11th Advanced Multimodal Information Retrieval int'l summer school


1st Int. Bioacoustic Hackathon

26 and 27 october 2016, Toulon, Provence - France


Place : University of Toulon, campus La Garde, France Place / Map


ERMITES 2016 is the first int. Bioacoutic Hackathon : you'll have to solve in team some of the most challenging classification and tracking paradigm in soundscape analysis : bioacoustic transient analysis. The material you'll work on is from endangered species front of Toulon : Physter Macrocephalus, recorded by several observatories in our project VAMOS. This international leading event brings researchers, students, ingeneers, and provides participants the opportunity to gain deeper insight into advanced research trends in scaled acoustics information retrieval within an interdisciplinary framework. It is organized as a series of 2 hours session, with long talks from experts (G. Pavan Cibra, H. Glotin LSIS, ... ), and solving sessions with brainstorming, massive computation and then debriffing during which attendees are invited to interact. (links to online videos of previous editions).

The goal of this edition is to learn and train yourself with expert worksing with you 2 full days to improve the performance of soundscape or bioacoustic pattern detection and classification, at low signal to noise ratio tansients. You'll learn (a) how to learn bioacoustic representation in the Deep Learning framework (b) to develop more efficient supervised or unsupervised classification of complex bioacoustic patterns. Extensive computation solution and scalable solutions will be awarded. At the end of the workshop, benchmark will be run to rank the challengers solutions.

Keywords: Learning Representation, Machine learning, Estimation, Unsupervised learning, Big data science, Signal processing, Wavelets, Deep learning, Sequence analysis, Statistics, Software platforms, Python, GPU programming, Passive acoustic hardware ...

Participation / Publication / Award

The target audience is wide, ranging from graduate and PhD students (ERMITES is recognized by the doctoral schools a disciplinary lectures for a total of 25 hours), post-doctoral researchers, to academic or industrial researchers. Participants can submit poster or oral presentation. An award will be deserved to the best student communication. Communications will be published in proceedings ( style is here ).
Number of participants is limited to 15 (first come first served policy).

Important Dates


Sessions over the two dayes are:
8h30 to 10h30
11h00 to 12h15
13h45 to 15h00
15h30 to 18h00
18h30 to 20h00


    ERMITES 16 is accommodated by the Université in East of Toulon city center, near La Garde / Le Pradet scenic places. This campus can be reached by train (e.g. TGV from Paris) or by plane (nearby airports: Hyères-Toulon, Marseilles, Nice). For further information on how to arrive in Toulon, please refer here.

    Social activities

    Lunch and accomodation are not included, but we plan to organize common lunch with the support of MADICS GDR CNRS.


    Program: H. Glotin (pres.), G. Pavan, F. Precioso, P. Giraudet, Y. Stylianou.
    Organization: V. Roger (pres.), J.M. Prevot, H. Glotin.



    ERMITES is supported by MADICS CNRS, Toulon university, SABIOD MASTODONS CNRS project, IUF, LSIS