BYU Professor developing app to identify bugs

BYU Professor developing app to identify bugs

PROVO – BYU computer science professor Ryan Farrell is developing an app that can identify bugs with the snap of a picture.

The app, which will be developed by PHD students under the direction of Farrell, helps users identify insects based on an extensive database of over 250 thousand images.

The app’s concept landed Farrell an award from the National Science Foundation, to be used towards the app’s development. Farrell said he believes this app could have a great impact on society in many different ways.

“There’s sort of an innate interest in being able to understand the things we see around us to know what we’re looking at,” said Farrell.

Farrell plans to use part of the grant money to send his team to museums across the country, where they will expand the app’s database.

Although Farrell is focusing on insects for this app, he hopes in the future that his algorithm can identify cars, birds, or any number of things.

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