Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Washington

Pattern Recognition for Ecological Science and Environmental Monitoring*

*This research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation under grant IIS-0326052, "ITR: Pattern Recognition for Ecological Science and Environmental Monitoring." Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarly reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Project Summary

The goal of this project is to develop a highly-automated approach to the classification of insect specimens. It includes the development of computer vision and machine learning algorithms for automatic classification of insects from images according to family, genus, and species. It also involves designing and building a mechanical device that can transport insects through the field of a microscope and automatically photograph them. Potential applications include measuring soil biodiversity (by counting "mesofauna", small mites and beetles) and monitoring freshwater stream health (by counting stonefly larvae that live in the streams).



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