Our weekly meeting again.
Welcome to THS
Guest Speaker: Dr. Akihiko Sugiyama, NEC
Auditory System in a Personal Robot, PaPeRo
Design, implementation and evaluation results of the auditory system for
a personal robot, PaPeRo, is presented. The system consists of
sound-source localization, noise cancellation, and echo cancellation
combined with speech recognition. Sound-source localization incorporates
new formulae taking near-field conditions into account for offsetting
errors caused by the relative altitude of the speech source to the
microphones. In noise cancellation, a novel stepsize control assuming a
wide range of signal-to-noise ratios of the input signal helps achieve
both small residual noise and distortion in the noise-cancelled signal.
New double-talk detection in echo cancellation improves detection
performance by paying attention to the background noise in the detection
measure. Evaluation results with recorded signals in the real
environment demonstrates 40% higher source-localization performance, as
much as 65% and 71% higher speech recognition rates in noisy environment
and during robot utterances. Some video demonstrations are provided.
* Horror movie night - MRE
* Friday Nihongo lessons started 10/7! - Richard
* October Hack-A-Long - MRE
* Beginners HTML class - Rick
* CraftRobo Intro class - Natsuki
* Brewing - THS guinness will be bottled in a week and a half
Show and Tell
* new model of b-geigie "ninja"
* Hackerspace Passports & CCC swag from Bennie
More upcoming events:
* Hackers on a Plane (Nov 6)
* MAKE (1st weekend of Dec)
Attendance (no self-intros this week):
lem, lauren, chris, bennie, ben, ashley, jun, robin, jud, kalin, lionel, arnaud, lochlainn, dr. j, scott, bruce, dr. sugiyama, richard, emery, garrett, jam