Carnegie Mellon University

Pgh Landslide Connect Student Project

CMU Students Collaborate with Metro21 on Innovative Capstone Projects

Metro21 has close ties with Carnegie Mellon students and often works closely with such students on thesis work. This past spring semester, four particular projects worked alongside Metro21 in developing innovative technologic solutions.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Carnegie Mellon students continue to produce important work for the development of cities. 

  • Pittsburgh Landslide Connect is an app interface developed by Clair Sun, Meijie Hu, and Cathy Chen that provides locals with information about landslides and how they have affected the city. The project was part of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Anthropocene exhibit that is currently being featured online. To learn more about this project, click here.
  • A group of students from the Human Computer Interaction Instittute (HCII) including Monica Chang, Clair Sun, JY Park, Jamie Ho, and Tina Chen worked with Uncharted Power to build a dashboard for their client. Uncharted Power is a paver solution for smart and sustainable infrastructure development. The Uncharted System creates a resilient, upgradable, and cost-effective "Internet for Decentralized Energy" by connecting energy sources and applications like sensors, edge devices, and ICT hardware right under our feet. To learn more about Uncharted Power, click here.
  • With the rise of 5G cellular service as the new mobile phone platform for connecting to the web, there has been growing research about its implications. Student Yunin Zhang of Heinz College, in her capstone titled “Security and Privacy Aspects of 5G Technologies,” tackles the particular question of how 5G will impact the safety of its users when challenged by malicious attacks on the web. Zhang proposes that necessary steps must be taken alongside 5G implementation including security by design, privacy by design, security trials and tests, and cooperation for security standardization.
  • Another group worked with the Pittsburgh International Airport to develop a system for reframing waiting at the boundary of physical & digital experience. The masters students from the MHCI knew that often travelers face long lines and unpleasant experiences in the airport, so they considered a system in which passengers can cut lines for a price.
  • Lastly, Metro21 advised a Carnegie Mellon course titled User Centered Research and Evaluation. The course focused on the relationship between public art and technology and challenged students in the course to create solutions for these groups. The final projects were then presented at a virtual poster session to large stakeholders in the city.