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This is an evolving stream-o-consciousness dump from my conversations with Kathleen Affholter about the Iceland gig.
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The Iceland project has moved to
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* Charlie Peck, Computer Science Department
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* 7 weeks
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* Dates:  2 weeks in May, 4 weeks in June, 1 week in August
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* Brief Description:  Design, construction, and field testing of an inexpensive, reconfigurable, and open water, soil and air parameter measurement platform.  This project builds on the water parameter platform we designed in the context of the Keck modules, and the LittleFe project.  During the winter and spring the students and I will design the hardware/software and begin prototyping and testing.  During May we’ll build the production kids, during June we’ll test them locally, and during July we’ll test them in the field in Iceland with a geologist, a chemist and their students from colleges in Tennessee.
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Bring swimsuits
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Figure-out if we can setup Google Drive on a standalone system.
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Figure-out how to pre-cache all of the aerial imagery for Iceland within Google Maps.
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http://rile5.com/topic/14557-how-to-run-mac-os-x-snow-leopard-on-virtualbox/
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One approach
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* Tristan - data management, analysis, and visualizing
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* Kristin - WiFi hotspot and uplink, redundancy, backup (base platform)
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* Ivan - sensors, data collection (sampling platform)
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* Elena - database, web server, wiki, content (local, mirrored)
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* Charlie - chief cook and bottle washer
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To Do:
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* Organize an official transcript to be sent to TnCIS, account number that we said, address:
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** Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS)
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** Pellissippi State Community College
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** P.O. Box 22990
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** Knoxville, TN 37933-0990
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* Recommendation form (on-line)
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* Post current itinerary and update map (is the map posted so that we can all edit it?  (wiki+Google maps API)
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What precision required for each parameter including geocoding?
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Go to the island?  Ferry?  Will we still be in that city on the north coast?  Akureri, university where we will be doing labs.
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Should we visit Pellisippi in March?
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How many credits for the students, in what form (research, class) do they transfer?
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Geology
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* At least 8 students, work in pairs, we supply gear
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Do all of the EC people need to take one or both of the chemistry and geology courses or just the one that she/I teach?
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* Topics in Geology only (she'll send me the class discussion)
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Field science experiments:
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* Temperature map of valley with hotspot (requires sampling and base platforms)
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* Field collaboratory - wiki/Google Drive/? space, IM, file fetching queue, remote syncing, solar/wind power? (requires base platform)
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* Something that requires significant computational resources to steer?
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* Measure motion of tectonic plates?
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Temperature contour of a volcanic mountain -
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4 students plus Charlie (maximum), likely to be interested: IvanB, KristinM, TristanW, Mobeen? (graduates 6 months earlier), others?
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The sampling platform should accept (or have integrated) 1-N sensors:
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* GPS (integrated)
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* Air (temperature, windspeed, gas content (CO2, O2, SO2, CO, H2S), humidity)
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* Water (temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen?, nitrates? phosphates?)
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* Soil (temperature (300C), conductivity, pH, moisture level)
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* Microscope w/ lights
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* Camera w/ lights
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Design criteria for the sampling platform:
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* Small battery and charge controller
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* PC104ish mainboard
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* Belt-pack form factor
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Design criteria for the base platform:
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* Battery
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* Charging station for Nexus, iPads, MBP, phones, etc.
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* WiFi AP
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* Cell phone uplink
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* Satellite phone uplink?
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The idea is that the CCG and HIP would work together to design, build, test and deploy gear that would support a variety of field work by a geology class and a chemistry class in Iceland during July, 2013.  This would cover a wide range of capabilities, from hand-held geocoded water parameter sampling to a WiFi hotspot backed by a server running Apache, Mediawiki, etc. for the students and faculty to use. 
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They have access to Vernier probes that measure conductivity and temperature (may need higher temperature range), possibly CO2 probes.  What model numbers?  Do they geocode?  (Doubtful). 
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Wind power?  Check the wind speed at the locations on the map. 
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USB microscope or 2 (they aren't cheap), e.g. http://www.amazon.com/Aven-26700-300-Microscope-Mega-Pixel-Magnification/dp/B004M8SQ6Q/ref=pd_cp_p_0
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TIC?
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Base station with SVN and software projects
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GPS for iPads?  No, consider the Nexus 7:
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* 7" 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi) back-lit IPS display made of scratch-resistant Corning glass
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* 1.2MP front-facing camera
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* 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm, 340g
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* Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
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* 8 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less), 1 GB RAM
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* 4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use)
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* Micro USB
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* WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam)
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* Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
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* Microphone
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* Accelerometer
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* GPS
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* Magnetometer (!, can we use this to make measurements?)
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* Gyroscope
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Cell or satellite uplink would provide Internet connectivity in some locations.  This would be done through the WiFi hotspot so that everyone could share the uplink.  Or, could we tether a cell phone off of a LittleFe and use it as an access point.
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Map of the locations, see the itinerary.
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Ferry to that island rather than flying?  Stay overnight and then return the next day.
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Make duplicate kits, base unit (yin and yang) and sampling unit (karma and dogma); redundancy, split group.
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Headlamps, soldering iron (butane?), solder, hand tools, thermal imaging camera, IR thermometer, Klientool
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Students and faculty would use iPads, ability to cache data/notes locally and then upload to a server in the evening.  Either Mediawiki or possibly something ala Google Drive running locally on the unit.  Backup to the other unit (each has a spare drive which is a dupe of the others).
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Wind, solar or both?  Probably solar although would almost certainly have to be manually tracking.
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Bluetooth air temperature sensor, belt/hat mounted, 3D thermal map of a valley/fijord
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Where can we get cell service?  Build a mashup and start annotating it. 
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How to tie this into XSEDE?  Talk to ScottL, maybe have a feed from the field during the XSEDE13 conference?  Use an XSEDE resource from the field to analyze/visualize some of the data?
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What if any climate change indicators could we measure?  Find historical temperature records and make contemporary readings in the same places?  Sea level elevation?  Sea temperature?  Plant and/or animal ranges?
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Figure-out if/how we can accentuate the movement of two tectonic plates, enough so that in ~1 day we could observe it directly.
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Where's Fe heartbeat program.  Unit serial number, IP, timestamp and location (as best as can be determined with IP service or GPS) uploaded every 15 minutes (default, adjustable) to hopper -> database -> visualized via a Google Maps mashup that's updated every N minutes.  Started in /etc/rc.local as a detached process. 
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One of the places is cabins, NE, sounds like we would do some work to cover part of the cost of staying there.
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Differential GPS?  Is it necessary?  Handheld units as well as USB for the sampling and base units.
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http://www.frommers.com/destinations/iceland/0260028803.html
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FM radios, 4W?
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What to do for the Earlham course? 
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* Collect, analyze, visualize large (by volume, geographically (relatively), dimensional) data set
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* Consider a visit  to Verne Global’s Ásbrú datacenter (abandoned NATO Air Force base, Keflavík), green computing
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Programming Resources
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* Accessing senors under Android - http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/os-android-sensor/
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Tools and Supplies
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* Waterproof duct tape
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//Login:
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http://www.tncis.org/studentapp/portal.aspx
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