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Can technology help conservation?

Prof. Tanya Berger-Wolf

Animal diversity is declining at an unprecedented rate. But did you know that your holiday snaps could be the key to preserving the planet’s biodiversity?

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Animal diversity is declining at an unprecedented rate. But did you know that your holiday snap of a zebra whilst on safari in Kenya, or a beautiful whale shark you saw whilst diving in the Gulf of Thailand, could be the key to preserving the planet’s biodiversity?

With the increasing public interest in artificial intelligence (AI), there is also increasing interest in learning about the benefits that AI can deliver to society. Machine-learning applications are proving to be especially useful to the scientific community when is comes to studying the planet’s ecosystems and species. By collecting information on when and where photographs are taken and using that to learn about species’ population size, seasonality of life and death and migration patterns, for instance, data analysts can start to understand more about endangered global species.

Based at Ohio State University, Prof. Tanya Berger-Wolf is among the founders of the field of computational ecology, leading research at the unique intersection of computer vision, crowdsourcing and conservation. She joins us in The Garden to explain how AI is the game-changing tool that will help policymakers best use that vast amount of available data on the internet and put a pause on what could be irreversible ecosystem damage. Dr Berger-Wolf joins us in the garden to ask: Can technology help conservation?

Talk outline

Duration

50 minutes

What to expect

50 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

About the Fellow

Prof. Tanya Berger-Wolf

Tanya Berger-Wolf is a Professor of Computer Science Engineering at Ohio State University. Her research is at the unique intersection of computer science, wildlife biology and social sciences.