Camera Traps are motion-triggered devices used to capture photographs of species in the wild. The first Camera Trap Technology Symposium was held on November 7 and 8 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA, USA. Sponsored by Rutgers, San Diego Zoo Global, Microsoft, and Google, the event was also broadcast online to participants online, enabling remote participants to send in questions and receive answers in real time.
The event was organized by Ariel Hammond, a SC&I Master of Information student studying Library, Information, and Data Science. Hammond had become so interested in camera trap data curation that she joined the Wildlife Insights technology committee, a new platform led by Conservation International which houses camera trap data from around the world, and uses AI to automatically identify species.
In discussing AI for camera trap images, Hammond suggested that groups working in this space meet for a web conference to discuss their research together. The web conference quickly spread through word of mouth, and the event grew to over 50 people speaking about their work and findings
“This is the first symposium to happen on this topic because it is so niche,” says Hammond. “That’s why I think people were so excited because there are people that want to talk about this but had no one to organize it for them.”
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