine learning and data analytics techniques to tackle issues within the transportation domain.\" The write-up in the WTS program also stated that \"Sharika has completed numerous internships, most recently at FHWA’s Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory, where she supported their Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment program and CARMA platform. During this internship, Sharika authored a paper on connected vehicle data privacy, which she then presented at the 2020 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. On-campus, Sharika served as the 2019 President of CMU’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is also involved with transportation research at CMU, as a researcher at Prof. Sean Qian’s Mobility Data Analytics Center. Sharika will continue her education and research by pursuing a Ph.D. in transportation systems in the fall of 2020.\"

  • August 8, 2020 - National Research Council Governing Board Meets - August 6 - 7, 2020 The National Research Council\'s Governing Board had its first ever virtual meeting August 6-7 with Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson attending.  Strategic planning and rapid responses to COVID-19 were major topics of discussion. The National Research Council (NRC) is the working arm of the United States National Academies, which produces reports that shape policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.

  • August 7, 2020 - Leading the Way: A National Task Force on Connected Vehicles - August 7, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Researcher Jon Peha was recently invited to provide his expertise in determining policies to move connected vehicles forward.  His paper, \"Leading the Way: A National Task Force on Connected Vehicles\" was chosen by Day One, an initiative of the nonpartisan Federation of American Scientists,  as one of the 100 best policy ideas related to science and technology to be enacted.  Read his paper here.

  • August 6, 2020 - Reimagining Transportation Energy in 2020 for Equity and Efficiency - August 6, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researchers Costa Samaras and Corey Harper participated in today\'s \"Reimagining Transportation Energy in 2020 for Equity and Efficiency\" panel to provide their take on what shifts we can expect on our transportation energy future post-COVID19. This session, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, is the eight installment in the series, \"Energy, Resilience, and COVID-19 – Pivoting in 2020\", which highlights research, industry and innovation related to how COVID-19 is impacting the way we will do business and what it means to the energy systems we rely upon.  You can watch the full webinar here.

  • August 6, 2020 - Port Authority Holds Second Public Meeting in NEXTransit Series - August 6, 2020 Port Authority held the second meeting in the NEXTransit series titled, \"Where Do You Want to Go NEXT?\"  The NEXTransit series are public and community meetings to gather input on the future of public transportation in the Pittsburgh area.  The next meeting in the series will be held on August 25, 2020 at 12:30pm and 4:00pm.  You can register for either meeting here.

  • August 6, 2020 - Nearly 600 transportation demand management professionals gather for the International Association for Commuter Transportation’s annual conference - August 3-5, 2020 Nearly 600 transportation demand management (TDM) professionals gathered earlier this week for the International Association for Commuter Transportation’s (ACT) annual conference.  Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager and ACT Board member led a discussion group on TDM research, encouraging ACT members to connect with their local UTC and provided an update on the organization\'s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force activities.

  • August 4, 2020 - Ohio State Research Boosts Smart Columbus - August 4, 2020 Mobility21 UTC academic partner, the Ohio State University\'s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) continues to build on mobility research. Harvey Miller, director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA), pointed to the Smart Columbus Operating System, an open source data site, as an exciting legacy for the program. “The type of work we’ve been doing for Smart Columbus has included looking at the impacts of these programs and things such as mobility, accessibility and travel times,” he said. “I’m very interested in the impacts of new transportation technologies and services on really improving the conditions in our cities from a social equity and environmental point of view.”  Read more here.  

  • July 30, 2020 - Welcoming New Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow – Hajra Shahab - July 30, 2020 Mobility21 UTC welcomes Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow for 2020-2022, Hajra Shahab. Hajra Shahab grew up in Karachi [Pakistan], one of the largest and most populated cities in the world. Growing up, she witnessed complex deep-rooted problems in the city such as weak institutional capacity, absence of public transit system and marginalization of vulnerable groups. During her undergraduate studies as an Economics major at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), she was able to apply economics and public policy frameworks to real-world issues. However, it was not until she got selected to attend an exchange semester at Waseda University, Japan, her interest in transportation and mobility solidified. Intrigued by a robust and efficient public transit system, Tokyo became a living laboratory for her urban planning interests and helped her trace factors that make cities sustainable and resilient in the long-run. After finishing her undergraduate in 2018, Hajra worked briefly at a trading company before pursuing her research interests. She was able to take her research forward through a grant received from the Saida Waheed Gender Initiative (SWGI) at LUMS. Her team assessed women mobility patterns which got her interested in exploring multiple dimensions of an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) such as real-time information about bus delays or seat availability making women less vulnerable to harassment. In 2019, Hajra joined Technology for People Initiative (TPI), a research lab jointly funded by Google and the World Bank, as a Research Associate to work on child protection with UNICEF. As the project team lead, she helped in the design and implementation of a novel Information Management System (IMS) to be deployed in 4 provinces of Pakistan. Hajra carried out fieldwork in Balochistan, one of the most marginalized provinces in the country, and assessed existing digital infrastructure of the public offices, mapped possible system integrations and generated user requirements. Designing a bespoke system for people with low levels of digital literacy and different perspectives helped her understand the importance of context in policy design. She wants to further explore child-centric community planning such as transport connectivity especially in hotspot areas of child abuse that can mitigate the odds of school dropouts due to long commute; an issue that currently stands at 53% in Pakistan for females. Her budding interest in data-driven policymaking also stems from her work on Pakistan’s 1st open data portal at the National Center in Big Data and Cloud Computing (NCBC) at LUMS in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC). She supervised a group of researchers on large datasets, including crime, education, and financial inclusion. She strongly believes making data accessible to the public can also help in developing more democratic and participatory planning processes, empower people and help in meaningful civic engagement. During her time at Heinz, she would like to continue to understand how users interact with cities and transportation systems, specifically. She believes Carnegie Mellon University’s MSPPM program will provide her with an opportunity to master her data and policy skillset, engage with interdisciplinary groups, and explore technological breakthroughs to develop smarter, and well-connected mobility networks in cities. Hajra says, “It is an honor to have earned the Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellowship. I strongly believe that this fellowship has brought me a step closer to my career aspirations in transportation and mobility. Traffic21 is steering discussion around transportation in the 21st century, and I believe this futuristic approach will provide me with unparalleled exposure to cutting edge research, mentoring, and technological advancements.” Learn more about all the Mobility21 student leaders here: https://mobility21.cmu.edu/about/leadership/student-leadership/. -------------- The Traffic21 Women in Transportation fellowship provides financial support to an incoming student who is entering either the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College MSPPM (Public Policy and Management) or MISM (Information Systems Management) degree programs.  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.

  • July 29, 2020 - Traffic21 Students Present Rural Mobility Policy Study to PennDOT Secretary - July 29, 2020 Graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University recently met with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Yassmin Gramian and members of her executive team, to present a comprehensive policy study titled “Mobility, Accessibility, and Connectivity: Assessments and Recommendations Concerning Rural Transportation Equity in Pennsylvania.” Included in the report was a review of key national findings, an analysis of rural equity as a systemic concern in Pennsylvania, strategies and practices from around the U.S., and the students’ recommendations to implement a rural transportation council.  As a first–of-its-kind rural transportation model, the council would identify research and information needs, as well as recommend and advocate for policy and program initiatives to enhance the mobility, connectivity, and accessibility of Pennsylvania’s rural communities and become a model for other states. Roger Cohen, PennDOT’s Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary and the client for this project shared: \"At a time when new technologies are dramatically redefining transportation and citizens are demanding greater accountability and responsiveness on the part of government, the student team from Carnegie Mellon looked at rural transportation services and found that there are disparities that can begin to be addressed by giving rural Pennsylvanians a greater voice in shaping the future of their communities.\" Under the guidance of Traffic21’s Executive Director and Heinz College Adjunct Associate Professor Stan Caldwell and Heinz College Distinguished Service Professor Rick Stafford, CMU graduate students Blair Chen, Erick Shiring, and Marcus Robinson of Heinz College and Ziyu Dai of the College of Engineering were able to apply their knowledge and experiences to inspire real world policy change for future progress. Also involved in the project  was former Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Ngani Ndimbie, executive policy specialist for PennDOT.  Ngani was able to advise the students from a policy standpoint, as well as provide guidance from her experience as a Heinz College graduate. This project was supported by the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center. For more information and detail, you can read the full report here.

  • July 24, 2020 - RISS Update – Participant Continues Progress with XPlane11 Flight Simulator - July 24, 2020 Mobility21 UTC\'s Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program participant Fausto Vega continues his work, exploring more about aerospace. \"My experience with RISS has been great as I have learned about the aerospace field which is a career I hope to pursue in the future. I am grateful for the weekly workshops, speakers, and the members of the Air Lab as they have allowed me to grow as a researcher.\"  Watch a short video where Fausto explains more about his experience and project here. 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.

  • July 23, 2020 - Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition Quarterly Meeting - July 23, 2020 Stan Caldwell participated in the AASHTO/ITE/ITSA Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Coalition - Strategic Initiatives Working Group Quarterly Meeting today, to discuss connected vehicle to connected infrastructure technology applications. The Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC) began as a concept to create a single point of reference for stakeholders to meet and discuss V2I deployment related issues. To accomplish this concept, U.S. DOT asked the American Association of State Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) to collaborate on organizing and managing the coalition. The V2I DC Project Team (consisting of members from AASHTO, ITE and ITS America) then created a vision, mission, and set of objectives that would guide the coalition.

  • July 22, 2020 - The Ohio State University Hosts Camp CAR - July 22, 2020 Today, Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer participated in The Ohio State University\'s (UTC academic partner) Camp CAR.  The camp allowed attendees to tour CAR labs, hear from and converse with CAR researchers and students and take a look inside the Student Projects Motorsports facility.

  • July 22, 2020 - PennDOT STIC Discusses New Transportation Projects - July 22, 2020 Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 Executive Director, participated in today\'s Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration\'s State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC), where the group discussed and adopted new transportation innovation deployment projects. The Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) facilitates the rapid implementation of proven, well-researched and documented state, regional, national and international technologies, tactics, techniques and any other innovations that are new to Pennsylvania.

  • July 21, 2020 - Electrolyte Development for Safer, Higher Energy and Longer Lasting Batteries - July 21, 2020 In collaboration with the Department of Energy\'s Lawrence Berkley National Lab, Mobility21 UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan led research on a new class of soft, solid electrolytes that can help to create safer, higher energy and longer lasting batteries.   Read the full article here.

  • July 21, 2020 - Offsetting Carbon Emissions, One Ton at a Time - July 20, 2020 Megan Ryerson, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electric and Systems Engineering and UTC researcher at the Mobility21 academic partner University of Pennsylvania, sits down with Penn Today to discuss her take on offsetting carbon emissions, one ton at a time.  “I’ve spent my career telling people to fly less. If you told me in the fall how few planes would be in the sky right now, I would have been shocked,” says Megan Ryerson.  Read the full article here.

  • July 20, 2020 - PA Rural Robotics Impact on Workforce Development - July 20, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell met with Brad Moore, District Director for Congressmen Glenn Thompson PA-15, Venango County Commissioner Chip Abramovic, and Tim Heffernan, founder of the PA Rural Robotics Initiative to discuss the STEM activity between Mobility21 and PA Rural Robotics and its impact on Pennsylvania rural workforce development.

  • July 20, 2020 - RISS Update – Program Surpasses Participant’s Expectations - July 20, 2020 Mobility21 UTC\'s Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program participant Beverley-Claire Okogwu continues to interact and excel as her project explores getting agents to overcome ambiguous and sub-optimal behaviors of humans in Human-Robot Interaction. \"One thing I am certainly proud of while conducting my research is my ability to thoroughly read and understand the basic ideas of research papers, and utilizing these ideas (algorithms, open source ware) into the simulator. I believe this is an important skill as I advance in my educational and career interests...So far, the RISS experience has surpassed my expectations due to its remote nature. I have interacted with a lot of people and have discovered a variety of online resources and platforms that I may not have found in an in-person setting. \" 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.

  • July 16, 2020 - PA Automated Vehicle Summit Planning Underway - July 16, 2020 Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Mobility21 UTC, was appointed to the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit Planning Committee and participated in the meeting today.  The Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation and Community & Economic Development have hosted the PA AV Summits annually since 2017.  See the Summit website here.

  • July 16, 2020 - APTA’s Mobility Recovery and Restoration Task Force Prepares To Deliver Recommendations - July 16, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer have been actively participating on the American Public Transportation Association\'s (APTA) Mobility Recovery and Restoration Task Force since May.  \"The results of the Task Force will include a set of recommendations covering a wide range of issues critical to public transportation\'s future success, including safeguarding employees and riders, public and rider confidence, and customer-focused operations, as well as resiliency, equity, and societal needs.\" The group will wrap up their work and present their recommendations later this month.

  • July 15, 2020 - July 2020 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting - July 15, 2020 Mobility21 hosted the UTC faculty meeting today.  The meeting included a presentation by Steve Smith on his project, \"Algorithms and Heuristics for Remote Food Delivery in the Pandemic Era\" (which is helping to combat the issue of food insecurity), and updates from our academic partners, the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County.

  • July 8, 2020 - The Ohio State University Students’ Experience Impacted by NEXTCAR - July 8, 2020 The Ohio State University doctoral candidates Rajakumar Deshpande and Shobhit Gupta are working with Mobility21 UTC academic partner, the Ohio State University\'s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) to expand their knowledge and experience in the field of automated vehicles.  \"...Rajakumar Deshpande and Gupta are doctoral candidates in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. Their work on the ARPA-E NEXTCAR* project at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is shaping their studies, their future careers, and the future of connected and automated vehicles...The project aims to improve connected vehicle technologies and ultimately improve hybrid-electric vehicles’ fuel economy by 20 percent.\"   Read more here.    

  • July 7, 2020 - ITS PCB Community College Virtual Workshop Series Highlights New CCAC Class - July 7, 2020 During the ITS PCB Program’s Community College Virtual Workshop Series, Bob Koch of Mobility21\'s academic partner the Community College of Allegheny County, presented on the new experiential transportation innovation class that started this year.  The event also included a virtual tour of FHWA’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, specifically areas related to Connected and Automated Vehicle research.

  • July 7, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher and Team Advance to Phase 3 of CHARiOT Challenge - July 7, 2020 After winning Phase 2, Mobility21 UTC Researcher Yang Cai and his team at CMU have been advanced to Phase 3 of the CHARiOT Challenge, where researchers build augmented reality for first responders.  The goal is to significantly improve a first responder’s situational awareness allowing them to more effectively plan and respond during incidents.

  • July 6, 2020 - Preliminary Final Research Results Presented to ACTA for Mobility Challenge Project - July 6, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian, CMU student Rick Grahn, and Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer met today with Lynn Manion and Amy Mathieson of the Airport Corridor Transportation Association and Phillip St. Pierre of Port Authority of Allegheny County to review the preliminary final research results from the Smart Mobility Challenge project, Data Driven Mobility Service Design: A Case Study for Moon Township.  The project’s final report will be published later this summer.

  • July 6, 2020 - Speaking on Possibilities for Deep Decarbonization of US Transportation Modes at International Society of Industrial Ecology Americas 2020 - July 6, 2020 Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21, gave the keynote presentation today on \"Possibilities for Deep Decarbonization of US Transportation Modes\" to the International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference ISIE Americas 2020.   Over 90 people were in attendance for this presentation.  The mission of the ISIE is to promote the use of industrial ecology in research, education, industrial practice, policy and community development, in order to transform society and achieve a more sustainable economy.  The conference was organized by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Del Peru in Lima, Peru.  

  • July 3, 2020 - Exploring ‘Redesigning the World’ - July 3, 2020 Megan Ryerson, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electric and Systems Engineering at the Mobility21 academic partner University of Pennsylvania, provided her input on how to navigate post-COVID19 with Politico magazine with her suggestion, \"Replace Short Flights with Buses.\" \"You’re traveling to a neighboring city, either to visit or to catch a connecting flight. You’re cruising along using the Wi-Fi in a clean seat at least 6 feet from your fellow passengers. You’re relaxed; since departures leave your hometown airport every hour, choosing when to travel was easy. Then, over the loudspeaker you hear a voice: “This is your captain speaking. The bus will be pulling up to the airport momentarily. Terminal A, first stop.” Now that the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically disrupted air travel, it’s possible to imagine this strange new reality: The future of short-distance air travel may very well be the bus. With business travel evaporating for the time being, and Americans worried about getting on crowded planes for anything but urgently necessary travel, the aviation industry is reeling. As of April 30, demand for flights from and within the United States had plummeted 95 percent from the year before; it has since held steady at the lowest levels seen since the mid-1950s. Airlines are recording unprecedented losses. As airlines prepare for their future, they will be looking to cut unprofitable and expensive routes—specifically, those routes under 500 miles that rely on gas-guzzling regional jets. Shorter regional air routes are already so unpopular that airlines won’t serve them without expensive subsidies or direct incentives from a growing number of secondary airports. The economics of short-haul flights will get even worse if airlines choose not to fill their planes, as some are doing. But Americans still need ways to get from city to city besides driving. Frequently run, comfortable coach bus lines could fill the void. Buses offer higher scheduling flexibility and lower capital costs; a half-filled bus represents much less of a loss than a half-filled plane. Furthermore, increased regional bus use would reduce the number of flights coming into airports—and thus reduce the number of people mingling within airports’ walls, a new and likely enduring safety priority. And while conventional buses might provide a slight fuel consumption savings compared with regional aircrafts, hybrid and electric buses are at least four times more fuel-efficient than regional jets. To make this shift, airlines need to see themselves—or be required to see themselves as a condition of relief funding—as mobility companies and not only providers of air service. In the same way that cities and the federal government already provide incentives to airlines to fly, future Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding could provide incentives to airlines or startup bus companies to get regional coaches on the road. Now is the time to make a dramatic, long-lasting change in the way we travel: Airlines are being forced to be more flexible, passengers are looking for the safest alternatives, and planners and policymakers should be looking for solutions that meet our mobility, safety and environmental goals going forward.\"  Read the full article here.

  • July 3, 2020 - Tesla’s Autopilot and How it Compares to the Competition - July 2020 Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar was recently interviewed by Business Insider to discuss his thoughts on Tesla\'s groundbreaking Autopilot feature and how it compares with competing technologies.  Read the full article here.

  • July 2, 2020 - California’s Requirements for the Trucking Industry - June 25, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Researcher Costa Samaras was interviewed by Gizmodo to discuss the increase of electric trucks and how crucial they will be in California in the future.  \"\'California has always been a leader in advancing clean transportation technology,\' Costa Samaras, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, told Earther. \'It’s a huge deal.\'\" Read the full article here.

  • June 30, 2020 - The Robot Doctor: High School Math Education Through the Lens of Robotics - June 30, 2020 With COVID-19 school closures, the continuity of education for the majority of Pennsylvania\'s students is at risk.  Inequities of resources, staffing, and lack of Internet connectivity are making online learning inaccessible for some of our most at-risk communities. This decrease in classroom learning time, both in-person and virtual, is leaving some students further behind and threatens to deepen the chasm in learning outcomes and opportunities. Public-private partnerships are emerging to create just-in-time educational resources to support communities and families. RobotWits LLC, and the PA Rural Robotics Initiative, both Mobility21 deployment partners, and WQED partnered to create the accessible STEM instructional resources, the Robot Doctor, for high school students and teachers. The Robot Doctor series comprises two parts: 1) eight 14-minute video lessons for students and 2) educator instructional support and feedback channels. The series was broadcast on all seven PBS stations across Pennsylvania to provide immediate instructional support to high school students. Designed to be accessible to most of Pennsylvania\'s students in no-tech and low-tech formats, the series can be downloaded from partner websites, streamed, and could be rebroadcast this fall. The series reinforces critical mathematics concepts taught in high school. The learning objectives in each episode are linked directly to Pennsylvania State Standards in Math and Science and focus on the Pennsylvania Department of Education-recommended content. The Robot Doctor ties math concepts taught in high school to cutting-edge robotic technologies from drones to autonomous vehicles to humanoids. \"The Robot Doctor teaches core math concepts through the lens of robotics,\" Explained Maxim Likhachev, co-leader of the project is an associate professor in Carnegie Mellon\'s Robotics Institute and the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), and director of the Search-Based Planning Laboratory (SBPL) at CMU. He founded RobotWits, the Pittsburgh-based technology company focused on self-driving solutions that created the Robot Doctor content and are supporting educator engagement and professional learning opportunities. A key goal of the materials, as described by Likhachev, is to decrease perceptions that STEM careers are inaccessible. Cathy Cook, WQED Director of Education Projects, explained, \"With in-person instruction still being uncertain, the challenge for WQED will be figuring out how to educate students when accessibility is still an issue. With equity as a huge problem, how can students be held accountable if not everyone has access to the same learning opportunities? And, how can WQED help bridge that divide?\" \"COVID-19 increased the urgency of addressing the digital divide\", said Rachel Burcin, the project co-lead. \"Families do not have uniform access to technology platforms and stable Internet connections. Accessible content that is tied to standards is becoming even more critical as school districts and individual teachers scramble to make remote learning work. In this new normal, TV broadcast is becoming a central tool to reach as many families as possible.\" Tim Heffernan, the founder of the PA Rural Robotics Initiative, notes that bringing world-class resources to rural communities like those that he supports opens tremendous opportunities and contributes to economic and workforce development. \"The Robot Doctor is unique for WQED because it is rooted in public television\'s core mission of educating our audience and providing direct instruction to students over our airwaves. Additionally, due to unforeseen circumstances from Covid-19, huge gaps were identified by the Department of Education, and we were asked to respond, in real-time, to the need,\" according to WQED\'s Director Educational Partnerships Gina Masciola. This public-private partnership engages key stakeholders from government, non-profit, and private entities and enterprises, including the Pennsylvania Department of Education, RobotWits LLC, PA Rural Robotics, and leverages expertise and leadership from roboticists and educators. To learn more or to bring these free resources to your school or community, contact Rachel Burcin at rachel@robotwits.com or Maxim Likhachev at maxim@robotwits.com.

  • June 29, 2020 - Trade-offs Between Automation and Light Vehicle Electrification - June 29, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Researcher Venkat Viswanathan and colleague Parth Vaishnav, along with doctoral students Aniruddh Mohan and Shashank Sripad, were published in the most recent issue of Nature Energy where they explored how adding self-driving capability to electric vehicles might affect range.  Access the article here.

  • June 25, 2020 - Importance of Workforce Training for Intelligent Transportation Systems Workers - June 25, 2020 Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 Executive Director, participated in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Transportation and Operations Forum and discussed the importance of workforce training for intelligent transportation systems workers through community colleges and universities.

  • June 25, 2020 - ITS America Announces Winner of the America’s Region of the Emerging Leaders Program Global Challenge - June 25, 2020 ITS America has named University of Pennsylvania, a Mobility21 UTC academic partner, as the winner of the America\'s region of the Emerging Leaders Program Global Challenge with their inclusive mobility plan for Philadelphia. \"Move, Philadelphia! is an inclusive mobility model for the city that includes multiple strategies to limit private vehicle use within the city using the latest technologies and direct diverted funds to the city’s flailing public transit system. Read the team’s submission here. The Global Challenge, initially developed for the 2020 ITS World Congress in Los Angeles, was designed to help develop future ITS and emerging technology leaders among university and college students worldwide. Each ITS World Congress regions (Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific) is running parallel competitions to select winning teams – one team in each region. Teams were recruited to design an inclusive mobility model for an urban environment in their area. Europe and Asia-Pacific will select regional winners later this summer. The UPenn team writes that Philadelphia has long had an equity problem. It is the poorest large city in the country but has experienced recent growth, which has resulted in increased congestion. Philadelphia is the third most congested city in the United States, but transportation issues affecting communities of color and low-income people are widespread. The city’s transit agency, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), is at risk, and the team proposes solutions that will create additional revenues as well as make access to transit more equitable.  From the UPenn team’s abstract: “Introducing innovative curbside management tools can help Philadelphia regulate its limited roadway space and keep traffic flowing. Increasing fees for car usage, such as rideshare fees and parking permits, will more accurately price the cost of driving, discourage car use in our most congested areas, and create additional revenues for SEPTA. Furthermore, an overhaul in SEPTA’s fare structure and collection will increase financial accessibility of transit and make it a more attractive mode to all Philadelphians.” Members of the UPenn team, below, are all in the Master of City Planning program: Camille Boggan, from Cincinnati, OH, studied Sustainable Transportation & Infrastructure Planning; Emily Kennedy, from Tallahassee, FL, studied Sustainable Transportation & Infrastructure Planning; David Seunglee Park, from Washington, DC., studied Sustainable Transportation & Infrastructure Planning; Kate Sutton, from Lafayette, IN, studied Transportation and Spatial Data Science; and Professors & UTC researchers Erick Guerra and Megan Ryerson ITS America managed the competition in the Americas with support from a team of volunteers. Teams from 13 universities in the United States and Canada submitted papers. A team of 15 subject matter experts representing the public, private, and academic sectors reviewed the papers and recommended three to advance to the regional finals. In addition to UPenn, the others were from the University of South Florida and Virginia Tech. ITS America held the regional final, virtually, on June 8. Each team made presentations and answered questions from five judges including representatives from ITS America, U.S. Department of Transportation, HNTB Corporation, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and University of Florida.\"

  • June 24, 2020 - Viswanathan Named One of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 - June 24, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Researcher Venkat Viswanathan has been named one of MIT Technology Review\'s Innovators Under 35. \"Viswanathan is recognized for his work to develop a new type of battery that could make electric vehicles (EVs) cheaper and more energy efficient. His research specifically focuses on developing a new type of battery with an anode made out of pure lithium. While lithium metal batteries have great potential, they are prone to forming dendrites that arise when charging fast. These dendrites shorten the batteries’ lifetime and can lead to fires and explosions. To combat this, Viswanathan has developed a hybrid polymer-ceramic separator between the batteries’ electrodes that can apply enough pressure to keep the dendrites from forming. Viswanathan has collaborated with several companies on battery design and production. He and his team have received funding from the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program to continue their research, which has the potential to change the nature of transportation.\" Find out more here.

  • June 19, 2020 - Roadbotics Named “World Economic Forum 2020 Technology Pioneer” - June 19, 2020 Roadbotics, a Mobility21 spin-off company, has been named a \"World Economic Forum 2020 Technology Pioneer.\"  The Technology Pioneers of 2020 bring together 100 early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are pioneering new technologies and innovations, ranging from the use of artificial intelligence to diagnose cancers and quantum computing systems, to carbon capture and removing technologies, cell-grown meat production and use of microbiome to track goods.

  • June 18, 2020 - Mobility21 Welcomes 2 Robotics Institute Summer Scholars - June 18, 2020 Mobility21 is pleased to welcome and support Beverley-Claire Okogwu and Fausto Vega as participants in the 2020 Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) Program. At Mobility21, we view research and education as two sides of the same coin. We cannot educate for future generations without exposing them to research, development and deployment. On the other hand, we cannot do successful research, development and deployment without the input of future generations. “The Carnegie Mellon University RISS Program is an intensive summer research program for talented undergraduate students. Summer Scholars have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research projects, interact with a diverse research team, and to be mentored by leading faculty and technical staff. The program introduces aspiring students to dynamic research resources and methods, RI graduate education programs and research projects. The Summer Scholars program lasts 11 weeks.” More about the Mobility21 RISS Summer Scholars, Beverley-Claire Okogwu and Fausto Vega Beverley-Claire Okogwu is a rising senior at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania majoring in Computer Science, with a minor in Mathematics. This summer at the Robotics Institute Summer Scholars Program, she is working on developing and using Reinforcement Learning environments to experiment with and model autonomous vehicles and smart cities. Through the RISS program, Beverley-Claire hopes to fully comprehend the techniques and skills needed in writing and presenting research. In addition, she will also learn how to conduct fluid research (especially in the fields of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence) and have an idea of what graduate school would be like. Although she is mainly conducting remote research this year, she sees it as gaining an adaptability skill that will make her familiar with simulation environments. Aside from research, she is also enjoying the various online platforms – Discord, Slack, zoom – that are being used in communication with her fellow scholars. She is learning so much about each member despite being in different parts of the world! Beverley-Claire is truly grateful to be given this opportunity at RISS. Fausto Vega is an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is part of the Honors College, majoring in mechanical engineering, and minoring in mathematics. He conducts research at the Drones and Autonomous Systems Laboratory at UNLV on several robotics concepts. He is excited to be participating in the Robotics Institute of Summer Scholars at Carnegie Mellon University. He hopes to learn efficient research methods from his mentors as well as gain more insight in drone and aerospace technologies. This experience will allow him to prepare for graduate school through the writing and professional development workshops. It will also allow him to expand his network with scholars, faculty, and professionals from around the world. More about RISS “RISS connects students from across the country and world to contribute to robotics research alongside top CMU researchers. With 42 scholars from 11 countries and 33 home universities, the 2020 RISS cohort is the largest cohort since the inception of the program in 2006. Forty percent of the participating scholars are from communities underrepresented in STEM…The RI scholars’ research experience is guided by outstanding research mentors that represent the incredibly diverse robotics research from across the Institute. This year 25 individuals and their teams are undertaking the challenge of navigating a remote experience. We welcome eight new mentors and thank returning mentors who have had a tremendous impact on the lives and careers of the scholars. Mentors guide, support, create new possibilities, and nurture students’ potential.” https://riss.ri.cmu.edu/

  • June 16, 2020 - Transportation Research Board Meets to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion - June 16, 2020 Traffic21 Institute Director and Mobility21 Researcher Chris Hendrickson met with new Transportation Research Board Cooperative Research Program staff to discuss the role of the TRB Division Committee in reviewing panel members and reports, and ensuring diversity and inclusion on panels.

  • June 16, 2020 - PA Transportation Alliance Discusses Autonomous Delivery Vehicles - June 16, 2020 Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 Executive Director, participated in a meeting of the Pennsylvania Transportation Alliance  hosted by Disability Rights PA.  Stan provided information to the group of 25 on autonomous delivery vehicles in response to discussion of pending state legislation to allow these vehicles in Pennsylvania.

  • June 12, 2020 - Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition Quarterly Meeting - June 9, 2020 Traffic21 Professor Rick Stafford and his Heinz College masters student, Demitra Kourtzidis, participated in the quarterly meeting of the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition (KTFC) to engage with Pennsylvania transportation policy stakeholders.  Rick and Demitra are conducting research on past and future transportation funding alternatives.

  • June 11, 2020 - Council of University Transportation Center’s (CUTC) Annual Meeting - June 9 & 10, 2020 Held earlier this week, the Annual Council of University Transportation Center\'s  summer meeting brings 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.

  • June 11, 2020 - Smart Belt Coalition Quarterly Meeting - June 10, 2020 Stan Caldwell participated in the quarterly meeting of the Smart Belt Coalition.  The coalition includes universities and state transportation agencies in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania to further develop a multi-state connected and automated vehicle real-world testing environment.  Stan is a founding member of the coalition.

  • June 9, 2020 - The Ohio State University Student-Turned-Employee Racing to the Skies - April 6, 2020 The Ohio State University student-turned-employee Max Wright is achieving his dreams in the Center for Automotive Research (CAR).  The exploratory research program at the Mobility21 UTC academic partner is allowing him to help researchers and motorsports teams build custom parts to enhance leading research and winning vehicles.  Learn more here.

  • June 5, 2020 - ITS America Hosts Discussion on “Technology and the Post COVID-19 Transportation Roadmap” - June 4, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was a featured panelist for the ITS America Webinar, \"Technology and the post COVID-19 Transportation Roadmap.\"  The session explored the changes that may be seen with transportation after COVID-19, as well how to build the transportation system in the 21st century. View the full webinar here.

  • June 3, 2020 - N-CATT Advisory Council Meets and Discusses Impacts of COVID-19 - June 3, 2020 Today, the National Center for Applied Transit Technology – known as N-CATT, a technical assistance center funded through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Transit Administration - held its national advisory council meeting today.  Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer is a member of the advisory council and participated in this meeting where the impacts of COVID-19 were discussed.

  • June 3, 2020 - PA Autonomous Vehicle Task Force Quarterly Meeting Discusses Current AV Activity - June 3, 2020 Stan Caldwell, founding member of the Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force, attended the quarterly meeting of the task force where current AV activity in the state was discussed with public and private partners.

  • June 3, 2020 - Women’s Transportation Seminar Award Winners Include Advisory Council Member - May 21, 2020 Traffic21/Mobility21 Advisory Council member, TRB Executive Committee member and APTA President Paul P. Skoutelas was awarded the Women\'s Transportation Seminar\'s Honorable Ray LaHood Award, which recognizes efforts to attract, retain, and advance women in transportation. See all of the WTS 2020 Award Winners here.

  • June 1, 2020 - Updating ACTA on Smart Mobility Challenge Project - June 1, 2020 This morning Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian, CMU student Rick Grahn, and Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer met with representatives of the Airport Corridor Transportation Association.  This meeting was an update for ACTA on the Smart Mobility Challenge project, Data Driven Mobility Service Design: A Case Study for Moon Township.

  • May 28, 2020 - COVID-19 and the Impacts on Future Travel: What’s Next for the Summer and Beyond - May 21, 2020 Featured in the CMU news article \"COVID and Transportation: What’s Next for the Summer and Beyond\" are Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell and UTC Researcher Sean Qian.  In this article, they share their thoughts on the impacts COVID-19 could have on both travel for the upcoming summer and on long-term public transportation.  Read the full story here...

  • May 28, 2020 - ACT Creates Resource to Support Employers, Commuters, and Communities For Getting Back to the Workplace Safely - May 27, 2020 \"The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) has developed a resource guide to help inform employers, commuters, and communities on how we can all get back to the workplace safely and efficiently. Prepared by a task force of transportation demand management (TDM) professionals representing service providers, employers, and government agencies, this handbook provides tips for managing many of the most common commute options during the current pandemic.\"  Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer assisted with the development of this guide as an active participant on this task force.

  • May 27, 2020 - CMU Students Form Team to Compete in Roborace Autonomous Racing Championship - May 27, 2020 Carnegie Mellon students from the School of Computer Science have formed a team to compete in this year\'s Roborace, an international competition involving autonomous, electrically powered vehicles. Read the full story here...

  • May 27, 2020 - Research Recap: Understanding and Guiding Pedestrian and Crowd Motion - May 27, 2020 Today Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap.\" The 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. Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project: Understanding and Guiding Pedestrian and Crowd Motion.

  • May 21, 2020 - Stan Caldwell Discusses COVID-19 Impacts with Roadbotics - May 20, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was an invited by Benjamin Schmidt, President of Roadbotics (a UTC spinoff company) to present as part of Roadbotics web discussion on lessons learned through the COVID-19 pandemic about the need for more resilient transportation organizations and cities.  Watch the full web discussion here. #Mobility21 #CMU #Roadbotics

  • May 20, 2020 - UTC Researcher Fei Fang Presents at CMU Faculty Dialogues Webinar - May 19, 2020 UTC Researcher Fei Fang presented Saving Wildlife Through A.I. at yesterday\'s CMU Faculty Dialogues Webinar.  Professor Fang and her team at the Institute of Software Research  developed PAWS, exploring how A.I. can change the world for the better. #cmu #mobility21  

  • May 19, 2020 - IEEE Pittsburgh Seminar Series: Engineers Respond to COVID-19: Engineering Reopening and Renaissance - May 19, 2020 Tonight, Mobility21 UTC Researcher Yang Cai presented \"Engineers Respond To COVID-19: Engineering Reopening and Renaissance\" as part of the IEEE Pittsburgh Seminar Services.  Dr. Cai is the Director of Visual Intelligence Studio and Senior Systems Scientist at Cylab Institute and Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering by courtesy, Carnegie Mellon University.

  • May 19, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher and CMU Professor Costa Samaras Interviewed for Transportation Episode on PBS - 05/18/20 Mobility21 UTC Researcher and CMU Professor Costa Samaras was interviewed as part of a transportation episode of Michael E. Webber\'s Power Trip: The Story of Energy documentary.  Watch the interview here...

  • May 19, 2020 - Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell Participates in Port Authority’s NEXTransit Advisory Group Meeting - May 19, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the Port Authority of Allegheny County\'s NEXTransit Advisory Group Meeting.  \"The goal of the NEXTransit Advisory Group is to create a [long-term] plan for an improved transit system that will attract more riders, enhance mobility, and support community development and redevelopment initiatives throughout Allegheny County.\"

  • May 18, 2020 - Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman Works with City of Pittsburgh to Aid Community During Pandemic - May 18, 2020 Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman was asked to work with the City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility Infrastructure (DOMI), as well as business owners, mobility leaders, technologists, and transportation officials to provide a report on the use of streets and mobility to aid the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the results of their efforts, access full report here.  

  • May 18, 2020 - UTC Researcher Yang Cai Leads Research Team for Remote Fever Scanning Technologies - May 18, 2020 UTC Researcher and CMU Senior Systems Scientist Yang Cai is leading a team that is developing automatic remote fever-screening technologies that can make it possible for buildings and first responders to detect fevers from a distance.  Read the full story here...  

  • May 18, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Updates North Huntingdon Township on Smart Mobility Challenge Project - May 18, 2020 This morning Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian, Postdoctoral Research Associate Wei Ma, and Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer met with North Huntingdon Township Assistant Township Manager Mike Turley and Director of Planning & Zoning Ryan Fonzi.  This was an update meeting for the Smart Mobility Challenge project, Smart Multi-modal Transportation Solution for North Huntingdon Township in Response to Roadway Construction Projects on Route 30.

  • May 18, 2020 - Research Recap: Improving Rush Hour Traffic Flow by Computer-Vision-Based Parking Detection and Regulations - May 18, 2020 Today Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap.\" The 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. Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project: Improving Rush Hour Traffic Flow by Computer-Vision-Based Parking Detection and Regulations.

  • May 18, 2020 - Association for Commuter Transportation Announces First Ever Cohort of “Certified” Professionals - May 18, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer was part of the first group of transportation demand management professionals to ever be \"certified\" by the Association for Commuter Transportation.  This is the TDM industry\'s first ever professional certification.  Learn more here.

  • May 14, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell Presents During RETRC Spotlight - May 14, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell presented the Mobility21 UTC project \"Changing Hunger: CMU Works with 412 Food Rescue and Allies for Children to Deliver School Lunches to Children due to COVID-19\" during today\'s Research, Education, and Training Reauthorization Coalition (RETRC) virtual spotlight for Congressional Offices and Transportation Stakeholders. There were 85 registrants for the webinar, including 15 from Department of Transportation, 25 from congress, and 40 transportation stakeholders.  Also presenting as part of the webinar were several other university representatives discussing how they are monitoring the impacts of COVID-19, working with health care and policymakers to address COVID-19’s effects, and helping public transportation agencies to address the challenges of the pandemic now and in the future. RETRC advocates for and advances university transportation research.  RETRC is composed of 22 universities, which work with over 100 different universities spread across 42 states making it a truly national organization. View Stan\'s presentation at 57:00 here...

  • May 12, 2020 - IEEE Pittsburgh Seminar Series: Engineers Respond to COVID-19 – Local Data Tracking and Modeling - May 12, 2020 Tonight, Mobility21 UTC Researcher Yang Cai presented on \"...county-level infection-response data tracker and model as it connects to local EMS directly...\" as part of the IEEE Pittsburgh Seminar Services.  Dr. Cai is the Director of Visual Intelligence Studio and Senior Systems Scientist at Cylab Institute and Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering by courtesy, Carnegie Mellon University.

  • May 12, 2020 - CMU Students Present Work on “Planning by Design: Campuses, Waterfronts, Districts, and Cities.” - May 12, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer participated in the final class project presentation by CMU Remaking Cities Institute students.  The students\' project was \"Planning by Design: Campuses, Waterfronts, Districts, and Cities.\"

  • May 12, 2020 - Research Recap: Dynamic Management of Food Redistribution for 412 Food Rescue - May 12, 2020 Today Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap.\" The 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. Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project: Dynamic Management of Food Redistribution for 412 Food Rescue.

  • May 11, 2020 - UTC Researcher Costa Samaras Discusses Coal and US Power with Forbes - May 11, 2020 UTC Researcher Costa Samaras was recently featured in a Forbes magazine article where he was interviewed about \"...the new low that has been reached by the carbon intensity in the U.S. power sector.\"  Read the full story here...

  • May 11, 2020 - APMM Panel – New Tech for Local Government - May 11, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell moderated the presentation for the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management (APMM) titled \"Ready or Not, Here it Comes: How Disruptive Technologies coming out of the Pittsburgh region will impact our communities and what local governments can do to prepare for and utilize these innovations to deliver more efficient and smarter services to its residents.\" Also on the panel were Greg Barlow, CTO/Founder of Rapid Flow Technologies (a Traffic21/Mobility21 spin-out company);  Tom Musgrove, Government Affairs Manager for Crown Castle; Stew Frick, Partner Success Lead for Robotics (a Traffic21/Mobility21 spin-out company); and Aaron Bibro, Manager of Hatfield Township.

  • May 7, 2020 - Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell Discusses the Impacts of COVID-19 on Traffic with WTAE - May 7, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was interviewed by WTAE-TV on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the flow of traffic in Pittsburgh  and how people\'s commute may change in the future.  Watch the segment here.

  • May 5, 2020 - Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Research Innovation Implementation Convenes - May 5, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated today in meeting of the Transportation Research Board AJE35 - Standing Committee on Research Innovation Implementation. \"The Research Innovation Implementation committee focuses on the entire research and innovation life cycles to include ideation, the conduct of research and development, and delivering solutions through technology transfer and implementation activities.\"

  • May 5, 2020 - Newly Published in the Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems – “The Covid-19 Pandemic and Transportation Engineering” - May 5, 2020 Co-authors Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21 and Laurence Rilett, Director of the Nebraska Transportation Center and the Mid-America Transportation Center are both US DOT University Transportation Center funded faculty.  Their article “The Covid-19 Pandemic and Transportation Engineering” will appear in the July edition of the Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems.  You can visit the Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems in July to see the published version.  Or you can click here for a link to the original manuscript.

  • May 5, 2020 - Pandemic’s Lessons for Transportation - May 5, 2020 Mobility21 Director Chris Hendrickson was recently featured in ASCE SmartBrief with his editorial which discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected transportation and what can be learned from it.  Read the full article here.

  • May 4, 2020 - Auto Industry’s New 5.9 GHz Offer Doesn’t Impress O’Rielly - April 29, 2020 CMU Professor, UTC Researcher, and former FCC Chief Jon Peha was featured in the Communications Daily article \"Auto Industry\'s New 5.9 GHz Offer Doesn\'t Impress O\'Rielly.\"  Dr. Peha is quoted  in the article having:  \"... urged the FCC to pause. The NPRM \"proclaims that it \'believe[s] that ITS [intelligent transportation system] users can be accommodated in a significantly smaller spectrum space considering the recent and anticipated future technological developments,\'\" Peha said: \"No analysis or other form of evidence is presented to support this belief.\" \"It should be possible to simultaneously prevent crashes on our roads, provide enough spectrum for Wi-Fi, and prepare the U.S. to lead the way in autonomous vehicles, but only if government agencies do the hard work,\" Peha told us: \"That hasn\'t happened.\"  

  • April 29, 2020 - Mobility21 Visits with Academic Partner, CCAC - April 29, 2020 Today Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 Executive Director and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager met with Jeff Thomas, Dean of Academic Affairs and Bob Koch, Automotive Technology Instructor from the Mobility21 academic partner, the Community College of Allegheny County.  This semi-annual check-in meeting provided an opportunity to share updates and discuss a new way to connect CCAC with the UTC\'s deployment partners.

  • April 29, 2020 - CMU Students Share Capstone Project Results - April 29, 2020 Students of the CMU Heinz College engage in semester long “Capstone Projects” to apply coursework to real-world scenarios.  Today, students shared the results of their semester long research projects during a poster fair including the transportation related project:  \"Price Prediction Project with QL2 Software.\"

  • April 28, 2020 - Association for Commuter Transportation Holds Emerging Mobility Summit - April 28, 2020 Today, the Association for Commuter Transportation held its Emerging Mobility Summit.  Presenters discussed several topics including:  Federal Research: Shifting Behavior and Increasing Vehicle Occupancy through Mobile Apps and Incentives, Advancing Towards Mobility as a Service, and Fare Free Transit.  Mobility21 UTC Program Manager and ACT Board member, Lisa Kay Schweyer participated in the event.

  • April 28, 2020 - UTC Researcher Venkat Visawanathan Provides Insight About Batteries in Flying Cars to Medium - April 28, 2020 UTC Researcher Venkat Visawanathan recently wrote an article for the online platform Medium about the potential for using batteries in flying cars.  Read the full article here...

  • April 28, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Director Raj Rajkumar Named to PAVE Academic Advisory Council - April 28, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Director Raj Rajkumar has been named to the PAVE Academic Advisory Council, which aims to provide PAVE members with advice and recommendations on matters related to AV technology and its societal effects, as well as collaborating with PAVE members on tasks such as research, evaluation and polling.  PAVE is a coalition of partners dedicated to educating policymakers and the public about automated vehicles and the increased safety, mobility and sustainability they can bring.

  • April 28, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC supports 2 regional high schools as they complete in the Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge - April 28, 2020 The primary goal of Mobility21, a National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility, is to develop and deploy technologies, policies, incentives and training programs for improving the mobility of people and goods in the 21st century efficiently and safely. We accomplish this through a comprehensive program of interdisciplinary research; education and workforce development with a focus on diversity; collaboration with university, deployment, and government partners; and technology transfer and leadership efforts. We view research and education as two sides of the same coin. We cannot educate for future generations without exposing them to research, development and deployment. On the other hand, we cannot do successful research, development and deployment without the input of future generations. Therefore, when we were approached to help support 2 regional high schools (Frazier and Norwin) as they compete in the Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge, the answer was a resounding “Yes.” The Square One Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge Update provided by Barb Land, Executive Director The Square One Education Network (Square One) is a Michigan-based non-profit K-12 STEM educational organization, annually reaching nearly 12,000 students and 500 teachers with hands on, project based STEM programming. This year, Square One partnered with ITS America to offer their Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge to kids across the United States. Building upon a toddler jeep platform, students are introduced to Arduino, Python, GPS and sensor technologies as they re-engineer their jeep to complete various mission challenges autonomously. \"Our goal is to engage high school students in real world STEM challenges that will lead them toward college and career pathways in leading edge technologies such as autonomous and connected vehicles. Students build their professional and technical skills that will help to narrow the skills gap and fill the needs for our future STEM workforce!\" said Barb Land, executive director Square One Education Network. \"We are thrilled to build these new partnerships in Pennsylvania with Carnegie Mellon University and to serve students at Frazier and Norwin High Schools.\" Frazier High School, Perryopolis, PA (Fayette County) Update provided by Michael Smith, Technology Education Teacher At Frazier, we were in the beginning stages of research before school cancelled for the year. My Aerospace class was working on this project. Since our last unit was autonomous design, I felt this was the class for this challenge. At Frazier, we have been trying to get involved anywhere we can. The more exposure we give our students, the better off they\'ll be for future endeavors. We have a robotics club at our school, advised by another teacher, and are starting to get more into robotics as we hope to hold VEX competitions at our school starting next year. We are excited to take on this project and hopefully others within square one. The sad part is that the students who were working on the Jeep are all seniors and will not be able to finish out the project but there will be more interested students ahead. Norwin High School, North Huntingdon, PA (Westmoreland County) Update provided by Robert Shuber, Technology Education Department Chair During the 2019-20 school year I was forwarded an email from my administration at Norwin. The email was from Mike Post of Traffic Products and it was an offer for our high school to join other schools across America in an Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design Competition. For us, this competition would include a partnership with The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America among others. Upon further research into the program, we learned that the organization behind all this was the Square One Education Network. As a technology, robotics, and engineering teacher I have been involved in several robotics and engineering competitions. I have been involved in Bots IQ combat robotics, Sea Perch Underwater robotics, and other Engineering design challenges. All these challenges offered a unique experience for my students. When I looked into the AIVD design competition I was intrigued that once again I could offer another unique experience for my students at Norwin High School. I assembled my group of students to embark on this adventure of hacking into a Power Wheels Jeep and make it self driving. My students are all part of the Norwin Technology Club, where our mission is to provide the latest and greatest STEM opportunities to our students. I currently have nine students that take part in the AIVD program. They worked hard at assembling the JEEP from the start. Once it was assembled, we began to brainstorm for solutions on how to meet the task challenges. They were provided opportunities to 3D print custom parts and learn how to program an arduino using the ROBOTC programming language. They were able to successfully complete the Alpha task as well as the Bravo task. These completed tasks were video recorded and submitted to the Edmoto platform which allows all members to view from across the country. Another great opportunity that this program has offered is the partnerships with local businesses and universities such as Carnegie Mellon. These partnerships add another level of depth to our students and their quest to find a career that will have an impact on their future and the future of others. Next Steps We look forward to continuing to support Frazier and Norwin High School’s competitors. We are also working with each school to find ways to increase exposure to Carnegie Mellon University, Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 UTC.  We wish them the best as they continue in this year’s competition.

  • April 27, 2020 - Research Recap: Connecting Millvale to the River and the Region - April 2, 2020 Today Mobility21 UTC released its latest \"Research Recap.\" The 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. Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project: Connecting Millvale to the River and the Region.  

  • April 24, 2020 - The Traffic21 Smart Transportation Podcast: Hear from Bonnie Fan, the 2018 – 2020 Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow - April 24, 2020 The Traffic21 Smart Transportation Podcast features and shares information from thought leaders and highlights the smart transportation work happening at Carnegie Mellon University and in the community. In this episode you\'ll be hearing from Bonnie Fan, who is the 2018 - 2020 Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow.  Bonnie\'s interest in urban life, transit and technology began brewing during her time as an Economics major at the University of Chicago.  Bonnie saw the developmental and infrastructure challenges in Southside Chicago, and with her growing interest in entrepreneurship, she wanted to create new socially conscious solutions for the city after graduating. Bonnie joined the Chicago Transit Authority as a Data Scientist on the Performance Management team, where she worked on service optimization and manpower management projects. Now a second-year at Heinz College in the Data Analytics track, she is creating a foundation about policy and data she can apply to new mobility technology solutions and make an in impact on transportation.  Listen in as we talked about her experiences as a graduate student and on the Traffic21 student leadership team. Listen to this episode here. The Traffic21 Smart Transportation Podcast is hosted and produced by Mobility21 UTC Diversity Fellow Allanté Whitmore.

  • April 24, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Smart Mobility Connection Series Features Srinivasa Narasimhan & Robert Tamburo - April 24, 2020 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Srinivasa Narasimhan and Robert Tamburo, CMU Principal Project Scientists and Mobility21 UTC researchers.  They discussed their UTC project, “Visual Understanding of Traffic at Intersections: Access to real-time information.” Watch the full video here.

  • April 24, 2020 - CMU Robotics Institute Professor and UTC Researcher Stephen Smith Closes out the 2020 Symposium for AI & Social Good - April 24, 2020 CMU Robotics Institute professor and UTC researcher Stephen Smith closed out the 2020 CMU Symposium for AI & Social Good with his discussion on \"Smart Infrastructure for Future Urban Mobility.\"  The 2020 CMU AI and Social Good Symposium aims to address these challenges by bringing together AI researchers and social impact leaders to present their ideas and applications for maximizing the social good.

  • April 24, 2020 - CMU Master of Language Technologies Student Yulan Feng Contributes to the 2020 CMU Symposium on AI & Social Good - April 24, 2020 CMU Master of Language Technologies Student Yulan Feng contributed to the 2020 CMU Symposium on AI & Social Good by presenting on \"CMU GetGoing: Dialogue System Designed for Seniors.\"  Yulan works with Mobility21 UTC Researcher Maxine Eskenazi on the project \"CMU GetGoing Dialogue System.\" The 2020 CMU AI and Social Good Symposium aims to address these challenges by bringing together AI researchers and social impact leaders to present their ideas and applications for maximizing the social good.

  • April 23, 2020 - CMU Professor and UTC Researcher Jon Peha is Keynote Speaker at 2020 Wireless Telecommunications Symposium - April 23, 2020 CMU Professor and UTC Researcher Jon Peha gave a keynote speech at the 2020 IEEE Wireless Telecommunications Symposium today.  His keynote, entitled \"Spectrum Policy for Intelligent Transportation Systems,\" investigates how much spectrum should be allocated to ITS, whether ITS spectrum not used for safety communications should be shared with unlicensed devices, and if so how much.

  • April 22, 2020 - Ben Schmidt, Co-Founder of Roadbotics – a Mobility21 Spin-Out Company – Discusses Trends in AI and Cities Due to COVID-19 - April 22, 2020 Ben Schmidt, co-founder of Roadbotics (a Mobility21 spin-out company), discusses trends in AI and cities due to COVID-19 with Jessie Feller Hahn of Meeting of the Minds.  Watch the interview here...

  • April 22, 2020 - Traffic21 Founder and UTC Researchers Part of Team Helping Provide Assistance to State Decision-Makers During Pandemic - April 22, 2020 \"Carnegie Mellon University is playing a key role in Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf\'s planning efforts to re-open the state\'s economy.\"  CMU Traffic21 founder Rick Stafford and UTC researchers Lee Branstetter, Peter Zhang, and Hai Wang will be part of this team providing assistance to state decision-makers during COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more here...

  • April 17, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Smart Mobility Connection Series Features Christoph Mertz - April 17, 2020 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Christoph Mertz, a CMU Principal Project Scientist and Mobility21 UTC researcher.  He discussed his UTC project, “Bus on the edge: Continuous monitoring of traffic and infrastructure,” and how transit buses are now routinely recording their surroundings with cameras for security and liability reasons.  Watch the full SMC video here.

  • April 15, 2020 - April 2020 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting - April 15, 2020 Mobility21 hosted the UTC faculty meeting today. The meeting highlighted research by the University of Pennsylvania, as well as discussion on the impact of alternative working arrangements on research.

  • April 15, 2020 - 20/20 CCAT Global Symposium - April 14, 2020 Today, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 UTC participated in the 20/20 CCAT Global Symposium on Connected and Automated Vehicles.  The panel discussions included Mobility Blues, Who Do We Sue?, Cybersecurity, AV Investment and Public Acceptance, Research Panel and Infrastructure.

  • April 13, 2020 - ASCE Announces Winner of Harland Bartholomew Award - April 13, 2020 Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras received the American Society of Civil Engineer\'s  Transportation and Development Institute Harland Bartholomew Award.  \"The award is made to the person who is judged worthy of special commendation for contributions to the enhancement of the role of the civil engineer in urban planning and development.\"  

  • April 9, 2020 - Traffic 21 Director Chris Hendrickson Joins Professor Joel Tarr for an In-Class Discussion - April 9, 2020 Today, Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson joined Professor Tarr and his students to present “Remaking the Everglades” for their final class dealing with water.  You can read more about Chris’ National Research Council Report, “Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades” here.

  • April 8, 2020 - CMU Professor & Mobility21 UTC Researcher Burku Akinci received ASCE 2020 Computing in Civil Engineering Award - April 8, 2020 CMU Professor & Mobility21 UTC researcher Burcu Akinci received the ASCE 2020 Computing in Civil Engineering Award in recognition of contributions at the interface of computing, construction, and infrastructure management. Her research is focused on developing approaches to model and reason about information-rich histories of facilities—with the goal to streamline construction and facility management processes.

  • April 8, 2020 - Quantifying Transportation Relationships - April 8, 2020 CMU Mobility21 UTC researcher and CEE\'s Sean Qian studied the relationship between Uber and public transportation, demonstrating variance between time of day and location. His work was described in the following article published in CMU\'s Civil & Environmental Engineering News Spring 2020 newsletter... In our modern world, it’s easy to get across town. With companies such as Uber and Lyft, known as transportation network companies (TNC), passengers have plenty of options on how they will travel. Both TNCs and public transportation leaders rely on data to influence their policies, so Associate Professor Sean Qian set out to study the relationship between TNCs and public transportation in Pittsburgh. In a recently published paper in the journal Transportation, Qian’s Mobility Data Analytics Center focused on whether consumers were substituting public transit with TNCs, making last-minute decisions to choose a TNC over public transportation based on fares. TNCs and public transportation can have a complementary relationship—that is, the TNC can help fill service gaps in public transportation. It is impossible for buses, subways, and light rail to easily connect every single street, but TNCs can cover the first and last portion of the trip. Between public transportation and short TNC rides, consumer costs can be kept to a minimum, while maximizing accessibility to the community. However, according to CMU PhD student Rick Grahn, it can be difficult to understand the relationship between TNCs and public transportation; sometimes there may be no relationship at all. “Some of the current literature says bus riders are quite different from people who would use Uber, so maybe there’s not a lot of interaction between the two,” Grahn says. “It’s hard to make any definitive conclusion of what drives travelers’ choice and how those choices may vary from time to time, and from location to location.” Researchers can look at the bus ridership before and after TNCs begin servicing an area, but changes may not be directly related to the TNC, making it almost impossible to tell why bus ridership changed. The best way to learn about the relationship between TNCs and public transportation is to analyze trip-level data, but such data can be difficult for researchers to access. To acquire trip-level-like information, Qian and his team used Port Authority data that counts how many people board passing buses and tracked Uber prices at 10 different hand-picked locations around Pittsburgh. There are many variables that decide if a person takes the bus or a TNC, so Qian accounted for the weather, nearby events, traffic, and other bus stops. To smooth out daily inconsistencies, data was taken over a six-month period. Qian was most interested in learning what an increase, or surge, in TNC prices does to bus ridership. Surge pricing works by comparing how many drivers are in an area with how many people need rides. Because an increase in TNC riders results in an increase in price, it might seem natural that bus ridership would increase during these surges. However, that doesn’t always seem to be the case. At stops on a university campus, which were filled with students, this assumption held. Qian states that this is probably related to students’ low budgets and the fact that Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh students have unlimited public transportation use incorporated into their tuition. However, at locations that connected local buses and downtown along a dedicated busway, there was a decrease in bus boarding, suggesting a substitutional relationship between TNC and public transportation. This might also indicate that TNCs are providing last-mile services to passengers using the dedicated busway. Otherwise, no correlation was found between price surges and bus boarding. While these results may be unique to Pittsburgh, researchers can apply the same model to other cities to find relationships there. According to Grahn, once the relationship is understood, targeted policies can be applied at a neighborhood level, ensuring a complementary and efficient relationship between transportation options. “Congestion fees can be applied to TNC trips in specific congested areas during commute times to promote more space efficient modes of travel,” Qian and his co-authors conclude. “Data-informed policies that consider emerging modes of travel are central to limiting rising congestion costs and improving mobility for vulnerable populations.” At the locations where significant changes in bus ridership occurred, the trend was restricted to specific times of the day and either weekdays or weekends. This fact alone is important, according to Qian. Large macroscopic research may not yield the significant, small-scale trends his team found. “The main thing this research is showing is that it is important to look throughout the day and at all these neighborhoods with different characteristics,” Grahn says.

  • April 7, 2020 - Talking Transit Through COVID-19 & Beyond - April 7, 2020 Today, METRO Magazine hosted “Talking transit through COVID-19 & beyond” webinar.  Katherine Kelleman, CEO of Pittsburgh’s Port Authority of Allegheny County and Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council member spoke as part of the panel to “…discuss what the future may look like once the country gets the situation under control and it is safe to work, live, and play again.”  Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer also attended this session to learn more about how transit operators are responding and potential research opportunities.  Learn more about this webinar here.

  • April 6, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Diversity Fellow Releases 100th Podcast - \"Allanté Whitmore [Mobility21 UTC Diversity Fellow] guides the conversation naturally, as though there weren\'t a studio microphone between her and Shena Marshall, her current interview subject. The two eagerly swap stories in a soundproof studio about how they came to graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University. Whitmore will take the recording and send it to an editor, who will shape it into an episode of her podcast \"Blk+ In Grad School,\" which recently released its 100th episode.\" Read the entire article here: https://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2020/april/blk-in-grad-school.html 

  • April 4, 2020 - Edge Case Research Announces Podcast on Self Driving Car Industry - April 29, 2020 CMU spin-off company Edge Case Research has announced the launch of their Safety Series Podcast, which provides an independent perspective on the highly discussed topics in the self driving car industry.  Listen to the podcasts here.

  • March 30, 2020 - Pedestrian Trajectory Data From Mobility21 UTC Academic Partner, the Ohio State University Receives International Attention - March 30, 2020 \"There are constantly new studies and reports coming out about autonomous and connected vehicles and how they interact with other vehicles, traffic lights, and even the roads they are driving on via underground cables, but it is equally important to understand how these vehicles interact with the pedestrians they come in contact with.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Carnegie Mellon Mobility21 National University Transportation Center, a team of faculty and students led by Emeritus Professor, Umit Ozguner at Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research have developed a new dataset that can help researchers better understand vehicle-pedestrian interaction in crowded areas.\"  Read more here.

  • March 26, 2020 - Participating in the FTA Mobility On Demand Webinar - March 25, 2020 Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 UTC, participated in the FTA Mobility On Demand Webinar to learn more about the initiative and possible future research initiatives. “The MOD Program undertook several projects to provide detailed analysis, supporting various parts of the decision-making and planning processes for local practitioners considering integrated MOD deployments. Topics will cover MOD and transportation operations; business models of mobility providers; planning for and implementing integrated mobility services; relevant standards and gaps in standards necessary to enable MOD; innovations in paratransit, off-peak service, and micromobility infrastructure; a concept of operations for a MOD Mobility Marketplace; and selected findings from the independent evaluation of some of FTA’s MOD Sandbox pilots.”

  • March 26, 2020 - Smart City and Technology Mini-Course held by Mobility21 and University of Pittsburgh - March 25, 2020 Mobility21 Researchers Sean Qian and Stan Caldwell joined University of Pittsburgh Professor Alexandros Labrinidis on an Intelligent Transportation Systems panel for a joint Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburgh “Smart City and Technology” undergraduate mini-course.  The class is typically held on Saturdays, but the panelists recorded their session to comply with social distancing.

  • March 26, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Participates in Smart Belt Coalition Quarterly Meeting - March 25, 2020 Stan Caldwell participated in the Quarterly Meeting of the Smart Belt Coalition. The Smart Belt is multi-state connected and automated vehicle test bed including the Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Pennsylvania and Ohio Turnpike Commissions, Carnegie Mellon University, the Pennsylvania State University, Kettering University, the University of Michigan, the Ohio State University, the American Center for Mobility and the Transportation Research Center Inc.

  • March 24, 2020 - CMU Energy Fellow and Mobility21 UTC Researcher Venkat Viswanathan Discusses Cobalt Reduction - March 24, 2020 CMU Energy Fellow & Mobility21 UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan (MechE) discusses cobalt reduction and how it could save electric vehicles in an article featured in Marker.  Read more here.

  • March 24, 2020 - Media Turns to CMU’s Costa Samaras for Expertise - March 24, 2020 CMU Energy Fellow and Mobility21 UTC researcher, Constantine Samaras (CEE/EPP) recently offered insight on green infrastructure and energy consumption as part of articles in Forbes, Bloomberg Green and WIRED.

  • March 24, 2020 - CMU Professors Vivian Loftness and Chris Hendrickson Appointed to The National Academies Committee for Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States - March 24, 2020 CMU Professor Vivian Loftness in the School of Architecture, and professor Chris Hendrickson in the CMU Civil and Environmental Engineering department and Director of Traffic21, have been appointed to The National Academies Committee for Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States: Technology, Policy and Societal Dimensions. The two-year committee is focused on the technologies and policies needed today for full decarbonization by 2050.

  • March 23, 2020 - The Traffic21 Smart Transportation Podcast: Hear from Jason Dailey, director of Public Works for Cranberry Township - March 23, 2020 The Traffic21 Smart Transportation Podcast features and shares information from thought leaders and highlights the smart transportation work happening at Carnegie Mellon University and in the community. Listen to the latest episode of the podcast, as we sit with Jason Dailey the director of Public Works for Cranberry Township in Butler County. With his well-rounded background in operations administration and local government, Mr. Dailey oversees the department responsible for managing traffic, streets, fleet, facilities, grounds maintenance. We discuss how Traffic21 researchers have dramatically improved the traffic congestion issue in Cranberry Township through collaborative research. Listen to this episode here. The Traffic21 Smart Transportation Podcast is hosted and produced by Mobility21 UTC Diversity Fellow Allanté Whitmore.

  • March 19, 2020 - Virtually “Meeting” with University of Pennsylvania - March 18, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer met with UTC faculty during her semi-annual visit with  Mobility21 academic partner, the University of Pennsylvania.  This year\'s visit was held via webinar where she visited and received updates from Rahul Mangharam, Megan Ryerson, Erick Guerra and Helen Loeb.

  • March 13, 2020 - 2020 Women of Achievement Award Winners Honored - March 12, 2020 Cribs for Kids® recognized 24 successful and prominent women from Pittsburgh at their 15th annual Women of Achievement Awards tonight at the Omni William Penn Hotel Grand Ballroom. The Women of Achievement Awards is an annual ceremony dedicated to highlighting the incredible feats and accomplishments of women in the Pittsburgh region. The event serves as an annual declaration, attributing the contributions of women to remarkable successes in the city’s history. This year\'s awardees included Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute, which houses the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center, where she is also an adjunct instructor.   Read more.

  • March 13, 2020 - Traffic21 Hosts Discussion with Lorraine M. Martin, President and CEO, The National Safety Council - March 12, 2020 Traffic21 hosted a roundtable discussion with Lorraine M. Martin, President and CEO, The National Safety Council. Traffic21 faculty and deployment partners joined in a discussion of transportation safety issues in the workplace and potential research collaboration.  NSC recently launched A Road to Zero: A vision for achieving zero roadway deaths by 2050, a research report completed with a variety of non-profit and private sector partners.