Sunday 9:50 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Hunting real bugs with Python

Holger Spill

Audience level:
Novice

Description

Join us on a tour of an experimental tool we are building to detect Brown Marmorated Stinkbugs in images. Python is used in all stages from data acquisition to ‘under-the-hood’ for machine learning. After the talk you will prefer some software bugs to the real thing.

Abstract

The Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (or BMSB) is an invasive species that made its way from Asia to North America. It's not established in New Zealand but it's a sneaky pest that was caught at the border many times, hitchhiking on passengers and in imported goods. A proof of principle tool is currently being built to trial the application of machine learning to pest image recognition on rather small targets. Python is used in all stages from data acquisition to ‘under-the-hood’ in TensorFlow, Pandas and Bokeh. Join us on a tour of the current state of play and why you’ll prefer some software bugs. The project is currently underway and it is hard to predict what I can show (or not) in December.