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Sensor CDT student wins EPSRC science photo competition

last modified Jun 06, 2019 11:38 AM
Sensor CDT student Peter Pedersen wins 1st prize in the "Citizen Science Abroad" category

Peter Pedersen, a student with the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications, has won the first prize in Citizen Science Abroad category of the EPSRC Science Photography Competition 2019.

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Last year the MRes cohort of the Sensor CDT developed a portable air pollution sensor during their team project. Built around a cheap, yet powerful, microcontroller, the sensor measures particulate matter and stores is together with GPS position and time on an SD card and on a cloud server.

The aim of the project was not only to build the sensor but also to engage the general public in using these sensors on their everyday commute and to build up a picture of air pollution in their city.

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The low-cost, open and modular design enables others to build their own sensors and adapt them to their needs. The students and volunteers took the sensors to different locations around the world, including Europe, Antarctica, South America and Africa. The winning picture was taken on a trip in the Alps during summer 2018.