Northeastern Energy Flows

This project was an investigation on novel ways to represent the energy system of the Northeastern Boston campus led by Professor Kristian Kloeckl. This data was a classic example of abstract information without 'physical' visual representation that had important implications for those operating from within the system it came from. Decisions on cost and supplier venue, infrastructure development, and distribution of energy resources must be made based on a robust understanding of this data, and all users of this energy have a right to an understanding of the system as all will be affected by the implications it has on our environment. This project aimed to develop a visualzation of this data to fufill all these needs. The project was developed over the summer of 2015 and was evenutally presented as an exhibition in Gallery 360 on campus

My Involvement

My Involvement

I got involved in this project through the Honors Early Research Assistanceship program. I recieved an email about this program at the end of my spring semester my freshman year and was drawn to Professor Kloeckl's project because of its cross-disipline nature. After Kloeckl decided to hire me for the project, I stayed on campus during the Summer 1 term (May and June) to take classes and work on this study. I was responsible for developing the interface in Processing, a java-based open-source programming language meant as an "electronic sketchbook" for projects in the visual arts. I worked alongside Yuecan Fan, who ran analysis on the data itself, and Mavas Dabas, who built the Mongo database to contain the data.

Reflection on participation

Reflection on participation

This was my first time working on a large-scale coding project outside of classwork. It was a great opportunity to finally apply what I had been learning in class and find how concepts learned in class applied to the actual process of developing software. This work was also the source of my interest in data visualization, which I am continuing to pursue today.