Mobile Android Application for ZomBee Watch Citizen Science Project
Abinaya Sarva MothilalOral Defence Date:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 15:10Location:
Professors Marguerite Murphy and Dragutin Petkovic
Honeybees are getting infected and killed by the fly Apocephalus borealis, sometimes referred to as the zombie fly. This is posing a threat to North American apiculture. The ZomBee Watch citizen science project (at www.zombeewatch.org) has been developed to allow the general populationÂ to easily and accurately document erratic honeybee activities and the possible presence or absence of the zombie fly Apocephalus borealis. The main goal of this project is to design, develop and evaluate a mobile application on the Android platform for the ZomBee watch citizen science project. This application enables the user to make 3-step observations as required by the ZomBee Watch data collection protocol using an Android device, without the need for a personal computer or pen and paper. This 3-step observation happens over a period of 30 days. The user can set reminders to make sure he doesnâ€™t miss completing any part of the 3-step observation. The mobile application provides a user-friendly graphical interface to record the observations and take pictures of the infected honeybee. The ZomBee Watch Android Applicationâ€™s user interface and device functionality is fully implemented and tested. A usability study was carried out for the ZomBee Watch Android application with 15 participants from San Francisco State Universityâ€™s computer science department. Feedback from this survey indicated that the application was easy to use. The ZomBee Watch Android application can be downloaded and installed on Android devices running Android version 2.2 or with a minimum SDK version of 10 and above.