Davide's Hunt for Cicadas in Slovenia20th June 2012
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 recording Cicada calls in Slovenia
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!
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Online Presentation on Holistic Energy Harvesting18th June 2012
Today I presented our research on Holistic Energy Harvesting at the IET conference on Wireless Sensing Systems (WSS 2012). In particular, I was talking about our system demonstrator, namely a "Vibration-Powered Sensing System for Engine Condition Monitoring".
Condition monitoring is becoming an established technique for managing the maintenance of machinery in transport applications. Vibration energy harvesting allows wireless systems to be powered without batteries, but most traditional gene... [more]
EH Network Dissemination Event15th December 2010
Today we announced the Energy Harvesting Network's first dissemination event, which will be held at the IET, London on 7th February 2011. This one-day event will provide a platform for disseminating advances in energy-harvesting technology and research in the UK.
Keynote presentations will be given by Daniel Inman and Rob van Schaijk, and these are supplemented by a full series of presentations by well-respected speakers from academia and industry. There will also be demonstrations from compa... [more]