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PhD Studentship: Generating Localised Sound Fields to Promote Conversational Privacy

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £19,237
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 4th June 2024
Closes: 1st July 2024
Reference: PGR-2324-098

To enhance the privacy of human conversations, this project will investigate the coordinated use of a set of loudspeakers modify the acoustic conditions. Techniques from spatial audio, noise cancellation and array processing, such as beamforming and sound field control, may be adapted to satisfy this objective perceptually, within a machine learning framework. The work will be realized as a responsive multi-channel sound system and evaluated in terms of its auditory performance, combining audio experiments with computer-based development.

The University of Surrey hosts arguably the widest range of excellent audio and audio-visual research facilities in the UK, including the Surrey Sound Sphere and around 30 associated studio, control room, listening room and lab spaces.

The project benefits from the excellent scientific environment, facilities and resources provided by the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey and from collaboration with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). The researchers can also spend time on site at NPL and be part of the wider collaborative network between NPL, University of Surrey and the University of Strathclyde. A generous stipend is offered in addition to funding for tuition fees and research training.

We are looking for intelligent, capable a nd well-motivated applicants with MEng / MSc degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science.  The scholarship is primarily open to UK nationals; EU, Commonwealth  or USA nationals may also be considered.

Supervisor: Professor Philip Jackson

Entry requirements

Open to candidates who pay UK/home rate fees. See UKCISA for further information. Starting in October 2024. Later start dates may be possible, please contact Professor Philip Jackson once deadline passes.

You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for our PhD programme.

Candidate profile

  • A First Class undergraduate degree or MSc with Distinction (or equivalent overseas qualification) in mathematics, computer science, physics or engineering.
  • Excellent mathematical, analytic, and programming skills. 
  • Previous experience in tomographic imaging would be advantageous.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Vision, Speech and Signal Processing PhD programme page.

In place of a research proposal, you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for and the name of the relevant supervisor.

Funding

Generous top up on the standard £19,237 (for 2024/25). Funding is for 3.5 years.

Enquiries: Contact Professor Philip Jackson 

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