Welcome to the Dr. Dolittle Project!
The fundamental goal of this project is to develop a broadly useable framework for pattern analysis and classification of animal vocalizations, by integrating successful models and ideas from the field of speech processing and recognition into bioacoustics. Tasks include automatic vocalization classification and labeling, individual identification, call type classification, behavioral vocalization correlations, language acquisition, and seismic infrasonic communication. Species being targeted for study include domestic and agricultural animals, marine mammals, and several endangered species. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation, and collaborators include Marquette University, FAUNA Reseach Communications Institute, the University of Central Florida, Disney's Animal Kingdom, the University of Connecticut, and the National Undersea Research Laboratory.