Banu Günel

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Banu Günel
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B.Sc. 2000, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, METU
M.Sc. 2001, Communication Systems and Signal Processing, University of Bristol
Ph.D. 2004, Computer Science, Queen's University Belfast

Research Interests: 

Natural human computer interfaces, sensor networks, audio forensics and surveillance systems, 3D multimedia systems, room acoustics (analysis and modeling), statistical modeling for audio and acoustics, microphone array based source detection and separation, assistive technologies for disabled, psychoacoustics (perception based data reduction), augmented and virtual reality applications (hands free communication, remote presence), subjective testing and analysis techniques.

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Academic and Professional Activities

  • Research Projects
  • February 2010 - Present, Collaborative Project with Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) on the design of an assistive technology for hard-of-hearing
  •  February 2010 – Present, EU FP7 project DIOMEDES
  • January 2010 - Present, EU FP7 project MUSCADE
  • June 2008 – July 2009, Proof-of-Concept fund Project on quantifying commercial opportunities and potential routes to market for the real-time source localisation and separation system
  • October 2008 – May 2009, Investment in Innovation fund project with BAE Systems Ltd. 
  • August 2006 – June 2009, EU FP6 Network of Excellence VISNET-II
  •  June 2004 – July 2006, EPSRC Portfolio Project
  • Co-supervision
  • Josef R. Kornycky (PhD, 2010), Blind Source Separation for Moving Sound Sources 
  • Hao Ren (BSc Final Project, 2010), Multiple Speaker Activity Detection
  • Grigorios Nikolopoulos (MSc, 2009), Evaluation Of Keyword Spotting Algorithms Enhanced With Blind Source Separation
  • Parameswaran Sivatharman (MSc, 2007), Acoustic Echo Cancellation using Adaptive Filters
  • Memberships to Professional Organisations
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member for 8 years
  • Audio Engineering Society (AES) member for 6 years
  • Turkish Acoustical Society (TAS) member for 4 years
  • European Acoustic Association (EAA) member for 4 years
  • London Technology Network (LTN) (ICT and Security Special Interest Groups) member for 2 years
  • AES Standard Committee member for the following Working Groups: Audio Metadata, Forensic Audio, Digital Library and Archive Systems

Honors, Scholarships and Awards

  • Research Grants Held as Principal or Co-Investigator
  • Collaboration Fund for “Improving speech intelligibility using acoustic source separation with audio frequency induction-loop systems”, £73549 granted by EPSRC, April 2010 – December 2010.
  • Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) Fund for “Speech Intelligibility Improvement”, £20000 granted by University of Surrey / EPSRC, November 2009 – October 2010.
  • Investment in Innovation Fund for “Acoustic Separation for Surveillance”, £40321, granted by BAE Systems Ltd., October 2008 – March 2009.
  • Proof of Concept Fund for “Development of Audio Demonstrator” granted by Technology Transfer Office, University of Surrey, £15000, June 2008 – May 2009.
  • Other Awards and Studentships
  • Research Excellence Award, £1000, granted by THALES Research and Technology (TRT-UK), February 2006.
  • PhD studentship, granted by the Queen’s University Belfast, 2001 – 2004.
  • Chevening scholarship, granted by the British Council, 2000 – 2001.
  • MSc studentship, granted by the Turkish Education Foundation, 2000 – 2001.

Work / Research Experience

  • Previous Employment
  • 2004-2010, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK.
  • 1999-2000, Part-time Research Assistant, VLSI Design Group, Institute of Science and Technology of Turkey (TUBITAL-BILTEN), Ankara, Turkey.
  • Summer 1999, Intern, Institute of Science and Technology of Turkey (“Tubitak-Bilten”), Ankara, Turkey.
  • Summer 1998, Intern, ERICSSON Turkey Branch, Ankara, Turkey.


Just, N., Laabs M., Unver E., Günel B., Worral S., & Kondoz A. M. (2011).  AVISION Audio and visual attention models applied to 2D and 3D audio-visual content. IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting.







Günel, B., Hacihabiboglu H., & Kondoz A. M. (2009).  Intensity vector direction exploitation for exhaustive blind source separation of convolutive mixtures. Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, 2009. ICASSP 2009. IEEE International Conference on. 41 -44.










Hacihabiboglu, H., Günel B., & Kondoz A. M. (2006).  Interpolated all-pass fractional-delay filters using root displacement. Proc. IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP-06). III, 864-867.




Hacihabiboglu, H., Günel B., & Kondoz A. M. (2005).  Head-related transfer function filter interpolation by root displacement. Proc. IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA-05). 134-137.
Günel, B., Hacihabiboglu H., & Kondoz A. M. (2005).  Sound Field Analysis Using A Compact Pressure-Gradient Array. Proc. IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA-05). 154-157.







Günel, B. (2003).  Loudspeaker localization using B-format recordings. Proc. IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA-03). 59-62. Abstract
Günel, B. (2003).  Modification of loudspeaker generated position cues through assistant headphones. 115th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, Preprint # 5974. Abstract




Hacihabiboglu, H., Günel B., & Murtagh F. (2002).  Wavelet-based spectral smoothing for head-related transfer function filter design. Proc. AES 22nd Conference on Virtual, Synthetic and Entertainment Audio. 131-136. Abstract