Encoding for Auditory Representations (EARs) Workshop at the University of Washington, Seattle, 22-23 August 2011
This is an intentionally small, focused gathering of top auditory and signal processing experts, with an intensive dialogue towards advancing audio and auditory signal representations. We, an intentionally interdisciplinary group, will have key open application challenges, experimental findings, and novel underlying computational model theory, to discuss.
Attention will also be given to neural encoding of auditory signals, from the periphery to the central, audio assistive devices, and psychophysical work relating perception and those areas' interplay with recent new mathematical and engineering signal representations. Dynamical systems and non-stationary signals viewpoints will be stressed, since they are presumed to be so central for audition and speech perception.
List of Attendees and Links to Presentation Materials
Alex Acero - Microsoft Research
Pascal Clark - U. Washington, "Maximum Likelihood Demodulation" : Intro
Aram Harrow - U. Washington, "Quantum Signal Processing" : Full
Brian King - U. Washington, "Complex Probabilistic Latent Semantic Analysis for Single-Channel Source Separation" : Full
Ramdas Kumaresan - U. of Rhode Island, "Synchrony Capture Filterbank Emulates Auditory Signal Processing" : Full
Willard Larkin - Air Force Office of Scientific Research, "Sensory Information Systems Program Primary Topic Areas" : Intro
Eric Larson - U. Washington
Adrian KC Lee - U. Washington, "Laboratory for Auditory Brain Sciences and Neuroengineering" : Intro
Ross Maddox - U. Washington
Kaibao Nie - U. Washington, Spectral and Temporal Cues for Speech Recognition with Hearing Loss : Intro
W. Devereux Palmer - Army Research Laboratory, "Army Research in Acoustic Sensing" : Full
James Pitton - U. Washington, "Modeling Auditory Phenomenology with Positive Time-Frequency Distributions" : Intro
Shihab Shamma - U. Maryland
Malcolm Slaney - Yahoo! Research, "Speech Separation is NOT the Right Approach for Perception" : Full
Ivan Tashev - Microsoft Research, "Audio Spatiality Perception" : Intro
Stanley Wenndt - Air Force Research Laboratory, : "Applications" Full
This EARs workshop also served as an honorarium for William H. Huggins (1919-2001), who was a pioneering auditory theorist in the 1950s, and the first auditory researcher affiliated with the U.S. Air Force. For example, Huggins was the first to discuss the representation of auditory signals as the output of linear time varying (LTV) systems, a topic which received some discussion in our workshop. The workshop represented the tradition of Huggins, working towards novel mathematical representations of speech/audio signals, in line with current auditory theory.