For his master's thesis Eero-Pekka Damskägg developed a sound microscope that alters the duration of playback of sound recordings while allowing the recording to sound the same in other respects.
Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology
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The studies concentrate on the fields of electroacoustics, room and building acoustics, noise, musical acoustics, and audio signal processing. A central subject area is technical psychoacoustics, which covers acoustical and audio technologies that are based on the understanding of human hearing mechanisms. These fields together constitute communication acoustics in which a human listener always exists at the end of the acoustic communication channel.
The objective of the major is that after graduation you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills flexibly in different tasks in the industry and the academia. You will be able to measure, understand the perceptual aspects, and design, e.g., the acoustics of a classroom or a loudspeaker. In addition, you have good skills in audio signal processing, virtual acoustics, 3D-audio technologies, and you understand what is important from the human hearing point of view.
We are looking for students who are interested in music, hearing, sound reproduction, audio signal processing or sound in general. To succeed in our curriculum, your bachelor studies should contain basic university physics, mathematics and digital signal processing.
Our graduates typically find their careers in the fields of mobile technologies, sound recording and reproduction, audio coding, music technology, hearing aid industry, audio signal processing, acoustic measurements, room and building acoustics, or in environmental noise.
Many of the students do their master’s thesis in the industry and begin their career in R&D positions. Later on, they may move to sales and management positions, some of them become entrepreneurs.
Typical roles in the industry are:
- Audio DSP engineer in big international companies, such as Nokia, Huawei, Microsoft, Apple, or Dolby
- Acoustical consultant working in the field of environmental noise or building acoustics
- Acoustics/noise expert in the heavy industry, such as ABB, Kone or Wärtsilä
- Product development in small-scale firms and startup companies, such as Genelec or Noiseless Acoustics
The program provides also an excellent basis for doctoral studies. Both the School of Electrical Engineering and the School of Science have high-quality doctoral programs. Many successful students work first as research assistants, do their master’s thesis at the department, and later continue as doctoral students.
Graduates of the programme will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomi-insinööri in Finnish).
The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is primarily English, and the programme can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish. More information is available in the General information about studies page (aalto.fi).
Contents of the studies
Structure of the studies
The master's degree (120 ECTS) is composed of studies in the major (40-65 ECTS), possible minor (20-25 ECTS), elective studies (25-35 ECTS), and master's thesis (30 ECT).
Elective studies may include a minor subject.
Students are required to complete a Master's thesis, which is a research assignment with a workload corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. The topic of the thesis is agreed upon by the student and the supervising professor. Master's theses are typically written for one of the research projects of the department(s) in question or related industry.
The study environment in the programme is strongly international, and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The School of Electrical Engineering offers diverse possibilities for student exchange all over the world. Exchange studies can be easily included in the degree e.g. as an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence are e.g. conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.
Co-operation with other parties
Aalto University and the departments involved in the programme collaborate with many high-quality universities world-wide. Aalto is also a member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) ICT Labs. The CCIS programme is organized in close co-operation with the EIT ICT Labs Master's School.
Study-option-specific application instructions
Applicants to the programme must meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's programmes in Aalto University.
Admission criteria to the CCIS programme is a high quality Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, communications engineering, or electrical engineering. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as information systems, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics or physics will be considered if they have sufficient studies and proven skills and knowledge in the required areas.
Required background for the Acoustics and Audio technology major:
- mathematics (linear algebra, Fourier analysis, probability theory, and statistics)
- physics (classical physics and mechanics)
- digital signal processing
- applied signal processing (audio and speech processing)
- programming skills
Knowledge of the following areas is considered an advantage:
- music or musical instruments
- recording, mixing, and reproduction of sound
- design and building of audio equipment
In addition to the compulsory application documents, applicants to the CCIS programme are requested to provide the following additional documents:
- curriculum vitae*
- motivation letter*
- The motivation letter should be written in English. The maximum length of the motivation letter is about 4000 characters. There are no specific instructions for the content of the motivation letter except for the general advise that you should write a separate motivation letter for each study option you apply to.
- at least one original recommendation letter (preferably academic)
- You can upload the recommendation letter(s) to your online application form. There are no specific instructions for their content.
*) The lack of these documents will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.
In addition, these additional documents add value to your application:
- course descriptions of courses taken in relevant subject areas (see the subject lists above)
- You can can either copy the course descriptions from the university website or study guide or summarize them yourself. A list of most important topics covered will suffice.
- work certificates and certificates of other relevant achievements
- copies of any publications
- official transcript of records for other university studies which are not included in the mandatory part of the application
- With documents related to degree studies, follow these instructions. With other higher education studies (e.g. open university or other non-degree), upload the documents to your application as part of the study-option-specific documents.
- GRE or GMAT test results, if available
The application should explain the full educational history of the applicant.
General instructions on study-option-specific documents
All additional application documents described above should preferably be submitted in English. If some other language than English, Finnish or Swedish is used in them, the applicant must provide precise, word-for-word translations of them.
Upload the documents to your online application form in pdf-format. Name the file(s) according to format: Name of the document-Lastname-Firstname (e.g. CV-Lastname-Firstname.pdf). Maximum file size is 1.0 GB.
The study-option-specific documents must be uploaded for each study option separately, even if you use the same document (e.g. CV). Please check carefully the study-option-specific document requirements for each study option you apply to.
The deadline for the study-option-specific application documents to be uploaded to your application form is 10 January 2020 at 15:00 (GMT +2).
The student selection process is competitive and the best applicants are selected according to the following evaluation criteria:
- Content of the previous degree(s)
- Study success: grades achieved and pace of studies
- Recognition and quality of the applicant’s home university
- Motivation and commitment to studies in the programme
- Other relevant achievements (work experience, publications, Junction Hackathon competition or other programming competition wins, etc.)
- Language proficiency
During the evaluation of eligible applications, the applicants’ previous study success and contents of the previous degree(s) are checked first. Only the applications who pass this preliminary evaluation will be evaluated against the full set of criteria listed above.
The applicant’s study success will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. Very good previous study success is expected. The recognition of the applicant’s home university affects the final interpretation of the academic performance.
The minimum GPA for applicants from Finnish universities of applied science is 4.0. Applicants with GPA below the limit cannot be admitted unless they have other exceptional qualifications. Programme’s courses or equivalent courses completed in open university or as non-degree studies with excellent grades may support the application.
The contents of the applicant’s previous degree(s) are evaluated based on the courses available on the official transcript of records and the course descriptions submitted. The applicant is expected to have completed sufficiently studies in the major-specific subject areas (see above). Relevant work experience, professional certificates and/or online courses are judged case-by-case, but they do not, in general, compensate for the university level studies that include also the theoretical foundations of the required subjects.
In the final phase of the academic evaluation, the applicants who passed the preliminary evaluation, are ranked and the best applicants are selected. The programme does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled, and not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted.
Studies in the Master’s programme should provide genuinely new knowledge for the applicant. If the applicant already has a Master’s degree, the motivation letter should clearly indicate why another Master’s degree is necessary. In most cases, non-degree or e.g. open university studies are recommended instead of degree studies to complement the earlier degree or to improve one’s professional skills. If the applicant already has a valid study right leading to a Master's degree in the admission target in question, the applicant cannot be readmitted without special reasons.
For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language tests, please contact [email protected]
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