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This workshop was held on 9 January 2016. You can download the proceedings via this link.

We had 3 keynote speakers:





Friday 8 January:

 Conference dinner starting at 19:00 together with the participants of SPIN 2016.


Saturday 9 January:

09:00 - 09:45 Keynote:

 Jonas Obleser: The listening brain and its adaptation to acoustic challenges


09:45 - 10:45 Oral presentations (1)

Odette Scharenborg, Elea Kolkman, Brechtje Post: Perception of Sentence Accent in Non-native Speech in Noise


Polina Drozdova, Roeland van Hout, Odette Scharenborg: Do noise and linguistic skills influence lexically-guided perceptual learning?


Jieun Song, Paul Iverson: The effect of accent on speech recognition in a competing-talker background: Neural oscillations and the N400


 10:45 - 11:00 Break


11:00 - 12:00 Oral presentations (2)

Petra Hödl, Paul Iverson: Does acoustic unreliability of the speech signal affect N400?


Deepak Baby, Tuomas Virtanen, Hugo Van hamme: Coupled Dictionary-based Speech Enhancement with Adaptively Learned Atoms for the CHiME-3 Challenge


Johannes Zaar, Torsten DauAuditory features in consonant perception - a modeling perspective


12:00 - 13:00 Posters


13:00 - 14:00 Lunch


14:00 - 14:45 Keynote:

Deniz BaskentSpeech perception with cochlear implants: An inspiring challenge


14:45 - 15:45 Oral presentations (3)

Rebecca Carroll, Anna Warzybok: Speech recognition in reverberation and noise: The roles of age and the lexicon


Niels Henrik Pontoppidan, Marianna Vatti, Rikke Birksteen Rossing, Tom Barker, Tuomas Virtanen: Separating known competing voices for people with hearing loss


Hans Rutger Bosker, Eva Reinisch, Matthias Sjerps: Listening under cognitive load makes speech sound fast


15:45 - 16:15 Break / Posters (remain in the poster room)


16:15 - 17:15 Oral presentations (4):

Yue Zhang, Stuart Rosen: Listeners are still sensitive to the frequency distribution of cues in degraded speech, but only to the unimpaired ones


Kurt Steinmetzger, Stuart Rosen: The Role of Periodicity in Perceiving Speech in Quiet and in Background Noise with Simulated Cochlear Implants


Laurianne Cabrera, Lynne Werner: The use of slow and fast temporal envelope cues in phonetic discrimination at 3 months of age


17:15 - 18:00 Keynote:

Jonathan Simon:  Neural Representations of Speech, and Speech in Noise, in Human Auditory Cortex


18:00: Close of workshop



Overview of poster presentations:

01. Emma Brint, Paul IversonThe acoustic change complex in cochlear implant listeners

02. Huarda Valdes-Laribi, Dorothea Wendt, Ewen MacDonald, Martin Cooke, Sven MattysSentence comprehension with a competing talker: informational interference or semantic facilitation?

03. Attila Máté  Tóth, Martin Cooke, Jon Barker: Speech + noise = confusion: misperceptions arising from the interaction of speech and babble masker components.

04. Nemanja Cvijanovic Patrick Kechichian , Kees Janse , Armin KohlrauschOn the use of ultrasound in speech communication systems

05. Dorina Strori, Johannes Zaar, Odette Scharenborg, Sven MattysEffects of Energetic Masking and Speech Modulation on Spoken Word Recognition

06. Juliane Schmidt, Odette Scharenborg, Diana Herzog, Esther JanseOlder adults' rating of affect-related prosody in speech:  The roles of hearing loss and auditory processing abilities

07. Benjamin G. Schultz, Sonja KotzFinding the beat in German poetry: The role of meter, rhyme, and lexical content

08. Gusztáv Lőcsei, Sébastien Santurette, Torsten Dau, Ewen N. MacDonaldBinaural unmasking of speech with small interaural time differences and its relationship to binaural temporal fine structure processing

09. Florian Hintz, Odette E ScharenborgNeighbourhood density influences word recognition in native and non-native speech recognition in noise

10. Ewa Wanat, Rachel Smith, Jane Stuart-Smith and Colin HamiltonThe role of rhythm in improving non-native comprehension of English casual speech

11. Sara Ahmadi, Bert Cranen, Lou Boves: Guiding ASR towards HSR performance using modulation spectrum features.

12. Gustav Henter: Measuring the perceptual effect of speech synthesis modelling assumptions

13. Ricard Marxer: Data and Tools for Microscopic Intelligibility Modelling


Keynote presentations:

 Jonas Obleser: The listening brain and its adaptation to acoustic challenges

Humans adapt well to sensory degradation. In order to do so, our cognitive strategies need to adjust accordingly. The auditory sensory modality poses an excellent, although under-utilised, research model to understand these adjustments, their neural bases, and their large variation amongst individuals.

 In my talk I will present recent findings from our laboratory, utilizing mainly the power and phase of neural oscillations as measured in magneto- and electroencephalography (M(EEG). I will present initial evidence for a useful distinction of broadly “automatic” or effortless neural mechanisms (e.g., neural entrainment) that allow for improved performance in challenging listening situations versus broadly “controlled” or effortful neural mechanisms (e.g., alpha power enhancement in domain-general networks). I will argue that both mechanisms support listening performance, and I will link our results to ageing and hearing loss.


Deniz Baskent: Speech perception with cochlear implants: An inspiring challenge


Cochlear implants are prosthetic hearing devices that help deaf individuals regain hearing. The device is a wonderful example of a successful neural prosthesis, through which we also learn more about perception of speech in normal hearing. Yet, there still remain a number of unsolved problems, particularly the difficulty in perception of speech via an implant in complicated listening environments, as well as the high variation in the outcome from implantation. One of the main challenges is that the list of contributing factors is relatively large (device-related factors, physiology/etiology, cognitive factors, aging, just to name a few). Additionally, the commonly used clinical tests for word and sentence identification seem to only partially reveal the underlying mechanisms of speech perception with implants.  In this talk, I will present our recent work where we employ a systematic and multidisciplinary approach to move beyond clinical measures of intelligibility, and to better capture speech perception mechanisms with a cochlear implant in realistic listening situations.


Jonathan Simon:  Neural Representations of Speech, and Speech in Noise, in Human Auditory Cortex

We investigate how continuous speech, whether presented alone, degraded with noise, or masked by other speech signals, is represented in human auditory cortex. We use magnetoencephalography (MEG) to record the neural responses of listeners to continuous speech in a variety of contexts. We find that cortical representations of continuous speech are robust to noise under a wide variety of conditions, including clean speech, additive stationary noise, band-vocoded speech and noise, and speech with competing speakers. In the last case, individual neural representations of the speech of both the foreground and background speaker are observed, with each being selectively phase locked to the rhythm of the corresponding speech stream. In all observed cases, the temporal envelope of the acoustic speech stream can be reconstructed from the observed neural response to the speech. 

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