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This is the website for the Speech and Hearing Research Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Martinez, California. Since 1978, we have been doing research which attempts to understand and address specific speech and hearing difficulties faced by the large community of veterans living in our community.

Our research is headed by Dr. Pierre Divenyi, whose research into what is known as the "Cocktail Party Effect" has shed light onto the important aspects of the difficulties in communicating that elderly individuals face on a day-to-day basis.
This page will provide interested parties with information about our past, current, and future research, as well as the people involved in that research, and other related undertakings of the lab.

 

Book Just Out —
Speech Separation by Humans and Machines (P.Divenyi, ed.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004

SPEECH SEPERATION AND COMPREHENSION IN COMPLEX ACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENTS —
MONTREAL 2004 WORKSHOP

November 4 - November 7, 2004
Montreal, Quebec

This workshop, with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research as its principal sponsor and attended by over 50 participants, continued the discussion started with the 2003 Montreal workshop. It was both a survey and an analysis of the most important questions and problems related to the "cocktail-party effect" performed by human listeners and by machines. The topics included presentations and discussions on sensing arrays, reverberation, integration of different machine approaches, human-machine collaborative systems, neural bases of auditory and visual scene analysis, and evaluation and corpora. Eleven predoctoral and postdoctoral participants (attending thanks to a National Science Foundation award) presented posters. A final general discussion tackled the question of how to design a device capable of performing separation and interpretation of speech presented in complex environments.

PERSPECTIVES ON SPEECH SEPARATION —
an NSF SPONSORED WORKSHOP

October 31 - November 2, 2003
Montreal, Quebec

An overlook on the various methods makes the observer conclude that at least some of the limitations of each of the schemes could be overcome by integrating them into a single approach. Such integration, however, has the prerequisite that proponents of different approaches get together, present their methods, theories, and data, discuss these openly, and attempt to find ways to combine schemes, in order to achieve the ultimate goal of separating speech signals by computational means. Given the sheer volume of current work on the diverse methods, such a meeting of researchers is not only necessary but also extremely timely... [more]

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Research
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Publications
a list of publications by the Speech and Hearing Research Group
Contact
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Links
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NATO ASI 2002
information on last year's NATO Advanced Study Institute at Il Ciocco, Italy

 

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