Two PhD student positions in the field of speech signal processing and machine learning for pathological speech enhancement. W/M
Subsidiary : Signal Processing for Communication
Contract type: Fixed-Term contract
Work time: Full time
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The Idiap Research Institute seeks qualified candidates for two
PhD student positions in the field of speech signal processing and
machine learning for pathological speech enhancement.
Digital communication plays a vital role in our daily lives,
occurring in many different forms including mobile communication,
meeting through teleconferencing platforms such as Zoom, and using
voice-activated agents such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa.
Since we live in a noisy world, the recorded microphone signals in
these digital communication applications are often contaminated by
background noise. Background noise causes signal degradation,
thereby impairing speech quality and intelligibility and
decreasing the performance of many signal processing techniques
required in several applications for a high fidelity communication
experience. To deal with background noise, speech enhancement
approaches aiming to recover the clean speech signal are
indispensable. As such, a wide range of speech enhancement
approaches have been proposed in past decades, with e.g., the
traditional statistical model-based approaches and the more recent
deep learning-based approaches having shown strong enhancement
performance. Although these approaches have shown advantageous
enhancement performance, they have been devised for scenarios
where the target speakers are neurotypical speakers, i.e.,
speakers that do not exhibit any speech impairments. However, many
pathological conditions such as hearing loss, head and neck
cancers, or neurological disorders, disrupt the speech production
mechanism, resulting in speech impairments across different
dimensions. Preliminary investigations show that state-of-the-art
enhancement approaches can yield a considerably lower performance
for pathological signals than for neurotypical signals. Although
conditions resulting in pathological speech are widely prevalent,
speech enhancement approaches specifically targeting pathological
speech have never been established. The successful PhD candidate
will develop model-based and deep learning-based speech
enhancement approaches that yield an advantageous performance for
The successful PhD candidate will join the Signal Processing for
Communication group at Idiap, under the supervision of Dr. Ina
Kodrasi. They will also become a doctoral student at EPFL
(http://www.epfl.ch) conditional on parallel application to, and
acceptance by, the EPFL Doctoral School
(http://phd.epfl.ch/applicants). Appointment for the PhD position
is for a maximum of 4 years, provided successful progress, and
should lead to a dissertation. Starting date is to be negotiated.
All queries related to the advertised position can be sent to Dr.
Ina Kodrasi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At Idiap we place great emphasis on diversity and strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.
The ideal PhD candidate should hold a Masters degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or related fields. They should have a background in statistics, linear algebra, signal processing, and machine learning. The applicant should also have strong programming skills.
In order to avoid discrimination, please do not mention your gender, age and marital status on your CV.
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