What happens which digital meets conservation? The Digital Conservations projects look at using natural language technology to create self-blogging red kites and help the public identify bumblebees.
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Engaging the Public with Conservation
Investigate how technology can engage the public with at risk or re-introduced species
Crowd Sourcing Identification
In Beewatch investigate the accuracy of the crowd in species identification
In Blogging Birds investigating natural language generation techniques to best create automatically generated blogs from satellite data and other information.
- Professor Rene van der Wal (Principal Investigator), Ecology
- Professor Chris Mellish (Co-Investigator), Computing Science
- Dr Advaith Siddharthan (Associate Investigator), Computing Science
- Dr Kapila Ponnemperuma (Research Fellow) Computing Science
- Dr Abigail Cuachi (Research Fellow) Computing Science
- Cheng Zeng (Research Assistant)
- Steve Palmer (Research Assistant)
- Annie Robinson (Research Assistant)
- Gina Maffey (PhD Student)
- Danny Heptinstall (PhD Student)
We are working with the following partners on this project
- Blogging Birds won RCUK Telling Tales of Engagement Impact Prize in 2013
- Press release received worldwide media interest (broadcast, print, online) including from the BBC, New Scientist, Wired
- Publications include
- Kapila Ponnamperuma, Advaith Siddharthan, Cheng Zeng, Chris Mellish and Rene van der Wal. Tag2Blog: Narrative Generation from Satellite Tag Data. Proceedings of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2013) System Demonstrations, Sofia, Bulgaria.
- Advaith Siddharthan, Matthew Green, Kees van Deemter, Chris Mellish and Rene van der Wal. Blogging birds: Generating narratives about reintroduced species to promote public engagement. In Proceedings of the 7th International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG 2012), Utica, IL.