Conservation AI is a unique interdisciplinary project with researchers from computer science, astrophysics, and conservation biology. By harnessing the knowledge from these varying fields we aim to develop a platform and associated hardware that will bring benefits to the conservation community.

Paul Fergus
Lead Researcher (Machine Learning) - Co-Founder

Professor Paul Fergus is a Professor in Machine Learning. Professor Fergus’s main research interests include machine learning for detecting and predicting preterm births. He is also interested in the detection of foetal hypoxia, electroencephalogram seizure classification and bioinformatics (polygenetic obesity, Type II diabetes and multiple sclerosis). Professor Fergus has a keen interest in conservation and is currently looking at the use of machine learning to solve different conservation-related problems. He has competitively won external grants to support his research from HEFCE, Royal Academy of Engineering, Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, North West Regional Innovation Fund and Bupa and has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in these areas. Before his academic career Dr Fergus was a senior software engineer in industry for six years developing bespoke solutions for a number of large organisations.

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Carl Chalmers
Lead Researcher (Machine Learning) - Co-Founder

Dr Carl Chalmers is a Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning and Applied Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Computer Science at Liverpool John Moores University. Dr Chalmers’s main research interests includes machine learning, computer vision, high performance computing and data visualisation. In addition, he is also working in the area of high-performance computing and cloud computing to support and improve existing machine learning approaches, while facilitating application integration. He is currently applying is knowledge and expertise of large-scale machine learning deployments to solve some of the pressing issues faced by conservation organisations. He has won multiple grant awards and has seen international recognition for his research in the area of machine learning. He currently leads a group of machine learning practitioners which includes academics, Post docs, PhD students and industry partners. Before his academic career Dr Chalmers spent over 8 years in industry developing a wide variety of different applications.

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Serge Wich
Lead Researcher (Conservation)

Serge Wich is a professor at Liverpool John Moores University who has almost three decades of experience in animal behaviour, ecology, and conservation. Since 2011 he has been using drones to support conservation work and he is a co-founder of conservationdrones.org. Serge has a keen interest in using technology for conservation.

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Steven Longmore
Lead Researcher (Astro)

Steve Longmore is a professor in the Astrophysics Research Institute, whose research aims to understand how the Universe evolves over cosmic time to produce the spectacular variety of stars, planets and life we see today. He has a keen interest in applying astrophysics techniques to tackle problems closer to home, such as conservation of endangered species, search and rescue, or tackling peat fires that are a major contributor to climate change.

Noami Davies
Researcher (Ecology and AI)

Naomi Davies is the Research and Conservation Officer at Knowsley Safari. Naomi conducted her master’s degree in Wildlife Conservation and Drone Technology through Liverpool John Moores University and has since been involved in a wide range of conservation research predominantly in the UK and South East Asia to benefit both captive and wild populations. The Conservation AI team have been working with Naomi to monitor the accessible and diverse range of animals available at Knowsley Safari.

John Phillips
Field Ecologist
John Phillips is a field ecologist at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), focusing on conservation and management of UK’s native and non-native wildlife. He is currently working on a variety of camera trapping projects with APHA and using new technology and techniques to help increase our knowledge base on wildlife activity and behaviour.
Rachel Chalmers
Citizen Scientist
Full time mum, part time NHS worker with an interest in conservation, AI and all things science. Rachel volunteers her time to help the ConservationAI team by tagging images for training the AI models.
Lucia Gordon
Undergraduate Researcher
Lucia Gordon is a Harvard College senior studying physics and math with a passion for big cat conservation and an interest in using technology, specifically AI, to aid conservation efforts and mitigate human-wildlife conflict. Lucia plans to pursue AI for Conservation in her graduate studies.
Billy Littlejohn
Chief Media Officer
Billy Littlejohn is an Enterprise Program Manager for a Software Intelligence company who specialise in using AI to increase organizations observability and pinpoint the root cause of any problems in their applications. Billy is keen to learn and share how technology can be used to support his other interests in life which is caring for the environment and protecting the animals. Billy will be using his media and outreaching skills to raise awareness for the continuous good work that ConservationAI is doing around the globe.