One or more PhD stipends in Signal quality estimation for speech enhancement using miniature EEG devices (8-18048)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, one or more PhD stipends in signal quality estimation for speech enhancement using miniature EEG devices are available within the general study Programme Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The stipends are open for appointment from 1 September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

The main objective of this PhD project is to estimate the perceived speech or sound quality from EEG signals recorded by in-ear and around the ear EEG devices. Such compact EEG devices may be integrated into various hearing assistive devices (HADs), for example to help guide the signal processing in the HADs.

In this PhD project, a signal processing and information theoretic approach will be pursued, which involves the use of recent results on information losses in the human auditory system, fundamental information flows in the EEG signals, and variants of transfer entropy.

The project will be conducted at the newly founded Centre for Acoustic Signal Processing Research (CASPR, of the Section for Signal and Information Processing, Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University. The Centre focuses on conducting research and education in scientific disciplines supporting future statistical signal processing concepts for hearing assistive devices. The successful applicant must have a Master degree in Statistical Signal Processing, Information Theory, Estimation Theory, or Auditory Processing, and have extensive knowledge in one or more of the disciplines. Excellent undergraduate and master degree grades are desired. A high level of written and spoken English is also expected.

You may obtain further information from Professor Jan Østergaard (phone: +45 9940 8693, 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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