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Tackling the Cocktail Party Problem for Hearing Devices: Solutions, Challenges and Opportunities

June 28 @ 16:00 - 18:00

The cocktail party problem has remained to be one of the most challenging problems for hearing devices even after decades of extensive research. In this talk, we will introduce and discuss our research on the multi-microphone speech enhancement with an emphasis on robust and practical real-time algorithms for hearing devices. We will first present our research on multiple-microphone speech enhancement using a microphone array alone. Secondly, we will present our latest research on the multimodal speech enhancement using both brain signals (i.e. EEG) and microphone signals in a single joint-optimization framework. In both cases, we will use objective and subjective evaluation to demonstrate the algorithms’ effectiveness. Finally, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities in deploying these algorithms in the real-world

Speaker(s): Tao Zhang,

Room: 101
Bldg: Robert B. Goergen Hall
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York


June 28
16:00 - 18:00