Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student is able to describe and make use of basic phenomena in speech communication, and describe and apply common speech processing methods, especially processing in the time-frequency domain.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 19.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Paavo Alku, Tom Bäckström, Tom Bäckström

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tom Bäckström, Tom Bäckström

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basics of audio signal processing. Basics of psychoacoustics and
    perceptually motivated signal processing. Acoustic theory of speech
    production. The functions, acoustics and modelling of the larynx
    and the vocal tract. Phones and phonation. Time-frequency analysis
    of speech signals. Principles of speech coding. Linear prediction
    and its application in processing of speech signals. Speech
    synthesis and speech recognition.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Examination and two assignments.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures: 30 h (5 h / week)

    Exercises: 20 h

    Own work: 80 h

    Exam: 3 h

    Total: 133 h

    Attendance in the exam is compulsory.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    L.R. Rabiner & R.W. Schafer (2007): Introduction to Digital Speech
    Processing.  Lecture slides. Other additional material will be
    announced later.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    S-89.610, S-89.3610 Speech Processing

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basics of digital signal processing, for example ELEC-C5230

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