Migration Simulation

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Client: Steffen Oppel, RSPB <Steffen.Oppel@rspb.org.uk>

The Yelkouan shearwater is a bird that migrates through the Bosphorus to reach the Mediterranean, but nobody knows how many there are. Your client has video of the migration as seen from different distances and angles. Unfortunately computer vision algorithms can’t be trained without ground truth count of how many birds are there. You will create a CGI simulator of the flocking birds, including realistic atmosphere and viewing conditions, to generate simulated video with known ground truth bird numbers. The final stage is to train a machine learning system using your simulation to automatically retrieve the number of simulated birds, and then test it on a real migration video to yield the number of real birds.