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Mobility21 UTC Smart Mobility Connection Series Features Christoph Mertz

April 17th, 2020

April 17, 2020

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Christoph Mertz, a CMU Principal Project Scientist and Mobility21 UTC researcher.  He discussed his UTC project, “Bus on the edge: Continuous monitoring of traffic and infrastructure,” and how transit buses are now routinely recording their surroundings with cameras for security and liability reasons.  Watch the full SMC video here.

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Smart Mobility Connection Seminar Series Features Venkat Viswanathan

February 7th, 2020

February 7, 2020

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Venkat Viswanathan.  He discussed how weight, computational load, sensor load, and possibly higher drag may increase the energy use of automated electric vehicles relative to human-driven electric vehicles.   Watch the full SMC video here.

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Smart Mobility Connection Seminar Series Features Stan Caldwell and Rick Grahn

January 24th, 2020

January 24, 2020

The first Smart Mobility Connection session of spring semester was held today featuring Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell and CMU PhD student, Rick Grahn.  They provided an overview and took questions about the project, Research Results and Technology Trends to Inform Policies for Smart Mobility of People and Goods.  Everyone in attendance was also provided with a hard copy of the “Recommended Policies for the 21st Century Trends in US Mobility” policy guide.  Watch the full SMC video here.

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Smart Mobility Connection with Fei Fang

November 30th, 2019

November 15, 2019

This Smart Mobility Connection session featured Fei Fang who highlighted her research entitled “Efficiency and Fairness in Ride-sharing.” Fang discussed the growth in location-tracking technology, the popularity of smartphones, and the reduced cost in mobile network communications have led to a revolution in mobility and the prevalence of ridesharing. Fang covered both commercial on-demand ride-sharing and peer-to-peer ride-sharing, focusing on how to find efficient vehicle-rider matching. Furthermore, she showed how her team evaluated the fairness level of matchings and propose several approaches to balance fairness and efficiency. Watch the full SMC here.

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“The Future of Autonomous Vehicles is Running Through Pittsburgh” Webinar

October 21st, 2019

October 21, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Webinar Series featured “The Future of Autonomous Vehicles is Running Through Pittsburgh” led by Robert T. Monroe, Teaching Professor of Business Technologies. During this session, Monroe walks attendees through the perspectives and developments in the space. You can watch the full webinar here.


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.

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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.



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