Deep learning software knows that a rose is a rose is a rosa rubiginosa

We can’t all be botanists, unfortunately, but most of us do have smartphones, and that may be a start. A computer vision system built by Microsoft Research Asia can identify thousands of species of flowers with nothing but a picture.The Smart Flower Recognition System (Microsoft always did have a way with branding) began serendipitously, with the chance meeting of MSRA’s Yong Rui and botanists from the Chinese Academy of Science at a seminar. Rui’s image analysis work was a perfect match for the botanists, who were trying to figure out how to sort through millions of publicly submitted images of local flowers. Ah, spring! When a young researcher’s fancy turns to inter-disciplinary collaboration. The system is built on – what else? – machine learning, specifically a Caffe convolutional neural network trained in 800,000 flower images.…


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