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

June 25 th, 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:

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PennDOT Holds Inaugural UAS Task Force Meeting

June 21 st, 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 8 th, 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 8 th, 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 (nytimes.com).

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Traffic21 Director Presents Keynote at 2021 NSF Cyber-Physical Systems Principal Investigators’ Meeting

June 3 rd, 2021

June 3, 2021

Traffic21 Director Raj Rajkumar presented the keynote, “Are Autonomous Vehicles A Grand Challenge for CPS or AI?” at today’s 2021 NSF Cyber-Physical Systems Principal Investigators’ Meeting.

“Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have garnered immense interest and investments over the past 14 years, but practical deployments still do not seem viable in the near future. Did anything go wrong? From its very origins in the late 2000’s, the cyber-physical systems community has deemed AVs as a grand challenge. Meanwhile, thanks to remarkable advances in machine learning since the early 2010’s, the AI community has also been targeting AVs as a poster child to measure its progress and considers AV as an AI problem to be solved. This talk will provide a synopsis of the speaker’s work on AVs and the current state of the art. In order to stimulate a larger debate, the talk will then delve into where AI can and does contribute, and where the CPS community must continue to play a significant role. Research questions that can and must be addressed by the CPS community will be posed.”


Mobility21 UTC Researchers Invent Software for EV Battery Charging

May 20 th, 2021

May 20, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan, along with his colleagues at CMU, have invented the first software, INCEPTS, that can predict the charge of electric vehicles in different geographic and climate conditions to improve location of charging stations.  Learn more here.


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UTC Researcher Destenie Nock Awarded Wimmer Faculty Fellowship

April 27 th, 2021

April 27, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Destenie Nock has been awarded the 2021-22 Wimmer Faculty Fellow Award to evaluate how social justice based active learning activities can impact student learning.

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Third Annual National Mobility Summit Held

April 19 th, 2021

April 19, 2019

The Third Annual National Mobility Summit was held on April 15, 2021. The National Mobility Summit is an opportunity for US DOT University Transportation Centers to come together to discuss the real-world problems, opportunities and innovations in today’s transportation landscape.   Over 200 people registered for this event.   Find more information about the National Mobility Summit here:  https://mobility21.cmu.edu/events/the-national-mobility-summit/the-national-mobility-summit-2021/.

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CCAC Students Meet to Discuss Transportation Development

April 16 th, 2021

April 16, 2021

Students from Community College of Allegheny County,  Mobility21 UTC academic partner, met at the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education facility and engaged in a discussion about the changes in the automotive field, such as ADAS systems and the need to understand sensing technology, and the various other employment opportunities within ITS.

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