In this episode, I’m joined by Jason Holmberg, Executive Director and Director of Engineering at WildMe.
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Wildme’s Wildbook and Whaleshark.org are both open source computer vision based conservation projects, that have been compared to a facebook for wildlife. Jason kicks us off with the interesting story of how wildbook came to be, and the eventual expansion of the project from a focus on whale sharks to include Giant Manta Rays, Humpback Whales, Zebras and Giraffes. Jason and I explore the evolution of these projects’ use of computer vision and deep learning, the unique characteristics of the models they’re building, and how they’re ultimately enabling a new kind of citizen science. Finally, we take a look at a cool new “intelligent agent” project that Jason is working on, which mines YouTube for wildlife sightings and automatically engages with the relevant individuals and scientists on Wildbook’s behalf.
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Mentioned in the Interview
- NASA Spinoff: Star-Mapping Tools Enable Tracking of Endangered Animals
- Brad Norman
- Tanya Berger-Wolf
- Chuck Stewart
- Dan Rubenstein
- Microsoft AI for Earth
- Sarasota Dolphin Research Project
- Cascadia Research Collective
- Paper: Integral Curvature Representation and Matching Algorithms for Identification of Dolphins and Whales
- White Shark Fin Identification
- WEKA Repository
- Amanda Ellis
- TWiML Presents: Series page
- TWiML Events Page
- TWiML Meetup
- TWiML Newsletter
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