Clicks, whistles and pulses: what can SETI learn from the parallel challenges of dolphin communication research?


Tuesday, April 16 2013 - 7:00 pm, PDT
Denise Herzing
Research Director, Wild Dolphin Project

dolphinsThe search for signals out of noise is a problem not only with radio signals from the sky but in the study of animal communication on Earth. Like SETI radio signal searches, dolphin sound analysis includes the detection, recognition, analysis, and interpretation of signals. Dolphins use three main types of acoustic signals and  many of these sounds have been a challenge to measure and categorize due to their graded and overlapping nature. The goal of this talk is to provide perspective from dolphin communication studies and lessons learned about signal detection and recognition.

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