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Mobility21 UTC Faculty Lead DOE Team Improving Rural Mobility

September 1st, 2019

September 1, 2019

Mobility21 UTC Researcher, Sean Qian, is leading an interdisciplinary team from Carnegie Mellon University as they attempt to address rural transportation in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Greene County.  The team includes Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, UTC Researcher, Costa Samaras and Metro21: Smart Cities Institute Director Karen Lightman.

Working in collaboration with Greene County and Waynesburg University, the team from Carnegie Mellon University will test an innovative rural county mobility platform, with the ultimate goal that it can be replicated in other rural counties.

Sean Qian says this project has “the potential to advance the fundamental knowledge of how energy-efficient, affordable mobility services can work in rural America.”


Mobility21 UTC Researcher, Christoph Mertz, Presents at SMAR 2019

September 1st, 2019

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Mobility21 UTC Researcher, Christoph Mertz presented his UTC research at Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures (SMAR) 2019 in Germany. His talk entitled “Moving Beyond the Romans: Deep Learning and Road Maintenance” highlighted his research using machine learning to predict and prevent potholes and road repairs.

Research Recap: Connected Vehicle Infrastructure for a Smart City

August 30th, 2019

Today, Mobility21 UTC has released its first “Research Recap.”  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.

Check out the one page recap to learn more about Jon Peha’s project: Connected Vehicle Infrastructure for a Smart City.


Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meet with Butler County Commissioners

August 28th, 2019

August 28, 2019

Mobilty21 UTC researchers Sean Qian and Stan Caldwell visited Butler County to meet with Commissioners Leslie Osche, Kim Geyer and county transportation officials to discuss transportation research and technology and explore potential collaboration.



CMU, OSU team wins first event in DARPA Subterranean Challenge

August 22nd, 2019

August 22, 2019

In the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, Team Explorer, whose members come from Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University, deployed robots to autonomously map and search underground mines. Team explorer won the event by detecting and pinpointing the most artifacts. Further, In addition to being named champions of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge event, the team also was cited for “Most Accurate Artifact.”  Sebastian Scherer, UTC Faculty and an associate research professor in the Robotics Institute said that “Mobility was a big advantage” for the team. Read more and watch videos of the robots during the challenge here.

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Results of 2018 Gates Foundation Visit to CMU Included in New Report

August 22nd, 2019

August 22, 2019

During 2018, the Gates Foundation along with MetroLab (a Mobility21 UTC spin-off) sent a team to meet with communities, organizations and universities across the US to explore civic innovation.  In July 2018 the team traveled to Pittsburgh, and their visit included meeting with Mobility21 UTC leadership.  A year later, the team produced a report that recapped their findings called Exploring Civic Innovation:  Leading U.S. Approaches to Civic Data, Technology, and Engagement.  The Mobility21 UTC is highlighted in the report (pages 10 – 11) : EXPLORING-CIVIC-INNOVATION-Leading-U.S.-Approaches-to-Civic-Data-Technology-and-Engagement. Logo

Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar Featured in RetroReport – Can We Teach Cars to Drive?

August 19th, 2019

August 19, 2019

RetroReport, an independent, nonprofit news organization, dives in Autonomous vehicle technolgy and how it gotten better in the last decade, and so has the hype. The report dives into how close we truly are to robots being able to drive people around safely. Mobility21’s Director, Raj Rajkumar, gives his thoughts on the obstacles that AVs have to overcome, including weather, traffic and pedestrians. Watch the full report here.


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Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ding Zhao featured in new video on Making AI Safe for Autonomous Vehicles

August 19th, 2019

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ding Zhao discusses his research in new CMU College of Engineering video on Making AI Safe for Autonomous Vehicles.   Learn more about his research here.

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Public Policy and International Affairs Students Learn About Smart Transportation

August 15th, 2019

August 15, 2019

Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, led a class entitled “Smart Transportation: Issues of Equity” for the The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) students during Summer 2019. The classes featured UTC researchers who presented on different topics of intelligent transportation systems (ITS).  The class was able to develop hands on experience of ITS concepts by applying them to a group project with the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

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Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, Presents at AASHTO Committee Meeting

August 15th, 2019

August 11-15, 2019

Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, presented his talk: Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future at the meeting of the AASHTO Committee on Construction in Franklin, Tennessee.


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Harvard Business School case study on Testing Autonomy in Pittsburgh and its Connection to Traffic21 & Mobility21

August 15th, 2019

August 2019

Integral to the Harvard Business School case study on Testing Autonomy in Pittsburgh, was information shared by Traffic21 & Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, Stan Caldwell. The case study provided an overview of the introduction, evolution and lessons learned testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, presented in a way allowing fellow academics and city leaders access to this unique knowledge on autonomous vehicle testing.


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Mobility21 UTC’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholar Participated in Poster Showcase

August 14th, 2019

August 14, 2019

Today, Tessa Guengerich, Mobility21 UTC’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholar participated in the end of session poster showcase. Her poster highlighted the work she did on project:  Statistical Simulation for Multi-Agent Scheduling Under Uncertainty.

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