AI for Eagles

Classify the species and age of eagles to aid conservationists in monitoring their population health


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Build AI to revolutionize eagle monitoring, benefiting both the magnificent raptors themselves and the dedicated conservationists working tirelessly to protect them.

Automating eagle monitoring can significantly increase efficiency and accuracy in data collection and analysis. With computer vision, we can process large quantities of images much faster than humans. This improved efficiency leads to more comprehensive data collection and better-informed conservation efforts.

Traditional methods of monitoring eagles often involve direct human intervention, such as capturing, tagging, or disturbing the birds. AI-based monitoring can provide a non-invasive alternative, minimizing disturbance to the eagles and reducing potential negative impacts on their behavior and well-being. Accurate eagle monitoring can also serve as an early warning system for the entire ecosystem. Eagles are a key indicator of a healthy ecosystem. 

In this Challenge, we will be training classifiers to recognize Golden and White-tailed eagles in flight and estimate their age (juvenile, immature, adult). This task takes researchers a lot of time and effort and is prone to human error. Therefore AI is the perfect solution. 

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Technologies we will use:

  • Image processing
  • Classification
  • Transfer learning
  • Model deployment

Who are we looking for? 

We are looking for data science & AI engineers, previous work with computer vision and model deployment would be of great benefit.

You will collaborate with a diverse team of up to 50 international collaborators in subteams. You can join as a contributor (8-12 hours per week commitment for 8 weeks) or coach (2-4 hours per week, only for experienced ML professionals)

We’ll organize a masterclass on ecology and computer vision during the challenge to bring you up to speed.   

Did you know

🦅 Golden Eagles are one of the fastest birds in the world, capable of reaching speeds up to 150 miles per hour (240 kilometers per hour) during their hunting dives or territorial displays. 

🦆 Golden Eagles possess extraordinary vision. Their eyes are among the strongest in the animal kingdom, with the ability to spot a rabbit from over a mile away. 

Application deadline

July 30, 2023
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Application Deadline: 30 July 2023

Challenge Kick-off: 31 July 2023

Midterm Presentations: 29 Augustus 2023

Final Presentations: 10 October 2023

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