HydroMet Sensing: Introducing the next Generation of Sensor-to-Data Management Systems using Open-Source Technologies and Standards

April 28th, 2017

(Attendees are eligible to apply for CEU credits)

Location: CapitalOne Headquarter Office (Union Square) 853 Broadway New York, NY 10003

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


In situ monitoring remains the only way of acquiring accurate, reliable, efficient, cost-effective high-frequency and long-term environmental data. Current in situ monitoring systems often overlook the critically important inclusion of a standard data management and publication system. Therefore, fully streamlining current commercially-available environmental monitoring systems adopting a data-from-sensor to storage-and-proper-annotation approach is not only long and arduous, but also pervaded with break-downs and omissions.

This talk will introduce an automated Sensor-to-Data Management System (SDMS) prototype using open source software and hardware technologies and established sensors and observations standards. The system comprises a complete sensor-to-data-dissemination chain of software applications developed using the Python programming language. In addition, it contains a compact custom-made datalogger using the C.H.I.P microcomputer to support the software applications used in field data acquisition. The system, thus, is capable of handling the aspects of data collection, transmission, management and publication as well as network organization automatically. The developed system has been tested in both indoor and outdoor environments and it is effective in not only reducing field data acquisition workload, but also in laying the foundation of cost affordability.

Paul Celicourt, PhD

Paul Celicourt received a Bachelor’s degree in electro-mechanical engineering from the Faculté des Sciences of the Université d’Etat d’Haiti (UEH) in 2009 where he had served as a Teaching Assistant of Physics for 2 years (2008-2010). In 2010, he was awarded a Fellowship by the Research Foundation of the City University of New York (RFCUNY) and the Faculté des Sciences (UEH) to pursue a Master’s degree in “Sustainability in the Urban Environment” at The City College of New York (CCNY) which he completed in September 2011. Mr. Celicourt graduated in December 2016 with a PhD in Hydroinformatics at the City College of New York. In this capacity, he had conducted field works, including bathymetric survey, to monitor water resources in the Lakes Azuei and Enriquillo watersheds in Haiti and Dominican Republic. He had contributed his software development skills to a number of NSF-funded research projects. Particularly, He contributed to the design and implementation of an open-source standard-compliant software system named SENSOR-DX that implements automated environmental data quality control led by Prof. Thomas Dietterich and the “National Energy-Water System Assessment Framework (NEWS)” led by Prof. Charles Vorosmarty. He is a manuscript reviewer for IEEE Software Magazine, the Journal of Hydroinformatics, the International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, and the IWA Open Water Journal.

Free healthy snacks will be provided.



Chair: Yun Ye –
Vice-Chair: Richard Sam –
Secretary: Praveenkumar Khethavath –