App identifies endangered primates using facial recognition

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Without protection and proper conservation, many endangered primates face extinction. A new app, PrimID, is using facial recognition software to help track endangered primates, including golden monkeys, chimpanzees, and lemurs. Professor Anil Jain and his doctoral student Debayan Deb developed the app at Michigan State University’s biometrics lab. The app is available on android devices and is free to download. PrimID is powered by convolutional neural networks and has a collection of thousands of images of individual primates. Each primate on the database has a name and a biography. PrimID users can upload an image of a primate and the…

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