by Alasdair Allan and Kipp Bradford
Hardware hacking for data scientists.
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Tuesday, February 26 – Thursday, February 28
Sensors are the future of distributed data. General-purpose computing is dissipating out into the environment and becoming increasingly invisible and embedded into our lives. We will soon begin to move in a sea of data, our movements tracked and our environments measured and adjusted to our preferences, without need for direct intervention.
At the Strata Conference in New York last year, we gave attendees a taste of the super-connected world that’s ahead of all of us by instrumenting the conference environment with basic off-the-shelf sensors and mesh networking. At the Strata Conference in Santa Clara this February, we will observe and report on the conference once again, with more sensors, real-time visualization, and some new interactive features for attendees.
Results will be presented from the keynote stage. Data visualizations will be shown in real time on a monitor in the Data Visualization Showcase. And attendees are welcome to stop by the Data Sensing Lab booth in the Expo Hall throughout the conference, to view some sample sensor motes up close and talk with the experts. From hardware and software to data analysis and visualization, the project will give attendees a taste of their lives in a more measured and quantified world.
Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer, and journalist who has recently been spending a lot of time thinking about the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken. He is the author of a number of books and sometimes also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things or deploying sensors to measure them. A couple of years ago he rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensor motes covering the entirety of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering. A few years before that, he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time, which caused several class-action lawsuits and a US Senate hearing. Some years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that.
Alasdair sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him or, more frequently, provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for Make magazine and a contributor to O’Reilly Radar. Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work, he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2.
Robert Faludi is the Chief Innovator at Digi International. His job is forging strong connections with the maker community, uncovering new innovation methodologies, supporting outstanding new work, and creating prototypes to spur new product development. Faludi also works as a professor in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and in the Interactive Telecommunications graduate program at NYU. He specializes in behavioral interactions through physical computing and networked objects. Rob is the author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks, with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino and Processing published by O’Reilly Media, 2011. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Good Morning America, BBC World, the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and MoMA among others. He is a co-creator of LilyPad XBee wearable radios, and Botanicalls, a system that allows thirsty plants to place phone calls for human help.
Kipp Bradford is an educator, technology consultant, and entrepreneur with a passion for making things. He is one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty. He is also the Demo Chair of the Open Hardware Summit and a featured innovator at Frost & Sullivan’s GIL 2013. As the former Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp taught several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. He has founded startups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices, including the Data Sensing Lab and Revolution By Design/. Kipp is a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University, and an Adjunct Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. He coauthored Distributed Network Data. He serves on the boards of RIMOSA, The Providence Athenaeum, the community arts organization AS220, and on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine, in addition to co-organizing Rhode Island’s mini Maker Faire.
Julie Steele thinks in metaphors and finds beauty in the clear communication of ideas. She is particularly drawn to visual media as a way to understand and transmit information. Julie is coauthor of Beautiful Visualization (O’Reilly, 2010) and Designing Data Visualizations (O’Reilly, 2012).
Kim Rees is a founding partner of Periscopic, an award-winning information visualization firm. Their work has been featured in the MOMA, CommArts, PRINT, Adobe Success Stories, and others.
Kim is a prominent individual in the data visualization community. She has been featured in CommArts and the Huffington Post, and has presented at several industry events including Strata, Eyeo, Visualized, and OpenVis among others. She also runs the popular Portland Data Visualization Meetup. Kim received her BA in computer science from New York University.
Andrew, an inquisitive humanist, is motivated by the promise of making ours a more rational society. He applies his skills to the problem of converting data into information, a process requiring scripting and research into the relevant fields of study. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Reed College. He greatly enjoys his daily bicycle commute, Portland’s artisanal culture, and searing vegetables in cast iron.
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