24 April 2007
Oregon State University
Thomas Dietterich

The Ecological Sciences are at a turning point. Globalization, species invasions, species extinction, and global climate change have produced a policy-making crisis that requires sound ecological science. But, with the exception of satellite data, the ecological sciences are limited by the lack of good sensors for measuring important variables such as population sizes of important organisms. This talk will describe our work at Oregon State University on computer vision methods for insect population counting. Our project combines expertise in artificial intelligence, mechanical engineering, and entomology to develop a high-throughput system for classifying stonefly larvae collected from freshwater streams. Our initial system is capable of identifying three taxa of stoneflies with 95% accuracy. It employs three different

Institution department: 
Computer Science