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Listening in the Wild 2015

Listening in the Wild: Animal and machine audition in multisource environments
   Research workshop, QMUL, London
   Fri 28th August, 10:30am-5pm

* How do animals recognise sounds in noisy multisource environments?
* How should machines recognise sounds in noisy multisource environments?

This workshop will bring together researchers in engineering disciplines (machine listening, signal processing, computer science) and biological disciplines (bioacoustics, ecology, perception and cognition), to discuss complementary perspectives on making sense of natural and everyday sound.



Click here for the abstracts booklet, including map and timetable



  • Annamaria Mesaros (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
    Sound event detection in everyday environments

  • Alison Johnston (British Trust for Ornithology)
    What proportion of birds do we detect? Variation in bird detectability by species, habitat and observer

  • Jordi Bonada (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
    Probabilistic-based synthesis of animal vocalizations

  • Sarah Angliss (composer, roboticist and sound historian, London)

  • Rob Lachlan (Queen Mary University of London)
    Analysing the evolution of complex vocal traits: song learning precision and syntax in chaffinches

  • Alan McElligott (Queen Mary University of London)
    Mammal vocalisations: from quality to emotions

  • Emmanouil Benetos (City University London)
    Matrix factorization methods for environmental sound analysis


  • Acoustic 3-D tracking of cetaceans in the vicinity of tidal turbines
    Douglas Gillespie, Jamie Macaulay, Jonathan Gordon, Bernie McConnell, Carol Sparling

  • Vocal response of male serin, Serinus serinus, to interactive playback
    Ana T. Mamede

  • The Role of Form in Modelling Auditory Scene Analysis
    S. L. Denham, M. Coath, S. A. Collins

  • Quantifying difference in vocalizations of bird populations
    Colm O’Reilly

  • CHiME-Home: A Dataset for Sound Source Recognition in a Domestic Environment
    Peter Foster, Sid Sigtia, Sacha Krstulovic, Jon Barker and Mark Plumbley

  • Large-scale decline of bats and bush-crickets revealed thanks to automatic acoustic monitoring scheme.
    Yves Bas, Christian Kerbiriou, Alienor Jeliazkov, Isabelle Le Viol, Jean-François Julien.

  • Assessing snore sounds recorded in the home via smartphone
    Amy V. Beeston and Guy J. Brown

  • Automatic Acoustic Monitoring of Natural Systems: Towards the Detection and Classification of Bird Flight Calls
    Justin Salamon, Juan Pablo Bello, Andrew Farnsworth, Steve Kelling

  • Using of an iVector for Bird Identificiation on the Close Set
    Ladislav Ptacek, Zbynek Zajic, Ludek Muller

  • Dynamic Time Warping and Affinity Propagation Clustering for the categorisation of bird species: A case study
    Simone Clemente, Marco Gamba, Daniela Pessani & Livio Favaro

Poster instructions: Posters should be no more than 85 cm (33.5 in) wide and no more than 119 cm (46.9 in) tall (i.e., no larger than A0 portrait or A1 landscape). Please address any questions to Poster Chair, Bob L. Sturm (


Dan Stowell
Phone: +44 20 7882 7986


 Arts Two Lecture Theatre,
 Arts Two Building,
 Queen Mary University of London,
 Mile End Road,
 London E1 4NS.

The venue is easily accessible by public transport. It is within a five minute walk of both Mile End Underground station (Central, District, and Hammersmith & City lines) and Stepney Green Underground station (District, and Hammersmith & City lines).

    Mile End campus: travel information
    Campus map (Arts Two building is number 35 - access it by coming in to the campus through the East Gate)


Suggested hotels for staying before or after the workshop:

    A Home From Home (very close to the venue)
    Ibis Hotel, London Stratford (about 30 mins from the venue)
    St Giles Hotel, Central London (about 35 mins from the venue)
    Hotel Ibis London City
    Days Inn, Shoreditch


See Listening in the Wild 2015 list of attendees.


See Listening in the Wild 2013 for slides and speakers from a similar event we hosted in 2013.


Listening in the Wild is kindly supported by the Centre for Digital Music through its EPSRC Platform Grant.

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