On November 24th, one of our DSS team members, Owe Wisch, took part in the "Jugend forscht Perspektivforum" at the CAU. Thirty young students from the "Jugend forscht" project came to Kiel and participated in three different workshops focusing on career paths in maritime climate protection. Owe Wisch from our chair lead one of the workshops and presented his research topics, beamforming techniques and his career decisions so far to the students aged between 16 and 20 years.
We hope that we were able to show the students interesting career paths, share our knowledge about digital signal processing and its applications and hopefully some of them will consider studying electrical engineering, maybe even here in Kiel. We believe that exchange of ideas with the next generation of students, who are interested in science, is very important to the university and our chair and we would like to thank "Jugend forscht" for this opportunity.
Last Thuesday (21.11.2017) we put our first DSS boat for the first time into water. Even if it is not yet christened (to be done soon), we will call it "MISSy". This is an acronym standing for MIMO-SONAR System (thanks to Alexej for creating that name).
MISSy was able to carry three of us and until now we don't have an engine, meaning that we drive it as a bike with muscle force. However, everything was o.k. with MISSy. Now, we will extend it in several ways over the winter time. Our next steps will be an extension for our trailer, as well as artifical SONAR targets, communication and localisation possibilities.
We would like to thank our colleaques from the WTD 71 / FWG for finding an appropriate boat for our purposes and also for their "helping hands".
Recently, Owe Wisch finished his master thesis on speech recognition for swimming googles. The idea was to recognize commands such as "play", "stop", or "pause" while wearing an MP3 Player within the water.
In order to achieve that goal, Owe Wisch added several microphone within and on the outside of typical swimming googles. He used a GMM-based recognizer to map the "bubbling speech" onto several commands. The playback of was done via so-called bone conduction speakers that were also mounted on the side of the googles.
Special thanks to Jonas Wilinski who created the video that you can find below.
This fall Jens Reermann left the team after finishing his defense (see last news entry). At the same time - meaning in October/November - three new people entered our team.
Rasool Al-mafrachi was the first one. He came over from Bagdad / Irak with his family (his wife and his son) in October. Rasool will work on in-car communcation - supporting our speech and audio "division". Afterwards Christin Bald and Owe Wisch joined our team at the beginning of November. Christin will continue the work of Jens (medical signal processing with emphasis on magnetoelectric sensor systems). Owe is our third "underwater guy" - he will focus on communication aspects in SONAR systems.
We are very happy that these three clever, smart, intelligent, ... but also very kind - and that's the important thing - guys joined our group. Welcome to the DSS team.