– FIRST CALL FOR PARTICIPATION –
INTERNATIONAL AMIBIO WORKSHOP
“RECENT PROGRESS IN COMPUTATIONAL BIOACOUSTICS FOR ASSESSING BIODIVERSITY “ 12-14 JUNE 2013, BONN, GERMANY
In the past decade, the area of computational bioacoustics experienced a fast progress and started to gain the interest of wider circles of the information technology and biodiversity conservation communities. This resulted in a significant increase in the number and diversity of published studies as well as in the use of advanced methods that already have been proved to be robust in areas such as speech and audio processing and machine learning.
Recent progress in computational bioacoustics unfolded the perspective on reliable technology development for the automated acoustic monitoring of certain animal species. A number of research and technology development (RTD) projects devoted to pest-control and surveys of insects, anurans, birds, bats, and marine mammals were launched, aiming to deploy practical applications of the automated acoustic recognition of species for environmental monitoring.
Some of these projects developed publicly and commercially available software and databases, which fostered the international collaboration and the proliferation of this technology.
International forums such as the biannual International Bio-Acoustics Council (IBAC) symposia, the “Computational bioacoustics for assessing biodiversity” workshop in Vilm 2007, and several other meetings supported the collaboration and the exchange of information about the recent advances in the field. In continuation of these efforts, we invite the bioacoustics community and interested students to join the AmiBio workshop, which will focus on the practical applicability of computational bioacoustics.
The workshop aims to enhance the common understanding about the practical use of remote acoustic biodiversity monitoring and automated recognition of animal sounds. The benefits and limitations of present-day technologies will be a major topic. The workshop is expected to bring together experts and practitioners working in the field of bioacoustics from all over the world.
In the following we provide indicative topics of interest, but the list is not restrictive:
- Automated acoustic recognition of animal species
- Automated remote acoustic monitoring of the status of habitats
- Bioacoustic databases and tools for metadata management
- Tools for the (semi-)automated processing and annotation of bioacoustic data
- Interfaces for the visualization of real-time information, results form statistical processing of data, geographic information systems, etc.
- Hardware and software tools dedicated to bioacoustics
Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract of up to 300 words, on related technological development or projects that demonstrate the benefits and practical use of computational bioacoustics. The authors of accepted abstracts will be invited either to prepare a full paper (up to 8 double column pages + oral presentation) or a short paper (up to 4 double column pages + poster presentation), which will be published in the workshop proceedings. Please submit your abstract to Dr. Olaf Jahn and PD Dr. Klaus Riede by 1 Mar. 2013.
The AmiBio workshop will take place from 12 to 14 June 2013 in the premises of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Bonn, Germany. Further details on the workshop and related topics, like logistical aspects, will be provided through the AmiBio Web-site http://www.amibio-project.eu/en.
Dr. Potamitis Ilyas
Dept. of Music Technology & Acoustics