2016 Projects

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Battistotti Tommaso, Cicolini Luisa,
Martinatti Anna, Martina Melzani,
Petrosyan Stanislav

Casarotto Christian

Trentino: Land of Glaciers

This project concerns the Trentino region's glaciers and will represent their melting in an elegant and accurate way. We wish to enhance people's awareness of this problem and the consequences thereof, which will significantly affect our lives.

Rossi Andrea, Fedrizzi Mauro,
Andreis Matteo, Tava Davide

Claudia Caldini

Martino Martini Institute

Groundpedia creates an OpenData platform that gathers information about urban underground (pipes, sanitation, etc.). Typically these facilities have data which are difficult to collect and analyse.

Companies are often required to provide this data in order to guarantee accurate installation of those facilities and to maximize safety of the work environment.

Thanks to Groundpedia these companies will now be able to easily upload the data and documentation. This will greatly facilitate management of the urban infrastructure.

Lorenzo Cavada, Yinere Infante Marin,
Gabriele Scandella, Daniela Rizzi, Alessandra Stofella

Amilcare Corradetti

Upland Of Healings Herbs
Itt Buonarroti Trento & Don Milani Rovereto

Upland Of Healings Herbs promotes the value of Trentino's territory and in particular of the upland of Brentonico from the viewpoint of tourism.

Through the valorization of these healings herbs and mapping their distribution throughout the upland area, the community and visitors alike will come to know their characteristics, uses and the places where they can be found and acquired.

Marcus Vukojevic, Chiara Masci,
Sabrina Rungaldier

Thomas Zulian

Risers: Scuola Ladina di Fassa, & Artigianelli

SunRise will provide the ability to optimize the photovoltaic (PV) usage for a company or home system. SunRise will also encourage donations of solar lamps, sustaining disadvantaged populations.

The SunRise app estimates maximum energy output and compares this to the needs, with consequent economic savings. Through SunRise, it will also be possible to observe the return of donations in real-time (by SolarAid) estimated in light-hours produced by PV lamps.

We hope to encourage donors to realize the importance of their contribution so we might give a sunrise to those who still live in the dark. SunRise, for a brighter future!

Teyo DeGuzman, Kiae Shin,
Enika Biswas, Nidhi Jain

Seraphim McGann, Prof. Ron Fortunato


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Earthquake Signal Precursors (ESP)
Trillium Learning &
Kodiak Island Borough District

Students acquire precursor earthquake data from sensor arrays and develop real-time data visualization models utilizing NASA WebWorldWind. The data server resides within A World Bridge Project server in Kodiak, Alaska. This team is developing ground station technology platforms, which acquire continuous magnetic field information at 50Hz from remote locations.

Data acquisition stations continuously transmit data to servers designed to record, visualize, and archive this data. Data visualization events represent 3-axis precursor magnetic anomalies as dynamic vectors, providing advanced warning via anomaly detection algorithms for specific areas of increasing tectonic plate stress. Visualizations are then accessible through the ESP NASA World Wind application.

George Politis, Rob Bemthuis,
Gerjan Lennips, Ivana Miranda

Argyris Spyridis and Adriane Thrash

Smart Garbage
Starify7 - Digital Transportation Academy


Smart Garbage is a project which integrates dynamic vehicle routing, multi-agent systems technology and sensor received information in a web-based application. This project provides a solution to collect waste in an efficient and environmental friendly manner. Citizens are made aware of their own garbage production by gamification of the process.

Smart Garbage aims to record and distribute data obtained on a micro level by enhanced sensor techniques. Initially, fill-rate levels, temperatures and CO2 emission rates will be measured. Visualization and distribution of this data is essential to understand the quality of urban life on the long term.

Data from the WebWorldWind platform and the Earth Observation Data Service enables us to visualize the effect of garbage collecting systems around the globe. This allows Smart Garbage to influence the users’ behavior by making them aware of more ecofriendly behavior. Ultimately, Smart Garbage strives towards an ecological solution that will reduce CO2 emission and other pollution to the air we breathe.




Gabriele Prestifilippo,
Simone Battaglia

Jakub Balhar

Multidimensional Visualization and Analysis Suite
Politecnico di Milano at Como

This project consists of a Web Application that facilitates visualization and analysis of multidimensional datasets using more than three dimensions.

To represent the multidimensional data we created a voxel model. Each Voxel has three dimensions to customize the metadata, but even more information can be represented thanks to Web WorldWind. Users can dynamically interact with the visualization, customize the metadata on the voxel and filter data according to specific settings. Several datasets are shown using the application to demonstrate the wide range of capabilities to the application.

Selamawit Amdie Tesera,
Maria Haque Prama,
Daniela Palacios Lopez,
Alexander Dominik Steinbrueck

Volker Coors

Monitoring Nuclear Power Plant Emissions
Hochschule Für Technik (HFT) Stuttgart

The impact of Nuclear Power Plant emission is a major environmental management issue for life on this planet. Failure to effectively contain a Nuclear Power Plant accident could initiate catastrophic disaster to every aspect of life for humans, animals, plants etc.

Our objective is to develop an open source smart city tool (using Germany as a study area) which allows users to visualize the concentration of radioactive air contamination in surrounding areas of Nuclear Power Plants accounting for monthly and daily emission records of individual Nuclear Power Plants.

Using this tool other countries/organizations with nuclear power plants emission data can use it to monitor their radioactivity, and take necessary steps towards more sustainable activity.

Palista Kharel, Filimon Kiros,
Benjamin Lazan,
Dominic Savoie, John Mulcahy

Charles M. Schweik (Lead),
R. Peltier, A. Anderson,
S. Gilman, J. Caris,
D. Bloniarz, M. DiPasquale


Open Source Geospatio-Temporal Sensing, Visualization and Analytics to Support Air Quality Policy and Management in Cities  

This project addresses the need for urban areas to collect and analyze air quality data in an effort to protect human health. The project maps and analyzes air pollution data collected from two urban locations: Kathmandu, Nepal, and Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. To understand the air quality situation, it is necessary to investigate and appreciate the various public policy issues and various management responses. 

The project contains three main components:

Part I involves the design, development, and testing of an open source Arduino-based air quality sensor. 

Parts II and III summarize studies of air quality in the two very different city contexts: Kathmandu, Nepal and Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.

Each case provides a description of: (1) the urban context and the policy-management question; (2) the collection of data using environmental air sensors; (3) the mapping of spatio-temporal data on the WebWorldWind platform, (4) analysis of the data collected; and (5) conclusions and next steps.

Eva Balini, George Ntakakis,
Berk Alp Yilmaz, Apostolos Michailidis,
Stelios Mouratidis, John Stamkos

Professors Athanasios Kakarountas
and Panagiotis Bamidis

University of Shiffeld Greece

Drone Aid is here to change the way emergencies are treated. Drone Aid is an innovative service which brings drones to our everyday life. If you suffer from allergies, asthma or you just had an accident, such as a burn, and you don't own the medication, don't worry.

Just with the touch of a button, a first aid kit for your emergency "lands" at the exact spot where you are. Your accurate position is being tracked by GPS, and our app informs you about the arrival time of the drone, as well as where it lands, in case you are in indoors and the drone can't reach the place.No more time waiting for an ambulance. No more delays due to traffic. Drone Aid offers everything you need for your emergency, and can even act complementary to the ambulance, in more serious cases.

With the help of Drone Aid, the amount of deaths due to ambulance delays will be significantly decreased, and patients will feel more secure.

Bert Stewart,
Guillermo Miguel Del Castillo,
Julija Semenenko

Yann Voumard

NASA Ames Research Center

SpaceBirds puts the world of satellites at your fingertips. This web app is intended as both a professional tool and an educational experience. SpaceBirds is a powerful satellite tracking tool that consists of an intuitive interface for selecting and displaying our world of orbital objects and the ground stations they communicate with.

SpaceBirds provides essential satellite information such as type of object (payload, rocket body or debris), orbital period, orbit type (low, medium and geocentric), country of origin, etc. Users have the ability to easily toggle different groups of satellites, even create and store their own custom groups.

Khaled Al Sharif, Farah Salah,
Guillermo Miguel Del Castillo,
Gabriel Militão, Bert Stewart

Randolph Kim

World Weather
NASA Ames Research Center

Gathering information about our climate is one of the most pressing issues of our time, which is why international organizations have been establishing multiple satellites and continually monitoring the atmospheric conditions of Earth.

To provide the most comprehensive view of Earth’s weather and climate conditions, one platform with information from all available data sources is brought together and displayed in 3D.

Weather forecasters, research scientists and the casual user alike will benefit by being able to interactively view past, present, and future weather information. This gives the user an entirely customizable experience.

Gabriel Militão, Benjamin Chang,
Enika Biswas, Nidhi Jain, Nancy Hernandez,
Jenipher Gonzalez, Julija Semenenko,

Jonathan Stock

Quake Hunter
NASA Ames Research Center

Quake Hunter shows the actual point of origin at depth where the earthquakes occur within the Earth. And it can do this for any number of earthquakes simultaneously using the entire USGS recorded history of earthquakes.

Quake Hunter queries the USGS database and locates those earthquakes on a 3D globe, displayed as epicenters or hypocenters, along with other relevant information for the world’s history of earthquakes going back over 100 years.

Of particular note is the ability to visualize any number of earthquakes at their actual point of origin below the surface. When this amount of data is visualized at depth, you can recognize the interface between a subducting oceanic plate driving itself under the overriding continental crust.

This kind of visualization also works to demonstrate the seismic history defining the opposing sections of continental crust sliding past each other such as the San Andreas transform fault, or the diverging mid-ocean rift zones as well as other areas of Earth's dynamic seismic activity. This ability for visualizing extended periods of seismic activity greatly increases understanding of these various tectonic boundaries.

Zhaoyan Wu, Fan Gao,
Changzhi Xu,Boyi Shangguan

Peng Yue

UAV OrthoMosaic
Wuhan University

This project provides an open source solution for generating orthomosaics from data collected by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The tool allows users to generate the 3D information (point cloud data), DEM and final orthomosaic from 2D UAV imagery without any ground control points. WorldWind is used to visualize the result.

Prof. Jim Miller

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LiDAR Data Visualization and Analysis
University of Kansas

LiDAR data is becoming increasingly important to urban management and other areas where LiDAR data is invaluable. This project uses the NASA Web World Wind as the interface for LiDAR data to be read, filtered, edited, and visualized in the native context of a virtual globe.

  1. In order to support data sets that cannot be geo-referenced, the majority of the functionality will also be available in a stand-alone graphics environment outside the context of World Wind.
  2. The previous LiDAR implementation is in Java and is launched via JNLP links from a browser. The effort being considered here is to re-implement these Java tools in JavaScript using Web World Wind.
  3. This project builds on earlier success with LiDAR tools and support for the City of Springfield, Oregon.

Prof. Varun Chandola

Interactive Visualization and Analysis of Spatial Data (NetCDF)

State University of New York at Buffalo

  1. webGlobe provides intuitive access and visualisation of NetCDF data using Web World Wind.
  2. webGlobe will enhance the Web World Wind platform to more readily visualize and analyze climate data accumulating in the big data repositories typically associated with climate research.
  3. webGlobe builds on success with an earlier NetCDF World Wind project iGlobe.

Carlo Corradini, Andrea Calzetta, Miraxh Tereziu,
Luca Santoro and Michela Pezzato

Gianvittorio Dal Prà

WIMP Where Is My Parcel
ITT Buonarroti Trento & Istituto Pavoniano Artigianelli

Wimp is an advanced parcel tracking system based on World Wind platform. WIMP is designed to work with shipping companies(to collect shipping data) and private users (customers) to provide a detailed report of the shipment in progress with a powerful user-friendly interface and the interactive World Wind's globe that can help to understand the actual shipping status with the latest information obtained from the database.

New information about the shipping status is managed by a Web Service that automatically updates the shipment's location in World Wind.

WIMP works with all typical platforms (mobile devices included) having an internet connection.

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Elena Kozlovskaya

Nicola Mezzetti


GreenAdvisor is a smart, crowdsourced, opendata-driven mobile app that reshapes the way you can influence businesses and municipalities to act greener and be more sustainable. We live in the time of transformation from quantity-oriented to value-oriented behaviour. New trends of “good practices” are being set across all industries, moving our communities towards sustainability, where “reusable” and “recyclable” move all our productivity into a cradle-to-cradle life-cycle.

Alvaro Anguix

Joaquín del Cerro Murciano

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gvSIG Desktop
gvSIG Association

Advancing the integration of WorldWind in gvSIG Desktop with support for extrusion, vector data and EPSG.

gvSIG Desktop is now a more powerful open source 3D GIS. We have developed support for all coordinate reference systems, 2D Views ^in^ 3D Views (gvSIG can reproject any 2D View to 3D View).

We also support vector data and the integration of LiDAR Data in gvSIG, and tools to make the extrusion in gvSIG. gvSIG provides 3 different loading modes for vector layers:

  1. Rasterized vector.
  2. Vector: the features from the gvSIG vector layer are transformed into 3D vectors.
  3. Extruded vector (to effect volume).

Alvaro Anguix

José Vicente Higón

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gvSIG Online
gvSIG Association

gvSIG Online + Web World Wind is the solution for any spatial data infrastructure wanting a 3D View with open source software.

gvSIG is a fast and powerful solution providing the tools and infrastructure necessary to manage spatial data that is 100% open source.

With gvSIG Online you can share your geographic information via the cloud, while creating maps and applications, all thanks to a suite of easy-to-use and powerful system administration tools.

gvSIG Online is fully integrated with Web WorldWind.

Michele Dallachiesa, Federico Fiorini

Francesco Mosconi

Open MAVROS Web Mission Planner for Autonomous Drones
Skysense, Inc.

Open MAVROS Web Mission Planner allows you to implement fully automated and scale multi-drone installations. This enables safe remote inspection and surveillance of operations without human intervention:

  1. Create, modify, save and load waypoint-based flight missions for autonomous navigation.
  2. Automatic takeoff clearance and in-flight alerts monitoring real-time drone positions and ADS-B radar aircraft locations.
  3. Easy to interconnect and adapt to other ROS-based aerial, marine and ground robots.
  4. Accessible from Web interface and WebSocket API to orchestrate complex workflows.

TJ Walton, Doug Campbell,
Marc Castellnou, Debbie Schubert,
Bruce Schubert

Bruce Schubert

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Wildfire Management Tool (WMT)


The Wildfire Management Tool displays the potential fire behavior of wildfires projected into the future. This allows for maximum firefighter safety.

Sophisticated analytical tools are applied for considering the most effective use of fire management resources.

webWMT will extend the desktop version with the following:

  1. Cloud-based Computational Services
  2. Dynamically Shared Projects

Panagiota Koltsida,Kyrialos Mihalopoulos,
Kostas Apostolopoulos

Georgios Kakaletris

Trending Around the Globe
Communication and Information Technologies Experts

Social networks are a priceless source of information when it comes to what is of interest to the public, in a wide range of areas, professional, political, and educational, etc. In this project we bring together geospatial visualization with social network content, expressed via Twitter’s trends.

The tool showcases its functionality via Twitter’s limited public API and will enable city planners, policy makers and individuals alike, to comprehend the local, regional and global interests of the public through a visualized world.

Use this tool to discover what is important to you!

Sungdo Son, Haksoon Kim,
Byungchul Bae, BJ Jang

Sanghee Shin

The 'video'
Gaia3D, Inc.

One of goal of this project is seamless integration of indoor and outdoor space on top of web browser. This project aims at developing a sort of plugin for Web World Wind to expand its functionalities and usabilities to indoor space and architectural (BIM) areas. MAGO3D can import IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) data from architecture files. And then MAGO3D can visualise massive indoor data, at least 100k objects, in a single scene seamlessly with traditional outdoor 3D GIS objects. Users can now manage and handle almost every geospatial object from desktop level to space level with MAGO3D. This project will evolve to manage and service more dynamic data such as IoT (Internet of Things), climate and weather data, and transportation.