HEMBI: Workshop on Human-Environment Mobile-Based Interactions
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | 8:30am - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | 5:30pm
On September 15-16, 2009, the MIT Media Laboratory will host a first-of-its-kind workshop to explore how the latest digital technologies can be applied to better understand and preserve our natural environment, locally, regionally, and on a global scale.
The workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation, will bring together technology researchers, conservationists, and representatives from industry who identify innovative ways to use mobile technologies to learn from–and even communicate with–the natural world. Data collected from these devices will serve to promote environmental understanding, identify environmental threats, and encourage changes to promote sustainability. For example, networks consisting of hundreds of mobile phones fitted with customized microphones, cameras, and sensors can pick up sounds, sights, and smells generated by animals or plants, and then disseminate their findings through internet to people anywhere on Earth. The data can also be downloaded and analyzed instantaneously, providing real-time information from our oceans, forests, deserts, or polar environments. This information could be a valuable tool for promoting environmental conservation, disease control, and enriched relationships between humans and other species.