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Monday, August 04, 2014 by Chris Wellekens

7-1 Special Issue on 'Signal Processing Techniques for Assisted Listening' of IEEE SIGNAL PROCESSING MAGAZINE
IEEE Signal Processing Society
Special Issue
Special Issue on 'Signal Processing Techniques for Assisted Listening'


Aims and Scope
With the rapid advancement in microelectronics and parallel computing, significant computational power is nowadays readily available in ever smaller battery-operated consumer electronics devices. This has paved the way for applications such as active noise cancellation (ANC) headphones, hearing protectors, communication headsets, 3-D glasses, to name a few. In addition, hearing aids have also experienced large advances in electronics and functionality. To a large extent this rapid development can be attributed to the popularity of mobile phones, as these devices are no longer used merely as a communication tool but are multi-media and gaming platforms. Accordingly they require sophisticated processing for augmented reality in which the virtual listening world can be combined conveniently with situational acoustical awareness. The same can be said for assistive listening devices (ALDs), including hearing aids, personal sound amplification devices, and related audio capture accessories. Here the challenge is to render the sound as accessible as possible in order to provide hearing support in challenging acoustical situations. All aforementioned applications are underpinned by fundamental signal processing problems related to sound capture and sound rendering. On the one hand, for sound capture problems such as sensor technology (microphones, accelerometers etc.), acoustic scene analysis, audio signal enhancement, noise suppression with single and multiple sensors, feedback suppression and dereverberation need to be considered. On the other hand, sound rendering involves problems such as active noise cancellation, loudspeaker equalization (for mimicking or adapting outer-ear characteristics), 3-D audio rendering, acoustic scene visualization, automatic mixing and psycho-acoustical processing.

This special issue focuses on technical challenges of assisted listening from a signal processing perspective. Prospective authors are invited to contribute tutorial and survey articles that articulate signal processing methodologies which are critical for applying assisted listening techniques to mobile phones and other communication devices. Of particular interest is the role of signal processing in combining multimedia content, voice communication and voice pick-up in various real-world settings.

Tutorial and survey papers are solicited on advances in signal processing that particularly apply to the following applications:

  • Assistive listening devices, hearing aids and personal sound amplifiers
  • Communication devices
  • Hearing protection and active noise control
  • Navigation systems

These can include the following suggested topics as they relate to the above applications:

Signal processing for robust sound acquisition: Signal processing for acoustic rendering:
Speech enhancement/intelligibility improvement Signal spatialization/3D sound/automatic mixing
Speech separation/separation of non-stationary signals Motion compensation (head tracking, gps systems)
Reverberation reduction Environment-sensitive intelligibility improvement
Array signal processing, and distributed sensors Techniques for natural sound in headphones
Multi-modal acquisition methods  

Submission Process
Articles submitted to this special issue must contain significant relevance to advanced acoustic signal processing enabling assisted listening. All submissions will be peer reviewed according to the IEEE and Signal Processing Society guidelines for both publications. Submitted articles should not have been published or be under review elsewhere. Manuscripts should be submitted online at using the Manuscript Central interface. Submissions to this special issue of the IEEE SIGNAL PROCESSING MAGAZINE should have significant tutorial value. Prospective authors should consult the site for guidelines and information on paper submission.

Important Dates: Expected publication date for this special issue is March 2015.

Time Schedule Signal Processing Magazine
White paper (4 pages) due
Invitation notification
Manuscript submission due
Acceptance notification
Revised manuscript due
Final acceptance notification
Final material from authors
Publication date
February 10, 2014
February 24, 2014
May 15, 2014
July 8, 2014
August 20, 2014
September 20, 2014
November 8, 2014 (strict)
March 2015

Guest Editors
Sven Nordholm, Lead GE, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia (
Walter Kellermann, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (
Simon Doclo, University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany (
Vesa Välimäki, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland (
Shoji Makino, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan (
John Hershey, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Boston, USA (

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