Environmental Sound Recognition (Lorin Wilde )

Subject: Environmental Sound Recognition
From:    Lorin Wilde  <WILDE(at)SPEECH.MIT.EDU>
Date:    Tue, 21 Nov 1995 00:17:09 -0500

Dear Colleagues, Rich Goldhor and I have been researching the problem of Environmental Sound Recognition. We will soon be conducting perceptual experiments that are motivated by the desire to obtain data to aid us develop a device for ESR. The goals are as follows: 1) To develop measures of similarities of environmental sounds that humans would agree with, and 2) To develop structured descriptions of environmental sounds that humans can understand. We have already referenced the following work: Bismarck, G.von (1974). "Timbre of steady sounds: A factorial investigation of its verbal attributes." Acustica, 30(3), 146-159. Bjork, E.A. (1985) "The perceived quality of natural sounds." Acustica, 57(3), 185-188. Bregman, A.S. (1990) Auditory Scene Analysis. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. Brown, G.J. (1992) Computation of Auditory Scene Analysis: A Representational Approach. Ph.D. Thesis . Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield. Cooke, M.P. (1991) Modelling Auditory Processing and Organization. Ph.D. Thesis . Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield. Deutsch, D. (1982) The Psychology of Music. Academic Press, Inc., San Diego, CA. Dorken,E., Milios, E. and Nawab, S.H. (1992) Knowledge-based Signal Processing Applications. In Nawab, H. and Oppenheim, A.V. (eds.) Symbolic and Knowledge-based Signal Processing. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Handel, S. (1993) Listening: An Introduction to the Perception of Auditory Events. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. Voiers, W. D. (1964) "Perceptual basis of speaker identity." J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 36(6), 1065-1073. We would appreciate hearing from anyone who could tell us more about what's out there. As usual, we will share the references we receive with the rest of the mailing list. The original application is targeted as an assistive-device for the deaf; wider applications and theoretical work are also under consideration. If there is anyone who would be interested in talking in more depth, please let me know. Lorin Wilde wilde(at)speech.mit.edu

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