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9th May, 2019

Internet of Wild Things – using technology to understand and safeguard our planet


Event Details

9th May, 2019
13:00 - 14:00
Darwin Lecture Theatre
Darwin Building
Gower Street

Wild nature and natural ecosystems are declining rapidly as humans use more of the earth’s resources and change climate patterns.

Thanks to new sensor technologies such as animal movement tags, camera traps, passive acoustic sensors, IoT devices and new ways of analysing these data automatically with artificial intelligence, scientists have access to huge amounts of data about our changing environment and changing wildlife populations.

We will review some of the latest technological advances in sensing, analysing, monitoring, and responding to wildlife population declines. We argue that although these technologies will help us to better understand the natural world and to further engage people with their environment, these could be disruptive and we discuss whether we are really ready for the Internet of Wild Things!

About the speakers:

Professor Kate Jones is Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity, Director of the Biodiversity Modelling Research Group in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (CBER), within the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) at University College London. Kate is a world-leading biodiversity modeller known for her innovative, broad cross-disciplinary research in the linkages between global change, biodiversity and ecosystem services, winning the Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding contributions to Zoology in 2008. Kate holds scientific advisory positions for a number of national and international conservation charities and was the Chair of The Bat Conservation Trust from 2010-2015. She also directs a number of citizen science projects monitoring biodiversity globally.

Dr Duncan Wilson is Professor of Connected Environments in The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London and member of the Smart London Board. His research focuses on how emerging technologies such as connected sensors and cognitive computing can augment our understanding of the built and natural environment. A professional with over 20yrs of digital technology, R&D, innovation and strategy experience developed at individual contributor, team leader and management/executive levels. Primarily working at the interface between industry and academia in roles that challenge me to think about how digital technology can enhance automotive, retail and built environment sectors.

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