2019 Tech 50 Finalists

July 29th, 2019

July 29, 2019

The Pittsburgh Technology Council initiative, Tech 50, is an awards program that honors and recognizes the top-fifty member companies of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, across technology-focused industries – and Mobility21 is having an impact. Rapid Flow Technologies, a spin-off of CMU, utilizing Surtrac technology that was funded by Mobility21 is nominee for Start-up of the Year. Additionally, Mark DeSantis, CEO of RoadBotics has been nominated has CEO of the Year. RoadBotics spun-out of CMU with technology that predicts potholes and other flaws in infrastructure though smartphones and artificial intelligence.

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CMU Student Noel Lau Awarded APTA Scholarship

July 26th, 2019

July 26, 2019

CMU Civil Engineering graduate student, Noel Lau was awarded an American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) scholarship. As part of the award, Noel will attend the national APTA conference in October, where she will have the opportunity to attend workshops and sessions as well as meet with industry professionals from across the country.

Students Present Research on Forbes Avenue Reconfiguration

July 26th, 2019

July 26, 2019

Students advised by Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21 and UTC Faculty, were featured in a poster session that highlighted the work the students have been doing on the Forbes Avenue reconfiguration. Their research included topics like air quality, bus ridership, speed and multi-vehicle detection.

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Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Mobility21 UTC, Participates at PennDOT STIC Meeting

July 17th, 2019

July 17, 2019

Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, is a member of the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC).  The STIC meets three times each year in Harrisburg so members can provide feedback on innovations in development, approve Innovation Development Summaries and Deployment Plans, and receive updates on STIC activities, including communication and outreach efforts.

Mobility21 Students Attend Automated Vehicle Symposium

July 15th, 2019

July 15 – 18, 2019

Throughout the week in Orlando, Florida, more than 1,800 leading researchers, regulators, technologists and decision makers converged to discuss the future of automated vehicles. Keynote speakers included Carnegie Mellon alumni and Aurora founder, Dr. Chris Urmson. Also participating in the event were Mobility21 supported PhD students, Allante’ Whitmore and Jake Ward.  The students represented Mobility21 research and development as well as collaborated with industry leaders on the future of mobility.

DJI visits CMU for RI Summer Scholars event

July 11th, 2019

July 11-12, 2019

DJI, a leader in commercial and civilian drone industry, visited CMU as part of the RI Summer Scholars (RISS) event program. DGI’s time on campus included meeting with leaders in robotics at CMU, providing attendees with demonstrations of their drones, and a drone flying contest for RISS students.  Mobility21 program manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, attended the event with PA Rural Robotics Initiative Director, Tim Heffernan.


Chris Hendrickson, Director of CMU’s Traffic21 Institute, Shares Know-how with Other Researchers

July 9th, 2019

July 2019

Chris Hendrickson, Director of CMU’s Traffic21 Institute and Larry Rilett, Professor of Civil Engineering, at the Univ. of Nebraska share their know-how with other researchers in the article “What Papers Does the Journal of Transportation Engineering Want?” Read the article here: Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems / Volume 145 Issue 9 – September 2019.


Mobility21 UTC Researchers Present their Work at The 19th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals

July 8th, 2019

July 8, 2019

Mobility21 UTC researchers presented their work at the 19th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals, Transportation in China 2025: Connecting the World, held July 5th – July 8th, 2019 at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.  Dr. Sean Qian, Associate Professor, led a session on “A General Formulation for Multi-modal Dynamic Traffic Assignment Considering Multi-class Vehicles, Public Transit and Parking.” Dr. Scott Matthews, Professor, presented on the “Use of Connected Vehicle Technologies for Monitoring Passenger Vehicle Emissions.”

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team won first place in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

July 5th, 2019

May 22, 2019

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team won first place in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year One Competition. This is the sixth consecutive year that Ohio State won an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition. The competition is headline sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and Mathworks, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory. Ohio State EcoCAR scored 887 out of 1,000 overall points. In addition to the firstplace overall finish, the team also won eight other awards including first place for its final technical report, its target market presentation, and its controls, systems modeling and simulation presentation. Learn more here. 

SURTRAC Featured in Ethical Corporation Magazine

July 5th, 2019

July 2019

Mobility21 funded research Scalable Urban Traffic Control (Surtrac) was featured in the July edition of Ethical Corporation Magazine. The article describes how cities like Pittsburgh are using the technology to improve vehicle flow, reduce engine idling and cut carbon emissions. Read the full article (starting on page 13).  


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