Course detail

Audio and Speech Processing by Humans and Machines

FIT-ASDAcad. year: 2020/2021

3 day intensive course
Interaction between humans and machines could be greatly enhanced through communication using human sensory signals such as speech. Knowledge of human information processing is critical in the design of such human-machine interfaces.

State doctoral exam - topics:

  1. Which property of human hearing is used in almost all existing techniques for speech recognition.
  2. Describe structure of human ear.
  3. How is frequency analysis of sound done in the ear?
  4. How is the information from ear communicated to human brain?
  5. What is the general tendency of frequency resolution of human hearing? How does it differ from frequency resolution of the Fourier analysis?
  6. What is auditory masking? What it can be good for and why?
  7. What is simultaneous and forward masking in human hearing?
  8. What does loudness of sound depend on?
  9. At which frequencies we hear the best?
  10. Describe some speech analysis techniques that use more advanced knowledge of human hearing.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students learn how to interpret empirical data, how to incorporate these data in models, and how to apply these models to engineering problems. Emphasis is on active research in auditory modelling that exploits special properties of speech.


Not applicable.


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Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Ben Gold, Nelson Morgan, Dan Ellis: Speech and Audio Signal Processing: Processing and Perception of Speech and Music, Wiley-Interscience; 2nd Edition, 2011.
Brian Moore: An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing, 6th Edition, BRILL 2013.
Simon Haykin: Neural Networks And Learning Machines, Pearson Education; Third edition, 2016.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


The course covers concept of signal as a carrier of information, basic principles of processing of cognitive signals, and introduces selected phenomena in auditory and visual perception.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Oral exam.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VTI-DR-4 Doctoral

    branch DVI4 , any year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, elective

  • Programme VTI-DR-4 Doctoral

    branch DVI4 , any year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, elective

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


  • Day 1
    Introduction to processing of information-bearing sensory signals such as speech. Fundamentals of information theory and of pattern classification. Fundamentals of speech production. Conventional techniques for speech analysis (concept of short-term analysis, band-pass filtering, fourier-like transforms, cepstrum, linear prediction).
  • Day 2
    Fundamentals of human auditory perception. Perception of pitch and loudness. Spectral and temporal resolution of hearing. Masking in frequency and in time. Some important speech perception phenomena.
  • Day 3
    Introduction to auditory-like speech analysis techniques. Linear discriminant analysis and its use for deriving optimized spectral basis Temporal domain for speech analysis. Dynamic features of speech and RASTA technique. Multi-stream speech recognition. Recognition from temporal patterns and nonlinear discriminant mapping approaches speech.

Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer