News from the TU Varna, Bulgaria

During April 1 to June 30, 2014, two UFMT-CO.BRA members, Allan G. de Oliveira, MSc, and Thiago M. Ventura, MSc, PhDs at the Institute of Computation, UFMT, carried out research at the Applied Signal Processing Laboratory, Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria. PhD Sandwich grants were provided to both scientists by the CNPq-CsF Program. Allan and Thiago conducted laboratory research to create software tools for automated recognition of bird vocalizations in real-field recordings.  These tools will serve the needs of continuous monitoring of migratory bird species in the Pantanal, which is implemented by CO.BRA's INAU Project, and will create the basis for long-term biodiversity studies in the Pantanal wetlands.
Their research efforts will resulted in the development of efficient algorithms for robust automated detection of bird sounds and the creation of software for automated recognition of Vanellus chilensis vocalizations, which will allow the automatization of  long-term studies on the seasonal behavior of this bird species.  The two researchers will further implement an audio classifier which is capable to distinguish the sounds of 40 bird species from the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Photo: Allan Goncalves de Oliveira, MSC (left), and Thiago Meirelles Ventura, MSc., at their hosting institution, the Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria.