ECE 537
Speech Processing Fundamentals

Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
E LEC 1200 - 1250 M W F   3013 ECE Building  Jont Allen
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Official Description Development of an intuitive understanding of speech processing by the auditory system, in three parts. I): The theory of acoustics of speech production, introductory acoustic phonetics, inhomogeneous transmission line theory (and reflectance), room acoustics, the short-time Fourier Transform (and its inverse), and signal processing of speech (LPC, CELP, VQ). II): Psychoacoustics of speech perception, critical bands, masking (JNDs), and the physiology of the auditory pathway (cochlear modeling). III): Information theory entropy, channel capacity, the confusion matrix, state models, EM algorithms, and Bayesian networks. Presentation of classic papers on speech processing and speech perception by student groups. MATLAB (or equivalent) programming in majority of assignments. Course Information: Prerequisite: ECE 310.
Subject Area Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering, and Acoustics
Course Prerequisites Credit in ECE 310
Course Directors Jont Allen
Detailed Description and Outline

If you are a serious student and really want to learn how speech is generated, processed and understood by the brain, please join us at:

Aspects of information theory, speech and signal processing are on the table.

This is for the serious student. You will get a great job if you take this course.

Prof Allen

Computer Usage

Matlab will be used in homeworks


A final report will replace a final exam.


J. Flanagan, J. Allen, and M. Hasagawa-Johnson, Speech Analysis Synthesis and Perception, 3rd ed., 2008. (Electronic format provided by instructor.)

Last updated: 9/22/2014 by Jont Allen