- Speech recognition by humans and machines
- Hearing aid signal processing
- The appilication of machine learning to audio processing
Dr Jon Barker is a Reader in Computer Science in the Speech and Hearing Research Group. He has a first degree in Electrical and Information Sciences from Cambridge University, UK. After receiving a PhD from the University of Sheffield in 1999, he has worked at GIPSA-lab, Grenoble and IDIAP research institute in Switzerland and has had a permanent post at Sheffield since 2002.
Current Research Projects:
AVCOGHEAR is a multidisplicanary EPSRC funded project in collaboration with the University of Stirling for developing a next-generation multimodal hearing aid. The aid will be designed to help users in noisy environments, the device will use a miniaturised camera that can lip read, process information in real time, and seamlessly fuse and switch between audio and visual cues. The project team span computer science, pyschology, hearing researcher with advice from an industrial partner, Phonak.