Fraunhofer research scientist Dr. Jan Rennies-Hochmuth receives award from German Acoustical Society (DEGA)
Lothar Cremer Award for research on speech intelligibility
Aachen/Oldenburg. At this year’s Annual Conference on Acoustics (DAGA) in Aachen, the German Acoustical Society (DEGA) today gave the Lothar Cremer Award for outstanding achievements by young scientists to Dr. rer. nat. Jan Rennies-Hochmuth. With the award, the society thus recognises his research work on auditory perception and particularly on speech intelligibility in environments with reverberation, echo and interference noise.
Rennies-Hochmuth works on computer-based models for predicting loudness perception and speech intelligibility. In his work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, he transfers findings from fundamental research to technological applications in the fields of automotive engineering as well as communications and consumer electronics.
Rennies-Hochmuth studied Engineering Physics at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg under Professor Birger Kollmeier and Professor Jesko Verhey as well as at Denmark’s Technical University in Lyngby. In 2007, Rennies-Hochmuth already received the Lower Saxony Science Award for his bachelor thesis on loudness perception. Since 2008, he has played a major role in establishing the Oldenburg Project Group for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, initially as a doctoral student and since 2012 as Head of Group.
The Lothar Cremer Award is one of the most renowned annual awards in the field of technical acoustics and includes a cash prize of €2,000.
About the Project Group Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT
The goal of the Project Group for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology of the Fraunhofer IDMT is to implement scientific findings on auditory perception of normal and impaired hearing in technological applications. Scientists carry out applied research and development on behalf of industrial companies and public institutions in the fields of telecommunications, multimedia, health and care services, building technology, transport, industrial production and security. The project group was established in Oldenburg in 2008 as a branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT. Through scientific cooperations, it has close links with the hearing research facilities in Oldenburg and is also partner in the cluster of excellence »Hearing4all«.