Professor Jon Barker

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Professor Jon Barker is a Reader in Computer Science in the Speech and Hearing Research Group. He has a first degree in Electrical and Information Sciences from Cambridge University, UK. After receiving a PhD from the University of Sheffield in 1999, he worked for some time at GIPSA-lab, Grenoble and IDIAP research institute in Switzerland before returning to Sheffield where he has had a permanent post since 2002.

Other Professional Activities and achievements

  • Co-founder of the CHiME series of International Workshops and Robust Speech Recognition Evaluations, 2011 onwards.
  • EURASIP Best Paper Award, 2009; for best paper in Speech Communication during 2005.
  • ISCA Best Paper Award, 2008; for best paper in Speech Communication 2005-2007.


Professor Barker’s research interests are focused around machine listening and the computational modelling of human hearing. A recent focus has been on modelling speech intelligibility, i.e. can we predict whether or not a speech signal will be intelligible to a given listener? This understanding will help us produce better signal processing for application such as hearing aids and cochlear implants. Another strand of his work is about taking insights gained from human auditory perception and using them to engineer robust automatic speech processing systems.


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