[MARMAM] Workshops on Detection, Classification, Localization and Density Estimation of Marine Mammals Using Passive Acoustics

Gianni Pavan gpavan at cibra.unipv.it
Thu Aug 14 05:31:59 PDT 2008

4th International Workshop on Detection, Classification and 
Localization of Marine Mammals using Passive Acoustics

Linked Workshop:

1st International Workshop on Density Estimation of Marine Mammals 
Using Passive Acoustics

University of Pavia, Italy
September 2009, 10th - 13th

First Announcement

This email serves to early announce the 4th International Workshop on 
Detection, Classification and Localization (DCL) of Marine Mammals 
using Passive Acoustics to be held at the University of Pavia, Italy, 
in September 2009.  This time, there will also be a linked, one day 
workshop on the emerging application area of the Estimation of Marine 
Mammal Density using Passive Acoustics, starting directly after the 
DCL workshop.

A web page dedicated to the workshops will be available soon on the 
CIBRA website at 

4th International Workshop on Detection, Classification and 
Localization of Marine Mammals Using Passive Acoustics

The purpose of this workshop is to present current research on the 
detection, classification and localization of marine mammals using 
passive acoustics. Researchers are invited to present their 
scientific work, to detail the advantages and drawbacks of the 
methods they use and to show their recent results.  The workshop 
encourages an interdisciplinary approach oriented at solving 
real-world problems related to the study of marine mammals and the 
effect of anthropogenic sound on their behavior.
Topics will be extended beyond passive acoustics to other relevant 
areas of research that directly relate with the main topic (see list 
in appendix). To encourage researchers to face with a common topic 
and to directly evaluate and compare different approaches and 
solutions, a common dataset will be made available online 
(<http://www.unipv.it/cibra>http://www.unipv.it/cibra) well in advance.

Scientific Topics
The objective of the workshop is to exchange information that 
advances general understanding of methods to detect, classify, 
locate, track and monitor marine mammals in their environment.  After 
three workshops dedicated to individual species, this fourth workshop 
is focused on a more complex issue: the analysis of real-world 
complex acoustic scenes and the use of the context for identifying 
acoustic components of interest.

A set of underwater recordings will be made available online to 
encourage researchers to work on a common dataset, to face with the 
same problems, to find original solutions and to present and compare 
them at the workshop.
Participants who do not work on this specific dataset are also 
welcome to join the workshop, and present their own work on detection 
and classification techniques based on passive acoustics or other 
relevant related research. Though, greater consideration will be 
deserved to participants who contribute to the general focus of the workshop.

Presentations from different research and academic fields are 
welcome. Specialists in biology, physiology, acoustics, oceanography, 
signal processing, mathematics, electronics, computer science are all 
invited to bring their experience to the workshop.
Participation may be limited to ensure a dynamic and interactive exchange.

Workshop Schedule
3 days will be dedicated to oral presentations, to poster 
presentations, to open discussion, and to a round table to discuss 
about emerging research needs and trends.
A Fourth day will be dedicated to the use of acoustic data to 
estimate population density.
Authors will be accepted for presentation or poster session by the 
scientific committee.

Linked Workshop:

1st International Workshop on Density Estimation (DE) of Marine 
Mammals Using Passive Acoustics

This one-day workshop will bring together researchers working on 
estimating absolute density or abundance of marine mammal populations 
using passive acoustics. It will commence immediately after the DCL 
workshop. All those attending the DCL workshop and with an interest 
in this field are welcome to attend.  The workshop will begin with a 
tutorial overview of the area, followed by contributed oral and 
poster presentations showcasing relevant research.  Time will be set 
aside for open discussion.  We invite participants with relevant 
research in this area to submit it for presentation in oral or poster 
form.  We anticipate that interest in this workshop will be high, and 
we may need to limit participation to ensure dynamic and interactive 
exchange of ideas.

Further Information for Both Workshops

The workshops will be held in the historical buildings of the 
University of Pavia, Italy, where Spallanzani in the 18th century 
studied the ability of bats to fly in the dark. The workshop is 
organized by CIBRA, the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioacoustics and 
Environmental Research.

We are currently seeking sponsors for both workshops.

Scientific Committee
Gianni Pavan (Univ. of Pavia, Italy), Walter Zimmer (NURC, Italy), 
David Moretti (NUWC, US), Bob Gisiner (MMC, US), Len Thomas (Univ St 
Andrews, Scotland; convenor of the DE workshop) and others

Organizing Committee
Gianni Pavan, CIBRA (DCL Workshop); Len Thomas, StAndrews (DE Workshop)

Workshops Secretariat (registration, payment, & accomodation 
bookings) is managed by
PRAGMA Congressi   email 
<mailto:info at pragmacongressi.it>info at pragmacongressi.it

Gianni Pavan
Presidente CIBRA
Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacustica e Ricerche Ambientali
Dipartimento di Biologia Animale
Universita' degli Studi di Pavia, Via Taramelli 24, 27100 PAVIA, ITALIA
Phone     +39-0382-987874    Fax +39-02-700-32921
Email      gpavan at cibra.unipv.it, gianni.pavan at unipv.it
Web       http://www.unipv.it/cibra
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