Data Sensing Lab

Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries), Rob Faludi (Digi International, NYU ITP, SVA IXD), Brian Jepson (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), Julie Steele (Silicon Valley Data Science), Matt Wood (Amazon Web Services)
Sponsored by:

Digi International

Amazon Web Services

Tuesday, October 23 – Thursday, October 25

New York Hilton, Rhinelander North
1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10019

As a part of NYC Data Week, this event is open and free to the public.

We intend to give attendees a taste of the super-connected world that’s ahead of all of us. By instrumenting the conference environment with basic off-the-shelf sensors and mesh networking, we will observe and report on the conference, and generate interesting sociological data from the distributed sensor network.

This data will then be analyzed in real time at Strata, with the results presented in the keynote sessions. From hardware and software, to data analysis and visualization the project will give the attendees a taste of their lives in a more measured and quantified world.

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Alasdair Allan

Babilim Light Industries

Alasdair Allan is a Scientist, Author, Hacker, Tinkerer and Journalist who has been thinking about the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken.

He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. He recently rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensors motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering.

A few years before that he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing. Several years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that.

He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, or more frequently provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for MAKE magazine, and a contributor to the O’Reilly Radar.

Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes which, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2.

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Rob Faludi

Digi International, NYU ITP, SVA IXD

Robert Faludi is the Collaborative Strategy Leader in R&D for Digi International, with a mandate to forge stronger connections with the community of innovators, discover outstanding new work, contribute to outside projects, and support the people making that work. Faludi is also a professor in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and in the Interactive Telecommunications program at NYU. He specializes in behavioral interactions through physical computing and networked objects. Rob is the author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks, with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino and Processing published by O’Reilly Media, 2011. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Good Morning America, BBC World, the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and MoMA among others. He is a co-creator of LilyPad XBee wearable radios, and Botanicalls, a system that allows thirsty plants to place phone calls for human help.

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Brian Jepson

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Brian Jepson is an editor for O’Reilly Media; he covers a number of areas, including Arduino, wireless sensor networks, mobile devices, as well as some Microsoft and Apple topics.

He likes to hack on gadgets such as Arduino and the Netduino in his spare time, and he is also the co-founder and co-host of Providence Geeks, a monthly gathering in Providence, RI.

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Julie Steele

Silicon Valley Data Science

Julie thinks in metaphors and finds beauty in the clear communication of ideas. She is particularly drawn to visual media as a way to understand and transmit information, and is co-author of Beautiful Visualization (O’Reilly 2010) and Designing Data Visualizations (O’Reilly 2012).

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Matt Wood

Amazon Web Services

As the Technology Evangelist for Amazon Web Services, Matt Wood discusses the technical and business aspects of cloud computing throughout Europe. With a background in the life sciences, Matt is interested in helping teams of all sizes bring their ideas to life through technology. Before joining Amazon he built web-scale search engines at Cornell University, sequenced DNA in Hinxton and developed analytics software in Cambridge. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences, a blogger, published author and an advocate of developer productivity.

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For information on trade opportunities contact Kathy Yu at mediapartners
@oreilly.com

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For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at maureen@oreilly.com

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