Posts Tagged 'environment'

GRID Computing Now! – Competition 2008

From GRID Computing Now! – Competition 2008. Too bad it’s only open for UK residents 😦

Enter the Grid Computing Now! Competition 2008

Grid Computing Now! is pleased to announce its second competition for applying innovative grid computing solutions to an environmental problem. The competition is supported by the British Computer Society, The 451 Group, Intellect, Memset, Microsoft, National e-Science Centre, Oxford e-Research Centre, the Technology Strategy Board and WWF.

Of course supercomputing systems have are already widely used to analyze weather patterns like MM5 and other NWP suites. So what solutions kinds of solutions can show one’s creativity? The middleware component is very interesting for us system integrators but we build the system so that the end-user (the average scientist) can make their data exploration much faster and draw deeper insight into a situation. Computational scientists, meterologists and disaster rescue operatives coordinate their workflows together to support relief efforts in a natural disaster. It is indeed true that today’s grand challenges in science is also the concern of everyone in the society and not just a single discipline.

Other links that might be of interest is the press release of the previous winners. But I can’t find the links to the project deployments of the winning projects. Anyone know their URLs?

Villagers rely on rain gauges

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Weather satellite imagery from PAGASA

This was posted in regions section a week ago:

At least 13 digital rain gauges have been installed in seven towns and two cities of the province, and 12 more are coming, courtesy of the Social Action Center of the Archdiocese of Legazpi.

Cedric Daep, executive officer of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, said early warning devices would also be given to communities so that information could be relayed quickly to the residents.

Disaster officials have been trained to interpret data from the wired rain gauges, which cost almost P7,000 each and are placed in municipal halls. The gauges can detect possible landslides, lahar and flooding through a criteria carefully devised by the PDCC.
When the device records rainfall of 1 millimeter per minute, mudflows from Mayon Volcano are likely to occur, Daep said. A 7.2 mm-per-hour rainfall could mean heavy flooding, especially in low-lying areas

Indeed it is more cost effective to deploy an array of sensors across an specific area rather than buying multi-million dollar equipment like weather radars. But in order to obtain useful information in a timely manner, the network for these gauges should be properly designed. There have been a lot of research on deploying highly resilient networks for rain conditions. I am currently involved in the Rain research group of the ECCE department. Aside from studying how rain affects the signals and performance of the rain sensor, our group proposed to use the network itself as the sensor.  We are also researching on innovating data gathering methodologies such as using digital recorders (acoustic sensors) as rain observation equipment.

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ICT Asia presentation

The ICT-Asia is a program of the French government to foster cooperation and networking in research and training in ICT in Asia. Last November 18-22, they hosted their 5th conference in Taipei in cooperation with the National Science Council of Taiwan. The delegates were from France and other countries in Asia such as India, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan. It was a very good opportunity to network with fellow scientists from other countries in future research projects and collaborations.

I presented our department’s works in applying wireless networks for emergency response system in the seminar. This slide presentation is under the theme network infrastructure. The title of my talk is “Rapidly deployable disaster management systems”. Below are the slides that were used for the presentation.

I think the topic of my presentation was well received. It stimulated a lot of discussions and created a potential to forge partnerships and collaborations in future ICT Asia funding programs and other research proposals. If you are also interested in the presentation I presented above, feel free to contact me or any faculty member of the ECCE department.

Other talks from the Ateneo de Manila’s delegation was, “Medical image analysis and information retrieval with grid computing applications” presentated by Dr. Rafael Saldana of the Mathematics department, “Patient driven mobile phone-enabled medical health services” by Dr. Nathaniel Libatique of the ECCE department.

Thank you to Dr. Libatique for helping me build this presentation!