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SAISBECO stands for: Semi-Automated Audiovisual Species and Individual Identification System for Behavioral Ecological Research and Conservation


It is a funded cooperative project between the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA), the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS). The goal of this project is threefold:

  1. Collection and annotation of a large set of video and audio recordings from the African rainforest.
  2. Development of tools allowing the automatic identification of species and individuals from audio and video data.
  3. Development of ecological models for biodiversity, demographic and population monitoring.

The final goal is the development of a semi-automated monitoring tool using passive audio and video recordings. Our primary focus will be on great apes, but we will  include other species as well.