Carnegie Mellon University
April 21, 2015

Media Advisory: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx To Discuss Future of Transportation at Carnegie Mellon

By Abby Simmons / Carnegie Mellon / 412-268-4290

     Jon Romano / U.S. Department of Transportation / 617-435-6613

Event: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will deliver remarks at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) in Lawrenceville as part of the recently launched Beyond Traffic initiative, “an invitation to the American public — including the users, developers, owners, and operators of the transportation network and the policy officials who shape it — to have a frank conversation about the shape, size, and condition of that system and how it will meet the needs and goals of our nation for decades to come.”

The event will showcase innovative transportation technologies emerging from the NREC and Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation (T-SET), a U.S. DOT-designated National University Transportation Center, a collaboration between CMU and the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to the address, members of the media are invited to join Foxx as he hosts a roundtable discussion with CMU students interested in pursuing careers at the intersection of technology and transportation. Media also may accompany Foxx as he views demonstrations of CMU technologies including adaptive traffic signals, smart headlights and the university’s entry in the DARPA Robotics Challenge — the CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform robot (CHIMP). These technologies represent the work of researchers affiliated with CMU’s T-SET, Traffic21 Institute and Robotics Institute.

Following the address, Foxx will host a Q&A with the audience, which will include elected officials, corporate partners, transportation stakeholders, CMU faculty, staff and students. He will conclude with general media availability. 

When: 2:15 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 22.

Where: National Robotics Engineering Center, Ten 40th Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15201. For directions, visit Parking will be available in lot adjacent to the NREC building.