Smarter Science - The Power of the Crowd!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
Centre for Ecology and Evolution
Autumn Symposium 2012
Smarter Science: The Power of the Crowd!
Organizers: Prof. Kate Jones (University College London, Zoological Society of London), Prof. Jonathan Silvertown (Open University), Dr. Paul Jepson and Prof. Kathy Willis (Oxford University)
The way we do science is changing rapidly, as social media, gaming and using crowds to solve problems changes who can take part and how they can participate. Crowd-collected data are also posing new analytical and visualization challenges. Here we take a look at the current state of this area to draw lessons for the future of research in ecology, evolution and conservation.
The event is open to all interested and is free but we will have to charge £5 (£3 students) on the day for teas, coffees and biscuits. Posters and Demos welcome (you can fill out the details when you register).
Directions can be found here.
9:15AM Introduction (Kate Jones)
Session One:Crowd sensing (Chair: Paul Jepson)
9:20AM Mike Dodd (Open University) Treezilla: The Monster Map of Trees: A new citizen science platform from the home of iSpot and the Evolution MegaLab.
9:40AM Michael Pocock (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) One moth versus the crowd: the story of Conker Tree Science.
10AM John Tweddle, Poppy Lakeman Fraser and Lucy Robinson (Natural History Museum) OPAL Bugs Count: smarter science or just a bit of fun?
10:20AM Scott Laurie (Stanford University) iNaturalist - crowd sourcing biodiversity conservation.
10:40AM Alex Rogers (University of Southampton) Smartphone-based Biodiversity Monitoring: Mobilising the crowd in the hunt for the New Forest Cicada.
11 AM TEA AND COFFEE
11:20AM Toby Hammond (University of East Anglia) Ashtag – tracking fungal disease spread across the UK
Session Two: Innovative Approaches and Crowd Tools (Chair: Jonathan Silvertown)
11:40AM Matthias Stevens (UCL) Extreme Citizen Science: Concepts & Projects
12PM Paul Jepson (Oxford University) Opti-hunting: a technology inspired vision for enrolling the hunting ‘crowd’ in conservation
12:20PM David Aanensen (Imperial College) EpiCollect
12:40PM Thore Graepel (Microsoft Research Cambridge) The Smarter Crowd: Measuring and Boosting Crowd Intelligence
1PM LUNCH (Posters and Demos)
2:00PM Chris Sandbrook (Cambridge University) Can digital games and virtual worlds help us to save nature?
Session Three: Crowd Thinking (Chair: Robin Freeman)
2:20PM Phil Brohan (Met Office) New uses for old weather
2:40PM Kate Jones (UCL, ZSL) Becoming Batman: using citizens to detect signals in 2 million files
3PM Bob MacCallum (Imperial College) DarwinTunes - a simple model of cultural evolution via crowd selection
3:20PM Kirsty Kemp, Greg Skolidis and Gabe Brostow (ZSL, UCL) Cameras for conservation at the bottom of deep blue sea
3:40PM COFFEE AND TEA
4PM Alasdair Davies (ZSL) Cameras in the cloud - citizen science of the future.
Session Four: Crowd Management (Chair: Kathy Willis)
4.20PM Nadia Richman (Zoological Society of London) Reliability of crowd memory
4.40PM Lucas Joppa (Microsoft Research Cambridge) Motivating the crowd
5PM Jonathan Silvertown (Open University) Who is an expert? The iSpot solution
5:20PM Concluding Remarks (Kate Jones)
5:30PM Drinks at The Albert Pub, NW1 8JR