About this Group
Electronics, technology & engineering
The purpose of the Electronic and Computing Technology special interest group is to inform about what is happening at the interface of insect science in particuilar, life sciences in general, and the physical and engineering sciences. This border is a very exciting place for ideas flow and the creativity it generates.
Insect science is currently starting to benefit from the explosion in tiny electronic devices that have been developed to support the mobile phone and other high value consumer electronics industries. The result enables us to examine insect behaviour in unprecendented detail. This is forcing disruptive changes to the face of invertebrate ecology (“big data” for insects) and appears to be creating a distinctive new discipline, “e-ecology”. Meanwhile, analysis of this plethora of data is causing strong positive feedback to be established back across the interface. The engineering and physical sciences, computer science and mathematics are all now starting to benefit from seminal discoveries being made in the life sciences.