Students Attempt to Aid Disaster Responders with Class Project-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Students Attempt to Aid Disaster Responders with Class Project

Develop software to support disaster communication and response

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley today announced the completion of GeoCam Talk and GeoCam Memo for the Google funded NASA GeoCam project. The two software applications were developed by a student team and are their final deliverables for Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley’s Masters of Science in Software Engineering practicum course.

Conceived as mechanisms to aid correspondence between disaster responders GeoCam Talk and GeoCam Memo are a technological leap forward from traditional disaster responder communication. Developed as open source software for the web and Android operating system these applications provide distinct functions. GeoCam Talk provides disaster responders the ability to send broadcast geolocated audio and text messages. GeoCam Memo provides similar capabilities, but does not broadcast messages to other responders. Both applications are also available via a mobile friendly HTML5 web interface making GeoCam Talk and GeoCam Memo available on the iPhone and other smartphone platforms.

The students selected to work with the NASA GeoCam team were Adam Grant, Andrew Steele, Anooj Vagadia, Patrick Baumann, and Sam Karp. These students used agile software development methodologies in addition to other techniques, practices, and processes learned while working towards Masters of Science in Software Engineering degrees at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. Dr. Ed Katz advised the student team as they developed the software for their client Doctor Trey Smith of NASA.

Established in 2002, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley is a Carnegie Mellon branch campus focused on creating leaders in global technology innovation. The GeoCam project is a collection of web and mobile applications aimed at disaster responders. Though under development at the NASA Ames Research Center Google funds the project. The GeoCam project applied to have Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley students work on GeoCam applications for their Software Engineering practicum course.