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Cloud Computing Services for Seismic Networks


Olson, Michael James (2014) Cloud Computing Services for Seismic Networks. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/5D60-FG88.


This thesis describes a compositional framework for developing situation awareness applications: applications that provide ongoing information about a user's changing environment. The thesis describes how the framework is used to develop a situation awareness application for earthquakes. The applications are implemented as Cloud computing services connected to sensors and actuators. The architecture and design of the Cloud services are described and measurements of performance metrics are provided. The thesis includes results of experiments on earthquake monitoring conducted over a year. The applications developed by the framework are (1) the CSN --- the Community Seismic Network --- which uses relatively low-cost sensors deployed by members of the community, and (2) SAF --- the Situation Awareness Framework --- which integrates data from multiple sources, including the CSN, CISN --- the California Integrated Seismic Network, a network consisting of high-quality seismometers deployed carefully by professionals in the CISN organization and spread across Southern California --- and prototypes of multi-sensor platforms that include carbon monoxide, methane, dust and radiation sensors.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Sensor Networks, Distributed Computing, Situation Awareness, Earthquake Detection
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Computer Science
Awards:Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prize in Seismo-Engineering, Prediction and Protection, 2013
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Chandy, K. Mani
Thesis Committee:
  • Chandy, K. Mani (chair)
  • Heaton, Thomas H.
  • Billock, Joseph Gregory
  • Clayton, Robert W.
  • Wierman, Adam C.
Defense Date:3 August 2013
Non-Caltech Author Email:michael.olson (AT)
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Projects:Community Seismic Network
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:08242013-182604077
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ID Code:7939
Deposited By: Michael Olson
Deposited On:24 Sep 2013 16:39
Last Modified:04 Oct 2019 00:02

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