The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA) at San Diego State University are developing analytic dashboards, GIS maps, and visualization graphs to track and monitor COVID-19 outbreaks and impacts to our regional and local communities in San Diego and California. This research hub has been featured in the SDSU NewsCenter.
10th International Conference on Social Media & Society
Dr. Nara presented a paper entitled “Examining human decision making factors toward wildfire evacuation using Twitter” at 10th International Conference on Social Media & Society, Toronto, Canada on July 21st.
SDSU Big Data Hackathon 2019: Projects for Smart
The fourth Big Data Hackathon for San Diego organized at
San Diego State University provided the platform and resources needed to support
students and collaborators from various disciplines to come together, conduct
research and develop projects that will benefit the San Diego community.
On March 9th and 16th,
2019, participants from SDSU, University of California San Diego, CSU Monterey
Bay, CSU San Marcos, National University and local high schools joined together
to solve current problems focusing on improvement of smart living in San Diego
at the Hackathon.
The theme for the hackathon was Smart Living with 5 interesting
fields including Smart City, Smart Environment, Smart Education, Smart
Transportation and Smart Health.
Large numbers of exciting ideas for the San Diego community
emerged from this event, such as better
transportation plan for senior citizens, preventing light pollution, improving
air quality, cancer disease prediction, building a platform for improving
public resources, optimized housing rental plan, and reducing microplastic
pollution in ocean ecosystem.
The event offered many resources to help teams turn their
ideas into projects – learning stations with technology experts, mentors from
the county, the San Diego Regional Data Library, Open San Diego, the ZIP Launchpad
and the SDSU academic community.
The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA) at
SDSU started this hackathon event in 2015 with the goal of getting together
like-minded students and experts and developing technology-based solutions to
important civic issues in California. Participants generate or use publicly
accessible datasets on San Diego, California and the rest of the United States
and build their solutions.
Participants had a lot of opportunities to gain from participating in this event. This year’s event featured 28 teams and 164 participants. Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Professor in Geography at SDSU and Director of HDMA said, “Students learned how to analyze public data and how to use data analytical tools/methods in order to improve smart living in San Diego in a teamwork format.”
The first prize went to the team ‘ET’s NU Analytics Geeks’
whose idea was to create improved, cost-effective, and real-time monitoring
devices deployed at strategic locations to enable dynamic geolocational
predictive analytics of indoor/outdoor air quality conditions for smart
The second prize went to the ‘Team Rocket’ who created a platform
that utilized rent, environmental, and local data to determine the fairest rent
for renters and landlords in San Diego county.
The third prize went to the team ‘Light Smart’s project
that created a smart traffic light network that uses a luminosity control
system to dynamically adapt with changing traffic situations.
Additional prizes were awarded to team ‘What the Health’
for Most Innovative and team ‘The League’ for Best Teamwork.
Platinum Sponsor Zip Launch Pad provided additional awards
to ‘Team Rocket’ for Best Overall, ‘What the Health’ for Women in Stem, ‘FAME’
for Aging Independently – 1st place, and ‘Open San Diego & Friends’ for Aging Independently – 2nd
The Young Geocomputational awards for k-14 students were
given to ‘Crusader Coders’ for first place and ‘Coding for Christ’ for second
“This Hackathon resulted in new collaborations amongst our
students and the larger San Diego community on improving smart living could be
addressed in our state,” said Dr. Amy Schmitz Weiss, the Lead Coordinator for
this Hackathon and Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Media
Studies at SDSU. “We are excited to see what the teams develop and launch in
the months ahead as a result of the Hackathon.”