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Rodney Martin Wins 2015 NASA T&I Data Challenge Award for Smart Building Software Infrastructure Development
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Rodney Martin Wins 2015 NASA T&I Data Challenge Award for Smart Building Software Infrastructure Development

A proof-of-concept project titled “IT Solution Deployment and Testing for Next Generation Zero-Net-Energy Intelligent Buildings” was one of 10 projects that won the 2015 NASA Technology & Innovation (T&I) Labs data challenge call. The project involves investigation and implementation of a sustainable, scalable long-term database management solution that enables access to a comprehensive suite of relevant building systems (e.g., heat pumps; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC); lighting; shades; plug loads; etc.) in Sustainability Base (Building N-232). A data warehouse with the necessary software infrastructure to support building a robust architectural framework for all required Information Technology (IT) assets will be built. A successful implementation has applications beyond Sustainability Base and may influence how IT solutions are architected for next-generation zero-net-energy intelligent buildings for the entire Agency.

BACKGROUND: NASA Technology & Innovation (T&I) Labs, formally known as IT Labs, is an innovation program of the Office of the Chief Information Officer within the Technology and Innovation Division. The T&I Labs Project Challenge solicits ideas from the greater NASA community and enables research for winning proposals as part of a rapid, low-cost, low-risk process. This year’s T&I Project Challenge Judge Panel included representatives from the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Center Chief Technology Office Information Technology staff (CTO-ITs), and Office of the Chief Technologist delegates. This panel of experts reviewed submissions and selected a handful of winning proposals.

Sustainability Base is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum office building at NASA Ames (Building N-232). It also serves as a technology proving ground to assess suitability of NASA’s advanced aerospace technologies to high-performance buildings on Earth, as well as to future habitats beyond Earth. Rodney Martin is the lead for research efforts at Sustainability Base and currently acts as the Facility Support Manager and will lead the team that won this award. He is also the Data Sciences Group Deputy Lead in the Code TI Discovery and Systems Health technical area.

COLLABORATORS: Akshat Agrawal (Advanced Studies Laboratory intern), Stephen Dawson-Haggerty (Building Robotics), Kevin Fedor (JC), and David Nielsen

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: T&I Labs and the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)

Contact: Rodney Martin

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