Research positions in the area of Multi-device speech interfaces

Two open position for Master’s theses, Doctoral students and/or Post-docs in the area of “Multi-device speech interfaces” 

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Now we are in the search for two persons to join the speech processing team led by Tom Bäckström in the area of “multi-device speech interfaces”. The two positions can be doctoral thesis, master’s thesis or post-doctoral positions, depending on the applicant. The specific topics of the two openings are:

“Privacy in multi-device speech interfaces” – We want to develop practical methods for determining and implementing suitable levels of privacy in speech interfaces. In other words, we want to answer questions like “how private is this spoken interaction?” and “how should a device behave at this level of privacy?” The methodology in this research can range from psychoacoustics and user-interface design, to machine learning, speech signal processing and cryptography.

“Multi-device speech capture with limited resources” – When multiple devices are continuously collaborating to capture speech signals, the resource consumption increases at least linearly, if not exponentially, with the number of devices. We thus need to develop low-complexity and low-bandwidth methods for all intermediate steps, including speech transmission, multi-channel speech enhancement, voice activity detection and keyword spotting. The methodology of this research can include machine learning, speech signal processing, distributed processing/source coding, optimization and linear algebra.

To apply, submit the following documents by 30 October, 2019:

  • CV – where have you worked and studied?
  • study records – what have you studied?
  • motivation letter – why join us?

Please note that the motivation letter is the most important document and it should explain the reason you are interested in this topic and why Aalto University is the right place for you.

Selection is based on the suitability in and the benefit for the research team. That is, in addition to performance (like grades), we want to find a person with common interests and a personality which matches the team.

Deadline for applications is 30.10.2019

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