On 1–3 November 2022, the Ocean Network Canada (ONC) at the University of Victoria and the Marine Environmental Research Infrastructure for Data Integration and Application Network (MERIDIAN) at Dalhousie University hosted our second joint workshop, a webinar titled Machine Learning Advances for Marine Acoustics and Imagery Data. We invited marine biologists, data scientists, and computer scientists from a wide spectrum of international research organizations including universities, government, industry, and non-for-profits. The webinar was a mix of oral presentations, breakout room discussion sessions, and a panel discussion, and hence offered a rare opportunity for specialists from distinctly different domains to engage in conversation. 

The excellent presentations given at the workshop are now openly available

We like to thank our speakers Harald Yurk (DFO), Val Veirs (Orcasound), Praful Mathur (Orcasound), Ellen White (University of Southampton), Bruno Padovese (MERIDIAN), Carolyn Binder (DRDC), Mark Thomas (Dalhousie University, JASCO Applied Sciences), Gabriel Spadon (Dalhousie University), Jasper Kanes (ONC), Fabio De Leo Cabrera (ONC), Declan McIntosh (University of Victoria), Xavier Mouy (NOAA), Farook Sattar (University of Waterloo), Devi Ayyagari (Dalhousie University), Bryanna Sherbo (DFO), Catherine Evans (MERIDIAN), Yiru Lu (NUIST, DFO), Mike Dowd (Dalhousie University), Riley Kennedy (COVE), and Oliver Kirsebom (Open Ocean Robotics).

We would also like to acknowledge the land we at MERIDIAN and ONC are situated on.

Dalhousie University is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. We recognize that the Peace and Friendship treaties signed between the British Crown and the Mi’kmaq (unlike many other historic treaties in Canada) did not involve surrender of land. “We are all Treaty people” reflects that the Peace and Friendship treaties apply to all parties involved, Indigenous and settler alike.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria and Ocean Networks Canada stand and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

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