The Future of Artificial Intelligence and the Workforce

May 12 th, 2022

May 12, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University and CCAC hosted a panel discussion, “The Future of Artificial Intelligence and the Workforce,” which included speakers:  Mobility21 UTC partner and CCAC professor Dr. Justin Starr, Joel Reed of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, Michael Sebetich of Argo AI, and Mark Kamlet of Carnegie Mellon University.

The panel dispelled common misconceptions of AI and shared how to work symbiotically with AI.

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Rail-Volution Hosts Webinar “Communicating to a Changing Rider Base”

March 23 rd, 2022

March 23, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Megan Ryerson from the University of Pennsylvania joined an expert panel in the field of transportation for a Rail-Volution webinar, “Communicating to a Changing Rider Base.”  The webinar addressed changing ridership patterns and priorities for transit service delivery.

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Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Mark McCord

February 11 th, 2022

February 11, 2022

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Mark McCord.   He discussed his project, co-authored with Rabi Mishalani, Benjamin Coifman, Harsh Shah, and Shahrzad Charmchi Toosi of The Ohio State University, “Monitoring Roadway Vehicle Miles Traveled using Video Imagery from Transit Buses in Operational Use.”  Watch his presentation here.

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Mobility21 Presents at Transportation Engineering & Safety Conference

December 9 th, 2021

December 9, 2021

Mobility21 presented the Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference session “Welcome to the Smart Cities – Managing AI in Transportation.”  This conference session provided a preview of several topics included in the executive education session, including an overview of technology and AI impacts in transportation today, AI and predictive analytics and how to make a better decision with transportation data, and equitably applying AI for safe and efficient transportation.  Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 moderated the session.  The other CMU speakers included UTC researchers:  Sean Qian on AI and Predictive Analytics:  How to Make Better Decisions with Transportation Data, Allanté Whitmore on Equitably Applying AI for Safe and Efficient Transportation, and Stan Caldwell on the Technology and AI Impacts in Transportation Today.

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Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Sarah Fox

December 3 rd, 2021

December 3, 2021

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Sarah Fox.   She discussed her project, “Centering Operators’ Perspectives in Designing the Future of Transit Work.” Watch her presentation here.

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Dates Announced for 2022 Executive Education Program “Managing AI in Transportation”

November 16 th, 2021

Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy announce the dates for the 2022 executive education program, “Managing AI in Transportation.”  The virtual session will be held May 2 – 6, 2022.

The program was developed by the experts at Heinz College’s Traffic21 Institute to explore critical areas that are required for breaking down public and private organizational barriers and understanding how managing AI can benefit key stakeholders throughout the transportation industry.

“Since Traffic21’s founding more than 10 years ago, we have seen firsthand the various ways AI is impacting and improving transportation,” said Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Traffic21.  “From asset management to automated vehicles, the use of AI is transforming transportation sector, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to share what we have learned with both public and private sector managers to leverage the power of this technology and mitigate its risk.”

Participants in the program will explore the impact of disruptive technology on transportation; AI in traffic control devices; AI in connected and autonomous vehicles; the role of AI in predictive analytics; AI in transportation asset management; the equitable application of AI for safe and efficient transportation; and how to develop and implement an enterprise AI strategy.

The first program cohort competed the course in May 2021.   One participant reflected, “As a company, we’re always looking for ways to use new technologies to make our business better.  Better understanding what AI can and can’t do, what it needs to succeed, and ways of thinking about problems using an AI ‘lens’ will all be long term beneficial.”

Learn more about the session and sign up here.

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ABOUT CMU HEINZ COLLEGE

The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized gradu­ate-level institutions at CMU: The School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Pol­icy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, healthcare, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment.

ABOUT TRAFFIC21

Traffic21 is a multi-disciplinary research institute of Carnegie Mellon University. Its goal is to design, test, deploy, and evaluate information and communications technology-based solutions to address the problems facing the transportation system of the Pittsburgh region and the nation. Housed within the institute is the US DOT funded, Mobility21 National University Transportation Center.

The Pittsburgh region serves as a “learning lab,” deploying solutions that can be applied around the nation and the globe. Traffic21 leverages Carnegie Mellon’s leadership in relevant areas such as intelligent transportation systems, smart infrastructure, cyber security, human factors, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and connected and automated vehicles.

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

August 30 th, 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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Mobility21 Researcher Presents PSPE Continuing Education Course

June 9 th, 2021

June 9, 2021

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell presented the continuing education course “Technology and Trends in Vehicle Automation” to the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.  The course explained AV technology and trends and highlighted infrastructure applications and AV policy in Pennsylvania, and ended with a robust discussion on AV technology and policy.  View the full recording here.

Jeremy Michalek Presentation

Smart Mobility Connection Features Jeremy Michalek

March 12 th, 2021

March 12, 2021

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Jeremy Michalek.   He discussed his project, “Uber/Lyft Implications: Vehicle Ownership, Transit, Electrification, Air Emissions, Traffic Externalities, and Equity.”  Watch his presentation here.

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Smart Mobility Connection Features Maxine Eskenazi, Alan Black and Yulan Feng

February 19 th, 2021

February 19, 2021

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researchers Maxine Eskenazi, Alan Black and Yulan Feng.   They discussed their project, “GetGoing and Better Mobility for All.”  Watch their presentation here.

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