Welcome to Signal Processing for Hearing Assistive Devices

Description: Hearing assistive devices are ubiquitous. They include, for example, devices such as headsets for speech communication in noisy environments (air plane crews, emergency/rescue teams, combat soldiers, police forces, etc.), and hearing care systems, e.g. hearing aids and cochlear implants.

The course consists of lectures and exercises, to emphasize the key points of the lectures. The course has four parts. The first part lays the foundation for the rest of the course, covering fundamental topics such as auditory perception (normal and impaired hearing) and a discussion of the basic principles of hearing assistive devices. The second part provides an overview of basic signal processing problems encountered in hearing assistive devices, and an in-depth treatment of state-of-the-art solutions. These include methods for beamforming and noise reduction, dereverberation, feedback cancellation, hearing loss compensation, etc. Furthermore, an overview is given of methodologies for evaluating hearing assistive devices with a particular focus on methods for intelligibility assessment and estimation. The third part of the course focuses on cochlear implants and diagnostic methods, e.g., methods for screening of hearing in newborns. Finally, the fourth part of the course presents emerging technologies for hearing assistive devices, including machine learning techniques for speech denoising, and signal processing techniques using the emerging wireless infrastructure.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of statistical signal processing, stochastic processes, and linear algebra. Familiarity/handy with Matlab, Python, or similar.

Course Fee: 1500 DKK for PhD students and 8000 DKK for industrial participants (lunches, coffees, one course dinner)

Organizer: Professor Jesper Jensen, Aalborg University, email: jje@es.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Prof. Jan Østergaard, Aalborg University, Associate Prof. Zheng-Hua Tan, Aalborg University, Prof. Jesper Jensen, Aalborg University, Dr. James Harte, Interacoustics (invited talk), Dr. Søren Riis, Oticon Medical (invited talk), Prof. Thomas Lunner, Linköping University (invited talk), Prof. Mike Brookes, Imperial College London (invited talk), and Associate Professor Emanuël Habets, Int. Audio Labs Erlangen (invited talk)

ECTS: 3.5

Time: 6 - 10 November 2017


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City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 50

Deadline: 6 September 2017


Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.