University of South Florida researchers are using community-based science and AI to identify invasive mosquitos.
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To date, the USF scientists have already categorized over 30,000 images in their preliminary work with the Hillsborough County Mosquito Management Program, and plan to add 200,000 more images to their AI program. They are hoping to turn this collaboration and sharing of data into a global mosquito surveillance system that will locate transmission hot spots earlier ,and improve the control of mosquito-borne diseases.
“What we’re trying to do is build this infrastructure so that we can tackle ongoing diseases, but also be better prepared for 'the next Zika',” Carney said.