Rural Mobility Service Platform (RAMP) Optimal Design and Pilot 


 Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz College of Information Systems

Director of the Mobility Data Analytics Center

Carnegie Mellon University 

Thursday, February 15, 2024


This seminar will discuss transportation innovations captured through intelligent mobility strategies. Intelligent mobility is broadly defined by connectivity, automation, electrification, and multi-modal personal and freight movements, all done safely and securely. Large-scale data, transportation modeling and artificial intelligence tools, simulation and visualization, multi-scale connectivity, and high-performance computing enable it. This talk will provide a framework to assess intelligent mobility strategies by exploring focus areas, including physical infrastructure, digital infrastructure, electric vehicle infrastructure, policies, regulations, and associated public knowledge and acceptance. Results from a readiness assessment based on a survey of diverse stakeholders in Tennessee will be discussed, along with urban and rural area strategies for investments in infrastructure and emerging technologies.  


 Dr. Sean Qian is a Professor jointly appointed at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (major) and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy (minor) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He directs the Mobility Data Analytics Center (MAC) at CMU. Qian's research interest lies in large-scale dynamic network modeling and large-scale data analytics for multi-modal transportation systems, in the development of intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and in understanding infrastructure system interdependency. His research has been supported by several public agencies and private firms, such as NSF, U.S. DOE, U.S. DOT, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), IBM, Honda R&D, Fujitsu Inc., Benedum Foundation, and Hillman Foundation. Prof. Qian serves as an Associate Editor for Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Transportation Science, Transportmatrica B, and Journal of Public Transportation, and an editorial board editor for Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, and is an active member of the Network Modeling Committee and AI Committee of TRB. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2018 and the Greenshields Prize from the Transportation Research Board in 2017. Qian was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University from 2011 to 2013, and received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Davis in 2011 and his M.S. degree in Statistics at Stanford University in 2012.