Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she heads the Computational Population Biology Lab. As a computational ecologist, her research is at the unique intersection of computer science, wildlife biology, and social sciences. Berger-Wolf is also a co-founder of the conservation software non-profit Wildbook, which enables wildlife research and conservation from crowdsourced photographs with computer vision and AI. Berger-Wolf holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received numerous awards for her research and mentoring, including NSF CAREER and AWIS Chicago Innovator Award.
Wildbook: Crowdsourcing, computer vision, and data science for conservation
Photographs, taken by field scientists, tourists, automated cameras, and incidental photographers, are the most abundant source of data on wildlife today. Wildbook is an autonomous computational system that starts from massive collections of images and, by detecting various species of animals and identifying individuals, combined with sophisticated data management, turns them into high resolution information database, enabling scientific inquiry, conservation, and citizen science. We will present the computer vision, machine learning, and data science under the hood of Wildbook.