International workshop on ‘Speech processing for voice’ begins at AIISH

Mysuru, Sepember 08:- “The technological revolution has tremendously helped in resolving numerous problems faced in the past, but still there is lot of open research questions and main issues which need to be addressed,” said Prof Rainer Martin from Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany.

He was speaking after inaugurating the two-day International conference on ‘‘Speech processing for voice, speech and hearing disorders (WSPD 2018), a satellite event of Inter-speech 2018, organised by All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) in association with the International Speech Communication Association at AIISH Seminar Hall in the city on Saturday.

He said “Due to technological revolution many speech related disorders have been solved, but still there are lots of challenges and news issues which need to be addressed. Workshops like this will really help to address many existing issues and address new challenges.”

Prof Kris Demuynck of Ghent University in Belgium who also spoke on the occasion, said “I come from Belgium which comprises 10 million people while India more than 40 million people. Because of more population, India is land of opportunity and best place to take up research. The type of research possible here are exciting. For good research more data and incites are very important which is available in abundance in India. The more incites the more we can help people. Such workshops will help share ideas and work together for innovations.”

Prof Martin is one among the keynote speakers on “Speech and music enhancement for hearing impaired listeners,” while Prof Demuynck will speak on “an e-health tool for training and evaluating pathological speakers.’

Dr Harinath Garudadri (UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute, California) and S R Mahadeva Prasanna (IIT, Guwahati) are the other invited speakers and Dr M Pushpavathi and Dr N Sreedevi from AIISH will also deliver talks.

Ajish K Abraham, coordinator of the workshop, said that during the two- day workshop 31 research papers will be presented.

The research areas covered by these papers include speech processing for voice disorders, hearing disorders and speech and language disorders.

The paper presenters include researchers from Arizona State University, Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland; Ghent University, Belgium; Birzeit University, Palestine; Institute of Communication Acoustics, Bochum, Germany and University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Researchers from prestigious institutes in the country such as IIT, Bombay; IIT, Guwahati;, IIT, Hyderabad and faculty from AIISH, Mysuru will also present their research work. -KK



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