Destenie Nock Explains Energy Justice

Dr. Destenie Nock Explains Energy Justice in a Recent NSF-Funded Video

August 1 st, 2022

August 1, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Destenie Nock explains energy justice in a new video, funded by the National Science Foundation.  The video covers three types of energy justice (distributional, procedural, and recognitional). Reaching energy justice requires achieving equity in the distribution of costs and benefits, the social and economic participation in the energy system, as well as remediating social, economic, and health burdens on vulnerable groups which have been disproportionately harmed by the energy system. Watch the full video here.

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PA STIC Meeting Held in Harrisburg

July 27 th, 2022

July 27, 2022

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Mobility21 Advisory Council member,  Secretary Yassmin Gramian welcomed State Transportation Innovation Council  members, including Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell, to Harrisburg for the first in person meeting since the pandemic and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s award winning STIC.


Traffic21 Faculty Director Participates in the National Research Council’s workshop on Pathways for a Just Transition

July 27 th, 2022

July 26-27, 2022

Traffic21 faculty director and Mobility21 researcher Chris Hendrickson participated in the National Research Council‘s workshop on Pathways for a Just Transition on July 26 and the Accelerating Deep Decarbonization in the US Committee meeting on July 27 in Washington DC.

Pingbo Tang

Mobility21 UTC Research is Awarded the Philip and Marsha Dowd Fellowship

July 26 th, 2022

July 26, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and CMU College of Civil & Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Pingbo Tang was recently awarded the Philip and Marsha Dowd Fellowship, which is awarded to a faculty member in engineering to recognize educational contributions and to encourage the undertaking of an educational project.


Professor Steve Smith Named President Elect of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

July 20 th, 2022

July 20, 2022

Mobility21 UTC research and CMU Robotics Institute Professor Steve Smith has been named President Elect for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines.  He will complete his term as President Elect and begin duties as President in 2024.

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Mobility21 Director & Researchers Present at Summer Engineering Experience

July 18 th, 2022

July 18, 2022

Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar presented “Connected and Autonomous Vehicles” to a group of high school students who are attending this year’s Summer Engineering Experience (SEE) program.

Other UTC researchers who presented included Christoph Mertz, who presented his “Bus on the Edge” project and Pingbo Tang, who provided students with an opportunity to engage in an advanced infrastructure lab activity with bridges, as well as an air traffic control presentation.

The SEE program features a combination of lectures, group worktime, independent making activities, and facilitated special projects where students explore engineering and transportation in a variety of disciplines.

Work Zone

Mobility21 UTC Researchers Analyze Impact of Work Zones on Automotive Accidents

July 15 th, 2022

July 15, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researchers Burcu Akinci and Sean Qian, along with CMU Civil & Environmental Ph.D. student Zhuoran Zhang,  have created a work zone safety analysis model that proves the causal relationship between work zones and increased car crashes.

“Causal models are crucial for improving road safety around work zones because they help us identify and analyze the various factors that impact risk in each scenario,” said Akinci, head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Read the full article here.

IEEE AV Racing

IEEE Publishes University of Pennsylvania Paper on Autonomous Vehicle Racing

July 5 th, 2022

July 5, 2022

Mobility21 academic partner University of Pennsylvania Professor Rahul Mangharam and Johannes Betz, along with Hongrui Zheng, Alexander Liniger, Ugo Rosolia, Phillip Karle, Madhur Behl and Venkat Krovi co-authored a paper published by IEEE titled “Autonomous Vehicles on the Edge: A Survey on Autonomous Vehicle Racing,” which represents the first holistic survey that covers the research in the field of autonomous racing.

Chris Hendrickson

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Writes Decarbonization Editorial for ASCE

July 1 st, 2022

July 1, 2022

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson authored an editorial for the American Society of Civil Engineers in the Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems titled “Deep Decarbonization and Transportation Engineering.”  Read the editorial here.

Destenie Nock NEUEC Conference

NEUAC Annual Conference Welcomes Dr. Destenie Nock

July 1 st, 2022

July 1, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Destenie Nock was welcomed at the NEUAC Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA to give a talk on “Identifying Multiple Forms of Energy Poverty: Energy Burden and Energy Deficits” alongside co-speakers Luling Huang and Shuchen Cong to explain the concepts of energy burden and energy poverty and how they are influenced by the end user behavior.

PA Rural Robotics Initiative

Innovative Institute for Tomorrow Gets New Home at “The Franklin”

June 24 th, 2022

June 24, 2022

Mobility21 Deployment Partner Consortium Member PA Rural Robotics Initiative and its Executive Director Tim Heffernan have gotten a new space for their Innovative Institute for Tomorrow for STEM activities at “The Franklin,” an old vacant hotel and event venue.  The institute also received multiple high level prestigious grants to further programming, including PA smart grants from the PA Department of Education and Carnegie Mellon University.  Read the full article here.

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