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ISVR-SPCG-05 PhD/EngD:Automated detection and analysis of changes to speech breathing pattern in congestive lung disease

An EPSRC Industrial CASE studentship with Philips Research and the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) to develop and validate methods of automated detection of breathing patterns from speech.

The project will form part of a larger programme of research into the use of breathing patterns in speech as a measure of respiratory health and airway patency, with particular focus on congestive and obstructive lung diseases. It will involve development, testing and validation of algorithms and protocols to measure breathing parameters from recorded speech.

 The successful candidate will research within the Signal Processing and Control Group (SPCG) in the ISVR: ( with periods of professional work at Philips Research (Cambridge) ( 

The studentship is expected to start in October 2011 and will last for 3 and a half years. Applicants should be UK or EU students; For UK applicants the studentship covers UK fees and provides a tax free stipend of £16,600 per year. EU students are eligible to receive fees only. The studentship is not available to non UK/EU students due to EPSRC restrictions.

Entry requirements: This studentship is available to candidates with the equivalent of a first class or upper-second class degree in a related discipline, having an interest in signal processing for biomedical applications. Experience of using Matlab, undertaking statistical analyses and working with human subjects would all be advantageous skills.

If you wish to discuss the project informally, please contact Dr Anna Barney, ISVR Signal Processing and Control Group , Email: Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 3734.

How to apply:  Please send a full CV together with a personal statement (~300 words, stating why you particularly want to do a PhD, why you think you are suited to a research degree and what particularly attracts you to this project) to: Dr Anna Barney (

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