Mobility21 Researchers Costa Samaras and Raj Rajkumar consulted in national media for reactions of the NTSB Uber Crash Initial Report

May 24 th, 2018

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

CCAC is training technicians and shop owners on the benefits of propane powered vehicles

May 23 rd, 2018

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.

Modeling the World Systems

Director of CMU’s Mobility21 National University Transportation Center Discusses Urban Modeling at the Modeling the World’s Systems Conference

May 21 st, 2018

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.

“RoadBotics” Receives ASCE’s Overall Greatest Impact Award

May 17 th, 2018

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.

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell Moderated the ITS America Smart Cities/Smart State Roundtable

May 15 th, 2018

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

UTC researcher, Scott Matthews, presented twice during the Inspection and Maintenance Solutions conference

May 7 th, 2018

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.

Smart Mobility Connection: Dan Klinedinst

May 4 th, 2018

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.

UTC Funded Researchers Published in Frontiers in Built Environment

May 3 rd, 2018

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.

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Speaks at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst

May 2 nd, 2018

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.

Students in Methods of Policy Analysis Class shared their “Spatial Mismatch” Research

May 1 st, 2018

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.

Traffic21 Fellow Ngani Ndimbie Assisting with City Bike Plan

April 30 th, 2018

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.

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