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[all] cooling failure - potential downtime

I've been informed that the cooling system has gone down in the university datacenter that houses the virtual machine that the Citizen Science Grid runs on. As of now, they're not going to be shutting down the virtual machine, but it's still a potential. I just wanted to get a warning message out to everyone in case the site goes down for a period of time. Our system administrators are working on it and hopefully we don't experience any downtime, but if we do they'll be doing their best to get things back up and running.

Travis Desell on Wednesday, March 22nd
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[wildlife] EXACT2 v0.19

I noticed an issue where the datafiles for v0.18 were missing a parameter, which was leading to some WUs not validating and some errors on the server side. I've updated the application to v0.19 which should fix this issue -- although may cause some of the WUs generated for v0.18 to error out. Sorry about that!

Travis Desell on Wednesday, March 22nd
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[wildlife] EXACT update

I'll be putting in an update to the EXACT application this weekend. Due to the fact that it requires new input files and is not compatible with the current version I'm going to release it as a new app, so I can keep the validator/assimilator running for the old version (that way you won't lose any credit or work from current workunits).

I'm going to stop generating workunits for the current EXACT app and should be releasing them out to test things tonight. I've done some pretty thorough testing on my end so hopefully the transition can happen without too many hiccups.

Travis Desell on Sunday, March 19th
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[wildlife] uas image interface bugs

all, the updated algorithm for showing and completing UAS images is having a few issues. i'm looking to resolve the issues ASAP and will have an update later today.

the other 2 image projects should be working as intended.

Marshall Mattingly on Tuesday, March 7th
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[wildlife] work being generated again

Sorry about the hiccup everyone. Work should be starting to flow again now. Am watching things to make sure things run smoothly.

Travis Desell on Friday, March 3rd
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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 Monday, February 20th
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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 Tuesday, March 7th
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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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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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