Bioacoustics & AI 101


Explore the expertise and diversity of our conference speakers.

Marie Roch

Head of the MAR Lab, San Diego State University

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Marie A. Roch is a Professor of Computer Science who came to bioacoustics from a background in telecommunication systems, speech technologies and speech perception. Over the last two decades she has focused on problems related to gleaning information from passive acoustic monitoring that help us to answer questions related to policy, stewardship, and behavior of marine and terrestrial mammals. She is known for her development of machine learning techniques for bioacoustics and her interest in standardizing data products to permit analysis over large spatial and long temporal extents.  

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Anna Zamansky

Head of the Tech 4 Animals Lab, University of Haifa

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Anna Zamansky holds a PhD in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Vienna prior to establishing her lab at the University of Haifa. Tech4Animals is a multi-disciplinary lab that develops AI technologies for understanding animal behavior and promoting their welfare and well-being, with a focus on animal affective computing and non-invasive recognition of pain and emotions. 

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Yossi Yovel

Head of the Bat Lab, Tel Aviv University

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Yossi Yovel is a full Professor and the head of the lab of NeuroEcology in the School of Zoology and the head of the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University.  He received a B.Sc. degree in Biology and another one in physics both from Tel Aviv University, an M.Sc. in Neuroscience from Tel-Aviv University and a Ph.D. in Biology and Machine Learning from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He then completed two post-docs: one in the Weizmann Institute and one in the University of Chicago before joining Tel-Aviv University Faculty in 2011.

Yovel studies animal behavior including topics such as navigation, sensing and communication. research combines biology with technology. His work on bats drove the development of miniature GPS sensors that allow tracking the smallest animals ever tracked before. His work on bats’ use of bio-sonar for navigation in the field in parallel to using MRI to study the bats’ brain in the lab made him establish a new field which he terms Neuro-Ecology which brings together ideas from Neuroscience and Ecology.

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Morten Goodwin

Professor of artificial intelligence, University of Agder, and co-founder of AI Experts

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Léo Papet

Co-founder of Biophonia

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Léo Papet trained in physical acoustics at the University of Le Mans, graduating with a master’s degree in acoustics for transport, cities and the environment. He then completed his PhD in bioacoustics at the University of Saint-Etienne (ENES) and the University of Lyon (CRNL). He is one of the co-founders of BioPhonia: a French company specialized in terrestrial passive acoustic monitoring.

At the interface of the world of research and field work, BioPhonia develops innovative methods and tools for managers of natural areas and environmental consulting firms. Its activity is based on passive acoustics allowing the monitoring of biodiversity through sound in a non-intrusive, objective and repeatable way on large scales of time and space. This approach is relevant to respond to numerous biodiversity monitoring issues and can also be used to raise public awareness of environmental issue. The

BioPhonia team is multidisciplinary with expertise in bioacoustics, ecoacoustics, ecology, physical acoustics, artificial intelligence (Machine and Deep Learning) and animal behaviour in order to deliver high quality data on biodiversity monitoring.

BioPhonia is based on the Social and Solidarity Economy approach.

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Colleen Reichmuth

Head of the Pinniped Lab, University of California Santa Cruz

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Trained primarily as an animal behaviorist, Colleen has spent the past 25+ years conducting research in marine mammal cognition, bioacoustics, and behavioral ecology. She heads the Cognition and Sensory Systems Laboratory at UCSC’s Long Marine Laboratory where resident seals, sea lions, and sea otters are trained for participation in cooperative research. Colleen holds a B.Sc. in Biology, a M.Sc. in Marine Science, and a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences. She mentors graduate and undergraduate students conducting research in the areas of animal learning, sensory biology, and physiology. She oversees animal research programs at Long Marine Laboratory and at the Alaska SeaLife Center and participates in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees at both sites.

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