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 10, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Pasadena Convention Center and have limited space. These trainings will only be offered in-person. You will only be able to register for one training. Room numbers will be announced to registrants before the conference.
Sensor Data Science Bootcamp
The proliferation of low-cost aerosol and gas sensors has sparked much interest among the air-quality 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 introductory 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.
Instructors: John Volkens, Colorado State University, Joshua Apte, University of California, Berkeley
MODIFIED: Deployment of Municipal Air Quality Sensor Networks
This training was based on insights from the project "Municipal sensor network for air quality measurements", a cooperation of municipalities Kampenhout, Sint-Niklaas, Schoten, Dilbeek and Oudenaarde, funded through the CoT call (2018) of the Flemish Agency for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO). The training will serve as an overview of best practices when deploying air quality sensor networks in a municipality/city for local authorities. This training will review the different phases (preparatory stage, sensor selection, roll-out, follow-up, analysis & interpretation and communication) to achieve a successful roll-out of sensors and will share practical examples, dedicated tools, and experiences and learnings from other stakeholders. More details to come!
Instructors: Andrea Clements, US EPA & Martin Van Poppel, VITO
CANCELLED: Air quality foundations: 10 things you need to know about air sensors
Designed for community groups and those new to the sensor world, this workshop will cover the 10 basics you’ll need to know to start using air sensors in your community. This 2 hour session will include demos, resources lists, worksheets, and interactive activities. We’ll provide you with the tools to identify who your key stakeholders are, what to monitor, how to select the right sensors, how to manage data, and more.
Instructors: Tim Dye, TD Environmental, Aubrey Burgess, DDPHE, Jessa Ellenburg, 2B Technologies