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Grant van Horn
Assistant Professor at UMass, Amherst
Visiting Scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Merlin Bird ID app integrates Merlin Sound ID, a sophisticated system designed for real-time classification of bird vocalizations on mobile devices. With a global user base numbering in the millions, we’re not only achieving our initial goal of connecting people with their neighborhood birds but also extending the utility of Sound ID as a versatile monitoring tool. This presentation will start with an overview of the Merlin Sound ID architecture and functionality. I will then delve into the technical challenges surrounding noisy annotations and how we use them for training and evaluation. Finally I will explore our benchmarking procedures and ongoing efforts to enhance performance. This talk aims to shed light on the challenges and solutions associated with deploying real-time auditory classification systems in ecological applications.


November 15, 2023


1100-1200 PDT


7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039

Vimeo recording

Link to vimeo recording of seminar.