Dr Geoff V. Merrett
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Davide's Hunt for Cicadas in Slovenia

20th June 2012

Davide recording Cicada calls in Slovenia
Davide recording Cicada calls in Slovenia
The New Forest Cicada is an insect native to the UK in great danger of becoming extinct. Several entomologists have searched for it in the past few years, but no sighting has been confirmed for over a decade. However, the area where the cicada could be found is vast, extending to the entire New Forest. This cicada makes a high-pitched call that is difficult for humans to hear.

Davide's research is investigating whether pervasive sensing technology can leverage the smartphones of visitors to the New Forest (millions every year) to capture, classify and identify the cicada.

To better understand this elusive insect, this Summer Davide travelled to Slovenia - where this same species of cicada is abundant - to collect audio samples of the cicada's call.

Initial results obtained from this field trip look very promising for this technology - watch (or listen to) this space!

For more information, click here.

Other Articles

Best Paper Award at IJCAI 2013
15th July 2013
Davide Zilli receiving the award
Our paper titled "A hidden Markov model-based acoustic cicada detector for crowdsourced smartphone biodiversity monitoring" received the award for Outstanding Student Paper at the International Joint Conference for Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), 2013. The conference was held in Beijing, China, and the paper was presented by Davide Zilli.Abstract: Automated acoustic recognition of species aims to provide a cost-effective method for biodiversity monitoring. This is particularly appealing for det... [more]

Press Coverage for Tactile Devices in Rehabilitation
14th November 2011
The Borneo Post
Our research on tactile devices for stroke rehabilitation has already received a fantastic amount of press coverage and public interest. Some of this has been reported elsewhere on this webpage (for example our appearances in BBC radio and the 'FAST' government report), but a selection of the online coverage that it received (at least that which I have spotted) is listed below: 'Frontline' Magazine The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's magazine London Press Service Re... [more]

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