Date: September 20, 2011 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Prof. Marie Roch  on Whale Ho! Animals worth listening to…

Abstract: This talk presents an overview of bioacoustics research on cetaceans (whales and dolphins) from my lab and our collaborators at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  We will discuss the motivations for monitoring cetaceans through passive acoustic devices as well as some of the impacts of human activities on these animals.  Determining species and individual identification, as well as population density are all open questions for the vast majority of cetacean species.  A broad overview of the equipment used to gather acoustic data and the methods that we have developed to process them will be presented for a general engineering audience.


About the Speaker: Marie Roch is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at San Diego State University and holds a courtesy appointment from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Her interdisciplinary research focuses on recognizing characteristics of calls produced by whales and dolphins.  She is a recognized expert in this area and has published and spoken extensively on this topic, including at US Navy and NATO meetings where she discussed state of the art techniques to recognize marine mammal presence during naval operations.  Prior to joining San Diego State University, she held positions at Florida International University and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Bring a friend or colleague! 

Location: UC San Diego Extension – University City, Room 115 6256 Greenwich Dr San Diego, CA 92122

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