2014 Winners

Project: eLocust3D

Organization: www.trilogis.it

eLocust3D is based on World Wind Android, but it also uses the desktop version for the dataset creation and optimization.

The Mobile application is used as a field tool to help FAO personnel visualize 3D maps while in the desert. The 3D maps are used to track and identify the beginning of a Locust swarm.

The project has been developed in partnership with Panasonic and FAO.

Project: GeoQoS

Organization: The State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS) is the only national key laboratory in the field of surveying and mapping in China.

GeoQoS is a tool for QoS-aware geoprocessing. It can evaluate the quality of geoprocessing services with users’ feedback and other quality factors including availability and reliability. QoS for each geoprocessing services can be visualized in a Virtual Globe environment to facilitate service selection.

Users can set QoS constraints for processing nodes in geoprocessing workflows, and then optimize workflows with constraints.

The tool has been implemented as an extension to last year’s Europa Challenge project, GeoJModelBuilder, eurochallenge.como.polimi.it/projects2013

Project: ReSC MultiGlobe

Organization: University of Reading,
UK eScience Centre

The ReSC MultiGlobe project will allow users to visualise multiple environmental data fields simultaneously on multiple NASA World Wind globes. These globes are synchronised spatially and temporally. This allows highly informative exploration of complex scientific concepts.

Working with the climate science community, the eData Video Wall project will develop a visualisation tool that is powerful, simple to use and meets the needs of research scientists as well as intuitive understanding by the public at large.

Although designed for use on the Reading eScience Centre's high definition touchscreen video wall, this software will provide compelling results on a laptop.

Project: WCPS Cross-Coverage Analysis

Organization: Jacobs University Bremen Germany
Large-scale Scientific Information Systems (L-SIS) research group

WCPS Cross-Coverage Analysis experiments with support and performance of pixel data fusion done at server levels, leveraging the OGC Web Coverage Processing Service query language and its relevant operators.

We investigate by implementing examples of well-known functions and parameters that are extracted from datasets for environmental analysis (aerosol optical properties).

The datasets used in the experiments are gridded rectified products, which are best suited for the open source implementation of WCPS used.

Our chosen implementation is provided by the open-source rasdaman array DBMS

Project: PoliCrowd 2.0

Organization: Politecnico di Milano
Como Italy

PoliCrowd 2.0 is an evolution of the first 3D prototype allowing users to share information about tourism and cultural points of interest. The application has been entirely redesigned and rewritten to now be a general-purpose multi-thematic social platform.

Users can create, populate, customize and share projects built on different topics (educational, environmental, scientific, etc.) integrated and displayed simultaneously within the same scenario.

PoliCrowd 2.0 also has an innovative capability to connect with any ODK (Open Data Kit) server available on the network.

Project: Solar Irradiance Calculator

Organization: CIRGEO – Interdepartment Research Center for Geomatics,
University of Padua

The Solar Irradiance Calculator estimates the spatial distribution of irradiance value (W/mq) in a specific area that has elements of complexity, e.g., inhomogeneous morphology of the terrain, buildings and vegetation.  The input elements are the terrain surface and building models which can be added by the user via a specific user interface.

The module surveys the Earth surface and creates three representations of irradiance:
     (i) on bare ground,
    (ii) on roofs, and
   (iii) on both.

These analytical surfaces are calculated using a model which considers the angle of incidence, atmospheric factors, and other items that are entered at the user level.

Project: iGlobe

Organization: State University of
New York at Buffalo

iGlobe brings weather to World Wind. iGlobe is a unified framework that allows integration of disparate geospatial data sources that include remotely sensed observation data, climate model outputs, population and critical infrastructure data, and provide an interface for both client visual analytics and the sever-side data mining capabilities. We see several benefits of such unified framework for both scientists and policy makers.

First, it hides complex transformations that are required to overlay climate variables on geospatial data layers like land use and land cover.

Second, it allows visual analytics capabilities where users can directly observe and correlate disparate events, for example, proximity of temperature extremes to the population and precipitation extremes over croplands.

Thus the tool is invaluable to scientists, policy makers and general public alike.

Project: i-SCOPE

Organization: Università degli Studi di Trento, Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI)
in concert with Graphitech

i-SCOPE delivers an open standard platform on top of which it develops, three "smart city" services:

1) Improved inclusion and personal mobility of aging and diversely able citizens through an accurate city-level differently-abled-friendly personal routing service which accounts for detailed urban layout, features and barriers.

2) Optimization of energy consumption through a service for accurate assessment of solar energy potential and energy loss at building level.

3) Environmental monitoring through a real-time environmental noise mapping service leveraging citizen's involvement will who act as distributed sensors city-wide measuring noise levels through their mobile phones.

Rendering of CITYGML: The software can render big 3D models of cities inside NASA World Wind (NWW) using City GML standard format as source. The software is composed both of a client side set of classes for rendering in NWW and a servlet serving and optimizing CityGML data. The project has been optimized to take advantage of GLSL shaders.