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Investigating Speech Processing In Realistic Environments 

In everyday life, people recognise speech under a wide range of conditions that are "non-optimal" relative to the controlled conditions in laboratory experiments. Traditional research methods can only deal with the effects of individual "adverse" conditions. This has contributed to the fragmentation of speech communication research into numerous sub-disciplines that have little interaction. While each type of adversity can have important consequences on its own, it is often the combination of conditions that conspire to create serious communication problems, especially for elderly and hearing impaired persons.

Starting Jan 2012, the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network Investigating Speech Processing In Realistic Environments (INSPIRE) provides research opportunities for 13 PhD students (Early Stage Researchers - ESRs) and 3 postdocs (Experienced Researchers - ERs) to study speech communication in real-world conditions. The network consists of 10 European research institutes and 7 associated partners (5 companies and 2 academic hospitals). The senior researchers in the network are academics in computer science, engineering, psychology, linguistics, hearing science, as well as R&D scientists from leading businesses in acoustics and hearing instruments, and ENT specialists.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no FP7-PEOPLE-2011-290000.

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The Big Listen!
The Big Listen!
Help researchers develop the next generation of hearing aids by taking "The Big Listen", a 5-minute online listening test developed as part of the INSPIRE project.
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Training young researchers
Training young researchers
A major purpose of the INSPIRE European network is to get trained in various skills in order to get as many competencies as possible during the PhD studying period.
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Speech and cognition
Speech and cognition
Read about the use of eye-tracking in the INSPIRE project and how your pupil size can tell us about how much effort you put into understanding speech.
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The idea behind INSPIRE
The idea behind INSPIRE
A few years ago, Bert Cranen, professor at Radboud University, got an idea that led to the establishment of this European Training Network which goes a bit beyond the usual disciplinary boundaries.
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INSPIRE winter schools
INSPIRE winter schools
The network organizes open winter schools which generate many interactions and stimulate discussion amongst young speech researchers.
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INSPIRE News

  • The INSPIRE winter school "Talker-listener interactions" will take place in London, England, from Tuesday 20 January to Friday 23 January, 2015. Click here for winter school information.

  • The 7th workshop on Speech in Noise will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the 8th and 9th of January 2015. The program for the 7th workshop...

  • The INSPIRE workshop "Use of speech synthesis for psychoacoustic and phonetics research" will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from Tuesday 8 July to Friday 11 July,...

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