UMass Lowell Launches Android Application

Program to Be Used for iSENSE Citizen Science Website

10/20/2010
By Edwin L. Aguirre

The Engaging Computing Group, which is part of the Computer Science Department, has released an Android mobile phone application to interface with the group’s iSENSE website.

“iSENSE ߞ; the Internet System for Networked Sensor Experimentation ߞ; is a web system that enables users to contribute data collected using classroom probes and other sensor hardware, to view and analyze data from other contributors, and to combine data from multiple sources to examine regional, national and global phenomena,” says computer science Assoc. Prof. Fred Martin.

Martin says the project has already released a low-cost data-logging device, the Portable iSENSE Network Point (PINPoint), in collaboration with Machine Science Inc. PINPoint features a wide range of on-board sensors, a GPS receiver and a connector for external sensors.

“The iSENSE Android application allows users to access the features of the website, such as data visualization and contribution, as well as contribute data recorded directly by their Android mobile phone,” he says. “Users can to collect and visualize geo-tagged data from their phone’s on-board sensors, including an accelerometer, proximity sensor, magnetic field sensor, temperature sensor and light sensor. Data from the sensors can be saved and stored for later use on the device, and streamed to the website for real-time visualization.”

The research team will be exhibiting the iSENSE project and its Android application at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, being held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 23 and 24.

iSENSE is a collaborative initiative of the UMass Lowell and Machine Science Inc. The project is supported by two three-year grants from the National Science Foundation. Development of the Android application was supported by a grant from Google Inc.

For more information, contact Martin at fredm@cs.uml.edu.