StripeSpotter: A Barcode Scanner for Zebras
“Finding animals in the wild to study their behavior is still done with old-school methods. Field ecologists must first locate individual animals — usually visually or through genetic information found in excrement — and manually note their behavior over time, comparing it to other animals.
A new imaging technology could help automate this.
A team of computer scientists and biologists have developed a barcode-like scanning system called Stripespotter that automatically identifies individual zebras from a single photograph. The system is more accurate than other image-recognition programs and could be used on additional animals with stripes, such as tigers and giraffes.”