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[wildlife] two publications accepted to this year's IEEE eScience conference

So we had two papers accepted to the 13th IEEE International Conference on eScience this year! One on EXACT (what you've been crunching) and the other on the unmanned aerial systems imagery you've been marking up. If you'd like to read pre-prints here they are:

Developing a Volunteer Computing Project to Evolve Convolutional Neural Networks and Their Hyperparameters.

Toward Using Citizen Scientists to Drive Automated Ecological Object Detection in Aerial Imagery.

Congrats to Marshall and Connor on their paper!

Travis Desell on Friday, August 18th
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[all] min post credit

Hi All,

Since work is flowing pretty much steadily now, to help better deal with spammers I've set a minimum credit limit to post to 1. If this is going to be an issue (and now you can't post), please send me an email.

Also, to create a team a user will also need to have credit.

Hoping this helps!

--Travis

Travis Desell on Wednesday, August 16th
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[wildlife] app version 0.32

So I found a bug in the application/assimilator that was causing some server side errors. I'm releasing v0.32 for the application -- unfortunately this is going to cause the workunits currently in the system to immediately error out.

Please feel free to cancel any workunits you're running with v0.31 to not lose any credit from this (alternately if you've already seen your WU has wingmen then it should validate against them). I really apologize but this was the only real fix I had at my disposal.

Travis Desell on Wednesday, August 2nd
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[wildlife] back up and running

Everything should be back up and running. Let me know if you're seeing any weird workunits (i.e., really long run times).

I'll also have an application update out tomorrow which should help track down some of those issues and improve reliability.

Travis Desell on Monday, July 24th
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[wildlife] assimilator issue

I'm currently debugging an issue with the assimilator. I hope to have things up and running soon.

Travis Desell on Monday, July 24th
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[wildlife] new app/type version 0.31 and an update

I've made an update to the application which I'm hoping will allow us to get even better results. Currently we've hit 99.45% on the MNIST dataset, which is actually quite good considering the current version of the application only performs convolutional operations and doesn't do any pooling. Here's a list of some of the best published results on this dataset:

http://rodrigob.github.io/are_we_there_yet/build/classification_datasets_results.html#4d4e495354

And that puts is pretty solidly in the middle of the list. The new application now lets EXACT also evolve CNNs with pooling operations, which I'm hoping will bump us even higher up the list. This is pretty exciting as we're evolving the structure of the convolutional neural networks (CNNs) from scratch, and we're getting competitive with some of the best human designed CNNs. Anywho, let me know if you are having any errors with the new v0.31 applications.

On another note, I just returned from this years Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in Berlin, where I presented a poster on this work. There was quite a bit of interest in this approach so that was really good. I just want to thank everyone again for contributing all your cycles to this work.

Travis Desell on Sunday, July 30th
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[wildlife] new runs

I've started up a new set of runs. I made some tweaks to the backend to improve accuracy of how we're storing things in the database (found a couple bugs that while not fatal were not giving me the information I wanted). Workunit names look like:

exact_genome_TIMESTAMP_ID_NUMBER

And in this case, the ID will be >= 39 and <= 43. Let me know if you're having any errors with these new workunits.

On another note, I recently submitted a paper to this years IEEE eScience conference. You can take a look at the preliminary draft here:

http://tdesell.cs.und.edu/papers/2017_escience_exact.pdf

Our results are starting to get quite good. I also have an application update that should improve things even further -- but want to get a few more data points with the current implementation before doing the update.

Travis Desell on Wednesday, July 12th
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[wildlife] credit reimbursement and credit rate reduction

Sorry for taking a bit long on this, but I've gone through and done a credit reimbursement for the MNIST app which was having the "monster" workunits. I took everyones credit for that app and multiplied it by 1.15 (i.e., a 15% bonus).

On another credit related note, I've dropped the credit awarded from future generated workunits by 10%, as the general consensus is that the credit rate is really high. Let me know what you think about this and I can do some more adjustment if it was not enough (or too much).

Travis Desell on Wednesday, July 12th
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[wildlife] assimilator updates

So it looks like the poor assimilator is struggling under the load of the larger workunits (a good problem to have), which means work generation has been slow. I've made a few updates which I hope will help get things moving faster and more work flowing.

Travis Desell on Tuesday, May 30th
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[wildlife] windows xp connection issues

I tried a fix on my end for those who have been having trouble connecting to the server with Windows XP. The scheduler in the header for the main page of csgrid had http://csgrid.org listed for the scheduler instead of https://csgrid.org

Let me know if this fixed anything (or broke anything -- hopefully not)!

Travis Desell on Wednesday, June 7th
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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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