Detecting Land Mines from Photographs

May 17, 2008

Amazon Mturk is running an interesting project to see if general Internet users (after a minimal amount of orientation and training) can detect land mines in digital photographs taken from roads, grassy fields, and wooded areas.

Here’s an example of an image from a field that clearly has land mines and unexploded ordnance visible.

I’m curious to see how this experiment will turn out.  It would really be something if robotic equipment could be sent into areas that might have landmines and the images could be remotely analyzed, protecting humans from unnecessary danger.

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