DIKU Bits: Digital natural history: Digitizing butterflies and beetles


Kim Steenstrup Pedersen, Associate professor in the Image Analysis, Computational Modelling and Geometry section at DIKU.


Natural history museums throughout the world have over many years curated huge collections of both extinct and present animal species giving evidence of the variety of life on Earth. Traditionally these collections have been locked away in the museums with limited access for researchers and the general public, but a new trend is to open the collections through digitization efforts. In this talk I will explain how this involves computer science, mainly computer vision and machine learning. 

Zooming in on Kim Steenstrup Pedersen

Which courses do you teach (BSc and MSc)?
I currently teach on MAD (BSc), Robotlab REX (BSc), Signal and Image processing SIP (MSc).

Which technology/research/projects/startup are you excited to see the evolution of?
I look forward to the first fully automatic self-driving cars.

What is your favorite sketch from the DIKUrevy?
It's an old one - a Lego stop motion movie spoof of Batman and Robin, called "Bit drengen” who fights the evil “Dr. Fysik” who has taken over HCØ.