Philips Research participates in the INSPIRE ITN as full partner via two of its Eindhoven research groups: The department Applied Sensor Technologies (AST), and the department Smart Sensing & Analysis (SSA).
The Applied Sensor Technologies department focuses on the development and integration of technologies for smart sensor solutions and related applications in various domains such as Healthcare, Lighting and Consumer products. Immersive Communication is one of the topics in the group, where speech enhancement techniques are developed in particular for hands-free systems. Robust algorithms, based on adaptive signal processing as well as advanced post-processing techniques, are being developed for acoustic echo-cancellation, noise suppression and dereverberation. These are then used in immersive communication applications with multi-channel audio and users that are up to 5 meters away from the sensors/transducers.
The Smart Sensing and Analysis department is a group with broad expertise in the area of signal capturing, modeling, feature extraction and analysis, and actuation. The audio part of the Smart Sensing and Analysis department focuses on many different aspects of signal processing and acoustics, ranging from signal analysis and feature extraction, manipulation and synthesis of sounds to sound reproduction via loudspeakers and headphones. Within this group, the perception cluster provides essential knowledge on human-sound interaction, most notably on how humans perceive sounds, and what are the desired (music, communication) and the detrimental effects (annoyance, distraction, stress) of sound on humans. Particular emphasis is given to models for these processes and how such models can be included in algorithms for, e.g., parametric sound representation, sound reproduction, sound masking algorithms and automatic content analysis. On a smaller scale, the cluster also studies multisensory perception, i.e. the perceptual interaction between stimuli reaching different modalities.
- Armin Kohlrausch, Scientific contact, first thesis supervisor
- Nemanja Cvijanovic, early stage researcher
- Patrick Kechichian, daily supervisor (as of July 1st, 2013)
- Kees Janse, supervisor (as of July 1st, 2013)
- Sriram Srinivasan (daily supervisor, left Philips June 30th, 2013)