The Star/ Asia News Network
baby giant panda bear playing (Shutterstock/dangdumrong)
Having trouble discerning one furry panda from another? A facial recognition app will make it easy for you.
The app is developed by the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas along with researchers from Singapore Nanyang Technological University and Sichuan Normal University.
The image analysis research kicked off in 2017. A database now contains about 120,000 images and 10,000 video clips of giant pandas.
Close to 10,000 panda pictures have been analysed, marked and annotated.
Panda researchers hope algorithms and artificial intelligence technology will help them analyse data on pandas both in captivity and the wild.
“The app and database will help us gather more precise and well-rounded data on the population, distribution, ages, gender ratio, birth and deaths of wild pandas who live in deep mountains and are hard to track,” said Chen Peng, a researcher with the base who co-authored a paper on “Giant Panda Face Recognition Using Small Database”.“It will definitely help us improve efficiency and effectiveness in conservation and management of the animals,” Chen added.
China has carried out four scientific field research projects on giant pandas in the wild.
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