RERUM researchers joined a UK Science & Innovation Network-sponsored visit to Chicago (7-11 March 2016). Dr Theo Tryfonas led the delegation and represented RERUM along with Dr Georgios Papadopoulos. Other members of the delegation were Dr Philippa Bayley, Manager of the Cabot Institute, Ms Rebecca di Corpo, Knowledge Exchange Project Manager with Research & Enterprise Development and post-doctoral researchers Dr Xenofon Fafoutis from the SPHERE project and Dr Aksel Ersoy from the ICIF project (photo).
The delegation was hosted by Argonne Labs, who are developing the Array of Things city sensing platform jointly with the University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the City of Chicago. AoT is funded by a $3.1M NSF grant to develop open source and open hardware outdoor sensing technologies and deploy 500 devices in the city of Chicago. The prototype sensing nodes incorporate various sensing technologies, including temperature sensors, humidity sensors, light level sensors, infrared light sensors, pressure sensors, vibration sensors, air quality sensors, and particulate matter sensors. During the visit, the delegation also visited:
- Lane Tech High School, who are piloting sensing technology in their school environment. Lane Tech is the largest high school in Chicago and one of the largest in the country with 4,500 students. The school is collaborating with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Array of Things (AoT) project at Argonne Labs on their own pilot project called the ‘Lane of Things’. The idea is for students to build and programme their own wireless sensors to be deployed around the school and to address issues that concern and interest them.
- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a collaborator of the Array of Things project; and Arup, a British construction firm that specialises in Smart Buildings. The delegation also attended an event on Smart Water infrastructures organised by BuiltWorlds.
- Matter, a Chicago-based incubator dedicated to digital healthcare technologies. It was a unique opportunity to discuss the potential challenges and benefits of modern technologies to healthcare systems, and identify potential partnership models between Matter and the University of Bristol.