By Matt Johnston
Targets bitou bush in first instance.
Queensland University of Technology researchers are attempting to weed out invasive plants from coastal areas using drones and artificial intelligence.
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, along with Aspect UAV, are partners in the project, which scans vegetation to spot weeds that would otherwise blend into the environment.
The researchers are plugging the images into a classification algorithm to identify bitou bush, an officially designated weed of national significance.
The data is then highlighted in images and on maps to show biosecurity officers areas to target for eradication work.
The project expands on work by QUT associate professor Felipe Gonzalez, who specialises in UAV autonomy, computer vision and remote sensing.
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