On this page we will keep information about future meetings and minutes from past ones

Next meeting: 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 10

Wednesday June 3rd, 2009

  • Spencer Gardner's Stuff
    • Read ironies of Automation
    • Continue with visualization
    • Still need to check out the Wisar bible for different terrrian variables
    • Still should read Joseph Copper's thesis

Wednesday May 27th, 2009

  • Spencer Gardner's Stuff
    • Try to collect more geohash logs
    • Talk to Mike R. about the IPhone app
    • Talk to Brian Buss about trail information (bbuss@byu.edu, briangbuss@gmail.com)
    • Check out Joseph Copper's thesis
    • Check out the WiSAR bible to see which terrian variables there are and a priority
    • Work on visualizing tracklogs
    • Talk to James and Spencer
  • Spencer Clark's stuff
    • I've been writing code to remove 'bad points' from GPX track logs.
    • I've been learning more about how GPS functions. I am going to look into a way to estimate the accuracy of a tracklog based on the positions of the satellites when the tracklog was generated. (Historical ephemeris data is available from the gubment)
    • I'm going to get started on some tracklog analysis tools.
    • I'm thinking about making whatever analysis code I write output some fancy KML visualization for Google Earth.
    • Look into median filters (an image processing technique?)

Thursday May 21st, 2009

  • Spencer Gardner's Stuff*
    • Inform Dr. Goodrich of possibilities for facebook app.
    • Localize track log data
    • Check out Lost Person Behavior book
    • Check out some type of mountaineering/geocaching book
    • Start writing weekly papers of a summary of what has been learned.
  • Spencer Clark's Stuff
    • Find old GPS orbits online somewhere - use them to estimate error
    • Email GPS articles to everyone to bore them
    • Send James my geocache tracklog
    • Write reports about stuff
    • Look into 'momentum filtering model.' People tend to move in a straight line with slight deviations. (probably)
    • Draft email to director of Uinta High Adventure Base

Thursday May 14th, 2009

  • James' stuff
    • Accomplished
      • Go on a flight test for the UAV
      • Get IRB certification (I have a hard copy of the certificate)
      • Developed several hypothesis to check tracklog data against (see Tracklog Analysis page)
    • Future
      • Final preparations for the field trial (actually getting the Credit Card and placing the order for food)
      • Use Google Earth, with the help of Mike Roscheck, to test hypothesis against data collected and filtered by both Spencers
      • Create a visual representation of a tracklog that allows for more detailed analysis.
  • Spencer Clark's Stuff
    • Stuff I did
      • I came to the conclusion that the SPOT Satellite messengers are probably a dead-end due to their poor reception and 10 minute update interval. If we want to track scouts and others we are going to need to use a different device. (Possibly a stock GPS?)
      • Talked to Greg Alldredge about his contacts at a scout camp in the Uintahs. If we can figure out how we want to track them, Greg could get us in contact with the camp director.
      • Wrote a GPX parser in python. Should be pretty useful (at least for me, hah)
      • Prepared for the field trial
    • Stuff I should do
      • Find out a new way (besides SPOT) to track boy scouts and others in the boonies
      • Contact Orienteering Utah to see if they have data they can give us. Also, maybe they would consider carrying tracking devices for us if we ask nicely.
      • Extend and improve GPX parser. Make it convert GPX → CSV for James. Make it 'normalize' data. (Remove points that are obviously wrong, etc)
      • Party down
  • Spencer Gardner's Stuff
    • Progress
      • I've become real interested in everytrail and have mined about of the data available there.
        • Accomplished by writing a php script just to iterate through the ID's and download the gpx files and parse for the category
      • Minor edits to the lost track website http://tanglefoot.cs.byu.edu/~snppla/losttrack/
      • Searched for a GIS of trails (no success…)
      • Prepared for the field trial (including telling my fiancee that I can't stay up till odd hours of the night on Friday).
    • Things to do
      • Go to the field trial and remember my assignments
      • Finish mining from everytrail
      • Write some type of disclaimer for the website (I might need some of Jame's technical writing skills.) Here is a course outline of that I have so far. http://tanglefoot.cs.byu.edu/~snppla/losttrack/disclaimer.html
      • Advertise the website
      • Work with James to make analyze the data.
    • New Idea
      • The game World of Warcraft is a game with a virtual world with all sorts of terrian (slopes, vegetation, water, etc). Perhaps we could also study movements from here to model a person's movement in real life. So maybe setup a trial where we take someone inexperienced with WOW, have them “lost”, and tell them to find a city. Just an idea.

Monday May 11th, 2009

11AM - 2220 TMCB

Unless my information is wrong, this is our next meeting. –Spengy 13:13, 6 May 2009 (EDT)

This is correct. –snppla 16:37, 7 May 2009 (EDT)

Wednesday May 6th, 2009

General stuff: status reports

  • Spencer Clark's stuff
    • Email Dr. Goodrich link to wiki for information about the two GPS units we like. (DONE)
    • Contact scout office regarding Spot Satellite Messengers and the data they might have already (Ask Ron Zeemaan for details about which office has these)
    • Possibly contact Sam about activetrails.com data. If he has got 'off trail' data it could be useful to us.
    • Look into dynamic KML/KMZ stuff for Google Earth visualization of data
    • Long term: think about balloons and wireless. Neat stuff.
  • Spencer Gardner's stuff
    • Remember to start taking notes during meetings.
    • Continue to work on Lost Track
    • Figure out if IRB approval is required for the website
    • Approve any advisement for Lost Track with Dr. Goorich.
    • Long term: Think about how to analyze data
  • James Williams' stuff
    • Ditto on taking notes
    • IRB Certification (Done)
    • Continue in depth research of lab progress on WiSAR
    • Continue development of ideas how to get more GPS data from hikers
    • Develop theories on how movement is influenced by
      • Terrain
      • Vegetation
    • Long term: Think about generating accurate images of searcher's perspective without equipping searchers with wireless video cameras.

Monday April 27th, 2009

General Stuff: Kickoff.

  • Stuff for everyone
    • Read all the papers Dr. Goodrich gave us
    • Get a demonstration of UAV control systems and whatnot from Mike Roscheck (WE STILL NEED TO DO THIS - when is he doing a flight test?)
    • Get a demo from Lanny
    • Find good GPS units (DONE)
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