Hiking Sauveur Mountain

Thanks to good weather, we went on a beautiful hike one week into the semester — with Reinhard Moratz, Reginal Bennett, Mark Plummer, Shirley Stevens, Pathum Mudannayake, and Darshika.

 

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Real-time Heat Maps with an Arduino Sensor Network

This summer, ECE grad student Nikhil Patil programmed an Ardunio temperature sensor network that updates streams of values into MySQL.  Using RStudio/Shiny, he programmed an application that queried the latest data from the database, and spatial interpolated a set of sensor values using Inverse Distance Weighting to create a heat map. The program continuously pulls the latest data every 5 seconds and generated a new heat map.

Largest robot swarm to date

Pretty cool!

Largest robot swarm to date, consisting of 3-legged kilobots using decentralized coordination and collaboration to achieve global tasks. (Harvard Self-Organizing Systems Research Group).

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More info here.

New heights

Someone made it up Kathadin this summer for the first time (actually, everyone in this photo — Torsten Hahman, Helen Hahman, Xueying, Shirly and Mark).

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One step closer to crowd radiation sensing

Video about the CT007 sensor, which can work standalone or connect via bluetooth to a mobile phone.

Broadening participation in STEM fields via the Stormwater Project

Although I am not directly involved in this project, I took a sneak peek at the first group of 70 high school students attending the first week of the NSF funded project “Stormwater‘ ar Umaine targeting to broaden participation in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. More than 50% of students are women and minorities. After a theory class in the morning, with M. Musavi and A. Abedi, the students and several high school teachers investigates river water by sediment analysis and measured conductivity in various samples of water. The week will continue with knowledge about radio based wireless communication, tiny platforms, programming arduino nodes and deployment.

More info here.

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Balaji visiting, June 2014

Almost exactly one year after graduating and leaving Orono, Balaji came back for a visit.  A great opportunity to organize a BBQ on the picnic grounds of the Steamplant parking lot.

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Mark and Kathy manning the BBQ.

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Inspired by the Germany:Ghana World Cup match

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