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Susan M. Jarvis

The best thing about being an electrical or computer engineer (I've been called both!) is that it is a profession that can literally take you anywhere. My current research involves species level identification and localization of marine mammals in the open ocean. I've been able to blend my background in ECE subjects like digital signal processing, classification theory, and real-time computing with other technical topics like underwater acoustics and my lifelong love for the ocean. I get to work with an amazing array of colleagues from across the country and across Europe—marine biologists, oceanographers, engineers, and even statisticians. We each bring our own expertise to the problem of studying the impact of anthropogenic noise (sonar, construction, oil exploration, and shipping) on marine mammals in the wild. The world of work is so interdisciplinary—in any field you can think of, there is the need for tools to measure, study, process, and analyze. Electrical and computer engineers are the tool builders!

Research Interests

  • real-time computing
  • embedded systems
  • signal processing
  • classification


  • BS, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, 1985
  • MS, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, 1987

Featured Publications

  • “Automated, real-time classification of odontocete vocalizations over large open-ocean areas”, S. Jarvis, et al., 4th Int'l Workshop on Detection, Classification of Marine Mammals Using Passive Acoustics, Univ. of Pavia, Pavia, Italy, 10-13 September 2009. (to appear in Applied Acoustics)
  • “Automated classification of odontocetes in open ocean environments using a novel multi-class suport vector machine”, S. Jarvis, et al., Acoustics '08, Paris, France June 30 – July 4, 2008.
  • “A Novel Multi-class Support Vector Machine Classifier for Automated Classification of Beaked Whales and Other Small Odontocetes” S. Jarvis, N. DiMarzio, R. Morrissey, D. Moretti, Canadian Acoustics, March 2008.
  • "Marine Mammal Passive Acoustic Detection and Localization Tools and Their Application to the Detection of Beaked Whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) on the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) Undersea Range", D. Moretti, R. Morrisey, N. DiMarzio, S. Jarvis, J. Ward, D. Claridge, M. Dunphy-Daily, and L.T. Pusser, 2nd TTCP Marine Mammals and Active Sonar Workshop, DRDC-Atlantic, Dartmouth, N.S., Canada, September 2005.
  • "Detection and Localization of Beaked Whales in the Tongue of the Ocean", N. DiMarzio, S. Jarvis, D. Moretti, R. Morrissey, 19th Annual European Cetacean Society Conference, La Rochelle France, April 2005.

Professional Highlights

  • 1985 - Highest Academic Standing in College of Engineering (Transfer), University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • 1985 - Sippican Fellowship for Graduate Studies, Univ. of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • 2003/2004 - Selected to participate in the Long-Term Training Program (for PhD studies), Naval Undersea Warfare Center
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