AbdulWahab Kabani and Mahmoud R. El-Sakka, "Improving
Right Whale Recognition by Fine-tuning Alignment and
Using Wide Localization Network",
Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer
May 2017, Windsor, Canada.
Right Whales can be recognized by the callosities pattern on their heads. They
are an endangered species with an estimated 450 whales remaining. Marine
biologists regularly perform manual recognition of the whales while monitoring
the population but the process is slow and time consuming. Deep learning
methods achieved state-of-the-art results on several visual recognition tasks.
However, training deep learning models on this task is very difficult because
the number of training images is low. We propose a wide localization network
which can be used to localize the region of interest in image. Once the region
of interest is localized, a deep learning model can be used to classify the
whales. The solution we describe in this paper achieves an accuracy score of
78.7% and ranks as one of the best 3 solutions on this dataset.