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Apr 10th 2010 Workshop on Intelligent Systems A Festschrift for Richard Volz TAMU College Station TX Collaborative Observation of Natural Environments CONE Dezhen Song Texas A M University Thanks to Ni Qin Yiliang Xu Chang Young Kim Ji Zhang TAMU Ken Goldberg UC Berkeley Ron Rohrbach Cornell Lab of Ornithology John Fitzpatrick Cornell Lab of Ornithology David Luneau U Arkansas John Rappole Smithsonian Selma Glasscock Welder Wildlife Foundation National Science Foundation The Nature Conservancy Arkansas Game and Fish Commission U S Fish and Wildlife Service Arkansas Electric Cooperative Cache River National Wildlife Refuge outline networked telerobots and project cone automated observation ivory billed woodpecker engaging citizen scientists bird range change in south texas nikola tesla 1898 teleoperation related work Tesla 1898 Goertz 54 Mosher 64 Tomovic 69 Salisbury Bejczy 85 Ballard 86 Volz 87Sheridan 92 Sato 94 Goldberg 94Presence Journal 92O Khatib et al 96 collaborative control networked telerobots networked robotic camera Frame Selection Problem Given n requests find optimal frame 12 frame selection algorithms Processing Zoom Type Complexity Centralized Discrete Exact O n2 Centralized Discrete Approx O nk log nk k log 1 2 Centralized Contin Exact O n3 Centralized Contin Approx O n 1 3 log2 n Distributed Discrete Exact Server O n Client O n Distributed Contin Approx Server O n Client O 1 3 p Frame Discrete Approx O n 3 p2 6 biological observation is arduous expensive dangerous lonely cone Sensor Network Biologists Collaborative frame selection Periodic Checks Motion Sensors Students outline networked telerobots and project cone automated observation ivory billed woodpecker engaging citizen scientists bird range change in south texas Detecting Rare Birds Low occurrence e g 10 times per year Short duration e g 1 sec in FOV Huge video data for human identification Setup and maintenance in remote environments Design Goals Accuracy low false negative Data reduction



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