MacKay Institute of Communication and Neuroscience
School of Life Sciences, Keele University, UK
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.
Perception of speech in noise
Applying auditory scene analysis to speech perception
Application of amplitude modulation maps to improve automatic speech recognition
Processing techniques for cochlear implants
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.
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).
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,
W.A.Ainsworth and T.Cervera, Effects of filtering preceding noise on the
intelligibility of voiced plosives, J. Acoust.Soc.Am., 108 (5), 2603,