Dale Joachim

Dale Joachim

Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Labs

Visiting Professor 2006-2008

Hosted by the Department of Media Arts and Sciences

Dale Joachim is the Vice President of Speech Science at Sonde Health, leading the discovery of health related vocal bio-markers.


Dale Joachim is an electrical engineer who is on the Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Labs, where he is involved in airport runway optimization.  He has also been involved in One Laptop per Child, the MIT Media Lab, and numerous other commercial and academic endeavors. His research on acoustic sensor systems aims to significantly improve both wildlife monitoring and musical understanding.

Dr. Joachim earned a BSET from Andrews University and completed coursework towards the MBA at Western Michigan University. He went on to earn his M.S. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Joachim was an Assistant Professor at Tulane University. He taught courses in computer architecture, digital logic and speech processing, and instituted Tulane's Speech and Sound Processing Laboratory for research on audio signature detection, identification and localization.

Dr. Joachim has also been involved in many commercial and academic endeavors. He served as principal electrical engineer at Sanders, Lockheed Martin in New Hampshire and as design engineer at Zenith Data Systems in Michigan.  As consultant for One Laptop Per Child in Cambridge, MA, he advised and coordinated the integration of low-cost laptops for educational into developing.

Professional experience includes: Haiti relief education and technology efforts through the MIT Media Lab; serving on multiple review panels for the National Science Foundation; sitting on the Scientific Review Committee of the International Conference on Speech and Spoken Languages; Co-chairing the IEEE Information Theory Society in the Boston area; and participating in the National Science Foundation Engineering Education Scholars Program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Through Acoustic Footprints, an initiative he founded in 2010, Dr. Joachim investigates applications of acoustic and internet technologies to the exploration of natural environments. Since 2011, he has served on the Technical Staff of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he investigates solutions to select air traffic problems.

Dr. Joachim has had multiple visiting appointments at MIT.  He was a visiting scientist at the Media Lab from 2008 to 2010. Two years prior, the Department of Media Arts and Sciences hosted him as a 2006-2008 MLK Visiting Professor. He studied communication among birds, applying sensor and signal processing methods to nature conservancy. This research extended to music: by studying the cognitive processes involved in accurately recognizing specific chords within musical compositions, Dr. Joachim aimed to develop intelligent systems to automate musical chord transcription.



Mehta, V., Reynolds, T., Ishutkina, M., Joachim, D., Glina, Y., Troxel, S., Taylor, B., Evans, J., Airport Surface Traffic Management Decision Support: Perspectives Based on Tower Flight Data Manager Prototype, Project Report ATC-398, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA, May 2013. [Report]

Reynolds, T., Alexander, A., Ishutkina, M., Joachim, D., Jordan, R., Nakahara, A., Weaver, A., Tower Flight Data Manager Benefits Assessment: Initial Investment Decision Final Report, Project Report ATC-394, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA, March 2012. [Report]

J.R. Deller, S. Gollamudi, S. Nagaraj, D. Joachim and Y.F. Yuang. Convergence analysis of the quasi-OBE algorithm and related performance issues, Int. J. Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, vol. 21, no. 6, Aug. 2007.

D. Joachim and J. R. Deller. Practical Benets of Multi-Weight Optimization in Optimal Bounded Ellipsoid Algorithms, submitted IEEE Signal Processing.

D. Joachim and E. Goodale. On the use of cellular telephony for audio interaction with animals, Biology Letters, vol. 2, pp. 603-606, 2007.


Joachim D, Salmon R, Deller JR.  2006.  Set-Membership Filtering Strategies for Multipulse Coding. International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. :265-268. Abstract

Gurijala A, Deller JR, Joachim D.  2006.  Robustness Optimization of Parametric speech watermarking. International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. :276-279. Abstract
D. Joachim, Rene Salmon and J.R. Deller. Set-Membership Filtering Strategies for Multipulse Coding, Proc International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, (Greece), 2006.
D. Joachim and J. R. Deller. Multi-Weight Quasi-OBE algorithm, IEEE Signal Processing, vol. 54, no. 2, Feb. 2006.
Trayanova B, Joachim D.  2005.  Mapping Speech Signals to Musical Scores Through Prosodic Extraction. International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing. 3:245-248. Abstract
Belkhouche F, Qidwai U, Gocken I, Joachim D.  2004.  Binary Image Transformation using Two-dimensional Chaotic Maps. 17th International Conference on Pattern Recognition. 4:823-826. Abstract
Gocken I, Joachim D, Deller JR.  2004.  Comparing Optimal Bounding Ellipsoid and Support Vector Machine Active Learning. 17th International Conference on Pattern Recognition. 1:172-175. Abstract
Joachim D, Deller JR.  2003.  Ellipsoid Set Refinements by Simultaneous Use of Multiple Hyperplane Cuts. IFAC Symposium on System Identification. :2005-2009.
Joachim D, Coulson J, Sherry T.  2003.  Fully Automated Remote Broadcast and Recording Stations to Survey Populations of Vocal Nocturnal Animals (Great Horned Owls). Conference on Acoustic Communication by Animals.
Joachim D, Deller JR.  2003.  Some uses for set solutions in signal processing applications. Symposium on System Identification.
Mohammad R, Wilde M, Joachim D.  2003.  Frameless Labeling of Sound Segments. Acoustic Society of America.
Joachim D, Deller JR.  2003.  Machine Learning Using Set Estimation. Asilomar Conference on Signals, System and Computers. :596-599.
Joachim D, Deller JR.  2000.  Short signal classification using set-membership identifi- cation with application to speech labeling. Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems.
Joachim D.  2000.  Tracking applications of optimal bounding ellipsoid algorithms to speech processing and bearing-based positioning. ARL Fed Lab Symposium. :387-391.
Joachim D, Deller JR.  2000.  Optimal bounded-ellipsoid identification with error underbounding safeguards. Proc 25th Int'l conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, (Istanbul), pp 372-375, June 2000.
D. Joachim and J. R. Deller. Some uses for set solutions in signal processing applications, Proc. 10th IFAC Symposium on System Identication, (Santa Barbara), June 2000.
Joachim D, Deller JR.  1998.  Benefits of multi-weight optimization in OBE algorithms. Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems. :250-253.
Joachim D, Deller JR.  1998.  OBE set estimates in classification problems. Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems. :259-262.
Joachim D, Deller JR, Nayeri M.  1998.  Multiweight optimization in OBE algorithms for improved tracking and adaptive identification. Int’l conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing. :2201-2204.
Joachim D, Deller JR, Nayeri M.  1997.  Practical considerations in the use of a new OBE algorithm that blindly estimates error bounds. Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems. :762-765.
Joachim D, Deller JR, Nayeri M.  1997.  Weight reoptimization in OBE algorithms: an initial study. Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing. :789-797.


Selected MIT Coverage, 2006-2010


Recognition of the 2008-09 Visiting Professors and Scholars - MLK Breakfast 2009 (2/12/2009)

"Restoration and Remediation as Solutions?" Panel - Disruptive Environments Conference (4/11/2008)

Dale Joachim on New Methods to Observe and Understand Natural Environments- MIT Media Lab (3/17/2008)



MIT honors King legacy (2/14/2006)



"Haiti Day 2: DINEPA and mosquito bites" by Jess K. '10 - MIT Admissions Blog (4/27/2010)

Future Networks: Economy, Energy, Health - MIT Summit Conference Series (10/2/2009)

PRESENTATION: Extending XO Laptop Activities (Dale Joachim)" - OLPC Country Workshop (5/23/2008) 

Hootenanny: Tracking owls with cell phones - MIT Technology Review News Magazine (2/19/2008)

Course 21A.360J / STS.065J / CMS.710J: The Anthropology of Sound (Spring 2008)