INSPIRE: Investigating Speech Processing In Realistic Environments

Principal investigator
Martin Cooke (PI); Bert Cranen (Coordinator).
Mª Luisa García Lecumberri, Paul Iverson, Valerie Hazan, Sven Mattys, Odette Scharenborg, Torsten Dau, Jon Barker, Mark Huckvale, Stuart Rosen, Hugo Van hamme, Tuomas Virtanen, Esther Janse.
2012 - 2015
Grant Number
FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN Marie Curie Initial Training Network
Awarded by
European Union

In everyday life, people recognise speech under a wide range of conditions that are “non-optimal” relative to the controlled conditions in laboratory experiments. Traditional research methods can only deal with the effects of individual “adverse” conditions. This has contributed to the fragmentation of speech communication research into numerous sub-disciplines that have little interaction. While each type of adversity can have important consequences on its own, it is often the combination of conditions that conspire to create serious communication problems, especially for elderly and hearing impaired persons.