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[wildlife] new EXACT runs

I've started up two new exact runs (they have feb_20 in the name). Let me know if you have any problems with them!

Travis Desell on Monday, February 20th
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[all] travel alert

Just a heads up that I'm currently traveling until February 28th, so I apologize for any slow responses. I'll still be checking in to email and the forums periodically while I'm away, just not as frequently as usual.

Travis Desell on Sunday, February 26th
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[all] Interview with Team Gridcoin

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of chatting with some people from Team Gridcoin, who recorded the session. If you'd like to check it out, here it is!

https://steemit.com/gridcoin/@erkan/interview-guide-with-boinc-admins

Looking forward to the next one! I'll try and inform everyone when I'll be joining next if anyone else would like to take part.

Travis Desell on Saturday, February 25th
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[wildlife] Paper on EXACT submitted to GECCO 2017

Sorry for radio silence the last few days, however I was furiously looking at results and working on a submission to this years Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO).

GECCO uses a blind review, so mentions of authorship (and the CSG because that would make it pretty obvious who the author was) are removed until the camera ready version if it's accepted, but if you'd like to take a look at the submitted draft here it is:

Large Scale Evolution of Convolutional Neural Networks Using Volunteer Computing

It explains the algorithm I'm using in a bit of detail, and discusses some of the preliminary results. You may ask, how does recognizing numbers related to detecting wildlife -- well the idea is to use this on the datasets you've been helping us generate by classifying video and marking up the images. Thanks again everyone for the crunching and volunteering!

Travis Desell on Wednesday, February 8th
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[wildlife] EXACT v0.17 for windows xp

I've recompiled the windows app with some changes to help support windows xp. If anyone has a windows XP box please let me know if v0.17 is running or erroring out immediately. Thanks!

Travis Desell on Wednesday, February 8th
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[wildlife] EXACT app credit update 2

Looks like I may have been off by a couple orders of magnitude with the new credit, so congratulations to any of you who got some of those lucky workunits. I've toned it down a bit, but I think the new credit should be more in line with how long the workunits are taking, along with a bit of a bonus for the project still being in alpha stages.

As things start rolling in, let me know how the new credit is looking.

Travis Desell on Friday, February 24th
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[wildlife] EXACT app credit update

I noticed an issue in how we're calculating credit which isn't keeping up with the larger and larger workunits that we're sending out. I've updated the credit calculation to address this (and have a feeling it might be a bit too high). Workunits already generated will still have old credit, but newly generated workunits will use the new credit strategy. If you could give me some feedback about how it is I'd appreciate it!

Travis Desell on Wednesday, February 1st
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[wildlife] v0.15 apps for windows -- disallowing windows XP

So I think I've got a plan class working that should prevent windows XP hosts from downloading workunits and causing errors for everyone else. If anyone with a windows XP host could try and download some work and see if it's not allowing it I would appreciate it so I know things are working.

Travis Desell on Sunday, January 29th
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[wildlife] v0.14 apps for windows

I've fiddled with some visual studio settings, redownloaded/installed windows xp C++ support and have recompiled the windows apps and released them as v0.14. If anyone could confirm if these are working on Windows XP that would be awesome (as I don't have an XP box of my own to test on). Let me know if there are any other issues with these.

Travis Desell on Wednesday, February 1st
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[wildlife] exact progress webpages

So I whipped up a couple webpages to track the progress of how the evolved convolutional neural networks are doing and what they're looking like and thought you might like to see a little bit beneath the hood about what's going on as well.

This page displays an overview of each search that's being run:

http://csgrid.org/csg/exact/overview.php

You can click on the search names to get a more detailed view of how that search is performing, e.g.:

http://csgrid.org/csg/exact/exact_search.php?id=21

And then click on a genome to see what that convolutional neural network actually looks like:

http://csgrid.org/csg/exact/genome.php?id=1837

Some of them are pretty interesting! The best networks we've evolved so far are already above 95% accuracy on the training data from the MNIST handwritten digits data set which is getting pretty good!

If you have any questions about what you're looking at and want some more detailed explanation please ask and I'll do what I can, as well as putting more information on the webpages to make them more volunteer friendly.

Travis Desell on Thursday, January 26th
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Active Projects

Feel free to scroll through our image gallery above to get a better idea of what is going on with the project and see the field biologists in action, talk to us on the message boards, or watch videos about the project on our Google+ YouTube Channel. The following projects are actively being worked on by these Wildlife@Home team members:

Contact Information

Please email any questions or suggestions to Travis Desell, or feel free to post a message in our forums.

The Wildlife@Home team includes:

  • Travis Desell, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Susan Ellis-Felege, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Chris Felege, Educational Outreach Coordinator, Instructor of Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Alicia Andes, Graduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Connor Bowley, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Nickolas Conrad, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Kyle Goehner, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Marshall Mattingly III, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • John Palarski, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Lindsey Wingate, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
With agency support from:
  • Kaylan Carrlson, Manager of Conservation Planning, Ducks Unlimited.
  • Tanner Gue, Conservation Specialist, Ducks Unlimited.
  • Aaron Robinson, North Dakota Game and Fish.
  • Terry Shaffer, U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.
  • Mark Sherfy, U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.
With previous support from:
  • Robert Bergman, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Paul Burr, Graduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Benjamin Carpenter, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Compute Science, University of North Dakota
  • Becca Eckroad, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Jaeden Lovin, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Compute Science, University of North Dakota
  • Adam Pachl, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Julia Johnson, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Nitin Karodiya, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Eric Kjeldergaard, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Leila Mohsenian, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Kelly Sagen, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Rebecca VanderClute, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota

Publications

All publications, talks and posters about DNA@Home can be viewed on the Citizen Science Grid's publications page.

Support

Funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Wildlife@Home is currently being supported by NSF award no. 1319700 through the Division of Intelligent Information Systems's Information Integration and Informatics (III) program.

Wildlife@Home is collaborating with Ducks Unlimited on a project invovling blue winged teal.

Wildlife@Home has been generously supported by a collaborative research award and new faculty SEED grant from UND's Office of Research Development and Compliance. The project's video streaming server is hosted by UND's Computational Research Center and the volunteer computing server is hosted by UND's Scientific Computing Center.


North Dakota Game and Fish has provided financial support for field logistics to collect sharp-tailed grouse videos.

USGS has provided financial support for camera equipment, video storage, and field assistance to collect data for the piping plover and interior least tern.

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