LEaRN The Lafayette Engagement and Research Network

2017-06-08 LEaRN Status Meeting

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SubjectStatus Meeting
Project NameLEaRN
Meeting DateJune 8, 2017
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CGI Lafayette, 538 Cajundome Blvd.; Room: Lafayette/1N-09 

10:00 AM Central



Discussion Items

Recent News
 Hardware (Sensor, Servers, POC Assembly, Deployment Strategy)
  • Prototype platform status
    • Next round of sensors have been ordered, have arrived
    • We are writing code to read data off of the sensors as we speak
    • TODO: Need to detail sensor calibration protocol
      • Ron Evans (EPA), Christin Benedict (EPA) are available as technical experts for calibration
  • Prototype sensor status – health and monitoring
    • Continue to working well without downtime since most recent code changes
  • UL Student Participation Plan Discussion
    • Updates on time frame for student hardware and assembly
    • Plan for final design of hardware for July 21, 2017
    • Notes from Gretchen L Vanicor (LA.edu)
      • Elgazzar, Dr. Khalid (LEARN)is out of town for a few weeks, so a face-to-face meeting is not an option this week or next. He did however offer to meet over Skype to discuss students assembling the sensors. 
      • May need to reach out to other faculty (e.g. computer engineering)
    • May be able to work with students from David Thibodeaux STEM academy
  • LCG, LUS Fiber and Network/Hardware Planning update 
  • Future Sensor Deployments
    • Status updates on UL Research Input to help guide deployment intersection locations – Dr. Whitney Broussard, Dr. Yanica Visser ( committed to advise graduate students to help with selecting locations)
      • Notes from Gretchen L Vanicor (LA.edu):
        • I am casting a wider net. My initial concerns were confirmed by several of our Geosciences (Dr. Whitney Broussard and Dr. Yenneke Visser) and Chemistry (Dr. Feebee Louka) researchers/professors. Their research here is primarily focused on water quality and pollution. 

          While they do not have real need for their own research purposes, they have offered the following advice:
          From Dr. Louka Feebee in Environmental Chemistry - "Areas around schools and some of the day care locations, and areas around hospitals and any manufacturing areas."
          From Dr. Whitney Broussard in Geosciences - "I would suggest that there be locations in rural areas in all directions around Lafayette metro. These could be used as baseline information of ambient conditions. I would also suggest locations that as evenly distributed as possible with some locations based on potential pollution sources....I mentioned earlier that a GIS student could run a spatial analysis on the dataset once it’s complete. This will be a perfect scenario for an interpolation analysis to generate a 2D layer of air quality based on a well-distributed network of data associated with individual points."
        • Gretchen L Vanicor (LA.edu) is working on a list of potential locations based on advice from Dean Jaffey(sp?)
          • e.g. locate at Daycares and Hospitals; Cajun Field bus stops (where buses idle); place in remote UL properties, e.g. ecology center, Crowley Energy Research Center (near rice and soybean fields), St. Martinville
          • Will produce a spreadsheet and/or Google map
    • Status updates on Coordination of sensor deployments with LDEQ/USGS
    • Status updates on Time frames / Quantities for upcoming future deployments
      • TDB
  • Status Update Mobile Sensors
  • Update status on Water sensors brainstorming
    • Delcambre, Matthew (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Miles, Brian (CGI Federal) continued to meet with UL researchers (Beth Stauffer, Ed Theriot, Emad Habib, Taylor Sloey, Whitney Broussard, and others) and LCG (Warren G. Abadie (Lafayette LA), Bess Foret) to discuss flooding/drainage applications
      • The group created a 2-page pilot project proposal
      • The group is exploring seed funding for the pilot
        • Delcambre, Matthew (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) talked with US Ignite about $$$ for more sensors. May be able to write a grant for $10k.
          • Could be used for both air or water sensors
            • Use a different name for the water project?
            • May be more $$ avail for development work as well.
          • Waiting to hear about whether US Ignite will allow a waiver for these funds to purchase hardware (the funds are meant for software development)
            • US Ignite should have an official announcement at the June ~25thish Application Summit in Austin
      • The group will meet again mid June to design a pilot study in the Coulee Mine sub-watershed.
  • Health Cases Update (Ridgeway, Terysa (CGI))
  • LCG Data Access
    • Desired data:
      •  Distribution of traffic congestion and its health effects on:

        • Households within 1/4 mile of heavy traffic roadways
        • Heavy pedestrian areas (walking, biking, etc.)
        • Those with pre-existing conditions like asthma, heart diseases, and  lung diseases
        • Distance from parks, schools, and nursing homes
      • Traffic Data requests:
        • Annual Average Daily Traffic 
        • Traffic Count (Monthly Volume)
        • Traffic Count (Hourly Volume)
        • Directional Hourly Volume by Vehicle Class
        • Pedestrian traffic (location of crosswalks)
        • Cyclist traffic (location of bicycle lanes)
      • Health Data requests:

        • Citizens with asthma, heart and/or lung diseases (preferably broken down by address)
        • Annual averages of citizens with temporary respiratory issues (Upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, outdoor allergies etc.)
        • Citizens with autoimmune diseases and the correlation to high humidity/low barometric pressured areas
 Software Development/Data Management Platform
 Partner Outreach



Action items

Date Assigned 


Due Date

Completion Date Notes 

Meet with LCG re. health, planning, and traffic data

 Check if we can place our own gateway in Stephens Hall   
 Work to resolve issues with LUS network drop into Stephens Hall   
 Produce spreadsheet/Google Map of potential sensor locations across LCG, UL, and LPSS facilities   
 Coordinate sensor deployments with LDEQ/USGS   
 Test mobile sensors   
 Set up logistics meeting for US Ignite App. Summit   
 Send planning, transportation, and planning data to Ridgeway, Terysa (CGI)   
 Connect Ridgeway, Terysa (CGI) with DOTD for traffic count dataWarren G. Abadie (Lafayette LA)   

Follow-up with Blundell, Ben (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and LUS re. connectivity into UL Stephens Hall

 Coordinate on-stage demo scheduling for US Ignite Smart City Conference in AustinDelcambre, Matthew (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)   
 Coordinate Mayor-President's schedule with Smart City Conference on-stage demosCarlee Alm-LaBar (Lafayette LA)   

Set up meeting with Ron Evans (EPA), Christin Benedict (EPA) as technical experts for sensor calibration


Risks and Issues

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