This project proposal gathers expertise in the areas of singing pedagogy, engineering and laryngology, promotes pos-graduate research work benefiting from the synergy between different disciplines, and aims at providing singing students, teachers and professionals with solutions helping them to optimize singing learning and training, and to perform safely.

This is the vision underlying seven tasks that target three main realization areas:
  1. real-time visual feedback of relevant quality parameters of the singing voice,
  2. new technology-assisted pedagogic methodologies, and
  3. real-time monitoring and assessment of the singing voice with the purpose to prevent voice disorders.

Research Opportunities

Job: Research Grant 

Job/Fellowship Reference: PTDC/SAU-BEB/104995/2008 

Main research field: Medical sciences

Job summary: 

Call open for applications for a research grant (BI, candidates must have a Masters degree) within the framework of project PTDC/SAU-BEB/104995/2008 “Assistive Real-Time Technology in Singing, financed by national funds through FCT/MCTES (PIDDAC) and co-financed by FEDER through COMPETE (POFC).

Job description:

Scientific Area: Health Sciences - Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (main) and Electrical and Computer Engineering – Telecommunications (secondary)

Academic Requirements: Candidates must hold an MSc degree in Electrical and Computers Engineering or equivalent, preferably with a specialization in digital signal processing and strong motivation for voice studies. Previous research experience in signal processing research applied to singing, music or voice is also a preference factor. Candidates should also aim at earning a PhD degree in a doctoral program consistent with the objectives of the project. Good communication and English reading/writing/speaking skills are required.

Activity Outline: This research focuses on applied digital signal processing, and its main objective is the design, realization and validation of interactive singing analysis and visual feedback technologies assisting the teaching, learning and training of singing, as well as monitoring the singing voice, in real-time, for safety. This research is part of a research project involving the collaboration between engineers, ORL and voice specialists, singing teachers/professionals and interactive media designers. Candidates should have a solid engineering background (Masters level), especially in signal processing, should exhibit good programming skills, and should be motivated to singing or music. Availability to be involved in a PhD program consistent with the objectives of the project is also desired. The results of this research should contribute to new technology-assisted methodologies in singing teaching/learning, singing to musical score transcription, robust real-time glottal pulse estimation from running singing, and real-time preventive assessment of the singing voice.

Applicable legislation: Portuguese law Nº 40/2004, of August 18 (“Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação Científica”); “Regulamento da Formação Avançada e Qualificação de Recursos Humanos 2010” (http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/bolsas/regulamento.phtml); “Regulamento de bolsas de investigação da Universidade do Porto”.

Work place: The research work will be conducted at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of University of the Porto, Faculty of Engineering (FEUP), under the supervision of Dr. Aníbal J. S. Ferreira.

Grant duration: Initial duration of 12 months, with a tentative start date on August 1st, 2011, with possible extensions up to a (total) period of 34 months (but not exceeding the end of the project).

Stipend: At the time of publication, the grant stipend amounts to 980 EUR per month, according to the values proposed by FCT for scholarships in Portugal(http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores).

 

Selection procedure: The selection of the candidate will be based on a curricular evaluation including academic degrees and courses taken, MsC dissertation, previous experience and research results with particular relevance to the objectives of the project; the weights of these components are 40%, 20% and 40%, respectively. Interviews (either at FEUP or using video conference) to a selected number of candidates might be conducted to assess the candidate motivation and adequacy of the qualifications for the work.

 

Selection committee: Prof. Aníbal Ferreira (Principal Investigator and President of the  selection committee); Prof. Luís Corte-Real, Associate Professor, FEUP (Effective member); Prof. Eurico Carrapatoso, Assistant Professor, FEUP (Effective member).

 

Advertisement of final decision: The decision of the selection committee will be announced in an ordered list of evaluation, exhibited in a public place of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of FEUP. The selected candidate will be notified by email.

 

Documents Required: Applications should clearly state the referencePTDC/SAU-BEB/104995/2008 or “Assistive Real-Time Technology in Singing”,  and must include: application letter with a brief description of the motivation for this application; detailed Curriculum Vitae; copy of identity card or passport; academic degree certificate(s); certificate of completed curricular subjects with respective classifications, contacts of two senior researchers willing to provide (if necessary) a personal opinion on the qualifications of the candidate. Other documentation, including reference letters, may also be sent, but are not mandatory.

 

Timeframe of the call: The call is open between June 1st 2011 and July 15th 2011. 

Applications: Should be sent by e-mail (ajf@fe.up.pt) to: 

Prof. Aníbal Ferreira

Departamento de Engenharia Electrotécnica e Computadores

Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n

4200-465 Porto, PORTUGAL  

Additional information can be requested by email: ajf@fe.up.pt