Main tasks: EUNISON project coordinator, laryngeal and vocal tract topologies, control
TMH, the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing is an internationally recognised centre
for speech communication and voice science (www.speech.kth.se). Originally founded in
1961 by the late Gunnar Fant, the department is now well into its third generation of about 30
researchers. Current research topics include man-machine dialogue systems, robotic
applications of speech technology, and analysis and modeling of voice production in speech
The TMH department has decades of work experience in speech synthesis and speech
recognition, voice analysis and synthesis. KTH-TMH has participated in numerous EU
Key personel: Professor Sten Ternstrom, Professor Olov Engwall
Main tasks: Development of a fluid-structure interaction model of the
The Computational Technology Laboratory is a research group of about ten researchers at
the intersection of mathematics and computer science, with focus on the development of
computational methods and software for high performance simulation of complex systems in
different areas, including aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, biomedicine and geophysics. The
group is a main developer of the international open source software project FEniCS, with in
particular the DOLFIN/Unicorn finite element software to be used in the project.
Key personel: Professor Johan Hoffman, Dr. Johan Jansson
Main task in EUNISON: Tissue biomechanics, modelling neural motor control.
The department of Computational Biology is at the international forefront of developing and
using computational methods for analysing and mimicking biological systems. The main
focus is on understanding the nervous system, from membrane currents through ion channels,
via electrophysiological properties of neurons to information processing in neuronal networks.
While firmly rooted in computer science and engineering physics, the department houses
experts ranging from bioinformatics and neuroscience to statistical physics and biomechanical
The department of Computational Biology has been doing pioneering work on coupling
neural and biomechanical models (from 1993). This has given extensive experience of model-
ling passive and active tissue, including muscles and tendons, primarily for studying walking
and swimming in animals.
Key personel: Professor Orjan Ekeberg
Main tasks: Scientific coordination, and vocal tract acoustics
simulations, unified approaches and dissemination.
The Universitat Ramon Llull (URL), located in Barcelona, Spain, is a non-profit making
federated private entity. It integrates 10 centres, each with its own legal identity, and a wide
trajectory in research and higher education. Within URL, La Salle School of Engineering is
responsible for performing research and education in the technical domain. The Research
Group for Media Technologies (GTM) from La Salle is accredited as a consolidated group by
the autonomous government of Catalonia. It is a multidisciplinary research
environment focused on innovation in new multimedia technologies. The knowledge areas
that converge in the GTM are: multimodal signal processing with special emphasis on speech,
acoustics, digital television, multimedia (graphics, virtual reality, animation), usability and
user experience analysis.
Key personel: Ass. Prof. Oriol Guasch, Ass. Prof. Francesc Alias
Main tasks: Experiments on vocal fold replicas, study of energy transfer
The Institute of Process Machinery and System Engineering (iPAT) is part of the Department
for Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBI) of the Technical Faculty of the University
Erlangen, Nuremberg (FAU). The activities of the institute include applied research,
industrial contract research as well as fundamental investigations.
The research objectives of the group of
Fluid System Dynamics and Aeroacoustics are focused on biomechanical
flows, turbomachines, cooling systems, car acoustics and pipe flows. One of their major basic
research topics states processes involving fluid-structure-acoustic interactions.
For the past eight years, the group has been working intensively in the field of experimental
investigation of in-vitro vocal fold oscillations using synthetic models.
Key personel: PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Stefan Becker
Main task: Development of compressible code for computational fluid
dynamics; and grand unification (mechanical+flow+acoustics).
The International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) is a research
organization based in Barcelona, Spain. CIMNE was created in 1987 as a Consortium
between the Catalan government and the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC). CIMNE
employs some 180 scientists and engineers from different technical fields and nationalities in
the development of numerical methods (basically the finite element method) to a wide class of
engineering problems. The research activities of CIMNE cover non linear analysis and safety
studies of structures, shape optimisation in structural and fluid dynamic problems,
computational fluid dynamics studies for both external and internal flow problems and
numerical simulation of material deformation and forming processes for the casting and sheet
stamping manufacturing industry, mesh generation and visualization interfaces, stochastic
optimisation as well as computing techniques.
Key personel: Professor Ramon Codina, Dr. Joan Baiges
Main tasks: Modelling and measurement of articulation in replicas, dynamic aspects of voice
The Department Parole et Cognition of GIPSA-Lab (UMR INPG, CNRS, Universite
Stendhal, UniversitÃ© Joseph Fourier) at Grenoble, formerly the Institut de la Communication
Parlee, gathers researchers and specialists from physics to signal and data processing,
phonetics, neurosciences, and cognitive psychology. The GAMA team has gained a long
experience in aeroacoustical modeling (theoretical and experimental) of the vocal folds, as
well as physiological investigation of phonation in both speech and singing. In order to
validate flow models with different degrees of complexity, the lab offers experimental setups
and mechanical replicas, rigid as well as deformable, suitable to reproduce flow conditions
relevant to the upper airways; and relevant physical quantities can be measured. Two sound-
insulated rooms are shared with the Department, and three specific experimental rooms are
devoted to these experimental studies which also include flow visualization. Lastly, the team
has access to the mechanics workshop of the Gipsa-lab to design and build mechanical
Key personel: Directeur de recherche Xavier Pelorson.
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