Kim Lucas Justice & Tech

Metro21 Kicks Off Justice and Technology Seminar Series

September 22nd, 2021

September 22, 2021

Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman moderated the first of three Justice & Technology Seminars which featured Lilian Coral of Knight Foundation, Kim Davis of City of Pittsburgh DOMI, Rayid Ghani of Carnegie Mellon University, and Marimba Milliones of Hill District CDC.

This seminar series will provide an opportunity for researchers and community stakeholders to openly discuss issues with technology and justice and find opportunities to collaborate on advancing justice. The series is sponsored by the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute in cooperation with Traffic21 Institute.  Watch the inaugural seminar here.

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Representative Davis Tours Mobility21 Research Lab

September 15th, 2021

September 15, 2021

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

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Freight 2030 Initiative Comes to Carnegie Mellon University

September 10th, 2021

September 10, 2021

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


CMU Now Listed as U.S. DOT Conformant Repository

August 12th, 2021

August 11, 2021

KiltHub, a platform provided by the University Libraries that collects, preserves and provides global access to CMU’s research, has been approved as a United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) Conformant Repository.

“It sets CMU apart as one of only a handful of universities whose repositories are part of this elite group,” said Lisa Kay Schweyer, program manager of the Traffic21 InstituteMobility21 and CMU National University Transportation Centers. “It also gives our faculty access to the KiltHub staff, who can support them in their archiving and preservation tasks.”

Read the full story here.

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Pittsburgh Mobility Collective Launches Move PGH

July 9th, 2021

July 9, 2021

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

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NSF Concludes Stage 1 of the Civic Innovation Challenge Event with Project Showcase

June 25th, 2021

June 25, 2021

As Stage 1 winners of the National Science Foundation’s Civic Innovation Challenge, two Mobility21 UTC researchers were featured in the closing event film festival:

PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian

PennDOT Holds Inaugural UAS Task Force Meeting

June 21st, 2021

June 21, 2021

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

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Research Recap: Using Municipal Vehicles as Sensor Platforms to Monitor the Health and Performance of the Traffic Control System

June 8th, 2021

June 8, 2021

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for project “Using Municipal Vehicles as Sensor Platforms to Monitor the Health and Performance of the Traffic Control System.”  The recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report.

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Traffic21 Director Contributes to Publication, Later Cited in NY Times Op-Ed

June 8th, 2021

June 8, 2021

Traffic21 Director and Mobility21 researcher, Chris Hendrickson, serves on The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States:  Technology, Policy, and Societal Dimensions.  In February 2021, the committee contributed to the Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States Technology Policy and Societal Dimensions | National Academies.

On June 8, this publication was cited in the NY Times op-ed, Opinion | To Fight Climate Change, Replace Fossil Fuels at Home and Work – The New York Times (

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