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Listening in the Wild

Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 from 10:00 to 17:00

London, United Kingdom

Listening in the Wild

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

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

This workshop will bring 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.


UPDATE: Slides and videos of the workshop now available here


  • Thierry Aubin (Université Paris Sud, Orsay)
    Communication in seabird colonies: vocal recognition in a noisy world
  • David Clayton (Queen Mary University of London)
    Investigating a link between vocal learning and rhythm perception using the zebra finch as a model animal
  • Maria Chait (University College London)
    Change detection in complex acoustic scenes
  • Richard Turner (University of Cambridge)
    Auditory scene analysis and the statistics of natural sounds
  • Marc Naguib (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
    Noise effects on communication in song birds
  • Jon Barker (University of Sheffield)
    Machine listening in unpredictable "multisource" environments: Lessons learnt from the CHiME speech recognition challenges
  • Rachele Malavasi (Institute for Coastal Marine Environment, Oristano)
    Auditory objects in a complex acoustic environment: the case of bird choruses
  • Mathieu Lagrange (IRCAM, Paris & IRCCYN, Nantes)
    Machine Listening in Complex Environments: Some challenges in understanding musical and environmental sounds
  • Dan Stowell (Queen Mary University of London)
    Machine listening for birds: analysis techniques matched to the characteristics of bird vocalisations


Click here for the PDF booklet containing the schedule and abstracts.
(Printed copies will be available on the day.)


Mark Plumbley
Dan Stowell
Phone: +44 20 7882 7986


 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

Do you have questions about Listening in the Wild? Contact Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London

When & Where

Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 from 10:00 to 17:00

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