[Elsnet-list] Post-doc openning in speaker modelling, recognition and diarization at EURECOM

Nick Evans Nick.Evans at eurecom.fr
Mon Nov 28 17:00:30 CET 2011

Post-Doctoral Research Position, EURECOM

Title: Speaker modeling, recognition and diarization
Department: Multimedia Communications
URL: http://www.eurecom.fr/mm.en.htm
Start date: January/February 2012
Duration: 18 months contract

EURECOM’s Multimedia Communications Department invites applications for 
a full-time, 18-month post-doctoral research position (M/F) to work in 
speaker modeling, recognition and diarization within its Speech and 
Audio Processing Research Group. The group participates in a growing 
number of national, European and direct, industrial research projects.

The performance of text-independent speaker recognition and speaker 
diarization systems typically degrades when only limited 
speaker-specific training data is available. Under such circumstances 
speaker models can be biased or poorly normalized across phones. 
Linguistic mismatch in test or clustering data leads to degraded speaker 
recognition and diarization performance respectively. This work will 
investigate new normalisation and marginalization approaches to improve 
speaker modeling and hence the robustness of recognition and diarization 
systems to nuisance and linguistic variation.

The position is linked to the on-going Adaptable Ambient LIving 
ASsistant (ALIAS) project which is funded through the 
joint-national/European Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) programme. The 
ALIAS project, which involves several European academic and industrial 
partners, aims to develop a mobile robot system that interacts with 
elderly users, monitors and provides cognitive assistance in daily life, 
and promotes social inclusion by creating connections to people and 
events in the wider world. You will be required to work on the research, 
development and integration of speaker diarization, localization and 
recognition systems to identify and track different users in the context 
of an adaptable speech interface. The candidate is expected to represent 
EURECOM at technical project meetings and related international 
scientific events and conferences.

The successful candidate will have been awarded a PhD degree in a 
relevant field of speech processing prior to their joining EURECOM. You 
will have a strong research track record with significant publications 
at leading international conferences. Experience of collaborative 
research projects at the European level is desirable. You will be highly 
motivated to undertake challenging, applied research and have excellent 
English language speaking and writing skills. French language skills are 
a bonus.

Please send to the address below (i) a one page statement of research 
interests and motivation, (ii) your CV and (iii) contact details for two 
referees (preferably one from your PhD or most recent research 
supervisor). The screening of applications will begin immediately and 
the search will continue until the position is filled.

As part of its policy of promoting gender diversity, especially in 
computer science and scientific professions, EURECOM encourages women to 
apply for positions predominantly held by men.

Contact: Dr Nicholas Evans
Postal address:
2229 Route des Crêtes BP 193, F-06904 Sophia Antipolis cedex, France
Email address: evans at eurecom.fr
Web address: http://www.eurecom.fr/main/institute/job.en.htm
Phone: +33/0 4 93 00 81 14
Fax: +33/0 4 93 00 82 00

EURECOM is a graduate school and a Research center in Communication 
Systems, located in Sophia Antipolis technology park, in close proximity 
with a large number of research units of leading multinational 
corporations in the telecommunications, semiconductor and biotechnology 
sectors, as well as other outstanding research and teaching 
institutions. EURECOM was founded in 1991 by TELECOM ParisTech (Ecole 
Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications) and EPFL (Swiss federal 
institute of Lausanne) in a consortium form, combining academic
and industrial partners.

EURECOM deploys its expertise around three major fields: Networking and 
security, Multimedia Communications and Mobile Communications and has a 
strong international scope and strategy. EURECOM is particularly active 
in research in its areas of excellence while also training a large 
number of doctoral candidates. Its contractual research is recognized 
across Europe and contributes largely to its budget.

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