Visualisation and exploration of big environmental audio data

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Paul Roe
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


The Ecoacoustics lab at QUT is researching how the collection and analysis of sound by autonomous audio recorders can scale biodiversity monitoring: We are constructing the largest terrestrial acoustic sensor network in the world, comprising 400 continuously recording sensors which will collect 400TB of data per year. We have recently started working on new methods for visualising and analysing these large datasets using acoustic indices – summaries of sound data.

Research activities

This project seeks to understand how users might want to explore large acoustic data sets and tools and techniques for doing so. We already have some interesting preliminary designs for a Google Maps like zooming interface to explore soundscapes, but there is much interesting research remaining. The project could take a user focussed design approach or focus on techniques and tools for visualising and summarising data.


Outcomes of the project could include designs or tools for visualising or summarising big sound data, along with research papers and reports.

Skills and experience

This project would suit students with one of the following backgrounds or interests: design and user centric studies; graphics, visualisation or maths; or ecology.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



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