Carnegie Mellon University and Bombardier Corp. are founding partners in a plan to open a $2.2 million research center this fall known as the Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII), to study critical technology areas in a search “more efficient and sustainable civil infrastructure and transit operations.”
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a providing a “significant” economic development grant for the project.
Matthew Sanfilippo, executive director of the PSII, said: “Tomorrow’s infrastructure will blend traditional concrete-and-steel physical infrastructure systems with cyber-infrastructure systems such as computers, networks, and sensors in ways that are just emerging. Pennsylvania has a wealth of companies, universities, and institutions that are inventing many of these emerging technologies that will build or rebuild the world’s infrastructure. We intend to bring these organizations together to leverage and highlight this new resource to help make Pennsylvania a visible leader in these critical emerging technologies."
“Creation of the Bombardier Collaboration Center at Carnegie Mellon will enable joint research in fields such as smart guidance systems, rail control solutions, sensing robotics, and so much more,” said Romuald Ponte, vice president of engineering at Bombardier’s Systems Division and the Centre of Competence. “We will also work with the university to explore creation of a master’s level degree program in transportation systems,” said Ponte, who pointed out that the new collaboration will enable Bombardier's global workforce to feed real-time information to researchers about operating conditions and performance dynamics from various parts of the world.