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Traffic21 initiative develops app to solve parking delays

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America gave its national Smart Solution Spotlight award on Oct. 3 to Carnegie Mellon’s Traffic21 initiative. The initiative created a new smart parking application, called ParkPGH.

ParkPGH is the first predictive parking app in the country to direct drivers to available parking spots, in the hopes of relieving traffic congestion and delays. It predicts available parking space using an algorithm designed by Robert Hampshire, assistant professor of operations research and public policy in the Heinz College. The algorithm is based on historical parking trends and current events. Every 30 seconds, the program estimates the number of parking spaces available in the Pittsburgh Cultural District’s nine garages and delivers available locations to drivers through an iPhone app, websites, text messages, and a call-in telephone service. It can provide real-time information for the 2,500 parking spaces near the Cultural District.

Funded by Henry Hillman, Traffic21 is a Carnegie Mellon multi-disciplinary research initiative that strives to solve transportation problems in the Pittsburgh area through information collection and communications technology. So far, Traffic21 has completed 21 projects, including apps that provide commuters with bus schedules and arrival times, and apps that offer the safest and simplest routes for senior drivers.

Professors Liskov, Klemmer receive Katayanagi awards

Carnegie Mellon and the Tokyo University of Technology (TUT) have announced that Barbara Liskov and Scott Klemmer are the winners of the fourth annual Katayanagi Prizes. The prizes are endowed by TUT founder Ken Katayanagi to honor outstanding individuals within the field of computer science.

Liskov, recipient of the Katayanagi Prize for Research Excellence, is a professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to a Carnegie Mellon press release, Liskov has contributed to the development of several programming languages and developed the Liskov Substitution Principle, which has made software maintenance easier. In 2008, she received the A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. Liskov’s Katayanagi prize is accompanied by a $10,000 honorarium.

Klemmer, a professor of computer science at Stanford University, received the Katayanagi Emerging Leadership Prize for his work in human-computer interaction, particularly in interface design. His prize comes with a $5,000 honorarium. Both Klemmer and Liskov will accept their prizes in person on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Klemmer will accept his on Thursday, Oct. 13, and Liskov will accept hers on Nov. 10. Both acceptances will be followed by lectures by the recipients.