Professor Fabio Ciravegna & Dr Stuart Wrigley took part in the University of Sheffield’s Mobile University. The three days consisted of free lectures and events on a double decker bus. There was an overspill area with deck chairs where people could watch the presentations relayed by live video link.
On the Sunday, they gave a lecture called How citizens can help monitor rivers: from social media to flying drones in which they explored technologies that citizens can use to benefit the environment. The weather was excellent and we had lots of people listening to the talk in the overspill area and sat on the surrounding grass.
The talk focussed on technologies that citizens can use to help monitor rivers which, in turn, improve the accuracy of flood prediction, flood preparation and subsequent clear-up.
They introduced their work on social media analysis which can be used both to speed up awareness of rapidly evolving flood situations and also help people respond effectively to floods.
In addition, they presented two new types of sensor which have been developed by the OAK group: a sensor to monitor water velocity that can be built by citizens themselves; and a drone to take environment measurements during floods that can be flown by professionals from the local authority but can also be built and flown by citizen scientists.
This technology is currently being tested in the UK (Doncaster) and Italy (Venice) as part of the WeSenseIt Project.
Join us for the Mobile University: three days of lectures and events on a double decker bus. It’s open to everyone and it’s FREE.
Professor Fabio Ciravegna & Dr Stuart Wrigley will be giving a lecture on How citizens can help monitor rivers: from social media to flying drones
In this interactive demonstration, Professor Fabio Ciravegna explores technologies that people can use to benefit the environment.
Citizens can play a fundamental role in monitoring the environment. New technologies enable a new era where citizens and authorities cooperate for the common good.
Fabio Ciravegna and Stuart Wrigley will present technologies that citizens can use to help monitor rivers:
- a sensor to monitor water velocity that can be built by citizens themselves
- a drone to take environment measurements during floods that can be flown by trained citizens
- social media, which can be used to help people react to floods.
This technology is currently being tested in the UK (Doncaster) and Italy (Venice) as part of the WeSenseIt Project. The demonstration is interactive and will involve participants. The talk will be of interest to citizens who care about the environment and citizen scientists.
Pick up your ticket or tickets from the bus on the day. (Tickets are only available on the day of the talk.)
To make sure you get a place, collect your ticket between 9.30am and 10.50am on Friday. Or you can turn up before the lecture starts – but spaces are limited.
If the bus fills up, you’ll be able to listen to the lecture and watch the presentation in an inflatable dome next to the bus.
When and where
Date and time: Sunday 29 September, 2.30pm–2.50pm
Location: Devonshire Green, city centre
View The Mobile University in a larger map