Bioacoustic Monitoring in the Terrestrial Environment: A Workshop at the James Reserve

15-18 October 2008

Hosted by: Daniel T. Blumstein, Charles Taylor, and Kung Yao (UCLA)


PowerPoints of Talks

[follow links from talks]


Top L to R: Alex Kirschel, Ed Stabler, John Burt, Sean Hanser, Dan Blumstein, Alan Krakauer, Edgar Vallejo, Ralph Hudson, Patrick Clemins, Chih-Kia Chen, Kathryn Cortopassi, Zac Harlow, Lewis Girod, Jim Omura, Kung Yao

Bottom L to R: Eric Kasten, Travis Collier, Andreas Ali, Stacie Hopper, Gail Patricelli, Jill Deppe, Christopher Clark, David Tcheng, Stuart Gage, Chuck Taylor


Sponsored by: the National Science Foundation (IDBR-0731674), The UCLA Center for Embedded Network Sensing, The UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.



Wednesday, October 15

Participants arrive.

6:30 Dinner for those staying at the James Reserve.


Thursday, October 16

7:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-9:10 Welcome and Orientation (Blumstein-UCLA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)



9:10-9:40 Gail Patricelli, UC Davis-Evolution and Ecology--The use of microphone arrays to study signal structure and noise impacts on communication.

9:40-10:10 Dan Mennill, University of Windsor-Biology--Using microphone arrays to explore communication strategies in songbirds

10:10-10:40 Chris Clark, Cornell-Laboratory of Ornithology--Acoustic ecology: Spatio-temporal variability in bioacoustic space

10:40-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 Jill Deppe, Illinois Natural History Survey--Perspectives from a field researcher: How bioacoustic technology can provide answers to ecological questions

11:30-12:00 Sean Hanser, UC Davis-Veterinary School/Primate Center--Passive acoustic monitoring for welfare and conservation

12:00-12:30 Jim Omura, The Moore Foundation--Animal Tracking Technology for Environmental Research

12:30-1:30 Lunch



1:30-2:00 Kung Yao, UCLA-Engineering--Approximate Maximum Likelihood (AML) algorithm for acoustical beamforming and localization

2:00-2:30 John Burt, University of Washington--Time of arrival localization algorithms: Increasing acoustic location accuracy by reducing time of arrival estimation errors

2:30-3:00 Kathy Cortopassi, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology--Measurement and classification of acoustic signals

3:00-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-4:00 Ed Stabler, UCLA--Statistical learning theory and communication

4:00-4:30 Lewis Girod, MIT--Ongoing work in the development of the VoxNet platform

4:30-4:45 Dan Blumstein, UCLA-Ecology and Evolutionary Biology--Discuss structure and goals of break-out groups

5:00-6:00 Social & demos

6:00-8:00 Dinner with talk by Deborah Estrin, Director of the Center for Embedded Network Sensing, based at UCLA. CENS Research Overview


Friday, October 17

7:30-9:00 Breakfast & demos

9:00-11:30 Breakout groups on Hardware & Recognition

11:30-12:00 Tour of James Reserve

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-4:00 Breakout groups on Field Research & Localization

4:00-5:00 Reports from breakout groups and general discussion

5:00-6:00 Social & demos

6:00-8:00 Dinner


Saturday AM, October 18

Simple breakfast

Drop off participants to ONT or LAX in the morning.