Each participant budgets for 36 months of young researcher time. Hence
the training objective of the network is to provide a total of 252 person-months
of research training in Speech and Hearing. The partnership will seek opportunities
to send individuals on a series of placements in different labs, where
they will work on complementary aspects of the same problem. At different
labs the researcher will be trained in different techniques from different
disciplines, and experience the application of different approaches to
a scientific problem.
Doctoral researchers will follow a programme of work associated with one
or more of the HOARSE tasks. Each doctoral researcher will have a supervisor
(not always the same person as her/his mentor) in the host lab and at least
one advisor from a different lab. Researchers will be required to submit
six-monthly reports, and develop their communication skills by presenting
these reports to the network. The reports will often contribute material
to the milestone assessments. Where doctoral researchers are registered
for a Ph.D, we will adapt these arrangements to suit the practice of the
Post-doctoral researchers will not have formal supervision arrangements,
but will be managed by the project leader at their host participant. They
will typically have responsibility for the development of a research topic
within one of the HOARSE tasks, and will be expected to produce the appropriate
presentations, reports and publications.
Researchers will be expected to travel widely, engaging in lab visits
and reporting their work at national and international conferences. The
norm will be that each researcher will spent at least one week with each
The teamwork associated with working in a network gives natural opportunities
to develop communication and project management skills. For instance, young
researchers will be expected to take on responsibility for organising workshops,
managing software development, maintaining the web-presence, and the like.
HOARSE will recommend and/or provide common tools, for instance software
packages, and provide network-wide training courses on the use of such
tools, where appropriate. At workshops we will schedule tutorials on issues
of common interest. Our estimated ratio of individual to common training
in the training programme
HOARSE has a full industrial participant in DCAG and a semi-industrial
institute in IDIAP. These industrial connections will be used to broaden
the experience of the young researchers. Thus theme 4, which concentrates
on application interests, will involve people working partly at DCAG and
partly at the labs developing the techniques which we seek to exploit.
Young researchers will be able to look behind the scenes at the process
of developing speech recognition products, which is constrained by cost
and memory limitations as well as by technical progress. They will be able
to attend relevant components of the company training programme.
To keep abreast of activities in the international industrial marketplace
and the multinational government research arena, HOARSE will recruit a
prominent practitioner of speech and language technologies from the business
and research community. This person will serve as a non-executive
director on the steering committee.