What Else Happened in 2016?

National T-SET UTC Hosts Pittsburgh's First Ever Transportation Camp
November 19, 2016

(Photo credit: Mark Egge)

Pittsburgh, PA - On Saturday, November 19th, Traffic21 and the T-SET National USDOT University Transportation Center for Safety hosted Transportation Camp PGH at Porter Hall on CMU.

The un-conference on transportation was attended by over 100 public and private sector community leaders and university students from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. Many local organizations were represented at the conference, including PennDOT, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Bike Pittsburgh, the Mayor’s office, and CMU’s Transportation Club. From San Francisco to Boston, at least 20 attendees traveled to the event.

Over 50 topics were pitched and eventually narrowed down to 24 sessions, giving attendees a variety of options for each session; from shared use mobility to the integration of transportation with the built environment. Topics included: “Hey, I’m Walkin’ Here!!” (Or smart signals and pedestrians), Clean Transit and Climate Change, Autonomous Transit: The Rise of the Robots, and Equitable Transport: Engaging Communities.

From PGH City Planning on Twitter: Lively discussion on future of parking and cities at #TranspoCampPGH. This is how planners dream of spending Saturday mornings! #planningnerds

Thank you to our sponsors and presenters, without whom this event would not be possible: the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, the Heinz Endowment, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Pittsburgh City Planning, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Uber, WRA, the Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania, Sam Schwartz, Michael Baker International, Gannett Fleming, and zTrip.

The un-conference was followed by happy hour at The Porch, and a Sunday morning tour of the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s West Mifflin Garage.

Are We There Yet”- Driverless Cars and Our Future
December 2, 2016

On December 2nd, Traffic21’s Stan Caldwell presented “Are We There Yet”- Driverless Cars and Our Future at Government Technology’s Pennsylvania Digital Government Summit. He was introduced by Scott Fairholm of the PA Turnpike Commission and joined by Jeff Stewart, Assistant Vice President of Global Public Affairs at AT&T.

Heaven or Hell? Which Way Forward with Self-Driving Cars?
November 29, 2016

On November 29th, CMU's Traffic21 hosted Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, and co-founder and current board member for the vehicle communications company Veniam. "Heaven or Hell? Which Way Forward with Self-Driving Cars?" was an eyeopening presentation on how the evolution of autonomous vehicles can make or break society.

Transportation Camp
November 19, 2016

On November 19th, over 100 transportation geeks and community members attended Traffic21's Transportation Camp at CMU's Pittsburgh campus. Attendees pitched dynamic sessions ranging from 'stop talking about parking' to 'automation and the future of robots" that allowed Transportation Camp to be a great success!

Human Mobility Analytics and Services: Insights from a Ride Sharing Service
November 17, 2016

On November 17th, Traffic21's Faculty Seminar Series hosted John Paul Shen, co-director of the new HUMANS (Human Mobility Analytics and Services) Initiative at the CMU-Silicon Valley campus. In collaboration with Uber, the HUMANS Initiative has developed a space-time graph model that captures the spatial and temporal variations of ride requests for each city; Shen's team is now working on a "poolability" algorithm to predict the potential for ride-sharing in cities across the world.
  Getting Things Done: A New Way of Governing
On November 16, 2016, the Traffic21 and Metro21 Seminar Series hosted Martin O'Malley, Senior Fellow at MetroLab Network, who shared a new way of governing using data analytics. O'Malley was Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007, 61st Governor of Maryland, and most recently Democratic Presidential Candidate.
  Future of Mobility
On November 14, 2016 at the Advancing Mobility Summit, Traffic21’s Stan Caldwell joined PennDOT Policy Director Roger Cohen and UBER’s Shari Shapiro in presenting The Future of Mobility.
  Traffic21/T-SET UTC Consortium Symposium and Research Showcase
On November 4, 2016, CMU hosted the Traffic21/T-SET UTC Consortium Symposium and Research Showcase. The consortium welcomed public and private partners across Pennsylvania to spotlight new and innovative research projects, foster connections and provide solutions to our modern transportation needs.
  Traffic21 Faculty Seminar Series
On November 2, 2016, Traffic 21’s Faculty Seminar series hosted Bernardo Pires, Project Scientist at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Pires spoke to students about his recent work on computer vision and its usage in supporting the safety and efficiency cyclists and pedestrians.
  Transportation Research Board Symposium:Transformational Technologies
On November 1, 2016, Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson attended and spoke at the first Transportation Research Board Symposium on Transformational Technologies on November 1st. Attended by over 130 professionals from private industry, government and the transportation research community, the symposium focused on new automation and data analytics technologies which are transforming transportation and requiring new policy development.
  Rapidflow
On October 25, 2016, T-SET researcher Greg Barlow presented the UTC supported spinoff, Rapidflow, at the launch of the CMU Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. One of Rapidflow’s technologies- Suretrak - uses both artificial intelligence and traffic theory to create smart traffic signals, and is currently optimizing 50 intersections across the city of Pittsburgh.
  P4 Conference
On October 18-19, 2016, various Traffic21/T-SET UTC faculty and staff joined Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's P4 Conference to explore methods of integration for social and racial equity in transportation projects. The City of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments are spearheading this effort in forging a new model of urban growth in development that is innovating, sustainable, and inclusive.
  2016 Melbourne World Congress
On Thursday, October 13, 2016, Traffic21 and TSET Advisory Council member and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards spoke at the ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia about Pennsylvania's leadership setting policy for the testing of automated vehicles. Traffic21 and TSET Executive Director Stan Caldwell also presented, and spoke about the research and deployment of connected and automated vehicle technologies in Pittsburgh, and capitalizing on the internet of things in smart cities.
  Frontiers Conference
On October 13, 2016, the first ever White House Frontiers Conference was hosted in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University on Thursday, October 13th. The purpose of the conference was to explore the future of innovation here and around the world.
  Congressman Costello Visits the UTC Nav Lab at CMU
On October 10, 2016, U.S. Congressman Ryan Costello came to the UTC Nav Lab at CMU to check out the driverless car on Monday morning, October 10th. Congressman Costello represents the 6th district in Southeast Pennsylvania.
  Oakland Transportation Fair Pittsburgh
On Friday, October 7, 2016, Traffic21's Nganie Ndimbie and Amanda Johnson attended the 4th annual Oakland Transportation to talk about Surtrac intelligent traffic signals, UTC's first funded project. The Mobility Lab's Paul Mackie provided the keynote on mobility and smart city design.
  Paul Mackie Speaks at CMU
On October 6, 2016, Communications Director of the Mobility Lab, Paul Mackie, spoke at CMU students on how to improve traffic and subsequently quality of life. The Mobility Lab studies transportation behavior, and their outreach work has led to a major reduction in civil transportation in Arlington, Virginia, where the Lab is stationed.
  Connected and Automated Vehicles in Pennsylvania: Demonstrations and Public Policy Challenges
On September 29, 2016, Traffic21's Chris Hendrickson spoke to students at Heinz college on demonstrations and public policy challenges on connected and automated vehicles in Pennsylvania. The slide shown above was the path from a 2013 demonstration with Bill Shuster, Chairman of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Barry Schoch, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
  USDOT Opportunity Summit Connects Leaders and Communities
On September 29, 2016, Stan Caldwell participated in Secretary Foxx's National Summit on Transportation and Opportunity to discuss the role of University Transportation Center in Ladders of Opportunity.
  Transportation Club Meeting
On September 21, 2016, CMU’s Transportation club kicked off the year with their first meeting. Several students presented their own transportation-related research to the group, including CMU student Sunny Zheng pictured here.
  Turnpike Meeting
On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, T-SET faculty Sean Qian met with Bob Taylor, Manager of Traffic Operations at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, to discuss research opportunities.
  Future of Interstate Study Meeting
On September 6-7, 2016, key players including T21’s Chris Hendrickson gathered in our nation’s capital for the Future of Interstate Study Meeting recently launched the Transportation Research Board. Pursuant to the FAST Act of 2015, the 3-year, $5 million study is required to move forward on potential upgrades to the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways in order to meet the needs of the 21st century. Chris Hendrickson also serves on the Future Interstate Study Committee, an appointed board of 14 experts.
  Dissertation Achievement
Fan Tong recently defended his dissertation on the implications of using natural gas to power on-road vehicles in the United States. Pictured here with advisors, from left- Ines Azevedo, Fan Tong, Paulina Jarmillo (digital), Chris Hendrickson (digital), Jeremy Michalek, and Sean Qian.
  Traffic21/T-SET Robotics Lab Tour
On September 2, 2016, PennDOT District 11’s Civil Engineer Council and Young Professionals in Transportation Pittsburgh chapter toured the Traffic21/T-SET Robotics labs at CMU on September 2nd. Here they are pictured in the Navlab with T-SET Director Raj Rajkumar and CMU’s driverless car.
  Protecting Citizens While Ensuring Cost Benefit of Implementation
On August 22, 2016, T-SET Director Raj Rajkumar hosted a workshop at the Autonomous Vehicles 2016 conference. His workshop, Protecting Citizens While Ensuring Cost Benefit of Implementation, was one of several workshops on Autonomous Cars track.
  Senator Toomey Visit
On August 10, 2016, Senator Pat Toomey’s Chief of Staff, Christopher Gahan, visited Traffic21/T-SET labs. Gahan also met with UTC faculty to talk about their research and deployment activities.
  Pennsylvania’s State Transportation Innovation Council's Roundtable
On August 4, 2016, Stan Caldwell joined the USDOT and local leaders in Harrisburg for a roundtable discussion on the success of Pennsylvania’s State Transportation Innovation Councils (STIC) model. Deputy Secretary Mendez called Pennsylvania inspirational, showcasing the innovations by university transportation centers and STIC’s for highway projects.
  Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
On July 29, 2016, T-SET Director Raj Rajkumar was recently featured with CMU’s autonomous vehicle in Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, a film by Werner Herzog. The documentary premiered in Pittsburgh at the Regent Square on July 29th, and was released nationally on August 19th.
  Traffic Signal Systems Committee Mid-Year Meeting
On July 24-26, 2016, CMU hosts the TRB Traffic Signal Systems Committee Mid-Year Meeting in Pittsburgh July 24th through 26th. Highlighted on the last day of the meeting was the UTC funded Surtrac, a connected vehicle technology with a real time adaptive signal system.
  Future of Mobility Conference
On July 11, 2016, T21’s Stan Caldwell discusses the future of mobility through the impacts of connected and autonomous vehicles at the Future of Mobility Conference. The conference was hosted by the Regional Transportation Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania and held here in Pittsburgh.
  Internet of Things “Transforming the Future
On June 21, 2016, The work of CMU professor Hae Young Noh was highlighted by Samsung's CEO during his keynote lecture at the Internet of Things “Transforming the Future” event. Held in Washington D.C. on June 21st, CEO Kwon featured Noh’s work to demonstrate the potential for the Internet of Things to transform future cities.
  T-SET hosted the Second Annual National Summit for UTCs for Safety
On March 30-31, 2016, T-SET hosted the Second Annual National Summit for UTCs for Safety with keynote USDOT Acting Undersecretary, Carlos Monje, please visit the National Summit page to see the full agenda and presentations
  Public Works and Traffic21 Together to Clear the Roads
On February 22, 2016, Lee Haller of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works presented a lunchtime seminar on the city’s snow clearing operations and new initiatives, including partnering on a Traffic21 project. Joris Kinable, one of the researchers on the project, discussed the optimization and operations research methods involved in improving snow clearing in the future.
  CMU Transportation Club Spring Mixer
On February 19, 2016, the CMU Transportation Club held their Spring Semester Mixer earlier this month, bringing together students from across academic programs. The club also grew it’s leadership by welcoming in a new Executive Board member, Sally Qiu.
  Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
On January 9, 2016, faculty, staff, and students from the University Transportation Center attended the 95th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC. The delegation presented information about our ongoing projects and made new connections for future work.
  Alexandre Jacquillat Wins CUTC Milton Pikarsky Award
On January 9, 2016, Dr. Alexandre Jacquillat, who will be joining the Heinz College faculty at CMU in the fall semester, won the Milton Pikarsky Award for the best doctoral dissertation with an emphasis on science and technology for his work optimizing utilization of airport capacity.
  CMU and UPenn CUTC Student of the Year Recipients
On January 9, 2016, the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Awards Banquet included honors for Outstanding Students of the Year, honoring students from USDOT-sponsored University Transportation Centers (UTC). This year’s honors went to Alma Silage of University of Pennsylvania and Corey Harper of Carnegie Mellon University. Congratulations!
  Dana Peck Selected for DOT Data Fellowship
In January 2016, Dana Peck, Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. graduate in Civil Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, has been selected for the Department of Transportation Data Fellow position in the Office of Safety, Energy, and the Environment. Congratulations, Dana!