This is the course material for CSC 83060: Speech and Audio Understanding at the CUNY Graduate Center, as taught by Michael Mandel in Spring 2019.

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Topics (syllabus)

Note that this schedule might change, so check back frequently!

Date Room Content Assignments due Useful
2019/01/25 4422 Introduction and DSP Links01
Part I: Fundamentals
2019/02/01 4422 Time-frequency and Acoustics
2019/02/08 4422 Auditory perception Links03
2019/02/15 4422 The auditory brain
2019/02/22 4422 Troubleshooting neural networks
2019/03/01 4422 Project proposal presentations Project proposal presentations
Part II: Core machine listening topics
2019/03/08 4422 Speech models and speech synthesis
2019/03/15 4422 Jyothi cs753
2019/03/22 4422
2019/03/29 4422 Vincent et al 2016
2019/04/05 4422 Music analysis and modeling Links09
2019/04/12 4422 Links10
2019/04/19 [No class]
2019/04/26 [No class]
2019/05/03 4422 Environmental sound analysis
2019/05/10 4422 Final project presentations Final project presentations
2019/05/17 [No class] Final papers due

Textbooks ( bookstore link)

Richard Lyon (2018), Human and Machine Hearing: Extracting meaning from sound. Cambridge University Press. Author's corrected manuscript.
Mark Gales and Steve Young (2007), "The application of hidden Markov models in speech recognition". Foundations and Trends in Signal Processing. Vol. 1, No. 3, pp 195-304.
Markus Schedl, Emilia Gómez and Julián Urbano (2014), "Music Information Retrieval: Recent Developments and Applications", Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval: Vol. 8: No. 2-3, pp 127-261.
Tuomas Virtanen, Rita Singh, and Bhiksha Raj (2012), Techniques for Noise Robustness in Automatic Speech Recognition. Wiley.
Ben Gold, Nelson Morgan, and Daniel Ellis (2011), Speech and Audio Signal Processing: Processing and Perception of Speech and Music. Second edition. Wiley.
Alan V. Oppenheim and Ronald W. Schafer (2010), "Discrete-Time Signal Processing". Third Edition. Pearson. And its companion website


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