ABOUT THE PROJECT
Combining Conservation Technology with Scientific Research
This project aims to progress the field of conservation technology by developing face recognition software for use in wildlife monitoring. Using human face recognition techniques, we are developing a software tool that can identify individual brown bears (Ursus arctos) from images of their faces. Applying this technology to camera trap imagery would provide scientists with a new technique to monitor wild populations of brown bears and ask a wider variety of applied research questions. This is important as scientists are under increasing pressure to draw larger conclusions from their research, but with fewer resources available. In addition, we plan to test the software in the field and develop guidelines for its use. This project provides the foundation for the development of face recognition for other threatened wildlife, which could aid conservation efforts worldwide.