Artificial intelligence to help protect people from bears

Artificial intelligence to help protect people from bears

October 02, 2023

The neural network is trained to keep statistics, compile sketches of predators, and even give them nicknames.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Scientists are conducting an experiment with artificial intelligence (AI) – a neural network is taught to recognize bears on video, compose their identikit photos, assign numbers and even nicknames. The project, which is being implemented in Karelia and Ugra, is aimed at protecting people from attacks by predators.

 As Andrei Igolkin, head of the digital headquarters of the Clean Arctic – Vostok-77 expedition, said, AI can keep statistics on the movement of bears and warn about their approach to populated areas.

During the expedition’s work on the territory of the Republic of Karelia, scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences developed a technique for placing video recording kits around settlements. Karelia, for example, needs about 400 video cameras. And in Ugra, a similar project – Smart North – is being implemented by schoolchildren.

Video cameras transmit data to an intelligent system that recognizes a bear in the video stream, and if it determines that it is moving towards people, it signals environmentalists and emergency services about this.

This year brown bears are often seen near Norilsk.

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Text: Angelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

October 02, 2023

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