Researcher Costa Samaras Drone Delivery Emissions Paper Covered by National Media

February 13 th, 2018

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.

USDOT Offers Free Webinar on Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) Project

February 7 th, 2018

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.

Smart Mobility Connection: Video Analytics in Transportation

February 2 nd, 2018

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.

Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson mentioned in “Transportation Solutions”

January 31 st, 2018

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.”

National Safety Council Board Receives Rides in CMU’s Autonomous Cadillac

January 31 st, 2018

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.

Researcher Erick Guerra featured on WHYY Podcast

January 30 th, 2018

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.

Western Pennsylvania Mobility Showcase

January 17 th, 2018

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.

Olivia Mobayed, SEPTA’s Long Range Planning Department

January 17 th, 2018

December 2017

Olivia Mobayed – second year master’s student in City and Regional Planning at UPennWTS 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.

Field Demonstration of Surtrac Adaptive Traffic Signal

January 17 th, 2018

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.

Smart Mobility Connection: Enhancing Mobility

January 17 th, 2018

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.

Three Penn Transportation Students Win Women’s Transportation Seminar Awards

January 17 th, 2018

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.

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