Automating the analysis of fish abundance using object detection: optimizing animal ecology with deep learning
Ditria et al. 2020 Frontiers in Marine Science
Aquatic ecologists routinely count animals to provide critical information for conservation and management. Increased accessibility to underwater recording equipment such as action cameras and unmanned underwater devices has allowed footage to be captured efficiently and safely, without the logistical difficulties manual data collection often presents. It has, however, led to immense volumes of data being collected that require manual processing and thus significant time, labor, and money.
Artificial intelligence meets citizen science to supercharge ecological monitoring
McClure et al. 2020 Patterns
Citizen science and artificial intelligence (AI) are often used in isolation for ecological monitoring, but their integration likely has emergent benefits for management and scientific inquiry. We explore the complementarity of citizen science and AI for ecological monitoring, highlighting key opportunities and challenges. We show that strategic integration of citizen science and AI can improve outcomes for conservation activities.
Deep learning for automated analysis of fish abundance: the benefits of training across multiple habitats
Ditria et al. 2020 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Environmental monitoring guides conservation and is particularly important for aquatic habitats which are heavily impacted by human activities. Underwater cameras and uncrewed devices monitor aquatic wildlife, but manual processing of footage is a significant bottleneck to rapid data processing and dissemination of results. Deep learning has emerged as a solution, but its ability to accurately detect animals across habitat types and locations is largely untested for coastal environments.
All automated monitoring publications
All of Rod Connolly's publications relating to automated monitoring
- Lopez-Marcano S, Brown CJ, Sievers M, Connolly RM (2021) The slow rise of technology: computer vision techniques in fish population connectivity. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 31:210-217 PDF
- Becken S, Friedl H, Stantic B, Connolly RM, Chen J (2020) Climate crisis and flying: social media analysis traces the rise of ‘Flightshame’. Journal of Sustainable Tourism (online Nov 2020) PDF
- Ditria EM, Sievers M, Lopez-Marcano S, Jinks EL, Connolly RM (2020) Deep learning for automated analysis of fish abundance: the benefits of training across multiple habitats. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 192:698 PDF
- McClure EC, Sievers M, Brown CJ, Buelow CA, Ditria EM, Hayes MA, Pearson RM, Tulloch VJD, Unsworth RKF, Connolly RM (2020) Artificial intelligence meets citizen science to supercharge ecological monitoring. Patterns 1:100109 PDF
- Ditria EM, Lopez-Marcano S, Sievers M, Jinks EL, Brown CJ, Connolly RM (2020) Automating the analysis of fish abundance using object detection: optimizing animal ecology with deep learning. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:429 PDF
- Scott N, Le D, Becken S, Connolly RM (2020) Measuring perceived beauty of the Great Barrier Reef using eye-tracking technology. Current Issues in Tourism 23:2492-2502 PDF
- Becken S, Connolly RM, Chen J, Stantic B (2019) A hybrid is born: integrating collective sensing, citizen science and professional monitoring of the environment. Ecological Informatics 52:35-45 PDF
- Mandal R, Connolly RM, Schlacher TA, Stantic B (2018) Assessing fish abundance from underwater video using deep neural networks. IEEE IJCNN 2018:1-6. DOI: 10.1109/IJCNN.2018.8489482 PDF
- Becken S, Stantic B, Chen J, Alaei A, Connolly RM (2017) Monitoring the environment and human sentiment on the Great Barrier Reef: assessing the potential of collective sensing. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 203:87-97 PDF