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Graz University of Technology
Signal Processing and Speech Communication Laboratory (SPSC)

 Contact data
StreetInffeldgasse 16c 
ZIP, City, Region 8010 - Graz, Austria (Styria) 
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 Contact person

Prof. Dr. Gernot Kubin (Head of Department)
 Employees (Total)
Total: 11-50  number of researches: 18

 Central aim of organisation
Research & education centre in nonlinear signal processing & computational intelligence, algorithm engineering, circuits & systems modelling/design

 Briefly describe your organisation
In 2000, the Signal Processing and Speech Communication Laboratory (SPSC Lab) of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) was founded as a research and education centre in nonlinear signal processing and computational intelligence, algorithm engineering, as well as circuits & systems modelling and design, and covers applications in wireless communications, speech/audio communication, and Internet technologies.

Competences of the SPSC Lab
The SPSC Lab has run for seven years the Christian-Doppler Laboratory for Nonlinear Signal Processing at TUGraz in collaboration with the microelectronics industry, it is strongly connected to the COMET K1-centre (Competence Centres for Excellent Technologies) Vienna Telecommunications Research Centre FTW, and it has been active in two projects of the EU FP6 IST program: EUROPCOM on UltraWideBand Communications and SNOW on interfaces for nomadic workers in industrial environments.

The lab has built up a broad knowledge base on signal processing methods for mixed-signal systems and circuits. Fundamental work has been done on adaptive identification of nonlinear mixed-signal systems, nonlinear multi-rate signal processing, digital calibration of data converters, advanced algorithms for ultra wideband communications and all-digital phase-locked loops, adaptive digital predistortion for nonlinear power amplifiers, and reconfigurable radio terminals.

Other work of the lab addresses speech and audio communication, in particular automatic document creation and media mining using speech recognition, speaker identification, separation, and localization using microphone arrays, machine learning algorithms and sensor network applications.

Since 2006 the SPSC Lab is partner in COAST - Competence Network for Advanced Speech Technologies. The competence network COAST is concerned with research and development in the field of speech recognition and speech interpretation with large lexicons for professional applications. For further details please see the COAST website (www.coast.at).

 Core Competency

Research & Development

 ICT sectors:
- Multimedia, Pattern Recognition     
   - Pattern Processing     
   - Audiovisual Devices and Communication     
- Software- and Data Processing     
   - Digital Systems     
   - Information and Multimedia Retrieval     
- Systems- and Network Technology     
   - Internet Technologies     
   - Network and Broadband Technologies     
- Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics     
   - Man-Machine Interaction     
   - Artificial Intelligence     
   - Speech Technology     
   - Data Mining     
- Micro- and Nanoelectronics, Embedded Systems     
   - Embedded Systems and Real-time Systems     
- Radio Frequency Technologies     
   - High Frequency Technology, Microwave Technology     
   - RFID     
   - Wireless & Mobile Communication     
 RTD Experiences & Publications

 My organisation has been involved in projects funded by the following EU-programmes
  Coordinator  Partner 
EU Framework Programme (FP)

 Austrian Research and Development Projects
  Coordinator  Partner 
Non-cooperative Projects (Single projects)        
Cooperative Projects
Education Projects (Thesis, ..)

 RTD Experience
Currently, there are 1 full professor, 1 associate professor, 3 assistant professors, 2 postdocs, and 20+ PhD student researchers affiliated with the lab. About 80% of the researchers are financed from third-party funds, the lab has published about 250 international peer-reviewed publications and 18 patents in the past 8 years, it graduates about 3 PhD students per year, and 5 PhD students received best paper awards at major international conferences in the past 5 years.

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2009-04-24 / 2011-12-13