AI experts build ‘neural network’ to help researchers search for dugongs

Dugong expert Dr Amanda Hodgson estimates she has stared at more than 30,000 photographs of blue water. Key points:Drones capture images of vast areas of ocean in dugong searchAI network is speeding up photographic analysisThe network is being “trained” to improve its success rate “You can go mad doing that I think,” she said. “It’s really taxing on your eyes and it’s hard to maintain concentration.”The researcher from WA’s Murdoch University has been scanning pictures captured by aerial drones in a search for dugongs, to work out their population, size and location.Globally dugongs are classed as “vulnerable to extinction” and are found in waters off the northern half of Australia.”There are areas where they’re quite vulnerable because their habitat overlaps with coastal development.” Dr Hodgson said aerial surveys…


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