University of Sunshine Coast
Acoustic monitoring for birds and bats on cotton farms
Thursday August 18 at 9:00 am
Stuart Parsons is the Dean of Science Technology and Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Much of Stuart’s research focuses on animal acoustics and he has applied this knowledge to bats, birds, insects and whales. Part of Stuart’s work has focused on using machine learning/artificial intelligence to study cryptic animals that produce sounds. Over the past 30 years he has pioneered the use of artificial neural networks to detect, identify and monitor bats in the wild. Over the past 3 years, Stuart has led the project entitled “New technologies to improve natural resources (biodiversity) on Australian cotton farms”, a collaboration between Cotton RDC, QUT/USC, and the University of New England. The project is jointly funded by the National Landcare program – Smart Farming Partnership and Cotton RDC.