2016 Internet2 Global Summit

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General Session (sponsored by Brocade)

Time 05/17/16 10:30AM-11:45AM

Room Chicago Ballroom (5th Floor)

Sponsored by Brocade

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Session Abstract

The Tuesday General Session turns the spotlight on the critical role the Internet2 community plays in the work R&E institutions are doing—and leading—today. Featuring Charlie Catlett, founding director, Urban Center for Computation and Data, UrbanCCD Open Data and Instrumenting Cities in Chicago, Tuesday’s themes will include:

Redefining Collaboration
Advancing Communities

Catlett will discuss the current state of the ongoing Array of Things (AOT) project in the city where the nodes are live! The project is led by Catlett with researchers from the Urban Center for Computation and Data of the Computation Institute, a joint initiative of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago.

The AOT is an urban sensing project, a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes will be installed around Chicago to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use. AOT will provide real-time, location-based data about the city’s environment, infrastructure and activity to researchers and the public. This initiative has the potential to allow researchers, policymakers, developers and residents to work together and take specific actions that will make Chicago and other cities healthier, more efficient and more livable. The data will help make Chicago a truly “smart city,” allowing it to operate more efficiently and realize cost savings by anticipating and proactively addressing potential problems like urban flooding.

Because all of the data will be published openly and without charge, it will also support the development of innovative applications, such as mobile applications that allow residents to track their exposure to certain air contaminants, or avoid urban heat islands, poor air quality, or excessive noise and congestion as they navigate through the city.

Charlie will discuss where the nodes will be placed, what can be done with the data collected, and will address security concerns, and what the project is doing to protect the data. The keynote session will highlight the initial deployment, funded by NSF, as well as the recent open grid case that will allow for one click implementation of open grid for cities—followed by a general discussion of blending the research of universities with local government.

Find more details about the project at Array of Things.