Carnegie Mellon Awarded Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Autonomous Sustainable Urban Systems (ATLAS)A Carnegie Mellon team, including Metro21, received a planning grant to develop the Autonomous Technologies for Livability And Sustainability (ATLAS). ATLAS will create a future where autonomous systems in a community work together to facilitate its sustainability and enhance its governance, thus significantly improving the quality of life of its residents.
Podcast: Industrial to Innovative: A Conversation with Pittsburgh Director of Innovation and Performance, Santiago GarcesMetro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman sat down with Director of Innovation and Performance for the City of Pittsburgh, Santiago Garces to discuss innovation within 21st century cities.
Metro21 to Help Lead DOE Team on Rural MobilityA new task force started by the U.S. Department of Energy, led by Metro21 member Sean Qian and including fellow member Rick Stafford and Executive Director Karen Lightman, has been created to improve mobility in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania. Continuing Metro21's collaborative relationship with Waynesburg University, as well as many other community partners, Metro21 is committed to having a positive impact on the greater Pittsburgh region and beyond.
Axios Expert Voice Feature: How cities are cutting down on light pollutionWednesday, August 21, 2019
Axios Expert Voice Feature: How cities are cutting down on light pollutionMetro21’s Executive Director, Karen Lightman dives into light pollution in her latest Expert Voice article with Axios. In the article Karen describes why light pollution matters and how we can use technology to reduce it.
New Course: Policy Innovation LabThursday, August 15, 2019
New Course: Policy Innovation LabMetro21 is proud to partner with the initiative, Policy Innovation Lab, to bring students a hands-on approach to solving community challenges this fall
Metro21 Research Featured in The Baltimore SunThursday, August 15, 2019
Metro21 Research Featured in The Baltimore SunSURTRAC technology, a CMU/Metro21 project, has been featured as a solution to Baltimore's traffic congestion
Metro21, NSF host Sustainable Urban Systems WorkshopFriday, August 09, 2019
Metro21, NSF host Sustainable Urban Systems WorkshopResearchers from government, academia, and industry gathered for a workshop on sustainable urban systems.
Executive Director Karen Lightman talks solving real world problems with public dataFriday, August 09, 2019
Executive Director Karen Lightman talks solving real world problems with public dataExecutive Director Karen Lightman is featured in Xinova's interview series from the Annual IRI Conference from this May.
Podcast: Smartest Airport in the World: An Interview with PIT's Sam StedfordTuesday, August 06, 2019
Podcast: Smartest Airport in the World: An Interview with PIT's Sam StedfordMetro21's Executive Director Karen Lightman sits down with PIT Airport's Sam Stedford to discuss the airport's approach to becoming the world's smartest airport.
Vote for Metro21 Panel on Broadband ExpansionMonday, August 05, 2019
Vote for Metro21 Panel on Broadband ExpansionHelp us take Metro21 to South By Southwest (SXSW) by voting today
PIT Airport uses CMU tech to improve travelers' tripsThursday, August 01, 2019
PIT Airport uses CMU tech to improve travelers' tripsMetro21's partner, the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) uses CMU's Zensors and NavCog technology to improve airport navigation for travelers.
Karen Lightman delivers Keynote Remarks at President's Partner Recognition BreakfastTuesday, July 23, 2019
Karen Lightman delivers Keynote Remarks at President's Partner Recognition BreakfastMetro21's Executive Director Karen Lightman delivered keynote remarks at the July 23 Waynesburg University President's Partner Recognition Breakfast
Metro21 featured in Atlanta Business Chronicle following May visitMonday, July 08, 2019
Metro21 featured in Atlanta Business Chronicle following May visitMetro21's Executive Director Karen Lightman was quoted in a recent article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle detailing a visit to Pittsburgh by over 100 municipal leaders
Metro21 Featured in Ethical Corp MagazineMonday, July 01, 2019
Metro21 Featured in Ethical Corp MagazineMetro21's Executive Director Karen Lightman provides her expertise in Ethical Corporation's July Magazine, "Technology for Good."
Metro21 Executive Director Talks "Airport Efficiency Projects" with AxiosThursday, June 27, 2019
Metro21 Executive Director Talks "Airport Efficiency Projects" with AxiosExecutive Director Karen Lightman talks about the benefits automation could have in the airport industry and provides insights to implementation.
Metro21 welcomes Argo AI to CMUTuesday, June 25, 2019
Metro21 welcomes Argo AI to CMUMetro21: Smart Cities Institute welcomes Argo AI to CMU's Campus
Lunch with Secretary Foxx, Insightful Podcasts & Smart City Projects - Metro21 Summer NewsletterWednesday, June 19, 2019
Lunch with Secretary Foxx, Insightful Podcasts & Smart City Projects - Metro21 Summer NewsletterMetro21's Summer Newsletter detailing the highlights of the academic year and the most recent events and projects from the institute. The release features media mentions and podcasts as well, building on Metro21's momentum in Pittsburgh and beyond.
Metro21 2018-2019 Academic Year ImpactFriday, June 14, 2019
Metro21 2018-2019 Academic Year ImpactThe 2018-2019 academic year has proven to be a period of exponential growth for Metro21: Smart Cities Institute. Through a series of lunch & learns for the Carnegie Mellon community, leading panels at more than 15 conferences, hosting informative podcasts with research partners, and numerous media features, Metro21 has become an authority in smart cities.
Metro21, International Dark-Sky Association host Dark Skies ConferenceTuesday, June 11, 2019
Metro21, International Dark-Sky Association host Dark Skies ConferenceOn June 1, members of the Pittsburgh community gathered to investigate how the city can reduce light pollution, steps for equitable transformation, and a dedication to maintaining starry nights for generations to come.
Karen Lightman addresses Summer Learning Series, Talks IoTMonday, June 10, 2019
Karen Lightman addresses Summer Learning Series, Talks IoTMetro21's Karen Lightman spoke to attendees of the Heinz Executive Education Program's Summer Learning Series. The topic was Internet of Things and Karen shared projects and progress that Metro21 has made in Pittsburgh and beyond on smart and connected cities.
Secretary Foxx Joins Metro21 for LunchWednesday, June 05, 2019
Secretary Foxx Joins Metro21 for LunchTo close the academic year, Secretary Foxx joined Metro21 Smart Cities Institute’s faculty, staff, and students for an end-of-the-year lunch. During the Metro21-hosted lunch, Foxx learned more about a wide variety of Metro21 research projects and student’s interest in the future of cities, transportation, and policy.
Metro21 Faculty Awarded Posner, Molloy, and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil EngineeringTuesday, May 28, 2019
Metro21 Faculty Awarded Posner, Molloy, and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil EngineeringMetro21 faculty, Sean Qian has been awarded the Posner, Molloy, and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil Engineering. The position supports faculty early in their academic career in their mission to advance research and build out meaningful impact in the community and field of civil engineering.
Metro21 Hosts Colorado Springs Regional LeadersWednesday, May 08, 2019
Metro21 Hosts Colorado Springs Regional LeadersOn May 1 and May 2, 2019, Metro21 in partnership with Traffic21 welcomed Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation and their Regional Leaders to the City of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
Metro21 Panel to Discuss Smart Cities at Modeling the World's Systems Conference in Washington D.C.Thursday, May 02, 2019
Metro21 Panel to Discuss Smart Cities at Modeling the World's Systems Conference in Washington D.C.On May 13 – 15, 2019 in Washington D.C., the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information is hosting the Modeling the World’s Systems Conference. Metro21: Smart Cities Institute will be leading a panel to explore real-world use cases of applying technology to improve decision making in a wide array of applications and implications.
Metro21 Moderates Smart City Panel at IRI ConferenceThursday, May 02, 2019
Metro21 Moderates Smart City Panel at IRI ConferenceThe 2019 IRI Annual Conference was held in Pittsburgh from April 29 – May 2, 2019. The annual conference is focused on convening innovation partners to tackle hot button issues in digital transportation and strategic solutions.
Metro21 and Smart Cities Dive Discuss Public-Private PartnershipsThursday, April 18, 2019
Metro21 and Smart Cities Dive Discuss Public-Private PartnershipsMetro21’s Executive Director Karen Lightman was interviewed by Smart Cities Dive to talk about the importance of dialogue and collaboration between government, industry, and academia.
Pittsburgh’s Night Owl Baker’s week of Entrepreneurship ProgramWednesday, April 17, 2019
Pittsburgh’s Night Owl Baker’s week of Entrepreneurship ProgramKaren Lightman, executive director of Metro21, has been invited to Pittsburgh’s Night Owl Baker’s week of entrepreneurship program. As part of the entrepreneurship program, Karen will be a guest judge for the pitch/“minnow tank” part of the program. Participants in the program will present their products to a panel, successful pitches will win a grant from Night Owl Bakers.
Latham Street Commons Creates Night Owl Bakers – a Workforce and Career Readiness ProgramTuesday, April 09, 2019
Latham Street Commons Creates Night Owl Bakers – a Workforce and Career Readiness ProgramLatham Street Commons (LSC) is a living idea – and therefore continuously adapting and changing depending on resources and demand. However, one thing will always remain consistent: the team will not abandon their commitment to create a culture of care that affirms the value and resiliency of all people. In fact, LSC has evolved from experimenting with growing food into a social enterprise for young adults from severely underserved communities called the Night Owl Bakers.
Metro21 Lunch and Learn: Advancing Industry Via Design – A Case from the NetherlandsTuesday, March 12, 2019
Metro21 Lunch and Learn: Advancing Industry Via Design – A Case from the NetherlandsOn Tuesday April 9, 2019, Metro21 is hosting KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delft University of Technology for a Lunch & Learn at 12:00 pm in Hamburg Hall Room 1002.
Metro21 Executive Director Expert Voice Axios Article: How sensor data can help cities improve public spacesTuesday, February 26, 2019
Metro21 Executive Director Expert Voice Axios Article: How sensor data can help cities improve public spacesMetro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman, is an ongoing contributor to Axios as an Expert Voice. In Lightman’s latest article “How sensor data can help cities improve public spaces” she highlights how Metro21 projects collect data for quality-of-life improvements.
Metro21 Exec. Director joins New York Women Executives in Real Estate (WX) for PanelMonday, February 11, 2019
Metro21 Exec. Director joins New York Women Executives in Real Estate (WX) for PanelOn February 7, Executive Director Karen Lightman joined the New York Women Executives in Real Estate (WX) for a breakfast panel on the Future of Transportation and Its Effect on Urban Centers
Round-Up of RoadBotics Awards & AccomplishmentsThursday, February 07, 2019
Round-Up of RoadBotics Awards & AccomplishmentsRoadbotics, founded in 2016 at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, set out to create a way for cities to have automated and affordable road surveys using smartphones. Over the past 6 months, Roadbotics have won multiple awards and contracts for its innovative solution to better monitor the condition of street pavement in cities around the country.
Metro21 January NewsletterWednesday, January 16, 2019
Metro21 January NewsletterWe kick off the newsletter with project updates from the Inaugural Metro21 Call for Proposals grantees. It’s been about 3 months since we awarded funding to 12 pilot projects and they're already making an impact. Check out the newsletter to learn more.
Metro21’s Exec. Director Joins MetroLab Network’s Board of DirectorsWednesday, January 02, 2019
Metro21’s Exec. Director Joins MetroLab Network’s Board of DirectorsMetro21: Smart Cities Institute elected to the MetroLab Network's Board of Directors for the 2019 - 2022 term.
MobilityLab: In Pittsburgh, machine learning improves traffic for all road users – not just carsThursday, December 20, 2018
MobilityLab: In Pittsburgh, machine learning improves traffic for all road users – not just carsMobilityLab sat down with Metro21's Executive Director, Karen Lightman to discuss how Pittsburgh is using Surtrac technology to make roads safer for all road users and not just more efficient for cars.
Metro21 Executive Director Talks about AI and Potholes in AxiosThursday, December 20, 2018
Metro21 Executive Director Talks about AI and Potholes in AxiosMetro21's Executive Director, Karen Lightman, has taken on another role: Expert Voice for Axios. In her latest article "AI Takes on Potholes" she describes how poor infrastructure has a lot of consequences, including the delay of AVs deployment.
Metro21 Podcast: Using Data Analytics to Solve Complex Societal Challenges with Alexandre JacquillatWednesday, December 19, 2018
Metro21 Podcast: Using Data Analytics to Solve Complex Societal Challenges with Alexandre JacquillatOn this podcast we talk to Alexandre Jacquillat, a cross-functional professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Alex’s work focuses on using operations research and data analytics to solve complex societal challenges in the fields of air transportation and on-demand urban mobility.
Pittsburgh’s Smart Traffic Signal's Started at CMUFriday, December 14, 2018
Pittsburgh’s Smart Traffic Signal's Started at CMUMayor Bill Peduto recently announced an expansion of Pittsburgh’s “smart” traffic signals, investing more than $11 million to reduce travel time for Pittsburgh commuters. Smart traffic-management systems have been in Pittsburgh since 2012 with the Launch of a Smart City's project.
CMU Professor Wants Pittsburgh to be The Smartest of Smart CitiesWednesday, December 12, 2018
CMU Professor Wants Pittsburgh to be The Smartest of Smart CitiesPittsburgh Magazine features Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science and Robotics Professor, Jessica Hodgins and her dream for Pittsburgh becoming the Smartest of the Smart Cities.
Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus (PAIC) AnnouncementThursday, December 06, 2018
Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus (PAIC) AnnouncementOn December 6, 2018, the Allegheny County Airport Authority broke ground on the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus (PAIC), a new mixed-use campus near the Pittsburgh International Airport.
7 Things You Can Do for Your Community - Metro21 Exec. Director Quoted in ForbesWednesday, December 05, 2018
7 Things You Can Do for Your Community - Metro21 Exec. Director Quoted in ForbesMetro21’s Executive Director, Karen Lightman, was featured in a Forbes Magazine article about her appearance at the Brookings Institute’s panel on cities initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint and combat climate change.
Metro21 Faculty, Don Carter Presents at City of AsylumTuesday, November 27, 2018
Metro21 Faculty, Don Carter Presents at City of AsylumMetro21 Faculty, Don Carter, presents his book new book "Remaking Post-Industrial Cities" at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City Book Store.
Metro21 Executive Director Talks "The Curb" in AxiosFriday, October 12, 2018
Metro21 Executive Director Talks "The Curb" in AxiosMetro21: Smart Cities Institute's Executive Director, Karen Lightman, published in Axios for her article titled "Ride-sharing and AVs will primpt cities to rethink the curb."
Metro21 Faculty, Don Carter in U.S. NewsWednesday, October 10, 2018
Metro21 Faculty, Don Carter in U.S. NewsU.S. News featured their article “Banking on the River” and Metro21 Faculty, Don Carter, Director of Remaking Cities Institute at CMU, is featured in the article describing how post-industrial cities are replacing steel mills with trees and parks.
Metro21 Director, Raj Rajkumar is quoted on Autonomous Vehicles in AxiosMonday, September 24, 2018
Metro21 Director, Raj Rajkumar is quoted on Autonomous Vehicles in AxiosRaj Rajkumar, Director of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute is quoted in Axios: "Driving is the most complex activity that most adults engage in on a regular basis, just because we do it doesn't mean we can teach computers to easily do it. It will be many more years for full automation.
Driverless Cars Run on Data Not GasolineMonday, September 17, 2018
Driverless Cars Run on Data Not GasolineMetro21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, was in New York City to speak on a Panel at the Bloomberg Live Event, “The Value of Data." The event focused on looking through the lens of emerging technologies like IoT, Blockchain and more, to examine how data is becoming the world’s most valuable asset, making innovation possible and transforming the way we make decisions for the future.
Metro21 Faculty Awarded Over $2.5M as Part of DOE’s Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research InvestmentTuesday, September 11, 2018
Metro21 Faculty Awarded Over $2.5M as Part of DOE’s Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research InvestmentTo continue to improve energy efficiency and increase mobility intelligence, Metro21’s, Sean Qian and Costa Samaras were awarded over $2.5 million in combined funding from the Department of Energy.
The City of Tomorrow Challenge is in Pittsburgh Today!Tuesday, September 04, 2018
The City of Tomorrow Challenge is in Pittsburgh Today!How might we design commutes in Pittsburgh that are seamless, welcoming, and intuitive? Submit your proposals for improving the way people move around Pittsburgh for a chance to win up to $100K to bring your idea to life. Proposals will be accepted until September 18, 2018.
Dean Krishnan is a Keynote Speaker at QS in Conversation in SingaporeTuesday, September 04, 2018
Dean Krishnan is a Keynote Speaker at QS in Conversation in SingaporeThe upcoming QS in Conversation Seminar with the theme University-Public Sector Partnerships and a focus on Smart Cities is being held in Singapore on October 3 – October 5 and the Dean of Heinz College, Krishnan Ramayya, is a keynote speaker.
Metro21 Podcast: Using Data to Find Solutions with Erin DaltonTuesday, September 04, 2018
Metro21 Podcast: Using Data to Find Solutions with Erin DaltonIn this episode, Karen sits down with Erin Dalton, Allegheny County’s Deputy Director in the Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation. Listen to hear how she has been at the forefront of using data and heavy analysis to find solutions to complex problems here in the Pittsburgh region. Also, you might be surprised with her job and multiple board memberships, what she does to relax.
Tesla Offers Two Week Trial of AutopilotTuesday, August 28, 2018
Tesla Offers Two Week Trial of AutopilotTesla is offering a two week free trial of their Autopilot feature - but are American roads ready for "assisted mobility" cars? Read what Metro21 Director, Raj Rajkumar thinks about the technology.
Heinz College Website Features City of TomorrowTuesday, August 21, 2018
Heinz College Website Features City of TomorrowHeinz College Website is featuring City of Tomorrow: 50 Years of Smart City Thinking and Heinz College Isn’t Slowing Down and Metro21 Projects are highlighted.
Metro21 Lunch & Learn with Bob GradeckMonday, August 20, 2018
Metro21 Lunch & Learn with Bob GradeckMetro21: Smart Cities Institute is launching a new Lunch and Learn Speaker Series. Join us on September 28 at 12:00 in Hamburg Hall Room 1005 for free lunch and an engaging presentation from Bob Gradeck of the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center.
Metro21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, Comments on PennDOT’s New Guidance for Automated VehiclesFriday, August 10, 2018
Metro21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, Comments on PennDOT’s New Guidance for Automated VehiclesDirector of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute gives a comment to TribLIVE on PennDOT's new Guidance for Increased Safety Oversight of Highly Automated Vehicles.
Inaugural Grant Cycle Reveals Smart Cities Innovation Across CMUFriday, August 10, 2018
Inaugural Grant Cycle Reveals Smart Cities Innovation Across CMUMetro21’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. Grantees are announced.
Metro21 Podcast: Unlocking the Power of Mobility with Karina RicksThursday, July 26, 2018
Metro21 Podcast: Unlocking the Power of Mobility with Karina RicksIn this episode, Karen sits down with her friend and colleague, Karina Ricks. Karen and Karina chat about her time in international development, consulting, and Karina's fascination with a certain genre of reality television.
Metro21's Project, Surtrac 2.0, Featured in The Wall Street JournalTuesday, July 24, 2018
Metro21's Project, Surtrac 2.0, Featured in The Wall Street JournalMetro21 Project Featured in Wall Street Journal: Artificial Intelligence May Make Traffic Congestion a Thing of the Past
Metro21 Discusses Collaborative Problem Solving in Cities on Comcast NewsmakersTuesday, July 10, 2018
Metro21 Discusses Collaborative Problem Solving in Cities on Comcast NewsmakersKaren Lightman, Executive Director of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, talks with host Sheila Hyland from Comcast Newsmakers about collaborative initiatives and using science to solve problems in cities and communities.
Metro21 Podcast: Commitment to Place with Rick StaffordTuesday, June 26, 2018
Metro21 Podcast: Commitment to Place with Rick StaffordIn this episode, Karen sits down with Distinguished Fellow Rick Stafford. Rick talks about his commitment to place, his winding path from paper boy to policymaker, and his approach to understanding smart cities.
Metro21: Call for Research ProposalsTuesday, May 22, 2018
Metro21: Call for Research ProposalsWe are looking to fund new projects that seek to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas. Send us your best ideas.
Metro21 Podcast: The Science of Smart Cities with Director Raj RajkumarMonday, May 21, 2018
Metro21 Podcast: The Science of Smart Cities with Director Raj RajkumarIn our second episode, Karen sits down with CMU Professor Raj Rajkumar, Director of Metro21. They discuss his background, his journey to and through autonomous vehicle technology, and the science of smart cities.
3D Visualization Project Highlighted by CMUMonday, May 21, 2018
3D Visualization Project Highlighted by CMUIn a recent article, Carnegie Mellon University highlighted our project with the Remaking Cities Institute.
CMU and Allegheny County Airport Authority Sign MOUThursday, April 19, 2018
CMU and Allegheny County Airport Authority Sign MOUCarnegie Mellon University and the Allegheny County Airport Authority announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
CMU Highlighted in CityLab Interview with Mayor PedutoWednesday, February 14, 2018
CMU Highlighted in CityLab Interview with Mayor PedutoIn an interview from CityLab, Richard Florida points to the historic Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Pittsburgh and CMU as a driver of innovation in the city.
Metro21 Panel Discussion with Neil Kleiman and Local Government OfficialsThursday, February 08, 2018
Metro21 Panel Discussion with Neil Kleiman and Local Government OfficialsNew York University professor Neil Kleiman shares the latest from his book co-authored with former mayor and Harvard professor Stephen Goldsmith, A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance.
Fire Risk Project Named MetroLab's Innovation of the MonthFriday, January 26, 2018
Fire Risk Project Named MetroLab's Innovation of the MonthOur Fire Risk Analysis Project - in partnership with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire - has been chosen as MetroLab's Innovation of the Month for January.
Karen Lightman Featured in EE Times' Women in Tech SeriesMonday, November 20, 2017
Karen Lightman Featured in EE Times' Women in Tech SeriesKaren Lightman, executive director of Metro21, speaks mentors and motherhood in Electronic Engineering Times' Women in Tech series.
Carter Receives 2017 American Institute of Architects PA Medal of DistinctionThursday, November 16, 2017
Carter Receives 2017 American Institute of Architects PA Medal of DistinctionDon Carter, a Metro21 faculty person and David Lewis director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of CMU's Remaking Cities Institute, received the 2017 American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Medal of Distinction for his contributions to architecture.
Helping Stop Crime Before It OccursFriday, October 06, 2017
Helping Stop Crime Before It OccursCMU Metro21-funded researchers develop predictive policing model as a new tool for community policing and reducing crime.
Metro21 Technologies Win Le Monde Smart Cities CompetitionFriday, June 02, 2017
Metro21 Technologies Win Le Monde Smart Cities CompetitionSurtrac, an innovative, real-time traffic signal control technology from Carnegie Mellon University's Metro21: Smart Cities Initiative, has won the Le Monde Smart Cities Global Innovation Award in the mobility category.
Check Out This Great Resource for County-Level Health Data: Allegheny County 26/67 Counties in PAMonday, July 25, 2016
Check Out This Great Resource for County-Level Health Data: Allegheny County 26/67 Counties in PAEver wonder where Allegheny County ranks in overall health in Pennsylvania? Thanks to Route Fifty’s "County-Level Health Data" article, we now know where to find this information.
LED Street Light Research Project Part IIFriday, July 22, 2016