Project54 featured in UNH Campus Journal

Today the UNH Campus Journal published an article (“Where Project54 Is Now“) discussing the current status of Project54.

Project54 work featured in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing journal

Andrew Kun, Project54 PI, is co-editor of an upcoming theme issue of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Applications in the Car. The theme issue also includes Kun et al.’s paper entitled “Interactions between Human-Human Multi-Threaded Dialogues and Driving.”

Project54 staff participate in 2012 UNH ECE open house

The Project54 lab hosted more than 80 visitors on March 31 as part of the UNH ECE open house. Prospective students, accompanied by family and friends, were introduced to ongoing research efforts and even had a chance to try our driving simulator. In the picture below Project54 PhD student Zeljko Medenica introduces the driving simulator.

Dover Police Mounted Patrol Mobile Application Deployment

We are excited to report that the mobile handheld application created and designed specifically for Dover Mounted patrol (DMP) has officially been deployed. Last week Ross Lenharth & I made a trip out to Dover Mounted Patrol with Mark Taipan, project leader and lead developer, to assist him with the delivery, setup and training of the application. Mark demonstrated the handheld application to police officers Michelle Murch and Joe Caproni. They are thrilled to be able to have use of this technology in assisting them with data collection, a task that is made much more difficult to do with pen and paper while sitting on top of a horse! The benefit of the handheld application is the ease and speed in which they can collect data, along with the variety of ways  information can be gathered on the handheld, from scanning bar codes on licenses to using voice to record information along with the ability to take pictures to be included in the data files.

While we were there officer Joe Caproni practiced with the application by pulling Ross over and walking through the steps of collecting incident information. I was able to capture Ross’s criminal activity on film getting some great photos!  All joking aside, I enjoyed being a part of setting them up and seeing how the application works from the handheld to the software on the server.


Thank you, Mark, for allowing me to come along on the deployment and great work!



Project54 at the 2011 Emergency Responders Workshop

Andrew Kun reported on Project54 activities at the 2011 Emergency Responders Workshop (pdf) organized by WisDOT, CVTA and GLTEI. Andrew introduced the voice-enabled in-car Project54 system as well as Project54 efforts in integrating police cruisers into agency-wide communications networks. Andrew then discussed ongoing Project54 research activities targeting interactions with in-car devices, handheld computers and multi-touch surfaces.

With the leadership of CVTA President Scott McCormick (in picture below) and WisDOT’s John Corbin, workshop participants discussed a number of projects and products used by emergency responders today. They also discussed their vision for future technologies.

Dover Police Mounted Patrol Observation

Last week, Project54 researchers Dylan Fransway and Mark Taipan observed the Dover Police Mounted Patrol Unit in their environment of Downtown Dover, NH. When designing the Project54 Mobile Software, Project54 members worked with officers from this unit to create an interface that is usable in their environment. Part of the development process involves observations to obtain a first-hand account of their unique situations and to identify problematic areas that can be improved through the use of Project54 technology. We would like to thank Dover Police for their continued support and stay tuned for more information regarding the deployment of the Project54 Mobile Software with the Dover Mounted Police.

Mark Taipan

CEPS Open House 2011

Last Saturday (April 2nd) the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences of UNH held its traditional yearly open house event where prospective students and parents were introduced to the college, its departments and laboratories. For the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Dr. John LaCourse, the department chair, gave and overview presentation in front of a full auditorium.

Later on, the parents and student paid a visit to our Project54 lab, where the project co-director Dr. Andrew Kun gave them an introductory presentation. They were interested to hear about the project’s history as well as about the potential benefits to the students themselves.

Both students and parents enjoyed driving in our high fidelity driving simulator and hearing about its benefits in assessing driving safety issues.


UNH High Tech Day 2011

Yesterday as part of UNH High Tech day, we demonstrated the Project54 system to high school students from Dover, Rochester, Groveton, Newmarket, Nashua and the Seacoast School of Technology. P54 demonstrations consisted of Mark Taipan describing the purpose and benefits of Project54 and providing a demonstration on how to use the system. Mark also discussed handhelds and the work he is doing with Dover Mounted Patrol. Following was a demonstration of the Simulator by Oskar Palinko. Oskar discussed how the simulator has been used to compare driving with the use of P54 with driving without the system use. Last, but certainly not least, Tim April provided a hands-on demo of our Microsoft Surface touch table. It proved to be a very busy day but as is always the case we really enjoyed having the students!

Mark giving P54 demo

Students trying their hand at the touchtable

Winnacunnet Tour

Jim Muthig, technology and mathmatics teacher from Winnacunnet High School , each year brings a group of students to the University of NH for tours/demonstrations of a number of departments on campus to include Project54.  During their recent visit, Ross Lenharth, discussed and demonstrated the Project54 system.  IMG_1645
Zeljko Medenica followed with a demonstration of the driving simulator, explaining how it is used for conducting research and furthering the mission of the project. Students were given the opportunity to drive the simulator through a variety of scenarios.

Hooksett PD SPOTS Deployment

Continuing the Project54 SPOTS deployment, Ross Lenharth and Mark Taipan visited the Hooksett Police Department on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011. Twelve mobile data terminals were installed with the Project54 SPOTS client software, enabling officers to access motor vehicle records via voice commands. Now, both Hooksett officers and dispatchers do not need to use precious radio channel time to run simple license and vehicle record checks. For more information regarding the Project54 SPOTS software, contact Ross Lenharth.

Hooksett SPOTS Installation
Hooksett SPOTS Installation

Mark Taipan