Idiap has a new opening for a PhD position in speech processing applied to classification of motor speech disorders

The Idiap Research Institute seeks qualified candidates for one PhD student position in the field of speech processing and classification of motor speech disorders from the speech signal (pathological speech analysis and synthesis for perception and production).

The research will be conducted in the framework of the Swiss NSF funded Sinergia project MoSpeeDi (Motor Speech Disorders: characterizing phonetic speech planning and motor speech programming/execution and their impairments). This is a consortium project that involves Idiap, the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Science of University of Geneva, the Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie, Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, and the Department of Neurology, Geneva University Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva.
Motor speech disorders refer to a broad set of altered speech dimensions (articulation, speech rate, voice, prosody) and of impaired speech processes, which alter dramatically patients’ communication skills in the course of several neurological diseases, including stroke and neurodegenerative diseases.
The research will be focused on feature extraction and classification of impaired/healthy speech and its subtypes that will include apraxia of speech, and several types of dysarthria incl. Parkinson’s disease. The project partners will provide data recording and clinical evaluation.
The ideal PhD candidate should hold a Master degree in computer science, electrical engineering or related fields. S/he should have a background in statistics or applied mathematics, optimization, linear algebra and signal processing. The applicant should also have strong programming skills and be familiar with MATLAB, C/C++, and various scripting languages such as Python and with the Linux environment.
The successful PhD candidate will become a doctoral student at EPFL conditional on parallel application to, and acceptance by, the EPFL Doctoral School ( Appointment for the PhD position is for a maximum of 4 years, provided successful progress, and should lead to a dissertation. Annual gross salary ranges from 47,000 Swiss Francs (first year) to 50,000 Swiss Francs (last year). Starting date is immediate or to be negotiated in 2017. All queries related to the advertised position can be sent to Prof. Hervé Bourlard .

To apply for this position, click on the following link: PhD position in speech processing applied to classification of motor speech disorders