2019 App Summit Demonstrations

The demonstrations of advanced smart city applications are one of the highlights of the US Ignite Application Summit programming each year.  These demonstrations feature a wide selection of transformation smart city applications and services developed and adopted by members of the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities program and the National Science Foundations Smart and Connected Communities.

Stage Demonstration Details

See the main event website for a complete schedule of the stage and information on the Smart Cities Connect Program.  The stage programming happens on the mornings of Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd from 8:30 to approximately noon in the Bellco Theater of the Denver Convention Center.

Live 360 VR Video for STEM Education

Innovative rural project linking rural students to world-class STEM educators.

Tuesday, 9:15 am, US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities

  • Michael Cuales, Creative Director, LEVR Studios LLC, Raleigh NC; [email protected]
  • Rebekah Davis, Instructional Technologist, NC State College of Ed, Raleigh NC; [email protected]

Resilient Water Systems

To increase the resilience of water supplies, this project will develop a smart water system that integrates smart and connected (S&C) technology and adaptive management to ensure safe drinking water for communities. The smart water system will consist of sensor networks embedded in a drinking water reservoir to reduce delays and enhance feedbacks between the detection of water quality
degradation and decisive management action to mitigate such threats.

Tuesday, 11:10 am, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities

  • Cayelan Carey, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA; [email protected]

iNotify: AI to prevent gun violence

iNotify is a state-of-the art technology solution that elevates gun public safety to the next level. iNotify prevents fatalities, improves first responder response times, and quickly identifies victims and their needs in shooting situations. The Plano Intelligence (PI) team has developed, tested, and prototyped the first phase of the solution and is currently working on commercially deploying it as SAAS. The PI team is actively seeking partners in deploying a pilot for public safety and mitigation of gun violence. iNotify is designed to seamlessly integrate proactive safety intelligence into existing infrastructure and devices of public or private entities.

Tuesday, 11:50 am, US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities

Grounding the Cloud in Community

A novel community-governed edge cloud that is more secure, energy efficient and low cost. This presentation will describe activities going on in the community of Harlem in New York City to co-produce an edge cloud to enable affordable and tractable computing and multimedia environments. The emergence of edge cloud computing is creating a new opportunity to connect the cloud, smart technologies and IoT to communities in a tangible way. Co-production across community stakeholders is used to ground the cloud in community.

Tuesday, 12:05 am, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities

Real-Time Drone Streaming

City of Wilson and its partners developed a novel drone system infrastructure and remote streaming application that supports situational awareness in emergency response. The solution, developed with a Service Development Fund grant, improves the ability of government agencies and first responders to coordinate and collaborate using drone-collected sensor analytics via a standard protocol.

Wednesday, 8:50 am, US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities

GonioSense

Real-Time telerehabilitation with doctors enabled through wearable devices and edge computing. Allows doctors to the fine-grained control and real-time feedback necessary to conduct live sessions remotely with patients in their home.

Wednesday, 11:10 am, US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities

  • Qi Bozhao, WiNGs Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI; [email protected]
  • Suman Banerjee, Professor of Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; [email protected]

Cipher – Visualizing Cultural Artifacts

‘Cipher’ is a visitor experience platform for museums, galleries and cultural institutions that allow for personalized content to be delivered to each visitor, triggering audio and visual artifacts from the collection. IT can also be tailored based on visitor engagement before, during and after their visit and expanded to enhance other digital humanity collections in Australia and internationally.

Wednesday, 11:50 am, US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities

Expo Floor Demonstration Details

The US Ignite demonstrations on the Denver Conference Center Expo Hall will take place from 4 pm – 7 pm on Tuesday April 2nd and 4 pm – 5:30 pm on Wednesday April 3rd.  This gives attendees time to interact with these smart city innovators and their technologies and learn how they can bring these solutions to their own cities.

Social Harm Data Analytics

This project will demonstrate software systems for heterogeneous social harm data integration, new marked point processes for modeling heterogeneous social harm event dynamics including trust and grievances towards police, optimal control methods for space-time point processes that are lacking in current point process research, and near real-time software-human systems for deploying hourly interventions to space-time dynamically changing risk

Booth #21, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities, Tuesday Only

  • George Mohler, Professor, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; [email protected]
  • James Hill, Professor, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Saurabh Pandey, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Nahida Chowdhury, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Energy-Aware Communities

We aim to foster energy-aware residential communities by providing feedback and incentives based on large-scale data analytics and predictive modeling. Through our community engagement with IHCDA’s Moving Forward program, we are doing this in several hundred households across Indiana.

Booth #22, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities, Tuesday Only

  • Panagiota Karava, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN; [email protected]
  • Jacob Sipe, Executive Director, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority;
  • Gary Hobbs, Chief Executive Officer, BWI

COMPASS

This multidisciplinary project takes a community-wide approach that will integrate people and data with analytics and engineering using social and behavioral sciences to maximize the efficiency of delivering human and physical services, and also improve the sense of connectedness of residents with service providers and government structures. The project will study the limitations of extant services, which will in turn inform the development of novel decision-making mechanisms with sufficient behavioral realism.

Booth #23, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities

  • Daphney-Stavroula Zois, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University at Albany-SUNY, Albany, NY; [email protected]
  • Rushka Tcholakova, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of the Greater Capital Region, Albany, NY; [email protected]

Energy-efficient Autonomous Driving

The technical contributions enabling traffic smoothing and reduction in the environmental footprint include new mean-field optimal control formulations for sparse control settings where only a subset of vehicles are CAVs and can be controlled. Investigators will develop data-driven control algorithms based on deep reinforcement learning designed to enable control in settings where analytical approaches to derive explicit controllers are too complex (e.g., due to multi-lane, ramps, and high variation of human driving styles).

Booth #24, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities

  • Alex Bayen, Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley CA ; [email protected]
  • Abdul Rhaman Kreidieh, Researcher, UC Berkeley CA
  • Yashar Zeiynali Farid, Researcher, UC Berkeley CA

Motivating Pro-Social Behavior

Would you take a later bus if a mobile app told you the next bus would be full and gave you $3 off coffee? The PittSmartLiving project (https://PittSmartLiving.org) is building infrastructure to make that a reality, by providing real-time information to commuters along with such incentives from nearby businesses. In addition to developing a holistic urban transportation system that balances utilization across both public transportation networks and local businesses, we plan to design and evaluate the market mechanism that integrates and aligns the incentives of various stakeholders, to motivate pro-social transportation behavior.

Booth #25, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities

  • Alexandros Labrinidis, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA; [email protected].edu

Rural Connectivity for Emergencies

The project will demonstrate the EApp, a smartphone app which will support the collection of information from different sources and its exchange among first responders, government agencies and residents. The project will also design a heterogeneous network architecture and corresponding protocols that leverage wide-area wireless backhaul over TV white spaces, WiFi and pocket-switching to provide continuous communication to first responders and delay-tolerant information access to residents. We will also demo early efforts in community engagement.

Booth #26, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities

  • Mariya Zheleva, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University at Albany SUNY, Albany, NY, [email protected]
  • Karyn Doke, PhD Student of Computer Science, University at Albany SUNY, Albany, NY, [email protected]

Real-Time Edge Video Analytics

This project formulates social-technical advances to efficiently analyze and assist communities and governing agencies in making real-time, smart reactions. The project enables real-time vision processing near the cameras (edge nodes) and cooperative processing over the edge network. At the same time, the proposed research interprets, formalizes, and models public safety and security events to be machine detectable, reducing biases, and enabling broad-based community support and trust.

Booth #27, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities

  • Samuel Rogers, PhD Student of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC; [email protected]
  • Christopher Neff, Undergraduate Student of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC; [email protected]
  • Matias Mendieta, Undergraduate Student of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC; [email protected]
  • Hamed Tabkhi, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC; [email protected]

Smart Water Systems

The team will demonstrate a system of integrated low-cost sensors that form an adaptable, self-controlling stormwater system. Retrofitting stormwater systems with controllers, such as gates, valves, and pumps, allows existing stormwater infrastructure to be adapted to individual storms. This “shrinks” the size of infrastructure needed to reduce flooding and improve water quality. Our demonstration will showcase open source sensors and a real-time dashboard that is currently being used to visualize weather forecasts and feeds from hundreds of water sensors, while controlling various stormwater assets.

Booth #28, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities, Tuesday Only

  • Branko Kerkez, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; [email protected]
  • Jon Hathaway Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; [email protected]

Space-Time Tracking of Vehicles

Showcase of our smart camera surveillance system for vehicle tracking. During the demo, attendees would first see the vehicle detection and signature generation from the real campus camera streams. Then we would demonstrate our communication prototype across cameras to exchange the signature of vehicles for re-identification and our graph representation of vehicle trajectory for storage. Last we will show a web interface for our system running under SUMO traffic simulation / real-world taxi dataset which allows attendees to view the detections of any camera from the latest to the oldest and the track of the vehicles that our system reconstructs starting from any detections.

Booth #29, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

  • Kilsore Ramachandran, Professor of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA; [email protected]
  • Zhuangdi Xu, Georgia Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA ; [email protected]

Stop & Freeze

Our team intends to demonstrate the MVP/prototype of the app we are developing. The goal of the app is to deploy audio/visual effects to mitigate the danger in an active-shooter situation. The demo will showcase the mobile application’s capability to connect to a BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Speaker and other similar devices.

Booth #30, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

ZenCity

Using AI to help cities better understand resident engagement to make data-driven decisions. ZenCity uses AI to help cities better understand resident feedback, and to power data-driven decision-making. We do this by aggregating millions of resident-generated data points from sources like social media, city hotlines, local news channels, and more.

Booth #31, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Empathy and Infrastructure

Achieving better outcomes for disasters through data analytics we will present a visualization of infrastructure and health issues in the town for residents and city officials to monitor real-time. This visualization of data will indicate how factors such as the residents’ socioeconomic backgrounds can contribute to a poorer infrastructure than perhaps wealthier areas, and bring awareness to issues that need to be addressed for a more inclusive town. The solutions we layout are intended to draw attention to deeper issues the town faces, save thousands of dollars in damage repairs, and build empathy within our community.

Booth #32, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Edge-Accelerated Mobile VR

Edge accelerated streaming VR experience enable through Paradrop and MOVR. In our demo, we will show high-quality, edge-accelerated VR experiences on a set of mobile devices. The demo is enabled by Paradrop, a combination router and computing device. Paradrop enables cloud-like infrastructure located on the network’s edge. This significantly reduces the latency between computation resources and end-user devices like smartphones.

Booth #33, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

STEM Workforce Development with AR

Presenting the design and pilot an AR game for community STEM workforce development, community engagement process that optimizes community networking for co-designing the gaming application and online community. The demo features an advanced scalable process for wider applications of STEMports. This project is a collaboration between the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance and the Field Day Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to both build and research the co-designing of a SCC based within an AR environment.

Booth #34, NSF, Smart and Connected Communities

  • Scott Byrd, Researcher, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, Augusta ME ; [email protected]
  • Gary Lewis, STEM Education Specialist & Communications Coordinator, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, Augusta ME ; [email protected]
  • David Gagnon, Program Director, Field Day Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI ; [email protected]

Live 360 VR Video for STEM Education

Innovative rural project linking rural students to world-class STEM educators.

Booth #35, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

  • Michael Cuales, Creative Director, LEVR Studios LLC, Raleigh NC; [email protected]
  • Rebekah Davis, Instructional Technologist, NC State College of Ed, Raleigh NC; [email protected]

Just-in-Time VR

Enable on-demand training for first responders on expensive or access limited equipment through VR. http://augmentedtrainingsystems.com/

Booth #36, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Educational Equity VR

Want to explore an innovative virtual reality program? VR Training Solutions invites you to immerse yourself in a virtual middle school classroom to learn about implicit bias. Talk to a room full of virtual students. Write on a virtual whiteboard. Discover the challenges teachers face. Escape to a Zen garden for a mindfulness intervention. Learn about the effect of implicit bias on students from diverse backgrounds.

Booth #37, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Public Safety Virtual Reality

The team will demonstrate Virtual Reality tools that will enable the testing and development of Public Safety User Interfaces for emergency scenarios.

Booth #38, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Emotive Virtual Patient System

Enhancing medical training through live instructor feedback during the examination of a virtual patient. Development is complete on The EVP System App prototype which enables medical students to practice interviewing an emotive virtual patient while receiving feedback from a remote human expert. Our booth will feature a visually appealing emotive virtual patient with hands-on ability to experience real-time feedback through text, audio, and video. In this augmented reality experience, students employ a Microsoft HoloLens headset and speak naturally to the emotive virtual patient, Walter. While doing so, they receive live feedback from a remote human expert through text, audio, and video. Booth visitors can interview Walter in the Microsoft HoloLens headset and receive feedback. Visitors can also role-play the human expert by observing a medical interview and sending feedback messages.

Booth #39, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

  • Marjorie Zielke Ph.D, Director, Center for Modeling and Simulation/Virtual Humans and Synthetic Societies Lab, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX; [email protected]
  • DJ Zakhidov, MFA, Research Scientist, Center for Modeling and Simulation/Virtual Humans and Synthetic Societies Lab, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX; [email protected]
  • Lenny Evans, Program Manager, Center for Modeling and Simulation/Virtual Humans and Synthetic Societies Lab, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX; [email protected]

AR Subsurface Mapping & Monitoring

We plan to demonstrate the sensing, mapping, and monitoring of urban subsurface infrastructure with geophysical instruments and IOT sensors, and aided with augmented reality tools. This would be a booth style demonstration using smartphones, tablets, and Hololens. Both live interactions and results from field tests in Burlington, VT, and Chattanooga, TN will be presented. The demonstration team includes University of Vermont (D. Huston, T. Xia), University of Tennessee Chattanooga (D. Wu, Y. Liang, L)

Booth #40, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

  • Dylan Burns, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Vermont; Burlington, VT; [email protected]
  • Dryver Huston, Professor of Engineering, University of Vermont; Burlington, VT; [email protected]
  • Yu Liang, Professor of Computer Science, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN; [email protected]
  • Dalei Wu, Assistant Professor Computer Science, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN; [email protected]

Blockchain to Protect the Vote

Employing blockchain to provide a more secure and trusted voting environment.

Booth #41, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Smart Trash, Smarter City

Cities save money and improve quality of service for residents through the guided waste pickup. Our demo shows the power and possibility of integrated IoT to coordinate service provision in any city (trash or recycling programs). In this case, the common denominator is trash/recycling programs. Our solution shows HOW connected data can, in an everyday context, facilitate improved compliance and coordination of services; increasing infrastructure capacity opens possibilities for improving efficiencies. Our design combines an integration platform and IoT devices as a foundation for Smart Cities solution design.

Booth #42, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Saascharge EV Charging Network

Platform for creating a crowdsource electric vehicle charging solution. The demo is aiming to demonstrate how easy it is to create and operate an electric vehicle (EV) charging station network on the Saascharge cloud-based software platform (www.saascharge.com). The viewers will be able to see on a big screen the steps to setup charging stations, create a network and interconnect it with electric vehicle drivers. Once the network will be created, we will show how simple it is to charge an electric car with a Smartphone application. It means that we will be able to follow on a screen what a driver will see on its smartphone to find a charging station on a map, activate the charging transaction (authorization till the termination) until the payment of the transactions will be processed. The outcome of the demo will show how this charging transaction will benefit (financially) the owner of the charging station network (e.g. a utility) and the site owner of the charger (e.g. municipality). This demo shall give utilities, telecommunication and cities the necessary information (system and operation) and trust to start to operate EV charging station networks.

Booth #43, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Real-Time Drone Streaming

City of Wilson and its partners developed a novel drone system infrastructure and remote streaming application that supports situational awareness in emergency response. The solution, developed with a Service Development Fund grant, improves the ability of government agencies and first responders to coordinate and collaborate using drone-collected sensor analytics via a standard protocol.

Booth #44, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Docity Healthcare Grid

Secure telehealth suite that uses ultra-low latency to create “as in office” experiences. We would demonstrate our secure platform that facilitates community-based, gig-enabled access to care through innovative partnerships with ISP’s and community broadband operators.

Booth #45, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Chattanooga CSCC and UT-CUIP

Constructing a smart city test-bed through community partnerships. The UT Center for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) will be demonstrating the innovative work they’re performing with the Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative (CSCC) partners on the MLK Smart City Testbed.

Booth #46, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

  • Jose Stovall, Center for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP), Chattanooga TN; [email protected]
  • Austin Harris, Center for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP), Chattanooga TN; [email protected]

Ignite South Australia

Ignite SA uses South Australia’s gigabit speed networks to build the foundation for smart communities. Bringing together local government, research, business, developers and entrepreneurs, Ignite SA is developing next-generation gigabit applications for economic, social and community benefit.

This booth will feature several projects from the innovative teams working with Ignite South Australia and include:

Athlete’s AI
David To CEO, Athlete’s AI, Adelaide South Australia; [email protected]

Video analytics is one of the most powerful tools for athletes to improve their performance. However, it either requires expensive high tech equipment or manual and tedious labeling of footage and provides limited insights. Our solution overcomes the three problems by delivering deeper insights from a single camera in real-time using AI technology and computer vision.

Cipher – Visualizing Cultural Artifacts
Sam Haren, Creative Director, Sandpit Inc, Adelaide South Australia; [email protected]

‘Cipher’ is a visitor experience platform for museums, galleries and cultural institutions that allow for personalized content to be delivered to each visitor, triggering audio and visual artifacts from the collection. IT can also be tailored based on visitor engagement before, during and after their visit and expanded to enhance other digital humanity collections in Australia and internationally.

Vehicle Processing and Recycling
Richard Kwan, CEO, Kiratech, Adelaide Australia; [email protected]

Kiratech was founded to bring people, the environment and transportation by helping Australia’s largest auto parts recyclers and car dealerships process more vehicles. Currently, we have $100m of used parts under management and more than $300m of vehicles are appraised per month using our technology. As the pilot tenant and partnering with IgniteSA, they have coordinated the rollout cloud infrastructure donated by Cisco, Optus and UniSA on the back of Gigcity which will be used supporting other startups with global ambitions. Kiratech are leveraging this infrastructure for their projects targeting automotive and sustainability.

Water NIPA
Andy Roberts, Water NIPA Project Leader, Adelaide, Australia; [email protected]
Josh Garratt, City of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia; [email protected]

World first use of predictive simulation using a digital twin and meta-modelling to reduce the response times to break events in suburban water utility networks. It is anticipated that the technology will reduce the number of sensors required to monitor suburban pipe networks allowing for faster rollout and greater coverage

Booth #47 & #48, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

  • Craig Jones, Project Lead, Innovation & Collaboration Centre, University of South Australia; [email protected]
  • Jasmine Vreugdenburg, Community Leader, Ignite SA, University of South Australia; [email protected]
  • Karl Sellman, Deputy Director, ISTS, University of South Australia; [email protected]

Code Shepherd

Code Shepherd is a teaching platform designed to bring subject matter experts, teachers and students together in a collaborative code editor with live video chat. Schools will no longer have to limit the classes they offer based on staff expertise. Code Shepherd also allows students to virtually raise their hand to ask for help as well as giving the expert a virtual bird’s eye view of the classroom enabling them to proactively reach out to a student that may be stuck.

Booth #49, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Learning Portals

Secure virtual presence environment for educators via and easy to use interface and VR environment.

Booth #50, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

Real-Time data and City Operations

The City of Raleigh continues to deploy assets that are instrumented (parking meters, EV charging stations, trash cans, etc.), sensors that gather data (Greenway counters, stream gauges), and gain access to commercial data sources (Waze, Bird) that provide intelligence about our city. This data is both interesting and valuable in and of itself, but when integrated with other spatial data (bus stops, new roadway projects, socio-economic data), its value expands. We currently have configured our GIS platforms to ingest, process, and provide visibility for staff to leverage this information to help inform both operations and strategy.

Booth #51, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

LocaleIQ

Merging real-time data with rich city maps. LocaleIQ will demonstrate how we are making it possible for governments to put the creation of interactive digital maps that support real-time, dynamic, contextual location-specific information from sensors, machines, and people into the hands of any staff member. This demonstration will include real-time feeds from sensors and near real-time mobility updates alongside the ability to publish real-time and scheduled closures and events.

Booth #52, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

GonioSense

Real-Time telerehabilitation with doctors enabled through wearable devices and edge computing. Allows doctors to the fine-grained control and real-time feedback necessary to conduct live sessions remotely with patients in their home.

Booth #53, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

  • Qi Bozhao, WiNGs Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI; [email protected]
  • Suman Banerjee, Professor of Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; [email protected]

iNotify: AI to prevent gun violence

iNotify is a state-of-the art technology solution that elevates gun public safety to the next level. iNotify prevents fatalities, improves first responder response times, and quickly identifies victims and their needs in shooting situations. The Plano Intelligence (PI) team has developed, tested, and prototyped the first phase of the solution and is currently working on commercially deploying it as SAAS. The PI team is actively seeking partners in deploying a pilot for public safety and mitigation of gun violence. iNotify is designed to seamlessly integrate proactive safety intelligence into existing infrastructure and devices of public or private entities.

Booth #54, US Ignite Smart Connected Communities

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