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Subject: Workshop announcement
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 15:01:47 -0800
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Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 15:16:56 -0400<br>
From: Francine Desharnais <[EMAIL PROTECTED]><br>
 Subject: Workshop announcement<br>
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 <b><font face="Verdana"><big><big>WORKSHOP ON DETECTION AND LOCALIZATION OF 
 </big>Background.  </big></font></b><font face="Verdana"><big>The concern that 
acoustic signals can affect marine mammals has increased over the past few 
years, mainly within the context of low-frequency active sonars or seismic 
operations. Whether it is in support of mitigation measures, or in the larger 
context of marine mammal studies, recent years have seen a significant increase 
in research on marine mammal detection and localization techniques using 
passive acoustics. As more groups are looking at automating some of these 
algorithms in real-time or near real-time systems, a forum in which the 
efficiency of state-of-the-art algorithms could be compared, and ideas 
exchanged on the way ahead, would be timely.<br>
 <b>Objectives.  </b>The main objective of this workshop is to provide a medium 
for interested parties to compare their detection and localization algorithms 
with those of others, identify the advantages and limitations of the various 
techniques, as well as their relative accuracy and efficiency. <br>
 <b>General format.  </b>A common dataset will be provided to the participants. 
The data set will be an extract from North Atlantic right whale sounds recorded 
in the Bay of Fundy by the DRDC/Dalhousie team. A calibration dataset will be 
created from recordings of actual transmissions from a known location. The data 
will be available from the DRDC Atlantic web site in April 
 People who cannot work on dataset are also welcome to join the workshop, and 
present their own work on detection and localization techniques using passive 
 <b>Date and location.  </b>The workshop will be held in Halifax, from <b>19-21 
November 2003</b>. Locale and accommodation details will be available shortly 
on the DRDC Atlantic web site.<br>
 <b>Proceedings.  </b>The workshop proceedings will be published in the June 
2004 time frame.<br>
 <b>Participation.  </b>Participation may be limited to ensure a dynamic and 
interactive exchange. Precedence will be given to those contributing to the 
exchange by testing their algorithms on the common dataset, although every one 
is encouraged to submit an abstract on related topics.<br>
 Abstracts should be submitted before <b>1 July 2003</b> to <u>[EMAIL 
PROTECTED]</u>. To ensure reception of future updates on this workshop and 
timely information on the data set release, please forward your email address 
to <u>[EMAIL PROTECTED]</u>.<br>
 <b>Workshop organizers<br>
 </b>Francine Desharnais<br>
 DRDC Atlantic<br>
 PO Box 1012<br>
 Dartmouth, NS, Canada<br>
 B2Y 3Z7<br>
 Tel: 902-426-3100, ext. 219<br>
 Fax: 902-426-9654<br>
 Email: <u>[EMAIL PROTECTED]</u>                <u><br>
 </u>Dr Alex Hay<u><br>
 </u>Department of Oceanography<u><br>
 </u>Dalhousie University<u><br>
 </u>Halifax, Nova Scotia<u><br>
 </u>B3H 4J1<u><br>
 </u>Tel: 902-494-6657<u><br>
 </u>Fax: 902-494-2885<u><br>
 </u>Email:<u> [EMAIL PROTECTED]<br>
 </u><b>Endorsements.  </b>This workshop is co-sponsored by Defence R&D Canada 
Atlantic and Dalhousie University. The concept has been endorsed by the 
Canadian Departments of National Defence and Fisheries and Oceans, World 
Wildlife Fund, Center for Coastal Studies, Canadian Whale Institute, New 
England Aquarium.    </big></font><br>

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