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At this public event Dr Jenny Gibson (PEDAL Centre, University of Cambridge) together with Dr Bezhad Heravi & Prof. Steve Hailes (Computer Science, UCL) will present their innovative work using GPS sensor technology to study children's social behaviour at playtime. This will be followed by a key note lecture from world renowned professor of Educational Psychology, Professor Anthony Pellegrini (Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota), who will discuss the potential evolutionary significance of play and the challenges and rewards of getting scientists out of the lab and onto the playground!




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Dr Jenny Gibson (University of Cambridge) is a Lecturer in Psychology and Education and her work at PEDAL focuses on investigating the role of play in children’s social development, and the rigorous development of meaningful and reliable ways to measure play.

Dr Bezhad Heravi is a Computer Scientist based at UCL. He has extensive expertise in the area of of mobile sensor networks. In the Hopscotch project he designed and developed the high-precision raw-data GNSS+IMU sensor used in the research. He has also worked on the development of wheelchair mounted sensors for the purpose of crowd sourcing data about accessible routes in cities around the world.


Prof Stephen Hailes is a Professor of Computer Science at UCL He performed the first demonstration of video conferencing over IP networks in the UK – a precursor of technologies like Skype. His research interests are in three main areas: trust and security; networking; and mobile and sensor systems. It is the latter on which his contribution to this project primarily draws. He has been involved in using sensors to track the behaviour of many agents including sheep, children, Olympic athletes and cheetah!


Prof Anthony Pellegrini (University of Minnesota) is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Educational Psychology. His research and interests relate to the general area of human development, with specific methodological interests in direct observations and substantive interests in aggression, play, dominance, sex segregation, and social bases of cognitive processes.

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