Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Biodiversity and Dynamics of Direction Finding Accuracy in Bat Biosonar
by Gilani, Syed Uzair, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2015, 118; 10668895
Abstract (Summary)

In the biosonar systems of bats, emitted acoustic energy and receiver sensitivity are distributed over direction and frequency through beampattern functions that have diverse and often complicated geometries. This complexity could be used by the animals to determine the direction of incoming sounds based on spectral signatures. The present study in its first part has investigated how well bat biosonar beampatterns are suited for direction finding using a measure of the smallest estimator variance that is possible for a given direction (Cramér-Rao lower bound, CRLB). CRLB values were estimated for numerical beampattern estimates derived from 330 individual shape samples, 157 noseleaves (used for emission) and 173 outer ears (pinnae). At an assumed 60 dB signal-to-noise ratio, the average value of the CRLB was 3.9°, which is similar to previous behavioral findings. Distribution for the CRLBs in individual beampatterns were found to have a positive skew indicating the existence of regions where a given beampattern does not support a high accuracy. The highest supported accuracies were for direction finding in elevation (with the exception of phyllostomid emission patterns). Beampatterns in the dataset were also characterized based upon the differences in the type of acoustic signal they are associated with, the functionality of the baffle shape producing them and their phylogeny. In the second part of the study, functionality of various local shape features was investigated under static and dynamic conditions. Each local shape feature was found to have an impact on the estimation performance of the baffle shape. Interaction of the local shape features among themselves as well as their dynamic motion produced a plethora of results, not achievable through either single features or through their static states only.

This work was supported by grants from the U.S. Army Research Office (Grant No. 451069), the National Science Foundation (Award Ids 1053130, 1362886), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant numbers 11374192, 11074149, and 11574183), the Fundamental Research Fund of Shandong University (No. 2014QY008) and the Government of Pakistan, establishment of Jalozai campus scholarship program.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Müller, Rolf, Baumann, William T.
Commitee: Batra, Dhruv, Buehrer, Richard, Poon, Ting Chung
School: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Department: Electrical Engineering
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-B 79/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Biostatistics, Electrical engineering, Acoustics
Keywords: CRLB, bats, localization
Publication Number: 10668895
ISBN: 9780355348316
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