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 email@example.com or Maxim Likhachev at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
March 12, 2020 - CCAC’s Bob Koch featured in WQED program on “Future Jobs: Technology and Our Changing Workforce” - March 12, 2020 CCAC\'s Bob Koch was featured in a program called “Future Jobs: Technology and Our Changing Workforce” on WQED. Bob discussed how technology is changing the way students are applying their knowledge and skills to positions in the automotive field. Watch the video here.
March 11, 2020 - Allegheny Conference’s Regional Investors Meeting Includes Discussion on Transportation and Infrastructure - March 10, 2020 Karen Lightman Executive Director of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, joined panelists Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, State Representative Austin Davis, Allegheny County Port Authority CEO (and Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council Member) Katherine Kelleman and Argo AI CEO Brian Selesky for an engaging panel on transportation and infrastructure for the Pittsburgh region. The panel was live-streamed (in leu of the previously scheduled in person event) as part of the Allegheny Conference’s Regional Investors Meeting. Video from the event will be available on the Conference’s website.
March 9, 2020 - RoadBotics Asks UTC Researchers for Feedback - March 9, 2020 Miguel Dickson, Head of Data & AI provided an overview for UTC researchers about RoadBotics and their recent decision to share data (GPS tagged images with pavement ratings). He asked for feedback on the data researchers would like, what data formats they prefer, and what kind of tools researchers would like RoadBotics to provide to make searching and downloading the data easy. RoadBotics is a company that spun out of the Traffic21 and Mobility21 University Transportation Center.
March 6, 2020 - DENSO Visits CMU - March 5, 2020 Representatives from DENSO visited Carnegie Mellon University today. Part of their visit included a meeting with Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian, who provided an overview of his research interests with the visiting team.
March 6, 2020 - Making Smart Traffic Signals Smarter and Safer Discussed at Regional Workshop - March 5, 2020 UTC researcher Steve Smith discussed “Making Smart Traffic Signals Smarter and Safer through Connectivity with Travelers” during the southwestern PA regional Smart Signals for Smart Regions workshop. This session was organized and facilitated by Dom D\'Andrea, Manager of Transportation Operations and Safety for the Southwestern PA Commission.
March 5, 2020 - Talking Transportation with The Ohio State University - March 4 & 5, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer met with UTC faculty and students during her semi-annual visit to the Mobility21 academic partner, the Ohio State University. She visited and received updates from Umit Ozguner (OSU PI), Keith Redmill (researcher), Beth Snoke (Director, Transportation and Traffic Management), David Cooke (Senior Associate Director of the Center for Automotive Research), Danny Freudiger (Ph.D. candidate & outgoing Smart Campus Group Leader, and Anita Nti (student and incoming Smart Campus group leader).
February 28, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Updates North Huntingdon Township on Smart Mobility Challenge Project - February 28, 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.
February 26, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Meets with Japanese Delegation - February 26, 2020 Stan Caldwell presented an overview of the Mobility21 UTC and the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute to a visiting Japanese delegation from the Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative (RRI). The RRI is an organization that rebuilds the Japanese manufacturing industry in order to respond to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Society 5.0 in cooperation with the industry and government.
February 25, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Experts Tapped for Insights into Artificial Intelligence - February 25, 2020 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and UTC researcher Aaron Steinfeld were tapped by CMU alum Haley Townsend (now working as a consultant) to provide insights into artificial intelligence (AI) for the USDOT ITS Joint Program Office as they work to identify practical real-world scenarios where AI offers the potential to address transportation needs. Aaron Steinfeld shared information about his work in artificial intelligence for accessibility and mobility. Stan Caldwell provided information about how to engage local partners in AI initiatives.
February 24, 2020 - Global City Teams Challenge Winter gathering of the Utility SuperCluster - February 20, 2020 Featured guests in Washington, DC for the Global City Teams Challenge winter gathering of the Utility SuperCluster were Carnegie Mellon University\'s: Karen Lightman of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute and Anna J. Siefken of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. \"The GCTC Utility SuperCluster focuses on sustainability challenges related to Energy, Water and Waste Management by bringing cities, counties, and municipalities together with technology solution providers, academia, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and associations to celebrate, share best practices and demonstrate world-class innovation.\"
February 21, 2020 - Traffic21 Director Assists Students with Project - February 21, 2020 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson met with CMU students working on a Environmental Engineering Sustainability project. The students are developing a migration plan for a Zero-Emission Bus System in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Chris provided technical support and copies of the policy document he previously helped create, called Which Alternative Fuel Technology is Best for Transit Buses?.
February 20, 2020 - CMU Heinz School Politics & Policy Club hosted civic forum discussion with PA Congressman Mike Doyle - February 20, 2020 The Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School Politics and Policy Club hosted a civic forum discussion with PA Congressman Mike Doyle. Congressman Doyle serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is one of only four exclusive committees in the House. There he sits on the subcommittees on Communications and Technology and Energy - and chairs the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell and Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson participated in the session. During the session, Stan asked the Congressman about FCC\'s notice of proposed rulemaking on the 5.9 GHz band currently reserved for transportation safety and vehicle communications.
February 20, 2020 - Senator Bartolotta Visits CMU to Learn More about Mobility21 UTC - Senator Camera Bartolotta, state senator for Beaver, Washington, and Greene counties in PA and a member of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, visited CMU today to learn more about Mobility21 UTC research in action. Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and UTC researcher Christoph Mertz provided the senator a tour of NavLab.
February 19, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Director Speaks at Mobility Convening - February 19, 2020 Today, Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar spoke at Innovation Works\' event, Mobility Convening. His presentation provided the attendees with an overview of autonomous vehicle work at CMU.
February 16, 2020 - Mobility21 Researcher Sean Qian Named 2019 Professor of the Year by ASCE - February 16, 2020 Last night, the American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Section honored Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian as the 2019 Professor of the Year. \"This award is given to a civil engineering professor in recognition of continual excellent teaching with highlights during the award year.\"
February 14, 2020 - Mobility21 Executive Director provided a keynote speech at the Mid-Atlantic Quality Assurance Workshop - February 12, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell provided a keynote speech “Smart Pavement / Smart Cities” at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Quality Assurance Workshop. The Mid-Atlantic Quality Assurance Workshop is a three day annual event that has been held each year since 1967 and is dedicated to highway materials and quality control/assurance of highway materials. Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia make up the Mid-Atlantic QAW area.
February 13, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Quoted In ITS America Tweet - February 13, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Researcher Stephen Smith was quoted today in an ITS America tweet about Why is #V2X important to your work?: \"Our research at CMU has shown that the 5.9 #safetyspectrum provides unprecedented opportunities for smarter traffic signal control & will transform urban #mobility.\"
February 11, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Publishes “Recommended Policies for the 21st Century Trends in US Mobility” Report - February 11, 2020 Mobility21’s Rick Grahn, Stan Caldwell and Chris Hendrickson published a new policy report entitled “Recommended Policies for the 21st Century Trends in US Mobility.” The report analyzes the 2017 National Household Travel Survey which captured impacts of emerging technologies on the transportation system to learn about users of such technologies and shifting travel behaviors resulting from technology adoption. Read the full report and review the team’s policy recommendations here: 21st Century Trends in US Mobility.
February 7, 2020 - Smart Mobility Connection Seminar Series Features Venkat Viswanathan - February 7, 2020 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Venkat Viswanathan. He discussed how weight, computational load, sensor load, and possibly higher drag may increase the energy use of automated electric vehicles relative to human-driven electric vehicles. Watch the full SMC video here.
February 4, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting Features OSU Researcher Mark McCord - February 4, 2020 Today, the first Mobility21 UTC faculty meeting of the spring semester was held on CMU\'s campus. The meeting included activity updates from the 4 academic partners - Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University, and Community College of Allegheny County. The meeting also featured OSU researcher Mark McCord presenting his project - Using municipal vehicles as sensor platforms to monitor the health and performance of the traffic control system.
February 3, 2020 - “Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies, Automated Vehicles 4.0” Report References Work of Mobility21 UTC CMU Researcher Aaron Steinfeld - February 3, 2020 The recently published report by the National Science & Technology Council and the United States Department Of Transportation \"Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies, Automated Vehicles 4.0\" references the work Mobility21 UTC CMU researcher Aaron Steinfeld has done together with the researchers at the University of Buffalo through the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Physical Access and Transportation. Page 15 of the report says: \"NIDILRR’s [U.S. National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research] Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Physical Access and Transportation at Carnegie Mellon University is researching potential reference designs and vehicle interior concepts intended to promote and facilitate the accessibility of AVs for persons with disabilities. This center is also conducting R&D to generate new knowledge about how AVs can help address transportation barriers that are experienced by persons with disabilities in the first or last mile of a trip.\"
February 3, 2020 - UTC researcher and PH.D. student quantifying transportation relationships - Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian along with Ph.D. student Rick Grahn, studied the relationship between Uber and public transportation, proving it can vary by time of day and location. Read more here: https://engineering.cmu.edu/news-events/news/2020/02/03-transportation-relationships.html.
January 29, 2020 - Traffic21/Mobility21 Spin-off Company RoadBotics Speaks on How can AI be used as a Tool for Equity in the Public Realm? - January 29, 2020 Today, Metro21 hosted Benjamin Schmidt, President of RoadBotics for a lunch and learn for a Carnegie Mellon University audience. His talked focused on how building decisions for infrastructure reflects the values of our society. RoadBotics is a Traffic21/Mobility21 spin-off company.
January 29, 2020 - CMU Transportation Club Kicks Off Spring Semester with Career Panel - January 28, 2020 The CMU Transportation Club kicked off spring semester today, with a career panel. The panel included speakers from Bike Pittsburgh, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Gridwise, Toole Design, and more.
January 27, 2020 - Carnegie Mellon University Student Wins ARTBA Student Transportation Video Contest - January 27, 2020 Lijun Yu, research master student in Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University produced a video for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s 9th Annual “Student Transportation Video Contest.” Yu won the post-secondary/college/graduate level in the Safety category of ARTBA’s 2019 Student Transportation Video Contest. Watch the winning video here.
January 27, 2020 - Research Recap: Busload Detection via Autonomous Sensing - January 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: Busload Detection via Autonomous Sensing.
January 24, 2020 - Smart Mobility Connection Seminar Series Features Stan Caldwell and Rick Grahn - January 24, 2020 The first Smart Mobility Connection session of spring semester was held today featuring Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell and CMU PhD student, Rick Grahn. They provided an overview and took questions about the project, Research Results and Technology Trends to Inform Policies for Smart Mobility of People and Goods. Everyone in attendance was also provided with a hard copy of the \"Recommended Policies for the 21st Century Trends in US Mobility\" policy guide. Watch the full SMC video here.
January 21, 2020 - Mobility21 Program Manager Begins Role on Advisory Council for the National Center for Applied Transit Technology - January 21, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer was invited to serve on the Advisory Council for the National Center for Applied Transit Technology and participated in the council\'s kick-off meeting today. \"N-CATT’s mission is to provide small-urban, rural, and tribal transit agencies with practical, replicable resources that help them apply technological solutions and innovations. N-CATT is carrying out this mission by analyzing information, communicating it, helping transit systems plan, and encouraging implementation of cost-effective, value-adding technology.\"
January 16, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC at the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting - January 14, 2020 As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation booth at the 2020 Transportation Research Board\'s Annual Meeting, Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell, Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer and Postdoctoral Research Associate Wei Ma staffed an demo and talked with attendees about the Mobility 21 research project “Data-driven real-time traffic prediction and management.”
January 16, 2020 - Research Recap: Contact Sensing for Improved Inspection of Transportation Infrastructure - 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.
January 16, 2020 - CMU Student Lijin Yu Presents at International Workshop on Big Data for Intelligent Transportation Systems - December 13, 2019 Lijun Yu, a first-year research master student in Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, working with Prof. Alexander G. Hauptmann presented their recent work at the International Workshop on Big Data for Intelligent Transportation Systems (BITS 2019) at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Los Angeles. On behalf of the authors Lijun Yu, Peng Chen, Wenhe Liu, Guoliang Kang, and Alexander G. Hauptmann, he presented the paper entitled “Training-free Monocular 3D Event Detection System for Traffic Surveillance.”
January 16, 2020 - CMU Student Poster Wins Best in Session at TRB - January 16, 2020 Rick Grahn, a PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University displayed his poster on \"Are travelers substituting between Uber and public buses? A case study in Pittsburgh, PA\" at the TRB Annual Meeting this week. The poster won “Best in Session.” The poster session was a part of the \'Standing Committee on Public Transportation Planning and Development\'.
January 15, 2020 - Mobility21 Goes to Transportation Camp - January 11, 2020 Dominick Fiorentino, Heinz College student and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager participated in Transportation Camp today in Washington DC. \"Transportation Camp is an unconference bringing together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in the intersection of urban transportation and technology.\"
January 14, 2020 - Mobility21 Part of Poster Presentation at TRB - January 14, 2020 Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, was part of a team who presented a poster today on \"Building a National Transportation Data Preservation Network\" during the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. For the past year, she has been serving on the committee helping develop recommendations for a national transportation data preservation network.
January 14, 2020 - Mobility21 Diversity Fellow, Allanté Whitmore, presented at the 2020 TRB Annual Meeting - January 14, 2020 Mobility21 Diversity Fellow, Allanté Whitmore, presented at the 2020 TRB Annual Meeting. She shared her research on the role of engineering ethics in decision making for automated mobility.
January 13, 2020 - Mobility21 Program Manager Shares Best Practices at TRB - January 13, 2020 Earlier this morning, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer presented at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting on \"Dynamic synthesis and dissemination of research results\" as part of the \"Research Implementation and Management Best Practices\" conference session sponsored by the Standing Committee on Conduct of Research (ABG10). She shared successful strategies Mobility21 uses & tips to track and report program and research activity.
January 13, 2020 - Traffic21 Director Wins S.S. Steinberg Award - January 12, 2020 The American Road and Transportation Builders Association has selected Traffic21 Institute Director Chris Hendrickson, to receive the Research and Education Division’s prestigious S.S. Steinberg Award. This award honors educators at an institution of higher learning for contributions to research and education in transportation, development or construction.
January 12, 2020 - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Awarded CUTC – HNTB Lifetime Achievement Award - January 11, 2020 Last night at the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) awards banquet at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson was presented with the prestigious CUTC- HNTB Lifetime Achievement Award for Transportation Education and Research. \"This award honors individuals who have had a long history of significant and outstanding contributions to university transportation education and research resulting in a lasting contribution to transportation.\"
January 11, 2020 - CMU’s Matt Battifarano Named Student of the Year - January 11, 2020 Matt Battifarano was honored tonight as a “Student of the Year” at the Council of University Transportation Centers awards banquet held during the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. 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. Meet the 2019 Mobility21 winner: Matt Battifarano grew up on the buses and subways of New York City and never stopped thinking about transportation. After completing a bachelor\'s degree in Mathematics at the University of Chicago, Matt worked for three years as a Data Scientist and Software Engineer for Bridj, a smart mobility start up. Matt is currently a PhD student in the Mobility Data Analytics Center at Carnegie Mellon University where he studies network modeling of ride-hailing systems and connected and autonomous vehicles. Over the summer, Matt interned on the Strategy Team at Uber’s Advanced Technology Group, building a simulator to model Uber’s autonomous vehicles. In 2018 Matt was selected as a Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Research Fellow. His nominator, CMU Associate Professor Sean Qian said \"Matt\'s research interest and strength well match the UTC’s goal on improving mobility and what I envision the future of transportation infrastructure, data-driven decision making for mobility systems....Discussing research with him is always inspiring. I found his attention to details and intent to understand the material and investigate further depth is excellent. He has taken advantage of every opportunity to gain knowledge, experience and participate in problem solving. He offers in-depth understanding for the machine learning model, and was able to apply it to the transportation problem quickly and thoroughly.\" Educating, recruiting and training new workers is critical to managing our country’s infrastructure safely and efficiently. Mobility21 UTC strives to help develop a transportation workforce capable of designing and maintaining the complex transportation systems of tomorrow. Help us congratulate our 2019 UTC Student of the Year! To view the Student of the Year program booklet click here: Booklet.
January 11, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC University of Pennsylvania Academic Director Rahul Mangharam presented today at The Penn India Technology Forum - January 11, 2020 Mobility21 UTC University of Pennsylvania Academic Director Rahul Mangharam presented today at The Penn India Technology Forum on How do we build the Department of Autonomous Systems. In his talk, he explored how Penn research is building (1) Safe Autonomous Vehicles: What is a driver’s license test for driverless vehicles? (2) Safe Medical Devices: How can we use computer models to speed up clinical trials with a reduced cost? and (3) Grid-responsive Energy Systems: How do we build AI for Smart Buildings?
January 9, 2020 - Rahul Mangharam Gives Keynote Banquet Speech at Comsnets - January 9, 2020 Rahul Mangharam, the Penn Academic Director for the Mobility21 UTC was the featured banquet speaker today at the Comsnets 2020 conference in Bangalore, India. He spoke about his UTC research project, Designing Safe Autonomous Systems: A Driver\'s License Test for Driverless Vehicles.
January 8, 2020 - Mobility21 UTC at the Consumer Electronics Show - As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation booth at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Postdoctoral Research Associate Wei Ma staffed an demo and talked with attendees about the Mobility 21 research project “Data-driven real-time traffic prediction and management.”
December 20, 2019 - UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell Serves on Pittsburgh’s Mobility Collaborative Public Stakeholder Group - December 20, 2019 Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of the Mobility21 UTC serves on the Public Stakeholder Group for Pittsburgh\'s Mobility Collaborative. As part of his role on the committee he provides guidance for crafting policy for the new micromobility technologies in the context of deploying new services in the City of Pittsburgh (in a manner that augments existing resources such as transit and bikesharing while providing services for traditionally underserved populations).
December 13, 2019 - CMU Postdoctoral Research Associate Participates on 2 Panels at the Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference - December 13, 2019 Wei Ma, Postdoctoral Research Associate from Carnegie Mellon University served on 2 panels during the Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference in State College, PA. He presented on his work Estimating Multi-class Dynamic Origin-Destination Demand through a Forward-Backward Algorithm on Computational Graphs, and Data-Driven Traffic Prediction and Management: Case Studies of Cranberry Township and Philadelphia Region.
December 12, 2019 - UTC Researcher, Costa Samaras Mentioned on Marketplace and in Los Angeles Times - December 12, 2019 UTC Researcher Constantine Samaras offers his expertise to Marketplace on the declining price of battery packs used for electric vehicles and energy storage systems. He also spoke with the Los Angeles Times about his study, stating that drones could have the lowest carbon footprint for deliveries.
December 12, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC researcher Jon Peha participated in the FCC December 2019 Open Commission Meeting in Washington, D.C. - December 12, 2019 Today in Washington D.C., Mobility21 UTC researcher Jon Peha participated in the Federal Communications Commission December 2019 Open Commission Meeting. This meeting included discussion on \"Promoting Innovation in the 5.9 GHz Band - The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would take a fresh and comprehensive look at the rules for the 5.9 GHz band and propose, among other things, to make the lower 45 MHz of the band available for unlicensed operations and to permit Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) operations in the upper 20 megahertz of the band. (ET Docket No. 19-138).\"
December 11, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Researchers Participate on Transportation in Smart City Ecosystem Panel - December 11, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Executive Director & Researcher, Stan Caldwell and UTC Researcher Don Carter, served as panelists at the Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference in State College, PA today. Speaking about Transportation in Smart City Ecosystems, their presentations included how transportation threads into the Smart City Ecosystems including energy, building systems, and telecommunication.
December 10, 2019 - Metro21 Executive Director Interviewed by Center for Data Innovation - December 2019 Karen Lightman, Executive Director for Metro21 was interviewed for a story published by Center for Data Innovation. Read the article to see what Karen shared about open data and smart cities.
December 10, 2019 - Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson is participating in the Research and Technology Coordinating Committee - December 10, 2019 Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, is in California to participate in the Transportation Research Board\'s Research and Technology Coordinating Committee. \"The committee will monitor and review FHWA\'s research and technology activities and advise FHWA on (a) research agenda setting and coordination of highway research with states, universities, and other partners, (b) strategies to accelerate the deployment and adoption of innovation, and (c) potential areas where research is needed. The committee will hold at least two meetings annually and report via letter report annually, as requested by FHWA.\"
December 10, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC researcher and student team won the Best Demonstration honorable mention award - December 8, 2019 Mobility21 UTC researcher Rahul Mangharam and his student team won the Best Demonstration honorable mention award at #neurips2019 for their F1/10 demo! \"They illustrated a platform for distributed #RL, sim to real transfer, and self supervised online learning of a vision based obstacle avoidance/racing policy. Plus, they wrapped this all in the intuitive #OpenAI Gym API to turn the Racecar hardware into its own reinforcement learning environment. Look out for github.com/f1tenth for more updates on the paper and code.\"
December 9, 2019 - UTC Researcher, Lee Branstetter contributes to a WIRED article on China increasing its number of coal plants - December 9, 2019 UTC Researcher, Lee Branstetter contributes to a WIRED article on China increasing its number of coal plants. Read the article here.
December 9, 2019 - The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded CMU researchers over $1.1 million for the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools - December 9, 2019 The DOE\'s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded CMU researchers over $1.1 million for the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools. Energy Fellow Zachary Ulissi (ChemE) will lead a project on reinforcement learning and machine learning potentials for catalyst metastability; and Energy Fellow & UTC Researcher Venkat Viswanathan\'s team will use the funding to speed up the process of materials innovation for electrochemical devices, batteries for next-generation electric vehicles and new routes to making chemicals and fuels. Read more.
December 6, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection with Ding Zhao - December 6, 2019 This Smart Mobility Connection session featured Ding Zhao who described how his team is trying to build the world’s first scenario-based driving database that is dedicated to connected and autonomous vehicles. Watch the video here.
December 5, 2019 - CMU Students Share Capstone Project Results, Day 2 - December 5, 2019 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 the final day of the poster fair. The projects featured today included 3 transportation related projects: A Public Transportation Accessibility Index for Allegheny County Selection Standards Analysis for Subsidized Public Housing Bringing Employers \"On Board\" to Reduce SOVs in Downtown Pittsburgh- Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer was the adjunct instructor for this project
December 5, 2019 - CMU Students Share Capstone Project Results, Day 1 - December 4, 2019 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 3 transportation related projects: Qualified Municipal Infrastructure Bonds: Improving Infrastructure Finance in the US - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson served as an advisor for this project Optimization of Security Checkpoints through Wait Time Forecasting Unsupervised Auto Insurance Fraud Detection
December 5, 2019 - Traffic21 Director Speaks at National Lieutenant Governors’ Association - December 4, 2019 Today, Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson participated as part of the transportation panel at the National Lieutenant Governors\' Association in Kansas City. Dr. Hendrickson spoke about the Transportation Research Board’s Future Interstate Study (he was one of fourteen committee members who helped develop this report).
December 5, 2019 - Metro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman Presents at Bridge to 2030 Event - December 5, 2019 Metro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman gave an overview of Metro21, Traffic21 and Mobility21, and talked about the intersections and synergies between smart infrastructure and transportation at today\'s Green Building Alliance’s Bridge to 2030 event. She also shared best practices and case studies of technology deployment in the public realm in partnership with the community.
December 4, 2019 - The Ohio State University – CAR Researchers Tackle Extreme Fast Charging of Electric Vehicles - December 4, 2019 An exploratory research program at the Mobility21 UTC academic partner, the Ohio State University, through its Center for Automotive Research aims to evaluate the feasibility of Extreme Fast Charging (XFC) which would allow electric vehicles to be recharged as fast as conventional vehicles are refueled. XFC promises to accelerate the adoption of battery electric vehicles by designing high-performance, cost-effective, safe and affordable energy-storage systems. Learn more here.
December 3, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Yang Cai’s Helmet Team Won the NIST Haptic Interface for Public Safety Challenge - December 3, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Researcher Yang Cai\'s Helmet Team won the National Institute of Standards and Technology Haptic Interface for Public Safety Challenge. The team set the shortest haptic guided navigation record less than half of the average time. The prototype will be exhibited at Consumer Electronics Show in January 2020. The link to the GoPro video of the live field test in Denver, CO, on November 5, 2019: https://youtu.be/CB8RyoIfNmw.
November 30, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection with Fei Fang - November 15, 2019 This Smart Mobility Connection session featured Fei Fang who highlighted her research entitled “Efficiency and Fairness in Ride-sharing.\" Fang discussed the growth in location-tracking technology, the popularity of smartphones, and the reduced cost in mobile network communications have led to a revolution in mobility and the prevalence of ridesharing. Fang covered both commercial on-demand ride-sharing and peer-to-peer ride-sharing, focusing on how to find efficient vehicle-rider matching. Furthermore, she showed how her team evaluated the fairness level of matchings and propose several approaches to balance fairness and efficiency. Watch the full SMC here.
November 25, 2019 - Mobility21 Director and Executive Director Participate in the Governor’s Action Team Meeting on Autonmous Vehicle Technology in PA - November 21, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar and Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, participated in today\'s \"Autonomous Vehicle Technology in PA Roundtable.\" The roundtable included a discussion of the economic development impact of AVs and included industry leaders, state department of transportation officials, representatives of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh.
November 21, 2019 - The Travelers Institute Sponsored – “Transforming the Driving Experience: Automated Vehicle Technologies and Human Attention” - November 21, 2019 The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., hosted a symposium today at Carnegie Mellon University. The program, “Transforming the Driving Experience: Automated Vehicle Technologies and Human Attention,” brought together experts to address the safety, regulatory and insurance implications of advanced technologies that are on the road today. Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson and Mobility21 UTC Researcher Costa Samaras spoke as part of the event.
November 20, 2019 - UTC Researcher Presents Work at the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference 2019 - October 27 - 30, 2019 The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC) 2019 was held in Auckland New Zealand, from 27th October - 30th October 2019. CMU National Robotics Engineering Center’s Robotics Engineer Suryansh Saxena was invited to present his published work; titled “Multi-agent Sensor Fusion for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles to Enhance Navigation Safety” which introduced a novel framework for distributed multi-agents to share time-critical information about their immediate surrounding, and isolate false negatives in their local interpretation using the gained knowledge. The work presented was well received by the research peer community. The feedback gained highlighted the usefulness of the proposed methodologies especially the statistical framework and simulation environment that demonstrated the efficacy in improving navigation safety. Suryansh was requested to make the source-code public so that other researchers in the same-domain can utilize the demonstrated architecture to further the state-of-the-art. The feedback received also urged him to enhance this framework to account for various open-data sources. During his time at the ITSC conference, Suryansh attended several presentations in domains including self-driving vehicles safety, collaborative-autonomy, infrastructure-based-sensing to enhance mobility, human-computer interaction, updates to traffic-policies for incorporating mixed traffic streams and connected vehicle environments, etc.
November 19, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Hosts Breakfast and Learn For Business Managers - November 19, 2019 Business Managers representing faculty across the Carnegie Mellon University attended a \"breakfast and learn\" hosted by Mobility21 to learn more about the Traffic21 and Mobility21 UTC funding. During the event, Rhonda Kloss & Heather Depasquale of the Research Accelerator, and Jacob Bacharach of the Heinz College reviewed the funding sources and shared some tips with the business managers.
November 19, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Gave Guest Lecture in Smart Cities: Growth and Intelligent Transportation Systems Class - November 19, 2019 Tonight, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer provided a guest lecture for CMU students enrolled in the Smart Cities: Growth and Intelligent Transportation Systems class. She discussed her experience leading the regional ridesharing program, commuting options, and how students can get involved with the UTC.
November 14, 2019 - Mobility21 Program Manager Visits Academic Partner, the Ohio State University - November 14 – 15, 2019 Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager, traveled to Columbus, Ohio to meet with researchers, students and others from the Mobility21 academic partner, the Ohio State University. The visit aims to continue developing the partnership, vision and mission of the University Transportation Center’s research, development and deployment.
November 14, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, met with students from the Columbus College of Art & Design - November 14, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, met with students from the Columbus College of Art & Design. The students are working on a project to explore design of autonomous shuttles to encourage the sharing of rides and measure user experience.
November 13, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council Member Kirk Steudle Authors Article on Connecting the DOTs - Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council member Kirk Steudle\'s article on Connecting the DOTs appeared in the November/December 2019 Traffic Technology International magazine on Connecting the DOTs. Read the article here.
November 13, 2019 - WPXI Features the Traffic21 Smart Mobility Challenge in Interview - November 13, 2019 Watch the WPXI interview highlighting the Traffic21 Smart Mobility Challenge and work being led by CMU researcher Sean Qian. \"Unique service helping areas with limited public transportation.\" https://www.wpxi.com/news/investigates/unique-service-helping-areas-with-limited-public-transportation/1007942538 via @WPXI
November 12, 2019 - UTC November Faculty Meeting with Scott Matthews - November 12, 2019 At the UTC Faculty Meeting, Scott Matthews highlighted his Mobility21-funded project \"Forbes Avenue Betterment Project:A Before & After Impact Study\". The meeting also detailed the CMU Request for Proposals for FY2020 and a recap of the Traffic21 10 Year Anniversary Symposium.
November 11, 2019 - Traffic21 Director Participates in NRC Governing Board Meeting - November 11, 2019 Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson traveled to Washington DC to participate in the National Research Council Governing Board Meeting. Hendrickson, attended the meeting on behalf of the Transportation Research Board Division.
November 8, 2019 - Recap: Traffic21 10-Year Anniversary Symposium - November 7-8, 2019 The Traffic21 Institute celebrated its 10-Year Anniversary with a two-day Symposium at Carnegie Mellon University. The symposium brought together expert panelists, keynote speakers and participants from industry, academia and government to discuss emerging transportation technology and deployment. Read the full recap >>>
November 8, 2019 - Traffic21 Launches “Traffic21 Smart Transportation” Podcast - The Traffic21 Smart Transportation Podcast launched today, coinciding with the Traffic21 10-Year Anniversary Symposium. This podcast was created to feature and share information from thought leaders and highlight the smart transportation work happening at Carnegie Mellon University and in the community. Click here to learn more. The inaugural episode of the podcast highlight content recorded at the 2019 National Mobility Summit. Listen to the inaugural episode here. The podcast series will include interviews and stories from UTC faculty, students, industry and government leaders, community members and academic partners. They will share their thoughts on the future of transportation, intelligent technology systems, shared mobility, and more. The Traffic21 Smart Transportation Podcast is hosted and produced by Mobility21 UTC Diversity Fellow Allanté Whitmore.
November 7, 2019 - Mobility21 National UTC Advisory Council Members Share Their Expertise - November 7, 2019 A talented group of national leaders attended the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center (UTC) Advisory Council meeting, held on CMU’s campus today. Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar and Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson welcomed the group, and provided an overview of update of activities and plans at the centers. The day continued with a discussion on technology transfer and plans for the upcoming National UTC Mobility Summit scheduled to be held in Washington, DC on April 2, 2020. Throughout the meeting Advisory Council members shared their expertise and ideas on workforce demand, technology trends, research needs, and new funding opportunities to advance the missions of Traffic21 and Mobility21. # # # 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 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, Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Toyota Research Institute Ken McLeod, Policy Director at The League of American Bicyclist James A. Misener, Senior Director, Technical Standards at Qualcomm Leslie Richards, 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. The next in person meeting of the Advisory Council will be in November 2020.
November 1, 2019 - Mobility21 Executive Director Adviser for Girls of Steel Robotics - November 1, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, participated in the Girls of Steel Robotics Program at the CMU Robotics Institute. Caldwell worked with young women grades 4 to 8 who are interested in learning how to improve public transportation. Their project is a part of the FIRST LEGO League City Shaper challenge.
November 1, 2019 - Roads Australia Publishes Policy Update on 2019 Future Transport – Smart Cities Study Visit - November 1, 2019 Roads Australia visited North America, including visits to the Mobility21 UTC at Carnegie Mellon University, Washington, Detroit and San Francisco to explore the future of transportation in smart cities. Based on their findings from their tour, they published a report of their findings - Read the full report here.
November 1, 2019 - Mobility21 Executive Director Presented at Administrative Judges Committee - November 1, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, presented on a panel at the 14th Meeting of the American College of Business Court Judges in Pittsburgh. The panel was titled \"The Law, Economics, and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Driverless Cars and Other Advanced Technologies.\"
October 29, 2019 - DOT’s Access and Mobility for All Summit Features UTC Research - October 29, 2019 The US DOT’s Access and Mobility for All Summit, hosted by Secterary Chao featured Mobility21 UTC Faculty developed app, PedPal, in a technology showcase. PedPal assists mobility impaired pedestrians in crossing signalized intersections. UTC Faculty Steve Smith and Aaron Steinfeld were in attendance. Both faculty are using their research to aid people with disabilities move around their cities easier.
October 29, 2019 - Sean Qian Interviewed by WPXI - October 29, 2019 UTC Faculty and Director of the Mobility Data Analytics Center at CMU, Sean Qian, was interviewed by WPXI this morning for an upcoming story on the Smart Mobility Challenge project with the Airport Corridor Transportation Association. Stay tuned for the interview.
October 28, 2019 - Surtrac Allows Traffic To Move at the Speed of Technology - October 25, 2019 Author Heidi Opdyke Artificial intelligence is giving more Pittsburgh drivers the green light. Developing and deploying the technology to keep the traffic flowing took a team of researchers and roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University together with the help of city engineers and funding from foundations. It all started because Henry Hillman, the late Pittsburgh business leader and philanthropist, was frustrated with traffic signals that wouldn\'t turn despite a lack of traffic. In 2009, he reached out to then-CMU president Jerry L. Cohon, to promote the idea that Pittsburgh could be used as a test bed for transportation systems. Not only could it help make traffic move more smoothly, but technology could be developed and spun off, thereby creating more jobs in Pittsburgh. Their conversation became the impetus for CMU\'s Traffic21 Institute, a multidisciplinary research institute with the goal to design, test, deploy and evaluate information and communications-technology-based solutions to address transportation problems. The center is directed from CMU\'s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. \"We don\'t have a transportation department, but we looked around and identified that there were faculty doing work across the university in transportation,\" said Stan Caldwell, executive director of CMU\'s Traffic21 Institute. As one of its first initiatives, Traffic21 distributed grants for a dozen pilot projects to address transportation issues that could be solved with external partners. The seed money was provided by by The Hillman Foundation with along with additional support from The Heinz Endowments\' Breathe Project and from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Surtrac, an intelligent traffic signaling system, was one of the pilots. Surtrac is a real time signal control system developed at Carnegie Mellon that reduces travel times, emissions and supports economic opportunity and quality of life. Stephen Smith, a research professor in CMU\'s Robotics Institute, leads Surtrac. His group researches work related to multi-agent decision-making. \"We focus on problems where no one agent is in charge and decisions happen as a collaborative activity,\" Smith said. \"It seemed like a natural application to apply to traffic lights.\" Software allows the signals to \"talk to each other.\" Each signal makes its own decisions on timing by sensing approaching traffic streams and generating a timing plan to optimize movement through intersections. The signals then share plans with neighboring signals to create coordinated actions. The system employs artificial intelligence to coordinate traffic lights based on traffic conditions, which improves traffic flow and reduces average travel times by 25%. And as cars spend less time idling (up to 40 percent), air pollution from emissions is reduced as well. The project began in 2012 with nine intersections in Pittsburgh\'s East Liberty neighborhood. At the time, the older neighborhood was experiencing congestion in part from larger, newer stores such as Home Depot, Target and Whole Foods, and Google had just moved into Bakery Square nearby. The area was equipped with new traffic signals that included cameras with actuation and fiber optic cables that connected the signals. \"The East Liberty Development Inc. was a great partner that said \'Yes, we would love to have this demonstrated in our neighborhood,\'\" Caldwell recalled. Hillman praised the project when the first lights were installed in 2012. \"This type of technological breakthrough is just what we hoped could happen when Traffic21 was created with a broad community partnership led by CMU,\" Hillman said. Smith licensed the technology to create Rapid Flow Technologies, has commercially deployed Surtrac in four cities beyond Pittsburgh, and is installing signals in two Canadian municipalities by the end of the year. The traffic signal system first senses vehicles, pedestrians, bikes and transit to build a real-time model of travelers and where they are headed. Next, the system plans how to best move travelers through the intersection by optimizing over the model second-by-second. Then, the traffic signal communicates with neighboring intersections to coordinate traffic flow in real-time. Finally, the system acts to control the state of the traffic signals at the intersection. “If you look at Pittsburgh, what you see is an urban lab. It’s a place where research and development is happening within our public rights of way.” — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Locally, 50 intersections, or 15 percent of the total in Pittsburgh, have been equipped with the smart system. \"This project epitomizes the Traffic21 research, development and deployment model that connects community partners to innovative research happening at the university,\" Caldwell said. A new exhibit at Pittsburgh International Airport showcases the partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the city that explains the benefits of smart traffic lights. Surtrac is just one of the ongoing collaborations between the university and Pittsburgh. “If you look at Pittsburgh, what you see is an urban lab,\" said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. \"It’s a place where research and development is happening within our public rights of way.” Caldwell said that Traffic21 has helped improve life for residents, transform Pittsburgh\'s image as a smart city and has created companies with more than 200 jobs in Pittsburgh to feed a whole new ecosystem of smart transportation-related industry. CMU\'s Metro21: Smart Cities Institute expands on the work that Traffic21 has done and takes a forward-looking approach to bringing people, technology and policy together to improve the quality of life for metropolitan area citizens. The work of Metro21 provides a global model for innovative future cities. Metro21, in turn, took the Pittsburgh/CMU model of research, development and deployment and founded the MetroLab Network, which launched in 2015 as part of the White House\'s Smart Cities Initiative and spun out of CMU in 2018. Today there are more than 45 city-university partnerships modeled after the success CMU and the City of Pittsburgh. In 2016, Traffic21 worked with the city of Pittsburgh on the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge. Pittsburgh was named a finalist and was awarded an Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies (ATCMTD) grant for $10.8 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The city is looking to add an additional 150 intersections of smart traffic signals beginning in late 2020. Rapid Flow Technology will be among the firms competing for the project. \"Pittsburgh is going to have a citywide smart and connected signal system that will make it more efficient, but a lot of other things have happened simultaneously to make the city an international leader,\" Caldwell said. Among those initial dozen pilot programs, included the early beginnings of ParkPGH, Tiramsiu and Roadbotics. The world is noticing. In 2017, Le Monde, a Paris-based newspaper, recognized Smith with a Le Monde Smart Cities Global Innovation Award in the mobility category. Surtrac was the only U.S.-based winner selected by an international jury of urban planners, sociologists, journalists and innovation experts. In the future, connected infrastructure will enhance safety and mobility for human-driven and self-driving vehicles alike. A More Connected Future Smith said as vehicles become equipped to communicate directly with the traffic signals, additional data can be shared with traffic signals to create even more efficiencies. Because Surtrac models and optimizes actual traffic flow, it can directly take advantage of any additional information vehicles can provide. The connected infrastructure will enhance safety and mobility for human-driven and self-driving vehicles alike. \"Imagine a future where everything is connected,\" Smith said. \"Where we look at direct and continuous communication about where vehicles are, how fast they are moving and what direction they are heading.\" Smith said this future is still decades away when all vehicles are equipped. In the shorter term, there are still benefits to be had from the use of connected vehicle technology. For example, freight companies know their routes throughout the city. If fleets are equipped the ability to communicate, smart traffic signals could optimize their routes. Ride-hailing companies could optimize their routes as well to carry more passengers. \"Many travelers routinely follow routes produced by navigation apps like Google maps or Waze and if a vehicle is willing to share this route with Surtrac, then we can move them faster through the intersections along this route and do so without adversely affecting vehicles that are not sharing this information,\" Smith said. \"It sounds magical at first, but really you\'re just giving us more information and reducing uncertainty so we can we do a better job at optimizing the signal timings.\" Smith\'s team is working to equip Port Authority of Allegheny County buses with radios that communicate with Surtrac signals to better predict arrivals and to give buses priority when appropriate. \"The idea is that since busses can clog traffic at intersections, if we know their routes and arrival times, then we can give them priority in a smart way without ignoring the other traffic at intersections,\" he said. Additionally, his team is working with the Federal Highway Administration on a mobile app to assist pedestrians with disabilities. The app communicates directly with the Surtrac system and indicates how much time its user needs in order to safely cross the street. The system also lets the person crossing know how much time is left before lights change. \"We\'ve just completed a series of user tests with invited people to come out and try it and give us their feedback and such,\" Smith said. \"It\'s really positive. They are overwhelmingly providing good feedback.\" https://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2019/october/traffic-moves-at-speed-of-technology.html
October 27, 2019 - Surtrac Technology Displayed at Pittsburgh Airport - October 27, 2019 A new display has been installed at the Pittsburgh International Airport in Concourse A near gate A10 - and it\'s featuring Traffic21-funded research, Surtrac Technology. To learn more and see the display, watch the full video.
October 25, 2019 - CMU News Features Traffic21 and Surtrac in Article - October 25, 2019 CMU News featured the history, accomplishments and partnerships of Traffic21 and Surtrac technology in a new article. The article highlights quotes from Mayor Peduto, Traffic21\'s Stan Caldwell, and Mobility21 faculty, Steve Smith. Read how it all started here.
October 24, 2019 - Mobility21 Hosts Delegation from Hong Kong - October 24, 2019 Mobility21 Faculty, Steve Smith, hosted a visiting delegation from Hong Kong. During their visit to CMU, Smith introduced the delegation to Surtrac smart traffic signal technology, and a visit to a Surtrac inersection.
October 23, 2019 - Raj Rajkumar Featured on NOVA’s Episode on Self-Driving Cars: “Look Who’s Driving” - October 23, 2019 NOVA is the most-watched prime time science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly and on 10/23/2019, it featured Mobility21\'s Director, Raj Rajkumar. The episode has a look at self-driving cars taking to the streets, investigates how they work, and if they are safe. Watch the full episode here.
October 21, 2019 - “The Future of Autonomous Vehicles is Running Through Pittsburgh” Webinar - October 21, 2019 Carnegie Mellon University\'s Tepper School of Webinar Series featured \"The Future of Autonomous Vehicles is Running Through Pittsburgh\" led by Robert T. Monroe, Teaching Professor of Business Technologies. During this session, Monroe walks attendees through the perspectives and developments in the space. You can watch the full webinar here.
October 18, 2019 - American Scientist Article Authored by Mobility21 Researchers - October 18, 2019 The American Scientist article \"Bargain-Hunting Robocars Could Spell the End for Downtown Parking\" was authored by Mobility21 Researchers, Corey Harper and Costa Samaras. Read the full article on how AVs can help diminish parking troubles here.
October 18, 2019 - Metro21 Co-Teaches Policy Innovation Lab - October 18, 2019 In fall 2019, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, Mobility21 partner, teamed up with the Policy Innovation Lab, a new initiative at CMU’s Heinz College to offer a new course. Co-taught by Professor Christopher Goranson and Metro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman, students investigated smart city policy, including intelligent transportation systems, using technology to predict landslides and smart traffic signal implementation challenges across different municipalities around the world. The Policy Innovation Lab is based on the premise of user-centered research through human-centered design. The goal is to connect students with actual policy challenges and through an agile, design-driven framework to rapidly create solutions to those challenges.
October 16, 2019 - UPenn Intro to Transportation Class Gives Feedback on SEPTA’s Rail Extension - October 16, 2019 Leslie Roche, Planning Manager at AECOM, and Ryan Judge, Senior Long Range Planner at SEPTA, walk Erick Guerra’s Introduction to Transportation Planning class through a role-playing exercise to identify key factors in selecting a locally preferred alternative for SEPTA’s proposed rail extension to King of Prussia, PA.
October 16, 2019 - Stan Caldwell Welcomes Guest from Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to CMU - October 16, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell met with a group of 6 Indonesian professionals working with issues relating to improving cities and regional economies. They are participating in a project entitled, “Good Governance Through Technology.” They have been invited to the U.S. under the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program for a 21-day project. Pittsburgh was the second city on their trip, the group will also visit Columbus, Denver and DC. The themes for the Pittsburgh segment of the program were: Using technology to improve services and quality of life; and University and research partners in smart city development.
October 15, 2019 - Mobility21 Program Manager Moderates Panel at APTA TRANSform - October 15, 2019 Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, moderated “Transit and Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Partners in Regional Decision Making” session at the American Public Transportation Association’s TRANSform Conference in New York City.
October 13, 2019 - CMU Student, Noel Lau, Receives Scholarship at APTA Conference - October 13, 2019 Noel Lau, a Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University traveled to New York City to attend the American Public Transportation Association\'s (APTA) TRANSform conference and receive her scholarship award. Lau was able to personally thank the sponsors of her scholarship, network with other scholarship recipients, participate in APTA\'s mentorship program as a mentee, and sit in on committee meetings. Attending workshops on critical topics such as the effects of mobility on community health, safe and secure deployment of new systems, and the goals of research in the field, gave her a sense of the organization and inclusivity of the transportation industry, as well as unique experiences into what real-world conversations between policy and technology look like.
October 11, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection Series with Aaron Steinfeld - October 11, 2019 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection seminar featured Aaron Steinfeld, Associate Research Professor with the Robotics Institute at CMU. Steinfeld talked about “What\'s Been Learned from the Tiramisu Transit Deployment.” Steinfeld was part of the team from the CMU Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center who researched, developed and deployed Tiramisu, a transit app with a universal design but focused on improving public transit for individuals with disabilities. Watch the full seminar here to learn more.
October 9, 2019 - October 2019 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting - October 9, 2019 Mobility21 hosted the second UTC faculty meeting of the Fall Academic Semester today. The meeting featured Reed McManigle, Mentor in Residence, Senior Manager, Licensing and Business Development for CMU who led a discussion on spin-offs, start-ups and opportunities to learn more about the business side of research.
October 9, 2019 - UTC October Faculty Meeting - October 9, 2019 Mobility21 hosted the second faculty meeting of the Fall Academic Semester. The meeting featured Reed McManigle, Mentor in Residence, Senior Manager, Licensing and Business Development who led a discussion on spin-offs, start-ups and opportunities to learn more about the business side of research.
October 8, 2019 - Research Recap: Optimizing Snow Plowing Operations in Urban Road Networks, Phase II - 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: Optimizing Snow Plowing Operations in Urban Road Networks, Phase II.
October 7, 2019 - Ding Zhao Meets with Congressional Staff at Carnegie Mellon University - Varun Krovi, is Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) and Diem-Mi Lu from Rep Bill Foster\'s (D-IL) office visited Carnegie Mellon University for a visit that was arranged through the US Army Office of Congressional Liaison. The congressional staff had a packed full agenda that included meetings with UTC Faculty, Ding Zhao and the Block Center faculty to discuss the Army AI Task Force and issues related to ethics and bias, privacy and the education and training imperatives created by the emergence of AI in fields ranging from cyber to transportation.
October 7, 2019 - Mobility21 Director Meets with Commerce Deputy Secretary Karen Kelly to Discuss Research - October 7, 2019 Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar met with Commerce Deputy Secretary Karen Kelly and provided an autonomous vehicle presentation, highlighted Mobility21’s research in the mobility and autonomous vehicle space.
October 4, 2019 - Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell speaks at Odyssey Day - October 4, 2019 In collaboration with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, the Mobility21 UTC academic partner, Community College of Allegheny County hosted Odyssey Day on Friday, October 4 . This event is dedicated to promoting the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and is designed to educate fleet managers, municipalities, school districts and others about cleaner transportation technologies and the important role they play in providing solutions to growing energy and environmental issues. Read the Full Press Release: CCAC Press Release -- Odyssey Day 2019. Watch the video here.
October 4, 2019 - OSU CAR: Fall External Advisory Board Meeting Focused on Mobility, Innovation and Collaboration - October 4, 2019 Today, industry, government and campus partners attended The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research\'s (CAR) semiannual External Advisory Board meeting. The meeting provided an opportunity to highlight CAR’s capabilities in a variety of labs including the new Battery Labs and the Driving Dynamics Lab as well as unveiling the 2019 CAR Annual Report.
October 3, 2019 - Department of Energy picks Carnegie Mellon and NAWI to lead Energy-Water Desalination Hub - October 3, 2019 Carnegie Mellon\'s College of Engineering has been chosen to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Energy-Water Desalination Hub as a founding member of the National Alliance for Water Innovation . Mobility21 UTC Faculty, Venkat Viswanathan will participate in the new initiative researching new, more cost-effective ways to achieve a circular water economy from water sources alternative to the pre-existing ones.
October 2, 2019 - Smart Belt Coalition Meeting Hosted at CMU - October 1 – 2, 2019 The Smart Belt Coalition convened a two day meeting on CMU\'s campus to discuss the coalition’s strategic plan current and future status. The Smart Belt Coalition is a regional effort between Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania to establish a dynamic and proactive collaboration between this region for the development of connected and automated vehicles.
October 2, 2019 - CMU Team Paper Accepted to ICCV 2019 - October 2, 2019 Carnegie Mellon team, Lijun Yu, Dawei Zhang, Xiaojun Chang, Xiangqun Chen, and Alexander G. Hauptmann had a paper accepted to ICCV 2019 Demo Program at the International Conference on Computer Vision in Seoul, Korea entitled \"Traffic Danger Recognition With Surveillance Cameras Without Training Data.\" More information about this project is available here.
September 30, 2019 - RISS Program Participant to CMU Employee - In June, the Mobility21 UTC welcomed Tessa Guengerich as part of the CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program. By the end of August, she was offered a job as a Robotics Engineer and began working for Carnegie Mellon University at the National Robotics Engineering Center. During the spring, Tessa was an undergraduate student at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. She graduated with her bachelor’s in chemical engineering in May and arrived in Pittsburgh for the summer program hoping to learn more about machine learning, programming and the implementation of robots outside of academia. Tessa was a part of the 2018 RISS cohort and said she was excited to return to Pittsburgh. She was eager to learn more about things she wasn’t exposed to before (computational statistics and machine learning) and was also excited to be surrounded by other students from around the world. Carnegie Mellon’s RISS Program is an eleven-week summer (June 1 to mid-August) undergraduate research program that immerses a diverse cohort of scholars in cutting-edge robotics projects that drive innovation and have real-world impact. Launched in 2006, RISS is among the best and most comprehensive robotics research programs for undergraduates in the world. As she explains, “On the Mat Sinking project with RISS mentor Isaac Isukapati, Project Scientist, at CMU’s NREC: National Robotics Engineering Center, I’m learning a lot about computational statistics and algorithms, and I’m coding in C++ for the first time. I’ve faced a bit of a learning curve, but it’s a challenge I’ve been able to face thus far. The overall project is to write a scheduling program for robotic arms performing specific tasks — for example, given X robotic arms and Y objects, what’s the best course of action for the robotic arms to move those objects safely and efficiently? My contribution to the project is to write a statistical simulator to test the performance of the scheduler with a specific set of parameters, to see where the scheduler performs well and where it fails.” By the end of the summer RISS experience, she had been encouraged to apply for a job at the National Robotics Engineering Center. She was hired on as a full-time Robotics Engineer and is now continuing her work on the Mat Sinking Project. Before beginning her summer RISS program Tessa was unsure what her next steps would be. She says she is thrilled to be in Pittsburgh. She loves the people in Pittsburgh, noting everyone is super friendly. Tessa said everyone at her new job has been supportive and helping her get acclimated.
September 27, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection Seminar with Pei Zhang - September 27, 2019 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection seminar featured Pei Zhang sharing his research on “Incentivizing Vehicle Mobility to Optimize Sensing Distribution in Smart City Applications.” He examined the utilization of existing taxi fleets to optimize both mobility and passenger pickup as well as smart city sensing. Pei showed his teams work through 50,000 collected taxi traces with 230 actuated routes in the city of Beijing, China. Watch this seminar here.
September 25, 2019 - Mobility21 Spinoff, Rapid Flow, Wins Tech Startup of the Year Award - September 25, 2019 Today, Pittsburgh Tech Council hosted their 23rd annual Tech 50 where they honor technology innovation in southwestern Pennsylvania. The council determines winners by growth in product, corporate citizenship, job growth and retention, industry achievement and innovative technologies. Mobility21 UTC spin-off, Rapid Flow Technologies, was awarded Tech Startup of the Year! Rapid Flow Technologies is the commercialization of Surtrac (Real-time Adaptive Traffic Control). Rapid Flow Technologies is using technology to improve congestion, and shares one of their biggest achievements of 2019: landing their first international customers. Watch the full video here.
September 23, 2019 - Christoph Mertz Featured on NPR - September 23, 2019 Christoph Mertz, UTC Faculty, sat down with NPR station WESA to discuss his latest work using deep learning to develop an early-warning system to predict landslides. Using the same technology Mertz developed under the UTC, he is able to use computer algorithms to analyze, identify and calculate where a landslide is more likely to occur. Learn more and listen here.
September 23, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Team Tours UTC Faculty Member Ding Zhao’s Safe AI Lab - September 23, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Faculty member Ding Zhao, welcomed Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell, Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, Senior Administrative Coordinator Chelsea Cavlovic and Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman for a tour of his Safe AI Lab. Zhao, along with 4 of his students, provided an overview of their research, demonstrated how their autonomous vehicles \"see and react\" to pedestrians and vehicles and more.
September 22, 2019 - FHWA’s Center for Accelerating Innovation Tours NREC - September 22, 2019 The Federal Highway Administration established the Center for Accelerating Innovation to serve as the focal point for internal and external coordination for identifying and prioritizing innovations. The team held their Center of Accelerated Innovation Meeting in Pittsburgh on September 18, focusing on Pittsburgh\'s innovation. For their agenda they teamed up with Mobility21 to tour the National Robotics Engineering Center to learn more about technology and initiatives being led at CMU.
September 20, 2019 - CMU Transportation Club Kicks off Fall 2019 Semester - September 20, 2019 The CMU Transportation Club held its first meeting of the new academic year today. Mobility21 UTC Women in Transportation Fellow, Bonnie Fan co-facilitated the meeting. Attendees included students from across the university studying policy, infrastructure, architecture, and data. The agenda included a review of data projects, a traffic management site visit, and the development of a mentorship program with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Women in Transportation Seminar. In addition, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer provided an overview of the UTC and ways students could be involved. CMU students interested in joining the club should complete this form: https://tinyurl.com/cmu-transpo-19.
September 19, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Elected to ACT Board of Directors - September 21, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, was elected by her peers to serve as a member of the Association for Commuter Transportation\'s Board of Directors. \"The Association for Commuter Transportation, is an international association and leading advocate for commuter transportation and transportation demand management.\" Her term will start January, 2020 and run through 2021.
September 19, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Faculty, Costa Samaras, Publishes Opinion Piece in NY Times - September 19, 2019 Gernot Wagner and Mobility21 UTC Faculty member Costa Samaras published an opinion piece entitled “Do We Really Have Only 12 Years to Avoid Climate Disaster?\" The article reminds readers that the children and grandchildren of today will be managing the impacts of climate change for decades and centuries to come. Read the full article here.
September 18, 2019 - Ding Zhao Welcomes CMU-Thailand Program Sponsors - September 18, 2019 UTC Researcher, Ding Zhao introduced the Safe AI Lab lab to Mr. Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, president and CEO of ThaiBev, which is a founding industry sponsor for the CMU-Thailand program.
September 18, 2019 - Leveraging Computer Vision to Better Detect the Risk of Landslides: RISS Alumni Presents at the Tapia Conference - \"Each fall, computer science researchers gather across the nation in celebration of diversity in STEM, the Tapia Conference. For two consecutive years, Hameed Abdul (Robotics Institute Summer Scholar ’18 working with Dr. Christoph Mertz) has presented his undergraduate research results and shared his journey as an increasingly accomplished STEM scholar.\" Learn more here. Mobility21 UTC sponsored Hameed\'s Robotics Institute Summer Scholar experience.
September 18, 2019 - PennDOT, Carnegie Mellon University lead team on “Safe Integration of Automated Vehicles into Work Zones” for Demonstration Grant - September 18, 2019 PennDOT’s submission to the Automated Divine System Demonstration Grant was awarded 7.5 million to develop a consistent approach to allow for automated vehicles to safely operate in work zones. The core team is made up of PennDOT, CMU, and PSU. Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar will be leading the Carnegie Mellon effort on the grant. To learn more about the research, team and proposal, read on>>
September 18, 2019 - Research Recap: The Intelligent Mobility Meter - 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 Intelligent Mobility Meter.
September 16, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Faculty, Sean Qian, Leverages Ride-Hailing Companies Platform - September 16, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Faculty, Sean Qian, is developing a cyber-physical-social system that lets cities leverage the platform of ride-hailing companies in order to provide benefits for everyone in the transportation system. Qian will partner with the University of Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh on this research, which is being funded by the National Science Foundation. Learn more here.
September 15, 2019 - Stan Caldwell Presents to National Association of College and University Business Officers - September 15, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, presented background information on Traffic21 and the Mobility21 University Transportation Center research to the the National Association of College and University Business Officers who are attending the 2019 Budget and Planning conference in Pittsburgh.
September 13, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection with Sean Qian - September 13, 2019 Today, the first fall 2019 Smart Mobility Connection Series featured Mobility21 UTC faculty, Sean Qian. Qian discussed his work with helping Cranberry Township predict traffic delays in real time for 30 minutes in advance. The SMC was attended by Cranberry Township partners who presented to the CMU community why this work is so important and the positive impact it has had on congestion in Cranberry Township. Watch the video here.
September 11, 2019 - Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, Keynote Speaker at PWX Expo - September 11, 2019 Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson attended Public Works Expo in Seattle where he was a featured speaker, presenting his research entitled \"Past and Future of the US Interstate Highway System.\" The PWX Expo draws thousands of public works professionals from all over the world.
September 11, 2019 - Research Recap: Incentive Design in Ride Sharing Platforms - 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: Incentive Design in Ride Sharing Platforms.
September 9, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Participates in the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit - September 4-6, 2019 The Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit is the largest dedicated Automated Vehicle conference in the Northeast region, bringing together both public and private industries – and the Mobility21 UTC students, staff and faculty participated, serving as presenters and session moderators. Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar participated on a panel of CAV Testers during a Plenary Session. He was joined by panelists from AV companies Uber, Aurora, Argo AI and Aptiv. During the Equity breakout session, Allante\' Whitmore, Doctoral Candidate and Mobility21 Diversity Fellow ,moderated a panel that included Corey Harper, Post-Doctoral Research Associate at CMU who works closely on Mobility21 research projects focused on equity and mobility. Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager moderated a panel focused on Human Factors: Consumer Expectations & Education. The panel featured a variety of panelists from academic including Penn State and organizations such as AARP and Partners for Autonomous Vehicle Education. Another breakout session entitled Energy Implications, featured Parth Vaishnav, an Assistant Research Professor at CMU, who joined panelists from PA’s Governor Office of Energy, Maryland SHA, Momentum Dynamics and more. Mobility21 UTC academic partner, the Community College of Allegheny County, also had a presence at the summit as Bob Koch presented as part of the breakout session “Jobs for an AV World.” Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, Stan Caldwell and Women in Transportation Fellow, Carlee Benhart were also in attendance, participating in the conference.
September 7, 2019 - Ding Zhao: Making AI Safe for Autonomous Vehicles - September 7, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Faculty, Ding Zhao discusses how his lab is developing better AI for safer autonomous vehicles. He discusses how he\'s partnering with industry and government to save time and lives with AI. Watch the full video here.
September 4, 2019 - UTC Faculty Discusses Tesla’s New Solar Rental Option - September 4, 2019 Costa Samaras, UTC Faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering/Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses Tesla’s newly-unveiled solar rental option with Marketplace’s Jack Stewart. Read the article and/or listen to the conversation here: https://www.marketplace.org/2019/08/20/teslas-plan-for-solar-could-increase-competition/.
September 4, 2019 - Mill 19’s Grand Opening - September 4, 2019 The nonprofit Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), and Catalyst Connection hosted an event celebrating the opening of Mill 19. CMU faculty and researchers will occupy Mill 19, including Mobility21’s Director, Raj Rajkumar who will have a space for his research on sensors and autonomous vehicles. Today\'s event marked an exciting chapter first envisioned and brought to life by three Pittsburgh foundations—The Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
September 3, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Faculty Authors Article Telling Cities Robocars Could Be the End of Downtown Parking - September 3, 2019 Costa Samaras, Mobility21 UTC Faculty in CEE/EPP at Carnegie Mellon, in collaboration with Postdoctoral Research Associate Corey Harper, authored in article published in The Conversation about the future of autonomous vehicles and their impact on city parking lots. Read the full article here.
September 1, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Faculty Lead DOE Team Improving Rural Mobility - September 1, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Researcher, Sean Qian, is leading an interdisciplinary team from Carnegie Mellon University as they attempt to address rural transportation in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Greene County. The team includes Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, UTC Researcher, Costa Samaras and Metro21: Smart Cities Institute Director Karen Lightman. Working in collaboration with Greene County and Waynesburg University, the team from Carnegie Mellon University will test an innovative rural county mobility platform, with the ultimate goal that it can be replicated in other rural counties. Sean Qian says this project has “the potential to advance the fundamental knowledge of how energy-efficient, affordable mobility services can work in rural America.\"
September 1, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher, Christoph Mertz, Presents at SMAR 2019 - September 1, 2o19 Mobility21 UTC Researcher, Christoph Mertz presented his UTC research at Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures (SMAR) 2019 in Germany. His talk entitled \"Moving Beyond the Romans: Deep Learning and Road Maintenance\" highlighted his research using machine learning to predict and prevent potholes and road repairs.
August 30, 2019 - Research Recap: Connected Vehicle Infrastructure for a Smart City - Today, Mobility21 UTC has released its first \"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 Jon Peha\'s project: Connected Vehicle Infrastructure for a Smart City.
August 28, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meet with Butler County Commissioners - August 28, 2019 Mobilty21 UTC researchers Sean Qian and Stan Caldwell visited Butler County to meet with Commissioners Leslie Osche, Kim Geyer and county transportation officials to discuss transportation research and technology and explore potential collaboration.
August 22, 2019 - CMU, OSU team wins first event in DARPA Subterranean Challenge - August 22, 2019 In the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, Team Explorer, whose members come from Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University, deployed robots to autonomously map and search underground mines. Team explorer won the event by detecting and pinpointing the most artifacts. Further, In addition to being named champions of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge event, the team also was cited for “Most Accurate Artifact.” Sebastian Scherer, UTC Faculty and an associate research professor in the Robotics Institute said that “Mobility was a big advantage” for the team. Read more and watch videos of the robots during the challenge here.
August 22, 2019 - Results of 2018 Gates Foundation Visit to CMU Included in New Report - August 22, 2019 During 2018, the Gates Foundation along with MetroLab (a Mobility21 UTC spin-off) sent a team to meet with communities, organizations and universities across the US to explore civic innovation. In July 2018 the team traveled to Pittsburgh, and their visit included meeting with Mobility21 UTC leadership. A year later, the team produced a report that recapped their findings called Exploring Civic Innovation: Leading U.S. Approaches to Civic Data, Technology, and Engagement. The Mobility21 UTC is highlighted in the report (pages 10 - 11) : EXPLORING-CIVIC-INNOVATION-Leading-U.S.-Approaches-to-Civic-Data-Technology-and-Engagement.
August 19, 2019 - Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar Featured in RetroReport – Can We Teach Cars to Drive? - August 19, 2019 RetroReport, an independent, nonprofit news organization, dives in Autonomous vehicle technolgy and how it gotten better in the last decade, and so has the hype. The report dives into how close we truly are to robots being able to drive people around safely. Mobility21\'s Director, Raj Rajkumar, gives his thoughts on the obstacles that AVs have to overcome, including weather, traffic and pedestrians. Watch the full report here.
August 19, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ding Zhao featured in new video on Making AI Safe for Autonomous Vehicles - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ding Zhao discusses his research in new CMU College of Engineering video on Making AI Safe for Autonomous Vehicles. Learn more about his research here. https://youtu.be/zcuqYjinQmc
August 15, 2019 - Public Policy and International Affairs Students Learn About Smart Transportation - August 15, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, led a class entitled \"Smart Transportation: Issues of Equity\" for the The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) students during Summer 2019. The classes featured UTC researchers who presented on different topics of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The class was able to develop hands on experience of ITS concepts by applying them to a group project with the Port Authority of Allegheny County.
August 15, 2019 - Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, Presents at AASHTO Committee Meeting - August 11-15, 2019 Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, presented his talk: Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future at the meeting of the AASHTO Committee on Construction in Franklin, Tennessee.
August 15, 2019 - Harvard Business School case study on Testing Autonomy in Pittsburgh and its Connection to Traffic21 & Mobility21 - August 2019 Integral to the Harvard Business School case study on Testing Autonomy in Pittsburgh, was information shared by Traffic21 & Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, Stan Caldwell. The case study provided an overview of the introduction, evolution and lessons learned testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, presented in a way allowing fellow academics and city leaders access to this unique knowledge on autonomous vehicle testing.
August 14, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholar Participated in Poster Showcase - August 14, 2019 Today, Tessa Guengerich, Mobility21 UTC\'s Robotics Institute Summer Scholar participated in the end of session poster showcase. Her poster highlighted the work she did on project: Statistical Simulation for Multi-Agent Scheduling Under Uncertainty.
August 8, 2019 - Port Authority of Allegheny County Cites Traffic21 Study in Successful Funding Request - August 8, 2019 Port Authority of Allegheny County was one of the recent recipients of Driving PA Forward funding. With this $1,104,00 award, Port Authority will purchase two battery electric buses and charging stations. Helping make the case for battery electric buses the Traffic21 study, Which Alternative Fuel Technology is Best for Transit Buses? was included in the grant application package.
August 8, 2019 - Traffic21 Institute Announced its Ten Year Anniversary Symposium - August 8, 2019 This week “Save the Date” announcements were sent out for the Traffic21 Institute Ten Year Anniversary. This celebration held November 7 & 8 on CMU’s campus, is expected to include 300+ participants, creating a forum for connecting community, foundation, government and industry partners to increase collaboration and kick-off Traffic21’s (including Mobility21 and Metro21) next decade. At this Ten Year Anniversary, Traffic21 is also embracing a formidable new challenge: Innovating Mobility for All. If you did not get a “save the date” and want to attend the symposium, please email Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer (LKSchweyer@cmu.edu).
August 7, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Wins International Award - August 7, 2019 Today at the Association of Commuter Transportation\'s Annual Conference, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, received a President’s Award for Extraordinary Service. The Association for Commuter Transportation mission is to “… create an efficient multimodal transportation system by empowering the people, places, and organizations working to advance TDM [transportation demand management] in order to improve the quality of life of commuters, enhance the livability of communities, and stimulate economic activity.” Lisa Kay has been actively involved in this association since 2003, served on state-wide chapter leadership roles, and led the international Vanpool Council for 2 years.
August 4, 2019 - Costa Samaras Discusses Teaching Via Podcast - August 4, 2019 Costa Samaras, UTC Faculty with CEE/EPP was featured on the Energy Transition Show\'s 100th podcast special. During the episode entitled \"Teaching Energy Transitions\" he discusses the topics covered in his courses, concepts students find difficult and what it’s like to utilize a podcast as teaching material. Listen to the full podcast here.
August 4, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar, Discusses the Future of Transportation on KD/PG Sunday Edition - August 4, 2019 On today\'s KDKA TV KD/PG Sunday Edition show, Mobility21 UTC Director Raj Rajkumar sat down with Dr. Kent Harries, PITT Engineering Faculty, to discuss ideas for the Pittsburgh 2070 Transportation Plan. The segment includes discussion on different ways to address older infrastructure, city transportation, and how to build sustainable infrastructure for the future. Watch the full video here.
July 31, 2019 - The Governor’s Action Team Visits Mobility21 - July 31, 2019 Brent Vernon, Director of The Governor’s Action Team, Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, visited Carnegie Mellon to learn more about Carnegie Mellon’s perspective on the evolution of the autonomous vehicle industry in Pittsburgh. During Vernon’s visit he met with Raj Rajkumar, Director of Mobility21, and Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Mobility21.
July 30, 2019 - CAR Introduces High School Students to Automotive Engineering - July 30, 2019 The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research provided a unique STEM experience for high school students this summer at Camp CAR, a week long summer day camp intended to educate students 14-18 year olds on various aspects of engineering and mobility. Learn more here.
July 29, 2019 - 2019 Tech 50 Finalists - July 29, 2019 The Pittsburgh Technology Council initiative, Tech 50, is an awards program that honors and recognizes the top-fifty member companies of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, across technology-focused industries – and Mobility21 is having an impact. Rapid Flow Technologies, a spin-off of CMU, utilizing Surtrac technology that was funded by Mobility21 is nominee for Start-up of the Year. Additionally, Mark DeSantis, CEO of RoadBotics has been nominated has CEO of the Year. RoadBotics spun-out of CMU with technology that predicts potholes and other flaws in infrastructure though smartphones and artificial intelligence.
July 29, 2019 - Update from Tessa Guengerich, CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholar - July 29, 2019 In June, Mobility21 welcomed Tessa Guengerich as part of this year’s CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program. Currently an undergraduate student at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, she arrived in Pittsburgh hoping to learn more about machine learning and programming and learn more about the implementation of robots outside of academia. Tessa said she was excited to learn about things she wasn’t exposed to before (computational statistics and machine learning) and was also excited to be surrounded by other students from around the world. [caption id=\"attachment_14729\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] SCS, 190718B, UBTECH, Robotics Institute, July 18 2019. Tessa on right.[/caption] Six weeks later, Tessa provided this update on her experience: On my project with Isaac [Isukapati, Project Scientist, at CMU’s NREC: National Robotics Engineering Center], I\'m learning a lot about computational statistics and algorithms, and I\'m coding in C++ for the first time. I\'ve faced a bit of a learning curve, but it\'s a challenge I\'ve been able to face thus far. The overall project is to write a scheduling program for robotic arms performing specific tasks -- for example, given X robotic arms and Y objects, what’s the best course of action for the robotic arms to move those objects safely and efficiently? My contribution to the project is to write a statistical simulator to test the performance of the scheduler with a specific set of parameters, to see where the scheduler performs well and where it fails. Participating in RISS has also exposed me to other areas in robotics I\'ve never seen before, like the DJI and UBTECH workshops. During the DJI workshop we had to set up the software development kit for a small drone, and then use that SDK to program the drone for a race of sorts. First of all--I\'ve never worked with drones or been forced to think about their specific challenges, so working with my team to think about wind and tuning parameters was surprisingly fun to me. Second, I found it fun to work with four students from such different backgrounds to complete the challenge. Two of the students had experience with drones and were able to take the lead, helping and teaching along the way. It was new for me to be in the situation of getting help from a peer on a common goal (and not for individual assignments or school group projects, where most students have similar sets of skills.) For the UBTECH workshop, we were again placed in teams and tasked with programming a humanoid robot to complete a task of \"rescuing\" stuffed animals and placing them in \"safe\" zones. The challenge was two-fold. First, we were expected to connect to the humanoid robot via bluetooth and control it with a gaming controller. Then we needed to connect specific buttons on the controller to specific movements in the robot, and test that functionality. My contribution ended up being to set up the software development kit for the gaming controller to connect via bluetooth (which I had learned a lot about in the DJI workshop). I also helped my teammates to fine-tune the movements of the robot for walking to and grasping the animal. Again, all of this was pretty far out of my comfort zone, but I had a great team that managed to balance each other\'s skill set. We\'ve also had the privilege of hearing and seeing a lot of presentations from different faculty members at CMU about their research. That has also been an eye-opening experience. As a Chemical Engineering student, most of the talks were outside of my traditional curriculum, but that\'s exactly what I\'ve enjoyed most about RISS -- learning about research I wouldn\'t have been exposed to otherwise, and trying my hand at tasks that initially intimidated me. 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 26, 2019 - CMU Student Noel Lau Awarded APTA Scholarship - July 26, 2019 CMU Civil Engineering graduate student, Noel Lau was awarded an American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) scholarship. As part of the award, Noel will attend the national APTA conference in October, where she will have the opportunity to attend workshops and sessions as well as meet with industry professionals from across the country.
July 26, 2019 - Students Present Research on Forbes Avenue Reconfiguration - July 26, 2019 Students advised by Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21 and UTC Faculty, were featured in a poster session that highlighted the work the students have been doing on the Forbes Avenue reconfiguration. Their research included topics like air quality, bus ridership, speed and multi-vehicle detection.
July 24, 2019 - Roads Australia Delegation Visits CMU - July 24, 2019 Roads Australia, a delegation of Australian industry and government leaders traveled all the way to North America from 22 July – 2 August 2019 to explore Future Transport: Smart Cities. Their visit was designed to deepen their understanding of the progress, challenges and emerging trends in Regulatory and Technological Innovation around future transport and smart cities - more specifically, to learn about the latest strategies and solutions and how they might apply them in an Australian context. One of their first stops in North America was Pittsburgh for a visit to Carnegie Mellon University to Meet with Mobility21. The Australian team was interested in meeting with key participants in the future of transportation, and Mobility21 was able to provide the delegation firsthand information on the types of research, partnerships and entrepreneurship that is happening in Pittsburgh through Mobility21 to enhance the future of transportation and mobility. The delegation met with Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Mobility21; Aaron Steinfeld; Associate Professor and UTC researcher, Carnegie Mellon University and Griffin Shultz, CEO of a Mobility21 spin-off, Rapid Flow Technologies. Roads Australia was eager to learn more about the beneficial partnerships created through Mobility21, the variety of research projects supported by Mobility21 and how the City of Pittsburgh is working collaboratively – not competitively – to build a city focused on mobility and innovation for all.
July 17, 2019 - Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Mobility21 UTC, Participates at PennDOT STIC Meeting - July 17, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, is a member of the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC). The STIC meets three times each year in Harrisburg so members can provide feedback on innovations in development, approve Innovation Development Summaries and Deployment Plans, and receive updates on STIC activities, including communication and outreach efforts.
July 15, 2019 - Mobility21 Students Attend Automated Vehicle Symposium - July 15 - 18, 2019 Throughout the week in Orlando, Florida, more than 1,800 leading researchers, regulators, technologists and decision makers converged to discuss the future of automated vehicles. Keynote speakers included Carnegie Mellon alumni and Aurora founder, Dr. Chris Urmson. Also participating in the event were Mobility21 supported PhD students, Allante\' Whitmore and Jake Ward. The students represented Mobility21 research and development as well as collaborated with industry leaders on the future of mobility.
July 11, 2019 - DJI visits CMU for RI Summer Scholars event - July 11-12, 2019 DJI, a leader in commercial and civilian drone industry, visited CMU as part of the RI Summer Scholars (RISS) event program. DGI\'s time on campus included meeting with leaders in robotics at CMU, providing attendees with demonstrations of their drones, and a drone flying contest for RISS students. Mobility21 program manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, attended the event with PA Rural Robotics Initiative Director, Tim Heffernan.
July 9, 2019 - Chris Hendrickson, Director of CMU’s Traffic21 Institute, Shares Know-how with Other Researchers - July 2019 Chris Hendrickson, Director of CMU’s Traffic21 Institute and Larry Rilett, Professor of Civil Engineering, at the Univ. of Nebraska share their know-how with other researchers in the article “What Papers Does the Journal of Transportation Engineering Want?” Read the article here: Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems / Volume 145 Issue 9 - September 2019.
July 8, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Researchers Present their Work at The 19th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals - July 8, 2019 Mobility21 UTC researchers presented their work at the 19th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals, Transportation in China 2025: Connecting the World, held July 5th - July 8th, 2019 at Southeast University in Nanjing, China. Dr. Sean Qian, Associate Professor, led a session on “A General Formulation for Multi-modal Dynamic Traffic Assignment Considering Multi-class Vehicles, Public Transit and Parking.” Dr. Scott Matthews, Professor, presented on the “Use of Connected Vehicle Technologies for Monitoring Passenger Vehicle Emissions.”
July 5, 2019 - The Ohio State University EcoCAR team won first place in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge - May 22, 2019 The Ohio State University EcoCAR team won first place in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year One Competition. This is the sixth consecutive year that Ohio State won an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition. The competition is headline sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and Mathworks, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory. Ohio State EcoCAR scored 887 out of 1,000 overall points. In addition to the first-place overall finish, the team also won eight other awards including first place for its final technical report, its target market presentation, and its controls, systems modeling and simulation presentation. Learn more here.
July 5, 2019 - SURTRAC Featured in Ethical Corporation Magazine - July 2019 Mobility21 funded research Scalable Urban Traffic Control (Surtrac) was featured in the July edition of Ethical Corporation Magazine. The article describes how cities like Pittsburgh are using the technology to improve vehicle flow, reduce engine idling and cut carbon emissions. Read the full article (starting on page 13).
July 3, 2019 - CMU Students Making an Impact in a Big Way, Far Away - Article By Bruce Gerson Four students took a meaningful and fulfilling winter-break trip they’ll never forget. Christina Ou, Cathy Fang, Melina Driscoll and Ashley Burbano, members of Carnegie Mellon University’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB), traveled to Nyadire, Zimbabwe, where they spent two weeks at the town’s United Methodist Centre helping the small community of about 2,000 people. Their trip was twofold: They followed up on their chapter’s four-year solar street light project and began a new effort to improve the cooking system for a local school. Read more...
July 3, 2019 - Students from PA Rural Robotics Initiative Visit CMU - June 27, 2019 Today, 15 students from the Franklin Area High School went to Carnegie Mellon University for the day. The students, all part of the PA Rural Robotics Initiative, traveled almost 2 hours each way to get a glimpse into some of CMU’s programs and resources. Organized and supported by CMU’s Mobility21 University Transportation Center and the Robotics Institute, the visit included: A discussion of transportation & technology An introduction to making traffic “smarter” A tour of the NavLab where the students saw and learned about autonomous vehicles A tour of the Field Robotics Center where the students learned more about aerial robotics A networking lunch where the students met and talked with members of the 2019 CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars cohort When asked what she thought of the experience, Grace said “I really enjoyed learning about the autonomous vehicles and our discussions with the summer scholars. Thank you, CMU!” Tim Heffernan, the Executive Director of the PA Rural Robotics Initiative said “Although geographically Carnegie Mellon isn’t too far from home, sometimes these types of opportunities and institutions seem worlds away to these students. Having the chance to meet the summer scholars and interact with the world’s best in their professions will change how these kids view themselves and their futures. We couldn’t be more excited about, and grateful for, the opportunity that our friends at CMU have provided for these young people. Events like today have a positive impact on our kids and our region.” In addition to the students and Mr. Heffernan, five chaperones accompanied the group: Mrs. Jill Foys, Northwest Commission, Director Mr. Trenton Moulin, Bridge Builders Community Foundation, Executive Director Mr. William Vonada, Cranberry Area School District, Superintendent Dr. Jody Strausser, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Associate Professor Computer Information Science, PA Rural Robotics 2019 Volunteer of the Year Mr. Albert Abramovic, Venango County Commissioner. He said he was impressed with the day’s program and was grateful for the opportunity to join the students for the day. One of the Mobility21 UTC’s focus areas is Education & Workforce Development. Research and technology is only one half of the new mobility equations. The transportation industry is being deluged with disruptive technologies just as its current, aging workforce faces mass retirement. Educating, training and inspiring the currently and next generation of transportation professionals is critical to the success of new technology. Helping coordinate and participate in the visit from the PA Rural Robotics Initiative is one way the Mobility21 UTC is engaging the next generation of transportation professionals. Learn more: PA Rural Robotics Initiative – https://www.paruralroboticsinitiative.com/ Mobility21 UTC – https://mobility21.cmu.edu CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars - https://riss.ri.cmu.edu/ # # # In 2018, Franklin Area High School had four lonely VEX robots that students traveled around Pennsylvania and West Virginia with, searching for teams to compete against. Fast-forward to the end of this June and those four robots have 180 new companions right next door. Together they make up the Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative, a consortium of 11 school districts, one technology center, and an intermediate unit that all share a common robotics platform and curriculum. Twenty-five schools, covering five counties, have found like-minded friends in higher education, business and industry, state and local government, non-profits, and regional economic and workforce development that not only support their initiative but help it to thrive. The Traffic21 and Mobility21 Institute’s leadership team have been trusted advisor since the conception of PA Rural Robotics and continues to look for ways to support their mission. Both faculty and graduate students from the Robotics Institute are working to bring CMU and these young STEM students together. PA Rural Robotics was also excited to find themselves partnered with a team of CMU undergraduate students as part of the 2019 Information Systems Spring Project. The Office of Outreach and Engagement have provided a menu of options that can further the CMU connections as the initiative grows. The most recent Carnegie Mellon connection was with the CMU CS Academy. PA Rural Robotics plans to introduce their member schools to the CS1 course and discuss the potential it could have in expanding computer science offerings within all of the member districts.
July 2, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC participated in COMTO “Get Acquainted” event - June 27, 2019 Katharine Kelleman, Mobility21 UTC Advisory Board Member and Port Authority of Allegheny County\'s CEO and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of the Mobility21 UTC participated in the \"Get Acquainted\" and Pittsburgh chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials kick-off event. COMTO is a national organization; the group\'s mission is to “… ensure opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, veterans, people with disabilities and certified MWDBE businesses through leadership training, professional development, scholarship and internship funding, political advocacy, partnership building and networking opportunities.”
July 1, 2019 - Scott Matthews, Mobility21 UTC Researcher’s Work Published in the Transportation Research Record - July 1, 2019 Mobility21 UTC researcher, Scott Matthews and his fellow CMU researchers Vinod Krishnappa and Yi Liu’s work on “Data-Driven Analysis to Support Revised Tire Tread Inspection Standards” was published today in the July 2019 edition of the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Click here to read the article: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0361198119851456.
June 28, 2019 - Mobility21 Exec. Director Participates in TRB Ahead of the Curve Subcommittee - June 28, 2019 Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, participated today in the Transportation Research Board’s “Ahead of the Curve” Subcommittee at the National Academies of Science Keck Center in Washington DC. During the meeting, members made final edits to the \'Instructor\'s Manual\' for this course, which was designed for transportation research managers including those at the state departments of transportation and University Transportation Centers.
June 25, 2019 - Mobility21 Director Presents at CUTC Summer Meeting - June 25, 2019 The Council of University Transportation Centers Summer Meeting was held in Norman, Oklahoma. The themes of this summer\'s meeting included Preparing for the Mobility Future: Workforce Development and Training Needs, Climate-Resilient Transportation Infrastructure, and Public-Private Partnerships. Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, presented today on workforce development.
June 25, 2019 - Stan Caldwell Presents on Technology Transfer at Annual CUTC Summer Meeting - June 25, 2019 During the Annual Council of University Transportation Center\'s summer meeting in Norman, Oklahoma, Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Mobility21 presented the UTC\'s technology transfer plan, and how impacts and accomplishments are tracked. The meeting brings together the nation’s leading transportation professionals from academia and industry along with U.S. DOT and other transportation agency officials.
June 24, 2019 - ArgoAI Partners with Carnegie Mellon University - June 24, 2019 Carnegie Mellon University and Argo AI announced a five-year, $15 million sponsored research partnership under which the self-driving technology company will fund research into advanced perception and next-generation decision-making algorithms for autonomous vehicles. Press Release
June 21, 2019 - Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, Served on the Southwest Partnership for Mobility Advisory Council - Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 UTC Executive Director served as a member of the Southwest Partnership for Mobility Advisory Council. This month as a result of the council\'s work, a report was released describing the challenges facing the region’s transportation system. Read the report and learn more about the council\'s work here: https://www.paturnpike.com/yourTurnpike/partnership_for_Mobility.aspx.
June 20, 2019 - The Hill District CDC Hosts Transportation and Mobility Community Meeting - June 20, 2019 Mobility21\'s Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated in tonight\'s Hill District\'s CDC community meeting on transportation and mobility. This was the first of many upcoming community engagement meetings where community members will have an opportunity to voice their concerns around bus routes, parking, sidewalks, and much more.
June 20, 2019 - Mobility21 Exec. Director Participates in Public Meeting on Four Mile Run - June 20, 2019 Stan Caldwell participated in a public meeting where the Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority presented plans for innovative transportation plans connecting the neighborhoods of Hazelwood, Greenfield, the Run and Oakland.
June 17, 2019 - Mobility21 Exec. Director leads Workshop at PSPE Boot Camp - June 17, 2019 Mobility21\'s Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, presented a workshop entitled \"Pittsburgh\'s Evolution as a Smart Transportation Testbed\" at the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers Bootcamp West. The bootcamps are designed for licensed engineers to gain a broad range of knowledge and make connections with experienced professionals.
June 12, 2019 - Traffic21 welcomes Tessa Guengerich as CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholar - June 12, 2019 Traffic21 welcomes and is pleased to sponsor Tessa Guengerich as part of this year’s CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program. Currently an undergraduate student at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, she arrives in Pittsburgh hoping to learn more about machine learning and programming and learn more about the implementation of robots outside of academia. Tessa says she is excited to learn about things she wasn\'t exposed to before (computational statistics and machine learning) and is also excited to be surrounded by other students from around the world. Carnegie Mellon’s RISS Program is an eleven-week summer (June 1 to mid-August) undergraduate research program that immerses a diverse cohort of scholars in cutting-edge robotics projects that drive innovation and have real-world impact. Launched in 2006, RISS is among the best and most comprehensive robotics research programs for undergraduates in the world.
June 7, 2019 - Mobility21 Fellow Attends ENO Leadership Development Conference - June 2-7, 2019 Mobility21 UTC\'s 2018 - 2020 Women in Transportation Fellow, Bonnie Fan, participated in the Eno Leadership Development Conference this week in Washington, DC. Fan won a scholarship to attend the conference through the Council of University Transportation Centers. Eno is a non-partisan transportation think-tank started by William Phelps Eno, the “Father of Traffic Safety,” who famously invented the stop sign. The Eno Leadership Development Conference is an opportunity for up and coming student leaders to tap into ENO\'s strong network and leadership development programming. Fan referred to the conference as \"...something between a transportation policy crash course, a week-long networking session with industry titans, and a nerdy sleep-away camp for graduate students.\" Fan reported feeling intimidated at first but quickly started to feel at ease as the twenty students started discussing bike-ped access, VMT funding and then falling asleep to conversations about autonomous vehicle regulation. Fan noted that she learned just as much from the other fellows as she did from the sessions themselves. The ENO learning experience is structured around a barrage of panels. Eno president Rob Puentes and Eno Weekly’s Jeff Davis provided high level insights into transportation industry trends and policy. The panels balanced representation from different organizations – trades, DOT, associations, industry – as well as perspectives – political, federal, local, private. Each speaker also took time to illuminate the path they took and advice on how they got there. The whole week\'s events are considered “off the record” – which meant the panelists could speak very candidly. The fellows learned more about the interplay between organizations, as well interesting disconnects. Fan said one of her major takeaways was a desire to incorporate lessons and standards established in aviation around automation, operations and safety into other modes. She is excited to take the lessons learned and connections made from this experience into her academics and work. Learn more: https://www.enotrans.org/article/2019-future-leaders-development-conference-ldc-recap/ https://www.enotrans.org/article/takeaways-from-the-future-leader-development-conference-perspectives-from-2019-alumni/
June 6, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Participates in the Celebration of the Oakland Eruv - Angela Blanton, CMU Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager were in attendance to help celebrate the extension of the local eruv to now include Oakland. When the original Pittsburgh Jewish community\'s eruv was constructed, circa mid-1970\'s, it primarily encompassed parts of the Squirrel Hill community. By the mid-1990\'s and early 2000\'s the eruv was expanded to include larger sections of Squirrel Hill and sections of Point Breeze, Greenfield, and Regent Square. UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow University assisted with the extension of the Squirrel Hill eruv to Shadyside and the Oakland neighborhoods, which includes hospitals and universities, allowing greater mobility on Sabbath and Yom Kippur for Jewish communities, especially the Orthodox Jewish communities. Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was an active member of the planning committee for this eruv extension.
June 5, 2019 - OSU Participates in Meetings with Ohio Congressional Offices to Discuss Mobility Projects - June 5, 2019 Maryn Weimer, Director of Mobility & Senior Associate Director of the Ohio State University\'s Center for Automotive Research participated in meetings with Congressional offices with representative leaders from TRC, COTA, the Columbus Partnership, and DriveOhio. The group met with Senator Brown, and Representatives Stivers, Beatty, Balderson, and Jordan. The purpose of the meetings was discuss various mobility projects and programs.
June 5, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Serves as Hack-a-thon Judge - Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Mobility21 UTC, served as a judge for the International Association of Transportation Regulators (a non-profit educational organization comprised of government transportation professionals) for their 4th Annual Hack-A-Thon competition. The proposals being judged included solutions to problems and innovative multi-modal mobility service and safety enhancements to promote the guiding principles set forth by the city of Calgary.
June 4, 2019 - Mobility21’s Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, takes part in ITS America Annual Meeting - June 4-7, 2019 ITS America held their annual meeting in Washington D.C. entitled “Intelligent Mobility: Safer. Greener. Smarter.” Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, was there representing Mobility21 UTC research efforts. UTC spin-off, Rapid Flow Technologies, was an exhibitor, to showcase their Surtrac technology.
June 3, 2019 - Carnegie Mellon University student, Sharika Hedge, Spending Her Summer at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center - June 3, 2019 Carnegie Mellon University student, Sharika Hedge, is a senior at CMU, majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. She is currently an intern at Leidos in the Transportation Solutions Division, but is spending her summer as a contractor at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. Her team, FHWA\'s Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (STOL), works on national connected and automated vehicle (CAV) research, develops new CAV technology, and increases the accessibility of these technologies to various state DoTs. She also participated in the attended the Traffic Safety and the 5.9 GHz Band Conference in Washington D.C on June 3, 2019. Last summer, Hedge was a CEE Summer Research Fellow at CMU\'s Mobility Data Analytics Center, under the guidance of UTC Researcher Sean Qian, as well as a part-time Transportation Software Intern at Michael Baker International. Hedge’s interests are primarily in ITS, data analytics, and CAV systems. Currently, she is working on a variety of data visualization and CAV research projects this summer, including FHWA\'s Cooperative Automation Research Mobility Applications (CARMA) platform.
June 3, 2019 - Mobility21 Researcher Participates in the Traffic Safety and the 5.9 GHz Band Conference - June 3, 2019 Mobility21 UTC researcher, Steve Smith participated in a panel at the Traffic Safety and the 5.9 GHz Band Conference in Washington D.C. along with the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, Diana Furchtgott-Roth. The purpose of the panel was to provide examples of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Communications deployment. Professor Smith highlighted research deployed in Pittsburgh connecting blind pedestrians to smart traffic signals.
June 1, 2019 - CCAC Faculty Leads Transportation Discuss with Career and Technology Center Students - June 1, 2019 Bob Koch from the Community College of Alleghey County visited the Western Area Career and Technology Center to discuss the career opportunities available in the transportation industry with their students. The class, led by Koch, also discussed the impact these new technologies could have on the economy, and how do they see it impacting those living in a rural environment.
May 30, 2019 - UTC Faculty Received Award from Office of Naval Research - May 30, 2019 Venkat Viswanathan, Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and UTC funded faculty received a 2019 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research to research how to improve battery safety in low temperatures. Learn more about the award recipients here.
May 29, 2019 - Comcast Leadership Tours NavLab - May 29, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and UTC Researcher, Christoph Mertz led Comcast’s Heartland Regional Team on a tour of CMU\'s NavLab. The Comcast leadership was interested in learning more about the research, development and deployment of Mobility21-led research in the region.
May 29, 2019 - Mobility21 Welcomes New Women in Transportation Fellow – Carlee Benhart - Mobility21 welcomes Women in Transportation Fellow for 2019– 2021, Carlee Benhart. Carlee developed an interest in smart transportation, urban infrastructure, and transportation equity during her time studying Regional Planning at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While pursuing her degree, she undertook internships with the Indiana County (PA) Office of Planning and Development where she worked as the Indiana County WalkWorks community liaison to address the challenges of introducing alternative transportation infrastructure, and with Quaker Valley Council of Governments in Allegheny County, where she served as manager of an pilot online geographic information systems implementation for the rollout of a new municipal property and structure condition assessment. After graduating, Carlee maintained her professional relationship with the Quaker Valley Council of Governments to work on the Route 65 Corridor Study Multi-Municipal Project as a research intern. She would like to incorporate a synthesis of technical and social science methods to improve the equity of all types of mobility. Upon completion of graduate school, Carlee hopes to work to improve the accessibility and integration of a spectrum of transportation modes with humans and the built environment. She is excited for the opportunity to hone her knowledge and skills in Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College Public Policy and Management program, and to continue her academic career in transportation planning and smart mobility as a Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow. Learn more about the current Women in Transportation Fellow, Bonnie Fan, here: https://mobility21.cmu.edu/about/leadership/student-leadership/. -------------- The Traffic21 Women in Transportation fellowship provides financial support to an incoming female student who is entering either the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College MSPPM (Public Policy and Management) or MISM (Information Systems Management) degree programs. Female students who have demonstrated an interest and commitment to Intelligent Transportation Systems are eligible to apply for the fellowship. The fellow’s work supports the Mobility21 University Transportation Center’s activities.
May 19, 2019 - Key Lessons in Urban Mobility Podcast Featuring Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell - May 21, 2019 Stan Caldwell, Mobility21’s Executive Director, sat down with Ken Dunlap, Managing Partner of Catalyst-Go, a company that specializes in the autonomous technologies industries, to discuss urban mobility in their latest podcast. The podcast entitled ““Key Lessons in Urban Mobility” explores a wide variety of topics, including how Pittsburgh has transitioned from an industrial city to one that competes with Silicon Valley for companies and talent. Ken and Stan discuss the role of Traffic21 and Mobility21 in the transformation of Pittsburgh including the model of using seed funding from partners to develop, research and deploy technology in the city. Stan discusses how the formula has led to successful university-government partnerships and how these partnerships are helping the mobility of the greater Pittsburgh region and subsequently nation-wide. The podcast then shifts gears to discuss the whole picture of Mobility21 and how the transportation center and the future of transportation is not simply about automation but rather using new urban mobility technologies to ensure that all, not just some, communities benefit. Stan describes the difference between Pennsylvania\'s approach to automation and policy compared to states like California - and how Pennsylvania\'s might be a better recipe for success. Listen to the podcast to hear Stan share the lessons he and his Mobility21 colleagues have learned and are learning while research, developing and deploying technology in mobility: https://www.catalyst-go.com/thinkingthroughautonomy/2019/5/24/stan-caldwell-lessons-in-urban-mobility.
May 17, 2019 - Mobility21 and Metro21 host lunch with Secretary Foxx - May 17, 2019 Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, a Distinguished Executive in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University, joined Mobility21 students, staff and faculty for a lunch and learn today to discuss the variety of transportation related research being done at Carnegie Mellon University.
May 16, 2019 - Mobility21 Faculty, Sean Qian was awarded the Posner, Molloy and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil Engineering - May 16, 2019 Mobility21 Faculty Sean Qian, was awarded the Posner, Molloy and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. With his research, CEE Assistant Professor Qian is working toward a different world, one where real-time and historical data allow us to better manage our aging and overcrowded infrastructure.
May 16, 2019 - Mobility21 Executive Director Participates in PennStart Planning Meeting - May 16, 2019 Mobility21\'s Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, participated in the second workshop of the Pennsylvania Safety Transportation and Research Track (PennStart). This proposed test track is a collaboration with the PA Turnpike, FHWA and PennState. Stan attended to provide expertise on connected and automated technology testing applications.
May 16, 2019 - Atlanta Link Leadership Visits to Pittsburgh to Learn about Public-Private Partnerships - May 16, 2019 The Leadership Involvement Networking Knowledge (LINK) from the Atlanta Regional Commission visited Pittsburgh to learn about new ideas and approaches for dealing with the issues and challenges facing metro areas. During their visit to Pittsburgh, they discovered how the city is driving innovation through city/university partnerships and much more. The team heard from Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager on how Mobility21 and the City of Pittsburgh are using partnerships to solve Pittsburgh’s mobility challenges.
May 14, 2019 - Mobility21 Executive Director Promotes Mobility21 Research at Washington DC Events - May 14, 2019 Stan Caldwell, Exec. Director of Mobility21 presented research at the Council of University Transportation Center spotlight conference held at the Rayburn Office in Washington DC. Stan was also able to participate in visits to legislative offices to highlight Mobility21\'s education initiatives, including a visit with Claire Borzner, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Mike Doyle.
May 8, 2019 - Mobility21 Executive Director gives Overview of Mobility21 to the Young Presidents Forum (YPO) - May 8, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, presented an overview of Mobility21 activities and research to the Young Presidents Forum (YPO). The YPO is a global organization where members meet with innovative and influential business leaders with the goal of inspiring business, personal and community impact.
May 8, 2019 - CMU’s Traffic21 Announces Winners of Second Smart Mobility Challenge - May 8, 2019 Today, Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 announced North Huntingdon Township and the Airport Corridor Transportation Association (ACTA) as the winners of its second 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, 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. Lynn Manion, Executive Director of the ACTA, and Michael Turley, Assistant Manager of North Huntingdon, represented this year’s award recipients. Their challenges were selected based on the availability of data to answer the stated problem and alignment with the academic strengths of the Carnegie Mellon University Mobility Analytics Center (MAC) team. Manion’s mobility challenge involves designing a flex route first and last mile system to maximize mobility and operating efficiency as well as ridership comfort, while Turley seeks a solution to alleviate congestion, ensure safety and anticipate travel demand on a heavily trafficked roadway. As recipients of this year’s Smart Mobility Challenge, Manion and Turley will receive support from MAC, which collects, integrates and learns from massive amounts of mobility data and contributes to the development of smarter transportation systems. MAC will use the mobility problems identified by Manion and Turley to provide data, analytics and recommended solutions for each mobility problem. “We look forward to solving the challenges presented by the ACTA and North Huntingdon,” said Heinz College Dean Ramayya Krishnan. “Only at Carnegie Mellon do we have this unique opportunity to collaborate with partners in our region to solve real-world problems faced by their communities.” “The solutions that result from these projects can provide other cities with ideas on how to apply big data to address their own transportation problems,” says Jonathan Cagan, the interim dean of Carnegie Mellon Engineering. For the submissions not selected, CMU offered to connect representatives from municipalities and public transit operators with faculty from across campus to explore additional solutions through class projects. Manion and Turley will begin working with CMU on July 1, 2019, with the projects to be completed by June 30, 2020.
May 8, 2019 - Summer School in Advanced Mobility Held at Ohio State University - May 8, 2019 More than 25 individuals from both industry and academia had the opportunity to learn from each other at the inaugural Summer School in Advanced Mobility held at The Ohio State University (Mobility21 UTC academic partner), May 6-8, 2019. This three-day program provided a high level overview of topics related to automotive mobility including electrification and storage, connected and autonomous vehicles, multi-modal transportation and security, all taught by Ohio State faculty experts. Learn more here.
May 7, 2019 - UTC Faculty Advises Data Driven Heinz College Capstone Project - May 7, 2019 Director of the Mobility Data Analytics Center and UTC Faculty, Sean Qian, advised a Heinz College Capstone student Project Team that focused on extreme weather events impacts on bridges. The capstone project examined a variety of publicly available data sources to develop a data-driven model for 1) better prediction of washout events and 2) scour critical risks for all bridges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
May 7, 2019 - Amtrak Capstone “Improving Intercity Rail Data Analytics” Advised by Stan Caldwell - May 7, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, advised the The Heinz College Capstone project with Amtrak entitled “Improving Intercity Rail Data Analytics\". Today, the capstone project team presented their project results, which included their examination of a variety of data sources to develop a data-driven model for identifying and marketing to new customers.
May 7, 2019 - Mobility21 Co-Hosts Transport PGH 2019 Spring Forum with T.I.R.E.S - May 7, 2019 Mobility21 co-hosted Transport PGH 2019 with T.I.R.E.S. The Forum was a free event featuring guest presentations by transportation providers sharing resources available in and around Allegheny County. The event brought together the region’s leading providers and advocates to help educate the public on what is available. Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer gave welcoming remarks and an overview of the Mobility21 UTC and Shikib Mehtri, Masters of Language Technologies student at CMU\'s Language Technologies Institute presented his research in collaboration on a Spoken Dialog System for The General Public with UTC Faculty, Profs. Maxine Eskenazi.
May 6, 2019 - CCAC’s Bob Koch Joins Westmoreland Career & Tech Center to Discuss the Future of Automotive Jobs - May 6, 2019 Bob Koch, faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County, joined automotive students and their instructors at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center to discuss career opportunities in the automotive field including Intelligent Transportation options, Hybrid & Electric Vehicles, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing options. The group discussed the economic impact all of this will have on their careers and how they can prepare.
May 6, 2019 - Smart Mobility Challenge Project: Traffic Impact Study of CSX Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal and Mitigation Plans for McKees Rocks - May 6, 2019 In September 2017, CSX Transportation began operations at its newest Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal, located in Stowe and McKees Rocks. The facility provides shippers a new transportation option to move freight to and from the region and enhances the area and the company’s competitive advantage through greater connectivity. However, studies show the development of the facility will also add to a number of trucks in and through the Borough of McKees Rocks, increasing demands on the existing infrastructure and increasing congestion to already congesting roadways. Located along the south bank of the Ohio River just a few miles from downtown Pittsburgh, McKees Rocks & Stowe Township is home to 13,000 residents. To study this traffic increase and possible mitigation strategies, the Borough of McKees Rocks applied for this new development and its traffic impacts to be a research project as part of Traffic21’s Smart Mobility Challenge. As a winning project, the CDC of McKees Rocks were partnered with CMU’s Mobility Data Analytics Center (MAC) to conduct an in-depth analysis of the potential growing traffic impact in high temporal and spatial resolutions. During the research, Mobility Data Analytics Center (MAC) develops a large-scale regional traffic model that simulates nearly 700 thousand of trips of cars and trucks during a typical weekday. Using a variety of data sets, MAC was able to simulate individual trucks and cars and model route choices, travel time and mixed traffic flow conditions. The result includes the travel time, travel delay, vehicle-mile-traveled, fuel use and emissions for each road segment and intersection by time of day. In addition, the team examined the effectiveness of traffic management strategies in different scenarios. During a recent project update meeting with community representatives shared that being chosen as a Smart Mobility Challenge project provided them a predictive model (that would normally be out of reach for communities like McKees Rocks) to help analyze truck traffics impacts in their community. Although this research project focused on several particular applications such as trucks and roadway usage to demonstrate the method and leverage resources, the methodology can be applicable and scalable to other cities and regions, and to any general disruptive change to the infrastructure network. The research completed in McKees Rocks could also be of value to various groups interested in infrastructure, travel demand management, green design, environmental policies and more. Now that the research part of the project is complete, the next steps for McKees Rocks includes a review of the research, engagement on discussions about the project results, and the provision of input for the decision makers to consider. Learn more about this project here: https://ppms.cit.cmu.edu/media/project_files/60-final.pdf.
May 4, 2019 - Second Annual National Mobility Summit Recap - May 4, 2019 The Second Annual National Mobility Summit was held on April 11, 2019 in Washington D.C. 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. Find a full recap of the National Mobility Summit here: https://mobility21.cmu.edu/events/the-national-mobility-summit/the-national-mobility-summit-2019/.
May 3, 2019 - Women in Transportation Fellow presents her final capstone project report entitled “Cost of Curbs” - May 3, 2019 Mobility21 Women in Transportation Fellow, Sarah Cho, presented her final capstone project report entitled “Cost of Curbs Final Presentation” at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. The presentation was attended by leaders from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Parking, Port Authority and the City of Pittsburgh.
May 3, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Featured Guest on NPR’s OnPoint - May 3, 2019 Today\'s National Public Radio On Point show \"There\'s Talk Of $2 Trillion For Infrastructure. How Should The U.S. Spend It?\" features an interview with Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell. Listen to the broadcast here: https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/05/02/infratstructure-trump-congress-democrats.
May 2, 2019 - Mobility21 Program Manager Meets with Colorado Springs Regional Leaders - May 2, 2019 Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Metro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman, and City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure Assistant Director, Alex Pazuchanics, joined the Colorado Springs Regional Leaders to provide an overview of the public-private partnership between CMU and the City of Pittsburgh.
May 1, 2019 - Mobility21’s Program Manager and Traffic21 Diversity Fellow join MASITE Luncheon as Keynote Speakers - May 1, 2019 The Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (MASITE) hosted their Western Area Luncheon Seminar Series entitled \"The Black and Yellow Brick Road: Transportation Research & New Mobility in Pittsburgh\" in Pittsburgh. There were more than 60 people in attendance for the event where Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager and Allante\' Whitmore, Mobility21 Diversity Fellow were the keynote speakers.
May 1, 2019 - Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation Tour CMU - May 1, 2019 Mobility21 welcomed Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation and their regional leaders to the City of Pittsburgh. The regional leader Leaders in Science & Technology visited Carnegie Mellon University’s NavLab where Traffic21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, led a discussion about how our Smart Cities Institutes manage relationships between external partners and researchers.
May 1, 2019 - Mobility21 Executive Director Attends PA Chamber of Commerce Legislative Briefing - May 1, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, attended the Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Legislative Briefing in Harrisburg to promote Mobility21 research efforts. The briefing included stakeholders and regional policymakers to help strengthen relationships between the region’s business community and elected officials.
April 26, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection features Steve Quick - April 26, 2019 The last Smart Mobility Connection of the Spring \'19 semester featured Steve Quick, Adjunct Faculty in the School of Architecture at CMU. Quick highlighted his UTC project that is currently investigating how the integration of multimodal policies onto regional corridors will impact small towns differently from urban and suburban corridors. Watch the full series here.
April 24, 2019 - April ’19 Faculty Meeting Highlights CCAC’s Commitment to Automotive Education - April 24, 2019 The final UTC Faculty Meeting of the Spring \'19 semester featured Bob Koch & Josh Kern from the Community College of Allegheny County. Bob & Josh described how the community college is updating their workforce training and curriculum to reflect the advancements and technology changes in the automotive industry.
April 23, 2019 - Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer Shares Expertise During the Pittsburgh Cities of Inclusion Summit - April 23, 2019 The Pittsburgh Cities of Inclusion Summit was held today at PNC park where over 150 leaders gathered. This Summit brought together individuals with disabilities, family members, city officials, community leaders, non-profits, corporate leaders, foundations and other funders, to jointly create a vision for Pittsburgh as an inclusive city.* Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, shared her expertise as a thought leader in the Access to Services breakout sessions. * An inclusive city is an urban community that values social inclusion for all, ensuring people of all abilities are involved in their communities, able to effectively pursue opportunities and contribute, safely express themselves, and exercise their rights. These cities provide access and opportunities for everyone to take part in employment, education, health, housing, and to access community services.
April 22, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC researchers, Sean Qian and Costa Samaras will head a Department of Energy funded project on “intelligent delivery zones” - April 22, 2019 Mobility21 UTC researchers, Sean Qian and Costa Samaras will head a Department of Energy funded project on \"intelligent delivery zones.\" Learn more about this project here: https://www.cmu.edu/cee/news/cee-news-magazine/images/spring-2019-issue---cee-news.pdf.
April 16, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer Discussion Leader at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s Emerging Mobility Summit - April 16, 2019 Today, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer led 3 discussion groups on equity and new mobility at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s Emerging Mobility Summit in Austin, Texas. The discussions brought Transportation Demand Management professionals together to share their thoughts on how equity is defined, how equity considerations are or are not being built into the new mobility modes, and best practices from around the country.
April 15, 2019 - The Vision Zero Toolbox - April 15, 2019 Erick Guerra, UTC Faculty and Assistant Professor in City and Regional Planning in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, was an advisor for The Vision Zero Toolbox in Philadelphia project. The project aims to help decision-makers at the local level prioritize initiatives and projects which will achieve the greatest traffic safety benefit and ensure the success of Vision Zero Philadelphia.
April 15, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Sean Qian Awarded Posner, Molloy, and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil Engineering - April 15, 2019 With his research, Mobility21 UTC Researcher and CEE Assistant Professor Zhen (Sean) Qian is working toward a different world, one where real-time and historical data allow us to better manage our aging and overcrowded infrastructure. Through data modeling and frameworks, Qian is not only finding ways to reduce congestion, energy use and emissions within existing systems but also to design sustainable, resilient, and intelligent infrastructure for the future. Read more about this award here: https://www.cmu.edu/cee/news/news-archive/2019/04-2019-qian-awarded-posner-molloy-and-pietrandrea-career-development-chair-in-civil-engineering.html.
April 15, 2019 - Hands-On Design Courses Equip Students for Success - April 15, 2019 \"Whether you’re designing infrastructure for transportation, buildings, water systems, or something entirely different, taking on your first project as a recently graduated civil or environmental engineer can be daunting. For starters, there is the multitude of objectives, the risk and uncertainty, the complex planning and scheduling constraints, and of course the challenge of learning to work and communicate within a team...\" Read the rest of this article and how Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras is involved, here: https://www.cmu.edu/cee/news/news-archive/2019/04-2019-learnin-by-doing.html
April 14, 2019 - UPenn Presents at CPSWeek Conference in Montreal - April 14, 2019 The UPenn UTC Team including Rahul Mangharam, Matt Kelly, Yash Pant and Houssam Abbas attended the Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet-of-Things Week Conference in Canada to present their research.
April 11, 2019 - Mobility21 Hosts Second Annual National Mobility Summit - April 11, 2019 Today, Mobility21 hosted the Second Annual National Mobility Summit in Washington D.C. The summit provided a unique opportunity for 125 people, made up of faculty members, researchers, government, community, and industry representatives from across the country to discuss improving mobility for people and goods. The day also highlighted work from 10 of the mobility-themed UTC\'s around the country (representing 50+ educational institutions) and a research showcase to share their ideas and create new collaborative efforts to transfer research to deployment.
April 9, 2019 - UTC Faculty Gives AC Tour to President of AAA East Central - April 9, 2019 Ding Zhao, Assistant Professor and CMU and Director of the Safe AI Lab, gave a tour of Carnegie Mellon University\'s autonomous vehicles to the President and CEO of the Automobile Club of Southern California and the President of AAA East Central.
April 9, 2019 - Community College of Allegheny County hosts Butler County Vo-Tech - April 9, 2019 Bob Koch, UTC Faculty and Community College of Allegheny County Professor of Automotive Engineering, hosted students from the Butler County Area Vocational-Technical High School automotive program. Bob engaged the students in discussions about career opportunities for automotive technicians and included technician training with Intelligent Transportation, Connected Vehicles, EV and PHEV’s, Data Analytics and Cyber Security and how they relate to transportation industry.
April 9, 2019 - Teresa Leatherow, an Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar of Traffic21, presented at Engineering Sustainability 2019 - April 9, 2019 Teresa Leatherow, an Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar of Traffic21, presented at Engineering Sustainability 2019: A Climate for Change at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This conference brought together scientists from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to share results of cutting-edge research and practice directed at development of environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure. Teresa\'s research focused on automation and long-haul trucking applications for supply chain and operations, infrastructure, and policy. Additional information: https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/mcsi/conference/
April 8, 2019 - UTC Faculty, Bob Koch, Attends Pittsburgh Regional Clean Cities EV and Stakeholder Event - April 8, 2019 Bob Koch, UTC Faculty and Professor of Automative Engineering at the Community College of Allegheny County participated in today\'s Pittsburgh Regional Clean Cities Electric Vehicles (EV) and Stakeholder Event. The event discussed ways to promote EV vehicles and infrastructure.
April 8, 2019 - Transportation Club hosts Dinner with Women in Transportation - April 8, 2019 CMU Transportation Club co-hosted an event with Women in Transportation (WTS) that featured a panelists of women who currently work in the transportation industry. The panelists highlighted WTS and how students can get involved with WTS and the transportation industry.
April 8, 2019 - Traffic21’s Women in Transportation Awardee Joining CMU’s Machine Learning Ph.D. Program - April 8, 2019 CMU\'s Traffic21 and Robotics Institute Summer Scholars Program have partnered to provide talented undergraduate students mentored robotics research experiences with top scientists creating innovative solutions for transportation at Carnegie Mellon University. Stephanie Milani, the recipient of the 2017 Women in Transportation Award funded by Traffic21, is joining the CMU Machine Learning Ph.D. program in fall 2019. The Traffic21 scholarship enabled Stephanie to learn about computer vision and deep learning while working with Dr. Christoph Mertz. Stephanie explained how important this was in her trajectory and growth, “Before RISS, I was unfamiliar with robotics research. Through the various programs and events, RISS provides a great, overarching view of the interdisciplinary nature of robotics research, but simultaneously allows scholars to dive deeply into an area through their summer research.” Investing in early research experiences creates an enormous impact and opportunity for new solutions and approaches that will make our communities smarter and more livable. Congratulations Stephanie!
April 5, 2019 - Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research Spring External Advisory Board focuses on Safety and Cybersecurity - April 5, 2019 Industry, government and campus partners attended The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (CAR) semiannual External Advisory Board meeting. The meeting opened with a state of the center presentation by CAR Director, Giorgio Rizzoni who shared research and facility updates with the audience. In addition, faculty and researchers from across Ohio State presented on their work related to safety and cybersecurity, showing just how far reaching this topic is and the variety of work being done in this space all across campus. Learn more here.
April 5, 2019 - Mobility21 Executive Director Hosts Italian Delegation - April 5, 2019 A delegation from Italy traveled to Pennsylvania to learn more about policy, mobility technology and the modernization of train/rail travel. The organization that came to CMU was “Ditecfer” District for Rail Technologies, High Speed, Safety and Security based in Pistoia, Italy. Tuscany is the leading cluster for innovative rail technologies in Italy. This organization considers the U.S. as their top priority for international collaboration and because both countries have significant railway supply chains based on SMEs and important integrations that can be built in the railway sector, they have identified Pittsburgh as a prime opportunity. Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, presented the RD&D from Mobility21.
April 5, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection Features John P. Shen and Abhinav Jauhri - April 5, 2019 This week\'s Smart Mobility Connection Series featured Professor John Shen and PhD Student, Abhinav Jauhri from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University. This talk highlighted their work with Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and how they’re using data sets to improve ride sharing services, mitigating traffic congestion and even what-if scenarios for intelligent transportation systems. Watch the talk here.
April 4, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Hae Young Noh Awarded Best Paper Award - April 4, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Researcher Hae Young Noh Awarded Best Paper Award at the IEEE Machine Learning Conference. Read more about this award on page 17: https://www.cmu.edu/cee/news/cee-news-magazine/images/spring-2019-issue---cee-news.pdf.
April 3, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Hosts Lunch and Learn For Business Managers - April 3, 2019 20+ Business Managers representing faculty across the Carnegie Mellon University attended a \"lunch and learn\" hosted by Mobility21 to learn more about the Traffic21 and Mobility21 UTC funding. During the event, Rhonda Kloss & Heather Depasquale of the Research Accelerator, and Scott Petyak & Olivia Wells of the Heinz College reviewed the funding sources and shared some tips with the business managers.
April 3, 2019 - Mobility21 Fellow Wins CUTC Seat at Eno’s Annual Future Leaders Development Conference - April 3, 2019 The 2019 Eno Future Leaders Development Conference will be held in Washington D.C. from June 2-June 6, 2019 this year - and Mobility21 UTC\'s Women in Transportation Fellow, Bonnie Fan, will be at the event at the winner of the CUTC\'s reserved seat.
April 1, 2019 - Mobility21 UTC Researcher Helps Contribute to New Whitepaper on “Driverless Cars and Accessibility” - Mobility21 UTC Researcher & CMU Associate Research Professor Aaron Steinfeld helped contribute to the new whitepaper on \"Driverless Cars and Accessibility\" published by ITS America, which examines the opportunities around fully automated vehicles: when they begin to be deployed in significant numbers, they will offer the potential to usher in enormous positive changes. The white paper can be downloaded now: http://www.itsa.org/s/ITSAmerica_Driverless-Cars-Accessiblity-Mobility_April2019.pdf.
April 1, 2019 - Mobility21 “Story” Shared at the Inclusive Innovation Summit’s Story Slam - March 30, 2019 Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager shared the Mobility21 story at today\'s Inclusive Innovation Summit\'s Story Slam. Attendees learned about the history of the UTC, the research thrust areas, and how they could get involved.
March 29, 2019 - CMU Student Elyana Hurst Receives WTS Scholarship - March 28, 2019 Tonight the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) Pittsburgh Chapter held its 2019 Annual Scholarship Gala. Elyana Hurst, a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University majoring in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy, with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies was awarded the 2019 WTS Pittsburgh Chapter Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates during the event. Elyana is interested in transportation infrastructure, specifically within and around cities, and hopes to pursue research regarding autonomous vehicles. She is involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers at her university, and she serves as an ambassador for the Engineering & Public Policy department. Elyana aims to pursue a career that allows her to combine her passion for the transportation industry with her knowledge of environmental concerns and the importance of government policies. Members of Mobility21 staff, students and deployment partners also participated in the event and were able to congratulate Elyana as she received her scholarship award.
March 28, 2019 - UTC Faculty from CCAC, attended the ITS/PCB workshop in Tampa, Florida - March 27 - March 28 Bob Koch, UTC Faculty from the Community College of Allegheny County, attended the Intelligent Transportation Systems Professional Capacity Building workshop in Tampa, Florida collaborating with other educators and practitioners defining ITS entry-level workforce competencies, and discussing educational goals. They also looked at training products and strategies to fill unmet educational needs. He also had the opportunity to network with other educators and practitioners to exchange ideas and best practices in ITS.
March 27, 2019 - Mobility21 Exec. Director Meets with Consulate General of Sweden - March 27, 2019 Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Mobility21, met with the Consul General, the Honoray Consul and the Head of Trade and Business Promotation from the Consulate General of Sweden in New York City. The Consulate General was interested in meeting with Mobility21 to learn more about sustainability transportation systems and potential university-to-university collaboration.
March 26, 2019 - UTC Program Manager Gets Updates on Student Projects at the University Of Pennsylvania - March 26, 2019 Lisa Kay Schweyer met with UTC faculty and students during her semi-annual visit to the Mobility21 academic partner, the University of Pennsylvania. She heard presentations from students on their research on ridehailing services\' impact on transit ridership, pedestrian deaths and injuries, and predictors of cycling.
March 25, 2019 - IIT Driverless Studio Visits CMU to Learn about AV Design - March 25, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, in collaboration with UTC Faculty Steve Quick, hosted the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Driverless Studio from Chicago. The team traveled to Pittsburgh to learn more about how the City and CMU are using design to strategically implement new technologies and designs around autonomous vehicles.
March 22, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection Features Steve Smith - March 22, 2019 The Smart Mobility Connection featured UTC Faculty and Research Professor, Steve Smith. Smith gave us an overview of Surtrac technology that his spin-off company, Rapid Flow Technology, is using to help solve 21st century mobility challenges. Smith is utilizing his research on a wide variety of projects. In addition to improving the flow of traffic, this technology is helping people communicate with buses and enabling populations with disabilities to safely navigate intersections. Watch the full talk here.
March 21, 2019 - UTC Faculty Presents Work at User2Agent Workshop - March 21, 2019 Dr. Maxine Eskenazi gave a talk at the user2agent workshop of the IUI conference on \"The User and How Alan Turing Led Us Astray.\" She discussed how many intelligent agents are developed with traits that do not take the user into account and proposed a new direction for these agents: creating partners that are aimed at serving the user.
March 20, 2019 - Mobility21 Attends Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure’s Annual Transportation Forum. - March 20, 2019 The Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure at the University of Pittsburgh hosted their Annual Transportation Forum. Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated in the event to represent Mobility21. The forum gave Schweyer an opportunity to discuss partnership opportunities with fellow participants from regional government, community and industry transportation experts.
March 20, 2019 - U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao Discusses Automation & Workforce - March 20, 2019 U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao invited stakeholders to address the increasing deployment of automated vehicle-related technology and how might this new technology impact the transportation workforce. USDOT convened key stakeholders representing industry, labor, public sector, academia and research to discuss the automation adoption scenarios. UTC Faculty, Aaron Steinfeld attended the meeting and represented Mobility21 and Carnegie Mellon University. To learn more & review the materials from the workshop please click here.
March 19, 2019 - UTC March Faculty Meeting Features Fei Fang - March 19, 2019 The UTC Faculty meetings give researchers the opportunity to highlight their Mobility21 projects progress. This month featured CMU Researcher, Fei Fang with her work \"Incentivizing Participation in Peer-to-Peer Ride-Sharing Platform\". Fang highlighted her recent work on scheduling and pricing ridesharing.
March 13, 2019 - Mobility21 Exec. Director Joins Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council - March 13, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) and participated in the quarterly meeting in Harrisburg which was co-chaired by FHWA Division Administrator Alicia Nolan. Caldwell is honored to represent the UTC at STIC.
March 13, 2019 - The Ohio State University Gives UTC Program Manager a Tour of their Electric Racing Vehicles - March 13, 2019 During her semi-annual visit to the Mobility21 academic partner the Ohio State University, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer participated in a tour of the Center for Automotive Research\'s various electric racing vehicles. In addition she met with UTC faculty and students to learn more about their research activities.
March 12, 2019 - Mobility21 Represented at SxSW - March 12, 2019 John Zimmerman, Mobility21 faculty, Tang Family Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction, joined a panel at SxSW for \"Accessible Transportation for All\" along with Bonnie Epstein, senior planner for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority; Kate Hartman, chief-Research, Evaluation, and Program Management in the ITS Joint Program Office at the U.S. Department of Transportation; and Maria Town, of the Mayor\'s office for People with Disabilities in Houston. Zimmerman talked about the work being done to approve accessibility to public transit for persons with disabilities.
March 12, 2019 - PA Rural Robotics Initiative Takes Off and Thanks CMU’s Traffic21/Mobility21 for Assistance - March 12, 2019 Twelve months ago, Franklin Area High School had four lonely VEX robots that students traveled around Pennsylvania and West Virginia with, searching for teams to compete against. Fast-forward to the end of this February and those four robots have 180 new companions right next door. Together they make up the Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative, a consortium of 11 school districts, one technology center, and an intermediate unit that all share a common robotics platform and curriculum. Twenty-five schools, covering five counties, have found like-minded friends in higher education, business and industry, state and local government, non-profits, and regional economic and workforce development that not only support their initiative but help it to thrive. The Traffic21 and Mobility21 Institute’s leadership team has been a trusted advisor since the conception of PA Rural Robotics and continues to look for ways to support their mission. Both faculty and graduate students from the Robotics Institute are working to bring CMU and these young STEM students together. PA Rural Robotics was also excited to find themselves partnered with a team of CMU undergraduate students as part of the Information Systems Spring Project. The Office of Outreach and Engagement have provided a menu of options that can further the CMU connections as the initiative grows. The most recent Carnegie Mellon connection was with the CMU CS Academy. PA Rural Robotics plans to introduce their member schools to the CS1 course and discuss the potential it could have in expanding computer science offerings within all of the member districts.
March 12, 2019 - Traffic21 and Mobility21 Welcome Marathon Petroleum at CMU - March 12, 2018 Some members of the Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) Board of Directors met with Carnegie Mellon University representatives, including Stan Caldwell of Mobility21 and Chris Hendrickson of Traffic21 to explore collaborative opportunities with Carnegie Mellon University.
March 6, 2019 - Elsie Hillman Scholar Presents Final Project - March 6, 2019 Mobility21 Elsie Hillman Scholar, Teresa Leatherow, organized the Sustainability and Transportation: Building the Systems of Tomorrow event as her final deliverable for her research with Mobility21. The event featured panelists from the City of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh who discussed challenges, progress and the future of sustainable transportation.
March 6, 2019 - 10th Annual Sustainability Conference - March 6, 2019 The 10th Annual Sustainability Conference co-hosted by ASCE, EWRI, Metro21 and Sustainable Pittsburgh was hosted at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh. The Conference featured Carnegie Mellon University’s Don Carter as the keynote speaker and Metro21’s Executive Director, Karen Lightman who gave a presentation on research, development and deployment from Metro21 and Mobility21.
March 4, 2019 - Mayor Peduto Issues Transformative Policies for Autonomous Vehicle Testing & Development - March 4, 2019 Pittsburgh\'s Mayor William Peduto issued an Executive Order today outlining City objectives and expectations for the safe testing of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, and assigning responsibilities for the development of transparent and constructive reporting guidelines for the growing technology sector. Raj Rajkumar, Mobility21 Director, present when the Mayor issued the order, said “This Order and the guidelines help to protect the public while enabling this technology born in Pittsburgh 35 years ago to be tested and matured right here – attracting jobs, opportunities and talent to the City.\" Read on
March 4, 2019 - Teresa Leatherow, a student at the University of Pittsburgh and an Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar working with Traffic21, attended the Institute of Politics “Never A Spectator” event - February 28, 2019 This forum brought together student leaders at Pitt with Pittsburgh city leaders, ranging from for-profit and non-profit spaces, for the opportunity to expand their networks and work toward increased civic engagement initiatives. The event honored Elsie Hillman\'s legacy to the city of Pittsburgh, captured through her quote \"It is possible to see something good and to work for it, and even dare to achieve it. Don\'t be a spectator. You are needed in every corner of the community\".
March 1, 2019 - Bosch Curbside Ideation Event - March 1, 2019 Bosch hosted a “Curbside Management Ideation Event” at Carnegie Mellon University. Over 25 students signed up to participate. The event kicked off at 8:30 am with “Welcome’s and Introductions” by Sylvia Vogt from Carnegie Bosch Institute and Oliver Steinig, VP Business Development and Corporate Strategy Americas at Robert Bosc. Karina Ricks, Director of Mobility and Infrastructure from the City of Pittsburgh then shared with the participants the importance of curbside management and Pittsburgh’s specific challenges: Geographically challenged roadway network with congested, narrow avenues Congestion compounded by transit stops, parallel parking, and commuter traffic Competition amongst various modes and users for curb space Lack of universal value for curb access and allocation Lack of real time curbside utilization rates The students were assigned to one of four teams. And after the teams received their instructions on how to conceptualize solutions to Pittsburgh mobility challenges by leveraging Bosch strengths in Video as Sensor, the students quickly got started. An observation from the VP Business Development and Corporate Strategy Americas at Bosch, Oliver Steinig was how diligently the students worked, even choosing to eat lunch with their teams to continue working on their curbside management ideas. At the end of the day, the students’ hard work paid off. Each team presented solutions that combined Bosch sensors, sensible technology and pragmatic policy changes. Mobility21 and Metro21 helped promote the event and engage students and were on hand for the day’s activities. The Curbside Ideation event is an example of how industry, government, and academia can come together to create real solutions to real world problems.
February 25, 2019 - Traffic21/Mobility21 Tours RoadBotics - February 25, 2019 The Traffic21/Mobility21 Team, Chris Hendrickson, Stan Caldwell, and Lisa Kay Schweyer took a ‘road trip’ to RoadBotics to tour their facilities. The team met with Christoph Mertz, UTC Faculty who lead the spin-off of RoadBotics from CMU and Mark DeSantis, CEO of RoadBotics.
February 23, 2019 - Mobility21 Exec Director Guest Lectures for Heinz College - February 23, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, was a guest lecturer in Heinz College course on Food Insecurity and discussed the mobility challenges getting people to food or getting food to people in poor rural communities. The course is led by both Carnegie Mellon University and Waynesburg University.
February 22, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection with Chris Hendrickson - February 22, 2019 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection featured Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21. Based upon the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s study ‘Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future’ Hendrickson led us through a look back at the impacts and innovations of the Interstate Highway System, including engineering, financing and planning challenges. Read the study here. Watch the seminar here.
February 22, 2019 - UTC Researcher Demos Her Personalized Trip Planner for Seniors - February 22, 2019 Maxine Eskenazi, UTC researcher, led a very successful demo of her Personalized Trip Planner for Seniors at the AARP meeting today. The meeting attendees were surprised to learn the service will be free to users. Maxine said she hopes to release the service this summer.
February 22, 2019 - Mobility21 Program Manager Presents Traffic21 Overview at Engineering Accelerator - February 22, 2019 At the CMU Engineering Research Accelerator staff meeting, Lisa Kay Schweyer, the Program Manager for Traffic21 and Mobility21 presented an overview of the Traffic21 Institute. She reviewed the history of the Institute and the T-SET and Mobility21 University Transportation Centers housed within the Institute. She provided highlights of the research projects, partnerships and collaborations and other initiatives.
February 21, 2019 - UTC Faculty Named Professor of the Year by ASCE Pittsburgh - February 21, 2019 UTC Faculty, Costa Samaras was named the American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Section’s Professor of the Year for his commitment to the profession and to cultivating young students. Samaras is known for his ability to get students excited about engineering and students value him as both a mentor and a friend because of his dedication to preparing them for a career in engineering.
February 20, 2019 - UTC Faculty Meeting Features Financial Support Overview - February 20, 2019 The UTC Faculty Meeting highlighted the financial teams behind Mobility21 and Traffic21. The teams presented on logistics and requirements of research projects. The meeting presented many unique questions were asked, signifying the importance of connected faculty and researchers with finance teams for operations. The meeting also highlighted UTC updates and news.
February 16, 2019 - RoadBotics Featured at Formula E - February 16, 2019 Picture this: It\'s Mexico City, 83 degrees, sunshine, 25,000 visitors and a RoadBotics booth! The Mobility21 UTC spin-off company, RoadBotics, had a booth at the FIA Formula-E Championship in Mexico City. RoadBotics was also there as a finalist for the FIA Smart Citis Global Starup Contest with MassChallenge Switzerland.
February 15, 2019 - Elsevier Article Highlights UTC Research Project Results on Benefits of Partial Vehicle Automation - February 15, 2019 UTC Researchers, Abdullah Khana, Corey D. Harper, Chris T. Hendrickson, and Constantine Samaras, published their work titled “Net-societal and net-private benefits of some existing vehicle crash avoidance technologies.” Bottom line results: even higher net benefits as technology improves. Article shares how $600 per vehicle for warning systems would produce $40 Billion per year in social benefit. Read the full paper.
February 15, 2019 - Smart Mobility Challenge Project: Real-time traffic monitoring and prediction for Cranberry Township - February 2018 If you’ve ever traveled through Cranberry Township, you’ve probably had to wait at more than one traffic signal. Cranberry Township’s unique geographical location at the junction of Interstate 79 and the PA Turnpike (PA 376) poses unique challenges in coordinated signal operations. Furthermore, the Township operates a Coordinated Signal System that relies on historically Generated Signal Timings, coupled with real time technology to manage day to day operations on the local network. Any scheduled or unscheduled events on the limited access highways can cause havoc with operations on roads in the business district. Jason A. Dailey, Director of Public Works in Cranberry Township saw an opportunity with the Smart Mobility Challenge to reduce havoc and maintain efficiency. Together with CMU faculty, Sean Qian, and PhD [caption id=\"attachment_12861\" align=\"alignright\" width=\"150\"] Sean Qian[/caption] student, Weiran Yao, the Mobility Data Analytics Center (MAC) received funding from Traffic21. This research project incorporated real time data inputs monitored from both social media and other public data sources against historical data to trigger predictions of traffic delays at least 30 minutes ahead. These predictions could then be directed to dynamic message boards, smart phone applications, social media, and text messages to alert the public of the anticipated delay. These predictions also alert the Cranberry Traffic Operations [caption id=\"attachment_12860\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"150\"] Weiran Yao[/caption] Center of the incidents to allow for pro-active adjustments to the operating traffic plan on a real-time basis. At the conclusion of the project, in a real-world demonstration, the system proved to successfully alert the Townships traffic operators of the upcoming traffic gridlock 50 minutes in advance compared to the actual reporting time, which allowed more prompt and effective traffic management. Dailey’s feedback after working with Traffic21 faculty Sean Qian included: “This was another great experience working with CMU through the Traffic21 program. Our project was able to pull existing technology and crowd-sourced data, combine it with other publicly available data that is driven by a multitude of sources including vehicle reporting data and roadway sensors, and produce a recommendation on how to manage our signal system when an event is triggered. We are very fortunate to work with Traffic21 and MAC to help us take advantage of current technology and make sense of it, in a way that industry professionals can then turn it into real world solutions. This project built on another project we had been working on with Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission where we developed contingency plans that were preplanned and would need to be first identified manually, and then entered manually into our traffic signal system. What Sean and his team were able to do, was to create a program that looks locally at traffic inputs, looks regionally at what is happening, identify issues far enough in advance for us to get an alert that then would recommend what signal plan would best resolve the issue that is occurring. While we still need to manually enter the plan, this project far exceeded our expectations and is showing us just how valuable regional data access is for us.” Read the Full Report from Real-Time Traffic Monitoring and Prediction for Cranberry Township: https://ppms.cit.cmu.edu/media/project_files/61-Final.pdf Inspired by Traffic21’s years of successful collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh to become a globally recognized smart city test bed, the goal of the Smart Mobility Challenge is to demonstrate how suburban and rural communities can also benefit from a similar collaboration. This program is supported by Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute and its affiliated US DOT National University Transportation Center, Mobility21. The Smart Mobility Challenge is an opportunity to connect suburban and rural communities to the technologies and resources being developed at Carnegie Mellon University. The first Smart Mobility Challenge was held from 2017 – 2018, and included research done in collaboration with Millvale, McKees Rocks, Bethel Park, Greensburg, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Cranberry Township and Lawrence County. Learn more by clicking here. Traffic21 is currently kicking off its Second Smart Mobility Challenge. The goal of this year’s challenge is work with these communities to use data and analytics to solve their municipality’s mobility problems. Representatives of municipalities and public transit operators in southwestern PA are invited to request research assistance through the 2019-2020 Smart Mobility Challenge. Learn more by clicking here.
February 8, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection with Costa Samaras - February 8, 2019 Today\'s Smart Mobility Connection featured Costa Samaras, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at CMU. Costa highlighted his work with the economic, environmental and travel implications of changes in parking choices due to driverless vehicles. Costa\'s study estimates the potential impact of privately-owned driverless vehicles on vehicle miles traveled, energy use, emissions, parking revenue, and daily parking cost savings in the city of Seattle, Washington from changes in parking decisions using an agent-based simulation model. Click here to watch the video recording of this SMC session.
February 7, 2019 - Mobility21 Executive Director Appointed to CARMA Advisory Group - February 7, 2019 Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of the Mobility21 University Transportation Center was appointed to the advisory group for the Cooperative Automation Research Mobility Applications (CARMA) platform which supports the testing and evaluation of connected and automated vehicle research. This opportunity will have Caldwell directly involved in how research can support advancing the use and implementation of Transportation Systems Management and Operations strategies and more.
February 6, 2019 - Traffic21 Director Appointed as TRB Division Committee Chair - February 5, 2019 Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson was unanimously approved by the National Research Council (NRC) Governing Board to be the new Transportation Research Board (TRB) Division Committee Chair. The TRB Division Committee is charged to ensure that NRC procedures and policies are faithfully employed with respect to study and project committee appointments and report review.
February 1, 2019 - Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, Rides in Mobility21 UTC Automated Vehicle - February 1, 2019 Carnegie Mellon University hosted the Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper and General Murray, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Futures Command and Brigadier General Matthew Easley, for the announcement that the United States Army is activating its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force at CMU. The event was hosted at both the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and main campus at CMU. Secretary Esper and CMU’s president, Farnam Jahanian, rode from CMU’s campus in Oakland to NREC in Lawrenceville in the University Transportation Center’s Autonomous Vehicle. The ride was operated by Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar. Although CMU is serving as the hub for the AI Task Force, it will eventually include other leading universities from across the country and the privacy sector and close engagement with the Army Research Lab and the Department of Defense\'s Artificial Intelligence Center. The launch of the national network based will give CMU the opportunity to work closely with our partners and grow the robust network of AI collaborators. Secretary Esper reiterated CMU and Pittsburgh\'s commitment to innovation stating \"Carnegie Mellon and the Pittsburgh area embody the spirit of hard work and innovation essential to shaping the Army of the future.\"
February 1, 2019 - Director of Mobility, Maryn Weimer, appointed to Ohio Governor’s Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure - February 1, 2019 Maryn Weimer, director of mobility and senior associate director at The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research has been appointed to the Ohio Governor’s Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure by Governor Mike DeWine. This new committee will study the current conditions of Ohio’s roadways and recommend options for maintaining and enhancing the state’s transportation infrastructure. Read more...
January 30, 2019 - E-Mobility Workshop Hosted by City of Pittsburgh at CMU - January 30, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in an E-Mobility workshop hosted by the City of Pittsburgh and CMU’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. This workshop gathered stakeholders to guide the City in its strategies and policies for electric vehicles, micro-transit, mode shift, etc.
January 28, 2019 - UTC Faculty, Jon Peha, Hosted Wireless Research Workshop - January 28, 2019 Mobility21 UTC Faculty, Jon Peha, hosted a Wireless Research Workshop in partnership with CMU Portugal. The workshop, hosted at the Collaborative Innovation Center included topics such as: Challenges for spectrum management in 5G aerial small cells, A City-Scale Low-Power Wireless Network and Energy efficiency in highly dense environments.
January 25, 2019 - Traffic21 Director Featured Speaker at UCF - January 25, 2019 Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson was invited to the University of Central Florida for their Future City Seminar Series. Hendrickson presented \"Past and Future of the US Interstate Highway System\" where he looked back at the impacts and innovations of the Interstate Highway System, including engineering, financing and planning challenges.
January 25, 2019 - Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Scott Matthews - January 25, 2019 Mobility21 kicked off the Spring \'19 academic year with a Smart Mobility Connection featuring Scott Matthews. Matthews presented “Applications of Connected Vehicle Technologies to Improve Safety, Mobility & Emissions.” The talk highlighted ineffective processes for testing emissions and how we can use technology and data to make the process more affordable and efficient. Link to recording: Video Link
January 24, 2019 - CMU PhD Students Present Poster at TRB - January 22, 2019 Two PhD students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University presented their Mobility21 Research during the poster session at the Transportation Annual Research Board in Washington DC. Rick Grahn\'s presented his team\'s poster \"Public Transit Users and Behaviors in the United States: Evidence from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey\" and Corey Harper presented his team\'s poster \"Net-Societal and Net-Private Benefits of Some Existing Crash Avoidance Technologies.\"
January 23, 2019 - CMU Student Participates in TRB’s Annual Transportation Camp - January 12, 2019 Carnegie Mellon University student Dhruv Mahajan, participated in the 2019 Annual Transportation Camp, part of the TRB Annual Conference. Dhruv reviews his experience as a \"great opportunity to get an informal discussion started on issues related to transportation that you care about. It is very loosely structured and serves as a very good contrast from TRB that immediately follows it. This makes the Transportation Camp, a very unique experience. I had a great time meeting people at Transportation Camp and listening to some really interesting ideas.\"
January 18, 2019 - Chris Henrickson, Traffic21 Director, Fills In for Speaker at TRB - January 16, 2019 Chris Hendrickson, the Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute was called upon last minute to fill in for a speaker at the TRB session \"Future of the Interstate Highway System: A TRB Consensus Study.\" As a contributing author of the study, he stepped in to provide the session attendees with an overview of the study.
January 17, 2019 - RoadBotics customer Montgomery, Alabama is one of the winners of the Smart 50 Awards in the Mobility category - January 17, 2019 UTC Spin-off Company, RoadBotics customer Montgomery, Alabama is one of the winners of the Smart 50 Awards in the Mobility category. Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work. Read more here: https://spring.smartcitiesconnect.org.
January 15, 2019 - Mobility21 Executive Director Speaks on TRB Panel - January 15, 2019 Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell served as a speaker for the TRB conference session, Integrating Research and Technology Transfer. His presentation included an overview of how technology transfer happens through the CMU Traffic21 Institute and the Mobility21 UTC, and highlighted some of the companies that have spun out of the UTC funded research efforts.
January 15, 2019 - UPenn ESE Team Wins FAA Raise Award - January 17, 2019 At the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, the Executive Committee of the Council of University Transportation Centers on behalf of the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao, awarded the Secretary’s RAISE Award to a student team from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN). The UPENN senior design team members John Kearney, Max Li, William Tam, and Sahithya Prakash and team advisor, Dr. Megan S. Ryerson, accepted their award. The Secretary’s RAISE award was created to recognize innovative scientific and engineering concepts and student achievements that have the potential to significantly impact the future of aerospace or aviation. The team focused on the design and implementation of a centralized air traffic control (ATC) system for autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (aUAVs) in order to mitigate the risk of aUAV-on-aUAV mid-air collisions. [UPENN is an academic partner in the Mobility21 University Transportation Center.]
January 14, 2019 - Students Get Together at TRB - January 14, 2019 Students from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Ohio State University (all academic partners of the Mobility21 UTC) made time to get together during the TRB conference in Washington DC. Students shared information on their academic pursuits, research interests, and brainstormed ways to continue meeting and working together during the spring semester.
January 12, 2019 - Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute Honors Two “Students of the Year” - January 12, 2019 Amelie Bonde and Kristen Scudder, were honored tonight as “Students of the Year” at the annual winter meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC. Annually, the United States Department of Transportation honors the most outstanding student from each participating University Transportation Center (UTC) 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 and the T-SET National University Transportation Center for Safety. Students from CMU and University of Pennsylvania were eligible for the T-SET UTC nomination and 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 winners: Mobility21, the National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility Student of the Year [caption id=\"attachment_12434\" align=\"alignright\" width=\"300\"] Amelie Bonde[/caption] Amelie Bonde completed a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2014 at Carnegie Mellon University, and is currently a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University. Amelie worked on research pertaining to a structural vibration-based building occupancy estimation system at CMU and more recently on an in-automobile heartbeat monitoring system using vibration sensors installed in a car seat. She is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow with a focus in the area of cyber-physical systems, smart homes and devices. Pei Zhang, Carnegie Mellon University Associate Research Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering nominated Amelie for this honor saying, “…She is an amazing researcher that has many novel ideas and will surely be a star researcher one day.” Amelie’s research thesis is on vibration sensors on vehicle seats that can feel the movement of humans in the car. These small movements can allow for the detection of activities the person is engaged in and biometrics such as heart rate and breath rate, with an aim of assessing driver stress and distractedness. T-SET National University Transportation Center for Safety Student of the Year [caption id=\"attachment_12435\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"300\"] Kristen Scudder[/caption] Kristen Scudder is pursuing a Master of City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Sustainable Infrastructure and Transportation from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, she received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and spent 6 years as a structural engineer and data automation specialist on global infrastructure projects. In addition to using eye tracking to perform safe mobility research for Mobility21 Research Director Dr. Ryerson, Kristen serves on the Penn Student Transportation Club board and is a Freight and Aviation Planning Intern at The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Her nominator, Megan S. Ryerson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, PennDesign, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, PennEngineering and Associate Dean for Research, PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania described Kristen as “…Kristen is a standout Master of City Planning student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Kristen brings a rigorous background in Civil and Environmental Engineering to her urban planning education, and she is combining these fields to tackle complex issues including the design of urban transportation infrastructure for safety and designing routing plans and policies for urban freight vehicles.” Kristen’s research focuses on planning urban infrastructure, city planners and traffic engineers use aggregate data, such as pedestrian and cyclist flow counts and the number of reported crashes per intersection, to identify critically unsafe locations. By using eye tracking data on how pedestrians and cyclists perceive surrounding infrastructure, street design convention can be expanded beyond relying on pre-set road designs and killed and seriously injured (KSI) as a metric for safety. 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 2018 UTC Students of the Year! To learn more about the University Transportation Centers’ Student of the Year awards please click here: https://www.transportation.gov/utc/outstanding-students-year
December 13, 2018 - CCAC Hosts Student Automotive Competition - December 13, 2018 CCAC and Greater Pittsburgh Automotive Dealers Association hosted a student automotive competition event at CCAC. During the competition, Bob Koch, talked to both students and instructors about “Intelligent Transportation Careers” and how these students fit into the workforce with their knowledge and skills they’re currently learning. They discussed what they can do to help prepare these high school seniors for various transportation careers. They also talked about various opinions regarding vehicle to V2V, V2I and autonomous vehicles, and what can we do to help them prepare the technicians of the future.
December 11, 2018 - GHSA Visits CMU for AV Tour - December 11, 2018 The Government Highway Safety Association visited Carnegie Mellon University to learn more about Mobility21\'s policy, technology, people in autonomous vehicles. They spent time learning more about the AV\'s here on campus and visiting the Navigation Lab.
December 7, 2018 - Mobility21 Director Shares Expertise on Autonomous Vehicles in Axios Article - December 6, 2018 Raj Rajkumar, Director of Mobility21, the National USDOT University Transportation Center for Mobility, shares his expertise on autonomous vehicles in Axios article \"1 big thing: The price of driverless cars.\" Read the full article here: https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-future-e692a32f-6272-4add-bd11-2e450c1f5967.html?chunk=0#story0.
December 6, 2018 - Mobility21 Program Manager Attends PAIC Groundbreaking - December 6, 2018 Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, joined Carnegie Mellon\'s Chief of Staff and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Daryl Weinhert at the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus (PAIC) Groundbreaking. The PAIC will provide space at the airport for innovation testbeds for aviation and customer service technologies.
December 6, 2018 - Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar Presents Research at PennState - December 6, 2018 Teresa Leatherow, an Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar working with Traffic21, presented her semester\'s research on automation and long-haul trucking at the Pennsylvania State University Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference. Other topics that were presented on by students include dedicated bus lanes, network resilience, and parking demand models for urban areas. Conference attendees were able to participate in various breakout sessions on safety, operations, planning, design, and technology and had the opportunity hear from Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards!
December 5, 2018 - Project Presentations for the User-Centered Research and Evaluation - December 5, 2018 Project presentations for the Carnegie Mellon University User-Centered Research and Evaluation class, in which students investigated user needs for transportation on campus, were displayed today in the University Center. Students collected data from participants using a wide variety of methods, and used their insights to propose new solutions to address these needs for more visibility, efficiency, and opportunities with campus transportation. The results will be shared with the Graduate Student Assembly who will determine next steps.
December 5, 2018 - Two CMU Students Selected as 2018 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Awardees - December 5, 2018 Matt Battifarano and Rick Grahn, both PhD students in Carnegie Mellon University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department were selected as prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program awardees. [caption id=\"attachment_12070\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"150\"] Matt Battifarano[/caption] Before starting his coursework at CMU, Matt Battifarano spent three years as a data scientist at Bridj, a smart urban transportation startup where he built models of transit demand within a city and methods to optimize vehicle routes to meet that demand. He received my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computational Neuroscience from the University of Chicago in 2012. [caption id=\"attachment_12071\" align=\"alignright\" width=\"150\"] Rick Grahn[/caption] Rick Grahn worked as a structural engineer and obtained his Professional Engineer certification in the State of California before enrolling in CMU. He also served a year with Americorps providing affordable housing to residents in Oakland, CA. He has a BS in Civil Engineering (2009) and MS in Structural Engineering (2011) from the University of New Mexico. The mission of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program is to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation and advance transportation workforce development. The DDETFP is managed by Technology Partnership Program, Federal Highway Administration. The DDETFP encompasses all modes of transportation. The DDETFP awards are fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by helping to attract the nation\'s brightest minds to the field of transportation, encouraging future transportation professionals to seek advanced degrees, and helping to retain top talent in the U.S. transportation industry. From its initial support of graduate research fellowships in 1983, to the current program\'s inception in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, the DDETFP has awarded over $50 million to the brightest minds in the transportation industry. From this investment, fellows have pushed for innovative change in multimodal areas from highway infrastructure to aviation to maritime, making the industry more effective and efficient. Fellows pursue careers in academia, private industry, and public service, becoming leaders across the nation. DDETFP awards are merit-based and generally result in 150-200 grants annually, subject to the availability of funds. [Source: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovativeprograms/centers/workforce_dev/post_secondary_education.aspx] Congratulations to Matt and Rick for being selected as 2018 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Awardees!
December 5, 2018 - CMU Research Drives Economic Case for Electric Semi-Trucks - December 5, 2018 Scott Institute & Mobility21 UTC Faculty Venkat Viswanathan and Ph.D. student Shashank Sripad published new research comparing the cost of traditional semi-trucks to electric semi-trucks, and suggest that it might be time to make the switch. Read more: https://www.cmu.edu/energy/news-multimedia/2018/economics-semi-trucks.html.
December 4, 2018 - Ohio State helps introduce new smart shuttles to Columbus - December 4, 2018 Engineers from Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research are playing a key role in a new line of self-driving shuttles expected to debut in Columbus next month. Maryn Weimer, senior associate director of CAR, said DriveOhio goes to CAR for research purposes to make sure safety and efficiency goals are met. Read the full article
November 30, 2018 - Smart Mobility Connection Features Fei Fang - November 30, 2018 The final Smart Mobility Connection (SMC) of Fall 2018 Spring featured Fei Fang, Assistant Professor in the Institute for Software Research at CMU. Fei described her work with peer-to-peer ridesharing programs, including incentivizing both riders and financial supporters and pricing.
November 29, 2018 - Transportation Club Hosts Career Panel - November 29, 2018 CMU\'s Transportation Club hosted a career panel with leaders from Mobility21\'s deployment partners including Uber, Port Authority, Healthy Ride, Propel IT and Noblis. The audience learned about opportunities for transportation-related careers in addition to the challenges and rewards of the industry.
November 28, 2018 - Smart Mobility Connection with Hae Young Noh - November 16, 2018 Hae Young Noh presented “Structures as Sensors: Using Vehicle Structures to Indirectly Monitor Humans and Surroundings”. The talk introduced \"structures as sensors\" for the indirect monitoring of cyber-physical-human systems by sensing and analyzing their noisy physical structural responses. Watch the full talk from the series here.
November 28, 2018 - Trends in Bike Share and Shared Micromobility - November 28, 2018 This event featured a presentation from Aaron Ritz, the Transportation Systems Manager for oTIS (the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability) and the manager of the City of Philadelphia’s bike share system, Indego. Aaron is a graduate of the Penn MCP program with a lifelong passion for biking and walking. He presented on the trends in bike share and in shared micromobility (scooters). Discussion unfolded later on topics such as China’s bike share models and the coordination between public and private sectors on shared mobility.
November 27, 2018 - TriState Infrastructure Summit - November 27, 2018 160 industry and public sector representatives attended the 2018 TriState Infrastructure Summit, presented by the TriState Infrastructure Council and its partners, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township, Pa.
November 27, 2018 - Traffic21/Mobility21 Director participates in Paving the Way for AV hosted by Babst Calland - November 27, 2018 Stan Caldwell, CMU Executive Director of Traffic21 and Mobility21 participated with Justine Kasznica of law firm Babst Calland’s Mobility, Transport and Safety practice on the panel Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicles hosted by Babst Calland. The presentation included a discussion about autonomous vehicles in the broader context of infrastructure design and development, and issues related to urban infrastructure and research and advancements in mobility technologies.
November 16, 2018 - UTC Spin-off company, RoadBotics has raised $3.9M in its series seed round of financing - November 16, 2018 UTC Spin-off company, RoadBotics, developer of advanced computer vision technology for inspecting roads and infrastructure, has raised $3.9M in its series seed round of financing, led by Boston-based Hyperplane Venture Capital. The capital will help the company revolutionize the way engineering firms, local governments and municipalities manage and maintain roadways and other infrastructure. RoadBotics, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is a rapidly-growing two-year-old company that uses deep learning to assess roadways for 78 cities, towns and counties across the US and Australia. The company emerged from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in December 2016 and grew out of Carnegie Mellon’s extensive research in autonomous vehicles. Read more here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/roadbotics-secures-3-9m-to-transform-road-management-300750045.html.
November 15, 2018 - CCAC Presents Mission Critical: Filling Tomorrows Jobs - November 15, 2018 CCAC hosted an event titled \"Mission Critical: Filling Tomorrow\'s Jobs\" where they discussed how business and labor can collectively address the rising challenges of the growing skills gap and anticipated worker shortage.
November 15, 2018 - Mobility21 Exec. Director Gives Lecture at Osher - November 15, 2018 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell provided a guest lecture at the Urban Planning Choices course of the Carnegie Mellon University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He presented Mobility21 research and highlighted the policy implications of new technologies disrupting transportation and urban planning.
November 14, 2018 - UTC Professor’s Group Published 6 Papers for ITSC Conference - November 2018 Two CMU PhD students, Mansur Arief and Jiacheng Zhu, from Mechanical Engineering ME presented at the ITSC conference. UTC Professor, Ding Zhao and his group published 6 papers in this conference, which is considered to the top conference in the autonomous vehicles field. Mansur Arief, Peter Glynn, Ding Zhao, \'\'An Accelerated Approach to Safely and Efficiently Test Pre-production Autonomous Vehicles on Public Streets,\'\' Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018. Jiacheng Zhu, Wenshuo Wang, Ding Zhao, \'\'A Tempt to Unify Heterogeneous Driving Databases using Traffic Primitives,\'\' Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018. Xun Gong, Yaohui Guo, Yiheng Feng, Jing Sun, Ding Zhao, \'\'Evaluation of the Energy Efficiency in a Mixed Traffic with Automated Vehicles and Human Controlled Vehicles,\'\' Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018. Zhiyuan Huang, Mansur Arief, Henry Lam, Ding Zhao, \'\'Synthesis of Different Autonomous Vehicles Test Approaches,\'\' Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018. Yan Chang, Weiqing Yang, Ding Zhao, \'\'Fuel Economy and Emission Testing for Connected and Automated Vehicles Using Real-world Driving Datasets,\'\' Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018. Songan Zhang, Huei Peng, Eric Tseng, Ding Zhao, \"Accelerated Evaluation of Autonomous Vehicles in the Lane Change Scenario Based on Subset Simulation Technique,\" Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018.
November 14, 2018 - Miovision: Smart Intersections - November 14, 2018 PTC invited Sajad Shiravi and Stefan Pidzamecky from Miovision to discuss the vision that Miovision has for the future of smart cities, smart intersections, and open traffic data. Miovision is a smart cities and traffic data innovation company that helps cities solve today’s problems while laying the foundation for tomorrow’s smart city. It aims to put cities back in control of their data and gives them the tools they need to improve their cities and the lives of their citizens.
November 13, 2018 - Lisa Kay Schweyer speaks at Association for Commuter Transportation’s Transportation Demand Management Summit - November 13, 2018 Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 and Mobility21 University Transportation Center (UTC) spoke at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. As part of the “Partnering with Students to Advance TDM on Campus” panel, she explained that after almost 15 years working for the regional metropolitan planning organization managing the regional commuting options organization, she moved over to Carnegie Mellon University to work on the Traffic21 Transportation Research Institute and its University Transportation Center, Mobility21. She shared that in her new role, she was surprised to learn the extent to which the federal department of transportation provided funding for academic institutions to do transportation research through the University Transportation Center program. And she cautioned the attendees who would say, \"research does not relate to me\" --- to think again. Lisa Kay explained that research centers across the country, like Mobility21, are looking to connect with people (like those at the conference) who can provide real world feedback and perspective on what the transportation needs are. For example, the Mobility21 engagement includes the center’s Deployment Partner Consortium. This 80+ member group of community, industry and government partners is utilized for identifying real-world transportation needs, research project development and deployment, technology licensing and commercialization, student recruitment for jobs and internships, class and capstone projects. Lisa Kay is looking to continue to her efforts to promote the work of the UTCs and engage the TDM community by developing a conference workshop session for the Association of Commuter Transportation’s annual international conference to be held in the summer of 2019 in New York City, New York.
November 9, 2018 - Research, Development and Deployment In Action: Mobility21 Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium Provides Opportunities for Engagement - On Friday, November 9, 2018, over 100 attendees participated in the annual Symposium of the Traffic21 /Mobility21 Deployment Partner Consortium. Participants included consortium members from the public and private sectors along with faculty and students. The symposium is sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center and held on CMU’s campus. [caption id=\"attachment_11912\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy[/caption] The group was welcomed by Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. He thanked everyone for their involvement and critical role in providing the “real life” connection to the research. Then Chris Hendrickson, Director, Traffic21 Institute and Raj Rajkumar, Director, Mobility21 National University Transportation Center provided an overview of both Traffic21 and Mobility21 activity and plans. The day included three panels focused on industry, government, and community along with lots of audience participation. Each panel featured thought leaders who shared their perspective on how new transportation technology is impacting industry and communities and and how research or education might address these real-world needs. [caption id=\"attachment_11903\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] Raymond Betler, President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation[/caption] The first panel focused on industry, with panelists discussing “Emerging Technology Trends.” Rebecca Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute Raymond Betler, President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation Robert Grant, Head of Government Relations, Aurora Jim Misener, Senior Director of Technical Standards at Qualcomm [caption id=\"attachment_11914\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] Johanna Jochum, Attorney, Mobility, Transport & Safety Practice Group of Babst Calland[/caption] The second panel of the day was the Government Panel which focused on “New Technology Policy Challenges.” Roger Cohen, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Johanna Jochum, Attorney, Mobility, Transport & Safety Practice Group of Babst Calland Karina Ricks, Director, City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure Paul Skoutelas, President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Public Transportation Association [caption id=\"attachment_11906\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] JaLissa D. Coffee, Director of Operations, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials[/caption] The last panel highlighted community issues and the “Societal Impacts of Disruptive Technology.” JaLissa D. Coffee, Director of Operations, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Ashley Hand, Co-founder, CityFi Ken McLeod, Policy Director, The League of American Bicyclists Chris Sandvig, Policy Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group [caption id=\"attachment_11905\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] Leslie Richards, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation[/caption] The keynote speaker for the event was Leslie Richards, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Secretary Richards shared her thoughts on the future of transportation in the commonwealth, the new autonomous vehicle testing policy, and the challenges of keeping up with all the changes. She also spent time answering questions from the symposium attendees. The day concluded with a research poster session and networking reception. Over 16 research projects were featured during the event. Researchers were able to share information about their projects, exchange ideas with attendees, and even forge some new partnerships. [caption id=\"attachment_11908\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] Poster Session[/caption] Putting our research, development and deployment approach into action - the symposium provided an opportunity for interaction and discussion among researchers, students and deployment partners. Conversations were held not only during the formal program, panels and poster sessions, but during breaks and over lunch. 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 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. Deployment Partner Consortium members represent public agencies, non-profit organizations, private sector companies, and other research institutions who actively support Traffic21 and Mobility21 research. Learn more about the Deployment Partner Consortium by clicking here.
November 8, 2018 - Engaging the Experts: Mobility21 National UTC Advisory Council Weighs In - On Thursday, November 8, 2018, a talented group of national leaders attended the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center (UTC) Advisory Council meeting, held on CMU’s campus. [caption id=\"attachment_11898\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] CMU Interim Provost, Laurie R. Weingart welcoming the Advisory Council to CMU.[/caption] The group was welcomed by CMU Interim Provost, Laurie R. Weingart. She shared her thoughts on the role of education, research, innovation and technology transfer happening at university. She also talked about the importance of the advisory council and thanked the council for their role in the work being done through Traffic21 and the Mobility21 UTC. Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar and Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson then provided an overview of update of activities and plans at the centers. The day continued with Traffic21 and Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell leading a discussion on technology transfer and plans for the upcoming National UTC Mobility Summit scheduled to be held in Washington, DC on April 11, 2019. Advisory Council members shared their expertise and ideas on workforce demand, technology trends, research needs, and new funding opportunities to advance the missions of Traffic21 and Mobility21. One of the members reflected on the experience and reported the meeting was a “Great opportunity to meet with CMU leaders and Advisory Council members with whom I don\'t normally interact with in the transportation industry.” # # # 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, 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 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, Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Toyota Research Institute Ken McLeod, Policy Director at The League of American Bicyclist James A. Misener, Senior Director, Technical Standards at Qualcomm Leslie Richards, 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, Director of Michigan Department of Transportation Learn more about the Advisory Council members here. The next in person meeting of the Advisory Council will be in November 2019.
November 8, 2018 - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Presents at CMU Transportation Energy Monthly Lunch - November 8, 2018 Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson and Rick Grahn from the Mobility Data Analytics Center Rick Grahn presented a talk for discussion titled \"Travel Behavioral Trends in the United States: Evidence from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey. \"
November 6, 2018 - USDOT Shines Its “Spotlight” on Mobility21 UTC - November 6, 2018 #AmazingUTCs Spotlight shines on @CarnegieMellon @Traffic21CMU @Mobility21 and the Surtrac - smart adaptive traffic signal system. https://www.transportation.gov/utc/surtrac-people-upgrading-surtrac-pittsburgh-deployment-incorporate-pedestrian-friendly …
November 5, 2018 - Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, Presents to NAIOP - November 5, 2018 Chris Hendrickson presented Traffic21 research to NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association Nashville Chapter during their visit to Carnegie Mellon University.
November 2, 2018 - Traffic21 Spin-Off is Tied to Smart City Award in Alabama - November 2, 2018 Mobility21 faculty Christopher Mertz was a driving force in Montgomery, Alabama being recognized nationally as one of the most technologically advanced cities in the country. The City of Montgomery was awarded the 2018 Digital Cities Survey from the Center for Digital Government. This was due in large part to a Mertz’s company RoadBotics. RoadBotics is a Traffic21 spin-out founded by Professor Mertz, which analyzes roads around the world to give cities deep insight into the condition of their paved roads. Read more about Montgomery\'s Smart City Award
November 2, 2018 - Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Ding Zhao - November 2, 2018 The Smart Mobility Connection Series featured Ding Zhao, Assistant Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering with affiliation positions at the Robotic Institute and the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at the Carnegie Mellon University for his talk titled \"Safe AI - One of the Last Pieces of the Puzzle for the Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles.\" The talk dove into the topic of the autonomous vehicles boom in the last few years. Astronomical amount of money has been invested in the field abruptly and companies are eager or forced to announce their mass production plans. However, recent crashes pose concerns regarding their safety when operating in a mixed traffic with human road users. AI, by nature, could be smart, thanks to ever-growing training datasets and computational power, but not necessarily safe or reliable due to its complex and nonparametric structure -- learn more by watching full lecture.
November 2, 2018 - Mobility21 Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar, Teresa Leatherow, wins first prize for poster - November 2, 2018 Mobility21 Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar, Teresa Leatherow, won first prize for her poster at the 2018 Supply Chain Management Symposium. Her poster titled \"Automation and Long-haul Trucking: Challenges and Opportunities for Logistics Solutions Providers in the Digital Age\" described the purpose of this research is to understand the ways in which autonomous vehicles will impact areas of efficiency, suitability, and affordability of transportation and logistics solution providers.
October 31, 2018 - Maximizing the Amtrak Network - October 31, 2018 PTC invited Tania Nikolic and Natalie Shieh (both PennDesign alumnae) from Amtrak to discuss Amtrak’s NextGen Vision, which proposes dramatic reductions in travel times between major cities, more frequent trains, and new, dedicated infrastructure for high-speed trains. The presentation centered on Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, which plays an important role in this vision as a major multimodal transportation hub for the greater Philadelphia region and a vital link along the busy Northeast Corridor. The speakers discussed how the 30th Street Station Improvement Project would fit into the larger, Northeast Region plan and the challenges of planning transit for a mega-region.
October 26, 2018 - Ohio State EcoCAR Team Competes in EcoCAR Challenge - October 26, 2018 The defending champion Ohio State EcoCAR team has once again been selected to participate in the next EcoCAR competition where they will be challenged to re-engineer a 2019 Chevy Blazer. EcoCAR Challenge Read the full article
October 25, 2018 - The Future of Transportation in Pennsylvania - October 25, 2018 Leslie S. Richards, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and a PennPlanning alumna, was invited to talk about how she has been shaping the future of transportation policy and planning in Pennsylvania. Following Professor Ryerson’s warm welcome, Secretary Richards shared her career path, gave an overview of PennDOT’s responsibilities, and elaborated on their achievements and challenges. As the conversation went on, Secretary Richards engaged in active discussion with faculty and students on innovations and refinements for the future of PennDOT’s work.
October 24, 2018 - Women in Transportation Fellow at Rail-Volution - October 22, 2018 Ngani Ndimdie, a student alumni from CMU and last year\'s Women in Transportation Fellow returned to Pittsburgh to attend Rail-Volution. Ngani is now working for PennDOT in the Policy Office. Captured here is Ngani and Chris Sandvig from the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group talking transit at the Rail-Volution conference.
October 23, 2018 - OSU Participates in Smart City, Smart Mobility in China - October 23, 2018 The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, as well as Ohio State alumni, faculty and academic and corporate partners participated in “Smart City, Smart Mobility,” the first Ohio State Pan-Asia Forum held October 22- 23 in Shanghai, China. Full Article
October 22, 2018 - Rail-Volution 2018 Comes to Traffic21 - October 22, 2018 Rail-Volution, a national transit-orientated conference, hosted in Pittsburgh, included a \"Walkshop\" that featured several of Mobility21\'s projects and researchers including Steve Smith with Surtrac. The walkshop included a visit to Smart Traffic Lights and presentations by Mobility21.
October 22, 2018 - Bring Your Boss to School Day: Philadelphia Transit Panel - September 5, 2018 To kick off the academic year, PTC hosted a panel of local transit planners from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (oTIS). Participants were not only exposed to exciting topics such as trolley modernization, Regional Rail, and comprehensive bus network redesign, but they also seized the chance to learn about each of these planning agencies as well as what a day in the life of a transit planner is like.
October 19, 2018 - Smart Mobility Challenge: Connecting Millvale to the River and the Region - October 2018 One of Millvale’s greatest features is its proximity to the Allegheny River and Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Unfortunately, the Borough is severed from the river access by highway and railroad infrastructure and navigating the pathways from the river to Millvale Borough is often dangerous and confusing. A research project was proposed as part of the Traffic21 Smart Mobility Challenge, to identify and prepare design solutions that would improve the safety and enhance the quality of access between Millvale and the Allegheny Riverfront. The goal of this Smart Mobility Challenge project was to improve accessibility and safety problems at the complicated intersection in Millvale and in turn, transform this gateway location into a catalyst for further revitalization of the Borough and reconnect Millville to the river and the region. A research team from The Remaking Cities Institute Urban Design Studio Course developed a set of interventions in the built environment that improve access and safety and contribute to the Borough’s economic and social vitality. The proposed improvements ranged from short-term tactical moves to long-term investment in infrastructure and landscape: Improved Crosswalks Smart Signalization Painted Walls Entry Signage Street Trees Street Banners Traffic Lights Artistic Lighting The team evaluated each intervention based on physical, financial and procedural impacts and determined that planting street trees, painting murals on the highway walls, and installing new entry signage should be prioritized because they would have a high impact and good feasibility. The next steps included building community awareness of the potential of better connections, working with key stakeholders on improvements that benefit both businesses and community, and building on riverfront events, such as an upcoming food truck celebration. Converting space from the now-demolished 43rd Street Bridge from boat storage to a plaza (with café or restaurant in the adjacent brick building) was discussed as the best opportunity for a public-private partnership that will benefit both business and community, as well as create a regional asset. As a result of the project, Millvale is able to take the study and community feedback and communicate with various entities who manage the infrastructure to advance one or more of the recommendations. Read the Final Report: https://ppms.cit.cmu.edu/media/project_files/Millvale_Mobility_Study_Final_Report_180526e_kX9BLzG.pdf Inspired by Traffic21’s years of successful collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh to become a globally recognized smart city test bed, the goal of the Smart Mobility Challenge is to demonstrate how suburban and rural communities can also benefit from a similar collaboration. This program is supported by Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute and its affiliated US DOT National University Transportation Center, Mobility21. The Smart Mobility Challenge is an opportunity to connect suburban and rural communities to the technologies and resources being developed at Carnegie Mellon University. The first Smart Mobility Challenge was held from 2017 – 2018, and included research done in collaboration with Millvale, McKees Rocks, Bethel Park, Greensburg, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Cranberry Township and Lawrence County. Learn more by clicking here. Traffic21 is currently kicking off its Second Smart Mobility Challenge. The goal of this year’s challenge is work with these communities to use data and analytics to solve their municipality’s mobility problems. Representatives of municipalities and public transit operators in southwestern PA are invited to request research assistance through the 2019-2020 Smart Mobility Challenge. Learn more by clicking here.
October 17, 2018 - Research, Development, and Deployment – Our Motto in Action - October 17, 2018 Since the beginning of Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Traffic21 Institute in 2009 our focus has been intelligent transportation systems and our motto has been Research Development and Deployment. CMU’s current University Transportation Center (UTC), awarded under the FAST ACT, called the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center (Mobility21), focuses on improving mobility of people and goods. Academic partners include: CMU, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), the Ohio State University (OSU), and the Community College of Allegheny County. All have impressive records of accomplishment in successful technology transfer, extensive networks for commercializing faculty inventions and innovations, including providing gap funds, social media networks, test tracks and incubator spaces on or near campus. Key to this success is the real-world partnerships forged for each research project, including public agencies, non-profits, and private enterprises. These partnerships ensure the research team does not proceed in an academic vacuum, while ensuring ready and willing advocates for implementation and transfer. Our UTC Deployment Partner Consortium began in 2012 with 30 public, private and non-profit members. Currently the consortium exceeds 80 local, state and national partners. An annual Consortium Symposium is held to facilitate; 1. Researchers understanding real-world transportation problems and industry trends, 2. Deployment partners exposure to cutting edge research and technology, and 3. Networking sessions to connect deployment partners with researchers and students. CMU has research agreements with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. In 2016, our University Transportation Center was the lead partner in the City of Pittsburgh’s finalist proposal for the US DOT Smart City Challenge. The Ohio State University was a critical partner to Columbus’ winning proposal. In addition, local governments in southwestern Pennsylvania have been strong deployment partners including: Borough of Franklin Park, Borough of Millvale, Borough of McKees Rocks, North Huntingdon Township, and Cranberry Township. In 2017, we launched the Smart Mobility Challenge which specifically targeted technology transfer in 6 municipalities from 4 counties throughout southwestern PA. Out of our early success in using the Pittsburgh region as a deployment partner in 2014 a broader Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, evolved at CMU and developed formal memorandums of agreement with the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to outline a formal process for the university and city and county to each designate specific staff and processes to manage the research, development and deployment process. In 2015 CMU applied this Metro21 city/university collaboration model nationally through creating the MetroLab Network which now has 59 university/local government pairs replicating the memorandum of agreement to enable universities to use their home municipalities for research, development and deployment. OSU and Penn are also active members of this network engaging the City of Columbus and the City of Philadelphia, respectively, for research deployments. The UTC has directed supported research commercialization. Multiple companies have been spun-off from UTC research including self-driving technology company Ottomatica, purchased by Delphi and then spun off into Aptiv, which created 100+ jobs in Pittsburgh. Roadbotics which innovated low-cost road surface monitoring and Rapid Flow Technologies which created the first artificial intelligence decentralized adaptive traffic signals also spun out of UTC research. Both of these applied robotics to traditional transportation problems, raised significant venture capital and created 40+ jobs in Pittsburgh. Mobility21 disseminates technology transfer products through encouraging and facilitating research publications, posters and presentations: • The Smart Mobility Connection a bi-weekly faculty and student seminar series open to the public and held on CMU campus. These seminars are recorded and posted on our website for students, community members, and transportation professionals to access anytime, anywhere. • Research presentations are made at each UTC Faculty Meeting which are held three times per semester and video linked with all four Mobility21 academic partners. • Mobility21 sponsors the National Mobility Summit in Washington, DC with national partners and fellow UTCs. • Industry and professional conferences such as the Transportation Research Board, American Society of Civil Engineers, Intelligent Transportation Society of America and Pennsylvania, Mid Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Public Transportation Association, Association for Commuter Transportation, Women Transportation Seminar and Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. • Academic conferences and journals including the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering & Urban Planning and Development, VANET, International Journal of Computer Vision, The International Journal of Robotics Research, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, Journal of Field Robotics, Journal of Machine Learning Research, Journal of Computational Science, Journal of Information Visualization, Journal of Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS), and ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. • Council of University Transportation Centers, American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials Research Advisory Council, and the American Road and Transportation Builders Research and Education meetings. • Hosting tours of campus and community test beds and labs by companies, conference technical tours, government officials, academics and foreign visitors. One of Mobility21’s most effective means of disseminating research outcomes and outputs and making a significant impact on society are our students, particularly those associated directly with the research. Following are specific tactics where Mobility21 supports and facilitates technology transfer through students: • Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellowships and Traffic21 Diversity in Transportation Fellowship. • Transportation Clubs at CMU and Penn. • Academic and industry conference scholarships. • Mobility21 staff and faculty advisement of student and capstone projects. • Mobility21 internship placement with Deployment Partner Consortium members. • Student presentations and participation in the Smart Mobility Connection. • A new student section on the Mobility21 website highlighting involvement opportunities and student accomplishments. __________________________________ CMU Traffic21 Institute’s first USDOT University Transportation Center, Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation was awarded grants under both MAP-21 and SAFETEA-LU. Then in 2016, we were awarded a 3rd UTC under the FAST ACT, called the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center, focusing on improving mobility of people and goods. Professor Raj Rajkumar serves as the director of Mobility21. University partners include the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County. Learn more about Mobility21 on our website, mobility21.cmu.edu. __________________________________ Photo: House Infrastructure and Transportation Committee Chairman, Congressman Bill Shuster and Pennsylvania State Senator Guy Reschenthaler get a tour of the CMU National Robotics Engineering Center and the research being conducted.
October 16, 2018 - Heinz College Attends MetroLab Network Summit - October 16, 2018 Carnegie Mellon University was represented at the MetroLab Network Summit where Heinz College Dean Ramayya Krishnan, Metro21 Exec. Director, Karen Lightman and Distinguished Fellow, Rick Stafford attended as speakers.
October 12, 2018 - Stan Caldwell Speaks at Odyssey Day - October 12, 2018 Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of the Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 University Transportation Center, spoke at the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities 2018 Odyssey Day at the Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills Center. Over thirty alternative fueled vehicles on display as well as vendors in the alternative fuels arena. Almost one hundred fifty attendees that were able to see all the different vehicles from cars, trucks, vans, buses, tractor trailers and other utility vehicles.
October 10, 2018 - Transportation Research on Campus - October 10, 2018 Professors and PhD students at PennDesign were invited to share their exciting research in the transportation field. The wide-ranged topics included: the broad effects of reverse commuting; the impact of TNCs on travel behavior; urban form, transit supply and travel behavior in Latin America; transportation capital investment and evaluation simulation modeling; and planning the air transportation system.
October 10, 2018 - Penn Transportation Club’s Rail Park Walking Tour - October 10, 2018 Paul Levy, a lecturer in the City and Regional Planning Department and the founding President and CEO of the Center City District (CCD), was invited to lead a tour of the Rail Park for both PTC and Real Estate Club members. Phase 1 of the Rail Park was completed this summer with construction funds raised by CCD. When completed, the park will be a three-mile public greenway stretching from Brewerytown to the Callowhill neighborhood.
October 8, 2018 - Sean Qian Publishes New Paper in Science Direct - October 2018 UTC researcher Sean Qian published a new paper in Science Direct on \"Estimating multi-year origin-destination demand using high-granular multi-source traffic data.\" Https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0968090X18302948
October 8, 2018 - Update on Stephanie Milani, Traffic21’s 2017 RISS Scholar - October 2018 Stephanie Milani, Traffic21\'s RISS Scholar in 2017 has continued her research in robotics and spent this past summer with Katia Sycara’s team (at the Robotics Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University).
October 6, 2018 - UTC Director, Chris Hedrickson Attends ISETT 2018 - October 4 - 6, 2018 International Symposium on Emerging Trends in Transportation in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii with the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) and the University of Hawaii. With a theme on Emerging Technologies for Future Mobility Systems, this inaugural symposium aims to stimulate the exchange of ideas among transportation professionals in academia, industry, and government on emerging policy, technology, and innovation trends. CMU\'s Chris Hendrickson presented and represented UTC research.
October 5, 2018 - Jon Peha Talks Connected Vehicles at SMC - October 5, 2018 Our (mostly) bi-weekly Smart Mobility Connection Series this week featured Pizza and Jon Peha, Professor in the Dept. of Engineering and Public Policy and the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. This Session was titled “Connected Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems” and we learned how efficient and effective this can be for both metro areas and rural areas.
October 3, 2018 - Transportation Club Kickoff Meeting - October 3, 2018 The Carnegie Mellon University Transportation kicked off the year with their first meeting. During the meeting attendees heard from Rail-Volution, learned about upcoming events the semester and met the Transportation Club Executive Board. If you\'re interested in transportation or want to learn more about transit in PGH, then check out the transportation club!
September 28, 2018 - Bob Koch Shares Experience with Beattie Career & Technology Students - September 28, 2018 Bob Koch from the Community College of Allegheny County talked to junior and senior automotive students at Beattie Career & Technology in the North Hills about connected vehicles, ride hailing, autonomous vehicles and how that will impact the economy, jobs and career opportunities as they decide what to do after high school.
September 27, 2018 - Mobility21 UTC Faculty Attend PennDOT Symposium - September 27, 2018 Eight Mobility21 National UTC faculty and two students presented research at the 2018 Research Symposium Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Divisional Office of the Federal Highway Administration.
September 27, 2018 - 2018 Summer RISS Scholar Presents at Tapia Conference - September 2018 Hameed Abdul, Traffic21\'s 2018 Summer RISS Scholar, presented his University of Southern Mississippi research at Tapia: Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference (http://tapiaconference.org/) this September 2018. While there he was also able to meet with CMU participants and share his very positive experience at CMU.
September 26, 2018 - Viswanathan and Team Pitch Electric Vehicle Charger Solution at Global Mobility Hackathon - September 26, 2018 On September 6, a team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers led by Venkat Viswanathan, energy fellow at the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and Mobility21 UTC researcher at Carnegie Mellon, in collaboration with Ather Energy, was a finalist in the MOVE: Global Mobility Summit’s Hackathon. The hackathon provides a platform for participants to generate innovative ideas and solutions on issues concerning topics such as commuter mobility, freight, charging infrastructure design and alternative energy. The CMU team, which was one of 30 teams from around the world, presented its solution for efficient charging infrastructure design in New Delhi, India. The team\'s approach, Infrastructure Networks for Charging EVs through Physics-based Transient Systems (INCEPTS), addressed key challenges limiting the wide-spread penetration of electrifying urban modality. The team developed a model to map out charging points and battery swapping stations for electric vehicles (EVs) depending on factors such as traffic, most used routes, time taken, route-wise peak times and range anxiety, vehicle charging patterns, malls, parking areas and conventional fuel stations. \"Many challenges emerged in order to make this model realistic such as effects of weather, user behavior and penetration rates of two vs. three vs. four-wheeler vehicles. Leveraging our supercomputing cluster, we were able to explroe all of these cases in a timely manner by running a massive number of scenarios in parallel on the cluster,\" said Viswanathan, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at CMU. This approach is in contrast to current, simpler solutions for the problem. \"Several charging infrastructure design algorithms implement \'based on distance limits\' to the closest charging station, but what becomes extremely important in dense cities is to spatially vary the scale of charging infrastructure set up to adequately cater to several areas where the charging power demand is extremely high relative to the average,\" said Dilip Krishnamurthy, a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering and member of the INCEPTS team. By combining the same smart routing as most robotic navigation systems with the team\'s vehicle dynamics model and traffic flow data, the researchers were able to accurately simulate the depletion of a vehicle’s battery during operation and determine which of the possible charger locations it should visit. \"We were able to combine this with our previously validated battery models to ensure that battery\'s state-of-change and state-of-health can be tracked accurately as a function of different operating conditions, like weather, traffic flow or driving behavior,\" said Shashank Sripad, another team member and Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student. Mechanical Engineering PhD Candidate Matt Guttenberg is also a part of the INCEPTS project. The result of the team\'s hard work was a high-resolution map of where the optimal charging locations are, how much demand they are expected to see and how that demand changes with seasons. The team collaborated with Ather Energy, an electric vehicle company based in India, to adapt the solution to the Indian context. \"In India, where the electric vehicle market is still nascent, there are some challenges before the hockey stick growth can start,” said Nishant, senior manager of Charging Infrastructure for Ather Energy. “One of the biggest such challenges, is setting up a cost-effective charging infrastructure network to support the EV ecosystem. Modeling for a future market, which is dependent on many variables like traffic, weather, road density, vehicular density, etc., is the challenge for which Ather and CMU came together.\" Although the INCEPTS team did not win the grand prize, Viswanathan says, “We received an exceptional amount of positive feedback about our approach and numerous new collaboration opportunities have emerged. We hope to take this analysis forward and apply it to other cities and other vehicle types like trucks.\" By Amanda King and Lisa Kay Schweyer LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT
September 25, 2018 - Metro21: Smart Cities Institute Hosts Lunch and Learn - September 25, 2018 Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, a sister organization here at CMU, hosted their first Lunch and Learn of the Fall Academic Year. Liz Monk from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center came to Heinz College to talk Open Data.
September 25, 2018 - Mobility21 at American Public Transportation Association - September 25, 2018 Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 attended the 2018 national American Public Transportation Association meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. She participated in several sessions and shared information about the Mobility21 University Transportation Center with fellow attendees.
September 24, 2018 - Jung-Hyun Kim from OSU Receives $2.5M from DOE - September 24, 2018 Jung-Hyun Kim, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Ohio State receives U.S. Department of Energy award for work in advanced vehicle technologies. Read the full article
September 21, 2018 - Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, Keynote Speaker at The Flagstaff Festival of Science - September 21, 2018 Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, was the keynote speaker at The Flagstaff Festival of Science. The Flagstaff Festival of Science serves to connect and inspire the citizens of Northern Arizona, particularly youth, with the wonders of science and the joy of scientific discovery. Learn more about the event here.
September 21, 2018 - Smart Mobility Connection: Can Ridesharing help the Disadvantaged Get Moving? - September 21, 2018 The Smart Mobility Connection Series continued with an exciting presentation from Lee Branstetter, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Branstetter\'s seminar \"Can Ridesharing help the Disadvantaged Get Moving\" proved to be an exciting topic as we became standing room only and ran out time before Branstetter could answer all the questions. Watch the full seminar
September 21, 2018 - Director of Mobility21 Quoted in Axios - September 21, 2018 Raj Rajkumar, Director of Mobility21 is quoted in Axios: \"Driving is the most complex activity that most adults engage in on a regular basis, just because we do it doesn\'t mean we can teach computers to easily do it. It will be many more years for full automation.\" Read the full article “A car that’s better without a driver”
September 18, 2018 - Register Now! Moving America Forward: Next Generation of Truck Freight Transport Summit - September 2018 The Mobility21 Center, in partnership with the PRECISE Center, at the Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania will be hosting a two-day event entitled “Moving America Forward: Next Generation of Truck Freight Transport Summit.” The keynote speakers for the summit will be Raymond P. Martinez, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and Leslie Richards, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The event will be held on October 24-25, 2018 at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, University of Pennsylvania. More details about the event can be found on PRECISE\'s website
September 17, 2018 - Mobility21 Exec. Director Attends the ITS World Congress - September 17, 2018 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was a delegate the 2018 Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Copenhagen Denmark where he was joined by ITS experts from academia, government and industry from around the world.
September 15, 2018 - Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, joins Panel at University of Virginia - September 15, 2018 Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar attended the International Workshop on Next-Generation Cyber-Physical Systems at the University of Virginia. He participated on a Panel Discussion: Future of Cyber-Physical Systems with - Chenyang Lu (moderator), Tarek Abdelzaher, Chris Gill and Al Mok. Learn more about the event here.
September 14, 2018 - UTC Researcher, Christoph Mertz, Traveled to Asia Development Bank - September 12 - 14, 2018 UTC Researcher Christoph Mertz, traveled to The Asia Development Bank Transport Forum 2018 in Manila, Philippines. He was part of a plenary session on autonomous vehicles and \'trying to replace the human drive\'. See the full agenda. To hear Christoph\'s prediction of the future, watch his presentation here.
September 14, 2018 - Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar Moderates Panel at Intersect@CMU - September 14, 2018 Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, moderated a panel on the Intersection of Tech & Business: Smart Home, Smart Car and Smart City at Intersect@CMU during the Tepper Quad Grand Opening, featuring Secretary Anthony Foxx, Homaira Akbari, Brian Olsavsky & Jay Apt.
September 13, 2018 - Mobility21 Director on Panel at Value of Data Bloomberg Conference - September 13, 2018 Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar attended the Value of Data: How Emerging Technologies are Redefining our Future Bloomberg Conference in New York, New York. He was on a panel titled \"Driverless Cars Run on Data Not Gasoline.\" Watch the full video of the panel See the full agenda
September 13, 2018 - You Know You Can Do That in R, Right? - September 13, 2018 PTC invited Addison Larson, a Planning Data Scientist at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), to talk about using data to inform governmental decision-making. The exciting talk was focused on DVRPC\'s upcoming Regional Transit Priority Setting web tool and its coding-intensive development process, followed by a lively discussion on the challenges and benefits of data-driven decision-making in regional planning.
September 13, 2018 - UTC Researcher Erick Guerra in the news - September 13, 2018 UTC Researcher Erick Guerra has published several articles and featured in the press. Click here for the list of articles. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967070X17305930 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0966692318300929 https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3156835 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14649357.2017.1416776?journalCode=rptp20 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753517308937 http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/bike-lanes-philadelphia- https://whyy.org/episodes/making-philly-safer-for-cyclists/ https://islandpress.org/blog/podcast-beyond-mobility https://whyy.org/episodes/hands-off-self-driving-future/
September 12, 2018 - CMU Graduate Students demonstrate IoT applications for novel transportation signage called Zone Crew - October 9, 2018 CMU MISM graduate students demonstrate IoT applications for novel transportation signage called Zone Crew. Connectivity features are designed to increase safety and awareness for Work Zones, Special Events and Emergency Management.
September 12, 2018 - National Electric Drive Week’s Electric Lunch in Market Square (Pittsburgh) - September 12, 2018 Duquesne Light Company and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, with support from Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, teamed up to celebrate National Drive Electric Week in downtown Pittsburgh. Traffic21 Institute\'s Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer stopped by the Market Square Electric Lunch today to check out the electric cars, busses, scooters and bicycles.
September 11, 2018 - Congressman Bill Shuster and State Senator Guy Reschenthaler visited Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center - September 10, 2018 Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and State Senator Guy Reschenthaler visited Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center for a tour and round table discussion with representatives from local autonomous and connected vehicle companies. Mobility21 UTC faculty member Chris Hendrickson moderated the discussion and Mobility21 UTC faculty member Steve Smith represented his spin off company Rapid Flow Technologies. Also participating was Raodbotics, another UTC spin off company.
September 11, 2018 - UTC Researcher Fei Fang in the Qatar Tribune - September 11, 2018 UTC Researcher Fei Fang is quoted in the Qatar Tribune\'s article today titled \"AI Helps Humans Bring Poachers To Justice.\" Click here to link to the article: http://www.qatar-tribune.com/news-details/id/138612.
September 11, 2018 - Mobility21 Faculty Awarded 2.5 Million in Combined Funding from the DOE - To continue to improve energy efficiency and increase mobility intelligence, Sean Qian and Costa Samaras were awarded over $2.5 million in combined funding from the Department of Energy. This funding will be used to advance Sean Qian’s project in understanding and improving energy efficiency of regional mobility systems leveraging system-level data and Costa Samaras’ project on drones, delivery robots, driverless cars, and intelligent curbs for increasing energy productivity of first/last mile goods movement.
September 11, 2018 - UTC Faculty Meeting - September 11, 2018 The Mobility21 University Transportation Center held their first Faculty Meeting of the Fall 2018 Academic Year. After introductions, news and updates, we heard from Reed McManigle, senior Manager for the CMU\'s Center for Technology Transfer who discussed resources for start-ups and tech transfers.
September 11, 2018 - ITS PA MASITE Conference Highlights UTC Researchers and Students - September 9 – 11, 2018 The 2018 Annual Conference of ITS PA and MASITE was held in Pittsburgh, PA from September 9 - 11. Over 230 ITS professionals attended the 3 day event. The conference agenda included twelve sessions on various intelligent transportation topics. Several UTC researchers, staff and students were featured during the conference: Dr. Steve Smith spoke on smart infrastructure for future urban mobility and innovative real-time traffic controls. He discussed how real-time traffic signal control presents a difficult challenge in urban road networks where (unlike simpler arterial settings) there are competing dominant traffic flows that shift through the day. And that further complicating matters, urban environments require attention to multi-modal traffic flows (vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, buses) that move at different speeds and may be given different priorities. He shared recent research that has produced an innovative new technology that uniquely addresses these challenges, by taking a fresh perspective and combining principles from artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems, and traffic theory. The initial deployment of this technology, called Surtrac, in the Pittsburgh East End produced significant performance improvements and the technology is now being installed in other US cities. Dr. Smith explained that starting from this technology backbone, a broader future vision of smart transportation infrastructure where, as vehicles become more connected and more autonomous, the intersection increasingly becomes the gateway to real-time traffic information and navigation intelligence. He explained that the current technology development efforts centering on additional use of direct vehicle- (and pedestrian-) to-infrastructure communication to further enhance mobility, on online analysis of traffic flow information for real-time incident detection, and on integrated optimization of signal control and route choice decisions are summarized. Dr. John Paul Shen and Abhinav Jauhri spoke on synthetic data generation for modeling human mobility in urban areas. In their work, they demonstrate a novel technique to generate synthetic data sets of human mobility patterns for a number of large cities in the world. The explained that the availability of large datasets has been a long-standing challenge for the research community. Human mobility patterns are highly dynamic, for meaningful and reproducible research results the availability of representative datasets is essential. Their work highlights methods to extract spatial and temporal properties which help characterize each city\'s human mobility patterns. Such properties can be used to validate similarity between synthetic and real human mobility datasets. To capture human mobility, they specifically target at generating datasets similar to those accessible to ride-sharing services which have become ubiquitous in major cities in the world. They explained that there are multiple motivations for generating such synthetic datasets. First, it demonstrates a non-trivial application of recent advances in Al techniques. Second, to generate synthetic dataset can be used in various what-if scenarios by civic authorities and researchers to provide insights on future patterns of urban mobility and traffic congestion to help advance planning by civic authorities. Researchers that do not have access to large real datasets can now use the synthetic datasets as benchmarks for research on traffic congestion, pre-placement of vehicles, passenger pooling and many others. Lisa Kay Schweyer and Joohyun (Sarah) Cho provided the Carnegie Mellon University\'s Traffic21 Institute rapid-fire research overview. Lisa Kay provided an overview of Traffic21 Institute, explaining it is a multi-disciplinary research institute of Carnegie Mellon University and its goal is to design, test, deploy and evaluate information and communications technology based solutions to address the real-world problems facing the transportation system of the Pittsburgh region and the nation and that the Pittsburgh region serves as a \"learning lab,\" deploying solutions that can be applied around the nation and the globe. She further explained that Traffic21 accomplishes 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. Sarah then provided a rapid-fire overview of some of the Traffic21 research currently being conducted and the new technologies being developed. In addition, the University Transportation Center sponsored 7 students so they could attend the conference and learn from the conference presentations.
September 10, 2018 - Teresa Leatherow, Traffic21 Institute’s Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar attended the Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure meeting - September 10, 2018 Teresa Leatherow, Traffic21 Institute\'s Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar attended the Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure meeting. The meeting included a presentation by guest speaker Jeff Tumlin on \"Arriving at Mobility Solutions\" covering a wide range of important topics about the ways Pittsburgers get around including: changing land use, new mobility options, parking, and more.
September 7, 2018 - Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar Nominated for The Greater Pittsburgh Athena Young Professional Award - September 7, 2018 The Mobility21 Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar, Teresa Leatherow, has been nominated for The Greater Pittsburgh Athena Young Professional Award. The award recognizes exceptional women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their community and help other women to succeed through mentorship. She’s also the youngest nominee! Read about all our student leaders.
September 7, 2018 - The First Smart Mobility Connection of Fall 2018 - September 7, 2018 We kicked off the Fall 2018 Smart Mobility Connection Series with Stefani Danes, Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, and her two students. Together they presented their work on connecting Millvale to the River. They discussed the question: is it better to go through, over or under route 28 - and how to do it. Check out the Presentation: Millvale Mobility Watch the Seminar
September 6, 2018 - DASH Car on Display in Detroit - September 6, 2018 The DASH, Ohio State’s autonomous vehicle was on display at the 11th Schaeffler Symposium in Detroit, Michigan. This event highlighted new and innovative mobility solutions!
September 6, 2018 - 2018 Women in Transportation Fellow Named Who’s Next: Transit - September 4, 2018 The Incline Published their list \"Who’s Next: Transit; Meet 17 Pittsburghers helping you get around\" and our 2018 Women in Transportation Fellow, Ngani Ndimbie made the list. Ngani says she \"dreams of a Pittsburgh where there is no relationship between personal car ownership and quality of life.
August 31, 2018 - CMU UTC Director and faculty participated in roundtable discussion with US Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) and US Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Derek Kan - August 31, 2018 Mobility 21 National UTC Director Raj Rajkumar and other CMU faculty including Martial Hebert and Phil Koopman participated in a roundtable discussion in Pittsburgh with US Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) and US Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Derek Kan. Pittsburgh Law Firm Babst Calland hosted the roundtable for the Congressman and Under Secretary to discuss autonomous vehicles and drones with leading manufacturers, technology companies, and universities.
August 28, 2018 - UTC Impacts Pittsburgh Wayfinding Sign Design - August 28, 2018 The City of Pittsburgh\'s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure has been working with the North Side, North Shore, Downtown Pittsburgh, and Oakland communities to develop a pedestrian wayfinding system. Today a public meeting was held to display the final design. Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer stopped by and got a picture with the proposed signage. Mobility21 researcher Don Carter and Executive Director, Stan Caldwell have been involved in the design process which led to this final design.
August 23, 2018 - UTC Faculty Present their Research to the City of Pittsburgh - August 23, 2018 UTC Researchers Christoph Mertz and Sean Qian presented their research to the City of Pittsburgh today, including Mayor Bill Peduto and Director of Mobility and Infrastructure, Karina Ricks. The meeting was to discuss potential collaboration for improving paving and asphalt efforts in the city.
August 15, 2018 - AASHTO Committee on Construction Meeting Tours NavLab - August 15, 2018 The AASHTO Committee on Construction Meeting was held in Pittsburgh this year and attendees were able to tour CMU\'s NavLab. The tour included presentations from Christoph Mertz of CMU\'s Robotic\'s Institute and Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar. Attendees were from different DOT\'s from around the country, who were eager to talk AV, policy and have a seat in the autonomous vehicles in the NavLab.
August 14, 2018 - UTC Researcher Maxine Eskenazi Publishes New Book and Wins Best Paper Award - August 14, 2018 UTC Researcher Maxine Eskenazi, along with Laurence Devillers and Joseph Mariani recently published a new book called “Advanced Social Interaction with Agents.” She also published a paper called “Zero-Shot Dialog Generation with Cross-Domain Latent Actions” with Tiancheng Zhao that won best paper award from SigDIAL.
August 8, 2018 - Claire Bornzer, Legislative Assistant for Congressman Mike Doyle Visits CMU - August 8, 2018 Claire Bornzer, legislative assistant for Congressman Mike Doyle visited CMU\'s Pittsburgh campus today, which included an overview of the Traffic21 Institute and the Mobility21 University Transportation Center, and a tour of the NavLab. Pictured (L - R): Christoph Mertz, CMU Principal Project Scientist, Claire Bornzer, Cody Januszko, CMU Scott Institute, Chris Hendrickson, CMU Director of Traffic21, and Debbie Tekavec, CMU Director of Federal Relations.
August 8, 2018 - Traffic21’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) participant, Hameed Abdul, Graduates - August 8, 2018 Hameed completed the Robotics Institute Summer Scholars Program today. During the program he worked with UTC researcher, Christoph Mertz on \"An End-to-End Framework for Landslide Erosion Analysis.\" He shared that the experience made him rethink his future plans and found it transformative. Hameed will be returning to the University of Southern Mississippi for his final year of undergraduate studies.
August 7, 2018 - UTC Spin-off, Roadbotics Uses Their Technology to Improve the Roads of Montgomery, Alabama - August 6, 2018 UTC Spin-off company, Roadbotics, has partnered with Montgomery, Alabamda to analyze 200 miles of roads and improve upon their binary system of road rating. City officials are eager to use the new technology to decide what roads need to be repaired. Director of Public Works in Montgomery said that Roadbotics was cheaper then sending out workers and that it would take subjectivity out of deciding paving needs. Full article
August 6, 2018 - Chris Hendrickson gave keynote at the University Transportation Center for Advance Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education Research Symposium - August 6, 2018 Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21 Institute, gave a keynote presentation at the University Transportation Center for Advance Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education Research Symposium today in Charlotte, NC. His talk was titled \'Transition to Connected and Automated Vehicles.\' He also served as a judge for the student poster competition. Pictured are Hendrickson and some of the symposium participants.
August 1, 2018 - Dan Klinedinst was a Panelists at ITS America Forum on Cyber Security Risk and the Future of Mobility - August 1, 2018 Dan Klinedinst of Carnegie Mellon University was a panelists at ITS America Forum on Cyber Security Risk and the Future of Mobility in Denver, Colorado. Dan was on \'The Cyber Industry\' panel where the panelists discussed resources available to address cybersecurity challenges, how do you attract, cybersecurity talent, and building a cybersecurity workforce.
July 31, 2018 - Mobility21 Faculty Discusses UTC Technology and Policy Research with Norfolk Southern - July 31, 2018 Mobility21 faculty members Raj Rajkumar, Chris Hendrickson and Stan Caldwell participated in a visit to Carnegie Mellon University by corporate leadership from Norfolk Southern. The group discussed Mobility21 UTC technology and policy research, issues concerning the railroad industry, and potential opportunities for collaboration.
July 30, 2018 - Traffic21 Program Manager and Vanpool Council Chair for the Association for Commuter Transportation, led the Vanpool Council meeting at the organization’s international conference - July 30, 2018 Today Traffic21 Program Manager and chair of the Vanpool Council for the Association for Commuter Transportation, Lisa Kay Schweyer, led the Vanpool Council meeting at the organization\'s international conference in California. The Vanpool Council addresses and shares information related to vanpools, vanpool programs, public-private partnerships for delivery of vanpool services, contracting, program management, customer services, and promotional issues.
July 26, 2018 - AARP Webinar: AVs in Pittsburgh - July 26, 2018 Traffic21/Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was an expert panelist for a webinar meeting of the National AARP Autonomous Vehicle Work Group. Other panelists were Karina Rick, Director of Mobility and Infrastructure and Sarah Papperman Program Coordinator for the In Service of Seniors and co-leader of the Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh Transportation Working Group. Panelist provided insight and advice on how AARP can educate and activate their members around AV issues.
July 24, 2018 - PennDOT Issues Guidance for Increased Safety Oversight of Highly Automated Vehicles - July 24, 2018 PennDOT Issues Guidance for Increased Safety Oversight of Highly Automated Vehicles. Raj Rajkumar, Director of CMU’s Mobility21 National University Transportation Center and Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 and T-SET National University Transportation Centers serve on the PennDOT Automated Vehicle Policy Task Force and participated in deliberation and provided feedback for the development of this policy. Read the press release about the new guidance here.
July 24, 2018 - The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Learns about Traffic Deployment in Pittsburgh - July 24, 2018 The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce visited Pittsburgh for their City to City initiative. They met with Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Traffic21 and Alex Pazuchanics, Assistant Director of the City of Pittsburgh\'s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure to learn about Mobility21\'s transportation deployments in Pittsburgh.
July 23, 2018 - Mobility21 Student Section Live on our Website - July 23, 2018 We have introduced a new Student Section right here on the Mobility21 website. Here you can learn about opportunities for student involvement, read about our past and current student leadership and learn about ongoing student projects. You will also be able to hear about Mobility21 events and explore coursework at CMU that relates to our work.
July 23, 2018 - Exec Director, Stan Caldwell presented Traffic21 Tech Projects to Save Energy to US Representatives - July 23, 2018 Traffic21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell spoke in front of The Alliance to Save Energy\'s 50x50 Commission, including several U.S. Representatives, about Traffic21\'s tech projects to save energy. Stan was joined by Traffic21 researcher, Costa Samaras who discussed “Energy, Sustainability and Climate Impacts of the Transition to Autonomous Vehicles.”
July 18, 2018 - ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development Tours NavLab - July 18, 2018 The ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development was in Pittsburgh from July 15 - July 18. A technical tour was offered to visit (1) an intersection equipped with a Surtrac Adaptive Traffic Signal Controller with Research Professor, Steve Smith and (2) the CMU NavLab to view and hear a short presentation on two autonomous vehicles and a video roadway infrastructure inspection system from Executive Director, Stan Caldwell and Principal Project Scientist, Christoph Mertz.
July 18, 2018 - Carnegie Mellon University Students and Researchers make an impact at the International ASCE Conference in Pittsburgh - July 15 - July 18 Two University Transportation Center projects were presented at the ASCE Conference by CMU PhD Students, Xidong Pi and Matthew Battifarano. CMU Undergrad and Vice President of the CMU ASCE Chapter, Sharika Hedge, participated in the Three Minute Pitch competition for younger members where she presented her research on real-time vehicle to vehicle transactions. The winner of the competition was CMU PhD student, Jacob Ward.
July 18, 2018 - Update on Traffic21’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) participant, Hameed Abdul - July 18, 2018 Traffic21’s RISS participant, Hameed Abdul is now about half way through the scholar\'s program. He describes his experience thus far as “broadening.” Hameed reports that he has “visited labs, discussed thoroughly [his] research ideas with [his] mentor and grad students, had the opportunity to do outreach, worked on an abstract, and attend a research-focused conference.” In addition, yesterday, Hameed was a speaker at the AI for All, where he presented his research to high school students.
July 17, 2018 - Stan Caldwell Testifies at Act 89 transportation funding at hearing in Monroeville - On Tuesday July 17, Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of the Traffic21 Institute and the Mobility21 UTC, testified at a hearing of the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee on Act 89, a 2013 transportation bill that generates 2.3 billion per year for infrastructure improvements. This field hearing was held in Monroeville to review the work done in Southwestern PA and Allegheny County because of Act 89, and to consider future needs. Professor Caldwell spoke about the current benefits from Act 89 including how the funding allowed collaboration between researchers, industry, the City of Pittsburgh and the Port Authority of Allegheny County on new technologies and impacts on mobility. Stan highlighted the fact that due to Act 89 funding stabilizing budgets, state and local agencies have been able to begin planning for the opportunities and impacts of disruptive new technologies on transportation safety, mobility and workforce. The Traffic21 and UTC researchers were able to work with the City of Pittsburgh on deploying the world’s smartest traffic signals, help PennDOT plan for autonomous vehicles, and partner with the Port Authority of Allegheny County on connected vehicle research and data analytics to improve service. Furthermore, these technologies have created spinoff companies that are creating good paying jobs here in southwestern Pennsylvania. After testifying, Stan was asked by the committee about broadband infrastructure outside of the city and if that hinders the ability for autonomous vehicles to expand. Stan explained that past infrastructure investments were made for both transportation and economic development interests. These include port, canals, railroads, streets, highways and airports. The next critical transportation infrastructure investment will on need to focus on information and communication technology and that the investments and technology rollouts should be equitably distributed. Here is a link the video testimony, a link to the written testimony and below are the recommendation provided. Recommendations: Maintain a high quality of existing roadways and provide real-time information on road closures. Support the development of information and communications technology infrastructure to enable safety and mobility applications as well as economic development. Invest in research and test beds to develop next generation technology, evaluate emerging disruptive technology and recommend policy. Assist local government in technology investment and policy development. Encourage and promote the emerging transportation technology industry in Pennsylvania. Develop policy to mitigate the risks and unintended societal consequence.
July 16, 2018 - Director of the Traffic21 Institute, Prof. Chris Henrickson speaks at the ASCE International Conference - July 16, 2018 Pittsburgh hosted the American Society of Civil Engineers\' International Conference on Transportation & Development 2018. Pictured is Prof. Chris Hendrickson, Director of the Traffic21 Institute, speaking from the plenary podium.
July 16, 2018 - Mobility21 Diversity Fellow Allanté Whitmore presented at the ASCE International Conference - July 16, 2018 Mobility21 Diversity Fellow Allanté Whitmore presentated at the ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Infrastructure. She spoke on robocars, ethics, & infrastructure.
July 15, 2018 - Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell Presents Examples of UTC Tech Transfer at ASCE Conference - July 15, 2018 Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Mobility21, participated in a panel where he presented examples of Mobility21 UTC Technology Transfer. This Pre-Conference Workshop: University Transportation Center (UTC) Technology Transfer was part of the ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development in Pittsburgh. Also participating on the panel were Kevin Womack and Amy Sterns from the US DOT UTC Program and fellow UTC representatives; Larry Rilett from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln Atorod Azizinamini from Florida International University and David Noyce from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
July 10, 2018 - Mobility21 Diversity Fellow Participates in Poster Session at the Automated Vehicle Symposium - July 10, 2018 Mobility21 Diversity Fellow Allanté Whitmore attended the Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco. She participated in one of the poster sessions, sharing her recent work on AV ethics.
June 27, 2018 - UTC Researchers were featured speakers at the Accessible Transportation Symposium - June 26, 2018 UTC Researchers Steve Smith and Aaron Steinfield were featured speakers at the Accessible Transportation Symposium. Over 80 people attended the event. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.
June 27, 2018 - Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the Federal Highway Administration’s National Dialogue on Highway Automation - June 26 & 27, 2018 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the Federal Highway Administration’s National Dialogue on Highway Automation to provide input from the University Transportation Center perspective and share both technology and policy research on vehicle automation. This two day workshop in Philadelphia focused on Planning and Policy is was the first of five national. Read a complete summary of the two-day symposium here.
June 26, 2018 - Traffic21 Presentation to the Allegheny County’s Green Action Team - June 26, 2018 Traffic21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer shared the history of Traffic21 and the University Transportation Centers (T-SET and Mobility21). She also provided an overview of the research, the way research involves and is shared with the public, and how green action team members could learn more.
June 22, 2018 - American Society of Civil Engineers Magazine Features UTC Researcher Sean Qian - The June 2018 edition of the Civil Engineering magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers includes an article featuring UTC researcher Sean Qian discussing CMU’s traffic engineering and intelligent transportation systems interdisciplinary course. He shares details course objectives and how students are engaged in learning.
June 20, 2018 - UTC Faculty, Rahul Mangharam joins Panel as Moderator at SAE Symposium - June 20, 2018 Rahul Mangharam, UTC Faculty, Associate Professor, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Univ. of Pennsylvania moderated a panel on Evaluation of insurance and liability issues across the ADAS spectrum at the SAE Automated and Connected Vehicle Systems Testing Symposium. Included on the panel was Philip Koopman, Associate professor in the Department of ECE at CMU.
June 19, 2018 - Keep On Truckin’ - Logistics company C.H. Robinson tapped Carnegie Mellon students to develop a model that predicts event-related transportation delays. C.H. Robinson wanted to know if it was possible to predict — and more importantly, plan for — such delays. The company turned to CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences for help. Read more here: https://www.cmu.edu/engage/about-us/news/partner/chrobinson.html.
June 15, 2018 - Raj Rajkumar and Stan Caldwell Join Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force Meeting - June 15, 2018 Mobility21 National UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar and Traffic21/Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell attended the Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force. The task force is compromised of Commonwealth Reps, Stakeholders, PennDot and Legislative support. Following several meetings, PennDot has issued guidance to enhance safety oversight of Highly Automated Vehicles in Pennsylvania.
June 15, 2018 - CTAA Expo Attends Connected Vehicle and Robotics Tour at Carnegie Mellon University - June 14, 2018 CMU hosted participants of the CTAA Expo for a two-part tour of an intersection equipped with Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) followed by a tour of National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC). Participants expressed their excitement to take the information and technology back to their home cities to help improve traffic and mobility.
June 12, 2018 - Traffic21/Mobility21 Exec. Director, Stan Caldwell, Attends SPC Resource Panel - June 12, 2018 The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission is the regional planning agency serving the 10-county Southwestern Pennsylvania region. They held a Forces of Change Expert Resource Panel in Pittsburgh. Stan Caldwell joined to represent Traffic21\'s research and initiatives.
June 12, 2018 - CMU Student’s Report on The Future of Work: Truckers on the Road to Automation - The Future of Work Systems Synthesis graduate capstone class team, composed of five Carnegie Mellon University students, partnered with the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative to explore potential impacts to long-haul truckers and policy responses to automation in the trucking industry. The team set out to answer two primary questions: How might highly automated commercial vehicles disrupt the trucking workforce and long-haul trucking industry? How are states and state trucking advocacy groups responding to this potential disruption? The next steps, concluded in the thesis, was that policy makers need to systematically manage the future of work for long-haul truckers through data collection. The data might include the exit and entry of drivers in the workforce, rate of displacement from automation and tracking new jobs created by automation. Data could also be collected on the drivers themselves, such as who leaves the industry and where they go. The team concluded that regulators and policymakers need to focus in the short-term on understanding how autonomous technology will be used in the long-haul trucking industry. This will aid policymakers in being empowered and informed when developing policy on how autonomous technology will be used in the long-haul trucking industry, including performance, safety and workforce issues. Read the full reports below: Future of Work: Truckers on the Road to Automation Prediction Future of Work - Truckers on the Road to Automation
June 8, 2018 - Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell Moderated Roundtable Discussion at Heinz College Summer Leadership Symposium - June 8, 2018 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell facilitated a roundtable discussion on the workforce implication of autonomous vehicle technology for the CMU Heinz College 2018 Summer Leadership Symposium for mid-career professionals in the MSIT and Executive Education Programs.
June 5, 2018 - UTC researcher Maxine Eskenazi delivered a keynote speech at the Journees d’Etudes sur la Parole 2018 conference - June 5, 2018 Traffic21, UTC researcher Maxine Eskenazi delivered a keynote speech on Intelligent Agents on June 5th at the Journees d’Etudes sur la Parole 2018 conference in Aix en Provence, France. \"The speech and language Laboratory organizes this conference under the aegis and Scientific guaranty of the Francophone Association of spoken Communication.\"
June 5, 2018 - Metro21 Exec. Director, Karen Lightman, Presents for the 2018 TMA Summit - June 5, 2018 Metro21: Smart Cities Institute Executive Director, Karen Lightman, presented for the 2018 TMA Summit: Oakland Mobile Workshop at CMU organized by the Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA). The OTMA works to improve mobility, access and safety for commuters. Karen presented Metro21 projects that focus on making our cities smarter for people in the Oakland area.
June 5, 2018 - Stan Caldwell is a featured keynote panelist at Council of University Transportation Center’s conference - June 5, 2018 Stan Caldwell, the Executive Director for the CMU Traffic21 Institute and the T-SET and Mobility21 National University Transportation Centers, was a featured keynote panelist at this morning’s Council of University Transportation Center annual conference. His presentation highlighted ways Traffic21 conducts “Community and Publicly Engaged Research.”
May 31, 2018 - Traffic21 welcomes and is pleased to sponsor Hameed Abdul as part of this year’s CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program - Traffic21 welcomes and is pleased to sponsor Hameed Abdul as part of this year’s CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program. Hameed is an undergraduate computer science student at the University of Southern Mississippi with an expected graduation date of December 2019. During his time at RISS, he hopes to further refine his ability to do research and communicate with his peers and non-researchers alike. He wants to fully immerse himself in the Robotics Institute environment and learn as much as possible because he feels the collaboration and work being done there is truly fascinating. His research interests include: Computer Vision Applications for Agriculture, Transportation and Resource Management (Pollution, Waste, etc.). During his time at RISS he will be working with Traffic21 researcher Dr. Christoph Mertz on Detecting and Predicting the degradation of City Infrastructure. After graduation, Hameed wishes to pursue his Master\'s in South Korea and conduct research on ways that Computer Vision and other forms of artificial intelligence can benefit densely populated societies.