Logo of a dog with signals left and right.

One of the most sensitive methods to locate land mines uses special trained search dogs. A few molecules of the explosive itself can be detected by a trained dog’s nose, which makes this method independent of the mine housing many other measurements are based on. A tracking and steering systems can help to improve the efficiency and thoroughness of the search. The same concept can be also adapted to rescue searches.



Picture of the team Pier-83 at work at IdeaSquare.

Project Team

Adria C. Le Boeuf

With a PhD in neuroscience and biophysics, Adria is using ant colonies to study emergent community-scale decision-making in social networks at the University of Lausanne. Adria also leads The Catalyst, a cross-disciplinary science-theatre collective that works to improve public speaking skills, broaden creative expression, and create new science-focused media. Adria is passionate about spreading the beauty of science and increasing critical thinking worldwide in any way possible.

Aïssatou-Boussoura Garga

A project manager and a coach, Aïssatou also has a sound background in social research and advocacy for human rights. After her assignment as a civil servant specialising in social policies, she worked for organisations such as Amnesty International and Terre des Hommes Suisse. She holds Masters in Development Studies, and in Economic and Social History. Choosing to look beyond appearances, she believes that “another world is possible”, and each of us can make it happen.

Amirhossein Imani

After getting my degree in mechanical engineering, I worked in the field of Energy Efficiency and renewable. Later on, I decided to get into the field of international development with the focus of inclusionary policy making and gender issues in the University of Edinburgh, UK. Currently I work as a consultant in the Office of Policy and Strategy of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague where I do data-driven policy analysis. I am passionate about technology and advocates use of new media for sustainable social and environmental change.

Andressa Sivolella

Andressa is a 25 years old Electric Engineer masters student from Rio de Janeiro. She owns a startup company back in Rio (TWIST Systems), which integrates data from heterogeneous sources. Andressa is currently working on a ATLAS/TileCal project at CERN as a Software Engineer. The platform integrates the collaborators analysis using web technologies.

Courtney Thurston

Courtney is a student, a systems engineer, and an advocate for project-based learning. She’s working to make technical fields more accessible to women and underserved groups through a number of partnerships with organizations such as Microsoft Research, the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and the International Telecommunications Union, while developing unmanned aerial systems in conjunction with NASA and the United States Navy.

Drasko Draskovic

Dr Drasko Draskovic is currently working on the beam instrumentation for the High Luminosity program of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Drasko received a PhD degree in Electronic Engineering in London in 2009. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in wireless communications at the universities in London and Madrid. Drasko is passionate about technology as a creative force shaping global community and improving the state of the world.

Erik Tollefsen

Håvard Bach

Luisa Meneghetti

Luisa has been working for several organizations in the human rights field. Currently, she is researching on the cutting-edge topic of internal displacement caused by disasters for the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre based in Geneva, Switzerland. On the side, Luisa has also been involved with the Swiss startup GovFaces as head of development and outreach. She is an essentialist and a promoter of successful change under the motto “less but better”, a value that she wishes to bring to THE Port hackathon too.

Michelle Lewis-King

Michelle Lewis-King is an artist, lecturer and PhD research fellow for the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Michelle’s creative practice research investigates the cultural interfaces between art, medicine and technology. Michelle’s research is published in the Journal of Sonic Studies and Reflections on Process in Sound and her artistic work has also been exhibited at the V&A Museum, the Anatomy Museum at Kings College and Spike Island.

Sharada Prasanna Mohanty

SP Mohanty is a Grad student at IIIT-Hyderabad. An open source enthusiast and a machine learning freak, Mohanty has been associated with Google Summer of Code for the past 3 years. He has previously worked with the ROOT team at CERN, and is currently associated with CERN as a Visiting Scientist. He was the winner of the CERN Webfest in 2013 and the coordinator in 2014.He likes building cool stuff, taking awesome photographs, writing computer games, playing his old dusty guitar and composing silly songs.

Theo Anagnostopoulos

Theo Anagnostopoulos is a science communicator and a social entrepreneur. He holds a PhD in Medical Genetics from Kings College London. He is the Co-Founder and Director of “SciCo”, a social enterprise whose aim is to communicate scientific issues to various stakeholder groups via innovative means. He is also the Founder and Curator of “Athens Science Festival”, “School Lab” an international online learning platform for science communication, “Health Forward” an interactive platform on innovation in health and “Green Project”, a NGO whose aim is to create environmental awareness via science and art. He is currently the President of the Onassis Scholars Association. He is the TEDxAthens and TEDxLimassol host presenter. Theo has travelled to over 70 countries.