Computing and Information Science

WVII talks with Hahmann about using AI to predict urban flood damage

WVII (Channel 7) interviewed Torsten Hahmann, associate professor of spatial informatics, about research that seeks to predict the impact of flooding on specific neighborhoods, roads, municipal service sites and infrastructure. The project, Urban Flooding Open Knowledge Network (UF-OKN), is funded by the National Science Foundation. “So it’s a big project. The vision is really like to […]

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Pen Bay Pilot highlights UMaine, Northeastern research collaborations

The Penobscot Bay Pilot picked up a University of Maine news release highlighting a new program established to support research collaborations between the University of Maine and Northeastern University. Through a rigorous review process involving peer faculty reviewers and research leaders at each university, five projects were awarded $50,000 in seed funding intended to support […]

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Media cover project seeking to identify, count birds with AI technology, the Bangor Daily News and picked up a University of Maine press release highlighting efforts to develop technologies that can locate colonies of nesting birds and capture images with cameras mounted in unmanned aerial vehicles. Cynthia Loftin, associate professor of wildlife ecology, and Roy Turner, associate professor of computer science will collaborate to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that […]

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Aerial image of birds on a Maine island

UMaine researchers team up to develop AI to count, identify birds in aerial photos 

Biologists count and identify birds in thousands of aerial photos when conducting wildlife surveys, a laborious task that consumes many hours. To reduce time spent analyzing images and the margin for error, University of Maine researchers endeavor to create artificial intelligence that will perform the task.  Faculty and graduate students from several units at UMaine […]

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Ippolito talks about TikTok with WVII

WVII (Channel 7) featured Jon Ippolito, a University of Maine professor of new media, in its story about data collection by TikTok, a China-based application used by social media fans around the world. U.S. Intelligence officials characterize the app as a security threat. Ippolito said TikTok collects selected user data, commonly used for marketing purposes. […]

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UMaine landscape

UMaine names President’s Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy has appointed a 30-member Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to advise campus leadership and report on institutional efforts and actions to ensure inclusive excellence. The President’s Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is co-chaired by Kimberly Whitehead, chief of staff to the President, and Susan McKay, founding director […]

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Lin Wei

Lin Wei: Student from China navigates world through code and choreography

Lin Wei, who goes by Enoch Lin, interacts with the world and its people through code and choreography.  The 2020 graduate from Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province, China, enjoys solving technological problems, particularly through programming languages, and traversing fictional realms in video games. A passion for technology motivated him to major in computer science. The sense […]

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Spruce budworm map

New online app helps visualize, interpret spatial data on spruce budworm mitigation, forest planning

The Intelligent GeoSolutions (IGS) team at the University of Maine’s Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CRSF) has released a free interactive mapping tool, the Forest Ecosystem Status and Trends (ForEST) app, to provide online decision support to private and public forest managers, natural resource agencies, conservation organizations and other stakeholders. With the current outbreak […]

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