If each animal could be photographed and uniquely identified many times each day, the science of ecology and population biology, together with the resource management, biodiversity, and conservation decisions that depend on this science, could be dramatically improved.
IBEIS is a large autonomous computational system that starts from image collections and progresses all the way to answering ecological and conservation queries, such as population sizes, species distributions and interactions, and movement patterns. The images are taken by field scientists, tourists, and incidental photographers, and are gathered from camera traps and autonomous vehicles. IBEIS can detect various species of animals in those images and identify individual animals of most striped, spotted, wrinkled or notched species. It stores the information about who the animals are, where they are and when they are there in a database and provides query tools to that data for scientists and curious people to find out what those animals are doing and why they are doing it.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
We felt the impact of the drop in tourism when we stopped at our favorite curio shop on the way back to Nairobi. Unlike our earlier visit, they seemed almost desperate for our business. We didn't have the heart to push extra hard on the prices during our negotiations. Still we are heading home with some beautiful "stuff".
When we drove though Ol Pejeta Friday morning, we watched low flying planes and then saw a helicopter at conservancy headquarters. We did not know what had happened until later. The senseless attack, driven by someone's false notion of an aphrodisiac, is a complete waste. Even though the IBEIS project does not contribute directly (at least not at this point) to the anti-poaching efforts, the recent killings of rhinos Ol Pejeta and nearby Ol Jogi (a few days before we arrived) added a sense of immediacy to the problems Kenya and other nearby countries face in their conservation efforts.
Monday, July 21, 2014
And then it rained. The crew had to get back to Ol Pej and Blair did a sisyphean job of driving everybody back in the rain over clay roads that when wet instantly become trecherous ice skating ditches. 20km can take over 2 hours!