Artificial Intelligence for MiSHELL - A Sea Turtle Drone

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Kashmir World Foundation
 Virtual
Posted: October 10 2016
Company Location: Great Falls, VA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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Description

Wildlife protection and counter poaching are the principal missions of the drones developed by Kashmir Robotics. Our drones are launched with awareness of self and mission objectives. On board sensors, signal processing, and deep neural learning enable our drones to develop better representations from large-scale unlabeled data acquired during the mission and all prior mission by all Kashmir Robotics drones. They learn, evolve, and become masters of mission solutions.

Surveillance of marine turtle nesting and hatching is most often done by people walking the beach at dawn, observing sea turtle tracks in the sand, and following them to nests created during the night. Effectiveness of this method depends on the number of beach walkers, and level of expertise, and degree of focus. For some nesting beaches this may be adequate, but for beaches subjected to heavy predation, recreational activity, remoteness, or poaching, significant benefits may be achieved through more timely surveillance. For most nesting beaches,beach walking surveillance will prove difficult to achieve or sustain.

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), also referred to as drones, offer the potential for better timeliness, consistency, overall effectiveness, and more widespread application. Drones may be able to perform surveillance of marine turtle nesting throughout day and night under most weather conditions. Several groups have already demonstrated some capability using simple drones streaming video to ground operators.

Kashmir World Foundation (KwF) is a world leader in the application of embedded systems -- microprocessors distributed throughout the drone -- to achieve a very high degree of autonomy.

Responsibilities

5 - 10 hours a week
Programming using Python, Open CV and drone code for optical pattern recognition.

Requirements

KwF has developed “MiSHELL” - a fully autonomous custom drone with the ability to collect and process data onboard. MiSHELL will be “trained” to perform the functions of human beach walkers, identifying and locating turtle tracks, following the tracks to locate nests, observing nests, and reporting on their location and condition. Additional pattern recognition and reporting capabilities will be added as required by the marine turtle research and protection community.

We are looking for computer scientists who would like to be part of a real world mission for sea turtle conservation and protection by helping develop the code that is needed for MiSHELL. Please visit www.miSHELL.org for more information.

Skills

Required - Python, Image Analysis, Image Processing, Image Segmentation, Programming, Optical Imaging
Preferred - Computer Science

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