One or more PhD Stipends in Speech Intelligibility Prediction for Hearing Assistive Devices (8-18024)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, one or more PhD stipends in Speech Intelligibility Prediction for Hearing Assistive Devices are available within the general study Programme Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The fully funded stipend is open for appointment from 1 June 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

Hearing assistive devices, such as headsets for speech communication in noisy environments and hearing aid systems, aim at improving the speech intelligibility (SI) for the user. To do so, the hearing assistive devices process the acoustic signals, before they are presented to the ears of the user. This PhD project is part of a research project on Intelligibility-Aware Hearing Assistive Devices. The goal of the PhD project is to develop deep-learning algorithms, which are capable of reliably predicting the SI experienced by the user in binaural acoustic situations, first for normal hearing and then for hearing impaired listeners. We envision algorithms, which can predict the SI of a given noisy/processed binaural signal, both when a noise-free binaural reference signal is available, and when it is not (i.e., intrusive and non-intrusive SI prediction, respectively).

The project will take place at the Section for Signal and Information Processing (SIP), Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University. The SIP section conducts research in areas such as communication technology, human perception (audio, vision), signal processing for multimedia technology, etc. The section also hosts the Centre for Acoustic Signal Processing Research (CASPR), which focuses on research and education supporting future statistical signal processing concepts for hearing assistive devices.

The successful applicant must have a Master degree in machine learning, statistical signal processing, information theory, acoustic signal processing or similar. Furthermore, knowledge of (impaired) auditory perception, hearing aid technology, etc., is an advantage. Excellent undergraduate and master degree grades are expected. A high level of written and spoken English is also expected.

You may obtain further information from Professor Jesper Jensen (phone: +45 3913 8981, email: ) or Professor Søren Holdt Jensen  (phone: +45 9940 8654, email: ), Department of Electronic Systems, concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT adn Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff , The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: , phone: +45 9940 9589.

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We wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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Sun Apr 29 00:00:00 CEST 2018

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