From: Heather Pettis <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 11:44:57 -0500
This email serves to announce the 3rd International Workshop on Detection and
Localization of Marine Mammals using Passive Acoustics, to be held at the
Federal Reserve Building in Boston, Massachusetts July 24-26th, 2007.
Preliminary details are included in this email. A weblink dedicated to the
workshop will be linked through the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium
website at www.rightwhaleweb.org and is forthcoming.
The purpose of the workshop is to present current research on the detection and classification 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. Topics will be extended beyond passive acoustics to other relevant areas of research that directly affect the study of marine mammals and the effect of anthropogenic sound on their behavior.
The workshop encourages presentations from different fields. Scientific researchers could include specialists in biology, acoustics, signal processing, mathematics, electronics, computer science. Participation may be limited to ensure a dynamic and interactive exchange.
The workshop will be open to Masters and PhD Students.
Time will be allotted for oral presentation of current relevant research. A
half-day will be reserved for the comparison of all scientific methods
presented using a common data set of recorded odontocete clicks provided by the
workshop. The 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 research
as outlined in the topics list. A poster session is also scheduled. Authors
will be accepted for presentation or poster session by the scientific
committee. 20 papers will be accepted for publication in a special edition of
the Canadian Journal of Acoustics.
April 1, 2007: Deadline for abstract submission (300 words max)
April 15, 2007: Notification of Acceptance
July 24, 2005: Workshop starts
July 26, 2005: Workshop ends
Call for Papers
Oral Presentations/Papers/Poster Sessions
Abstracts for oral presentations (300 words max) and Poster Presentations:
deadline April 1, 2007
Acceptance information: April 15, 2007
Communications in English are invited as oral presentations, 15 min followed by 5 min for questions and discussion
The Scientific Committee is accepting abstracts (300 words max) based on the analysis of the workshop data set (on-line soon), as well as related research on detection and classification techniques based on passive acoustics and additional listed topics. Indicate in the submission the preferred session (Presentation of analysis of workshop data set with potential for publication, Oral presentation with potential for publication on selected topics, Oral presentation only, Poster session). Details for abstract submission will be posted on the weblink.
The abstract will be assigned to an oral presentation or poster session by the
The objective of the workshop it to exchange information that advances general understanding of methods to detect, classify, and monitor marine mammals. Topics for consideration are provided below. Additional topics will be considered.
1. Underwater acoustics
1.1 Acoustics materials
1.2 Theory, model development, and applications of underwater acoustic
1.3 Multi-channel arrays
1.4 High Frequency Sensors (>20 kHz)
2. Detection and Classification
2.1 Passive acoustic methods
2.2. Active acoustic methods
3.2 Alternate methods (IR, laser, hyperspectral, radar)
3.1 Localization 2D - 3D
3.2 Tracking Algorithms
3.3 Bearing Localization
4. Biology of Marine Mammals
5.1 Behavioral studies
5.2 In-situ studies
5.3 Animal dive and vocalization behavior
5.4 Captive studies
5. Density Estimation
5.2 Passive/active acoustic
6.1 Real Time Systems
6.2 Predictive Models
6.3 Mitigation Systems
Questions regarding the workshop should be directed to David Moretti ) or Heather Pettis