Training Programme

Training Objectives

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.

Individual Training Measures

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 awarding institution.

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 participant.

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.

Network-wide training measures

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 is two-to-one.

Industrial connections 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.