The Columbia Region Ecological Discussions (CRED talks) include speakers addressing a diversity of topics such as science communication, active ecological management, citizen science, research skills and techniques, and applied ecological research projects. This is a free brown bag lunch style speaker series. More info here: https://bit.ly/2N1L1W6
This talk: Pity the Analyst: Designing Camera Trap Software for Efficient Image Inspection
Thu, Feb 6, 2020. 12pm. Revelstoke Community Centre, MacPherson Room
Presenter: Saul Greenberg, Emeritus Professor, University of Calgary
This talk describes and explains design patterns for software that supports how analysts can efficiently inspect camera trap images and encode its data. Broadly speaking, a design pattern identifies a commonly occurring problem and a general, reusable design approach to solving that problem. A developer can then use that design approach to create a specific software solution appropriate to the particular situation under consideration. In particular, design patterns for camera trap image analysis address solutions to commonly occurring problems faced by analysts when inspecting a large number of images and entering data describing those images. We base our design patterns on our understanding of what analysts do, acquired over eight years developing and iteratively refining the freely-available Timelapse image analysis system. For each design pattern presented, we describe the problem, the design approach that solves that problem, followed by a concrete example of how Timelapse realizes that design pattern in practice. These design patterns can be used to inform the design of camera trap systems, or to help project managers decide between competing software products by considering if their interfaces include design pattern solutions relevant to the project.
Saul will also describe our work with Microsoft, where Timelapse incorporates image recognition data. In particular, I explain how practitioners have altered their workflow to dramatically speed up data encoding of massive image numbers, primarily by filtering out unwanted images.
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