Pittsburgh International, CMU Partnering to Develop New Technology

CMU students will work to develop several innovative projects to improve the aviation industry

Shelby Cassesse
April 19, 2018 - 1:41 pm
Pittsburgh International and CMU partner in aviation innovation laboratory.

Photo By: Shelby Cassesse

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh International and Carnegie Mellon University have formed a partnership to develop new systems and technologies for the aviation industry.

Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis and CMU President Farnam Jahanian signed a Memorandum of Understanding Thursday that will allow faculty and students from CMU's Metro 21: Smart Cities Institute to work in the up-and-coming aviation innovation laboratory.

Cassotis said the partnership is unique because CMU students will conduct their research and partake in project development within the airport.

"CMU will have a dedicated space in the terminal that students, professors and airport staff will be able to use as an innovation lab to develop new systems for travelers and tenants," she said at Thursday's press conference. 

The partnership is an extension of work the two parties have been doing together for the past three years. The team placed inside of the airport will continue support of these projects, including a mobile app that helps drivers find available parking spaces closest to the terminal and a navigation system that helps those with visual impairments find their way through the airport. 

Jahanian feels the partnership is a way to implement CMU's focus on technology and humanity.

"This partnership will bring world-leading research and education in our Smart Cities technology, policies and implementation to enhance the quality of life and delivery of services to countless citizens and passengers," he said.

Cassotis said Metro 21 will implement their ideas into the new terminal. Construction is set to begin in 2019.