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Post-doc in Acoustic Event Detection (US citizens only)

Started by Unknown August 24, 2006
The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) invites
applications for a postdoctoral Fellow position in acoustic event
detection. The Fellow will be working with Nelson Morgan, along with
international colleagues, in the area of the detection of one
particular target word and/or sound in the background of all other
possible words or any other realistic sounds. The applicant is expected
to have strong capabilities in signal processing. Familiarity with
speech algorithms per se is a plus but is not absolutely required.

ICSI is an independent not-for-profit institute located a few blocks
from the University of California Berkeley campus. It is closely
affiliated with the University, and particularly with the EECS
Department. It has world-class activities in Internet research, natural
language processing, bioinformatics, and speech processing. See
www.icsi.berkeley.edu to learn more about ICSI.

The ICSI Speech Group (including its predecessor, the ICSI Realization
Group) has been a source of novel approaches to speech processing since
1988. It is primarily known for its work in speech recognition,
although it has housed major projects in speaker recognition and
metadata extraction in the last few years. The new effort will draw
upon lessons learned in our feature extraction work for speech
recognition.

Applications should include a cover letter, vita, and the names of at
least 3 references (with both postal and email addresses). Applications
should be sent by email to morgan@icsi.berkeley.edu or by postal mail
to:

Director (re Acoustic Event Detection Postdoctoral Search)
ICSI
1947 Center Street Suite 600
Berkeley, CA 94704

ICSI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications
from women and minorities are especially encouraged.

For this particular position, US citizenship is required.

dave_gelbart@yahoo.com wrote:
> The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) invites > applications for a postdoctoral Fellow position in acoustic event > detection. The Fellow will be working with Nelson Morgan, along with > international colleagues, in the area of the detection of one > particular target word and/or sound in the background of all other > possible words or any other realistic sounds.
Like 'bomb' maybe? Now I wonder what the application for this is..... Surely nobody would be so stupid as to use actual names but would use code-names instead. The rain is very heavy in Moscow today comrad but the trees are happy...
Security applications aside, this sort of capability could be useful
for communicating with devices, such as in speech-driven home
automation or a speech "remote control" for home entertainment systems.

"this-email-address-is-invalid" <dave_gelbart@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1156470512.312142.69710@m73g2000cwd.googlegroups.com...
> Security applications aside, this sort of capability could be useful > for communicating with devices, such as in speech-driven home > automation or a speech "remote control" for home entertainment systems. >
It's the US citizens only that is the give away! M. -- Posted via a free Usenet account from http://www.teranews.com
dave_gelbart@yahoo.com wrote:
> The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) invites > applications for a postdoctoral Fellow position in acoustic event > detection. The Fellow will be working with Nelson Morgan, along with > international colleagues, in the area of the detection of one > particular target word and/or sound in the background of all other > possible words or any other realistic sounds. The applicant is expected > to have strong capabilities in signal processing. Familiarity with > speech algorithms per se is a plus but is not absolutely required.
This has to be a hoax. While I have heard this sort of statement privately from reputedly skilled people in the past, I never believed -- and still don't -- I should see this expressed so unequivocally in a signed official document issued by a presumably competent R&D organization: "...detection of detection of one particular target word and/or sound in the background of ***all***other***possible*** words or any other realistic sounds." They don't actually expect competent people to apply, do they? Anyone with infitesimal knowledge of applied DSP would know about that ghost that haunts any data processing project: Ambiguity. Assuming such a project does exist, no skilled professional would apply. Such a person would know that this is sort of project is a one-way street into oblivion. One or two inexperienced yougsters might apply, but that wouldn't matter since they would fall short of stated qualifications. Nah, the ad is a hoax. Rune
Rune Allnor wrote:
> dave_gelbart@yahoo.com wrote: >> The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) invites >> applications for a postdoctoral Fellow position in acoustic event >> detection. The Fellow will be working with Nelson Morgan, along with >> international colleagues, in the area of the detection of one >> particular target word and/or sound in the background of all other >> possible words or any other realistic sounds. The applicant is expected >> to have strong capabilities in signal processing. Familiarity with >> speech algorithms per se is a plus but is not absolutely required. > > This has to be a hoax.
Don't bet the farm on that. It might be the work of an exceedingly stupid person or group. There are some who uncritically believe that technology can accomplish anything. Jerry -- Engineering is the art of making what you want from things you can get. &#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;
well,
      quite funny answers everybody gave, i loved the answer of
allnor.good humour allnor keep it up.

but yes i found the ad on the website too
http://www.icsi.berkeley.edu/about/speechpost.html

regards
particle filter

Rune and Jerry,

If I understand your complaint correctly, I think you are reading the
ad as saying that the detection task is to be accomplished perfectly in
all possible conditions?

I did not write the ad myself but I am sure that perfect performance is
not what the author meant.  As Rune said, that would be a rather
unrealistic expectation.

Regards,
David

Rune Allnor wrote:
> dave_gelbart@yahoo.com wrote: >> The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) invites >> applications for a postdoctoral Fellow position in acoustic event >> detection. The Fellow will be working with Nelson Morgan, along with >> international colleagues, in the area of the detection of one >> particular target word and/or sound in the background of all other >> possible words or any other realistic sounds. The applicant is expected >> to have strong capabilities in signal processing. Familiarity with >> speech algorithms per se is a plus but is not absolutely required. > > This has to be a hoax. > > While I have heard this sort of statement privately from reputedly > skilled people in the past, I never believed -- and still don't -- I > should see this expressed so unequivocally in a signed official > document issued by a presumably competent R&D organization: > > "...detection of detection of one particular target word and/or sound > in the background of ***all***other***possible*** words or any other > realistic sounds." > > They don't actually expect competent people to apply, do they? > > Anyone with infitesimal knowledge of applied DSP would know about > that ghost that haunts any data processing project: Ambiguity. > > Assuming such a project does exist, no skilled professional would > apply. Such a person would know that this is sort of project is a > one-way street into oblivion. One or two inexperienced yougsters > might apply, but that wouldn't matter since they would fall short of > stated qualifications. > > Nah, the ad is a hoax. > > Rune >
I think you are too hasty in your reaction. The description doesn't say a number of relevant things which would affect the feasibility of the task. Are they looking for a particular person saying something, or an arbitrary one? That they say "word or sound" seems to indicate it would be a particular sound, so a particular person. That seems to narrow the problem quite a lot. In many applications precision would not be that big an issue. If it could pick out candidates for human confirmation, with a moderately low false alarm rate, it might be a valuable tool. I think it sounds like a tough problem, but it would only seem like a hoax if homeland security were attached to it. :-) Steve
dave_gelbart@yahoo.com wrote:
> Rune and Jerry, > > If I understand your complaint correctly, I think you are reading the > ad as saying that the detection task is to be accomplished perfectly in > all possible conditions?
No, I am not. I am reading the ad as to say that whatever task the applicant is supposed to work with, is to be attmpted solved by comparing a measured sound by all other possibly measured signals. This is a ridiculous strategy for any task regarding DSP. To whoever accused me of being humourus about the ad: No, this is no joke. I have worked on projects that were the solution was attempted solved by this very strategy. Think what you may about my other writings, but believe me on this if nothing else: This is no joke. People actually try these things and expect them top work. Carreers go bust -- not the carreers of the people in charge, mind you -- , companies go bancrupt, various security issues are blown wide open. This is no joke.
> I did not write the ad myself but I am sure that perfect performance is > not what the author meant. As Rune said, that would be a rather > unrealistic expectation.
If the ad really is for real, I suggest you go back to whoever wrote the ad and ask them to think carefully about what people they attempt to attract by the ad, and who they would like to be repelled by it. Rune