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Digital+Media: Environmental Justice Research Cluster at the Rhode Island School of Design

Organized by Sara Wylie, RISD Students and Graduates Jae Ok Lee, Byeongwon Ha, Kyuha Shim and Mara Streberger, James Schaffroth, and Yuyu Chen (along with Shannon Dosemagen and Jeff Warren) are developing a Roomba indoor air pollution hunting robot, a hydrogen sulfide screening tool and home-testing kit for environmental estrogens. We use lights on the Roomba to produce long-exposure image maps of rooms to identify sources of indoor air-pollution. The resulting photographs are beautiful and data rich examples can be seen here:

Interested in joining the research group and attending meetings? Please email sara@publiclaboratory.org

Interested in participating in research projects virtually? All our research discussions are now taking place on the Public laboratory mailing list or through research notes, so please join the PLOTS mailing list.

Upcoming Events

End of January Roomba Hackathon!


Indoor air quality mapping to evaluate indoor air quality at RISD. Here is a video about the project:

[[http://publiclaboratory.org/tool/environmental-estrogen-testing|Environmental Estrogen Screen]]

[[http://publiclaboratory.org/tool/hydrogen-sulfide-sensing|Hydrogen Sulfide Sensing]]

Media And Gallery Shows

"Public Lab Aims for Affordable Hydrogen Sulfide Sensors" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog- Sara Wylie and Shannon Dosemagen, 10/25/11

Grist: In the future, cleaning robots will sniff out air pollution- Jess Zimmerman, 7-18-11

Technology Review: Robot lights up at pollution- Kristina Grifantini, 7-17-11

[[http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/shannon/11-17-2011/roomba-air-quality-mapping-ethnographic-terminalia-exhibit-montreal|Public Lab show in Montreal featuring Roomba]]

Meeting Notes