Invited Speakers

Birger Kollmeier
Professor and Head,
Medical Physics Section,
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Oldenburg, Germany
Birger Kollmeier received the Ph.D. degree in physics and the M.D./Ph.D. degree in medicine in Gottingen, Germany. He was Assistant Professor (1986-1992) and, subsequent to his "Habilitation", Associate Professor (1992-1993) at the Third Institute of Physics, Gottingen. Since 1993, he has been a Full Professor in experimental and applied physics at the University of Oldenburg, Head of the Medical Physics Group, Scientific Director of the Horzentrum Oldenburg. Since 2000, he has been Speaker of the National Center of Excellence in biomedical engineering "hearing aid system technology (HorTech) and since 2008 he is Head of the Fraunhofer Project Group Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology (HSA) and Chairmen of the "Centre for Hearing Research" (Lower Saxony). He supervised 45 Ph.D. dissertations and authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers and five books in various areas of hearing research, speech processing, auditory neuroscience, and audiology. Dr. Kollmeier was awarded several fellowships and scientific prizes, including the Lothar-Cremer-Preis of the German Acoustical Society and the Alcatel-SEL Research Prize for technical communication. He is past-president of the German Audiological Society. 
Auditory Perception based Speech Enhancement
-Auditory perception of speech and the perceptual basis of speech enhancement
-Speech enhancement for hearing-impaired listeners
-Subjective and Objective Speech Quality measures to assess speech enhancement outcome

B. Yegnanarayana
Professor and Microsoft Chair,
Speech and Vision laboratory
IIIT Hyderabad
B. Yegnanarayana received the B.Sc. degree from Andhra University, Waltair, India, in 1961, and the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, India, in 1964, 1966, and 1974, respectively. He is a Professor and Microsoft Chair at the International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH). Prior to joining IIITH, he was a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India, from 1980 to 2006. He was the Chairman of the Department from 1985 to 1989. He was a Visiting Associate Professor of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, from 1977 to 1980. He was a member of the faculty at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, from 1966 to 1978. He has supervised 35 M.S. theses and 25 Ph.D. dissertations. His research interests are in signal processing, speech, image processing, and neural networks. He has published over 300 papers in these areas in IEEE journals and other international journals, and in the proceedings of national and international conferences. He is also the author of the book Artificial Neural Networks (Prentice-Hall of India, 1999). Dr. Yegnanarayana was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing from 2003 to 2006. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, and a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He was the recipient of the Third IETE Prof. S. V. C. Aiya Memorial Award in 1996. He received the Prof. S. N. Mitra memorial Award for the year 2006 from the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Enhancement of speech exploiting speech production characteristics
- Distant speech
- Multispeaker mixed data
- Throat microphone speech

Walter Kellermann

Chair of Multimedia Communications and Signal Processing,
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Walter Kellermann received the Dipl.-Ing. (univ.) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1983, and the Dr.-Ing. degree ('with distinction') from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, in 1988. From 1989 to 1990, he was a Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. In 1990, he joined Philips Kommunikations Industrie, Nuremberg, Germany. From 1993 to 1999 he was a professor at the Fachhochschule Regensburg before he joined the University Erlangen-Nuremberg as a professor and head of the audio research laboratory in 1999. In 1999 he co-founded the consulting firm DSP Solutions. Dr. Kellermann authored or co-authored 16 book chapters and more than 160 refereed papers in journals and conference proceedings. He served as an associate editor and as guest editor to various journals, e.g., to the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing from 2000 to 2004, and to the EURASIP Journal on Signal Processing. Presently he serves as associate editor to the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing and as a Member of the Overview Editorial Board for the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was the general chair of the 5th International Workshop on Microphone Arrays in 2003 and the IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics in 2005. He was the general co-chair of the 2nd International Workshop on Hands-free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays (HSCMA) in 2008 and is a designated general co-chair for HSCMA 2010. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for 2007 and 2008. He currently serves as a Chair of the Technical Committee for Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He is an IEEE Fellow.
Natural acoustic human/machine interfaces
- Acoustic Echo Control: From Single-Channel to Massive Multi-channel Reproduction
- Spatial Filtering for Source Extraction - From Supervised to Blind Methods
- Localization and Speech De-reverberation

Tutorial Speakers

S. R. M. Prasanna
Associate Professor ,
Dept. of Electronics and Communication Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati,
Guwahati, India.
Topic: Overview of speech enhancement.
Chandra Sekhar S
Assistant Professor,
Electrical Communication Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Topic: Statistical methods for speech   enhancement.
T. V. Sreenivas
Electrical Communication Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Topic: Wiener filtering based speech enhancement methods.
P. Krishnamoorthy
Lead Engineer,
Samsung India Software Center
Noida, India
Topic: Quality measures and evaluation of speech enhancement.

Gautham J. Mysore
Research Scientist,
Advanced Technology Labs
Adobe Systems, San Francisco, USA

Topic: Audio source separation: Algorithms and applications.