Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center

April 12, 2019

Les Atlas, PhD

Les Atlas, PhD

Electrical Engineering

Research Interests: Theory of time-frequency and time scale analysis, speech recognition and analysis
Work Summary:

Theory of time-frequency and time scale analysis: almost all physical signals come from systems that are time-varying. Our theory drops all the typical assumptions of stationary increments in time (and space) and is able to directly resolve spectral detail while preserving time dynamics. This theory has been extended to develop optimal time-frequency smoothers for classification and detection applications. Current work is directed toward providing a theoretical foundation for spectral analysis and transformations of the dynamics of time-varying systems. This theory has been applied to sonar, radar, machine and manufacturing monitoring, and speech and music signal analysis.

Biomimetic acoustic analysis: an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Maryland, Boston University and the University of Washington are providing new principals for acoustic analysis. Professor Atlas has provided this team with a new framework for understanding how auditory systems represent signals which are time-varying. This new approach, called “autoambiguity analysis,” has improved the performance of systems used in manufacturing, machine monitoring, and sonar applications.

Speech recognition and analysis: Most researchers agree that most of the information in speech is contained within the time-varying portions of speech. The above time-varying analysis algorithms have been used to determine which aspect of the dynamics is most important for accurate speech recognition and these results have been used to improve recognizer performance.

Links: Lab Website
Publications on Google Scholar