Grant Ryan - Project Coordinator - The Cacophony Project

Grant Ryan - Project coordinator - The Cacophony Project

Grant is a hopelessly addicted inventor. He has founded a number of companies including (sold to NBCi), Real Contacts (sold to Intel), SLI Systems (listed NZX) and Eurekster, YikeBike and PurePods. He is now having fun trying to help make NZ predator free with The Cacophony Project. AI is a key part of the project for identifying predators from heat videos and learning audio lures. He has also served on the board of the New Zealand Government's Venture Investment Fund, Foundation for Research Science and Technology and ChristchurchNZ. Grant has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Ecological Economics from the University of Canterbury. 

The Cacophony Project

Moore's Law tells us that it keeps getting cheaper and easier to crunch data. And every day, all around New Zealand, the dawn chorus tells us that our birdlife is one of our greatest treasures. But which way is the volume trending? And what can we pick out from the individual voices? What impact are our pest traps making?

The Cacophony Project will turn birdsong into data and use the best of breed IT technologies to dramatically improve our trapping ability.