Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

School of Emerging Technologies

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Emerging technologies are rapidly transforming how we interact with geospatial data. From new data collection techniques, like new low cost aerial mapping platforms, to improved data management applications that allow us to draw better inferences from existing data sets, emerging technologies is changing what we can learn about our environment.

Come listen as the School of Emerging Technologies presents the results of two ongoing faculty projects:

  • HydroCloud: An Online Integrative Tool for Hydrologic Data (M. McGuire, M. Roberge)
  • Developing an Aerial Mapping Platform (J. Morgan, P. Reese)

HydroCloud: An Online Integrative Tool for Hydrologic Data
HydroCloud  is a web-based framework for hydrologic data integration, visualization, and analysis.  The system uses light-weight but sophisticated Javascript libraries to create responsive visualizations that operate in a web browser. Behind the scenes, the system uses a scaleable, distributed document-oriented database, making it possible to quickly add new data types or provide efficient access to continental-scale stream gauge and rain fall data. This presentation will discuss the technology behind the HydroCloud system, as well as its potential for application in other disciplines. New developments such as social coding and HTML 5 have made it easier than ever before to learn how to code for mobile phones, while scaleable databases and hosted cloud computing have lowered the barriers to entry for new developers.

Developing an Aerial Mapping Platform
Aerial photographs are one important source of data for geographic information systems (GIS). In addition to their use for developing planimetric or topographic maps, aerial photographs are used to provide contextual information not provided on traditional maps; they also provide stakeholders with ways to visually identify areas where recent changes have occurred in the physical or human landscape. Using funds provided by the School of Emerging Technologies, Dr. Morgan and Phil Reese have developed an aerial mapping platform based on a remote quadcopter. They will describe the platform and its capabilities, and discuss its application and use on projects both on campus and off campus.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2013
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Place: LA 2310



Dr. Clare Muhoro (Department of Chemistry) and her undergraduate and graduate students are working with Jeremy Monn (Center for Geographical Information Systems) on the environmental fate of a popular family of pesticides, the N-methylcarbamates (NMCs), used globally as potent insecticides. The ultimate goal of this study is to design suitable remediation technologies for contaminated surface water in tropical environments.

This summer, Dr. Clare Muhoro and her students Bao Ha and Leili Zamini went to the Ruiru River in Kenya to collect data for their analysis. The students will be giving a photo presentation that documents their experience.

Friday, August 30, 2013
1:00 - 2:00
Towson University, Smith Hall, Room 554



Jenn Figg and Matt McCormack discuss their collaborative research with electromechanical kinetic light sculptures. Their light instruments leverage the potential energy of musical performance, analog technology, and human-generated power to visualize sound. With bangs, hits, taps, and shakes, users generate enough power to light up multiple LEDs. The instrument’s simple mechanics and immediate, responsive light reveals complex energy relationships.

Jenn Figg is an Assistant Professor of Art at Towson University in Maryland, and pursuing her Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Matthew McCormack graduated with a BFA in Glass from The Ohio State University and is now pursuing an Interdisciplinary MFA at Towson University.

Selected exhibitions include: The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA, The Art House at the Jones Center in Austin, TX, MOCA Cleveland, OH, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, VA, the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH, the National Museum of Glass in Eskisehir, Turkey and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency, NY, NY.

Community Beacons Perseids

Friday, February 22, 2013
2:00 - 3:00
Towson University, Smith Hall, Room 420



Are you interested in the teaching of ethics? Join your colleagues for a conversation about how technology has impacted ethics and society! We will be talking about how ethics cuts across disciplines and approaches we have all taken to teaching these issues in our classes. We are looking to craft one or more modules that can be used across multiple disciplines, as well as thinking more broadly about developing an interdisciplinary case study event around an ethics technology issue.

Previous workshops in the series:

Tuesday, January 22
10:00 – 11:30
7800 York Road building, room 459

Thursday, December 6, 2012
11:30 - 1:00 
School of Emerging Technologies 
7800 York Road building, room 307C



Do you have a project that involves spatial data? Are you having trouble identifying data sets or getting the data into a form you can analyze? Come to our workshop on Geospatial Data!

In this workshop, we will show you how to find the right geospatial data for your research project. We will walk step-by-step through sample projects to highlight available campus and internet resources, and introduce you to the tools you can use to perform your analysis. We will provide access to geospatial data resources at the local, state, and national levels, and will show how you can link non-spatial data to such data sets.

This workshop was be led by Tom Earp and Jeremy Monn from the Towson University Center for Geographic Information Systems.

Friday, November 16, 2012
12:00 – 2:00
School of Emerging Technologies
7800 York Road, Room 307C

Slides from this workshop are now available!

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