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Hear What You Want, towards seamless, immersive AI experiences for wearable audio devices

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Graduate Centre Room 205 , Mile End

Speaker: Dr Mikolaj “Miko” Kegler

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Mikolaj “Miko” Kegler is an Audio Machine Learning Scientist at Bose Corporation. His research at the interface of ML and DSP is focused on developing methods for lightweight, low-latency, on-device speech and audio signal processing. Before joining Bose, Miko was awarded a PhD from the Department of Bioengineering & Centre for Neurotechnology, Imperial College London, where he has been investigating neural mechanisms underlying perception and comprehension of speech, especially in challenging listening conditions. During his PhD, he completed multiple audio ML research placements, including at Amazon Lab126 and Logitech, where he also served as a long-term scientific consultant.

Hear What You Want is both the mission statement and the title of the Bose Research franchise established to build AI-powered experiences for next-generation wearable audio devices. This interdisciplinary franchise involves a wide range of research tracks, such as source separation and sound event detection, to name a few. All these efforts share one common denominator, the resulting solutions must be suitable for low-latency execution on the embedded target devices to enable seamless, immersive experiences. In this talk, I will start by outlining the fundamental problem of limited computational resources on embedded platforms and present our latest methods for building compact yet performant ML models. Subsequently, I will discuss the problem of low-latency causal target source extraction and highlight our recent developments. I will conclude by presenting our latest work on improving the efficiency and fidelity of text-to audio generative models for Foley sound synthesis.

This event will be hybrid. You can join in person or online using this Zoom link: https://qmul-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/9798452959

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