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CFP of special issue of SPEECH COMMUNICATION on speech processing for hearing aids

Speech Communication
Call For Papers
Special Issue on Speech Processing for Hearing Aids

Guest Editors:  Fa-Long Luo, Bernard Widrow and  Caslav Pavlovic

   With the widespread usage of digital hearing aids and increasing demand
their performance, speech processing techniques are playing a more
important role in modern hearing aid systems. Speech processing
for hearing aids includes several topics such as
acquisition, transfer, amplification, transmission, measurement, filtering,
parameter estimation, separation, detection, enhancement and classification
of speech signals. Because of the limitations imposed by the hardware
requirements, computational speed, power supply and other practical factors,
development and implementation of speech
processing techniques for hearing aids remains a challenging and
active area of research.

    This special issue aims to provide a high quality forum for scientists
and engineers interested in hearing-aid design in both the academic and
communities to help guide in the development of new and improved
hearing aids. In addition, it is hoped that the issue will
attract a broad audience in the speech processing community.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

(1) DSP architectures, complexity and  parallel implementation in
hearing aids.
(2)     Speech enhancement and noise reduction. Pause and noise detection.
Advanced spectral subtraction methods. Source separation.
Signal and noise representations and modeling. Listening environment
(3)     Multichannel and array signal processing. Beamforming,
directionality. Binaural listening.
(4)     Perceptually-based processing algorithms. Characterization and
compensation of hearing loss. Spectral enhancement and frequency
transposition. Filter bank, multi-rate, multi-band, frequency and
transform domain processing for hearing aids. Sampling, extrapolation and
(5)     Feedback cancellation. Reduction of device internal noise and
(6)     System tests, performance evaluation, calibration and parameter
(7)     Adaptive signal processing, nonlinear signal processing,
higher-order based  signal processing, intelligent signal processing for
hearing aids.

The schedule of the special issue is as follows.

Manuscript Submission:  July 1, 2001
Notification  of Decision: September 30, 2001
Final Manuscripts due: December 16,  2001
Tentative Publication date: April, 2002.

  Prospective authors should follow the regular paper preparation guidelines
of Speech Communications
(http://www.elsevier.com/inca/publications/store/5/0/5/5/9/7/) and send six
hard copies or electronic file ( .pdf or .ps format) to:

                                                      Dr. Fa-Long Luo
                                                      GN ReSound Corporation
                                                      220 Saginaw Drive
                                                      Redwood City, CA 94063
                                                      Fax: 650-261-2284