Bioacoustic monitoring using drones

Lin Wang (primary)
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Queen Mary University of London
Axel Rossberg (secondary)
Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London


The project aims to investigate the potential of using drones for bioacoustics monitoring and detecting acoustically active species, e.g. birds and bats, for biodiversity and wildlife population monitoring. To this aim, the project will develop a low-cost prototype system, and the corresponding wildlife detection and identification algorithm based on the sound recorded from drones. The candidate will apply signal processing and machine learning techniques in the biology domain.


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[3] Wang, Lin, and Andrea Cavallaro. “Acoustic sensing from a multi-rotor drone.” IEEE Sensors Journal 18, no. 11 (2018): 4570-4582.
[4] Rossberg, Axel, Food Webs and Biodiversity: Foundations, Models, Data. John Wiley & Sons, 2013.

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