Smart Mobility Connection Seminar

  • Remote Access Enabled - Webinar
  • Virtual Presentation
  • Assistant Professor
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz School of Public Policy
  • Carnegie Mellon University

Advancing Towards a Smarter and More Sustainable Transportation System

Transitioning to more livable and sustainable smart cities requires improving today’s transportation system to be smarter, safer, and more resilient. In this talk, Dr. Harper will discuss how emerging trends in transportation could change the way we envision our cities and communities and the importance of putting people’s needs at the forefront, as we begin to transition to more technologically advanced smart cities. In the first part of his talk, he will discuss how connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) could impact parking economics and energy use in our downtown urban cores using an agent-based simulation model. This analysis will provide an illustration of the first-order effects of CAVs on the built environment and could help inform near- and long-term policy and infrastructure decisions during the transition to automation. In the second part, Dr. Harper will discuss his current work in hazards modeling, which takes a data-driven approach to help improve active management of the transportation system during heavy rainfall events. Finally, he will discuss future research opportunities and directions in micromobility, hazards modeling, and food delivery.


Dr. Corey Harper is an Incoming Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on climate resilient transportation systems and automation in transportation. Here he uses cost-benefit analysis, modeling and simulation, and machine learning to ask questions such as “how does rain impact congestion on the transportation network” and “how could robocars impact parking revenues in our central business districts.” He is also the recipient of the Elsevier ATLAS Best Paper Award for his work looking at the equity impacts of automation. In 2016, he was invited to become a Young Member on the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee for Vehicle-Highway Automation.

As the nature of transportation continues to evolve, Carnegie Mellon University has students and faculty conducting transportation related research in data analytics, robotics, public policy, engineering, architecture and design, and more.  These efforts are not all co-located in the same building, or even the same department. There was a need to help building a “community space” to bring together people interested in transportation, serving as the impetus for Mobility21’s seminar series.

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