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Listening in the Wild: Animal and machine hearing in multisource environments
Research workshop, QMUL, London
Tue 25th June 2013, 9:45am-5pm


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

This workshop brought together researchers in engineering disciplines (machine listening, signal processing, computer science) and biological disciplines (bioacoustics, ecology, perception and cognition), to discuss these complementary perspectives on audition.



  • Social and genetic influences on goat kid calls during development
    EF Briefer and AG McElligott
  • Artificial Neural Network approach to assess vocal identity, kinship and ageing in goats (Capra hircus)
    L Favaro, EF Briefer & AG McElligott
  • Listening to the fish – Acoustic monitoring of freshwater biodiversity through audio signature recognition
    Simon Linke, Toby Gifford, Mark Kennard
  • Auditory onsets and salience
    A. Kovács, M. Coath, T. Bőhm, S. Denham, I Winkler
  • Acoustic Classification of Goose Behaviours
    Kim Steen
  • Variation in machine-listening performance from long-term kiwi monitoring
    Andrew Digby, Michael Towsey, Ben Bell, Paul Teal
  • Bioacoustics recordings as a memory of the natural world and the Portuguese Natural Soundscape Project
    Marques, Paulo A. M.
  • A Comparison of Non-stationary Methods and Models for birdsong analysis
    Sašo Muševič
  • Discriminate an auditory “figure” from ground – an MEG study
    Teki, S., Payne, C., Griffiths, T.D., Chait, M
  • Experimental evidence for signals of quality and motivation in fallow deer (Dama dama)
    Benjamin J. Pitcher, Elodie F. Briefer, Elisabetta Vannoni and Alan G. McElligott
  • Monitoring temporal change of bird communities with dissimilarity acoustic indices
    Laurent Lellouch, Sandrine Pavoine, Frédéric Jiguet, Hervé Glotin, Jérôme Sueur
  • Listening to the Environment: Hearing Differences from an Epigenetic Effect in Solitary and Gregarious Locusts
    Shira D. Gordon, Joseph C. Jackson, Steve M. Rogers, James F.C. Windmill
  • Bioacoustic monitoring in realistic scenarios with an emphasis on periodicity in birdsong
    Daniel Wolff, Rolf Bardeli, Martina Koch, Klaus-Henry Tauchert, Frank Kurth and Michael Clausen
  • The role of temporal regularity in auditory segregation
    Lefkothea-Vasiliki Andreou, Makio Kashino, Maria Chait
  • An Adaptive Background Model for Real-World Auditory Event Detection
    Gineke A. ten Holt, Johannes D. Krijnders, Peter W.J. van Hengel
  • Machine Analysis of Bird Vocalisations
    Peter Jancovic, Munevver Kokuer, Masoud Zakeri, Martin Russell
  • Auditory Cortex is Highly Sensitive to Regularity in Sound Sequences
    Nicolas Barascud, Maria Chait
  • Are there grammars for non-linguistic sounds and what use are they?
    Brian Gygi, Christian Fullgrabe
  • Automatic bird classification based on MFCC clusters, ranked 4th @ ICML4B Kaggle 2013 competition
    Olivier Dufour, Giraudet Pascale, Thierry Artières, Hervé Glotin


Click here for the PDF booklet containing the schedule and abstracts.


Dan Stowell and Mark Plumbley
Phone: +44 20 7882 7986
Email: dan.stowell@eecs.qmul.ac.uk


David Sizer Lecture Theatre,
Francis Bancroft 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 (Bancroft building is number 31)


Suggested hotels for staying before or after the workshop:

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