PhD Position in Computational Generation of Expressive Voice

Announcement:     The     Research     Group     on     Media     Technologies     (GTM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4y7I7WMGOg)  at  La  Salle  Campus  Barcelona, Universitat  Ramon  Llull,  offers  a  three-year  PhD  position  on  the  computational production  of  expressive  voice.  The  thesis  will  be  developed  within  the  national research   project   GENIOVOX   (GENeración   computacIOnal   de   VOz   eXpresiva), TEC2016-81107-P).

Description of work: The physics of voice is tremendously intricate involving complex interactions between laminar and turbulent airflow; vibrating, deforming, colliding elastic solids;  and  sound  waves  resonating  in  a  contorting  duct.Numerical  methods,  and  in particular the finite element method, have allowed one to simulate with precision many of  these  phenomena,  and  to  numerically  produce  some  voice  sounds.  Yet  the generated  voice  is  very  neutral,  lacking  of  expressivity.  The  candidate  is  expected  to perform  research  linking  voice  expressivity  effects, extractedfrom  signal  processing techniques, with physical and geometric data of parametric and computational models of the glottal aerodynamics, vocal folds self-oscillations and vocal tract shape. The final goal is to improve the quality of the numerical production of voice.

Candidate  background:  The  candidate  should  preferably  have  a  BSc  degree  in mechanical  or  telecommunications  engineering,  mathematics,  physics,  or  computer science, and a MSc. in acoustics. Strong motivation, outstanding curriculum vitae, team working, good programming skills and fluent spoken and written English will be highly appreciated.

Application    form:    The    candidate    should    send    an    e-mail in    English    to oguasch@salle.url.eduwith a brief description of the applicant particular merits to get the position,a CVand at least one recommendation letter.

Note:The PhD candidate must be a European Community citizen and is expected to start as soon as possible.

CONTACT

Ass. Prof. Oriol Guasch

Department of Engineering, La Salle

R&D, Universitat Ramon Llull. Tel: +34 93 290 24 76. E-mail: oguasch@salle.url.edu

URL: www.salleurl.edu/~oguasch/