Seminar Series

How Innovative Technology Can Improve Mobility: Featuring the Awardees of the Smart Mobility Challenge
Alexandre Jacquillat, Bernardo R. Pires, and Sean Qian
Friday, November 3rd, 2017

User-driven Service Order Adjustments for Efficiency in Collaborative Consumption of Transportation Supply
R. Jayakrishnan
Friday, October 13, 2017

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

Open Pittsburgh wirEless Research Accelerator
November 15, 2017

CMU and T-SET UTC hosted the Open Pittsburgh wirEless Research Accelerator (OPERA). OPERA is a proposed advanced wireless testbed, bringing together the public and private sector with academia to deploy advanced at-scale wireless infrastructure to create opportunity for innovation and growth. In the city of bridges, tunnels, valleys and hillsides, "if you can get wireless technologies to work in Pittsburgh, you're done," said OPERA Principal Investigator and T-SET UTC Director Raj Rajkumar.

Anthony Foxx spoke at CMU
November 10, 2017

Former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx spoke at CMU in celebration of CMU’s 50 year anniversary weekend. Secretary Foxx discussed trends in transportation, the Smart City Challenge- noting that the best solutions were context-dependent, and ways in which communities can optimize their use of land, transit, and ports. To see more about the event, click here.

Smart Mobility Challenge
November 3, 2017

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson spoke at the USDOT Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility’s (C2M2) Fall Conference in Clemson, South Carolina to share knowledge between both UTCs. C2M2 is a consortium of higher education and research institutions in South Carolina working toward the vision to create a globally recognized multimodal mobility innovation center for moving people and goods, specializing in connected and autonomous vehicle research.

Smart Mobility Challenge
November 3, 2017

Awardees of the Smart Mobility Challenge, Alexandre Jacquillat, Bernardo R. Pires, and Sean Qian, spoke to CMU students about how innovative technology can improve mobility. This was the first events of the new Smart Mobility Connection forum, a bi-weekly series to connect faculty and students interested in transportation.

Intelligent Transportation Society World Congress 2017
November 3, 2017

The Intelligent Transportation Society hosted its World Congress 2017 in Montréal from October 29th to November 2nd. Stan Caldwell, Executive Director at Traffic21 Institute, participated in a panel discussion on the SMART Belt Coalition, a multi-state collaboration, and infrastructure challenges and opportunities. Several CMU students and faculty also participated: Adam Mistick (pictured above), MS candidate for Information Security Policy and management, presented his research on Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Autonomous Vehicle Development, CMU-Silicon Valley Professor Dr. Bob Iannucci, presented three papers related to Smart Cities and was joined by CMU students Samarth Mathur and Ashotosh Tadkase, both MS candidates for Environmental and Civil Engineering. Dr. Iannucci and his students' papers grew from a UTC T-SET funded project.

Heinz College and PennDOT Coordinated Facebook Live Interview
October 23, 2017

Traffic21 research assistant Amanda Johnson, and Women in Intelligent Transportation fellow Ngani Ndimbie were joined by Secretary Leslie S. Richards for a Heinz College and PennDOT coordinated Facebook Live interview. Both Heinz students discussed with the Secretary their internships at PennDOT over the summer, and the importance of increasing diversity in government. Amanda and Ngani are both in their second year at Heinz studying Public Policy and Management.

Women in Transportation & Government
October 23, 2017

Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Leslie S. Richards, and Traffic21 and Mobility21’s Courtney Ehrlichman joined Heinz students for the Women in Transportation & Government panel discussion. Both women shared personal stories on how they found themselves in leadership roles in transportation, and the barriers they overcame. The discussion was moderated by Melanie Harrington, President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh.

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

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.
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