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CrowdPet: applying computer vision in the identification of lost pets

Grant number: 16/01957-5
Support type:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: February 01, 2017 - October 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science
Principal Investigator:Fabio Rogério Piva
Grantee:Fabio Rogério Piva
Company:SciPet Soluções em Inovação Tecnológica Ltda
City: Campinas
Co-Principal Investigators:Allysson Flavio Melo de Oliveira ; Fernanda Alcântara Andaló ; Orlando Volpato Filho
Assoc. researchers:Eduardo Alves Do Valle Junior ; Mauricio Lisboa Perez ; Rafael de Oliveira Werneck
Associated grant(s):17/16244-7 - CrowdPet: automatic identification of pets in images, AP.PIPE
Associated scholarship(s):17/01431-6 - CrowdPet: applying computer vision in the identification of lost pets, BP.PIPE


Brazil, just like several other developing countries, has a significant problem regarding street animals population. Aside the cruel conditions, this situation represents risks for public health, since the animals may become sick and procreate at alarming rates. We intend to employ technological solutions -- specifically, computer vision and machine learning methods -- in order to approach this urban problem in a collaborative fashion, making it easier for citizens to take part on the process of identification and mapping of those animals. This project is proposed in the context of the CrowdPet service, which will be made available to users in the form of a smartphone App, thus allowing for the easy determination of lost pets. On one hand, pet owners (aka, tutors) can submit pictures of their lost pets to the system, while regular users (aka, volunteers) will submit pictures they take from street animals they encounter on their daily commute. Our main goal is to contribute with computational methods for the visual recognition of animals, so that the process of matching lost and found animals can be made in an automatic, scalable and efficient fashion. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP about the research grant
Smartphone app uses computer vision to identify animals 
Matéria(s) publicada(s) no blog Pesquisa para Inovação FAPESP sobre o auxílio:
Smartphone app uses computer vision to identify animals 
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