Smart Mobility Connection Series with Aaron Steinfeld

October 11th, 2019

October 11, 2019

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection seminar featured Aaron Steinfeld, Associate Research Professor with the Robotics Institute at CMU. Steinfeld talked about “What’s Been Learned from the Tiramisu Transit Deployment.” Steinfeld was part of the team from the CMU Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center who researched, developed and deployed Tiramisu, a transit app with a universal design but focused on improving public transit for individuals with disabilities. Watch the full seminar here to learn more.

Smart Mobility Connection Seminar with Pei Zhang

September 27th, 2019

September 27, 2019

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection seminar featured Pei Zhang sharing his research on “Incentivizing Vehicle Mobility to Optimize Sensing Distribution in Smart City Applications.”  He examined the utilization of existing taxi fleets to optimize both mobility and passenger pickup as well as smart city sensing. Pei showed his teams work through 50,000 collected taxi traces with 230 actuated routes in the city of Beijing, China. Watch this seminar here.

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Smart Mobility Connection with Sean Qian

September 13th, 2019

September 13, 2019

Today, the first fall 2019 Smart Mobility Connection Series featured Mobility21 UTC faculty, Sean Qian. Qian discussed his work with helping Cranberry Township predict traffic delays in real time for 30 minutes in advance. The SMC was attended by Cranberry Township partners who presented to the CMU community why this work is so important and the positive impact it has had on congestion in Cranberry Township. Watch the video here.

Smart Mobility Connection with Costa Samaras

February 8th, 2019

February 8, 2019

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection featured Costa Samaras, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at CMU. Costa highlighted his work with the economic, environmental and travel implications of changes in parking choices due to driverless vehicles. Costa’s study estimates the potential impact of privately-owned driverless vehicles on vehicle miles traveled, energy use, emissions, parking revenue, and daily parking cost savings in the city of Seattle, Washington from changes in parking decisions using an agent-based simulation model.  Click here to watch the video recording of this SMC session.




Smart Mobility Connection: Can Ridesharing help the Disadvantaged Get Moving?

September 21st, 2018

September 21, 2018

The Smart Mobility Connection Series continued with an exciting presentation from Lee Branstetter, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Branstetter’s seminar “Can Ridesharing help the Disadvantaged Get Moving” proved to be an exciting topic as we became standing room only and ran out time before Branstetter could answer all the questions.

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The First Smart Mobility Connection of Fall 2018

September 7th, 2018

September 7, 2018

We kicked off the Fall 2018 Smart Mobility Connection Series with Stefani Danes, Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, and her two students. Together they presented their work on connecting Millvale to the River. They discussed the question: is it better to go through, over or under route 28 – and how to do it.

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Smart Mobility Connection: Dan Klinedinst

May 4th, 2018

May 4, 2018

CMU Vulnerability Researcher Dan Klinedinst spoke as the last Smart Mobility Connection speaker of the semester on addressing cyber-security issues in intelligent transportation systems. The CERT researcher discussed how he gets to think like a bad guy to determine whether transportation systems are safe, and how he learned to text his car.

CCAC’s Bob Koch Speaks at UTC Faculty Meeting

April 24th, 2018

April 24, 2018

Bob Koch, who leads Community College of Allegheny County’s Automotive Technology Program, spoke at this months UTC faculty meeting about how to prepare technicians for autonomous technologies. Koch noted that with direction from advisory boards, community colleges will be perfectly positioned to educate entry level intelligent transportation technicians in many different career areas.

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.

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.

Smart Mobility Connection: Safety in Transportation

February 17th, 2018

February 16, 2018

Mobility21’s Smart Mobility Connection featured Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson and UTC researcher Sean Qian, who discussed safety in transportation. Hendrickson discussed the impacts and accomplishments of CMU, and Qian showed the Mobility Data Analytic Center’s Bikeability Score Platform.

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