December 14, 2023

Hello! Read below if you want to learn more about an exciting research opportunity on supporting tribal-led salmon monitoring using computer vision.🐟🤖📷

Tldr; Research opportunity if you are interested in using computer vision for ecological sustainability. Includes opportunities to spend some time outdoors to fly drones for data collection. Apply here.

Seeking: Motivated student with experience and familiarity with developing computer vision models, and ability to work in a collaborative team environment.

Project description: This project is in collaboration with the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and UW EarthLabs. We are partnering with the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe to develop a safe, cost-effective, and accurate system – based on drones and AI-based computer vision – to monitor the numbers of spawning Chinook salmon in the Skagit River and its tributaries. In this role, the student will help develop the computer vision model and aid in the data collection and processing steps. The student will have the opportunity to join in field trips up to the Skagit River and rivers closer to campus to fly drones and collect data. [UW news article]

Project leads: Dr Andrew Berdahl (School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) and Dr Karen Leung (Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics).

This project is interdisciplinary, and we strive for an integrative and diverse team. We encourage applications from students from all backgrounds and disciplines to apply. You will be able to get course credits through an independent study course. After a trial first quarter on this project, there is the potential for a paid hourly position.

If you are interested, please apply here (login with UW credentials).

Please reach out to Dr Karen Leung ( if you are interested in learning more or have any questions.