#204 Synthesis of Research Results and Technology Trends to Inform Policies for Smart Mobility of People and Goods

Principal Investigator
Stan Caldwell
Start Date
July 1, 2018
End Date
June 30, 2019
Research Type
Grant Type
Grant Program
FAST Act - Mobility National (2016 - 2022)
Grant Cycle
2018 Mobility21 UTC


Carnegie Mellon and its University Transportation Center partner institutions (Community College of Allegheny County, The Ohio State University, and the University of Pennsylvania) have a variety of research projects underway or completed on a diverse set of topics.  Individual researchers publish research results and transfer technology for their individual projects.
This research project is intended to track disruptive technologies impacting transportation, assess a variety of policy alternatives and to synthesis research results from the full range of CMU and partner research efforts to inform smart mobility policy.  It is also intended to identify new research opportunities for smart mobility work.  
The research work is conducted through a variety of activities:
•	Meetings with civic and business leaders and government policy makers to discuss transportation challenges and advise on applicable smart mobility policies.  These meetings include southwestern Pennsylvania, state, regional, national and international leaders and policy makers.   
•	Presentations and publications providing policy analyses of smart mobility alternatives, such as connected and automated vehicle policies or multi-modal operational policies.
•	Active participation in policy-making groups such as the Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force, Smart Belt Coalition, The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and the Oakland Task Force.
•	Interaction with researchers at Carnegie Mellon and elsewhere to identify new opportunities for research and transportation policy improvement.  Included in this activity is participation in national organizations such as Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and the Leadership Circle of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
•	Research national and international disruptive transportation technology trends and associated policies.  Synthesize and disseminate this information through the Traffic21/UTC blog, social media and industry recognized Smart Transportation Dispatch weekly email newsletter.      
Expected continuous research activity from July 2018 through June 2019     
Deployment Plan
See detailed description above.    
Expected Accomplishments and Metrics
Metrics of meetings with stakeholders will be tracked as well as data from distribution of research synthesis results through event and social and traditional media sources.  Impacts of policy adoption as a direct result of research synthesis will also be tracked, recorded and disseminated on the UTC website.      

Individuals Involved

Email Name Affiliation Role Position
stancaldwell@cmu.edu Caldwell, Stan Carnegie Mellon Heinz College PI Faculty - Adjunct
cth@cmu.edu Hendrickson, Chris CIT/Heinz Co-PI Faculty - Tenured


Amount of UTC Funds Awarded
Total Project Budget (from all funding sources)


Type Name Uploaded
Data Management Plan Caldwell_Hendrickson_2018_Mobility21_Project_DMP.pdf June 14, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Presentation Caldwell_Hendrickson_M21_2018_Project.pdf June 14, 2018, 1:53 p.m.
Presentation Boston Chamber of Commerce Benchmarking Visit to Pittsburgh Oct. 2, 2018, 9:23 p.m.
Presentation Alliance to Save Energy Commission Presentation Oct. 2, 2018, 9:23 p.m.
Presentation UTC Session on Technology Transfer Best Practices Oct. 2, 2018, 9:23 p.m.
Presentation Workforce Implications of Autonomous Vehicles Oct. 2, 2018, 9:23 p.m.
Presentation Keynote Panel on UTC Technology Transfer Oct. 2, 2018, 9:23 p.m.
Presentation Smart City / Smart State Round Table Oct. 2, 2018, 9:23 p.m.
Progress Report 204_Progress_Report_2018-09-30 Oct. 2, 2018, 9:23 p.m.
Progress Report 204_Progress_Report_2019-03-30 April 1, 2019, 9:47 a.m.
Final Report 204_-_Final_Report_V4H5KYN.pdf Sept. 10, 2019, 11:43 a.m.

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