Distributed Sensor Research Projects
Projects students have been involved with recently: (9/10th grade and 11/12th grade).

1) DECO (Distributed Electronic Cosmic-Ray Observatory). Using code (Install the ur-version from here: Distributed-Observatory.apk ) developed by Kenneth Jensen at the Distributed Observatory, and a number of Android phones, one can build a real-time cosmic-ray flux map of a given area.
Project wiki for DECO.

2) LearnLight. Using an Android phone's camera, or by uploading images taken by a different camera, this code allows for the calculation of the transmittance, absorbance, and intensity of light as a function of wavelength for a given spectral sample. This code allows for a phone to run as a spectrophotometer.

3) AirVisibilityMonitoring. An Android application to capture images of the sky, the position of the phone, the position of the Sun, and the tilt of the phone in order to have the current visibility compared to the predicted visibility. The back end server can then use this data in aggregate to get a reading on current air pollution from visibility data.

4) BudBurst. A phone application to capture the location and date of different plant species first bloom. This data provides a phenological data set for climatological or ecological research.

5) What's Invasive. An Android/iPhone application to tag the location of various types of invasive plant species for a given area.

6) NEXLEAF Analytics. An NGO dedicated to using smartphones to document and tackle various environmental and public health issues.

7) EDDMAP. A website designed to upload the photos, location, and identification of various invasive species across the United States. The program is not in an app format yet, but it has far more detail in the data it takes than the What's Invasive app.

8) CAMS (Cameras for Allsky Meteor Surveillance). A SETI project to use ground-based cameras to position incoming meteors.

9) SHArK (Solar Hydrogen Activity research Kit). A project to find metal compounds which can split water into hydrogen and oxygen using only sunlight.
Materials login

10) The Catalina Surveys Data Release 1. A Caltech data set on variable brightness celestial objects.

11) Safecast. A community radiation monitoring project started in response to the fallout from the Fukushima meltdown in Japan. Now expanded to cover other portions of the Earth.

Wow, a talk I gave on citizen science
poster: 2011-08-10_Levi_CitizenScience.pdf
Actual presentation:


1. TARGET: A multi-channel digitizer chip for very-high-energy gamma-ray telescopes


1. Electronics Testing for TeV Gamma Ray Telescope
2. Supernova Remnants and Cosmic Ray Acceleration Mechanisms


1. 4 April 2011 THE Journal
2. 15 September 2011 BoingBoing
3. 20 September 2011 Mar Vista Patch
4. 11 March 2012 American Physics Society
5. 1 April 2012 Safecast