M. Olson. California Institute of Technology, Master's thesis, (2012)
My thesis describes the design and implementation of systems that empower individuals to help their communities respond to critical situations and to participate in research that helps them understand and improve their environments. People want to help their communities respond to threats such as earthquakes, wildfires, mudslides and hurricanes, and they want to participate in research that helps them understand and improve their environment. “Citizen Science” projects that facilitate this interaction include projects that monitor climate change, water quality and animal habitats. My thesis explores the design and analysis of community-based sense and response systems that enable individuals to participate in critical community activities and scientific research that monitors their environments.