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May 2013

Avatar Therapy. There has been a lot of media interest in the Avatar Therapy clinical trial. Mark Huckvale & Geoff Williams from SHAPS are working with Julian Leff and Thomas Jamieson-Craig from Kings College London. The trial itself is running at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

July 2011

Royal Society Summer Exhibition. Visit our Noisy World web site in support of our stand at the exhibition, and try out some on-line listening tests.

April 2011

LUCID speech corpus available. We are pleased to announce that the LUCID (London UCL Clear Speech in Interaction) corpus is being made available to the wider speech and language research community for non-commercial research purposes. This corpus was developed as part of an ESRC-funded project on speaker-controlled variability in connected discourse

February 2011

PhD Studentships Available. Applications are open for four PhD studentships for research in speech and hearing science in the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences and the UCL Ear Institute

Royal Society Summer Exhibition. The department will be presenting "Speaking and listening in a noisy world " at the 2011 Royal Society Summer Exhibition in London.

January 2011

Speech in Noise Workshop. Members of the department are involved in organising the 3rd Workshop on Intelligibility and Quality of Speech in Noise in Lyon, France.

October 2010

New release of Speech Filing System. Version 4.80 of the SFS toolkit for speech analysis is now available. This release includes bug fixes for Windows 7, new voice quality analysis tools, and support for unicode phonetic characters.

August 2010

Two new grant awards: A Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship to Katrin Skoruppa, with Stuart Rosen on a two year project "Speech Perception and Language Acquisition in Hearing-Impaired Children".

A Royal National Institute for Deaf People International Research Grant to Andy Faulkner, Tim Green and Stuart Rosen for a project "The bases of benefit from bimodal combinations of cochlear implant and hearing aid".

March 2010

New MSc in Language Sciences. Announcing a new one-year taught MSc aimed to provide students with an opportunity for an in-depth study of one or more areas of the Language Sciences. The MSc in Language Sciences is an umbrella degree, with a number of specialisation strands that follow a common structure. All students on the programme will take a core set of modules but they will then have an opportunity to specialise in one specific area of the language sciences, such as language development or speech and hearing sciences, which is most tailored to their interest. Four departmental scholarships of £2400 will be available for students applying in 2010.

One-day workshop on Speech Recording and Analysis - 22 April 2010 This workshop has been jointly organised by the Institute of Acoustics Speech & Hearing Group and the UCL Centre for Human Communication. The workshop is designed to be of interest to speech and language therapists, teachers of the deaf, educational audiologists and clinical audiologists engaged in habilitation or research.

January 2010

ESRC Studentships for MRes+PhD/PhD in the UCL Centre for Human Communication - The UCL Centre for Human Communication is pleased to announce that it has been awarded two quota ESRC studentships for the academic year commencing September 2010 and is additionally able to nominate applications for an ESRC open competition studentship. Deadline for applications 29 January 2010.

RNID - Research in Aging - Phd Studentship Available - A 3- or 4-year studentship for the academic year commencing September 2010 is available to apply electrophysiological techniques to the understanding of the perception of speech in noise in older people with and without hearing impairment. Deadline for applications 26 February 2010.

BAAP 2010 - British Association of Academic Phoneticians Colloquium - The BAAP Colloquium 2010 will take place from Monday 29 March to Wednesday 31 March 2010, and is organised by a consortium of three London universities: City University, UCL (University College London), and The University of Westminster. Registration, accommodation and online payment now available.

November 2009

2nd Workshop on Speech in Noise: Intelligibility and Quality - will take place in Amsterdam on 7/8 January 2010. It is jointly organised by the Academic Medical Centre, the VU University Medical Centre and UCL.

A new project on using computer technology to address problems of Auditory Hallucinations has just started. In collaboration with Mental Health Sciences, a part of the UCL Medical School, the project is funded by the National Institute for Medical Research.

UCL SECReT is the new national Security Science Doctoral Research Training centre. UCL SECReT brings together over 20 research groups at UCL and 30 partners from industry, academia and government to offer the most comprehensive, integrated 4-year PhD programme for students wishing to pursue security or crime-related research. For September 2010, UCL SECReT is offering 13 scholarships paying full PhD fees and approx £17,000 per annum as a stipend for each of four years.

October 2009

Announcing the availability of a PhD studentship in Performance-based measures of speech quality. To start September 2010 or earlier, application closing date: 1st December.

September 2009

Welcome to our new Masters students attending the MA Phonetics, the MSc Speech and Hearing Sciences, and the MRes Speech Language and Cognition. Follow link for joining information for new students.

Members of the department helped organise the Interspeech2009 conference in Brighton. Over 700 papers on speech topics were presented to over 1200 delegates.

KLAIR is a virtual infant that runs on an ordinary PC that sees, hears and speaks. It is designed to enable new research into how social interactions can aid computational models of infant spoken language acquisition.

August 2009

The annual Summer Course in English Phonetics ran between 10-21 August at UCL, providing students from all over the world an opportunity to study the Phonetics of English over two weeks in London.

The Phonetics Teaching & Learning Conference took place 6-8 Aug. PTLC is a biennial international conference devoted to the teaching, learning and assessment of phonetics in all its guises, including (but not confined to): general phonetics, phonetics for speech therapy and audiology, phonetics for the performing arts, phonetics for language teaching, forensic phonetics, the use of IT and distance learning in phonetics.
August's issue of the prestigious Journal of the Acoustical Society of America contains 3 papers from staff in the department.

Some Popular Pages

All things Phonetic in John Wells' blog Phonetic fonts and keyboards Software for speech recording, analysis & display.

Looking for Phonetics & Linguistics?

The old Phonetics & Linguistics department has now been merged with the Departments of Human Communication Science, and Psychology to form the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This site now contains only the pages from Speech, Hearing and Phonetics. Look here for the other research departments in the division.


Graduate Teaching

We are recruiting now for these programmes:

MSc Language Sciences

The MSc in Language Sciences is a one-year graduate-level taught programme that provides research training in a range of areas related to language, speech and hearing. More details ...

MRes Speech, Langugage & Cognition

The MRes in Speech, Language & cognition is a one-year graduate-level taught programme that provides tailored training for students with a first degree in linguistics, speech science, psychology or related disciplines wishing to undertake future PhD research. More details ...

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