Friday, March 27, 2015

Researcher position - ROUTE project

Researcher (M/W) in speech separation applied to robotics (Emergence project: ROUTE)
Availability : early May 2015 Duration: 11 months (possible extension to 12 months)

Introduction to IRCAM

IRCAM is a non-profit organization that is associated to the Centre Pompidou (Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou). Its missions comprise research, production, and education related to contemporary music and its relation to science and technology. Within the R&D department specialized teams are conducting research and development in the areas of acoustics, sound signal processing, interaction, computer music and musicology. IRCAM is located in the centre of Paris near the Centre Pompidou, at 1, Place Igor Stravinsky 75004 Paris.

Introduction to ISIR

The Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) is a multidisciplinary research laboratory that brings together researchers and academics from different disciplines of Engineering Sciences and Information and the Life Sciences. ISIR is a joint research laboratory between the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

Introduction to ROUTE project

ROUTE is a collaborative program directed by the Analysis/Synthesis team at IRCAM and ISIR. The program is focused on the automatic analysis of an acoustic scene, based on a  non-negative decomposition of a multi channel recording of the scene. This research problem is closely related to several applications in sound processing (e.g. source separation, CASA); and it is becoming as well an important problem for many  applications emerging from the fields  of robotics and artificial audition (e.g. guide robots, older adults monitoring, and the general study of human/robot interaction).
The principal aim of the project is to evaluate recent advances in non-negative signal decomposition for detecting and localizing a speaker in a binaural acoustic scene: this study shall allow a robot to identify speech in a background noise, and localise the speaker's position.

Position description

The hired researcher will be in charge of the extension of the existing analysis system to speaker detection and to binaural capture. He/she will realize a study on the impact of the noise made by the robot on the performance of the system. He/she will participate to the elaboration of a simplified realistic test, and to the evaluation of the results, as well as to all activities related to the project (evaluations, meetings, specifications, reports).

Required experiences and skills

  • Excellent knowledge and experience with non negative signal decomposition, especially from multi-channel audio. A PhD in this domain will be highly appreciated.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in audio signal processing (spectral analysis, audio-feature extraction, parameter estimation)
  • High interest in robotics and human/robot interaction
  • Very proficient in Matlab, experience with Python (NumPY/SciPY), skills in C/C++ programming.
  • Good knowledge of Linux, and/or Mac OS X.
  • High productivity, capacity for methodical and autonomous work, creativity, good communication skills, rigor, and excellent programming style.

Salary

According to professional experience.

Applications

Please send an application letter before 15th April 2015 together with your resume and any suitable information addressing the above issues preferably by email to: roebel_at_ircam_dot_fr.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Researcher & Developer position – European project Rapid-Mix

Full time position of Researcher & Developer at Ircam, in the R&D Department for 12 months starting from April 1st 2015 (with a possible extension up to 24 months).

Introduction to IRCAM

IRCAM, the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music, is one of the world’s largest non-profit research centers dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research, and is part of the Pompidou Center. A unique institute where artistic sensibilities collide with scientific and technological innovation, hosting composers, researchers and students from many countries cooperating in contemporary music production, scientific and applied research. The main topics addressed in its R&D department (a mixed research on multidisciplinary research on sciences and technologies for music and sound.) are real-time interactive systems, musical interfaces, audio synthesis and processing, acoustics, psychoacoustics, computer aided composition. The institute is located in the center of Paris (France), next to the Pompidou Center at 1, Place Igor Stravinsky, 75004 Paris (http://www.ircam.fr)

Project Summary

The goal of the European project Rapid-Mix is to develop new modes of interaction that integrate physiological human sensing, gesture and body language, and smart information analysis and adaptation. Advanced machine learning software adapts to expressive human variation, allowing fluid interaction and personalized experience. The project uses an intensely user-centric development process and on iterative, rapid development cycles of hardware prototyping, software development, and application integration. The project will accelerate the availability of advanced interface technologies to industry partners. In this project, Ircam is responsible of an workpacakge on agile prototyping but will also participate in all the other tasks.

Position

For this project, Ircam recruits a researcher and developer in the team Sound Music Movement Interaction (http://ismm.ircam.fr). The responsibilities associated to the position include research and development of novel musical interactions systems based on multimodal interfaces. The position implies the participation to all of the project tasks (prototypes development, specification, evaluation, meeting and reports).

Required Skills

  • PhD or equivalent experience (at least Master level) in sound and music computing and/or Human Computer Interaction.
  • Very good knowledge of gesture/movement analysis systems and machine learning techniques.
  • Very good programming skills (C/C++, Javascript, Python) and Max.
  • Very good communication skills (written and oral English).
  • Efficient, creative, methodical, ability to work independently within the projects constraints.

Salary

According to background and experience.

To Apply

Application deadline : March 1 2015


Send your resume with qualifications and a cover letter by email to Frédéric dot Bevilacqua at ircam dot fr, with Hugues dot Vinet at Ircam in cc.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Researcher & Developer position – European project MusicBricks

Full time position of Researcher & Developer at Ircam, in the R&D Department for 12 months starting from April 1st 2015 (with a possible extension up to 16 months).

Introduction to IRCAM

IRCAM, the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music, is one of the world’s largest non-profit research centers dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research, and is part of the Pompidou Center. A unique institute where artistic sensibilities collide with scientific and technological innovation, hosting composers, researchers and students from many countries cooperating in contemporary music production, scientific and applied research. The main topics addressed in its R&D department (a mixed research on multidisciplinary research on sciences and technologies for music and sound.) are real-time interactive systems, musical interfaces, audio synthesis and processing, acoustics, psychoacoustics, computer aided composition. The institute is located in the center of Paris (France), next to the Pompidou Center at 1, Place Igor Stravinsky, 75004 Paris (http://www.ircam.fr)

Project Summary

The goal of the European project MusicBricks is to facilitate transfert of new technologies from research to SMEs, such as creative industries in new music technologies. In this project, Ircam is in charge of the deployment of technologies linked to tangible and graphical interfaces (TUI et GUI). In particular, software for gestures analysis, and mapping between movement and sounds will be developed.

Position

For this project, Ircam recruits a developer and researcher in the team Sound Music Movement Interaction (http://ismm.ircam.fr). The responsibilities associated to the position include research and development of novel tangible interfaces and to develop libraries for the gestural signals analysis and gesture/sound mapping. These libraries will be developed from existing code developed in various platforms (C/C++, Max patches, Javascript, Phython Matlab). The position implies the participation to all of the project tasks (prototypes development, specification, evaluation, meeting and reports). In particular, the developer will be also implied in various workshops to transmit and evaluate the software with users. 

Required Skills

  • Very good knowledge of sound and music computing.
  • Very good knowledge of new interfaces for musical expression (sensors and and gesture analysis).
  • Very good programming skills (C/C++, Javascript, Python) and Max.
  • Very good communication skills (written and oral English).
  • Efficient, creative, methodical, ability to work independently within the projects constraints.

Salary

According to background and experience.

To Apply

Application deadline : March 31 2015


Send your resume with qualifications and a cover letter by email to Frédéric dot Bevilacqua at ircam dot fr, with Hugues dot Vinet at Ircam in cc.

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