Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Mesaros, Annamaria
Organisation Tampere University
Project title
Teaching machines to listen
Decision No. 332063
Decision date 12.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2025
Funding 438 874
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Project description
Sound event detection from audio has many applications, including assistive technologies for the elderly and hearing impaired, monitoring of industrial activity, noise, or biodiversity. State-of-the-art methods rely on annotated data for learning sound classes, but often there is a gap between how humans are recognizing and annotating sounds and how automatic methods need and are able to provide this information. To date, there is no standard method for collecting and annotating data. Moreover, there is no relevant research on directly utilizing the noisy data produced through manual annotation. The goal of this project is to develop methods for using subjective, noisy data produced by multiple, non-expert annotators, such that the system learns from human opinion, with typical variability of labels and temporal consistency. In addition, the project will develop subjective, user-friendly measures, that reflect human tolerance for certain type of confusions and misalignments.