Pre-Conference Trainings

These pre-conference trainings are designed to provide some basic background and knowledge to attendees about Air Quality Sensors and applications. Some trainings will ensure attendees have a base knowledge to thoroughly understand the conference content, while others will add to knowledge of applications and ideas discussed at the conference. 

Trainings are approximately 2 hours each on May 12, 2020 at the Pasadena Convention Center and have limited space. You will only be able to register for one training. Room numbers will be announced to registrants before the conference. 

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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sensor Data Science Bootcamp

Instructors: Joshua Apte, University of Texas at Austin, & John Volckens, Colorado State University

The recent proliferation of low-cost aerosol and gas sensors has sparked much interest among the scientific community. Such devices show promise to enable measurements at unprecedented spatial and temporal scales, which, in turn, can lead to the creation of distributed sensor networks to support both traditional research and community-based research. With these exciting prospects, however, come challenges of sensor performance, sensor reliability, and data management. This tutorial will review basic principles of statistics and data science for real-time aerosol sensors, with a focus on low-cost (<$2,000) devices. Topics to be covered will include data management and cleaning, exploratory data analysis, linear models, troubleshooting techniques (and potential solutions), statistical issues relevant to time-series data (such as autocorrelation), and determination of analytic figures of merit (e.g., accuracy, bias, prevision, limit of detection). Participants need not have formal training in data science beforehand; self-help resources for learning basic data science in the R and MATLAB programming languages will be provided.

Introduction to the State of Air Sensors

Instructor: Tim Dye, TD Environmental Services

Air quality sensor use is increasing.  And so are the people and organizations involved in this movement. Attend this training if you're curious about who's doing what with air sensors. The State of Air Sensing will show the wide range of organizations involved in air sensing, showcase interesting applications, discuss what's needed to grow this market, and make predictions for how the air sensor market will evolve over the next 5 to 10 years.  

Sensing for Cities

Instructors: Michael Ogletree, City and County of Denver, & Tim Dye, TD Environmental Services

Cities across the world are actively installing air sensors networks are a range of applications. Come learn about who’s installing and using air sensors for awareness, health protection, traffic intervention, and more. Learn about the challenges in selecting, installing, and operating an air sensor network. You’ll learn about the latest tools and resources available to help with the many tasks needed to benefit from this new technology.

Community Based Air Monitoring Networks

Instructors: David Chang, California Department of Public Health

Tracking California will provide an overview of the process involved in developing a community air monitoring network, based on our experience partnering with Comite Civico del Valle to establish a monitoring network that provides real-time information on particulate matter levels in Imperial County. The presentation will highlight a parallel process to the 14 elements laid out by the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) community air monitoring plan and additional considerations from our "Guidebook for Developing a Community Air Monitoring Network." The presentation will incorporate materials from several community air monitoring workshops that Tracking CA has developed and delivered with community partners in Southern, Central and Northern California over the past year with funds from CARB. The topics covered in this workshop include: deciding whether a community air monitoring project is right for your community, setting goals for your community air monitoring project, putting together a team with the skills needed to carry out your project, establishing a Community Steering Committee to guide your project, selecting a monitor and ensuring data quality, and engaging community residents in key decisions like selecting locations for the monitors and sustaining the air monitoring project over time.