• May 30, 2018 - CMU Students Research “Automotive Transportation Experience for Visually Impaired Individuals” - May 2018 CMU students Sarah Papp and Ross Rybalov spent the spring 2018 semester researching Automotive Transportation Experience for Visually Impaired Individuals. The primary goal of this project was to increase personal agency and autonomy for persons with visual impairments through an improved transportation experience. They developed an in-car conversational interface to provide passengers with critical information and system controls to increase access and practicality for passengers with visual impairments. Learn more by viewing their final powerpoint presentation.  

  • May 28, 2018 - UTC Faculty Published for work with Origin-Destination Demand Data - 2018 Sean Qian, Director of the Data Mobility Center and UTC Faculty, was published for his work with a CMU colleague for this research titled “Statistical inference of probabilistic origin-destination demand using day-to-day traffic data.”  Read the full article.

  • May 25, 2018 - Traffic21 Presentation to the Allegheny County Green Team - May 24, 2018 The Allegheny County Green Team invited Traffic21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, to provide an overview of the Institute at their May 24th meeting.  She shared the history of Traffic21, an overview of the research, the way information is shared, and how green team members could learn more.

  • May 24, 2018 - Mobility21 Researchers Costa Samaras and Raj Rajkumar consulted in national media for reactions of the NTSB Uber Crash Initial Report - May 24, 2018 Uber Self-Driving Car That Struck, Killed Pedestrian Wasn\'t Set to Stop in an Emergency The Wall Street Journal It is common for developers to disable built-in vehicle features such as automatic braking to avoid multiple systems issuing conflicting commands, said Raj Rajkumar, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who founded and later sold an autonomous-car software startup. Related coverage in The Washington Post, WIRED, San Francisco Chronicle, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Stuff, Independent Recorder, KJZZ News and Transport Topics

  • May 23, 2018 - CCAC is training technicians and shop owners on the benefits of propane powered vehicles - May 22, 2018 The Community College of Allegheny County held a training for technicians and shop owners on the benefits of propane powered vehicles.  The session included discussion on finding technicians to do repairs and the competition among repair shops for mechanical talent.  Bob Koch gave a brief talk regarding Vehicle to Vehicle, Vehicle to Infrastructure, intelligent transportation, and the need for training.

  • May 21, 2018 - Director of CMU’s Mobility21 National University Transportation Center Discusses Urban Modeling at the Modeling the World’s Systems Conference - May 21, 2018 The University of Pittsburgh celebrated their first year of the School of Computing and Information with a conference that focused on Modeling the World’s Systems. The goal of the conference was rational analysis and management of complicated system and an unusually diverse network of stakeholders. Prof. Raj Rajkumar, Director of CMU’s Mobility21 National University Transportation Center joined D. Tyler Gourley, Vice President, Hillman Family Foundations, Steve Smith, Director, CMU Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory and Christina Mair, University of Pittsburgh on the Modeling Urban Systems Panel Presentation.

  • May 17, 2018 - “RoadBotics” Receives ASCE’s Overall Greatest Impact Award - May 17, 2018 The CMU Robotics Institute spinoff, \"RoadBotics\" received the Overall Greatest Impact Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) annual Innovation Contest.  RoadBotics also received awards in subcategories including Most Feasible in the Sustainable Engineering category and Most Feasible, Most Innovative and Best Value in the Internet of Things category. RoadBotics uses smartphone and artificial intelligence technology to monitor the condition of concrete and asphalt surfaces.

  • May 15, 2018 - Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell Moderated the ITS America Smart Cities/Smart State Roundtable - May 15, 2018 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell Moderated the ITS America Smart Cities/Smart State Roundtable at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Stan introduced US DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Finch Fulton who provided opening remarks and then Stan moderated the a panel discussion on smart cities and smart states deployment activity with: • Cordell Schachter, Chief Technology Officer, New York City Department of Transportation • Wes Maurer, Director of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Colorado Department of Transportation • Steve Ingracia, Deputy Director for Technology and Strategic Planning, Nebraska Department of Transportation • Rebecca Hunter, External Affairs, Corporate Development & Strategy, Crown Castle

  • May 14, 2018 - UTC Researcher Aaron Seinfeld Shares His Expertise during the USDOT Webinar, Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative Update - May 14, 2018 The USDOT hosted a free webinar to provide an update on the Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) and the DRRP on Robotics and Automation for Inclusive Transportation, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and led by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The webinar allowed interested stakeholders to learn about some of the progress being made by ATTRI, and more specifically, hear directly from CMU about the successes and challenges of enabling robots and cloud-based autonomy to provide assistance to people in transportation hubs. Part of this effort is funded by the Traffic21 Institute. The first speaker was Mohammed Yousuf, the program manager for the ATTRI at the DOT. He emphasized the different layers and challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and transportation. He identified a deliberate approach is to understand the user needs first. The USDOT has used previous workshops to determine the key applications and building blocks of ATTRI including robotics and automation. The DRRP project is part of the Robotics and Automation building block within the ATTRI program. The second speaker on the Webinar was Ken Wood, Program Specialist and Manager of NIDILRR, an agency that focuses heavily on technology and research of people with disabilities. NIDILRR supports the ATTRI program in several ways including the grant in Robotics and Automation. The primary site for the research is at CMU and some of the work is being done at the University of Washington. Through a cooperative agreement with NIDILRR, CMU is researching and developing seamless transportation assistance from cloud-based autonomy and shared robots located in and around transportation hubs in partnership with key industry, government, and consumer stakeholders. Some stakeholders include: the City of Pittsburgh, Port Authority of Allegheny, TARDEC and ARL, ACHIEVA, BVRS, Tiramisu Transit, and Sphero. Aaron Seinfeld, Associate Research Professor at CMU and an expert in accessible transportation and human-robot interaction was on the webinar to present a talk titled, “Transportation Hub Assistance and Assistive Robots for Blind Travelers.” One of the primary areas of research and deployment is transportation hubs and their ability to make (or break) an independent trip by a person with a disability. A primary issue with transportation hubs is that they are busy, complex, and inadequately prepared for people with disabilities. The DRRP is focused on using technology to support transportation hub use by people with disabilities. The research included areas such as recognizing travel routines, identifying opportunities for forward assistance, characterizing the pedestrian environment, and transportation hub assistance. The current plan for deployment will be cloud-based autonomy using AI with shared helper robots that live in the building. For example, a shared robot in a transportation hub could help a person who is blind get from point A to point B within a transit hub, then go help someone who does not speak the local language. This universal design approach will lead to a higher rate of utilization of the shared robot, thereby increasing value and minimizing cost. The team is aiming to publicly deploy technologies in Pittsburgh within 5 years. CMU is working with the City of Pittsburgh and Port Authority of Allegheny to find a good location for deployment. Expected impacts include open source software useful for a wide range of transportation applications, new ways of detecting and tracking routine behaviors, new knowledge on how technology should provide real-time assistance in transportation hubs, and ultimately a greater independence when moving through transportation hubs for everyone – especially people with disabilities.

  • May 7, 2018 - UTC researcher, Scott Matthews, presented twice during the Inspection and Maintenance Solutions conference - May 7, 2018 UTC researcher, Scott Matthews, presented twice during the Inspection and Maintenance Solutions conference. First he spoke on the analytics of vehicle trouble codes from emissions inspections as connected to whether the “Check Engine Light” was being illuminated. And secondly he reported results of a survey he had done of last year’s conference attendees in terms of their interest and willingness in the results of data-driven studies of inspection program performance that cross jurisdictional boundaries.

  • May 4, 2018 - Smart Mobility Connection: Dan Klinedinst - May 4, 2018 CMU Vulnerability Researcher Dan Klinedinst spoke as the last Smart Mobility Connection speaker of the semester on addressing cyber-security issues in intelligent transportation systems. The CERT researcher discussed how he gets to think like a bad guy to determine whether transportation systems are safe, and how he learned to text his car.

  • May 3, 2018 - UTC Funded Researchers Published in Frontiers in Built Environment - May 3, 2018 UTC Funded Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University were published in Frontiers in Built Environment for their research on indirect train traffic monitoring method to detect and infer real-time train events based on the vibration response of a nearby building. Read the full article here.

  • May 2, 2018 - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Speaks at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst - May 2, 2018 Traffic21 Director and CMU Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Chris Hendrickson spoke at the UMass-Amherst as the 2018 History and Heritage Lecturer. His presentation on the past and future of the U.S. Interstate Highway System focused on the planning challenges and engineering and financing standards and issues.

  • May 1, 2018 - Students in Methods of Policy Analysis Class shared their “Spatial Mismatch” Research - April 30, 2018 Undergraduate students Kenneth Wells, Jamie Slomka, Micah Rabin, Ben Kaplan, Mengjia Ren in Professor Branstetter\'s Methods of Policy Analysis Class shared their “Spatial Mismatch” Research (jobs versus disadvantaged employees/job seekers locations). For this project they received technical assistance from Ngani Ndimbie, Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Traffic21 Program Manager.

  • April 30, 2018 - Traffic21 Fellow Ngani Ndimbie Assisting with City Bike Plan - April 30, 2018 Since March, Traffic21 Fellow Ngani Ndimbie has been interning with the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure to help complete Pittsburgh’s Bike Plan- a document for the public and other key stakeholders that explains the City’s goals for building out it’s bike network. This is the City’s first update since the 1999 bike plan.

  • April 26, 2018 - UTC Researchers Sean Qian and Scott Matthews mentioned in the CMU CEE News Magazine - April 26, 2018 Sean Qian and Scott Matthews mentioned in the Spring 2018 issue of the CMU CEE News Magazine.  Sean for receiving the Greenshields Prize from the Transportation Research Board and Scott for receiving the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research.  Check out the article on page 17 of the magazine here.

  • April 25, 2018 - UTC Researcher Pires Featured in TRB Webinar - April 24, 2018 UTC faculty and researcher Bernardo R. Pires spoke on the Transportation Research Board\'s bi-monthly webinar series- Conversations with Colleagues, focused on bicycle and pedestrian  monitoring and research. On this week\'s webinar, titled \"Collecting Bicycle and Pedestrian Data with Video: Methods and Issues,\" Pires spoke about data collection efforts underway at CMU to 60-70 webinar attendees.

  • April 25, 2018 - CMU Dean and T-SET/Mobility21 Director Present at WABTEC Global Leadership Summit - April 25, 2018 The Dean of the Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, Jim Garrett, and the Director of the CMU T-SET National USDOT University Transportation Center for Safety, Mobility21, a USDOT National University Transportation Center for Mobility, Raj Rajkumar, were invited by Ray Betler, CEO of WABTEC, to speak at the WABTEC Global Leadership Summit on April 25.  Raj gave the keynote presentation on \"Challenges and Opportunities in Rail Automation” to the more than 200 WABTEC executives from around the world.

  • April 24, 2018 - CCAC’s Bob Koch Speaks at UTC Faculty Meeting - April 24, 2018 Bob Koch, who leads Community College of Allegheny County\'s Automotive Technology Program, spoke at this months UTC faculty meeting about how to prepare technicians for autonomous technologies. Koch noted that with direction from advisory boards, community colleges will be perfectly positioned to educate entry level intelligent transportation technicians in many different career areas.

  • April 22, 2018 - Distinguished Speaker Series: Raj Kapoor of Lyft - April 19, 2018 Chief Strategy Officer of Lyft and Head of Business for Lyft’s self-driving division, Raj Kapoor, spoke to CMU students about the “Future of Transportation.” Kapoor discussed Lyft’s expectations and plans for the electric, self-driving, and shared future as well as the impact to cities and the auto industry.

  • April 19, 2018 - Incredible Impacts of the Mobility Data Analytics Center - The Mobility Data Analytics Center (MAC) began in 2013 with funding from the Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation (T-SET) National University Transportation Center (UTC) and continued with support from the Mobility21 National UTC. Director Dr. Zhen (Sean) Qian created the MAC with goals to achieve more efficient, resilient, safe, and environmentally-friendly mobility. Dr. Qian is an expert in intelligent transportation systems, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a joint appointment to the Heinz College, and a T-SET/Mobility21 UTC researcher. For the last few years, MAC has used massive amounts of mobility data to develop and deploy smarter transportation systems.  One of the many accomplishments of the MAC includes the development of a centralized data engine that takes an array of mobility data, including crowdsourced and real-time data, and translates it into useful information for policy makers, planners, traffic managers, engineers, and many others. This centralized data engine will help connect previously disparate agencies and municipalities by providing an integrated platform that gives cities, boroughs, and townships the ability to fully utilize the available data to make better planning decisions. [caption id=\"attachment_9350\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] Figure 1: Dr. Sean Qian talks about goals of the MAC. (College of Engineering, CMU)[/caption] MAC is currently working with public and private deployment partners to conduct research and develop decision-making tools for better management of transportation systems, and to create products or services that improve travelers’ experience. Their research is helping the City of Philadelphia to predict the traffic impact of road closures and plan alternative routes to reduce congestion and emissions. It’s also helping the City of Pittsburgh to predict traffic impacts, and to make the city more ‘bikeable.’ In 2016, MAC created a network model on behalf of PennDOT to predict real-time traffic evolution for all highways and major arterials in the Philadelphia Metro area. Additionally, by optimizing the messages shown on dynamic message signs, MAC was also able to reroute and improve Philadelphia’s traffic flow. To improve bike infrastructure in Pittsburgh, the MAC is developing an optimization model that analyzes safety, traffic flow volume and speed, ride easiness, and bus coverage to determine ‘bikeability’ scores in Pittsburgh. The web application has been shared with the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure at the City of Pittsburgh, PennDOT, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission, and Healthy Ride Pittsburgh. The resulting research has great potential to impact travelers’ daily transportation decisions, promoting cycling and ensuring greater safety for Pittsburgh cyclists, and changing long-term transportation planning. [caption id=\"attachment_9351\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] Figure 2: Dr. Qian works with student researchers. (College of Engineering, CMU)[/caption] In March of 2016, the City of Pittsburgh was named a finalist in the U.S. DOT’s Smart City Challenge. MAC worked closely in support of this effort to help Pittsburgh bring the DOT’s Smart City vision to life. While Pittsburgh lost the challenge to our neighbors in Columbus, Ohio, CMU’s T-SET hosted its own Smart Mobility Challenge in 2017. Dr. Qian and MAC are assisting three of the local projects that won the challenge, including projects in Townships of Cranberry and Mt. Lebanon, and the Boroughs of Dormont, and McKees Rocks. This is not the first partnership between CMU and Cranberry Township, located at the junction of Interstate 79 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Cranberry has been a deployment partner since installing the region’s first set of Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) radios at the intersection of routes 19 and 228 in 2013. Located only 20 miles north of Downtown Pittsburgh in Butler County, Cranberry Township is home to 30,000, but the previously noted intersection supports 120,000 vehicles per day. Kelly Maurer, Project Coordinator for Cranberry’s Engineering and Environmental Services, and Marty McKinney, Manager of Cranberry Traffic Operations shared some of the daily traffic challenges faced by their township. When there’s a backup on the Turnpike or routes 19 or 228, drivers exit onto the local road systems; “the local roads can’t handle the additional load,” says Marty, “and Sean [Qian] is helping us to mitigate some of the issues that come with that.” This is particularly true when those traffic events are unexpected. [caption id=\"attachment_9347\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"186\"] Figure 4: Intersection of Rts 19 & 228. (Cranberry Township)[/caption] [caption id=\"attachment_9348\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"117\"] Figure 3: Central Based Control System. (Cranberry Township)[/caption] Dr. Qian is using crowdsourced data to support the Township’s Coordinated Traffic Signal System. Using social media, real-time and historical traffic information from INRIX, the Coordinate Signal System will be able to trigger predictions into traffic delays which can be used in dynamic message boards and other communications to alert the public of potential delays. The system collects data from not just Cranberry Township, but from the region, allowing Cranberry to see how incidents in further location affect local traffic the future and be resilient to them. The Coordinated Traffic Signal System will be used to mitigate traffic in Cranberry Township, but also will improve traffic conditions in the three townships sharing inter-municipal agreements, including one in Allegheny County. The benefits experienced in Cranberry Township reach farther than those three townships, though. Research and deployments have been made possible by continued funding from Carnegie Mellon, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of University Transportation Center Program, the Hillman Foundation the Benedum Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, PITA, the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, TomTom, and many more. MAC receives continued support from CMU’s T-SET and Mobility21 National UTCs. To learn more about the Mobility Data Analytics Center, see their website. You can also watch last year’s Traffic21 seminar on the Mobility Data Analytics Center with Director Sean Qian here.

  • April 10, 2018 - Societal Consequences of Autonomous Vehicles Class Presents Findings to City - April 10, 2018 The Heinz weekend course taught by Metro21 Director Rick Stafford, Societal Consequences of Technological Change: Autonomous Vehicles in the Central Business District, presented a summary of students’ findings to City officials and the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Recommendations to the City included curb mapping, a use tax on transportation network companies, and deploying an autonomous electric shuttle, among others.

  • April 7, 2018 - Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson and Ngani Ndimbie Participate in Sustainability Week Panel Discussion - April 7, 2018 On Saturday morning, T-SET UTC’s Chris Hendrickson & Ngani Ndimbie spoke at the Transit and Equity panel for CMU’s Sustainability Weekend. They were joined by 4 other panelists to discuss the current state of mobility in Pittsburgh, particularly for those with accessibility or socioeconomic challenges.

  • April 5, 2018 - OSU Researcher Umit Ozguner Speaks at Technology Summit - April 5, 2018 Researcher Umit Ozguner from T-SET partner Ohio State University spoke as an expert at the Technology Summit in Istanbul, held by Trucell and attended by over 2,500 organizations. Ozguner spoke about current 5G technologies and its role in smart transportation systems. Read more Summit here.

  • April 4, 2018 - Researcher Sean Qian Speaks to Chi Epsilon - April 4, 2018 UTC researcher and CMU professor Sean Qian spoke to the CMU Civil Engineering Honor Society Chi Epsilon about data analytics and optimization. The presentation and discussion focused on using tools such as behavioral economics, software development, life cycle assessment, policy, and others to optimize transportation networks.

  • April 2, 2018 - UTC Students and Staff Integral in WTS Pittsburgh Scholarship Gala - UTC Students and Staff Integral in WTS Pittsburgh Scholarship Gala On Thursday, March 15th, the Women’s Transportation Seminar Pittsburgh Chapter hosted its second annual Scholarship Gala and Fundraiser, and honored the winner of the 2018 Molitoris Leadership Scholarship. WTS is an organization working to advance women’s careers through professional development and networking opportunities. While WTS International was established in 1977, the Pittsburgh Chapter was created in May of 2015 with help from organizers including CMU’s own T-SET University Transportation Center (UTC), Traffic21. This year’s Scholarship Gala was put together by a planning committee of WTS members; all of whom were credited during the event. The planning committee included one of CMU UTC’s Women in Intelligent Transportation Fellows, Ngani Ndimbie. [caption id=\"attachment_9188\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"280\"] Pictured clockwise from top right are Lisa Kay Schweyer, Allanté Whitmore, Karen Lightman, and Ngani Ndimbie.[/caption] Also representing T-SET University Transportation Center, Traffic21 from CMU were Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman, and Diversity in Transportation Fellow Allanté Whitmore. Allanté is a Ph.D. student in the Engineering and Public Policy Department and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with research interests in societal and environmental impacts of autonomous vehicles. She is studying under CMU faculty Scott Matthews, Costas Samaras, Chris Hendrickson, and Gabrielle Wong-Parodi. [caption id=\"attachment_9189\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"300\"] Pictured above is Keynote Speaker Karina Ricks[/caption] This year’s keynote speaker was Karina Ricks, Director of Department of Mobility and Infrastructure for the City of Pittsburgh. Karina has been a collaborative research partner to CMU’s own T-SET UTC faculty research, playing an integral role in ensuring that UTC research efforts could be tested and deployed in the real world. The winner of this year’s $2,500 scholarship was CMU’s Grace Taylor- an undergrad in the Department of Civil Engineering. The Molitoris Leadership Scholarship is awarded to female undergraduate students demonstrating academic strength and leadership skills, by taking risks and persevering to reach successful outcomes, in the field of transportation.

  • March 30, 2018 - Smart Mobility Connection: Security of Electric, Hybrid, and AV Battery Systems - March 30, 2018 UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan talked to students at Heinz College about the safety and security of electric vehicles in his presentation, “Analyzing and Defending Cyberattacks on Electric, Hybrid, and AV Battery Systems.” Venkat’s discussion included the ways hackers could control your self-driving car, cracking Tesla’s wall of silence on the Model 3 battery, and the challenges of electric driving range and battery degradation.

  • March 28, 2018 - UTC Researcher Presents Work at CMU Seminar - March 28, 2018 UTC Researcher and assistant professor for the Institute for Software Research Fei Fang presented at a student students on his research, \"Integrating Machine Learning with Game Theory for Societal Challenges.\" Fang discussed her application, which uses game theory and machine learning-based models and algorithms to inform, predict, and prescribe solutions to those dealing with security and sustainability challenges.

  • March 26, 2018 - CMU Poster Session on Commuting and Public Transit Solutions - March 26th, 2018 Six teams in the User-Centered Research and Evaluation (UCRE) class presented their concept posters on solutions to the commuting and public transportation challenges for CMU students. Taught at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, the UCRE class introduces students to the field of human-computer interaction; this year\'s topic was on transportation, and what solutions might be needed if Pittsburgh\'s Port Authority cut bus services. Team posters included ideas to subsidize UberPOOL rides, and create enclosed waiting stations with wifi and USB ports.

  • March 26, 2018 - UTC Executive Director Speaks at SPC Workshop - March 26, 2018 At the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commissions Chairman\'s Workshop in California, UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell spoke about the challenges faced by public officials in ensuring that connected and autonomous technologies are being deployed safely. Read more about the presentation here.

  • March 23, 2018 - Future of Work Feature by UTC Executive Director - March 16, 2018 In Heinz College’s March Future of Work issue, UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell shares five ways that autonomous vehicles will disrupt policy and current industry practices. Five Automated Vehicle Policy Disruptions was part of a series of articles on cutting-edge work done by Heinz faculty and students surrounding the intersection of society and technology.

  • March 19, 2018 - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Speaks to Heinz Class - March 19, 2018 Traffic21 Executive Director Chris Hendrickson spoke to a Heinz class on Public Expenditure Analysis about transportation infrastructure planning and forecasting.

  • March 13, 2018 - UTC’s Stan Caldwell Speaking at PA Chamber’s Policy Roundtable - March 13, 2018 Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell spoke at the PA Chamber of Business and Industry’s Policy Roundtable and led a discussion about workforce, economic development and policy implications of disruptive transportation technologies.  Caldwell’s presentation followed a policy discussion with Pennsylvania Governor Wolf where transportation was also a topic.

  • March 8, 2018 - Metro21: Smart Cities Institute Launch - March 2, 2018 The Metro21: Smart Cities Institute celebrated it\'s launch with speakers from Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh, and panels on smart city research and education featuring CMU faculty, and public and private sector representatives. To end the day, T-SET Director Raj Rajkumar spoke about next steps for the Institute, and CMU researchers spoke about their work at the closing reception and poster session.

  • March 8, 2018 - Transportation Club: Autonomous Vehicles and Equity - February 26, 2018 At CMU’s Transportation Club, Margaret Edwards and Gaurav Gupte, two Ethics, History, and Public Policy students shared their capstone presentation: a report on autonomous vehicle and transportation equity in Pittsburgh. The larger team of eight students presented their work before the Pittsburgh City Council at the end of 2017. T-SET\'s Chris Hendrickson also talked about Traffic21\'s history and initiatives.

  • March 6, 2018 - Women in Intelligent Transportation Fellow Speaking at National Bike Summit - March 6, 2018 One of T-SET’s Women in Intelligent Transportation’s Fellows, Ngani Ndimbie, spoke on a panel called “Complete Streets in the Age of Automated Vehicles” at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Ndimbie was joined by representatives from BikePGH and Local Motors.

  • March 2, 2018 - Traffic21 Director, Stan Caldwell Featured on Our Region’s Business - March 2, 2018 https://youtu.be/ZNl1Jva37jE

  • February 28, 2018 - Traffic21 Funded Research Published in Elsevier Journal - 2018 UTC Faculty, Sean Qian, with another faculty member from CEE at CMU were published in the Elsevier Journal for their research titled “User-centric interdependent urban systems: Using time-of-day electricity usage data to predict morning roadway congestion”. Check out the full article and the research being funded by CMU’s UTC.

  • February 17, 2018 - Smart Mobility Connection: Safety in Transportation - February 16, 2018 Mobility21’s Smart Mobility Connection featured Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson and UTC researcher Sean Qian, who discussed safety in transportation. Hendrickson discussed the impacts and accomplishments of CMU, and Qian showed the Mobility Data Analytic Center’s Bikeability Score Platform.

  • February 13, 2018 - Researcher Costa Samaras Drone Delivery Emissions Paper Covered by National Media - February 13, 2018 News outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and Wired wrote about UTC researcher Constantine Samaras’ paper, “Energy use and life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of drones for commercial package delivery.” Says Samaras in Wired, “It’s pretty clear that companies are interested in doing this… What’s important is understanding the ways that policy makers could guide the beneficial outcomes now before there are a bunch of drones in the sky delivering packages.” Two of the research paper’s authors also wrote an op-ed for The Conversation that you can read here.

  • February 7, 2018 - USDOT Offers Free Webinar on Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) Project - February 8, 2018 The USDOT will host a webinar discussing T-SET UTC researcher Dr. Steven Smith’s safe intersection crossing project. This was one of six projects awarded contracts by the USDOT for it\'s ATTRI initiative to develop technology prototypes to improve mobility options, particularly for those with disabilities.

  • February 5, 2018 - Traffic21 Founder and Professor Rick Stafford Leads Weekend Course on the Societal Consequences of Autonomous Vehicles at Heinz College - Traffic21 Founder and Professor Rick Stafford Leads Course on the Societal Consequences of Autonomous Vehicles   On February 3rd and 4th, CMU students from a variety of colleges and disciplines gathered to learn about the impact of autonomous vehicles in the City of Pittsburgh. The weekend course was strongly supported by Mobility21 University Transportation Center (UTC) staff and faculty, and well attended by UTC student leadership. [caption id=\"attachment_9087\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"840\"] Shown above: Metro21 Executive Director Rick Stafford[/caption] Over the weekend, students were instructed to prepare a presentation and report to the Mayor on the impacts autonomous vehicles might have on the future of Pittsburgh’s Central Business District (CBD). The final products will be used to inform policy makers on what challenges they will face, and the research that should be done to ensure a sustainable and equitable CBD. Students heard from experts in transportation, disruptive technology, and infrastructure. To prepare for the class, students studied pre-work materials from UTC Director Raj Rajkumar. Speakers throughout the weekend included UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwall, UTC researcher and Director of Mobility Data Analytics Center Sean Qian, and UTC researcher Costas Samaras. Heinz College Alumnus Alex Pazuchanics, a Smart City Challenge leader from the City’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, informed students of challenges specific to the Pittsburgh CBD. [caption id=\"attachment_9088\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"840\"] Shown above: UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell[/caption] Facilitators included former Secretary of the Department of Transportation Al Biehler, and UTC/Mobility21 faculty and Smart City Challenge leader Don Carter. In attendance were four UTC student leaders – Ph.D. students Allanté Whitmore and Matthew Battifrano, and Heinz graduate students Ngani Ndimbie and Amanda Johnson. [caption id=\"attachment_9089\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"840\"] Students hear from experts about the challenges of autonomous vehicles[/caption] Students worked with speakers and facilitators to learn more about the impact of autonomous vehicles, interact with real-world policy makers, and determine policy interventions that may be a model for other mayors and other cities. UTC faculty, staff, and students were integral in this effort in ensuring that Carnegie Mellon students are well-informed about the societal consequences of autonomous vehicles.

  • February 2, 2018 - Smart Mobility Connection: Video Analytics in Transportation - February 2, 2018 UTC researchers Bernardo Pires and Christoph Mertz (shown above) spoke about detecting road objects as part of the Smart Mobility Connection seminar series. Both researchers highlighted the rapidity with which computer vision and machine learning is changing, and the vital role that data plays.

  • January 31, 2018 - Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson mentioned in “Transportation Solutions” - January 30, 2018 Traffic21 director and UTC researcher Chris Hendrickson was recently featured in Pittsburgh Metroguide’s “Transportation Solutions: Making Pittsburgh More Mobile.”  Said Hendrickson, regarding advanced infrastructure deployed by the Traffic21 spinoff Surtrac, “having a city and county be receptive to new technology has really made a difference around Pittsburgh and will make a difference in the future.”

  • January 31, 2018 - National Safety Council Board Receives Rides in CMU’s Autonomous Cadillac - January 30, 2018 On January 30th, UTC’s Raj Rajkumar provided rides in CMU’s autonomous Cadillac to board members of the National Safety Council. The board members, pictured below, also received a tour of CMU’s College of Engineering to learn about how automation and AI can improve road safety.

  • January 30, 2018 - Researcher Erick Guerra featured on WHYY Podcast - January 30, 2018 UTC researcher Erick Guerra of the University of Pennsylvania was featured on a Radio Times podcast titled, “Hands off: our self-driving future.” You can also listen to Erick in a Facebook Live interview by Milenio here.

  • January 17, 2018 - Western Pennsylvania Mobility Showcase - January 4, 2018 University of Pittsburgh, Traffic21 Institute featured a display in theWestern Pennsylvania Mobility Showcase. The Mobility Showcase is a new event created by the City of Pittsburgh’s Mobility and Infrastructure Department, and featured over 20 exhibits.

  • January 17, 2018 - Olivia Mobayed, SEPTA’s Long Range Planning Department - December 2017 Olivia Mobayed – second year master’s student in City and Regional Planning at UPenn, WTS Sylvia Alston Scholarship recipient, and Mobility21 professor Erick Guerra’s advisee – has spent the semester with SEPTA\'s Long Range Planning Department analyzing bicycle access to subway and regional rail stations. By tracking changes in bike ridership and facility improvements, she has identified the next round of stations to receive upgrades on their bicycle parking facilities. Tasker-Morris Station, pictured here in December, saw a 90% increase in bike ridership to the station in just two years with the installation of mezzanine-level bike parking.

  • January 17, 2018 - Field Demonstration of Surtrac Adaptive Traffic Signal - December 18, 2017 Mobility21 Researchers provide a field demonstration of Surtrac adaptive traffic signal research to the Pittsburgh Complete Streets Committee and discuss urban applications of connected and adaptive signals for all modes of transportation. Included in the picture are Dr. Greg Barlow and Dr. Steve Smith of Rapid Flow Technologies.

  • January 17, 2018 - Smart Mobility Connection: Enhancing Mobility - December 1, 2017 T-SET UTC hosted it’s second Smart Mobility Connection on “Enhancing Mobility for People with Disabilities,” featuring UTC researchers Dr. Aaron Steinfeld and Dr. Stephen Smith. Researchers discussed their work in making transit more universal for all users, including handicapped individuals, and demonstrated the powerful impacts of CMU transportation technologies.

  • January 17, 2018 - Three Penn Transportation Students Win Women’s Transportation Seminar Awards - November 30, 2017 A record of three standout PennPlanning students won Women\'s Transportation Seminar (WTS) awards at this year\'s Awards Banquet. The three Penn Transportation Planning students shown above - Olivia Moyabed, Carrie Sauer, and Rachel Finfer - were honored for their dedication to accessible transportation, Vision Zero, safe mobility, and for helping students at the collegiate and high school level connect with transportation. Also pictured is T-SET UTC researcher Dr. Megan Ryerson.

  • January 17, 2018 - Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge - November 17 - 18, 2017 Mobility21 and T-SET UTC\'s Stan Caldwell helped judge the Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge. This year\'s challenge was on \"The Future of Transportation Technology.\" Winners of the challenge are students from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and are shown above.

  • January 17, 2018 - Visit from Mifflin Academy of Science and Technology - November 16, 2017 Members from the Mifflin Academy of Science and Technology and the Mifflin County School District toured CMU\'s NavLab.

  • January 17, 2018 - Annual Sustainability Conference - November 16, 2017 Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson spoke at for the American Society of Engineers’ (ASCE) Annual Sustainability Conference. Chris was joined for a panel on ‘Sustainability and Innovation in the Pittsburgh Region’ by the City of Pittsburgh’s Director of Mobility and Infrastructure Karina Ricks, PennDOT Deputy Secretary of Planning Jim Ritzman, and Michael Baker Senior Vice President Dan Cessna.

  • January 17, 2018 - Open Pittsburgh wirEless Research Accelerator - November 15, 2017 CMU and T-SET UTC hosted the Open Pittsburgh wirEless Research Accelerator (OPERA). OPERA is a proposed advanced wireless testbed, bringing together the public and private sector with academia to deploy advanced at-scale wireless infrastructure to create opportunity for innovation and growth. In the city of bridges, tunnels, valleys and hillsides, \"if you can get wireless technologies to work in Pittsburgh, you\'re done,\" said OPERA Principal Investigator and T-SET UTC Director Raj Rajkumar.

  • January 17, 2018 - Anthony Foxx Speaks at CMU - November 10, 2017 Former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx spoke at CMU in celebration of CMU’s 50 year anniversary weekend. Secretary Foxx discussed trends in transportation, the Smart City Challenge- noting that the best solutions were context-dependent, and ways in which communities can optimize their use of land, transit, and ports. To see more about the event, click here.

  • January 17, 2018 - Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility - November 3, 2017 Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson spoke at the USDOT Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility’s (C2M2) Fall Conference in Clemson, South Carolina to share knowledge between both UTCs. C2M2 is a consortium of higher education and research institutions in South Carolina working toward the vision to create a globally recognized multimodal mobility innovation center for moving people and goods, specializing in connected and autonomous vehicle research.

  • January 8, 2018 - CMU Team wins Greenshield’s Prize - January 2018 T-SET researcher Dr. Sean Qian, Assistant Professor in CMU\'s CEE program Yiming Gu, and Ph.D. student Guohui Zhang won the 2017 Greenshields Prize at the TRB Annual Conference for their paper, \"Traffic State Estimation for Urban Road Networks Using a Link Queue Model.\" The Greenshields prize, honoring Dr. Bruce D. Greenshields, is awarded to the best paper submitted through the TRB Annual Meeting paper submission process that bases sound theory on rigorous empirical analysis and has practical applications or implications.

  • January 7, 2018 - TRB Students of the Year - January 6, 2018 T-SET UTC students, Max Li of the University of Pennsylvania and Amanda Johnson of Carnegie Mellon University, won the U.S. DOT\'s Outstanding Student of the Year Awards. They were recognized for their achievements and accomplishments in the field of transportation during the Council of University Transportation Centers Banquet during the annual winter meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

  • January 7, 2018 - Research Assistant Represents UTC at TRB War Games - January 7, 2018 At the 2018 Transportation Research Board Conference, the first ever \'War Games\' was held to bring together all types of transportation professionals and develop and understanding on potential trends and scenarios arising as new technologies come to market. CMU\'s UTC was represented by Mobility21 research assistant Amanda Johnson who participated on the Department of Transportation team, along with nine others from across the country.

  • January 7, 2018 - Amanda Johnson Participates in TRB War Game - January 7, 2018 The 2018 TRB Annual Meeting hosted its first Strategic War Game, and a video has been released to summarize this year\'s event. War games are fast-paced simulations involving teams that represent a market or customer, a set of competitors, and a series of other uncontrollable factors or entities. Amanda Johnson, student researcher for Traffic21 participated in this year’s event, saying it was “…a real fast paced high intensity exciting brainstorming opportunity that generated new and exciting ideas.”  Click here to view the video:  Video: Strategic War Games at the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting.

  • November 3, 2017 - Intelligent Transportation Society World Congress 2017 - The Intelligent Transportation Society hosted its World Congress 2017 in Montréal from October 29th to November 2nd. Stan Caldwell, Executive Director at Traffic21 Institute, participated in a panel discussion on the SMART Belt Coalition, a multi-state collaboration, and infrastructure challenges and opportunities. Several CMU students and faculty also participated: Adam Mistick (pictured above), MS candidate for Information Security Policy and management, presented his research on Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Autonomous Vehicle Development, CMU-Silicon Valley Professor Dr. Bob Iannucci, presented three papers related to Smart Cities and was joined by CMU students Samarth Mathur and Ashotosh Tadkase, both MS candidates for Environmental and Civil Engineering. Dr. Iannucci and his students\' papers grew from a UTC T-SET funded project.

  • November 3, 2017 - Smart Mobility Challenge - Awardees of the Smart Mobility Challenge, Alexandre Jacquillat, Bernardo R. Pires, and Sean Qian, spoke to CMU students about how innovative technology can improve mobility. This was the first events of the new Smart Mobility Connection forum, a bi-weekly series to connect faculty and students interested in transportation.

  • October 23, 2017 - Women in Transportation & Government Seminar - Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Leslie S. Richards, and Traffic21 and Mobility21’s Courtney Ehrlichman joined Heinz students for the Women in Transportation & Government panel discussion. Both women shared personal stories on how they found themselves in leadership roles in transportation, and the barriers they overcame. The discussion was moderated by Melanie Harrington, President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh.

  • October 23, 2017 - Heinz College and PennDOT Coordinated Facebook Live Interview - Traffic21 research assistant Amanda Johnson, and Women in Intelligent Transportation fellow Ngani Ndimbie were joined by Secretary Leslie S. Richards for a Heinz College and PennDOT coordinated Facebook Live interview. Both Heinz students discussed with the Secretary their internships at PennDOT over the summer, and the importance of increasing diversity in government. Amanda and Ngani are both in their second year at Heinz studying Public Policy and Management.

  • October 20, 2017 - Traffic21 UTC researchers Srinivasa Narasimhan and Robert Tamburo win the 3Rivers Venture Fair, for their Smart Headlight project - https://twitter.com/Traffic21_TSET/status/1009431556182761474  

  • October 13, 2017 - Distinguished Speaker Series: Professor R. Jayakrishnan - Professor R. Jayakrishnan from the University of California-Irvine presented his research on collaborative consumption in transportation as the first 2017-2018 Distinguished speaker. Professor Jayakrishnan’s presentation “User-Driven Service Order Adjustment for Efficiency in Collaborative Consumption of Transportation Supply,” suggested that a paradigm-shift in transportation, initiated by more peer-to-peer communication, presents a new opportunity for users to consume with more complete information and greater satisfaction. The Distinguished Speaker series is made possible by CMU’s Traffic21, Mobility21, and T-SET UTC.

  • October 13, 2017 - 2017 Women in Transportation RISS Intern - Stephanie Milani was this summer\'s Women in Transportation Robotics Institute Summer Scholar (RISS) intern, with funding from Mobility21. The Riss program is an eleven-week research program that allows undergraduate students to work on cutting-edge robotics projects in one of the top robotics for undergraduate programs in the world. Stephanie is currently a junior at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, and is studying Computer Science and Psychology. Read more about Stephanie\'s RISS experience here.

  • October 10, 2017 - Transportation Engineering Conference - Traffic21 and T-SET UTC\'s Stan Caldwell spoke at the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference in Columbus Ohio. Caldwell participated in a panel on the Smart Belt Coalition, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between transportation and academic partners from Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania that seeks to enhance emerging technologies across state lines.

  • October 6, 2017 - University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson Engineering Seminar Series - T-SET UTC researcher Zhen (Sean) Qian presented \"Statistical Interference of Probalistic Origin-Destination Demand Using Day-to-Day Traffic Data\" at the University of Pittsburgh\'s Swanson engineering seminar series. Qian\'s research involves developing a novel theoretical framework for estimating the mean and variance matrix of O-D demand considering the day-to-day variation induced by travelers\' independent route choices.

  • October 6, 2017 - UTC’s New Diversity Fellow - Traffic21 welcomes its new Diversity Fellow, Allanté Whitmore. Whitmore is excited to finally be at Carnegie Mellon, where she says thirst for knowledge is encouraged and the interdisciplinary culture is powerful. While she’s a veteran to the field of engineering, she’s taking her first swing at public policy.

  • October 6, 2017 - Chris Hendrickson Attends Odyssey Day - T-SET researcher Chris Hendrickson attended Odyssey Day in Oakdale, hosted by Pittsburgh Regional Clean Cities and the Community College of Allegheny County, a consortium member of CMU’s UTC for Improving Mobility. Odyssey day is an annual event that focuses on leading edge research promoting alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. Activities included Ride-n-Drives, vehicles displays of a Chevy BOLT and Chrysler Pacifica, workshops, demonstrations of mobile refueling and electric boom lift, panel discussions and more.

  • October 6, 2017 - Mobility Lab’s symposium, “Autonomous Vehicles” - Traffic21 and T-SET UTC’s Courtney Ehrlichman attended Mobility Lab’s Symposium, “Autonomous Vehicles: Planning Impacts on Cities and Regions” in Washington D.C. The symposium, convened by the American Planning Association, National League of Cities, Eno Transportation Center, and others, included panel discussions and scenario-base planning to set the direction for future research and education to prepare cities and regions for new technologies.

  • October 4, 2017 - UTC’s Chris Hendrickson Presents to Fellow UTC - Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson presented as a distinguished speaker at a transportation seminar held by the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Hendrickson presented CMU\'s research efforts in \'transformational transportation technologies\' supported by Traffic21 and related University Transportation Centers. His presentation is available here.

  • October 3, 2017 - Transportation Research Board’s Future Interstate Study - Traffic21 and T-SET UTC congratulate Chris Hendrickson for his role in the Transportation Research Board\'s Future Interstate Study. Hendrickson is one of fourteen committee members- experts in transportation research, planning, and policy, who will play an integral role in revisioning our interstate system. Over the course of 30 months, members will hear from key stakeholder groups and compile a comprehensive final report. To get updates about the Future Interstate Study, let the committee know by e-mailing interstate@nas.edu.

  • June 1, 2017 - UTC Faculty Sean Qian Published in Elsevier Journal Transportation Research - June 1, 2017 The Elsevier Journal published UTC Faculty, Sean Qian and another CMU researcher in their Transportation Research for their research into a theoretical approach to identify optimal traffic routing strategy for managing transportation systems. Read the full article titled “A stochastic optimal control approach for real-time traffic routing considering demand uncertainties and travelers’ choice heterogeneity.”

  • May 30, 2017 - UTC Faculty Published in Elsevier Journal for Work with Lane Management Models for AV - May 30, 2017 Infrastructure will have to adapt to connected and autonomous vehicles. UTC Faculty, Sean Qian and a team were published in Elsevier Journal for a model can serve as a useful decision tool for near future CAV lane management. Read the full article titled “A mixed traffic capacity analysis and lane management model for connected automated vehicles: A Markov chain method”

  • May 14, 2017 - UTC Faculty Published for work with Statistical Traffic Assignment - May 14, 2017 Static traffic assignments play an important role in roadway operations and planning. UTC Faculty Sean Qian was published in the Elsevier Journal’s Transportation Research for his work titled ‘On the variance of recurrent traffic flow for statistical traffic assignment” Read the full article.

  • February 27, 2017 - UTC Faculty and Team Published in Elsevier Journal for Meter Data Research - February 28, 2017 UTC Faculty Sean Qian and another CMU Faculty member from CEE were published in the Elsevier Journal’s Transportation Research on estimating on-street time-varying parking. Read the full article titled “Turning meter transactions data into occupancy and payment behavioral information for on-street parking.”

  • January 28, 2017 - UTC Faculty Published for Research on Fare Policies - 2017 Have you ever wondered if fare policies on public transit effect dwell time? UTC Faculty Sean Qian used Pittsburgh as a case study to answer the question. Read the full article “Effect of Fare Policies on Dwell Time” to learn more.

  • July 1, 2016 - UTC Faculty Published in Elsevier Journal - July, 2016 UTC Faculty Sean Qian and Costa Samaras were published in the Elsevier Journal’s Transportation Research for their research on Effectiveness of incentives on electric vehicle adoption in Norway. To learn how effective Norway adopted electric vehicles, Read the Full Article.

  • February 21, 2016 - UTC Faculty Sean Qian Published in Elsevier Journal - February 21, 2016 UTC Faculty and Director of the Data Mobility Center, Sean Qian, was published in the Elsevier Journal’s Transportation Research for his work with Real-time traffic incident detectionusing social media data. To learn how we can use social media to predict traffic, read the full article.

  • February 16, 2016 - UTC Faculty Sean Qian Published in Elsevier Journal - February 16, 2016 UTC Faculty Sean Qian, was published in the Elsevier Journal’s Accident Analysis and Prevention for his work with investigating driver injury severity patterns in rollover crashes using support vector machine models. To learn more about this research, read the full article.