Metro21: Smart Cities Institute is a campus-wide initiative at Carnegie Mellon University dedicated to the research, development, and deployment of projects aimed at improving the quality of life in metropolitan areas.
The mission of this podcast is to introduce a wider audience to our work. There are so many innovative projects being developed and deployed here at Carnegie Mellon, and we want to give the public a chance to be a part of our journey.
An Economist Who Thinks like an Engineer and a Philosopher
In this podcast episode, Karen talks with Lee Branstetter, who recently worked on a comprehensive and impressive research project with us here at Metro21, where he and his colleagues developed an app to helped disadvantaged workers get to their jobs through ridehailing (like using Uber or Lyft). We will get the latest updates from Lee about this on today’s episode. Check it out!
Algorithms, Smart Cities, and How to Make Them Work For Everyone
In this episode of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute Podcast, Karen Lightman interviews Dr. Alexandra Chouldechova, a professor at Carnegie Mellon. Dr. Chouldechova is the Estella Loomis McCandless Assistant Professor of Statistics and Public Policy, and her work focuses on algorithmic fairness in areas such as child welfare, criminal justice, healthcare, and financial services. During this friendly, half-hour conversation, Dr. Chouldechova touches on a range of topics from using algorithms to help make child welfare decisions, to predictive policing. She posed a range of questions like “who determines what is fair?” and “How can we make algorithms and technology work for as many people as possible?” Dr. Chouldechova recognizes that algorithms are not created in a vacuum and describes how she believes problems of algorithmic discrimination can be alleviated.
Developing a Meal Delivery System for Children: A Chat with Patrick Dowd of Allies for Children
This episode of Metro21's podcast features the inaugural Executive Director of Allies for Children, Patrick Dowd. Host Karen Lightman and Dowd sit down to talk about child equity, COVID-19, and the current civil unrest flooding the nation. Check it out!
Public Art and the Internet of Things (IoT): Impacting Communities through Collaboration
In this podcast, Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman sits down with Brett Crawford and Jenee Iyer from the Arts Management & Technology (AMT) Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. They discussed several topics related to their Metro21 project: Public Art & IoT. They talked about their inspiration for the project, the value of art in cities (and their future), especially in ways that it can help foster citizen engagement. They also discussed the lessons learned on the project and some ideas for the future.
Cultivating Leadership to Bring Change to Communities: A Conversation with Waynesburg University President, Douglas Lee
On this episode of the podcast, Karen Lightman, Metro21 Executive Director sits down with Waynesburg University President Douglas Lee to discuss everything from the future of rural mobility to running triathlons in Death Valley. Make sure to tune in!
Link to Video: https://www.wevideo.com/view/1493066587
Industrial to Innovative: A Conversation with Pittsburgh's Director of Innovation and Performance
Metro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman, sat down with Santiago Garces, Pittsburgh's Director of Innovation and Performance to discuss innovation within 21st century cities.
"I'm a big fan of the podcast! I was thrilled to hear Santi Garces talk about RoadBotics and the work we did together under his leadership." -Ryan Gayman, VP of Growth, RoadBotics