Writing Apps for Real-Time Sensor Data Analysis --- A Homeland Security Project

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Dr. Roland Benke is conducting privately funded research at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. The project involves radiation detection measurements at the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory (NETL) as well as the integration of data streams from multiple sensors. Dr. Benke will handle the radioactive materials and perform the experiments at NETL as a radiation worker. Student collaborators will concentrate on writing apps for the real-time analysis of the sensor data.


Experience with application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development is required. Experience with writing apps in Java, Unity, or C++ for Android devices is preferred.

Project Timeline

Experiments at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus began in October 2015. The estimated project duration is 1.5 to 2 years. Partial coverage of the full project duration will be considered.


Students will access the data stream from a prototype tablet with additional sensors, accept the wireless transmission of data from a separate handheld instrument, establish the framework for analyzing the merged data stream, and write apps to control the data analysis and interface with the user. The typical level of effort for student involvement ranges from 4 to 16 hours per week. Students are not required to commute to the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. Remote work locations are encouraged. Additionally, student tasks do not include radiological exposure to licensed sources of radioactive material.


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