The timeline for the workshop is as follows:

4 dec 2023
Website open for
abstract submission
29 Jan Extended to February 5 2024
Abstract submission
2 Feb 2024
Opening early-bird
4 Mar 2024
Notification accepted
3 – 7 June 2024
DCLDE2024 workshop in Rotterdam,
The Netherlands

The Detection, Classification, Localisation and Density Estimation (DCLDE) of marine mammals workshop is held on a biannual basis. During this workshop the participants share their recent insights into algorithms and technology for automated acoustic monitoring of marine mammals. The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in the topic (such as staff/students from different universities, research organizations, research/consultancy companies, government-affiliated research groups, and industry).

For the DCLDE2024 workshop we aim to continue the increased focus on methods comparison. To accomplish this, emphasis will be placed on workshop dataset(s). Priority for abstract acceptance will be ordered as:

  1. Work on the current dataset
  2. Work on prior workshop datasets (available here and here)
  3. Work directly related to technical aspects of DCLDE.
  4. Work related to DCLDE applications and
  5. Other.

Time allotted to “conference talks” will be retained but reduced to facilitate more breakout discussion sessions, technical workshop sessions, and meaningful poster sessions.

Special Session in Memory of Prof. Gianni Pavan

We plan to organize a dedicated session to commemorate Gianni Pavan, who passed away enexpectedly in May 2023. Gianni worked at his Interdisciplinary Center for Bioacoustics and Environmental Research (CIBRA) Lab at University of Pavia, Italy, and was one of the first to record sounds emitted by cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea, studying amongst others sperm whales and beaked whales using passive acoustic monitoring. He was an important and valued member of the DCLDE community. He first joined the 2nd DCLDE in 2005, and organized the 2009 workshop in Pavia, during which the “DE” (for density estimation) was added to the name of the workshop. After this he remained active as part of the steering committee. He was interested in a wide range of aspects of DCDLE to study marine mammals: the electronics, acoustics, signal processing, pattern recognition; always kind in sharing his passion and knowledge with friends, colleagues and students. He will be sorely missed!