Open Instrumentation for the Lab and Public: Open IoT Instrumentation and Its Place in Science

January 30, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, UMN
Keller 3-125
Volkan Isler

ABSTRACT: IoT is quickly becoming one of the major buzzwords in industry. Instead of changing the color of your lightbulbs from the other side of the planet, why not use this powerful technology for both awesome and good? In this talk, we’ll see examples of IoT systems being developed in the environmental instrumentation lab in the BBE department, from a pocket-sized NMR cell to a stream gauging station that’s more capable that what’s currently in use by USGS for <10% of the cost. Like IoT, physical computing, sensors, or sensing systems? Come and see!

BIO: Pete Marchetto is still not quite certain how he got where he is today. He started out doing research on the physics of biomedical devices, swerved into clinical research, then magnetostrictive materials, and finally a BS from Ramapo College of New Jersey in physics. After doing a story-laden stint for an equipment calibration firm, a genomics software company, and a piezoelectric polymer lab at Penn State, he joined the engineering team of the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where, while working on recording devices for biologists, he got an MS and PhD. A postdoc in the Cornell Soil and Water Lab set him up to interact with citizen science groups on the topics of sensing and instrumentation. Now he's at the University of Minnesota, teaching instrumentation and fluid dynamics while trying to figure out how to make the least. Expensive. Sensors. Ever.