2022 CUTC Summer Meeting

Council of University Transportation Center’s Annual Meeting

June 17 th, 2022

June 15 – 17, 2022

Held earlier this week, the Annual Council of University Transportation Center‘s  summer meeting brought together the nation’s leading transportation professionals from academia and industry along with U.S. DOT and other transportation agency officials.  Raj Rajkumar, Director, Stan Caldwell, Executive Director and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of Mobility21 participated in the meeting.

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Appointed to IIJA Study on Impacts of AVs

May 4 th, 2022

May 4, 2022

As part of the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act, Congress directed the Federal Highway Administration to conduct a study of the impacts of Automated Driving Systems (ADS) in consultation with a defined expert panel.  Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was appointed to this panel as a representative from academia and participated in the initial panel discussion today focused on ADS impacts on the roadway infrastructure.

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Traffic21 Institute Launches New Donor Fund       

April 29 th, 2022

April 29, 2022

The Director of the Traffic21 Institute, Chris Hendrickson is excited to announce the establishment of a new donor fund at Carnegie Mellon University to support the work at Traffic21.  “Since 2009, we have conducted research and partnered with the community and industry partners to produce mobility solutions that improve safety, equity and efficiency of transportation systems.  The real world impacts include applications of artificial intelligence helping feed kids during COVID, improvements to traffic signals which reduce emissions from vehicles and smooths motorists travel, and tools that save municipalities money on roadway maintenance.”

The Traffic21 Fund will help support the initiatives  including student education, workforce development,  research deployment, and technology transfer.  Stan Caldwell, Traffic21  Executive Director has helped several researchers transfer their work  into new products, services and companies.  “We are preparing the current and future workforce from high school students to Ph.Ds. with the tools they need to manage emerging transportation technologies.  In addition, we have supported researchers in spinning off seven companies who employ workers and support economic development in our region.”

We invite you to be part of the inaugural donor cohort supporting our work.  We will be recognizing this inaugural group of donors at our fall Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium in the fall of 2022.

All gifts made through this fund are fully tax-deductible.  Consider making your gift today, https://mobility21.cmu.edu/welcome-to-the-traffic21-fund-page/.

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Burcu Akinci Named Head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

April 12 th, 2022

April 12, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Burcu Akinci, Paul Christiano professor and leading researcher in the field of data-driven approaches to construction and infrastructure, has been named the next Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.  Read the full story here.

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

March 21 st, 2022

March 21, 2022

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

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

Access the forum recording here.

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Mobility21 Director Joins Insight LiDAR’s Technical Advisory Board

March 15 th, 2022

March 15, 2022

Mobility21 UTC  Director Raj Rajkumar has been named to Insight LiDAR‘s Technical Advisory Board to support their development of next-generation, long-range FMCW LiDAR for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and the Autonomous Vehicles market.  Read the full story here.

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SXSW Panel on Driving AV Technology Forward for Citizens

March 14 th, 2022

March 14, 2022

Mobility21 UTC Director Raj Rajkumar participated in the South by Southwest conference, along with Mobility21 Advisory Council member Yassmin Gramian, PennDOT Secretary of Transportation, Courtney Ehrlichman of Panasonic Smart Mobility, and Andrew Woelfling of Argo AI to discuss “Driving AV Technology Forward for Citizens.”

The panel highlighted how the public, private, and academic sectors in Pennsylvania are working together to grow the autonomy industry safely in the state.

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Transportation Club Hosts Annual Career Panel

February 25 th, 2022

February 25, 2022

The Transportation Club hosted its annual “Careers in Transportation” panel discussion, moderated by Jocelyn Malik of Heinz College, with panelists joining from the public and private sector including:

Students from different different colleges within CMU attended to learn how each panelist paved their career path, projects that keep them engaged, and potential opportunities for young professionals in the transportation sector.

Several key themes within transportation caught the audience’s attention and were the subject of the question and answer session, including the on-time public transit performance, bus scheduling, sustainable transportation, growing autonomous vehicles industry and environmental frameworks for transportation infrastructure.

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