Challenges in Machine Learning and Game Theory for Social Impact

June 22 nd, 2022

June 22, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Fei Fang presented “Challenges in Machine Learning and Game Theory for Social Impact as part of the Robotics Institute Summer Scholars RoboLaunch, a Robotics Outreach Initiative.

Chris Hendrickson & Costa Samaras

29th International Symposium on Sustainable Systems & Technology

June 21 st, 2022

June 21, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and Principal Assistant Director for Energy and Office of Science and Technology Policy and Chief Advisor for Energy Policy, Costa Samaras gave the opening keynote, Advancing a Clean Energy Revolution for All, at International Symposium on Sustainable Systems & Technology (ISSST 2022) in Pittsburgh, PA.

2022 CUTC Summer Meeting

Council of University Transportation Center’s Annual Meeting

June 17 th, 2022

June 15 – 17, 2022

Held earlier this week, the Annual Council of University Transportation Center‘s  summer meeting brought together the nation’s leading transportation professionals from academia and industry along with U.S. DOT and other transportation agency officials.  Raj Rajkumar, Director, Stan Caldwell, Executive Director and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of Mobility21 participated in the meeting.

Destenie Nock Energy Poverty

Dr. Destenie Nock Explains How to Identify Hidden Forms of Energy Poverty

June 16 th, 2022

June 16, 2022

Dr. Destenie Nock recently posted a video where she explains her research on identifying hidden forms of energy poverty.  Watch the video here and read the research paper here.

Get on the Bus

Get on the Bus Team Meets to Move Forward with Phase 2

June 16 th, 2022

June 16, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and CMU Robotics Institute Professors Steve Smith and Zak Rubenstein and Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman met with project team members from Allies for Children to discuss phase 2 of the Get on the Bus project to review data for route overview and to discuss next steps towards implementation.

Heinrich Boell Foundation

Mobility21 Hosts Delegation of Urban Planners and Policymakers from Germany

June 15 th, 2022

June 15, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researchers Dr. Destenie Nock and Dr. Corey Harper presented their research to a delegation of urban planners and policymakers from Germany with the Heinrich-Boell Foundation.  They discussed automated vehicles, public transit ridership during COVID, and other topics to provide data to the delegation to shape the sustainable, inclusive and democratic transformation of our societies and economies.

AFL-CIO Convention

AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia

June 15 th, 2022

June 15, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researchers Nik Martelaro and Jodi Forlizzi along with CMU President Farnam Jahanian were part of a panel organized by the CMU Block Center at the AFL-CIO’s 29th Constitutional Convention, to discuss building workers’ input on the future of technology in a groundbreaking new strategy.  Watch the panel recording here.

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CMU Scott Institute Seed Grants For Energy Research Announced

June 13 th, 2022

June 13, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Corey Harper was among the five faculty-led projects awarded a seed grant by the CMU Scott Institute for his project, “Combining Transportation and Grid Models to Evaluate the Equity Implications of EV Charging and Grid Infrastructure Deployment Decisions in Emergency Evacuation Scenarios.”

CMU Block Center

Carnegie Mellon University Block Center Spring 2022 Project Funding Announced

June 9 th, 2022

June 9, 2022

The CMU Block Center for Technology and Society announced the spring 2022 funded projects, which included projects led by several Mobility21 UTC researchers:

  • Professors  Jodi ForlizziSarah Fox, and Chinmay Kulkarni  for their continued research on designing automation policies for workers in the hospitality industry.
  • Rick Stafford to develop a web-based tool to address to shortcomings of current practices in community asset mapping, which will be piloted in multiple municipalities in the region.
  • Beibei Li and Lee Branstetter to continue to investigate new transportation options to drive low-income citizens to greater success.
  • Rick Stafford and Valerie Karplus to develop an integrated research effort to characterize job opportunities in a regional transition to clean energy, with a focus on mapping the skill sets of today’s underemployed and vulnerable populations to employment opportunities in a decarbonizing regional economy.
ACT Higher Ed

Association of Commuter Transportation Higher Education Council Convening

June 8 th, 2022

June 8, 2022

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 UTC and Michelle Porter, the Director of CMU’s Parking & Transportation Services participated in today’s Association of Commuter Transportation Higher Education Council.  The group works to address shared issues, encourage information sharing, expand awareness, advance future trends and technologies, and advance policies that support equitable access to all types of campus transportation and mobility programs.

Smart Parks Sensor Installation

Professor Katherine Flanigan Installs Sensors for Smart Parks Project

June 8 th, 2022

June 8, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Professor Katherine Flanigan recently worked with the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and Metro21 to install sensors throughout Mellon Park as part of her Smart & Equitable Parks project to assist city officials and planners in quantifying data-driven returns on potential investments to parks and mobility services.

Photo of Ken Huang

CMU Student Interns with SEPTA, Thanks to a Transportation Club Visit Earlier this Year

June 6 th, 2022

June 6, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University rising Junior, Ken Huang, started his summer internship at SEPTA on June 6.  Growing up in San Francisco, Ken rode transit and liked that he could get to where he wanted to go without worrying about parking or being stuck in the city’s traffic congestion.

In 2020, Ken came to CMU to learn more about the technical side of transportation, enrolling in the school’s civil engineering program.  He quickly found the Transportation Club and joined.  This past year, Ken joined the leadership team.

During the 2022 spring semester, he participated in a club visit to Philadelphia, where the students visited the University of Pennsylvania (a Mobility21 UTC academic partner) and SEPTA.

During the SEPTA tour, Ken asked lots of questions.  The SEPTA staff person suggested Ken apply to work at SEPTA.  The other club leadership encouraged him to follow-up, which he did.

And now he is working for SEPTA as a summer intern, assisting with engineering work for various infrastructure projects including bus loops/turn arounds.  He is also interested in transit planning and hopes to get some exposure to that as well.

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