What Else Happened in 2017?

Stephanie Milani was 2017 summer's Women in Transportation Robotics Institute Summer Scholar (RISS) Intern
Stephanie Milani was this summer's Women in Transportation Robotics Institute Summer Scholar (RISS) intern, with funding from Mobility21. The Riss program is an eleven-week research program that allows undergraduate students to work on cutting-edge robotics projects in one of the top robotics for undergraduate programs in the world. Stephanie is currently a junior at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, and is studying Computer Science and Psychology. Read more about Stephanie's RISS experience here.

Professor R. Jayakrishnan
October 13, 2017

Professor R. Jayakrishnan from the University of California-Irvine presented his research on collaborative consumption in transportation as the first 2017-2018 Distinguished speaker. Professor Jayakrishnan’s presentation “User-Driven Service Order Adjustment for Efficiency in Collaborative Consumption of Transportation Supply,” suggested that a paradigm-shift in transportation, initiated by more peer-to-peer communication, presents a new opportunity for users to consume with more complete information and greater satisfaction. The Distinguished Speaker series is made possible by CMU’s Traffic21, Mobility21, and T-SET UTC.

Transportation Engineering Conference
October 10, 2017

Traffic21 and T-SET UTC’s Courtney Ehrlichman attended Traffic21 and T-SET UTC's Stan Caldwell spoke at the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference in Columbus Ohio. Caldwell participated in a panel on the Smart Belt Coalition, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between transportation and academic partners from Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania that seeks to enhance emerging technologies across state lines.

Mobility Lab’s symposium, “Autonomous Vehicles”
October 6, 2017

Traffic21 and T-SET UTC’s Courtney Ehrlichman attended Mobility Lab’s Symposium, “Autonomous Vehicles: Planning Impacts on Cities and Regions” in Washington D.C. The symposium, convened by the American Planning Association, National League of Cities, Eno Transportation Center, and others, included panel discussions and scenario-base planning to set the direction for future research and education to prepare cities and regions for new technologies.

Chris Hendrickson attended Odyssey Day
October 6, 2017

T-SET researcher Chris Hendrickson attended Odyssey Day in Oakdale, hosted by Pittsburgh Regional Clean Cities and the Community College of Allegheny County, a consortium member of CMU’s UTC for Improving Mobility. Odyssey day is an annual event that focuses on leading edge research promoting alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. Activities included Ride-n-Drives, vehicles displays of a Chevy BOLT and Chrysler Pacifica, workshops, demonstrations of mobile refueling and electric boom lift, panel discussions and more.

New Diversity Fellow

Traffic21 welcomes its new Diversity Fellow, Allanté Whitmore. Whitmore is excited to finally be at Carnegie Mellon, where she says thirst for knowledge is encouraged and the interdisciplinary culture is powerful. While she’s a veteran to the field of engineering, she’s taking her first swing at public policy. Read more here.

University of Pittsburgh's Swanson Engineering Seminar Series
October 6, 2017

T-SET UTC researcher Zhen (Sean) Qian presented "Statistical Interference of Probalistic Origin-Destination Demand Using Day-to-Day Traffic Data" at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson engineering seminar series. Qian's research involves developing a novel theoretical framework for estimating the mean and variance matrix of O-D demand considering the day-to-day variation induced by travelers' independent route choices.

Transportation Research Institute
October 4, 2017

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson presented as a distinguished speaker at a transportation seminar held by the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Hendrickson presented CMU's research efforts in 'transformational transportation technologies' supported by Traffic21 and related University Transportation Centers. His presentation is available here.

Transportation Research Board's Future Interstate Study

Traffic21 and T-SET UTC congratulate Chris Hendrickson for his role in the Transportation Research Board's Future Interstate Study. Hendrickson is one of fourteen committee members- experts in transportation research, planning, and policy, who will play an integral role in revisioning our interstate system. Over the course of 30 months, members will hear from key stakeholder groups and compile a comprehensive final report. To get updates about the Future Interstate Study, let the committee know by e-mailing interstate@nas.edu.

UTC Spotlight Conference
September 26 - 27, 2017

The Transportation Research Board held the 11th University Transportation Centers Spotlight Conference on “Rebuilding and Retrofitting the Transportation Infrastructure.” Traffic21 and T-SET UTC’s Stan Caldwell attended, and Traffic21 researcher Christoph Mertz presented his ‘Road Infrastructure Assessment with Smartphones in Vehicles’ software.

Federal Highway Administration Tours NavLab
September 24, 2017

Traffic21 and T-SET UTC welcomed the staff from the Pennsylvania division of the Federal Highway Administration. They received a tour of CMU's NavLab, and heard from researchers Christoph Mertz, pictured above, and Steve Smith on their deployments in the field.

Transportation Club
September 14, 2017

CMU’s transportation club kicked off the new school year with it’s first meeting of the semester. Students gave presentations showcasing the work they did in transportation during their summer internships. Above is student Javier Argota Sanchez Vaquerizo from the School of Architecture's Computation Design program presenting his work on Cycle Atlanta's project, "Seeing Like a Bike."

Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers
September 13 - 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers held the 83rd Annual Pennsylvania Professional Engineers Conference. On Thursday morning, Traffic21’s Courtney Ehrlichman held a session on Autonomous Vehicles on their implications to the transportation industry.

Technology and Ethics, Pittsburgh Young Professionals
August 22, 2017

Traffic21’s Courtney Ehrlichman participated in the Technology and Ethics: Panel Discussion, hosted by the Pittsburgh Young Professionals. She was joined by experts from a variety of fields who discussed ethical responsibilities, unintended consequences, and the equitable spread of new and innovative technologies.

Games of Change Pittsburgh Student Challenge
August 22, 2017

Winners of the Games of Change Pittsburgh Student Challenge toured CMU’s NavLab to see the automated vehicle. Winners of the Future Communities category included City Sim from Fort Couch Middle School and Project FC from the Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter School.

House and Senate Appropriations THUD Subcommittees
July 31, 2017

Key Congressional staffers from the House and Senate Appropriations THUD Subcommittees, including Raj Mathur, Nathan Robinson (Senate) and Carl Barrick (House), visited CMU to see T-SET and Mobility21 UTC research in action. Staffers saw pilot deployments in the field, and received tours of the NavLab, the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), and the Collaborative Innovation Center.

Annual AASHTO/RAC Meeting
July 24 - 27, 2017

Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of the T-SET and Mobility21 UTCs, participated in the Annual AASHTO/RAC Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. As an executive committee member of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Stan participated in a special session to discuss how CUTC and AASHTO/RAC can collaborate to advance transportation research.

Automated Vehicles Symposium
July 11 - 12, 2017

The Automated Vehicles Symposium was held in San Francisco’s Union Square and sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Key members of the Smart Belt coalition, including Traffic21’s Courtney Ehlichman, presented on the coalition’s collaborations and initiatives.

Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials
July 10, 2017

The 2017 Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO) Conference was held in Philadelphia on July 10th-12th, and featured a plenary session on Automated Vehicles with T-SET UTC Director Raj Rajkumar. This year’s NASTO president was Pennsylvania’s first female Secretary of Transportation, Leslie L. Richards.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
June 26, 2017

T-SET UTC’s Raj Rajkumar spoke as a panelist to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Traffic Engineering at the annual meeting in Pittsburgh’s Sheraton at Station Square. The panel discussion on connected and autonomous vehicles included representatives from Uber and Delphi, among others.

Smart Cities
June 2, 2017

Le Monde's Smart-Cities 2017 Global Innovation competition awarded seven prizes from over 200 projects submitted from across the world. Two awards went to Pittsburgh-based projects, including the Mobility Prize for Surtrac Intelligent Traffic- one of Traffic21's first projects, and the Urban Innovation Prize runner-up for Traffic21 researcher Christoph Mertz' Vehicle Crowd-Sourced Infrastructure and Weather Monitoring project.

National Summit on Design & Urban Mobility
May 10 - 12, 2017

The American Architecture Foundation (AAF) held a National Summit on Design & Urban Mobility with the City of Pittsburgh and Mayor Bill Peduto. The Summit focused on the intersection of policy, planning, and innovation technology, and on providing government officials and urban designers with strategies to solve urban mobility issues.

Stephanie Seki and Fan Tong
April 27, 2017

Stephanie Seki and Fan Tong went to DC the week of May 1st to present the findings of their study Which Alternative Fuel Technology is Best for Transit Buses? Their meetings included: (1) briefing at the Conan house building (2) briefing to the National Governor's Association, (3) briefing to the Department of Transportation, and (4) briefing to the PA senator Patrick J. Toomey's office.

Abhinav Jauhri
April 27, 2017

On April 27th, CMU-Silicon Valley professor John Paul Shen and Ph.D. researcher Abhinav Jauhri spoke at Heinz college for Traffic21's Seminar Series. Both researchers spoke about their work using ride sharing data to model human spacial and temporal mobility in 4 key cities around the world.

Courtney Ehrlichman
April 18, 2017

On April 18th, Traffic21 and Mobility21’s Deputy Executive Director Courtney Ehrlichman spoke to the Beaver County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Engineers. The meeting was held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott and highlighted Traffic21 and Mobility21’s research efforts in autonomous vehicle technologies.

Yafeng Yin
April 14, 2017

On Friday, April 14th, Dr. Yafeng Yin, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, visited Heinz to speak about modeling and analyzing the dynamic pricing of ride sourcing services. Dr. Yin spoke in Hamburg Hall from noon to 1:30 pm as part of Traffic21's Distinguished Speaker Series.

Consortium Meeting 2017
April 6, 2017

On Thursday, April 6th, T-SET/UTC hosted it's Third Annual Summit of University Transportation Centers for Safety in Washington, D.C. The photo above includes the 11:00 AM panel- How Do We Safely Deploy Connected and Automated Vehicles- features from left, Stan Caldwell, Vinn White, Mike Knodler, Ian Reagan, and James Pol.

Pittsburgh Innovates
March 31, 2017

On Friday, March 31st, T-SET UTC's Raj Rajkumar spoke at the Energy Innovation Center as part of panel for Pittsburgh Innovates, one of the city's many Inclusive Innovation week events. The discussion revolved around innovations bringing new opportunity, talent, and jobs to the greater Pittsburgh area. Rajkumar was joined by business leaders from various sectors, Congressmen Mike Doyle and Tim Murphy, and Mayor Peduto's Chief of Staff, Kevin Acklin.

Inclusive Innovation Tour
March 31, 2017

On Friday, March 31st, Traffic21 and T-SET/UTC's Stan Caldwell and Courtney Ehrlichman hosted a tour of the technologies housed in CMU's Navlab. The tour was held in conjunction with the city of Pittsburgh's Inclusive Innovation week; pictured above is Stan Caldwell, speaking to a tour-goer about the autonomous Cadillac.

Erick Guerra
March 29, 2017

On Wednesday, March 29th, Erick Guerra spoke to Heinz college about his research on consumers' willingness to adopt electric motorcycles in Indonesia as apart of the Traffic21 Faculty Seminar Series. Guerra is an assistant professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tech Night
March 27, 2017

On Monday, March 27th, Traffic21's Courtney Ehrlichman joined Tepper Business and Technology Club's Industry night for a panel discussion on driverless technology and transportation. Ehrlichman was joined by Peter Rander, Argo AI co-founder, on the left, and Neil Stegall, senior program manager at Uber's Advanced Technology Center, on the right.

WTS Scholarship Gala
March 23, 2017

On Thursday, March 23rd, Traffic21's Courtney Ehrlichman and interns Amanda Johnson and Ngani Ndimbie attended Pittsburgh's first annual Women in Transportation Scholarship Gala. They are pictured above with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards, PennDOT's first female Secretary of Transportation.

Raj Joint Hearing on HAV Task Force
March 21, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21st, Traffic21 and T-SET/UTC's Raj Rajkumar testified to the Pennsylvania Legislature's Joint Hearing on “Highly Automated Vehicles Testing Legislation.” Rajkumar testified that he expects fully automated vehicles will begin driving on public roads within the next 10 years.

Corey Harper
March 22, 2017

On Wednesday, March 22nd, Traffic21 and T-SET/UTC faculty visited Capitol Hill to host the Generation of Mobility Transportation Technology Fair and Reception. Traffic21 researcher and CMU student Corey Harper presents his research in the photo above.

Generation of Mobility Transportation Technology Fair and Reception
CMU student Adam Mistick presents a poster representing his research on cybersecurity at the Generation of Mobility Transportation Technology Fair and Reception.

MIDAS: Managing Interacting Demands and Supplies
March 24, 2017

On Friday, March 24th, Dr. Pitu Mirchandani spoke to students at Heinz college about developing MIDAS: Managing Interacting Demands and Supplies, a traffic service that proactively optimizes vehicle routing and intersection modeling. Dr. Mirchandani is a professor at Arizona State University where he holds the AVNET Chair for Supply Chain Networks.

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
February, 2017

In early February, Traffic21 faculty Hae Young Noh was selected for a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation for her work on "structures as sensors." The award is one of the most prestigious for junior faculty researchers in science and engineering.

Transportation Research Board’s 2016 Fred Burggraf Award
February, 2017

In February, Mobility21's research director, Megan Smirti Ryerson, received the Transportation Research Board’s 2016 Fred Burggraf Award for her paper, "Building Air Service Sustainability: Analytical Approach to Documenting Air Carrier Incentive Programs in Airport Sustainability Plans." The international award recognizes the year’s best research paper by researchers 35 years of age or younger.

Pittsburgh's Women in Transportation Tour
February 24, 2017

On February 24th, Traffic21's Courtney Ehrlichman and Christoph Mertz spoke to Pittsburgh's Women in Transportation chapter during an exclusive tour of CMU's Autonomous Vehicle Lab.

Engineer Society of Western Pennsylvania's Annual Banquet
February 15, 2017

Traffic21 staff was joined by City of Pittsburgh staff for the Engineer Society of Western Pennsylvania's Annual BanquetE where Deb Lange of CMU was honored. From left are Joel Tarr, Courtney Ehrlichman, Laura Meixell, Dan Barrett, Alex Pazuchanics, Courney Their, Corey Harper, Lowell Steinbrenner, and Niel Thompson.

Transpo Camp DC
January 7, 2017

TransportationCamp DC was held at George Mason University on Saturday, January 7th. The featured dozens of workshops led by academics, professionals, and community members. This protected intersection demon was one of many workshops focused on planning and land use.

Fan Tong TRB Annual Meeting
January 8-12, 2017

This month, Fan Tong of Engineering & Public Policy at CMU presented a research poster on Assessment of Alternative Fuels for Port Authority buses at the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting in Washington D.C.