Field testing a rare species bioacoustic smartphone application: challenges and future considerations

Pantidi, Nadia, Moran, Stuart, Bachour, Khaled, Rodden, Tom, Zilli, Davide, Merrett, Geoff V. and Rogers, Alex (2014) Field testing a rare species bioacoustic smartphone application: challenges and future considerations. In, 3rd IEEE International Workshop on the Social Implication of Pervasive Computing for Sustainable Living (SIPC '14), Budapest, HU, 24 - 28 Mar 2014. 6pp.


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The New Forest cicada is a declining species native to the UK, and the last unconfirmed sighting was in 2000. One of the difficulties in identifying the cicada is that it sings at a high frequency typically inaudible to adults. In this paper we describe a field test of a novel citizen science smartphone application designed to detect and classify the cicada’s call. We discuss some of the obstacles to studying this novel technology, and describe the results from a user trial with a simulated cicada. Our observations are then used to inform a series of design considerations for those developing a similar class of application, and improvements for the application itself.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 362628
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January 2014Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2014 11:51
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 15:07
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/I011587/1)
Led by: Nick Jennings
1 January 2011 to 31 December 2015
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