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Mobility21 Fall Semester Smart Mobility Connection Series Kicks Off with Presentation by Dr. Constantine Samaras and Allante’ Whitmore

August 30th, 2021

August 30, 2021

We are excited for the start of a new fall semester.  Please join us for the return of the Smart Mobility Connection (SMC) seminar series!

Friday, September 10, 2021 from Noon-1:00pm (eastern), hear Allanté Whitmore and Constantine Samaras speak on their project, Opportunities for Shared Autonomous Mobility Technology in Public Transit Systems to Improve Equitable Transit Coverage.

As automated transportation technology advances, public transit agencies are considering how automated vehicles can compete or complement existing transit systems as well as the subsequent impacts to transit equity. Capital and operating costs for automated vehicles managed by public transit agencies are uncertain since few deployments have occurred to date.

Their work identifies unmet transit service needs based on transit dependence and sociodemographic information, then performs a cost analysis on the operation of shared autonomous vehicles  and autonomous shuttles as a part of a public transit system. They explore  autonomous vehicle transit service across three transit systems in U.S. cities: New York City, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. By comparing transit systems in different cities they reveal transit demand conditions most suitable for a cost-efficient and complementary service for shared automated mobility to improve equity and access.

To register for the September 10 SMC, click here.

Smart Mobility Connection seminar series:  As the nature of transportation continues to evolve, Carnegie Mellon University has students and faculty conducting transportation related research in data analytics, robotics, public policy, engineering, architecture and design, and more.  Since not all of these efforts are co-located in the same building, or even the same department, there was a need to help building a “community space” to bring together people interested in transportation on CMU’s campus.  This was the impetus for Mobility21’s launching of the SMC  One of the University Transportation Center  faculty is featured at each hour long session; half of the time is reserved for questions and answers as well as networking.
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Traffic21/Mobility21 Advising Heinz College Capstone Projects

August 27th, 2021

August 27, 2021

Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer will serve as advisors for Heinz College student capstone projects throughout the fall 2021 semester.  The students engage in semester long capstone projects to apply coursework to real world scenarios.  Stan will work with students engaged with Daimler Trucks North America on the Departure of the Autonomous Truck and Lisa Kay will work with students engaged with Smart Cities, US Ignite, Fort Carson and the City of Colorado Springs.

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Research Recap: Driving Low-Income Mothers to Greater Success: The Impact of Ridehailing on Income and Employment

August 19th, 2021

August 12, 2021

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for project “Driving Low-Income Mothers to Greater Success: The Impact of Ridehailing on Income and Employment. 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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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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Mobility21 Updates CMU Transportation-Related Coursework Listing

August 12th, 2021

August 12, 2021

Mobility21 provides a comprehensive list of transportation-related courses offered by Carnegie Mellon University … check out the updated listing for the fall 2021 semester.  Find the list of courses offered for the current and past semesters here.

Henry Posner III

Rail-Based Mass Transit a Possibility in the Future

August 11th, 2021

August 11, 2021

Pop-Up Metro, a battery-powered, modular train that can be inserted onto existing infrastructure is a rail-based mass transit system in the United States was developed by Henry Posner III, adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  Henry is also the chairman of Railroad Development Corporation, a Mobility21 deployment partner.  Read the full article here.

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Mobility21 Research Project “Joint Optimization of School Bus Routes and Last-Mile” by Peter Zhang Highlighted in TRB Newsletter

August 11th, 2021

August 11, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Peter Zhang’s research project, “Joint Optimization of School Bus Routes and Last-Mile Services was highlighted in this week’s Transportation Research Board’s newsletter in the University Research News section.   Read the newsletter here.

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Research Recap: Real World Data-Driven Characterization of Urban Human Mobility Patterns

August 5th, 2021

August 5, 2021

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for project “Real World Data-Driven Characterization of Urban Human Mobility Patterns. 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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New National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes Named

August 3rd, 2021

August 3, 2021

“Carnegie Mellon University researchers will contribute to four of the 11 new National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes announced today by the National Science Foundation.”  Mobility21 UTC researchers Jodi Forlizzi and Aaron Steinfeld are involved in one of these institutes, AI-CARING (focused on assisting in the care of the elderly by seeking to understand and manage the interaction between humans and AI agents).  Learn more here.

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Mobility21 Research Project “Accessibility with GetGoing” Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter

August 3rd, 2021

August 3, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researchers Maxine Eskenazi, Alan Black and Yulan Feng’s research project, “Accessibility with GetGoing was highlighted in this week’s Transportation Research Board’s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

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TRB TDM Committee Held Mid-Year Meeting

August 1st, 2021

August 1, 2021

The TRB TDM Committee held its mid-year meeting today.  The group reviewed the committee’s mission and its draft strategic plan.  Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager, was added to the committee membership earlier this year and this was her first meeting as a member.

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