Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Mobility Research Center

Mobile systems, including notebook computers, mobile phones, and specialized devices, are becoming the dominant mechanism for Internet access, with various networking technologies enabling anywhere-anytime computing, communication, and collaboration. Services such as mobile shopping, advertising, reservations and social networking are on the increase. Embedded wireless sensors in appliances, vehicles, infrastructure, and the environment will dramatically increase the available information and sources of context. Mobile professionals and young people are already early adopters of these technologies, which are dramatically transforming the way in which people work, shop, collaborate, and play. In-vehicle and hand-held travel guidance systems provide a small glimpse of the possibilities enabled by these technologies.

To accelerate the growth and adoption of these technologies new data and media management, interfaces and visualization are crucial. The development of more powerful wireless networks and the collaboration and semantic features of the rapidly evolving internet could provide richer planned and serendipitous collaboration and customization. Equally important is the development of the underlying systems that will ensure privacy, security, and reliability of these systems even as they are entrusted with our most sensitive and valuable information. The development of context-aware services will combine with mobile social networks to add intelligence to the systems and allow them to interact with and between people in an intuitive, non-intrusive and natural manner.

In light of the dramatic technical, economic, and socially disruptive effects of the global development of mobility technology, Carnegie Mellon will launch a new Mobility Research Center leveraging its Silicon Valley facilities. This center, an extension of CyLab at Carnegie Mellon, will link existing research, education and entrepreneurship programs at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus and Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh. The research program is intrinsically multi-disciplinary and experimental, combining innovative research in technology, usability, behavior, business and policy. Application-driven research and systems prototyping, along with large-scale pilots, will provide a context to drive the integrated experimental research into technology, usability, business, and policy. This effort is unique in examining these forces in a unified way. Students taking part in this program will be able to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering even as they focus their research activities in the area of mobility and security. This Center will help to support new courses to be offered at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus, along with industrial practicum and research projects focused on various aspects of mobility. The Silicon Valley is the ideal location for this center, given the presence of major players in the mobile systems market and the culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.