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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Autonomous Street Light Simulator21st February 2014
StreetlightSim has been produced as part of Sei Ping Lau's, a member of my research team, PhD research project. The simulator is an open source streetlight simulation environment based on the well-known OMNet++ and SUMO tools. It features a customisable road traffic pattern, described by the road traffic distribution according to different times of day and annual average daily traffic flow (AADF), and can be easily extended to different streetlight networks using OpenStreetMap and JOSM.
Recipient of an IEEE Award12th September 2013
I am the recipient of a prestigious "Region 8 IEEE Outstanding Branch Counselor and Advisor Award" for my continued support of the University of Southampton's fantastic IEEE Student Branch.
The IEEE grant these annual awards to approximately 10 outstanding individuals around the world who, through their work as Counselors and Advisors, exemplify the Institute's commitment to the educational, personal, professional, and technical development of students in IEEE related fields of interest [sour... [more]