Drogon, the thermal-sensing drone: Exploring aerial imagery as a tool for citizen science research

Heesun Kim, Kyle Hoefer, Alejandra Rodriguez Vega, Stacey Kuznetsov

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Abstract

New developments in low-cost and widely accessible drones have the potential to radically transform the existing mechanisms for citizen science data collection, scientific analysis of the gathered information, and the broader impacts of drone-based projects on science activism. In this paper, we present Drogon, a thermal-sensing drone, which was used in an initial data gathering and co-design workshop with a group of conservation researchers, policy makers, and citizen scientist volunteers. Our findings reveal three concrete directions for future thermal drone-based citizen science projects. In addition, we reflect on higher-level design opportunities and challenges for working with drones in a citizen science context, including systems for expertise sharing amongst citizen scientists and platforms for collecting, analyzing and sharing drone-based data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDIS 2019 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages213-217
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450362702
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 18 2019
Event2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2019Jun 28 2019

Publication series

NameDIS 2019 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference

Conference

Conference2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period6/23/196/28/19

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Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Co-design
  • Drone
  • Thermal sensing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Kim, H., Hoefer, K., Vega, A. R., & Kuznetsov, S. (2019). Drogon, the thermal-sensing drone: Exploring aerial imagery as a tool for citizen science research. In DIS 2019 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (pp. 213-217). (DIS 2019 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3301019.3323910