US-based Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to develop new systems and technologies for the aviation sector.
The partnership is based on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between PIT operator Allegheny County Airport Authority and CMU.
As part of the MoU, CMU’s Metro21: Smart Cities Institute faculty and students will research, develop and deploy a range of new projects across PIT.
The innovations are expected to improve traveller experiences and operations at the airport.
CMU president Farnam Jahanian said: “Pittsburgh International Airport plays a critical role in our economy and shares our vision for making the Pittsburgh region a model for communities across the world.
“This agreement will help our Metro21 Institute to continue and expand data-driven projects in a real-world setting.
“With strengths at the nexus of technology and humanity, CMU is uniquely positioned to collaborate with aviation industry experts to optimise and enhance experiences for travellers and workers.”
CMU and PIT have been working together for three years on several projects, which primarily focus on access and inclusion.
The newly formed partnership will mainly support CMU’s Traffic21 Institute researchers, who developed a mobile application that identifies and guides drivers to the closest empty parking spaces situated near terminal entryways.
It will also support an existing collaboration between PIT and CMU’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy on a series of student capstone projects.
The collaboration has been evaluating various ways to better understand the flow patterns of airport travellers, such as improving the experience for travellers with reduced mobility.
In addition, the new partnership aims to promote the ongoing effort of CMU’s Cognitive Assistance Lab to develop and test the NavCog, a smartphone-based navigation system designed to help people with visual impairments navigate through the airport.