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  • Acoustic Event Detection

    Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jort Gemmeke, Google

    Talk Title: Acoustic Event Detection

    Abstract: Research in audio signal processing has been dominated by speech and music research, but many of the sounds in our real-life environments are non-speech events such as cars passing by, wind, warning beeps and animal sounds. These acoustic events contain much information about the environment and physical events that take place in it, enabling application areas such as accessibility, safety, health monitoring and investigation of biodiversity. In this talk I will give a brief overview of the field, followed by detailing our work in training state-of-the-art neural networks on millions of hours of audio, as well as introducing a new, large-scale human rated dataset for research in this area.

    Biography: Jort F. Gemmeke is a research scientist at Google. In 2011, he received the Ph.D degree from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, on the subject of noise robust speech recognition. From 2011 to 2014, he worked as a postdoc at KU Leuven, Belgium, leading a project to develop self-taught vocal interfaces for dysarthric speakers. After a brief stint Audience, Mountain View, he joined Google where he works on acoustic event detection. He also works as a team development facilitator with teams from all over Google. When not talking about himself in the third person, he enjoys sailing, kayaking and hiking with his family.

    Host: Shrikanth Narayanan

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tanya Acevedo-Lam/EE-Systems


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