Smartphone-based sensor networks and some statistical challenges: the Earthquake Network Android application

Francesco Finazzi (University of Bergamo)

Friday 29th November, 2013 15:00-16:00 Maths 204


Sensor network are increasingly used in environmental monitoring applications due to their reduced installation costs when compared to classic monitoring network. In spite of this, the number of nodes of a sensor network is rarely high or very high with respect to the geographic area to be covered. In the nearby future, a possible solution to this limit may come from the smartphone revolution. The nowaday top of the range smartphones are already equipped with a number of ambient sensors. Furthermore, smartphones are able to receive the GPS signal and they can sustain wireless communications.

In this talk, some statistical challenges related to the analysis of ambient data coming from a smartphone-based sensor network are discussed. As a case study, the Earthquake Network Android application for the real-time detection of earthquakes is introduced and detailed in terms of hw/sw architecture and data analysis.

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