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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Other Articles

IEEE Sensors Journal Paper Among 25 Most Downloaded
6th August 2012
IEEE Sensors Journal
Today we were notified that our paper 'Modeling of Wireless Sensor Nodes Powered by Tunable Energy Harvesters: HDL-Based Approach' (a copy can also be downloaded from our institutional ePrints repository) is one of the 25 most downloaded Sensors Journal papers in the month of June 2012. Included in this ranking are all Sensors Journal papers published since its foundation, about 1000 papers in total. The paper is a result of work done at Southampton as part of the Holistic Energy Harvesting ... [more]

Haptics Demo in Multidisciplinary Research Week
2nd February 2011
Discussing the research with attendees
Multidisciplinary Research Week was a programme of activities aimed at showcasing different aspects of multidisciplinary work at the University of Southampton. As a part of the week, we gave a demonstration of our haptic devices to attendees during a drop in session, where visitors could try out the devices and find out more about the research. We were also able to highlight the benefits that were obtained through a multidisciplinary approach to the research. One of the attendees commented: ... [more]

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