When: Friday 9th July, 2pm AEST (please note the unusual day and time!)
Where: This seminar will be presented online via Zoom, RSVP here.
Speaker: Prof Kazuhiro Nakadai, Honda Research Institute Japan
Title: Robot Audition and Computational Auditory Scene Analysis
In this talk, I will present “robot audition”, which was founded by Prof. Hiroshi G. Okuno and myself in 2000. It is a research area that bridges robotics, signal processing, AI, aiming at developing technology to deal with real-world as an extension of computational auditory scene analysis. Many approaches have been studied so far, including binaural processing, microphone array processing, and integration with deep learning. Primary functions such as sound source localization, sound source separation, and automatic speech recognition are now bundled and released as open source software for robot audition, HARK, which has been continuously downloaded over 10,000 times every year since its release in 2008. Currently, there are two main research streams in robot audition. One is to expand robot audition to various research fields such as drone audition and bird song analysis, since basic robot audition technology has matured to some extent. The other is to delve deeper robot audition to develop missing techniques and improve robustness, thus paving the way for practical applications and exploring the basic principles. This talk overviews the above-mentioned topics with movies.
Kazuhiro Nakadai received a B.E. in electrical engineering in 1993, an M.E. in information engineering in 1995, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2003 from the University of Tokyo. He worked with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone for four years as a system engineer from 1995 to 1999. After that, he worked on the Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, ERATO, JST as a researcher from 1999 to 2003. Currently, he is a principal scientist for Honda Research Institute Japan, Co., Ltd. He has had a concurrent position at Tokyo Institute of Technology, as a visiting associate professor from 2006 to 2010, a visiting professor from 2011 to 2017, and a specially-appointed professor from July, 2017. He also had a concurrent position as a guest professor at Waseda University from 2011 to 2018. His research interests include AI, robotics, signal processing, computational auditory scene analysis, multi-modal integration and robot audition. He has been an executive board member for JSAI from 2015 to 2016, and for RSJ from 2017 to 2018. He is also a member of JSAI, RSJ, IPSJ, ASJ, HIS, ISCA, ACM and IEEE.