By RYOSUKE NONAKA
Researchers from Kyoto University and Oxford University have developed a face recognition model using AI technology that can identify and track chimpanzees in video footage with a high degree of accuracy.
The deep learning technique, they believe, will provide a fully automated approach to analyzing vast amounts of archival data on animals and allow for more thorough analyses by ethologists.
Deep learning is an AI system technology that uses an artificial neural network, allowing for automated “learning” of data.
The study was published in the U.S. journal Science Advances on Sept. 5.
The face recognition model using AI technology was able to recognize the faces of 23 chimps across 50 hours of footage collected from 1999 to 2012, with an accuracy of 92.5 percent, compared with 20-42 percent for humans.