There’s only 28 thousand days…

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Actually it’s only about 80 days until we leave but Alicia Keys’ song is stuck in my head after hearing it this morning when we were working in the lab. I do know the answer to her second question, Iceland.

Eamon and Deeksha are making progress on the data, data model, and viz tool. We are going to create a function that measures the distance between two lat,lon pairs to make annotating the site information easier and to provide a hook for the bounding-box interface.  We wire-framed the viz tool UI, Eamon is going to construct a message to Patrick about open map tiles that we can cache on our devices.

Erin is chugging along with QGIS, we owe Patrick an adult beverage for suggesting that we use it. Nic recently discovered that there is a plug-in for it that supports LIDAR generated point-clouds in a layer (as a layer?).

I ran into Kelly Gaither (chair of XSEDE16) at IU on Friday, she strongly encouraged us to produce a poster for XSEDE16 on the UAS + LIDAR + machine learning package. She thinks it’s quite unique. Unfortunately she did remember me from the conference last summer when I hid under the table during the awards ceremony.

Next up for me is working on the high resolution Z platform and the soil temperature platform. I would like to work on Field Day too.


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I’ve been looking at the poster submission for SIGCSE 2016. SIGCSE(Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education) is a conference that as the name indicates,cares about CS education and pedagogy. Since we’ve recently had some experience in writing about computer science education because of the paper,it makes sense to submit a poster to SIGCSE. I’ve been bringing together all the bits and pieces of usable material for this project,with the primary source of data being the XSEDE paper and related bits. We already have a plethora of prose,both used and unused,about CS pedagogy and our take on it, the task now at hand is compiling them into an existing poster. There’s now a folder in Drive for SIGCSE,and it’s where I’ve been putting all relevant material.

The poster deadline is in 9 days,so the clock is ticking on this one….