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Inaugural Grant Cycle Reveals Smart Cities Innovation Across CMU

Metro21’s first call for research proposals as a university-wide institute was a great success, yielding proposals from researchers housed at every college on campus, with topics ranging from equitable mobility to public safety and citizen engagement. Thank you for being part of Carnegie Mellon’s smart cities community here in Pittsburgh and beyond! Below, submissions are summarized and grantees are announced. Note that Metro21 will be taking many of the proposals and bundling them together as we pursue additional funding, to help continue the important work of our faculty and researchers.

Summary of Submissions

Metro21 2018-19 Grantees:

  • Brett Crawford - Public Art + IoT = An Engaged Civic Space

  • Afsaneh Doryab - On-Demand Work Recommendations for Disadvantaged Youth Using Smartphones

  • Kristin Hughes - Latham Street Commons (LSC): Testing the Impact of Rain Water Collection and Distributed Energy Generation Systems on Food Production in an Urban Environment

  • Alexandre Jacquillat - Demand-Side Incentives to Mitigate Wait-Times at Airport Security Checkpoints

  • Michael Madaio - Putting Data to Work: Supporting Workforce Development through Data-Driven Skill Retraining and Job Recommendations

  • Christoph Mertz - Landslide Predication and Analysis from Images

  • Albert Presto - Air Quality Monitoring for Smart Cities: Municipal Pollution Targets, Emissions Reduction, and Human Health

  • Costas Samaras - Reducing Congestion and Emissions with An "Airbnb" for Intelligent Curbs

  • Javier Argota Sánchez-Vaquerizo - Understanding Public Space Use in Market Square

  • Rick Stafford - Siting Grid-level Solar in Pennsylvania with Focus on Southwestern Pennsylvania

  • Diane Turnshek - Artificial Light Survey of Nighttime Pittsburgh

We look forward to sharing more about the development of these projects in the coming weeks and months!