Meet the Team
CEO and Founder, Parley for the Oceans
Cyrill Gutsch is an advocate for our oceans and a pioneer in new approaches to protect them. His organization, Parley for the Oceans, is the network where creators, thinkers, and leaders come together to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction.
Dr. Iain Kerr,
Chief Science Officer, Parley for the Oceans
Dr. Iain Kerr has dedicated his life to advancing marine research through technology and has led research expeditions across the world for 20 years. His knowledge of our environment is guiding the future of ocean research.
Artificial Intelligence Researcher, Intel Labs
Ted Willke is an expert in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data mining. He and his team’s application of this technology to whale research have enabled marine biologists to gain deep insights on whale populations at greater speeds than ever before.
Identifying Whales in the Wild
A custom drone is used to do two things: capture biological samples from a whale that can be used to genetically profile the animal and test for illnesses, such as infections; and capture video footage of the whales themselves. The video is downloaded in real-time to an Intel® Core™ i7 brand powered laptop on the ship, equipped with an Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick (NCS) that uses machine learning algorithms to match the patterns on the whales (or its “fingerprint”) to a database, identifying individual whales in real-time.
Assessing Real-Time Health Data
The same technology that identifies the whale is used to assess the animal’s health in real-time. A Xeon-powered machine processes the whale footage collected by drone, delivering volumetric data which tells us the animal’s length, weight, and the overall health of the animal compared to its pod.
Product and Performance Information
Samples and footage collected under NMFS permit #18636.
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