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International experts throw light on research in speech and hearing

International experts throw light on research in speech and hearing

U K   ¦    Sep 08, 2018 05:48:14 PM (IST)

International experts throw light on research in speech and hearing-1

Mysuru: Through technological revolution, a lot of issues concerning speech disorder in the past have been solved but still there are many open questions and issues to be researched and addressed, said Rainer Martin from Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany.

Speaking after inaugurating a two-day international conference on "Speech Processing" organised by the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) in association with the International Speech Communication Association at the institute's seminar hall here on September 8, he said, “Workshops like this will really help to address many existing issues and new challenges”.

Kris Demuynck, Ghent University, Belgium who also spoke on the occasion, said, “I come from Belgium which consists of 10 million people while India has more than 40 million people. Because of more population, India is a land of opportunity and best place to take up research. There are exciting research possibilities here. For a good research, more data and insights are very important which are available in abundance in India. The more insight the more we can help people. These sorts of workshops will help share ideas and work together for innovations.”

Rainer Martin, one of the keynote speakers spoke on “Speech and Music Enhancement for Hearing Impaired Listeners” while Kris threw light on “An e-health tool for training and evaluating pathological speakers." Dr. Harinath Garudadri (UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute, California), S R Mahadeva Prasanna (IIT, Guwahati), Dr M Pushpavathi and Dr. N Sreedevi from AIISH will also be delivering talks.

Ajish K Abraham, Coordinator of the workshop said that during the workshop thirty-one research papers would be presented. The research areas covered by these papers include speech processing for voice disorders, hearing disorders and speech and language disorders. The paper presenters include researchers from Arizona State University, Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland, Ghent University, Belgium, Birzeit University, Palestine, Institute of Communication Acoustics, Bochum, Germany & University of Sheffield, UK. Researchers from prestigious institutes in the country such as IIT, Bombay, IIT, Guwahati, IIT, Hyderabad and faculty from AIISH, Mysuru will also present their research works.

Prasanna, Professor, IIT, Dharwad was also present.