21 Jan 2013: We have participated in the UCR Insect Classification Contest held by Dr. Eamonn Keogh's lab at University of California, Riverside (UCR) to create a similarity measure for insect flight sounds.
According to Dr. Keogh “the task is inspired by two socially noble problems. If insects could be correctly identified using cheap sensors, one could: (1) plan malaria interventions more effectively, perhaps saving some of the million human lives lost each year, and (2) plan insect pest crop interventions more effectively, thus growing more food with less pollution, less energy, less environmental damage, etc.” These goals match excellently with COSMIC’s vision. The first phase of the contest ended in November 2012 and the COSMIC team achieved 4th place overall with a score of 0.76 just slightly behind the leader with 0.79. We will continue to participate in the 2nd phase of the contest in the next quarters.