[Taxacom] Automated species Identification by Image Analysis

Stinger Stinger at stingersplace.com
Mon Sep 7 12:31:29 CDT 2009

Automated ID from images is a fairly common grad student or postdoc project 
in CS programs. Tom Dietterich's lab has had few neat projects on leaves 
etc. but I think that their  coolest one is the Stone Fly identifier 
(http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~tgd/bugid/).  Probably the most mature 
group for Automated ID is Diatoms, especially the European ADIAC project. 
DAISY has been around for a long time and I've seen maybe 6 or 7 different 
groups used, a couple of insect wing ones and ferns are the ones that come 
to mind.  There is ABIS for bees as well - which is not DAISY powered. 
Steve Feiner's lab at Columbia has done some projects on herbarium 
specimens as well.

On Sep 7, 2009, at 3:55 AM, Richard Pyle wrote:

> I have been asked by a non-biologist colleague for information on  
> the use of
> automated algorithms for species identification from digital  
> images.  I
> recall several such projects (one of them was called "DAISY"), and I  
> believe
> there was some success with vein patterns in bee wings, and perhaps  
> other
> examples as well.  Does anyone have any insights on this, and  
> whether it's
> seen a a feasible technology worthy of further investment of time and
> effort? How much effort/investment has already gone into it?
> Thanks in advance...
> Aloha,
> Rich
> Richard L. Pyle, PhD
> Database Coordinator for Natural Sciences
>  and Associate Zoologist in Ichthyology
> Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum
> 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817
> Ph: (808)848-4115, Fax: (808)847-8252
> email: deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
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