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Species Identification, Counting and Tracking system for
Wildlife using a UAV
objective is to develop a field tested and deploy able UAV system to identify,
count and track wildlife species endemic to Alberta Canada.
UAV technology has developed to a state that off the
shelf systems can be used to acquire multiple sensor data over large enough
areas and a low enough cost to allow them to be used for detailed wildlife
monitoring. Object recognition software
using artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep neural networks has
progressed at an even faster pace so that now well equipped programmers and scientists
can train this software to identify virtually any object or in this case
wildlife species. To date little effort
has been put into integrating these two technologies into a wildlife
identification and tracking system. CEI
through the use programmers and trained UAV pilots will develop a software
package and computer platform that can be deployed in a small (<10 kg.)
UAV. This package will have a Graphic
User Interface (GUI) that is intuitive and user friendly and can be trained to
recognize a variety of wildlife species endemic to Alberta, Canada. The system will then be field tested for
accuracy of species Identification and counting at the CEI facilities. This revolutionary package will then be made
available to the Environmental Community for training and deployment anywhere
these services are needed.
parameters are as follows:
• The primary objective for the project is to develop
a software package in a Windows 10 environment that can analyze sensor data (HD
video, HD stills, Thermal and multi-spectral data) collected from an UAV..
• The analysis can be real time on board the UAV with
results fed to a ground station or data only collected on the UAV and analyzes
done at the ground station in real time or after the flight.
• Flight time for the UAV should be in the area of 2
• Software should be based on either Detectron2,
YOLOVO4 or similar object recognition software and must operate through a GUI.
• Software must be able to be trained to recognize
species of mammals and birds endemic to Alberta.
• Software training will be done at Cochrane
Ecological Institute (CEI)
• UAV and software will be field tested at CEI
Example of HD Video and Buffalo
Example of Thermal Imaging video (FLIR) of Buffalo sam image as above