Distinguished Speaker Series: Raj Kapoor of Lyft

April 22nd, 2018

April 19, 2018

Chief Strategy Officer of Lyft and Head of Business for Lyft’s self-driving division, Raj Kapoor, spoke to CMU students about the “Future of Transportation.” Kapoor discussed Lyft’s expectations and plans for the electric, self-driving, and shared future as well as the impact to cities and the auto industry.

Societal Consequences of Autonomous Vehicles Class Presents Findings to City

April 10th, 2018

April 10, 2018

The Heinz weekend course taught by Metro21 Director Rick Stafford, Societal Consequences of Technological Change: Autonomous Vehicles in the Central Business District, presented a summary of students’ findings to City officials and the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Recommendations to the City included curb mapping, a use tax on transportation network companies, and deploying an autonomous electric shuttle, among others.

Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson and Ngani Ndimbie Participate in Sustainability Week Panel Discussion

April 7th, 2018

April 7, 2018

On Saturday morning, T-SET UTC’s Chris Hendrickson & Ngani Ndimbie spoke at the Transit and Equity panel for CMU’s Sustainability Weekend. They were joined by 4 other panelists to discuss the current state of mobility in Pittsburgh, particularly for those with accessibility or socioeconomic challenges.

OSU Researcher Umit Ozguner Speaks at Technology Summit

April 5th, 2018

April 5, 2018

Researcher Umit Ozguner from T-SET partner Ohio State University spoke as an expert at the Technology Summit in Istanbul, held by Trucell and attended by over 2,500 organizations. Ozguner spoke about current 5G technologies and its role in smart transportation systems. Read more Summit here.

Researcher Sean Qian Speaks to Chi Epsilon

April 4th, 2018

April 4, 2018

UTC researcher and CMU professor Sean Qian spoke to the CMU Civil Engineering Honor Society Chi Epsilon about data analytics and optimization. The presentation and discussion focused on using tools such as behavioral economics, software development, life cycle assessment, policy, and others to optimize transportation networks.

Smart Mobility Connection: Security of Electric, Hybrid, and AV Battery Systems

March 30th, 2018

March 30, 2018

UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan talked to students at Heinz College about the safety and security of electric vehicles in his presentation, “Analyzing and Defending Cyberattacks on Electric, Hybrid, and AV Battery Systems.” Venkat’s discussion included the ways hackers could control your self-driving car, cracking Tesla’s wall of silence on the Model 3 battery, and the challenges of electric driving range and battery degradation.

UTC Researcher Presents Work at CMU Seminar

March 28th, 2018

March 28, 2018

UTC Researcher and assistant professor for the Institute for Software Research Fei Fang presented at a student students on his research, “Integrating Machine Learning with Game Theory for Societal Challenges.” Fang discussed her application, which uses game theory and machine learning-based models and algorithms to inform, predict, and prescribe solutions to those dealing with security and sustainability challenges.

CMU Poster Session on Commuting and Public Transit Solutions

March 26th, 2018
March 26th, 2018
Six teams in the User-Centered Research and Evaluation (UCRE) class presented their concept posters on solutions to the commuting and public transportation challenges for CMU students. Taught at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, the UCRE class introduces students to the field of human-computer interaction; this year’s topic was on transportation, and what solutions might be needed if Pittsburgh’s Port Authority cut bus services. Team posters included ideas to subsidize UberPOOL rides, and create enclosed waiting stations with wifi and USB ports.

UTC Executive Director Speaks at SPC Workshop

March 26th, 2018

March 26, 2018

At the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commissions Chairman’s Workshop in California, UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell spoke about the challenges faced by public officials in ensuring that connected and autonomous technologies are being deployed safely. Read more about the presentation here.

Future of Work Feature by UTC Executive Director

March 23rd, 2018

March 16, 2018

In Heinz College’s March Future of Work issue, UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell shares five ways that autonomous vehicles will disrupt policy and current industry practices. Five Automated Vehicle Policy Disruptions was part of a series of articles on cutting-edge work done by Heinz faculty and students surrounding the intersection of society and technology.

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