Workshop on IoT and UAV for Radiation Monitoring

Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche, Argentina

January 25-29, 2016


The workshop will be given at Istituto Balseiro in San Carlos de Bariloche.


The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. Experts say that there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020.


Learners grasp new ideas and principles better when they are presented in the “here and now.” Many new concepts can be explained through concrete examples and hands-on experience. The combination of “learning-by-doing” and problem-based learning is an extremely potent method.


Wireless technology has resulted in a data collection revolution in recent years. The continuing improvements in consumer electronics, photovoltaics and batteries have enabled the construction of low-cost custom built detectors and data acquisition / wireless control systems. The ability of such systems to gather data in remote locations e.g. no grid power, over long periods of time and through volume large area coverage facilitates the possibility of developing (near) real-time broad area maps.

The deployment of sensors on a rapid basis and to precise locations in 3D has been made possible even for the lowest cost systems by taking advantage of UAVs or RPAS. The ability to perform remote measurements makes the platform ideal for many radiation monitoring measurements and at a fraction of the cost of manned aircraft.


To achieve real change, we have to expand boundaries.
This is why we will mix academic rigor with hands-on experimentation.

First day

Morning session

9:00-9:30 Introduction to CNEA
Anibal Blanco, CNEA

9:30-10:00 Introduction to Instituto Balseiro
Anibal Blanco, CNEA

10:00-10:30 Introduction to ICTP
Marco Zennaro, ICTP

10:30-11:00 Introduction to IAEA
Iain Darby, IAEA

11:00-12:00 Introduction to Internet of Things
Marco Zennaro, ICTP

12:00-12:30 Intro to the Workshop and to the IoT kit
Rodrigo Carbajales, ICTP

Afternoon Session

14:30-17:30 Setup of IDE, first examples with Arduino.

Second day

Third day

Morning session

9:00-10:00 UAV Aircraft General Knowledge
Iain Darby

10:00-11:00 UAV Air Law
Iain Darby

11:00-12:00 UAV Meteorology
Iain Darby

12:00-12:30 UAV Communications
Iain Darby

Afternoon session

14:00-15:00 Intro to GNSS
Iain Darby

15:00-17:00 Using the pin diode radiation sensor
Rodrigo Carbajales

Fourth day

Morning session

9:00-12:30 UAV flying
Joe Moross

Afternoon session

14:00-16:00 UAV flying
Joe Moross

Fifth day

Pictures and Videos

Pictures taken during the workshop are on Flickr and on Google Photos

Videos taken during the UAV flights are available here and here



Marco Zennaro

Marco is a Research Officer at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. His research interest is in the use of WSN for Development. He holds a PhD from KTH-The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Rodrigo Carbajales

Rodrigo is a Visiting Scientist at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). He also holds a Professional Fellowship in Instrumentation for Research Nuclear Reactors at the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina.

Iain Darby

Iain is the Electronics Group Leader of the Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory (NSIL) at IAEA Seibersdorf Laboratories in Vienna. He holds a PhD in Nuclear Physics from University of Liverpool.

Joe Moross

Joe Moross is a Tokyo-based radiation and environmental sensor engineer, and was formerly senior engineer in charge of radiation safety for the linear accelerator facility of the National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials in Tsukuba.





Contact Information

Rodrigo Carbajales

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