Department of Psychology
University of Liverpool, UK

This part of HOARSE has recently moved from Keele University, the text below therefore still refers to Keele instead of Liverpool

Experience and competence

The MacKay Institute of Communication and Neuroscience was established when the former Department of Communication and Neuroscience (founded in 1960) became part of the School of Life Sciences in 1998. The MacKay Institute comprises three interdisciplinary research groups: Speech, Hearing and Vision. The major activities of the Speech Group are currently: Recently this research has been funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and the EU TMR Programme. In the past the Speech Group has participated in ESPRIT, SCIENCE and HCM Programmes.

Role in the project

To contribute to the research on active and passive processing, envelope processing, and noise prediction and segregation for automatic speech recognition.

Research linkages

Keele has participated in the SPHERE and SPHEAR projects with most of the other partners. There has been collaboration with Sheffield for many years.

Principal research personnel, expertise and involvement

  • Prof. William A. Ainsworth, B.Sc. (London), Ph.D (Keele), M.Inst.P., F.I.O.A. Professor of Speech Communication: He spent 1963-4 as a Research Associate at the University of Illinois, USA, then returned to Keele where he is now Professor. He has carried out research in speech perception, speech synthesis, speech processing, automatic speech recognition and neural networks. He will supervise the speech perception research (12 person-months involvement).
  • Dr. Georg F. Meyer, B.A., Ph.D. (Keele), Lecturer in Communication and Neuroscience. From 1991-7 he was Lecturer in Computer Science then transferred to the Communication and Neuroscience Department. He has carried out collaborative research with ICP Grenoble, IPO Holland, University of Saarbrueken and the NASA Ames Research Center, California, USA. He has expertise in auditory modelling, neural networks, speech perception and automatic speech recognition. He will contribute to the work on speech perception and the application of amplitude modulation maps (12 person-months involvement).


    Recent publications

  • G.F.Meyer, B.A.Edmonds, D.Yang & W.A.Ainsworth, Amplitude modulation maps for robust speech recognition, Proc. ISCA ITRW ASR2000, Paris, 168-174, 2000.
  • W.A.Ainsworth and T.Cervera, Effects of filtering preceding noise on the intelligibility of voiced plosives,  J. Acoust.Soc.Am., 108 (5), 2603, 2000.