On September 26, Jesper Rindom Jensen successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. During the defense, Jesper gave a presentation of his work after which the thesis committee asked questions about the research. The thesis committe was comprised of Prof. Alle-Jan van der Veen (Delft University of Technology), Prof. Jingdong Chen (Northwestern Polytechnical University) and Prof. Bernard Fleury (Aalborg University). Jesper’s Ph.D. studies were carried out at the Dept. of Electronic Systems, where Jesper was employed before joining the Audio Analysis Lab, and he was supervised by Prof. Søren Holdt Jensen and Assoc. Prof. Mads Græsbøll Christensen. Congratulations to Jesper.
The Audio Analysis Lab is part of the new CoSound project. CoSound is a joint effort headed by Assoc. Prof. Jan Larsen at DTU, funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research. The project is about a cognitive systems approach to enriched and actionable information from audio streams. The funding covers a three year postdoc position for a joint position with us and the Dept. of Electronic Systems, which is currently open. We had a nice kickoff workshop earlier this year and will be ramping up the activities during the fall.
As of August 1, the Villum Foundation project entitled Spatio-Temporal Filtering Methods for Enhancement and Separation of Speech Signals has officially started. The project aims at exploring fundamentally new ways of solving the cocktail party problem by generalizing novel optimal temporal filtering methods to multiple microphones, resulting in so-called spatio-temporal filtering methods. The filters are optimal in the sense that they let the signal of interest pass undistorted while everything else is attenuated. The Audio Analysis Lab has received ~7,000,000 DKK from the Villum Foundation’s Young Investigator Programme for the project. Jesper Rindom Jensen will be employed as postdoc as of August 15, and two Ph.D.-students join us during the fall. In January 2013, Prof. Jacob Benesty (University of Quebec) will come here as Guest Professor to work on the project for half a year. Prof. Andreas Jakobsson (Lund University) will also be part of the project. Nordjyske wrote a nice article about the project, which can be accessed here. You can also read more about the funded project on the Villum Foundation homepage.
The homepage for the newly founded Audio Analysis Lab at Aalborg University is now up and running! On this page, you can read news and background information about ongoing research projects as well as the people who are working on them. In time, you will also be able to access demos, source code (e.g., MATLAB) and shared experimental data.