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Artificial Intelligence - Who Is Tanya Berger-Wolf? What Is The AI For Wildlife Conservation Software Non-profit, 'Wild Me'?


Tanya Berger-Wolf (1972–) is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Department of Computer Science (UIC).

Her contributions to computational ecology and biology, data science and network analysis, and artificial intelligence for social benefit have earned her acclaim.

She is a pioneer in the subject of computational population biology, which employs artificial intelligence algorithms, computational methodologies, social science research, and data collecting to answer questions about plants, animals, and people.

Berger-Wolf teaches multidisciplinary field courses with engineering students from UIC and biology students from Prince ton University at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya.

She works in Africa because of its vast genetic variety and endangered species, which are markers of the health of life on the planet as a whole.

Her group is interested in learning more about the effects of the environment on social animal behavior, as well as what puts a species at danger.

Wildbook, a charity that develops animal conservation software, is her cofounder and director.

Berger-work Wolf's for Wildbook included a crowd-sourced project to photograph as many Grevy's zebras as possible in order to complete a full census of the endangered animals.

The group can identify each individual Grevy's zebra by its distinctive pattern of stripes, which acts as a natural bar code or fingerprint, after analyzing the photographs using artificial intelligence systems.

Using convolutional neural networks and matching algorithms, the Wildbook program recognizes animals from hundreds of thousands of images.

The census data is utilized to focus and invest resources in the zebras' preservation and survival.

The Wildbook deep learning program may be used to identify individual mem bers of any striped, spotted, notched, or wrinkled species.

Giraffe Spotter is Wild book software for giraffe populations.

Wildbook's website, which contains gallery photographs from handheld cameras and camera traps, crowdsources citizen-scientist accounts of giraffe encounters.

An intelligent agent extracts still images of tail flukes from uploaded YouTube videos for Wildbook's individual whale shark catalog.

The whale shark census revealed data that persuaded the International Union for Conservation of Nature to alter the status of the creatures from “vulnerable” to “endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The software is also being used by Wildbook to examine videos of hawksbill and green sea turtles.

Berger-Wolf also serves as the director of technology for the conservation organization Wild Me.

Machine vision artificial intelligence systems are used by the charity to recognize individual animals in the wild.

Wild Me keeps track of animals' whereabouts, migration patterns, and social groups.

The goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of global diversity so that conservation policy can be informed.

Microsoft's AI for Earth initiative has partnered with Wild Me.

Berger-Wolf was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1972.

She went to high school in St. Petersburg, Russia, and graduated from Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a bachelor's degree.

She received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Department Champaign's of Computer Science, and did postdoctoral work at the University of New Mexico and Rutgers University.

She has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Association for Women in Science Chicago Innovator Award, and the University of Illinois at Chicago Mentor of the Year Award.

~ Jai Krishna Ponnappan

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Further Reading

Berger-Wolf, Tanya Y., Daniel I. Rubenstein, Charles V. Stewart, Jason A. Holmberg, Jason Parham, and Sreejith Menon. 2017. “Wildbook: Crowdsourcing, Computer Vision, and Data Science for Conservation.” Chicago, IL: Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange Conference.

Casselman, Anne. 2018. “How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Wildlife Research.” National Geographic, November.

Snow, Jackie. 2018. “The World’s Animals Are Getting Their Very Own Facebook.” Fast 

Company, June 22, 2018.

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