MyShake – Building a global smartphone seismic network

Date and time: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 09:00
220 Deschutes
Qingkai Kong
University of California Berkeley
  • Alan Rempel (UO Earth Sciences)

In this talk, I will take you on a journey how we have built a global smartphone seismic network - MyShake. This is a crowdsourcing project that harnesses the sensors inside the smartphones to detect earthquakes. For the first part of the talk, I will discuss the motivations behind the project and the steps we took to address the key challenges to build the network. In the 2nd part of the talk, I will talk the data we collected after the release of the application on Feb 12th 2016. We have more than 300,000 downloads and built a global network across 6 continents. Until Feb 12th 2018, MyShake network have recorded more than 800 earthquakes globally ranging from M2.5 to M7.8. Furthermore, the real-time data and waveform data collected from the network have great potential applications both in Earth science and data science. 

For more information about MyShake, please check our website:


Qingkai Kong will receive his Ph.D. degree in geophysics in May 2018 from University of California at Berkeley. Before that, he studied Civil Engineering back in China and got his master degree in structural engineering in 2010. His research focuses on earthquake detection using machine learning and large-scale sensor network. Currently, he is working on MyShake, a global crowdsourcing smartphone seismic network and exploring the application of the data collected. He is also fascinated by data science and applying it to various problems in Earth science. For more information about him, please go to: