Hearing Organisation And Recognition of Speech in Europe

This is the home page of the Improving Human Potential (IHP)  research training network for Hearing Organisation and Recognition 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, Hearing and Recognition.

HOARSE Objectives

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:
  1. How are sound mixtures perceptually organised, and how can this Auditory Scene Analysis can be used in speech recognition?
  2. How does the Auditory System handle reverberant conditions, and how can models of this processing be used for speech enhancement?
  3. How is speech production related to speech perception and cerebral speech processing, and how can this knowledge be integrated into speech recognition systems?
  4. How can Automatic Speech Recognition algorithms take advantage of the work in Themes 1 and 2, for use in natural listening conditions?
  5. 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?

For details of the HOARSE work programme, click here.

For a short description of research methods, click here.

HOARSE Recruiting

  • 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 tasks.
  • 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.

  • For 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.

    HOARSE Contact

    Professor Phil Green
    HOARSE Coordinator
    Speech and Hearing Research Group
    Department of Computer Science
    University ofSheffield
    Regent Court
    211 Portobello St.,
    Sheffield S1 4DP, UK
    phone: (44) 114 22 21828
    fax: (44) 114 278 0972
    email: p.green@dcs.shef.ac.uk
    home page: http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~pdg/

    HOARSE Partners

    HOARSE has 7 participants:
    Contribution to HOARSE
    University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (coordination) Speech and Hearing Research Group
    Department of Computer Science
    HOARSE at Sheffield
    Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany Institute of Communication Acoustics HOARSE at Bochum
    Daimler-Chrysler Research and Technology, Ulm, Germany Speech Understanding Department HOARSE at Daimler-Chrysler
    Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), Finland Laboraty of Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing HOARSE at HUT
    Dalle Molle Institute for Perceptual Artificial Intelligence (IDIAP), Martigny, Switzerland Speech Processing Group HOARSE at IDIAP
    University of Keele, United Kingdom MacKay Institute of Communication and Neuroscience, School of Life Sciences HOARSE at Keele
    University of Patras, Greece Wire Communications Laboratory, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department HOARSE at Patras