June 3, 2002

HPWREN Users Workshop Focuses on Current and Future Network Applications

On May 18, HPWREN users ranging from astronomers to educators met to discuss their current uses of the network and how they plan to utilize the connectivity for future applications as well. The meeting was hosted by San Diego State University's Mount Laguna Observatory director Paul Etzel, who also spoke at the workshop.

hpwren users workshop

Additional speakers included HPWREN PI Hans-Werner Braun, HPWREN co-PI Frank Vernon, Greg Aldering from the Palomar Observatory, Dan Cayan from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Mike Peralta from the Tribal Digital Village Network, and Pablo Bryant from the SDSU Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve.

The primary objective of the workshop was to stimulate discussion regarding long-term continuity of the network, which was re-emphasized by the presenters who each expressed that the connection is extremely valuable to their research and education agendas. Specifically, Hans-Werner Braun started the workshop with a presentation regarding lessons learned from the first two years of HPWREN activities and how he envisions the network's continued growth. Frank Vernon focused his talk on the impact that the network has upon his geophysics research and the collaboration between HPWREN and ROADNet. Braun and Vernon also discussed their plans to continue building out HPWREN - enabling additional researchers and disciplines to take advantage of the network's robust infrastructure.


The HPWREN Users Workshop was held on May 18, 2002 at the Mount Laguna Observatory, which is operated jointly by the San Diego State University Astronomy Department and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The observatory was dedicated in 1968, and was built with funding from the National Science Foundation, with matching funds provided to SDSU by the State of California.

Greg Aldering discussed how HPWREN allows Palomar Observatory research projects like the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and Nearby Supernova Factory (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) to stream and process night sky images in real-time. Paul Etzel also talked about HPWREN's positive impacts upon both his science and education endeavors; his presentation focused on Mount Laguna Observatory's continuing interest in remotely controlled telescopes.

Pablo Bryant explained Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve's use of HPWREN and the current build-out of an extensive intra-network within the reserve. Meanwhile, Dan Cayan discussed the development of a prototype meteorological/hydrological data logger that will soon be used for data collection and real-time transmission via HPWREN in places like the Santa Margarita.

Tribal Digital Village Network (TDVNet) progress was presented by Mike Peralta, who said that the TDVNet now has eight Native American reservations connected to HPWREN. Peralta also discussed his gratitude to Hans-Werner Braun for teaching him the basics of networking, as he is now able to pass this knowledge along to the Native American communities in San Diego.

Additional photographs taken at the HPWREN Users Workshop are available at https://cdn.hpwren.ucsd.edu/images/20020518/.

For more information about HPWREN activities and findings, please refer to our annual reports for 2001 and 2002.


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