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!

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