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Fully Automated Acoustic Monitoring in the Tropical Forests of Borneo

26th March 2019 in London at CodeNode

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For a long time scientists have relied on the information contained in animal vocalisations when assessing the biodiversity of an area. This is especially true when working in tropical forests where visual surveys are limited by high canopies and dense undergrowth. However, manual surveys are costly, provide poor sampling resolution and suffer from observer bias. We have been working on completely automating the process of biodiversity surveying, from data capture and transmission in real time from remote field sites, to the analysis required to derive information relating to the health of the ecosystem. Our work is based in the tropical forests of Malaysian Borneo where we hope to gain insight into the short and long-term effects of changing land-use on natural ecosystems.

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Fully Automated Acoustic Monitoring in the Tropical Forests of Borneo

Sarab Sethi

Sarab is a PhD student across the Applied Mathematics, Design Engineering and Tropical Forest Ecology departments at Imperial College London. Previously, he studied Engineering Science (MEng) at the University of Oxford which he graduated in 2016. In addition to scientific research, his interests include the application of electrical and software engineering to create engaging and reactive artworks and installation pieces.

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For a long time scientists have relied on the information contained in animal vocalisations when assessing the biodiversity of an area. This is especially true when working in tropical forests where visual surveys are limited by high canopies and dense undergrowth. However, manual surveys are costly, provide poor sampling resolution and suffer from observer bias. We have been working on completely automating the process of biodiversity surveying, from data capture and transmission in real time from remote field sites, to the analysis required to derive information relating to the health of the ecosystem. Our work is based in the tropical forests of Malaysian Borneo where we hope to gain insight into the short and long-term effects of changing land-use on natural ecosystems.

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About the Speaker

Fully Automated Acoustic Monitoring in the Tropical Forests of Borneo

Sarab Sethi

Sarab is a PhD student across the Applied Mathematics, Design Engineering and Tropical Forest Ecology departments at Imperial College London. Previously, he studied Engineering Science (MEng) at the University of Oxford which he graduated in 2016. In addition to scientific research, his interests include the application of electrical and software engineering to create engaging and reactive artworks and installation pieces.