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Summer School at MAVEBA 2015

Some pictures from the event can be found here.

Summer School at MAVEBA 2015

We are organizing a one-day Summer School to be held in Florence, Italy, as a satellite event of the 9th International MAVEBA Workshop (Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications), on September 5th, 2015. ​

The one-day Summer School attendance is free of charge but participants must fund their own travel, accommodation, and living expenses. ​

Physics-based Voice Simulation Techniques

With recent advances in computing machinery and computing techniques, what are the prospects of simulating human voice production at the level of the underlying physics? How can simulations be tied to experiments with specimens or mechanical replicas? The focus will be on principles and techniques at the forefront of research. The day is comprised of six 45-minute sessions taught by leading researchers in the field, and one hour of group study session.

This summer school takes place in Florence close to the MAVEBA venue, at 09.00-17.00 on Saturday the 5th of September. The school will be free of charge. The number of seats will be limited to 25. If you wish to attend, please submit a brief CV and a short statement of motivation as to why you want to attend. Participants must cover their own travel and accommodation. The deadline for application is 19th June 2015 and the decision of acceptance will be made by the 26th June 2015.

Overview tutorials:

Aimed at PhD students studying voice modelling, and as continuing education of interested researchers.

Recommended prior attendance: MAVEBA workshops on replicas and simulation, and PEVOC Round Table on physic-based voice simulation


  • 09:15-10:00 "FEM modeling of voice production"
    Oriol Guasch, La Salle Barcelona
    Sten Ternström, KTH Stockholm

    • Boundaries of the voice organ: where should the computational domain end?
    • Strategies: split domains, or unified?
    • Challenges: fluid-structure interaction, contact, turbulence, aeroacoustics, moving boundaries, infinite domains
  • 10:00-10:45 "Reality check"
    Xavier Pelorson, GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble
    Stefan Becker, Friedrich Alexander-Universität, Erlangen

    • The need for physical replicas
    • Imaging techniques relevant to FEM
  • 11:15-12:00 "Aerodynamics"
    Oriol Guasch, La Salle-URL, Barcelona
    Johan Jansson, KTH, Stockholm
    Joan Baiges, CIMNE-UPC, Barcelona

    • From flow to sound (acoustic analogies and fully compressible simulations)
    • Modelling of fricatives
    • Fluid-structure interaction
    • Generation of the glottal pulse
  • 12:00-12.45 "Acoustical modelling of wave propagation"
    Oriol Guasch, La Salle, Barcelona

    • 1d, 2d and 3d modelling
    • Radiation: what to do with the infinite field
    • Modelling of vowels
    • Wave propagation in moving vocal tracts
    • Modelling of diphthongs
  • 14.15-15:00 "Biomechanical modelling of the voice organ"
    Olov Engwall and Örjan Ekeberg, KTH, Stockholm

    • The vocal tract is not an object
    • The glottis is not an object
    • How deep the skin? Tissue properties
    • Controlling the oral and laryngeal structures
    • Data from humans – what have we got?
  • 15:00-15.45 "Orders of magnitude, and feasibility"
    Johan Jansson and Sten Ternström KTH, Stockholm

    • Coupling the slow and the fast domains
    • Parallel computing and voice problems
    • Cheating: Hybrid models
    • Dissemination: Providing wide access
  • 16:00-17:00 "Group study session"

    Interfacing users to the simulations, application scenarios:
    For example: phonetics, phoniatrics, logopedics, voice pedagogy, language teaching

  • 17:00-17.15 "Summary and adjourn"

Questions may be addressed to Francesc Alías Pujol,