Saving our planet’s biodiversity with AI, the academic job market – Sara Beery, PhD Caltech
Sara Beery has always been passionate about the natural world, and she saw a need for technology-based approaches to conservation and sustainability challenges. This led her to pursue a PhD at Caltech, where her research focuses on computer vision for global-scale biodiversity monitoring. She works closely with Microsoft AI for Earth and Google Research to translate her work into usable tools. Sara’s prior experience as a professional ballerina and a nontraditional student has taught her the value of unique and diverse perspectives in the research community. She’s passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM through mentorship and outreach.
Biodiversity is declining globally at unprecedented rates. Sara will show us how AI can help in solving this problem.
24:15 Risk of deploying those AI models in the real world
27:15 Distribution generalization problem and causal techniques
30:08 Day in the life of Sara and traveling around the world
31:19 Detection and anti-poaching
33:43 Extraction of interaction data from camera trap on multi-objects
35:17 Previous experience before starting the Ph.D. as a professional ballet and research during the bachelor
37:42 Tips for doing research in AI for Conservation
38:20 Environmental DNA is a possibility to monitor biodiversity?
41:17 Advice for people entering the academic job market
46:55 Increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM through mentorship, teaching, and outreach
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