"Beyond the screen: the power and beauty of ‘bottom-up’ citizen science projects" by Prof Muki Haklay

Past Event

29 May 2014, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This Seminar is co-hosted with the Oxford Martin Programme on Computational Cosmology and is part of the Oxford Martin School Trinity Term seminar series: Trusting the crowd: solving big problems with everyday solutions.

Professor Muki Haklay, Co-Director of the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group at UCL, asks what happens when instead of asking the crowd for help, the question of what is explored is handed over to the participants?

The potential of bottom-up citizen science has increased dramatically in the past decade. To understand this, we can look at the societal and technological changes that led to this proliferation, and then explore the challenges, risks and opportunities that this approach presents.

This seminar will also be live webcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqY8Jv5r4bs

About the speaker

Professor Muki Haklay started his studies with a BSc Computer Science and Geography (1994, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and continue with an MA in Geography (1997, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and PhD in Geography (2002, UCL). In 2001 he joined UCL as a lecturer and promoted to a professor in 2011.

He is the co-director of ExCiteS and work on a range of research projects that involve participatory mapping and science methods. These include Citizen Cyberlab, exploring learning and creativity in Citizen Science, EveryAware, where participatory urban environmental monitoring is used or Challenging Risk, in which citizen’s involvement in preparedness for earthquake and fire incidents is explored.

His research interests include public access to environmental information and the way in which the information is used by a wide range of stakeholders, citizen science and in particular applications that involve community-led investigation, development and use of participatory GIS and mapping, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for geospatial technologies.