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Dr. Naomi Harte

Assistant Prof. in Digital Media Systems (Electronic & Elect. Engineering)

Dr. Harte is an Assistant Professor in Digital Media Systems in the School of Engineering. She was appointed as an SFI Engineering Initiative Lecturer in Digital Media in 2008. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Harte worked in high-tech start-ups in the field of DSP Systems Development, including her own company founded in 2002. She also previously worked in McMaster University in Canada. Dr. Harte's specialist area is Human Speech Communication. Her industrial background brings a real-world approach to her research. Her work involves the design and application of mathematical algorithms to enhance or augment speech communication between humans and technology. Since her appointment, she has established a strong international reputation in the speech processing community. Dr. Harte's research simultaneously represents academic excellence and industrial relevance. She has published over 60 peer reviewed papers in her specialist areas. For the past two years, Dr. Harte has been involved in a major collaboration with Google Chrome and YouTube, leading to multiple patent applications and publications.
  Audio-visual speech processing   Birdsong Analysis   Emotion in Speech   Human-Computer Interaction   Information/Communication Systems   Multimedia   SPEECH   SPEECH RECOGNITION   Signal Processing   Speaker Recognition   Speech Biometrics   Speech Quality   Speech processing/technology
Dynamic Visual Features and Improved Audio-Visual Fusion for Automatic Speech Recognition
Robust Speaker Verification
Audio-Visual Fusion for Human Computer Interaction.
Speech Quality for VoIP
Advanced Metrics for Audio-Visual Signal Quality in Internet Communications

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. TCD Representative to MIDAS (MicroElectronics Design Association of Ireland) . Irish representative to the EU COST Action 2101 entitled "Biometrics for Identity Documents and Smart cards" . Irish representative to the EU COST Action IC1006 Integrating Biometrics and Forensics for the Digital Age . ICT Evaluator for FP6 ICT Call FP6-2004-SME-COOP in Co-operative research (Research involving SMEs, Universities and research organisations). Acted as Group Rapporteur. . Expert Evaluator for FP7 Call FP7-REGIONS-2012-2013-1 in Transnational cooperation between regional research-driven clusters (Feb & March 2012)
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IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) EURASIP (European Association for Signal Processing)
A Hines, J Skoglund, A Kokaram, N Harte, Robustness of speech quality metrics to background noise and network degradations: Comparing ViSQOL, PESQ and POLQA, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Vancouver, Canada, 2013, 2013, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
F. Kelly , A. Drygajlo and N. Harte, Speaker Verification with Long-Term Ageing Data , International Conference on Biometrics (ICB), New Delhi, 2012, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Andrew Hines, Naomi Harte, Improved Speech Intelligibility with a Chimaera Hearing Aid Algorithm, Interspeech, Portland, OR, ISCA, 2012, pp1 - 4, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Andrew Hines, Jan Skoglund, Anil Kokaram, Naomi Harte, ViSQOL: The Virtual Speech Quality Objective Listener, The International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement (IWAENC), Aachen, Germany, 4-6 Sept. 2012, 2012, pp1 - 4, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
K. Sooknanan, A. Kokaram, D. Corrigan, G. Baugh, N. Harte and J. Wilson, Indexing and Selection of Well-Lit Details in Underwater Video Mosaics Using Vignetting Estimation, Program Book - OCEANS 2012 MTS/IEEE Yeosu: The Living Ocean and Coast - Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities, International OCEANS Conference, Yeosu, South Korea, May, IEEE, 2012, ppArticle number 6263541 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
K. Sooknanan, A. Kokaram, D. Corrigan, G. Baugh, J. Wilson and N. Harte , Improving Underwater Visibility Using Vignetting Correction, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Visual Information Processing and Communication, Burlingame, California, USA, January, 8305, SPIE, 2012, ppArticle number 83050M , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Andrew Hines, Naomi Harte, Speech Intelligibility prediction using a Neurogram Similarity Index Measure, Speech Communication, 54, (2), 2012, p306-320 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Corrigan, D. ; Kokaram, A. ; Harte, N. , Algorithms for the Digital Restoration of Torn Film , Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on, 21, (2), 2012, p573-587 , Journal Article, IN_PRESS  DOI
Finnian Kelly, Naomi Harte, Effects of Long-Term Ageing on Speaker Verification, Proceedings of the COST 2101 European conference on Biometrics and ID management, Springer-Verlag, 2011, pp113--124 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Luca Cappelletta and Naomi Harte, Viseme Definitions Comparison for Visual-Only Speech Recognition, European Signal Processing Conference (Eusipco), 2011, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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Awarded a Gold Medal for Distinction in Engineering upon graduation. 1995
British Telecom Research Scholarship 1997-1999
David Clark Prize - first place in the Microelectronic and Electrical Engineering Degree exams. 1995
Glen Dimplex British Council Chevening Scholarship 1995-1996
IEE Leslie H. Paddle Scholarship 1995-1998
Maurice F. Fitzgerald Prize - first overall in the Engineering Faculty in the Degree exams. 1995