Seminar Series

Human Mobility Modeling Based on Extensive Data From a Ride Sharing Service
John Paul Shen and Abhinav Jauhri
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Pricing of Ride-Sourcing Services
Yafeng Yin
Wednesday, April 14, 2017

Electrical Vehicles, Air Pollution, and the Motorcycle City: Consumers’ willingness to adopt electric motorcycles in Indonesia?
Erick Guerra
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

From Set-and-Forget Traffic Control to Connected Midas: A Possible Future of Proactive Traffic Management Systems
Pitu Mirchandani
Friday, March 24, 2017

Heaven or Hell? Which Way Forward With Self-driving Cars?
Robin Chase
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Transportation Camp Pittsburgh 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Human Mobility Analytics and Services: Insights from a Ride Sharing Service
John Paul Shen
November 17, 2016
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Getting Things Done: A New Way of Governing
Martin O'Malley
November 16, 2016
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Park Smart: Parking Space Availability Monitoring at Pittsburgh International Airport
Alexander Hauptmann
November 9, 2016
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Computer Vision for Safer Biking and Walking
Bernardo Pires
November 2, 2016
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Smart Transportation: Small Changes for Big Impact
Paul Mackie
October 6, 2016
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Connected and Automated Vehicles in Pennsylvania: Demonstrations and Public Policy Challenges
Chris Hendrickson
September 29, 2016
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Architect of mobile fare payment system for London public transit George Kocur to present at T-SET Seminar Series
George Kocur
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Emerging Data Sources and Urban Informatics: Examples, Prospects and Challenges
Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What’s Next for Surtac: Impacts for Freight, Buses, Bicycles and Pedestrians
Greg Barlow
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Automated Cars: Safety and Cost Savings
Corey Harper
Wednesday, April 5, 2016
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Urban Transportation Solutions
Kari Watkins
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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Traffic21/Bike Pgh! Speed Monitoring Hack Night
Matt Bauman
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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Service Reliability
Yanfeng Ouyang
November 13, 2015
Distracted Driving
Maxine Eskenazi
October 29, 2015
Seminar Series: Mobility Data Analytics Center with Sean Qian Sean Qian
October 8, 2015
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Seminar Series: Pittsburgh’s Connected Vehicle TestBed
Zachary Rubinstein and Stan Caldwell
Thursday, April 9, 2015
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Seminar Series: What Will Our Streets Look Like in 2040?
Al Bieher and Chris Hendrickson
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Seminar Series: What if bikes could talk to cars?
Anthony Rowe
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Seminar Series: Smartphone-enabled Urban Solutions: Mobility On Demand and Mobility On Sale
Shih-Fen Cheng
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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Seminar Series: Keep Aging Infrastructure Safe
Hae Young Noh
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Seminar Series: The Case for Autonomous Vehicles
James Anderson and Constantine Samaras
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Faculty Seminar Series: Addressing the Pothole Situation in Pittsburgh
Christoph Mertz
March 18, 2014
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Faculty Seminar Series: Smart Headlights
Srinivas Narasimhan
February 18, 2014
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Faculty Seminar Series: Tiramisu
Aaron Steinfeld
December 3, 2013
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Faculty Seminar Series
Ozan Tonguz
October 28, 2013
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Safety Should Be Beautiful
Jonathan Ota and Ethan Frier
October 7, 2013
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Robots Take Over East Liberty Traffic Signals! Real-Time, Adaptive Traffic Signal Control
Stephen F. Smith
April 8, 2013
Autonomous Vehicles: Not If But When!
Raj Rajkumar
February 11, 2013
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Movers and Shakers

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.

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.

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.
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