What could you do with an easy-to-use tracking tool?

We (a team of researchers around Prof Min Shin, UNCC) are developing a software (the 'ABCTracker') that aims to allow biologists and other scientists to analyze videos of moving objects, by tracking the objects in them with high accuracy, and allowing for manual error correction.

A primary goal of this effort is to make the software easy to use, including for students, with no training in computer science or even scripting/programming of any kind. A second goal is to make it easy to tune parameters for new types of objects to be tracked, and to allow easy manual error correction as well as quantification of tracking accuracy. A screenshot of the current version of the tool, showing a video of ants in a colony being tracked, is below.

PURPOSE OF THIS SURVEY.
We will ask NSF for money to bring this tool to you: to provide user workshops, a website, better distribution, and support. This would also serve to iron out the last bugs, add functionality, and increase speed. What we need for this is quantitative information on what YOU would use such an analysis tool for. If you help us by answering the questions below, we will contact you as soon as we have a version that can be distributed, and we will do what we can to help you make the tool work for you.

Expected time to complete survey: about 10 minutes.

    Screenshot of ABCTracker

    Tracking results on termites, tiny robots "Kilobots" and algae cells

    First, a little about you

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    Second, about your research

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    Third, about tracking tools

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    Finally, some wrap up questions

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