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.
Region, Equity and Mobility - An Interview With Vincent Valdes of Southwestern PA Commission
In this podcast episode, Karen talks with The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Executive Director Vincent Valdes, an experienced and impassioned Mobility Innovator exploring and leading the development of new practices and technologies that will result in better transportation for all travelers.
Integrating and Learning from Mobility Data - An Interview With Sean Qian
In this podcast episode, Karen talks with Sean Qian, the Henry Posner, Anne Molloy, and Robert and Christine Pietrandrea Associate Professor jointly appointed at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, as well as the founder of the Mobility Data Analytics Center. Hear Sean discuss how leveraging technology can provide resources to disadvantaged communities through transportation and mobility data!
How Helping Our Vulnerable Populations Can Improve Our City
In this podcast episode, Karen talks with Julie DeSeyn, the Chief Program and Policy Officer of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She oversees many grant-making and initiatives such as the 2-1-1 Helpline that seeks to provide help for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Hear Julie discuss how our most vulnerable populations are vital to restoring our cities!
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!
Important topics, great discussions!
Great podcast. Definitely enjoying them and looking forward to hearing them evolve into the future. One suggestion, improve the audio quality.