EPA's Next Generation Air Monitoring Workshop Series
Air Sensors 2013: Data Quality & Applications

March 19 & 20, 2013
EPA's Research Triangle Park Campus
109 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711

Join us for EPA's third workshop to address the opportunities and challenges associated with the next generation of air quality monitoring technology and data.


Recent years have seen advances in the research and development of newer, more portable, and lower cost air pollution sensors for measuring air quality. These developments, along with the proliferation of social media, smartphones, and an online culture, provide new opportunities for citizens, communities, and governments to leverage these technologies and become more informed about the current state of the environment. Furthermore, citizens have a growing desire for technology that can provide a more real-time, localized, and personalized information stream, meeting both personal and community health needs. Because the adoption of such technologies can have far-reaching impacts, understanding the quality of data needed and how it varies for different applications is important. Sensor developers are seeking innovative, low-cost approaches to ascertain what their instruments are actually measuring and how to calibrate them on-the-fly. As these instruments are more widely used, questions abound as to how best to manage all of the data.


  • Share information about recent efforts in the area of apps and sensors for air pollution
  • Define acceptable data uncertainty and quality objectives for different monitoring purposes
  • Explore and promote inexpensive approaches to quantify uncertainty of measurements and calibrate instruments
  • Discuss solutions to address data challenges (e.g., sensor network management, data management, visualization for public use, communication, IT infrastructure, data analysis, quality assurance of publicly accessible data and analytics, and data mining)
  • Learn more about Federal agencies’ programs and activities

Meeting Format

The workshop will consist of 4 plenary sessions with presentations from experts on:
  • New Technologies, Hot Science, and Instruments on the Horizon
  • Data Quality, Evaluation, and Calibration
  • Big Data: Management and Analysis
  • Recent Applications of Sensors
Breakout sessions will explore the following topics in more detail:
  • Citizen Science and Sensors
  • Reducing Measurement Uncertainty: Calibration and Data Normalization Approaches 
  • Sensor Performance and Application Guidelines
  • Big Data: Approaches for Managing, Analyzing, and Visualizing Large Data Sets 
  • Designing Sensor Information Clearinghouse: Key Characteristics, Functionality, Screening, and Maintenance 
  • New Technologies: Challenges, Data Gaps, and Needs 
All participants are invited to share their research and work on air sensors, including technology, data, policy, business, and outreach during a poster session, and participants who would like to demonstrate their sensor technology to others are welcome to do so during the tech demos.

Who Should Attend

Everyone is welcome!!

The workshop will be informative and valuable to a range of participants including sensor developers; representatives from communities; industry; national, state, and local governments; academics; and environmental interest groups. This diversity of viewpoints will be essential to the workshop discussions and successfully meeting the workshop objectives.


All plenary sessions will be broadcast via webinar. Please register to receive information about connecting via webinar.