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[AUDITORY] Winter School “Hearing Acoustics” 13.03.–14.03.23 at Oldenburg University, Germany (stipends available)

Dear list,

We are happy to announce the Winter School on Hearing Acoustics: Models, Machine Learning, Applications, and Virtual Reality, will take place from 13.03.2023 – 14.03.2023 at the University of Oldenburg, Germany (for details, see www.hearing-acoustics.de).

The Winter School provides a great opportunity for Master and PhD students to broaden their understanding in several fields required in cutting-edge hearing research. It will give you insights into the current research addressed in the collaborative research centre (CRC) Hearing acoustics (coordinator: Prof. Dr. Volker Hohmann) at the University of Oldenburg - School of Medicine and Health sciences – Dept. of Medical Physics and Acoustics (see www.hearing-acoustics.de) dedicated to advance our understanding of auditory perception in complex acoustic environments (CAEs) and to improve acoustic communication in such difficult environments.

The PIs of the CRC, including renowned experts in the fields of

• Audio signal processing & machine learning (Bernd Meyer, Jörg Lücke,
  Jörn Anemüller, Simon Doclo, Steven van de Par, Volker Hohmann),
• Auditory modeling and psychoacoustics (Jan Rennies-Hochmuth, Kai
  Siedenburg, Stephan Ewert, Steven van de Par, Thomas Brand),
• Hearing aids and audiology (Anna Warzybok, Birger Kollmeier,
  Kirsten Wagener, Volker Hohmann), and
• Virtual acoustics (Bernhard Seeber, Mathias Blau, Michael Vorländer,
  Stephan Ewert),

will give tutorial talks closely related to their project within the CRC.

Accompanying the tutorial talks, hands-on exercises will be offered to gain experience with modern tools (e.g., auditory models, immersive hearing device, binaural localization algorithms, room acoustics software) that have been developed or applied within the CRC for creating, assessing and analyzing communication situation in virtual CAEs with and without hearing supportive algorithms/devices.

The Winter School is also a great opportunity to meet with other students and to discuss your own research and ideas with leading experts. Since many aspects of hearing research are covered by this Winter School, Master and PhD students can try out different subjects, which may give impulses for planning their next career steps.

The Winter School is free from registration fees. The CRC offers 10 stipends for international Master and PhD students and national Master students (for more details, please see below).

For further details about the Winter School, please see below or visit www.hearing-acoustics.de.

We are looking forward to see you in Oldenburg!

Volker Hohmann, Birger Kollmeier & the organization team


About the CRC “Hearing Acoustics“
The common goal of the different research projects in the CRC is to quantitatively characterize the benefit of hearing devices in real-life environments considering complex auditory scenes and audio-visual as well as user-device interactions. Another key element is the transfer of the obtained insights into applications and future hearing devices. The CRC and the Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics provide an attractive research environment within international teams and most advanced research facilities.

Preliminary agenda
The talks and hands-on exercises are clustered in three main sessions which are related to the three research areas of the CRC:
Session 1: 13.03, Monday morning: Models
Session 2: 13.03, Monday afternoon: Algorithms
Session 3: 14.03, Tuesday morning: Applications

Selected talks (preliminary)
• The immersive hearing device: Closing the loop between hearing aid,
  environment and listener (Volker Hohmann)
• Modelling hearing loss and the benefit from hearing devices using
  machine learning (Birger Kollmeier)
• Deep neural networks for modeling human speech perception (Bernd
• Acoustic foundations of musical instrument identification (Kai
• Headphones – Measurement and calibration (Michael Vorländer)
• Communication in virtual audio-visual scenes (Bernhard Seeber)
• The Binaural Speech Intelligibility Model (Tom Brand,
  Jan Rennies-Hochmuth)
• Deep neural networks for signal processing applications (Jörn

Fees, Stipends & Credit Points:
The Winter School is free from registration fees.
The CRC offers 10 stipends for international Master and PhD students and national Master students. International master and doctoral students and national master students in the fields of acoustics, physics, bio-medical or electrical engineering, hearing research, technical audiology or related disciplines can apply for a stipend. Interested candidates should send a brief motivation letter, a CV and copies of their diplomas to volker.hohmann@xxxxxx by 13.03.2023. Participating students can receive 1 ECTS credit point. A certificate of attendance will also be provided.

Volker Hohmann (Stipends, for details see section Fees, Stipends and Credit Points)
Thomas Biberger (for all questions about organisation)

The Winter School will take place in Oldenburg, Germany. The location is at the NeSSY building (W30) at the Wechloy campus of the Oldenburg University.
Küpkersweg 74
26129 Oldenburg

Prof. Dr. Volker Hohmann
Auditory Signal Processing Group
Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics and
Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all
University of Oldenburg
D-26111 Oldenburg

Tel. +49 441 798 5468
FAX  +49 441 798 3903
Email volker.hohmann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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