Speech Separation and Comprehension in Complex Acoustic Environments
EAST BAY INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION (EBIRE)
Established in 1989 by the Veterans Affairs, EBIRE is a nonprofit institute which administers basic and clinical research approved by the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS). Affiliated with the University of California - Davis School of Medicine, the VANCHCS serves over 417,000 veterans dispersed over approximately 40,000 square miles. The EBIRE-VANCHCS collaborative approach provides Veterans with the opportunity to participate in research, develops partnerships with medical and pharmaceutical industries to provide state-of-the-art care to Veterans, and fosters an environment for scientific and intellectual exchange.
Since 1978, we have been doing research which attempts to understand and address specific speech and hearing difficulties faced by the large community of veterans living in our community. Our research is headed by Dr. Pierre Divenyi, whose research into what is known as the "Cocktail Party Effect" has shed light onto the important aspects of the difficulties in communicating that elderly individuals face on a day-to-day basis.
LabROSA, established in 2000 within the Electrical Engineering Department of Columbia University, conducts research into information extraction from sound in the broadest sense, ranging from speech recognition to music similarity to environmental sound analysis. Consisting of PI Dan Ellis and a full retinue of graduate and undergraduate research assistants, the lab occupies a fully-equipped research space on the 7th floor of Columbia's Shapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research.
Original 2003 site design by Alex Brandmeyer, EBIRE