Chinese botanists use Microsoft machine intelligence to aid in flower recognition project

What exactly is that flower over there? The Institute of Botany at the Chinese Academy of Sciences is teaming up with Microsoft Research to solve the undying question many people have in mind. With a project called the Smart Flower Recognition System, machine learning and recognition is being incorporated into an application that will make identifying flowers much easier with just a picture. After listening to Yong Rui’s seminar explaining image-recognition technology and its capabilities, the IBCAS botanists were inspired. In collaboration with Microsoft Research Asia, they began developing an engine that could harness these technologies towards recognizing plant related images. Unfortunately, nearly 2.6 million images were quickly submitted to data storage without any filtration to speak of. Jianlong Fu provided a solution through trial and error, building tools that filtered out bad…


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