What Else Happened in 2015?
  Megan Ryerson Is WTS Philadelphia 2015 Woman of the Year
On December 22, 2015, 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!
  Fuel Institute Challenge
On December 16, 2015, a team of students from CMU’s Transportation Club have been selected to advance to the second round of the Fuels Institute Future of Transportation Case Competition. They will continue work on their project, “Connected Continental Transport,” over the next few months.
  Year End Retreat
On December 14, 2015, as everyone wound down for the holidays, TSET UTC staff retreated to hone in on our focus for calendar year 2016 at the Parador Inn on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
  ITS Pennsylvania Best of ITS Award
On December 10, 2015, Stan Caldwell accepted an ITS Pennsylvania Best of ITS award on behalf of the SURTRAC Team for the SURTRAC Adaptive Traffic Signal Deployment along with the Sync Up Project on Baum Boulevard and Center Avenue in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Amber Reimnitz, ITSA President at the Penn State Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference, presented the award. Stan was joined on stage by deployment partners Amanda Purcell, City of Pittsburgh and Dominic D’Andrea, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.
  Engineering Conference Session on Automated Vehicles
On December 9, 2015, Stan Caldwell joined Eileen Fisher from the Burns Group and Ray Derr from the Transportation Research Board to speak at the Penn State Transportation Safety and Engineering Conference session on Automated Vehicles.
  Automation and the Future of Cities
On December 2, 2015, Penn IUR and the Consortium for Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation (T-SET) held an exciting afternoon symposium which explored innovations in automation and robotics and their urban utility. Speakers included: Daniel Lee, Professor, Director, General Robotics Automation, Sensing, Perception Lab (GRASP); Penn Director, T-SET, PennEngineering; Megan Ryerson, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering, PennDesign and PennEngineering; Erick Guerra, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, PennDesign; and Vinn White, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Transportation.
  ITS America Leadership Circle
On December 2-3, 2015, Stan Caldwell went to DC for the ITS America Leadership Circle and Board Meeting on December 2nd and 3rd to discuss the revisioning of ITS America.
  TomTom Workshop
The City of Pittsburgh, T-SET UTC and TomTom held a workshop to discuss how they can all work together on a new initiative called TomTom City.
  Beyond Traffic With USDOT
Vinn White, USDOT Senior Policy Advisor for the Secretary of Transportation, addressed an audience of CMU students and faculty as well as Pittsburgh community members to discuss the future of transportation and USDOT policy, focusing on gathering input from Millenials. White was joined by a panel of transportation professionals consisting of Amy Silberman, Senior Analyst at Port Authority, Nick Ross, Engineer at HDR Inc., Akshali Gandhi, Asst. Transportation Planner for City Planning, and Jina T O’Neill, Program Administrator for the Oakland Transportation Management Association.
  Beyond Traffic
On November 18, 2015, Vinn White, a Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of the Secretary for the USDOT, is hosting a forum on the future of transportation at CMU Hamburg Hall in Room 1000 on Wednesday November 18th, 2015 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. He is currently touring the country to ask Millennials, “How do we get Beyond Traffic”.
  Consortium Meeting
On November 12, 2015, Traffic21/T-SET University Transportation Center held their annual Consortium meeting. After presentations discussing current transportation challenges and opportunities, researchers displayed their work to spark collaborations.
  Tiramisu at GRASP Lab
On November 12, 2015, Aaron Steinfeld presented his work on Tiramisu Transit to illustrate the power of crowdsourcing and the understanding of human-robot systems. This talk occurred at the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Lab at University of Pennsylvania.
  Regina Hopper Kicks Off WTS Pittsburgh Chapter
On November 10, 2015, WTS, MASITE, and ITSPA held a joint luncheon at CMU to celebrate the formation of the WTS Pittsburgh Chapter. The keynote speakers, Regina Hopper (ITS America CEO and President) and Al Biehler (former Secretary of PennDOT) inspired over 80 participants the importance of women within the transportation industry.
  PA Secretary of Transportation Seminar
On November 10, 2015, The Transportation Student Group at PennDesign recently hosted the Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation, Leslie Richards, for a seminar on November 10, after which she got a chance to talk with UTC faculty and students at Penn.
  American Society of Highway Engineers
On October 28, 2015, Stan Caldwell presented a keynote speech to a dinner meeting of the Southwest Pennsylvania Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers. Also on October 20, Stan was a speaker at the general membership meeting of the Petroleum Retailers and Auto Repair Association. At both events Stan highlighted Traffic21 and T-SET UTC research in the areas of connected and automated vehicles. He discussed how the Pittsburgh region has become a test bed for these disruptive technologies and how industry and society need to adapt to the change.
  ITS America Capitol Hill Tech Showcase
On October 21, 2015, The Intelligent Transportation Society of America held a Tech Showcase in Washington, D.C. The theme, “The Future is Here: Rethinking Transportation for the Next 30 Years” paid reference to “Back to the Future Day”. Traffic21 and the University Transportation Center brought researchers from Carnegie Mellon and University of Pennsylvania to showcase a sample of research to the ITS community. Demonstrations included: distracted driving analysis, a safety check program for autonomous vehicles, a low cost infrastructure quality measurement tool, and directional audio for safety on the road.
  Launch of the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center
On October 16, 2015, Bob Gradeck, from University of Pittsburgh: University Center for Urban and Social Research, come to campus as part of the launch of the new Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center. Gradeck discussed the capabilities of the open data portal and how users (university community and the public) can assess the data.
  Bike Share Panel Discussion
On October 13, 2015, CMU’s Transportation Club partnered with the Heinz Smart Growth Club to sponsor a panel discussion featuring David White, the Executive Director of Pittsburgh’s Bike Share, as well as neighborhood bicycle advocates Anne Marie Toccket, from Highland Park/East Liberty, Karen Brooks from CMU/Regent Square, Will Bernstein from Lawrenceville, and David Zwier from Oakland. White demonstrated the inner workings of the bikes and previewed some of the preliminary data gathered since the launch. Community advocates discussed the public benefits that arise from improved bicycle infrastructure.
  Sean Qian Mobility Analytics Center Seminar
On October 8, 2015, Traffic21 researcher Sean Qian discussed his work – Building and Applying a Mobility Analytics Center to a City – to over 55 students and faculty at CMU. This talk was in part of Traffic21 bi-semester Faculty Seminar Series.
  Courtney Ehrlichman Promoted to Deputy Executive Director
This summer Courtney Ehrlichman was promoted from Project Manager to Deputy Executive Director of Traffic21 Institute! Congratulations to Courtney and thank you for all your hard work in growing Traffic21.
  Transportation Club Networking Event
Faculty members and undergraduate and graduate students enjoyed snacks while conversing about the transportation industry. This networking style event was hosted by the CMU-wide Transportation Club. Welcome to all the new members!
  Women Transportation Seminar Happy Hour
On October 1, 2015, the Women’s Transportation Seminar — Pittsburgh Chapter held their first happy hour networking event this fall. It was attended by a diverse group of over 35 women and men in the transportation industry, including Traffic21’s two Women in Transportation Fellows. Congratulations to the new WTS Pittsburgh Chapter on a successful launch event.
  Capstone Project on Autonomous Shuttles
On September 30, 2015, four Heinz Master Students are analyzing the feasibility of an autonomous shuttle service from the Almono-Hazelwood site to the Oakland area for their Capstone Project this semester. The group recently hosted their Advisory Board to present their initial findings as well as to solicit questions and suggestions for the next phase of the project. The Advisory Board includes representatives from Port Authority, Reginal Industrial Development Corporation, Deptartment of City Planning, Hazelwood Initiative, Inc., SWPC, Oakland Transportation Management Association, PennDOT, RAND, and Pittsburgh Department of Public Works.
  T-SET Open House
On September 17, 2015, T-SET researchers work on many high-impact, deployable projects that address real world problems. Come stop by the T-SET/Traffic21 office to learn more about what we do and how you can be involved. Snacks will be provided.
  Oakland Transportation Fair
TSET and TechBridgeWorld attended the 3rd Annual Oakland Transportation Fair. TechBridgeWorld discussed their software projects relating to helping the blind navigate with independence.
  Bike to the Ballgame
On September 15, 2015, TSET Staff joined the CMU Bicycle Advocacy Committee and BikePGH at Bike Night at the Pirates game, featuring the first ever bike valet option for parking bikes during the game.
  TSET Advisory Group Meeting
TSET's Advisory Group, Faculty, Staff and Women in Transportation Fellows gathered at the Pirates game to network before the Advisory Group meeting on September 16, 2015.
  Dana Peck’s Defense
On September 10, 2015, Dana Peck defended her thesis, “Data-driven Analyses and Implications in the Transportation World”. She is pictured here with Chris Hendrickson and Al Biehler from her committee.
  Activities Fair
The Transportation Club reached out to new students at both the Undergraduate and Heinz Activity Fairs September 9, 2015. Welcome to all of our newly engaged members!
  Spring Faculty Meeting
T-SET held it¹s final spring faculty meeting on May 20th, 2015. Held on CMU¹s campus, Penn researchers were able to webcam in. The next faculty meeting will be held in the fall.
  US-DOT Secretary Foxx's Pittsburgh Visit
Zoe Levenson, T-SET’s Women in Transportation Fellow, introduced the speaker US-DOT Secretary Foxx during his Pittsburgh visit to learn about the cutting edge research at Carnegie Mellon University on April 22nd, 2015.
  Institute of Transportation Engineers
On Monday April 20, 2015, Chris Hendrickson was the Keynote Luncheon Speaker at the 2015 Institute of Transportation Engineers Great Lakes District Annual Meeting.
  High Schools Learn about Driverless Vehicles
On Tuesday March 31, 2015, Zoe Levenson the Women in Transportation Fellow, presented to high school students attending the Clarion and Jefferson Teen Safe Driving Competition the impact of driverless vehicles within the next few decades.
  Heinz College Transportation Club
On Monday, March 23, 2015, Amy Silbermann and Fred Mergner from Port Authority engaged the members of Heinz College Transportation Club about using big data to optimize the Pittsburgh bus routes.
  PennDOT/FHWA Workshop
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Stan Caldwell from the T-SET UTC made a keynote presentation on the future of connected and autonomous vehicles to 300 attendees at the PennDOT/FHWA Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council Regional Innovation Day workshop.
  National Engineer's Week
On Saturday, February 21, 2015, CMU's Transportation Club educated kids and adults about smart infrastructure and the autonomous vehicle at the Science Center during National Engineer's week.
  Café Scientifique at the Carnegie Science Center
Monday, February 2, 2015
Smart Traffic Signals
Sick of traffic jams? Tired of waiting at red lights when there's no other car in sight? Learn how smart traffic signals can improve traffic flows in this presentation by Dr. Stephen F. Smith. Smith is a research professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory. Bring your questions for the expert!