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Automated Estimation of Bird Vocalisation Activity from Acoustic Signals

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Standard ecological survey methods are costly to complete. Passive acoustic monitoring of environments offer an advantage in terms of long-term or multiple site analysis. The challenge is in developing robust methods to process the acoustic signals to yield reliable indicators of vocal activity. This project will utilise Machine Learning techniques where the availability of labelled data is often a limiting factor. Therefore, both supervised and unsupervised methods will be considered. Additionally, crowd-sourced collection of data labels may also provide the means to capture sufficient training data, though it’s reliability must be tested. There will also be an opportunity to work with biologists to develop practical survey methodologies to utilise these new algorithms.


Candidates must be from the EU and will need a 1st class or high 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject such computing, mathematics, engineering or a physical science. As most of the project will require application of Machine learning methods a good understanding of these methods is essential. Additionally, a good understanding of Engineering Mathematics, Digital Signal Processing and Statistics is desirable.


Application where funding can be secured from other sources will be accepted at any time. For further information visit: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/research-degree-fees-and-funding

Further information and applying

For further information, please contact Dr Paul Kendrick at

For more information on research within the School of Computing Science & Engineering and to make an application please visit: http://www.salford.ac.uk/research/sirc/postgraduate-research

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