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Hawaii for Scientists

Pete Beckman

The Sage project combines advanced cyberinfrastructure, artificial intelligence (AI), and sensors to create intelligent, autonomous, new instruments to help us explore and understand climate change, natural hazards, urban landscapes, and the biosphere. The Sage team has deployed more than 100 nodes across the United States – but this installation was special…. Sponsored by NAISE, our goal was more than simply connecting an NVIDIA Jetson GPU, infrared camera, and anemometer to build a Wild Sage Node and create a secure infrastructure for scientific discovery – we were also intent on experiential learning -- from carrying scientific equipment (watch video) through the dense forest of Volcanos National Park to learning about the restoration of a 400 year old native pond. Together with a team of students from Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois, we set out to learn and contribute – Science! Hawaii is beautiful, but Science is our goal. Enjoy the reports that will show up here.

The Team

Summer Interns Develop Next Generation Edge Applications for Sage

The summer 2023 intern projects were filled with exciting and impactful science that truly pushed the boundaries of edge computing. This standout work includes using AI for: snow detection on the Bad River, utilizing image super-resolution, estimating solar irradiance, automating rideshare vehicle detection, lightning detection with software defined radio, smoke & wildfire detection, and building an API for Waggle infrastructure. The interns came together from a wide variety of STEM backgrounds, experiences, and universities to bring new insights into the novel applications they developed. Each intern left with a deeper understanding of various fundamental concepts of Sage - software-defined sensor networks, edge computing, and machine learning.