of Speech in Europe
This is the home page of the Improving
Human Potential (IHP) research training network for Hearing
of Speech in Europe (HOARSE).
HOARSE has started in September 2002 and will last for 4 years until August 2006.
HOARSE partly builds on work done in SPHEAR,
an TMR project for Speech,
The overall scientific objectives of HOARSE are to gain a better understanding
of speech production and hearing and to use this understanding to explain
the perceptual organisation of sound and improve speech technology. The
project has five inter-related themes, addressing the following questions:
details of the HOARSE work programme, click here.
How are sound mixtures perceptually organised, and how can this Auditory
Scene Analysis can be used in speech recognition?
How does the Auditory System handle reverberant conditions, and
how can models of this processing be used for speech enhancement?
How is speech production related to speech perception and cerebral
speech processing, and how can this knowledge be integrated into speech
How can Automatic Speech Recognition algorithms take advantage of
the work in Themes 1 and 2, for use in natural listening conditions?
How can the results of other themes be exploited in speech recognition
applications which require robust performance in adverse conditions
and/or processing of sound mixtures?
a short description of research methods, click here.
HOARSE will employ a number of doctoral and post-doctoral research
workers, and will also train a number of research students.
All these researchers
There will be opportunities for individuals to take a series of placements
to work in several HOARSE labs who are collaborating on the same or related
The plan is for 36 person-months of young researchers in each lab.
Research students who have already commenced their doctoral studies may
spend part of their time on placements within HOARSE.
Not all the HOARSE posts will commence on the starting date of the network.
Payment will be based on the 'Marie
Curie rates' for IHP researchers.
Research students will also have their tuition fees paid by the network.
must be under 35 years of age
must be EU citizens (there are some exceptions, see details below)
must work outside their own country
cannot work in a country in which they have been resident for more than
12 of the previous 24 months
details on eligibility click here
details of the HOARSE training programme, click here.
If you are interested, send your CV and the names and addresses of two
referees to the address below. You can do this by e-mail if you wish. Indicate
what HOARSE tasks (see the detailed
work programme) and what HOARSE labs interest you, and when you expect
to be available.
Professor Phil Green
Speech and Hearing Research Group
Department of Computer Science
211 Portobello St.,
Sheffield S1 4DP, UK
phone: (44) 114 22 21828
fax: (44) 114 278 0972
home page: http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~pdg/
HOARSE has 7 participants:
Contribution to HOARSE
|University of Sheffield, United
||Speech and Hearing Research
Department of Computer Science
||Institute of Communication
and Technology, Ulm, Germany
||Speech Understanding Department
|Helsinki University of Technology
||Laboraty of Acoustics and Audio
|Dalle Molle Institute for Perceptual
Artificial Intelligence (IDIAP), Martigny, Switzerland
||Speech Processing Group
|University of Keele, United Kingdom
of Communication and Neuroscience, School of Life Sciences
|University of Patras, Greece
||Wire Communications Laboratory,
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department