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Artificial intelligence is increasingly being used in the field to analyse information collected by wildlife conservationists, from camera trap and satellite images to audio recordings. AI can learn how to identify which photos out of thousands contain rare species; or pinpoint an animal call out of hours of field recordings - hugely reducing the manual labour required to collect vital conservation data.

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Seeking interviewees - AI in Conservation & nonprofits

Hello, My name is Alexander Lam. I am an undergraduate honors student investigating the use of artificial intelligence/machine learning by conservation nonprofit organizations...

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Hi @Alex.L , I would suggest the same as for @mattzig at https://www.wildlabs.net/community/thread/1046#post-4348 :

I could try to connect you with some of the people and orgs we have worked with. If you go through https://www.vizzuality.com/project/ and identify the projects you would like to be look into, I can then try to connect you with the best person for each project.

And I would be very interested in learning more about your research group's work, besides your current research question, if possible!

Happy New Year! Luisa

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Tech Tutors: How do I start a Tech4Wildlife collaboration?

Hi Wildlabbers, Ed Miller and Melanie Clapham tackled the...

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One barrier that was discussed in the presentation was the "risk" or uncertainty of a payoff when talking to potential funders. It seems to me that the "risk" factor of collaborations like this, for funders, would be analogous to the investment and payoff when developing a genomics program. Relative to traditional field research, it takes a much greater investment in time, with different expertise, to create a reference genome for a species of interest and then pull SNPs, etc. Nevertheless, funders seem to recognize the potential for genomic research and genomic tools. Do you think that greater openness to “risk” in conservation genomics results from closer intellectual proximity (i.e., molecular biology vs organismal biology), or to conservation genomics being a more mature field (i.e., more examples of success), or to other factors? If intellectual proximity is a key factor, then conservation tech collaborations will continue to face this barrier, but if lack of successful examples are a key factor, then perhaps this barrier will become less of an issue for conservation tech in the future. Thoughts?

Hi. Just watched the Youtube version (I'm in the unable to watch live hemisphere) and wanted to say that was a great talk. I wish it could have gone for another hour. I liked hearing about the issues and concerns from Melanie on the biology/ecology side. Also could totally relate to what Ed was talking about from the tech side about how it's difficult to have long term collaborations since there isn't really a conservation technology career path at the moment. 
I think one of the things we're trying to do with courses like Build Your Own Datalogger is to get people involved in wildlife/conservation side more comfortable with the tech. The goal is to hopefully build a shared repository of technical knowledge that people in the wildlife community can contribute to and benefit from. 

Akiba

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Protecting Wildlife with Machine Learning

Hack the Poacher
Last year, Tim van Deursen and Thijs Suijten shared their new "Hack the Poacher" system with us, presenting a unique way to detect poachers in real-time within protected national parks. Read on to learn about their next...

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How do I launch machine learning projects using MLOps?

WILDLABS Team
Our eighth Tech Tutors Season 2 episode featured Edge Impulse's Dan Situnayake who tackled the question: How do I launch machine learning projects using MLOps? Watch it on the WILDLABS Youtube Channel! You can also ask...

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How do I start a Tech4Wildlife collaboration?

WILDLABS Team
Our seventh Tech Tutors are BearID's Melanie Clapham and Ed Miller, who tackled the question: How do I start a Tech4Wildlife collaboration? Lessons learned from developing facial recognition for bears. Watch it on the...

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X-Prize for Rainforests

https://rainforest.xprize.org/prizes/rainforest X-Prize have announced a $10m prize "to survey the most biodiversity in at least three stories of a rainforest (emergent,...

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I think if you added it to your calendar through the registration button on the Rainforest XPrize site, it added the link to join to your calendar.

Hi everyone!

I only just came across this thread and the Rainforest XPrize. I would love to be a part of the team if it's not too late. I filled out the Google Sheet form with my experience, but I also wanted to post a note in the form. I have experience managing conservation tech projects (with some members of this forum!), testing tech in the field, and conducting biodiversity surveys in the Amazon. I read through the Google Docs notes from previous meetings and you all have some interesting ideas. I would love the be a part of future planning meetings if you'll have me! 

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Tech Tutors: How do I use pattern matching analysis to label acoustic data with RFCxArbimon?

Hi Wildlabbers, Tech Tech Tutors Season 2 continues with our third epsiode, featuring Rainforest Connection's Zephyr Gold & Marconi Campos Cerqueira‬, who tackled...

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Thanks everybody for joining today's session! I've attached the article here that describes Pattern Matching in greater detail to respond to some of the questions from today's session. 
Also, here is a link to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service for the individual who had questions about GDPR. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] with any other questions about the platform or Pattern Matching in general! 

Zephyr and Marconi, thanks for the great talk and your hard work that made this platform available to the public!! I'm experimenting with the pattern matching function to create some training data but have issues trying to get the "Jobs'' to run. I only have 18 files for each of these tests, but only 1 processed to 11.1% while two others stay at 0%. The internet connection was briefly interrupted when I created the first job and was fine later on. I can only Hide, not delete or re-run these jobs, so I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

Hi @pmnguyen1224 , thanks for reaching out and checking out the system! We would love to help ensure that you're able to get pattern matching to work for you! I do have a few questions for you so we can replicate issue you are experiencing. Would you mind emailing us a couple screenshots and your original message above at [email protected] to get started? Or feel free to send us a chat if that's easier, by clicking on the chat icon on https://arbimon.rfcx.org/. Looking forward to supporting you moving forward!

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British Antarctic Survey: Monitoring Whales From Space

British Antarctic Survey
Scientists have found that studying high-resolution images of whales from space is a feasible way to estimate their populations. A team led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) compared satellite images to data collected...

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Realtime video analysis using ML on Raspberry PI

HI, I am looking into using ML to identify a flock of birds from a video camera feed, either color or grayscale, using OpenCV and Python on a Raspberry Pi? Has anyone attempted...

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Hi Andrew,

Yo need to train a lightweight DNN model for bird flocks which can then be deployed on Raspberry Pi. For initial starters, you can look into the below tutorial:

 https://www.pyimagesearch.com/2017/10/16/raspberry-pi-deep-learning-object-detection-with-opencv/

Best

Piyush

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FIS Call for Expressions of Interest (closed)

Fisheries Innovation Scotland
WILDLABS community members are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) to participate in two research projects involving conservation tech's role in the future of sustainable...

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Making the Most of Tech Tutors Season 2!

WILDLABS Team
WILDLABS is celebrating its five year anniversary! Throughout the rest of 2020, we'll be sharing articles, community features, and case studies showcasing the incredible projects, collaborations, and successes that this...

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WILDLABS Tech Tutors: Season Two

WILDLABS Team
The WILDLABS Tech Tutors are back! Starting this December, join us for our second season and get even more answers to your biggest "how do I do that?" questions of conservation tech. Whether you're a #tech4wildlife...

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Kaggle Competition: Species Audio Detection

Rainforest Connection
Hey Acoustic Monitoring and AI for Conservation community members - don't miss Rainforest Connection's Species Auto Detection Kaggle competition, open for to competitors and teams now! Participants will have the chance...

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Weekly Event: OTN Virtual Study Hall

Ocean Tracking Network
Do you track ocean species and want to meet others who are working together to solve marine conservation's big issues with telemetry? Join the Ocean Tracking Network's weekly Virtual Study Halls, taking place every...

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Google unveils search engine for open data

Dataset Search enables users to find datasets stored across thousands of repositories on the Web, making these datasets...

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I agree – this is a very welcome development, and it’s early days; I’m sure it will improve rapidly though. Whilst recognising that there are lots(!) of excellent data repositories out there already, with necessarily specialist functionality, there’s long been a need for something that can overarch these effectively, a ‘discovery portal of discovery portals’. Hopefully this can help do that.

After a cursory look, a couple of things struck me, from a user perspective: 1 –definitely some odd/limited search results at the moment, but as noted it’s early days – it’ll snowball as data owners get on board and standards adjust accordingly. 2 – more search tools would be beneficial e.g. date range tools, a map/bounding box search tool (cf Microsoft’s FetchClimate tool).

I also wanted to understand a bit more behind how it’s working – I assumed markup but wondered what ‘semantic web’ stuff this is drawing on. This article gives a bit more info, but I wonder how different it is to other efforts in this regard, e.g. how ARIES team have been developing semantic based tools to find best available datasets for ecosystem service modelling.

Final thought – it raises interesting questions and challenges about how to ensure things like quality and suitability are going to be measured objectively. It seems like this is an issue to be tackled as the tool develops and data owners engage more as it grows…

Hi all,

I'm fairly new to conservation technology and just getting acquainted with the extent and problems in the field. Data aggregation, standardisation and storage keep popping up as chronic problems across a lot of areas. Data seems to exist in sort of silos with different filing and access arrangements between them.

I would be interested to hear: Has the google dataset search improved drastically since its inception? Are there alternative solutions out there, or are there efforts to create them?

For example, from the bioacoustics meetup the other day, the vast datasets from the Australian Acoustic Observatory and Cornell Bioacoustics Centre don't seem to show up on google dataset search. 

Andy the ARIES team you mentioned released a preview video of the interface with their ecosystem services modelling software. It seems really cool, is this something that would be useful for researchers outside of strict ecosystem services e.g. distributions of particular species temporally and spatially? What do you think of their software?

I'm not certain I'm asking the right questions here, but I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on any of this if you have any time.

D C

This is great, thanks for sharing.

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Using Computer Vision to Protect Endangered Species

Kasim Rafiq
In this article, Fulbright Scholar and National Geographic Explorer Kasim Rafiq discusses the potential to efficiently conduct wildlife surveys using cameras mounted to safari vehicles, as well as the workflow and AI...

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Hackathon Opportunity: Vaquita Hacks

The Conservation Project International
Do you have innovative #tech4wildlife ideas that could save one of the most endangered species on earth from extinction? Apply now to join Vaquita Hack, a hackathon for students and early career conservationists!  This...

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Upcoming AI for Conservation Events and Webinars

Hi everyone,  Starting a thread here so there's a place to share upcoming talks, webinars, workshops and other events that are related to AI for conservation....

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AI for Climate Forum: Lightning Talks

Bonnie Lei, Microsoft AI for Earth - 4pm GMT, October 30

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wO6ek5dTSMOmYqeMCDbkoQ

As part of the AI for Climate Forum 2020, we will host a series of Lighting Talks with industry leaders, academic representatives and researchers, NGO leaders, and policymakers; that will share ideas about the future of conservation and the harnessing of exponential technologies in the fight against climate change.

Next Guests:

October 30: Bonnie Lei, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships at AI for Earth/ Microsoft
November 6: Jenny Lawton, Startup Founder, and Innovation Expert

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Tech Tutors: How do I train my first machine learning model?

Hi wildlabbers,  We're just a few hours away from our first Tech Tutors session with Daniel Situnayake, who will be tackling the question: ...

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Hi Wildlabbers,

Just popping in to share this very cool primer for beginners to embedded machine learning from our tutor Daniel Situnayake! If you're interested in learning more about the basics of TinyML, this is a great resource.

Find the link here!

-Ellie

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Training Opportunity: HarvardX TinyML Course

edX
Want to build your professional skills in TinyML? Harvard University and Google TensorFlow are offering a new online Professional Certificate program of 3 skill-building courses, designed to cover the essential "...

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Webinar: Advances in Fisheries Electronic Monitoring

SAFET
2020 Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technology Conference kicks off their webinar series this Thursday, Sept. 24th at 5 PM PT/ 8 PM ET. Register now for New Models, New Applications: Advances in Fisheries Electronic...

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Tech Tutors: Review Session

WILDLABS Team
Missing Tech Tutors? Us too! Catch up on every episode from Season 1, check out some of our community highlights, and find out what we loved most about launching this series in this mid-week Tech Tutors review session....

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Sustainable Fishing Challenges: Fishing Gear Innovations

Daniel Steadman
Today, Sustainable Fishing Challenges group leader Daniel Steadman discusses how fishing gear itself could benefit from fresh technological innovations to prevent both environmental damage and damage to species and...

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Challenge: ElephantEdge

hackster.io
Protecting elephants from conservation's most pressing issues like poaching and human-wildlife conflict requires big, bold, and innovative solutions. Hackster.io, Smart Parks, Edge Impulse, Microsoft, and several other...

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Event: StreamingScience's #Tech4Wildlife Thursdays

StreamingScience
Join Conservation Technology Educator Andrew Schulz each Thursday at 7:00pm EST for #Tech4Wildlife Thursdays, a casual chat event with friends from the conservation tech community. Many of these chats will feature...

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BearID To Go

BearID Project
In this article from BearID Project, Director and Software Developer Ed Miller walks us through using their application to identify individual bears from photographs. Ed shows us how to easily use BearID remotely in the...

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