Vision for Wildlife – from Conservation to Conflict Management

Dr. Saket Anand, IIITD

Short Bio:
Saket Anand is an Assistant Professor at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi). He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. His current research interests include computer vision, machine learning and deep learning, particularly scenarios on learning with limited labelled data. He is interested in applying technological solutions to the domains of wildlife conservation, autonomous driving and road safety. He is a member of the IEEE.

Date:July 30, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM IST

Meet Link: http://meet.google.com/bsm-ivus-wqp


I will present our group’s efforts towards applying computer vision techniques for the various problems in wildlife conservation and conflict management. This talk will be largely non-technical and will be divided into three parts. I will begin with India’s National Tiger Census and our past and current contributions towards the effort. Second, I will present the impact of human-macaque conflicts, and how we are planning to tackle it using crowdsourcing and AI. Finally, I will present our collaborative work that leverages UAVs and cameras to augment the patrolling efforts of forest rangers to tackle the problem of poaching attacks. I will conclude with a short discussion around some of the key requirements in visual wildlife monitoring that map to research problems in computer vision and machine learning.