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About Ocean Vision AI

Ocean Vision AI is a groundbreaking new platform that streamlines access to artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to accelerate the analysis of ocean visual data. 



Enable accurate, rapid processing of underwater visual data through a globally integrated network that can accelerate ocean discovery, inform all sectors of the Blue Economy, and lead to effective marine stewardship.


Ocean Vision AI (OVAI) is building networks of programmers, marine scientists, and enthusiasts all working toward a common goal: understanding life in the ocean.


The ocean represents the largest habitable ecosystem on our planet, yet less than five percent of that volume has been explored and nearly half of all marine life is yet to be described. Underwater imaging is a powerful sensing modality that can address this knowledge gap. However, as more visual data is collected, the ocean research community faces a growing analysis backlog.

OVAI connects machine learning data analysis with a spectrum of users, from experts to enthusiasts, to analyze ocean imagery. To achieve this goal, we’re developing three core solutions—Portal, FathomNet, and FathomVerse—that combine state-of-the-art technology and community power to build an
unprecedented resource for the ocean.


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The Portal is a globally accessible end-to-end tool that interfaces with FathomNet and FathomVerse. It utilizes machine learning to dramatically accelerate the analysis of ocean imagery.
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FathomNet is a growing database of expert-annotated images and machine learning models that provides machine learning-ready data representing all underwater life for software engineers and marine scientists.
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FathomVerse is a game for mobile devices that invites ocean enthusiasts, animal lovers, and armchair explorers to train AI models while interacting with real ocean imagery collected by researchers. 


Ocean Vision AI is a UN Ocean Decade project and part of Marine Life 2030.

Funding provided by:
NSF Convergence Accelerator logo
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
National Geographic Society
Collaborating institutions:
CVision AI
Ocean Discovery League
Purdue University
Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System
Monterey Bay Aquarium
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