News From the Field
Citizen science projects have a surprising new partner -- the computer
February 6, 2019
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Data scientists and citizen science experts partnered with ecologists who often study wildlife populations by deploying camera traps. These camera traps are remote, independent devices triggered by motion and infrared sensors that provide researchers with images of passing animals. The researchers built skillsets to help computers identify other animals, such as a deer or squirrel, with even fewer images. Full Story
University of Minnesota
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