Dr. Jill Gemmill: Intelligent River


Dr. Jill Gemmill, Executive Director for Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration at Clemson University

My name is Dr. Jill Gemmill and I am Executive Director for Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration at Clemson University.

What we have been able to accomplish at Clemson with the Intelligent River Project is bringing to life something that scientists in other places have dreamed about, talked about and asked for funding but never been able to accomplish.

In terms of the Intelligent River, sensors are being placed in the river, then they are reporting back to a central set of computers that are storing them, doing some automated analysis and getting those data ready to be displayed through a web interface so that interested scientists can see what is going on.

There are general water management issues over large areas like that, that are always made best with the best information possible. This system brings together thousands of measurements into a coherent picture so that the best decisions for managing water can be made.

There hasn’t been a project that has come to life like the Intelligent River has; and it is not the technology, although the technology is very important for making the system work; it is really that the people who care about water are the ones who have put the technology to use.