[15th December, 2016] 

Winter School on Signal Processing for Hearing Assistive Devices

We will be organizing a Winter School on Signal Processing for Hearing Assistive Devices at Aalborg University, November 6 – 10, 2017.

Description: Hearing assistive devices are ubiquitous. They include, for example, devices such as headsets for speech communication in noisy environments (air plane crews, emergency/rescue teams, combat soldiers, police forces, etc.), and hearing care systems, e.g. hearing aids and cochlear implants. This winter school consists of lectures and exercises, to emphasize the key points of the lectures. The school has four parts. The first part lays the foundation for the rest, covering fundamental topics such as auditory perception (normal and impaired hearing) and a discussion of the basic principles of hearing assistive devices. The second part provides an overview of basic signal processing problems encountered in hearing assistive devices, and an in-depth treatment of state-of-the-art solutions. These include methods for beamforming and noise reduction, dereverberation, feedback cancellation, hearing loss compensation, etc. Furthermore, an overview is given of methodologies for evaluating hearing assistive devices with a particular focus on methods for intelligibility assessment and estimation. The third part of the school focuses on cochlear implants and diagnostic methods, e.g., methods for screening of hearing in newborns. Finally, the fourth part of the school presents emerging technologies for hearing assistive devices, including machine learning techniques for speech denoising, and signal processing techniques using the emerging wireless infrastructure.

Confirmed keynote lecturers at the winter school:
Dr. James Harte, Interacoustics (invited talk – industry )
Dr. Søren Riis, Oticon Medical (invited talk – industry)
Prof. Thomas Lunner, Linköping University (invited talk – university, industry)
Prof. Mike Brookes, Imperial College London (invited talk – university)
Assoc. Professor Emanuël Habets, Int. Audio Labs Erlangen (invited talk – university)

Local lecturers (who are also the main organizers) at Aalborg University:
Assoc. Prof. Jan Østergaard, Aalborg University
Assoc. Prof. Zheng-Hua Tan, Aalborg University
Prof. Jesper Jensen, Aalborg University

The course schedule (which is subject to change) is available here: Course Schedule

For more information please contact the organisers.

Registration fee:
PhD students: 1500,- DKK
Industry: 8000,- DKK

To register for the Winter School please use the following link:

Important: The link to payment can be found under the section Course Fee in the above link.

CASPR related courses at Aalborg University

Members of CASPR take part in teaching courses that are relevant to the scientific disciplines of CASPR:

  • Machine Learning (Master and PhD courses)
  • Deep Learning (PhD course)
  • Information Theory (Master and PhD courses)
  • Array Processing (Master course)
  • Optimization (Master and PhD courses)
  • Platforms and Methods for Multimodal System Architectures (Master course)
  • Signal Processing for Hearing Assistive Devices (PhD course and Winter School)