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Title: A novel sound reconstruction technique based on a spike code (event) representation
Author: Pahar, Madhurananda
ISNI:       0000 0004 5914 8122
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis focuses on the re-generation of sound from a spike based coding system. Three different types of spike based coding system have been analyzed. Two of them are biologically inspired spike based coding systems i.e. the spikes are generated in a similar way to how our auditory nerves generate spikes. They have been called AN (Auditory Nerve) spikes and AN Onset (Amplitude Modulated Onset) spikes. Sounds have been re-generated from spikes generated by both of those spike coding technique. A related event based coding technique has been developed by Koickal and the sounds have been re-generated from spikes generated by Koickal's spike coding technique and the results are compared. Our brain does not reconstruct sound from the spikes received from auditory nerves, it interprets it. But by reconstructing sounds from these spike coding techniques, we will be able to identify which spike based technique is better and more efficient for coding different types of sounds. Many issues and challenges arise in reconstructing sound from spikes and they are discussed. The AN spike technique generates the most spikes of the techniques tested, followed by Koickal's technique (54.4% lower) and the AN Onset technique (85.6% lower). Both subjective and objective types of testing have been carried out to assess the quality of reconstructed sounds from these three spike coding techniques. Four types of sounds have been used in the subjective test: string, percussion, male voice and female voice. In the objective test, these four types and many other types of sounds have been included. From the results, it has been established that AN spikes generates the best quality of decoded sounds but it produces many more spikes than the others. AN Onset spikes generates better quality of decoded sounds than Koickal's technique for most of sounds except choir type of sounds and noises, however AN Onset spikes produces 68.5% fewer spikes than Koickal's spikes. This provides evidences that AN Onset spikes can outperform Koickal's spikes for most of the sound types.
Supervisor: Smith, L. ; Graham, B. Sponsor: Division of Computer Science and Mathematics ; Sidney Perry Foundation ; McGlashan Charitable Trust ; Sym Charitable Trust (SCO12212)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: spike sound coding test decoding reconstruction ; Coding theory ; Sound ; Acoustic nerve