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MUSAE Lab Montreal


Musae is Latin for “muses.” The nine Greek musae were the goddesses of inspiration in the arts and sciences, thus representing our pursuit to achieve excellence in research and training in the area of biologically-inspired signal processing and its applications.

Project: Blind Room Acoustics Characterization for Improved Far-Field Voice-Based Human-Machine Interfaces

Tiago Falk

The project aims at the problem of degradation of speech technology due to noisy environments. This effect occurs mainly due to two factors: ambient noise and room reverberation. In practice, advanced speech enhancement methods and algorithms are used to overcome this limitation, such as microphone arrays and beam formers. Existing algorithms, however, are unaware of the surrounding environment (e.g., ambient noise level and type or reverberation levels), thus achieve sub-optimal results. This project aims to fill this gap and will develop the building blocks needed to enable adaptive environment-aware speech enhancement. More specifically, it is proposed to use an auditory-inspired speech signal representation that has been shown to decouple speech and room acoustics components.

Publications: TBD

Programs & Grants

100 years ago nobody would have imagined that it may make sense to talk to machines. Today, in the days of speech recognition and speech synthesis to be found in cars, computers, phones and many other devices this is already normal. But it doesn't stop there.

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