I came across Kaggle after speaking with a friend of mine who’s doing a course in data science at General Assembly. It claims to be the ‘home of data science’ and hosts competitions which various groups of people compete in for cash prizes, as well as the prestige of ranking within the upper echelons of data science folk.
Upon browsing some of the featured datasets, I felt like it’d be a good idea to present one of particular interest to computer vision/photogrammetric folk. The right whale recognition competition running at the moment presents a pretty interesting challenge for any budding image processors, and is one which I’ve been thinking about myself.
Fewer than 500 right whales exist
It’s a good opportunity to anyone in search of a challenge which combines modern computer vision with concepts like conservation and climate change (Though this is strictly a computer vision challenge, images have been stripped of any geotagging/exif information). So, if you think you’re up to the challenge of building a whale face recognition software, I recommend you get involved 🙂