Carnegie Mellon University

Thank you to all speakers, panelists, and attendees for making our launch event a success. Click the links below to see presentations from Director Raj Rajkumar and Executive Director Karen Lightman. 

Overview of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute from Director Raj Rajkumar

Summary Presentation from Executive Director Karen Lightman

Videos from the Launch Event

Carnegie Mellon University is at the forefront of Smart Cities research, development, and deployment, and at the center of this effort is Metro21, the university’s smart cities initiative. To spark bigger and better projects that will continue to improve quality of life in metropolitan regions, Metro21 will enter a new phase as we launch the Metro21 Smart Cities Institute, a campus-wide academic center that will address the complex and novel challenges facing metro areas in the 21st century, and build on the exciting momentum and work that has already come out of Metro21. This launch event will feature impactful presentations and panel discussions centered on Metro21’s potential and plans for the future. Join colleagues from across campus—including Traffic21 and the T-SET and Mobility21 University Transportation Centers—as well as leadership from our partners in government, industry, and academia as we look ahead to the next generation of smart cities!


Thursday, March 1, 2018
Location: Marquis Conference Room, 5th Floor, Scott Hall, Carnegie Mellon University
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Opening Reception with a welcome from James Garrett - Dean, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, March 2, 2018
Location: A301 & Teresa Heinz Rotunda, Hamburg Hall, Carnegie Mellon University
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8:30 - 9:00 AM - Kickoff with Breakfast 

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Welcome and Opening Remarks
Speakers to include:
Farnam Jahanian - Interim President, Carnegie Mellon University
Rich Fitzgerald - County Executive, Allegheny County
Karina Ricks - Director of Mobility and Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh (on behalf of Mayor Peduto, City of Pittsburgh)
Grant Oliphant - President, The Heinz Endowments

10:00 - 10:30 AM - Overview of Metro 21: Smart Cities Institute - Raj Rajkumar, George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director, Metro21 Smart Cities Institute; Carnegie Mellon University

10:30 - 11:00 AM - Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:45 AM - Panel 1 – Smart Cities Research and Education
CMU leaders from across the university will provide their views on interdisciplinary research and education emphasizing the theme of “where people, technology and policy intersect to make cities smarter and improve the quality of life for citizens.” 
Don Carter - David Lewis Director, Urban Design and Regional Engagement, Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
James Garrett - Dean, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Ramayya Krishnan - Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew  Moore - Dean, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Richard Scheines - Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
Moderator: Laurie Weingart  - Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, Interim Provost, Carnegie Mellon University

11:45 -12:45 - Lunch
12:30 - 12:45 - Remarks by David Roger - President, Hillman Family Foundations; introduced by Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

12:45 - 1:30 PM - Panel 2 – The Science of Smart Cities
Panelists will present their scholarly perspectives on how a science of smart cities can be constituted and realized. For example, can a dynamic and evolving city be modeled as a genome that changes and adapts to its environment?  What will be its building blocks? How can it be optimized? Which enhancements will help existing cities? How could new future-proof cities be built? Faculty will tackle such challenges of the future city and what it will take to get there. 
Alexandra Chouldechova - Assistant Professor of Statistics and Public Policy, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
Kristen Kurland - Teaching Professor Of Architecture, Information Systems And Public Policy, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
José Moura - Philip L. and Marsha Dowd University Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University
Mahadev Satyanarayanan (Satya) - Carnegie Group Professor of Computer Science, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University
Manuela Veloso - Herbert A. Simon University Professor, Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University
Moderator: James Garrett - Dean of the College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

1:30 - 2:00 PM - Coffee and Snack Break

2:00 - 2:45 PM - Panel 3 – Smart Cities Public-Private Partnerships
Panelists will discuss the role of public-private partnerships in creating revenue models for investing in smart and connected cities.  They will share best practice as well as sustainable business models for smart city deployments. What are the economic challenges for adoption?  What new technologies look promising? What new innovations can make smarter cities more affordable?  The panelists will explore these issues and discuss how public-private partnerships facilitate the cross-pollination across people, policy and technology.
Lee Haller - Director of Innovation & Performance, City of Pittsburgh
Katharine Eagan Kelleman - Chief Executive Officer, Allegheny County Port Authority
Richard Riazzi - President and CEO, Duquesne Light
Frank Sgambati - Director, Business Development - Smart Cities NA, Robert Bosch
James Young - Chief Operating Officer, Crown Castle
Moderator: Ramayya Krishnan - Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and William W. And Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems, Carnegie Mellon University

2:45 - 3:00 PM - Summary/Overview and Next Steps – Raj Rajkumar, Director and Karen Lightman, Executive Director; Metro21: Smart Cities Institute

3:00 - 4:30 PM - Closing Reception & Poster Session - Click here for Poster Session Guide
Teresa Heinz Rotunda, Hamburg Hall

Suggested Dress Code: Business Casual


This event is by invitation only. Please email us to request an invite: 

Suggested Accomodations

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Located 6 blocks from campus
Cancellations must be received at least 48 business hours prior to your arrival date. Cancellation within 48 hours of your arrival date will result in a charge of two nights.

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Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
120 S Whitfield St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Located 1.8 miles from campus

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