Monthly Archives: December 2008

Week 16: final report

Not much to say, continuing to work on my tech report, due this Friday 12/19. Found this amusing climate penance device, called the Thighmaster.

Planned items from last week:

  • [IN PROGRESS] Finish first draft of tech report
  • Read 3 new papers from literature review list
    • [DONE] Four month Moon and Mars crew water utilization study conducted at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station, Devon Island, Nunavut
    • [DONE] The Khazzoom-Brookes Postulate and Neoclassical Growth
    • [DONE] Fueling Our Transportation Future

Hours worked: 20 (target: 15 hr)

Plans for coming week:

  • Finish final draft of tech report, turn in to Philip
  • Read any papers I need to fill in gaps for the literature review

Pointers to work products:

Week 15: presentation and NSF day

Last week most of my effort sent into preparing for my presentation to the ICS 690 seminar. I posted the result on SlideShare. Most of the hard work was actually moving my proposal forward, after that, writing the presentation wasn’t too bad.

At the presentation, I got some useful feedback. Mark Stillwell pointed out something I had also been thinking about, which is that the idea of aggregating data from ubiquitous sensors for analysis has application for lots of other areas. One that I’ve explicitly thought about is Hackystat (automated collection of sensor data from software development for software process improvement), but I wonder if there are generalized techniques that can be used for analysis and motivation across domains.

Professor Binsted suggested that I think about how I might work with Better Place, as Hawaii has signed on to the Better Place network. Not sure what I would do with them, but it’s something to think about.

I spent Friday at NSF Day at the Hawaii Convention Center. There was a lot of useful information about NSF, the structure of the organization, and how to apply for grants. I’m not there yet, but it’s good to get the information from the horse’s mouth. The CISE directorate (I love saying directorate) is planning to start a Green IT project sometime in 2010 or 2011, which could be an interesting source of funding.

I didn’t get as much reading & writing done as I had hoped last week due to the focus on the presentation and NSF day. Planning to catch up this week.

Future thought: Beyond PET: what would happen if PET is a big success? Philip asked me to think about this, and I’m going to need some time to mull it over.

Planned items from last week:

  • [DONE] Make slides for ICS 690 presentation
  • [DONE] Practice ICS 690 presentation
  • [ONGOING] Continue writing tech report
  • Read 3 new papers from literature review list
    • [DONE] IPCC report 4 Synthesis report
    • [NOT DONE] Dormitory residents reduce electricity consumption when exposed to real-time visual feedback and incentives
    • [DONE] A Bright Green Perspective On Sustainable Choices

Other accomplishments this week:

  • Tech report bibliography now only lists works cited, and doesn’t show annotations. The proposal still has the full annotated biblio.
  • Attended NSF Day, learned a lot about NSF, CSIE, and grant writing

Hours worked: 25 (target: 15 hr)

Plans for coming week:

  • Finish first draft of tech report
  • Read 3 new papers from literature review list
    • To be specified later, based on the tech report draft

Pointers to work products:

Cool links:

  • WebCite is a solution to the problem of citing URLs in scholarly works. You can provide them with any URL, and they will archive it and provide you with a permanent URL that will show that page as it was when you archived it. The goal is to allow scholars to cite URLs without worrying that the content will change in the future or simply disappear. This should remove some of the reservations people have about citing URLs.

Week 14: TED API and first draft

I read an interesting paper about carbon neutrality and carbon offsets. They conclude that the path from retail payment for an offset to actual projects can be long and complicated, and that one should examine the details of the projects funded by the offsets closely. They have also evaluated a variety of carbon footprint calculators, which often go hand in hand with the sale of offsets.

After reading this paper on using whole-home energy meters to break down electricity usage, I’m thinking about buying The Energy Detective (TED) for use at home. The cost for a meter plus the computer software for downloading data is less than $200. Interestingly, they now have an API available, though you have to email them for details. However, the API must be pretty functional, since there is now a TED toolbar for Firefox. It would be nice to finally get some data so I can start doing some implementation work.

I’ve started writing more on the tech report, but it can’t really be called a first draft yet. Writing should be easier now since I have read a lot of the papers I was planning to write about. I should be writing about a page a day at this point.

On Thursday I am giving a 30-minute presentation to ICS 690, so I need to work on that. Friday I’m attending the all-day NSF workshop on developing proposals.

Planned items from last week:

  • [IN PROGRESS] Write first draft of tech report
  • Read 2 new papers from literature review list
    • [DONE] Carbon neutral – sense and sensibility
    • [DONE] How Much Energy Are We Using? Potential of Residential Energy Demand Feedback Devices
  • Write up notes from papers read during PET paper lit review
    • [DONE] Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Behaviors Using Social Marketing In Emerging Persuasive Technologies
  • [NOT DONE] Finish running through carbon metric calculators

Other accomplishments this week:

  • Figured out how to make a LaTeX macro for CO2, which I was typing a lot

Hours worked: 15 (target: 15 hr)

Plans for coming week:

  • Make slides for ICS 690 presentation
  • Practice ICS 690 presentation
  • Continue writing tech report
  • Read 3 new papers from literature review list
    • IPCC report 4 summary
    • Dormitory residents reduce electricity consumption when exposed to real-time visual feedback and incentives
    • A Bright Green Perspective On Sustainable Choices

Pointers to work products:

Cool links:

  • None