• 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.

  • 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.