Tympan Open Source Audio Processing ASA 2021 Challenge

Tympan Open Source Audio Processing

ASA 2021 Challenge

Tympan is hosting a design challenge at the 2021 ASA Conference on December 2021. The top 10 applicants will receive free Tympan hardware.  

To enter, first register for the Spring ASA Conference on June 8 and attend Tympan’s Live Workshop. Then submit a proposal by June 20, 2021.

Dates and Deadlines:

  • June 8           Open Source Audio Processing Platform – Live Workshop!  (Requires advanced registration)

  • June 20          Proposal Deadline: ASA 2021 Challenge (apply here!)

  • June 24          Top 10 awarded free Tympan hardware!

  • September    Abstract Submission deadline for the December ASA Conference

  • December     ASA Conference

The possibilities are endless!  Tympan offers powerful audio hardware that can acquire and process audio in real-time within the user-friendly, Arduino programming environment. You can also control the Tympan over Bluetooth using our mobile app, which can be configured to your custom application with only a few lines of Arduino code.

Here are just a few examples of what is possible:

  • Audiology: Explore interactions between patient factors, input stimuli, and parameters for features like compression (number of channels, time constants, ratios, kneepoints, etc.), noise reduction, and frequency lowering.

  • Speech: Analyze speech in real time or improve speech understanding in noisy environments for individuals with normal hearing.

  • Voice: Build a device that can analyze vocal productions or vocal stress.  Add an accelerometer and record activity directly from the larynx.

  • Noise: Create a dosimeter to record noise levels or a fancy sound level meter that can measure impulses.

  • Ultrasound:  Build a device that communicates via ultrasound.

  • Sensors.  Add sensors to measure EEG, skin conductance, movement, etc. that enhance any of the above uses

Need more ideas on what the Tympan could do?  Check out these example proposals:

  • Hearing Ultrasonic Rat Vocalizations [word] [pdf]
  • Simon-Says Beat Machine [word] [pdf]
  • Auto-Audio Equalizer for My Car [word] [pdf]
  • Detecting and Locating Back-up Tones from a Truck or Forklift [word] [pdf]

Use this link to our Proposal Template to get started

To learn more, take a closer look at the Tyman Rev-D and participate in the Design Challenge Forum.

Background: 

In 2015, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) released two funding opportunity announcements to support the development of hardware and software tools that could be readily reconfigured by the research community to enable new basic psychophysical research studies, encourage studies with novel acoustic processing algorithms, and facilitate the translation of the results of these studies into applications for hearing aids, cochlear implants, and consumer electronics devices. Several research groups (including several small businesses and institutions) are now funded through this opportunity to develop these tools using Open Source principles.  In this special session, one of the funded research groups will provide a tutorial on their platform, and challenge the community to use the platform in their research to spur innovation in the field.