Plugfest Kickoff, Exercise& Debrief-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Plugfest Kickoff, Exercise & Debrief

Monday May 23, 8:00 am (Bldg 23, Rm 211), 9:00 am (Bldg 23, vehicle lot), 3:00 pm (Bldg 23, Rm 211)

Dr. Steven Ray, Distinguished Research Fellow, CMUSV

Summary: The Plugfest was a series of computer-based information exchange exercises designed to measure the degree of interoperability among emergency communications vehicles and with emergency operations centers. Information exchanged ranged from simple web queries to maps, other geospatial information, and emergency injects. Results of the information exchange attempts were recorded so as to provide a baseline set of measurements, answering the questions of “What can be done right now?” These results guide our research and development activities to improve the ability of regional response teams to share digital information and thus coordinate more effectively during multi-jurisdictional events in the future.

About the Speaker: Dr. Steven Ray is a Distinguished Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, where he researches information interoperability and standards in application domains including the smart electrical grid, disaster management, electronic business, supply chains, and manufacturing. He has a twenty-seven year track record of initiating and leading system integration and other technical R&D projects at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For the past decade, he was responsible for the management of a $10M division of 60 staff and visiting researchers dedicated to the solution of national problems related to measurements and standards supporting systems interoperation in the manufacturing sector. In addition to his consulting support for local technology companies, Dr. Ray’s current activities include the establishment of new research programs at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley in disaster management and in smart grid interoperability, chairmanship of the Ontology Summit and chairmanship of the OASIS Quantities and Units of Measure Ontology Standard (QUOMOS) TC. He has a B.Sc. in Physics (honors) from the University of Bristol, England, a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and is a member of ASME and SME.

Task list used for Plugfest participants during the workshop:

  • Provide name and contact info.
  • Collect an email address and cell phone number from at least one person in every other vehicle.
  • Send an email to someone on one or more other vehicles.
  • Send a still image to someone on one or more other vehicles.
  • Print a document on a remote printer.
    • Option 1) Connect over a network to another vehicle's printer and print your document.
    • Option 2) Send your document via email or by walking over a memory stick to have it printed on another vehicle.
  • Visit www.google.com and search for "CMU DMI"
  • Try visiting either or both of the maps at http://xxxxxxxx and http://xxxxxxxxx
  • Update a crowdmap.
    • Step 1) Access the webpage http://dmirally2011.crowdmap.com and click the button "Submit a Report". Provide identifying information about yourself and upload text, photos, video, etc.
    • Step 2) Submit an SMS message and confirm that it was received by checking the crowdmap.
  • If you have the capability to act as a web server, serve a simple HTML page. Everyone else, please try going to the URL's received and record your experience.
  • If you can act as a database query server (via MySQL and/or PHP), please send the URL and query instructions for others to try.
  • Are you able to generate, annotate, and make available a map over the Internet? If so, please send the URL and instructions.
  • Are you able to capture video and stream it over the Internet? If so, please send the URL. For the rest of you - were you able to view the streaming video?