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Sensitive classification

Winged beasts can teach us a lot about aerodynamics and joint protection. Insects are an incredibly important part of our world.

Now, thanks to a research team at Copenhagen University, they can be automatically identified and catalogued using infrared sensors and artificial intelligence.

If an insect flies past, a sensor automatically measures its wingspan. The AI compares the size and shape of the wing against a database, categorising and counting the insects according to species.

The team’s goal is to find out why 40% of insect species are in decline, and a third of insects generally are endangered.

Initial tests will be conducted in various landscapes – including forests and meadows – in the spring.

An initiative that could really take wing. 

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