School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Automated recognition of ring ouzel(s)

Internships Summer 2017/18

Proposed Project Title:

  • Automated recognition of ring ouzel(s)

Principal Supervisor(s):
  • Dr. Huiyu (Joe) Zhou

Project Description:

The ring ouzel is a member of the thrush family. The male has the appearance of a male blackbird with a white crescent on the throat/breast, whilst the female is a brown version of the male with the crescent often barely visible. Ring ouzel is a species of European Conversation Concern and is listed as Rare in the Irish Red Data Book. In Northern Ireland, the reasons for the possible extinction of ring ouzels have not been well understood. The reasons for the England decline include re-afforestation, disturbance by walkers, agriculture improvements and competition with blackbird and mistle thrushes.

In this project, we intend to develop a software tool (e.g. Android or iOS application) in order to automatically recognise ring ouzel(s) in the images acquired by a mobile phone or tablet. Using geosensing and other applications, the user will be able to extract further background information such as location, time and weather in the local regions. This information can be used to describe the living environments of ring ouzel(s) and further explain the extinction of the birds in certain areas in a later stage.

  1. To conduct literature review on the investigated area.
  2. To acquire images using the embedded camera of a mobile phone or tablet.
  3. To develop a (new) feature detection algorithm to represent birds from the images.
  4. To develop a (novel) feature classification algorithm for identifying ring ouzel(s) from the images.
  5. To implement a suitable Graphic User Interface (GUI) for linking the tool with the user.
  6. To link with other applications to collect information such as weather and location.
  7. To evaluate the proposed algorithm/system offline.
  8. To conduct in-fields tests in the Mourne mountains, etc. 

Academic Requirements:

The scheme is open to all EEECS Undergraduates (apart from students on the BIT degree pathway and students who are due to graduate this summer)

General Information:

Each internship will last between 6-8 weeks and will pay a weekly stipend of £200.

Accommodation and travel costs are not provided under this scheme.

Start date: 1st July 2017

Duration: 8 (Weeks)

Location: New Computer Science Building

Further information available at:

Contact details:

Supervisor Name: Huiyu Zhou

Queens University of Belfast
School of EEECS,
NI Science Park,
Queen’s Road,
Queen’s Island,

Tel: +44 (0)28 90975489

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