Ohio State partners with Carnegie Mellon University on five year national UTC award

Posted: August 1, 2017

Ohio State is a partner in the new Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) led five year national University Transportation Center (UTC) award, Mobility21, which began in December, 2016.  Mobility21 focuses on safely and efficiently improving the mobility of people and goods in the 21st century by investigating and deploying novel technologies, incentives, policies and training programs. The primary thrusts are smart city technologies, multi-connections, assistive technologies for people with disabilities, data modeling and analytical tools, novel modes of transportation, regional planning and transportation access.

“Working with the CMU UTC team focused on mobility is a great compliment to the Columbus smart city activities, not only providing financial support for Ohio State research activities but also opening the door for new collaborative partners,” said Keith Redmill, assistant professor-clinical, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mobility21 director for Ohio State.

Mobility21 funding at Ohio State, which in the 1st year totals $190,000 in direct and $190,000 in matching funding, supports three projects involving eight faculty members.

The projects being supported this year are:

  • Using municipal vehicles as sensor platforms to monitor the health and safety of the traffic control system
  • SmartShuttle: Model Based Design and Evaluation of Automated On-Demand Shuttles for Solving the First-Mile and Last-Mile Problem in a Smart City
  • Understanding and Guiding Pedestrian and Crowd Motion

In addition to Ohio State, the other Mobility21 partners are Carnegie Mellon (lead), University of Pennsylvania and Community College of Allegheny County.