Dr Geoff V. Merrett
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Research Featured in New Scientist

12th September 2013

New Scientist Issue 2932
New Scientist Issue 2932
Our research into the use of smartphones to for biodiversity monitoring has been featured in New Scientist.

The New Forest Cicada is the only cicada native to the UK and, having not been seen for many years, is at great danger of becoming extinct. One of my PhD students, Davide Zilli, is investigating whether or not the millions of annual visitors to the New Forest National Park can be turned into mobile biodiversity sensors, using the smartphones that they carry with them.

"Biologists like Kenichi Ueda of the website iNaturalist.org are pretty excited. 'If their technique can be generalised to identify the sounds of any animal and not just cicadas, then I think the stage is set for some kind of Animal Shazam service that will tell you what crickets are chirping in your backyard, or what shrieking bird just woke you up at 4 am.'"

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A DejaView presentation - captured by DejaView!
Alex's presentation on DejaView at the SenseCam Symposium 2012 in Oxford saw a milestone for us - the first time that the DejaView device (alongside the entire system, including the mobile phone and web server) has captured a DejaView presentation! The photo on the left shows this seemingly trivial event - the first slide from Alex's presentation (Alex is just about visible on the left hand side of the photo)!

Tactile Device Research on BBC Arabic's 4Tech show
25th February 2012
Being interviewed by BBC Arabic
Dr Sara Demain and I were interviewed by Nassim Ramadan of BBC Arabic's 4Tech show. 4Tech is considered to be the main Technology show in the Middle East and North Africa, watched by around 20 million people. During the interview, we explained our research into the use of tactile devices to help people regain movement and sensation when they are recovering from a stroke. The interview was a somewhat strange experience, with all questions first being asked in Arabic (for which we had no idea w... [more]

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