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Mr Vlad Stefan Paul BEng, MSc

Postgraduate Research Student

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Vlad Paul is a Postgraduate Research Student at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Vlad graduated from the Jade University of Applied Sciences Oldenburg with a BEng in Hearing Technology and Audiology in 2018. His thesis was about the synthesis of bass guitar sounds and a comparison between different signal processing algorithms. He then graduated with an MSc. in Acoustical Engineering in 2020 from ISVR and wrote his thesis on the use of heuristic methods to improve audio source separation results using Non-Negative Matrix Factorisation. The algorithms were successfully applied to stereo mixtures of different instruments. In October 2019 he joined the VAAE team and started a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Philip Nelson and Dr. Filippo Fazi. His main area of research is signal processing and its application to problems in audio and acoustics. He has a particular interest in the application of neural networks to problems in audio signal processing and is working on fundamental properties of such networks, in addition to their application in acoustics. He is currently working on the application of neural networks to the source separation problem.

Research interests

Machine learning, audio source separation, spatial audio, signal processing

PhD research

Vlad is funded by the UKRI for a 3.5 years PhD project

Research group

Signal Processing, Audio and Hearing Group

Affiliate research group

Virtual Acoustics and Audio Engineering

Research project(s)

Virtual Acoustics in Hearing Aid Research

Development of a low-cost and small-footprint virtual acoustics system for evaluating spatial hearing outcomes for hearing aid and cochlear implant users in clinic.

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  • Organiser of the weekly VAAE meetings
Mr Vlad Stefan Paul
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom
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