Postdoc or PhD Position at TU Berlin (Ivo Trowitzsch )

Subject: Postdoc or PhD Position at TU Berlin
From:    Ivo Trowitzsch  <ivot@xxxxxxxx>
Date:    Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:24:55 +0100

MACHINE LEARNING & BIO-INSPIRED AUDITORY PROCESSING The succesful candidate will develop and apply signal processing and machine learning techniques in order to detect and annotate acoustic events in an auditory scene analysis and an quality of experience setting. Project and position are part of an international collaborative project which is funded through the EU FET Open scheme (see brief description below). Starting date: Immediate Salary level: E-13 TV-L The position is for a maximum of three years. Candidates should hold a recent PhD-degree (Postdoc position) or Diplom-/Master- degree (PhD position), should have excellent programming skills, and should have good knowledge in the machine learning field. Candidates with research experience in Machine Learning or applications to auditory processing will be preferred. Application material (CV, list of publications, abstract of PhD thesis (if applicable), abstract of Diplom-/Master/Thesis, copies of certificates and two letters of reference) should be sent to: Prof. Dr. Klaus Obermayer MAR 5-6, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Marchstrasse 23 10587 Berlin, Germany email: oby@xxxxxxxx preferably by email. All applications received before January 26th, 2014, will be given full consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. TUB seeks to increase the proportion of women and particularly encourages women to apply. Women will be preferred given equal qualification. Disabled persons will be preferred given equal qualification. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Consortium Summary: TWO!EARS replaces current thinking about auditory modelling by a systemic approach in which human listeners are regarded as multi-modal agents that develop their concept of the world by exploratory interaction. The goal of the project is to develop an intelligent, active computational model o auditory perception and experience in a multi-modal context. Our novel approach is based on a structural link from binaural perception to judgment and action, realised by interleaved signal-driven (bottom-up) and hypothesis-driven (top-down) processing within an innovative expert system architecture. The system achieves object formation based on Gestalt principles, meaning assignment, knowledge acquisition and representation, learning, logic-based reasoning and reference-based judgment. More specifically, the system assigns meaning to acoustic events by combining signal- and symbol-based processing in a joint model structure, integrated with proprioceptive and visual percepts. It is therefore able to describe an acoustic scene in much the same way that a human listener can, in terms of the sensations that sounds evoke (e.g. loudness, timbre, spatial extent) and their semantics (e.g. whether the sound is unexpected or a familiar voice). Our system will be implemented on a robotic platform, which will actively parse its physical environment, orientate itself and move its sensors in a humanoid manner. The system has an open architecture, so that it can easily be modified or extended. This is crucial, since the cognitive functions to be modelled are domain and application specific. TWO!EARS will have significant impact on future development of ICT wherever knowledge and control of aural experience is relevant. It will also benefit research in related areas such as biology, medicine and sensory and cognitive psychology.

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