Description
An ICTP Virtual Meeting

Open Science refers to an umbrella concept that combines various movements and practices aiming to make scientific knowledge, methods, data and evidence freely available and accessible for everyone, increase scientific collaborations and sharing of information for the benefits of science and society. This includes scholarly research that is collaborative, transparent and reproducible and whose outputs are publicly available. Within this framework, Citizen Science is a key element aiming inter alia to extend collaboration with societal actors beyond the scientific community by opening up practices and tools that are part of the research cycle.

In this online workshop we will understand how to balance low cost scientific tools and academic rigor. We will present several examples of successful Citizen Science projects, including nuclear monitoring, seismic sensors and air quality monitoring.

The workshop will include a first introductory week where we will present the scientific benefits of Citizen Science, its societal impact and the latest tools and instruments. The second week will be devoted to the development of low-cost nuclear radiation, seismic and air quality sensors. Participants may choose to only attend the first week or the complete activity, i.e. including the practical work on the development of low-cost sensors. For the second week, participants will have to indicate their preference in attending one of the three practical activities dedicated to nuclear radiation, seismic or air quality sensors.

Time: Lectures will be held daily from 1pm to 4pm CET. Discussions will be held using an online collaboration platform.

Topics:
  • Sustainable Development Goals and the role of technology
  • Open Science and Citizen Science
  • Citizen Science as Science
  • 3D printing and the FabLab revolution
  • The role of inexpensive technology in Citizen Science
  • Statistical inference in scientific reasoning
  • What to do with data from Citizen Science Projects
  • Practical work on the development of low-cost nuclear radiation, seismic or air quality sensors

Applications:
 
Applications for the first week ONLY 'Introduction' can be submitted at the following link http://indico.ictp.it/event/9462/ by clicking on 'Apply here'.

If you are interested in attending the second week of the workshop 'Applications' too, please submit your application on this page by clicking on 'Apply here'.
You will have to indicate your preference in attending one of the three practical activities dedicated to nuclear radiation, seismic or air quality sensors.
 
Lecturers:
K. AOUDIA, ICTP, Italy
E.M. BALLI, INGV, Italy
L. BASTIN, Aston University, UK
M. BOGOVAC, IAEA, Austria
A. BROWN, SAFECAST, USA
S. BUETTRICH, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
B. CAPONE, Universita Roma Tre, Italy
J. CASSIDY, GAS X, UK
C. FONDA, ICTP, Italy
M. FRANZEN, KWI, Germany
D. FRIGERIO, University of Vienna, Austria
E. GIRARDI, POP Ai, Italy
N. JOVALEKIC, TTTech Computertechnik AG, Austria
F. MARCHIS, SETI Institute, USA
A. MEIRA, GRILLO, USA
E. MILOTTI, University of Trieste, Italy
P. MOONEY, Maynooth University, Ireland
J. MOROSS, SAFECAST, USA
L. MUSTAFA, Institut IRNAS Race, Slovenia
B. NEUPANE, UNESCO,Paris
M. PAOLI, TWAS, Italy
F. PILLA, Smart Cities & Urban Innovation, Ireland
P. SPOTTERON, SPOTTERON, Austria
J. TIRAPU AZPIROZ, IBM Research, Brazil
B. VICIC, ICTP, Italy
K. VOHLAND, Natural History Museum Wien, Austria

Tutor:
R. NEUMANN BARROS FERREIRA, IBM Research, Brazil

Registration: There is no registration fee.

Go to day
  • Monday, 15 March 2021
    • 13:00 - 14:30 Nuclear Radiation Track: Introduction to Radiation Tracking Project
      • 13:00 About IAEA and NSIL 30'
        Speaker: Francois FOULON (IAEA, Austria)
      • 13:30 Introduction to Radiation Detectors 1h0'
        Speaker: Mladen BOGOVAC (IAEA, Austria)
    • 13:00 - 14:30 Seismic Monitoring Track
      • 13:00 Seismology, Society and Preparedness 45'
        Speaker: Abdelkrim AOUDIA (ICTP)
      • 13:45 Intro to Seismic Data Sources 45'
        Speaker: Blaz VICIC (ICTP)
    • 13:00 - 14:30 Air Quality Monitoring Track
      • 13:00 Introduction to Air Quality Citizen Science Projects 45'
        Speaker: Sebastian BUETTRICH (IT University of Copenhagen)
        Material: Slides
      • 13:45 Low Cost Air Quality Sensors 45'
        Speaker: John CASSIDY (GAS X, UK)
        Material: Slides
    • 14:30 - 16:00 Joint Session: Case Studies
      • 14:30 Site Characterization of a Coastal Region using Seismic Refraction Method: A Case Study of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria. 30'
        Speaker: Olusegun ADEWOYIN (Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:00 OpenCV and Smartphone-Based Foot-traffic Mapping for Assessment of COVID-19 Infection Risk through CS 30'
        Speaker: Kristofer SANO (Mapua University, Philippines)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:30 When Technology Fails: a Case Study of a Premature CS Tool 30'
        Speaker: Johanna Amalia ROBINSON (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
        Material: Slides
  • Tuesday, 16 March 2021
    • 13:00 - 14:30 Nuclear Radiation Track: How to Build Radiation Detection Hardware
      • 13:00 Radiation Detector Components in a Nutshell 45'
        Speaker: Nikola JOVALEKIC (TTTech Computertechnik AG, Austria)
      • 13:45 Signal Processing and Communication Hardware Design 45'
        Speaker: Nikola JOVALEKIC (TTTech Computertechnik AG, Austria)
    • 13:00 - 14:30 Seismic Monitoring Track
      • 13:00 Intro to RaspiShake 45'
        Speaker: Blaz VICIC (ICTP)
      • 13:45 RaspiShake Demo 45'
        Speaker: Blaz VICIC (ICTP)
    • 13:00 - 14:30 Air Quality Monitoring Track
      • 13:00 IoT and Air Quality 45'
        Speaker: Luka MUSTAFA (IRNAS, Slovenia)
      • 13:45 Low Cost Air Quality Sensors 45'
        Speaker: John CASSIDY (GAS X, UK)
        Material: Slides
    • 14:30 - 16:00 Joint Session: Case Studies
      • 14:30 IoT-Ready Solution Utilizing PSoC (Programmable-System-on-Chip) and LoRa for Natural Disaster Early Warning Systems and Heritage Conservation 30'
        Speaker: Reginald Juan MERCADO (GTek Research, Philippines)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:00 Fibonacci Numbers in Sunflowers 30'
        Speaker: Fabio PICHIERRI (Tohoku University, Japan)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:30 Participant Experience in a Multi-sensor Personal Air Quality Exposure Study using Low-cost Sensors 30'
        Speaker: Johanna Amalia ROBINSON (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
        Material: Slides
  • Wednesday, 17 March 2021
    • 13:00 - 15:15 Nuclear Radiation Track: Create Embedded Processor Design with a Block Diagram
      • 13:00 Introduction to Integrated Development Environment for FPGA 45'
        Speaker: Mladen BOGOVAC (IAEA, Austria)
      • 13:45 Lab Exercise 1h30'
        Speaker: Mladen BOGOVAC (IAEA, Austria), Nikola JOVALEKIC (TTTech Computertechnik AG, Austria)
    • 13:00 - 15:15 Seismic Monitoring Track
      • 13:00 AI Lab 2h15'
        Speaker: Rodrigo NEUMANN BARROS FERREIRA (IBM Research, Brazil)
    • 13:00 - 15:15 Air Quality Monitoring Track
      • 13:00 AI Lab 2h15'
        Speaker: Rodrigo NEUMANN BARROS FERREIRA (IBM Research, Brazil)
    • 15:15 - 16:00 Joint Session: Case Study
      • 15:15 Citizen Science after Fukushima 45'
        Speaker: Joke KENENS (SCK•CEN and KU Leuven, Belgium)
        Material: Slides
  • Thursday, 18 March 2021
    • 13:00 - 15:15 Nuclear Radiation Track: Create Embedded Processor Design with a Block Diagram
      • 13:00 Introduction to Embedded Processors 45'
        Speaker: Mladen BOGOVAC (IAEA, Austria)
      • 13:45 Lab Exercise 1h30'
        Speaker: Mladen BOGOVAC (IAEA, Austria)
    • 13:00 - 15:15 Seismic Monitoring Track
      • 13:00 AI Lab 2h15'
        Speaker: Rodrigo NEUMANN BARROS FERREIRA (IBM Research, Brazil)
    • 13:00 - 15:15 Air Quality Monitoring Track
      • 13:00 AI Lab 2h15'
        Speaker: Rodrigo NEUMANN BARROS FERREIRA (IBM Research, Brazil)
    • 15:15 - 16:00 Joint Session: Case Studies
      • 15:15 Citizen Science Initiatives in India: An Evaluative Study 25'
        Speaker: Anup Kumar DAS (Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:40 Can Social Media Measure Air Quality? 20'
        Speaker: Prithviraj PRAMANIK (Discovery Partners Institute, USA/National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India )
        Material: Slides
  • Friday, 19 March 2021
    • 13:00 - 15:15 Nuclear Radiation Track: Process Signals from Radiation Detectors with FPGA and Measure Gamma Ray Spectrum
      • 13:00 Lab Exercise 1 45'
        Speaker: Mladen BOGOVAC (IAEA, Austria)
      • 13:45 Lab Exercise 2 45'
        Speaker: Mladen BOGOVAC (IAEA, Austria)
      • 14:30 Lab Exercise 3 45'
        Speaker: Mladen BOGOVAC (IAEA, Austria)
    • 13:00 - 15:15 Seismic Monitoring Track
      • 13:00 AI Lab 2h15'
        Speaker: Rodrigo NEUMANN BARROS FERREIRA (IBM Research, Brazil)
    • 13:00 - 15:15 Air Quality Monitoring Track
      • 13:00 AI Lab 2h15'
        Speaker: Rodrigo NEUMANN BARROS FERREIRA (IBM Research, Brazil)
    • 15:15 - 16:00 Joint Session: Case Studies
      • 15:15 Physico-Chemical and Optical Properties of Atmospheric Aerosols over Pristine Environment of Himalayan Region of Uttarakhand India 25'
        Speaker: Alok Sagar GAUTAM (University Srinagar Garhwal Uttarakhand, India)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:40 Tremor in Abuja, the Capital City of Nigeria 20'
        Speaker: Jamila ABDULLAHI (Federal University Dutsin-ma, Katsina State, Nigeria)
        Material: Abstract