M. Timo C. Gaida from Delft University of Technology was recognized as the winner of the Multispectral Challenge at GeoHab 2018 for his research paper “A multispectral Bayesian method for improved discrimination performance of seabed sediment classification using multi-frequency multibeam backscatter data”.

Update IMG 3854The three judges Lloyd Huff, Jonathan Beaudoin and Chris Tiemann selected Timo C. Gaida’s research paper among six submissions from Universities from around the world.

R2Sonic launched the Multispectral Challenge at GeoHab 2017, following the introduction of the Multispectral Mode available with R2Sonic Multibeam Echosounder Sonic 2026. This new feature enables the collection of multi-frequency backscatter data, spatially and temporally coincident, using one system only. Given that each frequency provides different acoustics returns based on the characteristics of the seafloor, it was believed that the Multispectral Mode could be a game-changer for bottom characterization. Therefore, the goal of Multispectral Challenge was to validate this belief and to develop an algorithm that robustly and repeatedly could determine bottom type based on multispectral data.

All research papers took different mathematical approaches to attempt to segment the seafloor based on multispectral backscatter data. Learn more about all six papers here. Also, all papers concluded that access to synchronized (in time and space) multi-frequency backscatter data is a cornerstone in the development of solutions for bottom characterization.

"Multispectral acoustic data is a promising new technology, and its utility and applications have just begun to be understood in the benthic habitat mapping discipline.” Bryan Cost, NOAA, “Mapping Marine Habitats Using Machine Learning and Multispectral Multibeam Data”, 2018). If you’re interested in conducting research on multispectral bottom characterization and want access to the data set or would like to collect multispectral backscatter data in a specific area, please contact R2Sonic here.

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