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[all] data export issues?

Are you still experiencing data export issues? I know our IT staff was having some problems with hardware and the recent migration of where the virtual machine for citizen science grid is being housed. It looks like everything is running on my end but I just wanted to double check with everyone in case some export process got lost in the transition.

Travis Desell on Wednesday, December 6th
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[wildlife] more maintenance issues

I apologize for slow loading on the flights this morning. Our IT staff has been doing some things which I think resulted in this. Looks like things are back up and going thankfully. If I hear any more I'll let you know.

Travis Desell on Wednesday, November 22nd
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[wildlife] maintenance issue

When our systems went down last thursday it looks like there was an issue mounting the storage that housed the imagery and video. They're working on this and hope to have a fix soon. Unfortunately this was done right before a holiday weekend, so the fix might not happen until monday.

Travis Desell on Saturday, November 11th
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[wildlife] emergency maintenance and validator back up

UND had to do some storage upgrades which took out most of our systems yesterday. I apologize for the downtime! This also created an error with the validator which I hopefully just fixed. Let me know if you are having any troubles uploading or downloading work!

Travis Desell on Friday, October 13th
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[wildlife] new runs up and going

I've started up some new runs, whose workunits should look like: "mnist_fixed_100ep_nopool_oct_3_X" where X = 1 to 5. Let me know if you're having any issues with these!

Travis Desell on Thursday, October 5th
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[wildlife] assimilator bug

Looks like I didn't quite fully fix the assimilator bug. Will be working on it today and will keep you posted as I figure things out.

Travis Desell on Sunday, September 17th
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[wildlife] new application and version (v0.33)

I've added a new application (Exact Batch Norm with Scaled FMP) with some recent updates and improvements, as version 0.33. Let me know if you have any issues with this one!

Travis Desell on Monday, September 18th
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[wildlife] assimilator back up

Fixed the issue -- the assimilator is back up and running (which is also the work generator), so work should be flowing again!

Travis Desell on Friday, September 15th
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[wildlife] assimilator issue

It looks like there's an issue with the assimilator. I'm currently traveling and hosting a workshop, but I'm hoping I'll get things back up and running sometime today. Will keep you posted as I know more.

Travis Desell on Thursday, September 14th
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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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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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