Event /  21 Feb 2023

AI for Forest Elephants Challenge

FruitPunch AI is hosting the AI for Forest Elephants Challenge. Together with 50+ AI enthusiasts and experts from all over the globe, we will apply AI to detect gunshots and elephant rumbles on sound monitoring devices deep in the rainforest of Central Africa.

Online Event
21 Feb 2023

๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ˜ Forest elephants are even harder to protect from ๐ข๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐จ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  than savannah elephants (where you could survey with drones) because the vegetation gives them & poachers cover. ๐ŸŒฟย 

So what do you do when you canโ€™t see? ๐Ÿ™ˆ You listen! ๐Ÿ‘‚

โ–ถ That's why FruitPunch AI is hosting the AI for Forest Elephants Challenge.

Together with 50+ engineers from all over the globe, we will apply AI to ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ (their voices) on sound monitoring devices deep in the rainforest of Central Africa.

๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ FruitPunch is working with the worldโ€™s authority on conservation bioacoustics at Cornell & Stanford to process the low tones (inaudible to human ears) that elephants use to communicate with each other to identify them - and of course to detect gunshots!

WHY is it important to better monitor these elephants? ๐Ÿค”

  1. Their crucial role in the ecosystem: Forest elephants are key ecosystem engineers in Central Africaโ€™s tropical rainforests. Their poaching reduces the rainforestโ€™s capability to sequester carbon!

  2. Human-wildlife conflict prevention: Habitat loss and decreased food availability due to climate change increasingly compels elephants to raid villagersโ€™ crops jeopardizing a peaceful co-existence between people and wildlife.ย 

๐Ÿ“Š Participants will optimize elephant & gunshot detection models and implement on-edge

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MLOps: The processing pipeline

  • Implement a more efficient spectrogram extractor (STFT)

  • Reduce model sizes (TensorRT)

  • Make it easy to use/configure for the researchers


ML: Optimize models

  • Find the best model architectures

  • Train on more data

Edge-computing

  • Implement on-edge

  • Find the most energy efficient device that can support the pipeline live

  • Create power-efficient implementation of the pipeline

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โœ… Join us in AI for Forest Elephants

READ more about this challenge and APPLY here ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

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Applications are open till 17 Feb 2023, early applications get preference.

ย โค๏ธ Special thanks for the big help with the Challenge:ย Daniela Hedwig from the Elephant Listening Project at the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics atย Cornell University andย Andreas Paepcke atย Stanford University and all our other partners, including but not limited to:ย Bastiaan den Braber atย Zambezi Partners,ย Martijn van der Linden atย NXP Semiconductors,ย Bourhan Yassin fromย Rainforest Connection (RFCx)!


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