Kites, Computers, and Air Quality: Sensing the Air We Breathe

Friday, December 2, 2016
When: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
VKC 155
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00

Join us on the afternoon of Friday December 2nd for our next Polymathic Lab. Guided by a team of true polymaths -Biayna Bogosian of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Evangelos Pantazis of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and Narek Gharakhanian from the Pomona Mathematics Department- we’ll assemble tetrahedral kites, solder 3D-printed hardware to their frames, and fly them around campus to measure air quality while visualizing the data they receive with computers on the ground.

The workshop will begin with an overview of the theory and history of dynamic sensing and air quality data visualization as well as an introduction to modular tetrahedral kite construction. We’ll then make our way outdoors where, aided by instructors, we’ll engage in field monitoring exercises on campus, testing our air pollution sensing workflow with custom kites. We’ll conduct field measurements in various locations, not only to compare air pollution results, but also to trigger curiosity and provoke thoughts in the campus community. Finally, sensing kits in the kites will publish air quality data to a host computer in real time, where we can utilize 3D visualization techniques to better understand the spatial patterns of the air quality data.


Biayna Bogosian (USC School of Cinematic Arts)
Evangelos Pantazis (USC Viterbi School of Engineering)
Narek Gharakhanian (Pomona Mathematics Department)

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