AI Could Unlock the Secrets Behind Your Dog’s Barks!

Have you ever wondered what your dog’s barks mean? A new team of researchers at UT Arlington believes they might have the answer.

Kenny Zhu, a professor of Computer Science at UTA, has been awarded a three-year, $483,804 grant from the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program to support his research. He and his team of 14 students aim to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to decode ‘dog words,’ essentially translating what dogs are trying to communicate. Biologists and animal scientists have manually collected dog bark data before to analyze for potential patterns. But what Zhu is doing is new.

“So far we have collected more than 30,000 videos of dogs,” he explained.

Zhu’s team is using the machine learning and AI technology to translate dog sounds into phonetic representations, and hopefully, one day…words.

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