Studies on auditory processing of spatial sound and speech by neuromagnetic measurements and computational modeling

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Palomäki, Kalle
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-17T07:04:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-17T07:04:09Z
dc.date.issued 2005-06-17
dc.identifier.isbn 951-22-7717-4
dc.identifier.issn 1456-6303
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/2582
dc.description.abstract This thesis addresses the auditory processing of spatial sound and speech. The thesis consists of two research branches: one, magnetoencephalographic (MEG) brain measurements on spatial localization and speech perception, and two, construction of computational auditory scene analysis models, which exploit spatial cues and other cues that are robust in reverberant environments. In the MEG research branch, we have addressed the processing of the spatial stimuli in the auditory cortex through studies concentrating to the following issues: processing of sound source location with realistic spatial stimuli, spatial processing of speech vs. non-speech stimuli, and finally processing of range of spatial location cues in the auditory cortex. Our main findings are as follows: Both auditory cortices respond more vigorously to contralaterally presented sound, whereby responses exhibit systematic tuning to the sound source direction. Responses and response dynamics are generally larger in the right hemisphere, which indicates right hemispheric specialization in the spatial processing. These observations hold over the range of speech and non-speech stimuli. The responses to speech sounds are decreased markedly if the natural periodic speech excitation is changed to random noise sequence. Moreover, the activation strength of the right auditory cortex seems to reflect processing of spatial cues, so that the dynamical differences are larger and the angular organization is more orderly for realistic spatial stimuli compared to impoverished spatial stimuli (e.g. isolated interaural time and level difference cues). In the auditory modeling part, we constructed models for the recognition of speech in the presence of interference. Firstly, we constructed a system using binaural cues in order to segregate target speech from spatially separated interference, and showed that the system outperforms a conventional approach at low signal-to-noise ratios. Secondly, we constructed a single channel system that is robust in room reverberation using strong speech modulations as robust cues, and showed that it outperforms a baseline approach in the most reverberant test conditions. In this case, the baseline approach was specifically optimized for recognition of speech in reverberation. In summary, this thesis addresses the auditory processing of spatial sound and speech in both brain measurement and auditory modeling. The studies aim to clarify cortical processes of sound localization, and to construct computational auditory models for sound segregation exploiting spatial cues, and strong speech modulations as robust cues in reverberation. en
dc.format.extent 74, [app]
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Helsinki University of Technology en
dc.publisher Teknillinen korkeakoulu fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Report / Helsinki University of Technology, Laboratory of Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 74 en
dc.relation.haspart Palomäki K., Alku P., Mäkinen V., May P. and Tiitinen H., 2000. Sound localization in the human brain: neuromagnetic observations. NeuroReport 11 (7), pages 1535-1538.
dc.relation.haspart Palomäki K. J., Tiitinen H., Mäkinen V., May P. and Alku P., 2002. Cortical processing of speech sounds and their analogues in a spatial auditory environment. Cognitive Brain Research 14 (2), pages 294-299. [article2.pdf] © 2002 Elsevier Science. By permission.
dc.relation.haspart Alku P., Sivonen P., Palomäki K. J. and Tiitinen H., 2001. The periodic structure of vowel sounds is reflected in human electromagnetic brain responses. Neuroscience Letters 298 (1), pages 25-28. [article3.pdf] © 2001 Elsevier Science. By permission.
dc.relation.haspart Palomäki K. J., Tiitinen H., Mäkinen V., May P. and Alku P., 2005. Spatial processing in human auditory cortex: the effects of 3D, ITD, and ILD stimulation techniques. Cognitive Brain Research, accepted for publication. [article4.pdf] © 2005 Elsevier Science. By permission.
dc.relation.haspart Palomäki K. J., Brown G. J. and Wang D. L., 2004. A binaural processor for missing data speech recognition in the presence of noise and small-room reverberation. Speech Communication 43 (4), pages 361-378. [article5.pdf] © 2004 Elsevier Science. By permission.
dc.relation.haspart Palomäki K. J., Brown G. J. and Barker J., 2004. Techniques for handling convolutional distortion with 'missing data' automatic speech recognition. Speech Communication 43 (1-2), pages 123-142. [article6.pdf] © 2004 Elsevier Science. By permission.
dc.subject.other Medical sciences en
dc.subject.other Electrical engineering en
dc.title Studies on auditory processing of spatial sound and speech by neuromagnetic measurements and computational modeling en
dc.type G5 Artikkeliväitöskirja fi
dc.description.version reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Electrical and Communications Engineering en
dc.contributor.department Sähkö- ja tietoliikennetekniikan osasto fi
dc.subject.keyword spatial localization en
dc.subject.keyword auditory cortex en
dc.subject.keyword MEG en
dc.subject.keyword N1m en
dc.subject.keyword binaural models en
dc.subject.keyword CASA en
dc.subject.keyword missing data speech recognition en
dc.identifier.urn urn:nbn:fi:tkk-005361
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (artikkeli) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (article-based) en
dc.contributor.lab Laboratory of Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing en
dc.contributor.lab Akustiikan ja äänenkäsittelytekniikan laboratorio fi


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