RCC Student Operators to Participate in the 2014 UNH URC

RCC Student Operators to Participate in the 2014 UNH URC

Apr 17, 2014

RCC is pleased to introduce our student employees who are presenting research projects at the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference at the Whittemore Center Arena during the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Symposium on April 23, 2014. 

Tyler MacPherson, Information Technology – Tyler and Cory Hayward are presenting their work on the Lobster Research Database.

 "Over the past 10 years the Biological Sciences department on campus has been collecting research on lobster migration patterns in the New England region. During this time, they have managed to collect over 3 million entries of data, which they currently store in CSV files, as well as Excel spreadsheets. The department would like this data to be consolidated by creating a MySQL database to store the existing data from these files. The consolidation process includes defining a normalized schema, creating a database and tables, importing the data from the CSVs/spreadsheets into the database, and creating queries for data that is commonly needed, and to help with data analysis. These queries include the distance a lobster has travelled, the number of days a lobster has been at large, the location of a lobster, whether the lobster is migrating upstream or downstream, the depth of a lobster, and the temperature of the water around a lobster."

Dexter Richards, Computer Science – Dexter is presenting CanopyApp.

CanopyApp is a multi-platform app that measures forest canopy cover in photographs taken by users.  The application works by masking colors specified by the user and then generating a percentage of canopy cover.  Designed for use by foresters, or anyone interested in canopy density, the app serves as a digital substitute for, or supplement to a hand-held device called a densiometer.”

Thaddeus Hatch, Information Technology – Tad and Timothy Smith are presenting the EPREM Web Interface.

“The Energetic Particle Radiation Environment Module (EPREM) is a simulation module that utilizes configurable scientific variables to produce energetic particle radiation simulation data. Previously, running simulations with this module involved manual configuration and input through command line. The old system was not intuitive, required knowledge of command line inputs, and was not portable.

The EPREM Web Interface provides scientists working with the EPREM the ability to easily enter simulation variables through a simple web interface. This interface is driven through a central Python script, which automates commands and processes needed to run each simulation. This script provides the interface between a web front end, a supporting database, and the code required to run simulations, called jobs, with the EPREM. This simple web interface makes the entry of scientific variables, job submission, data control and access, and administration activities easy. It is also easily packaged in a Python egg format for maximum portability.”

Alicia O’Brien, Computer Science – Alicia, Kyle Ireland, and Christopher Len are presenting the PAC Help Application.

“The PAC (Programming Assistance Center) Help App will assist students in receiving help more efficiently from consultants and help the administrator(s) keep track of the daily activity in the PAC.  Students will use the web application to request assistance from a consultant. When requesting help, a student will be able to provide an optional brief description of the problem to help the consultant know ahead of time if it is something they can help with.  Consultants will use the web application to keep track of which student is next in line to receive assistance. This application will be deployed in the PAC(N216) as well as N218 in Kingsbury Hall. The PAC Help App will reduce wait times of students while creating a more fair system in which students can receive help, improving the PAC experience for both the students and the consultants.”

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