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Signal Processing and Acoustics

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Signal Processing and Acoustics

Signal Processing and Acoustics is not open for admission from 2021.Signal Processing and Acoustics is merged with another education and has changed its name to Electronic Systems.

With a master's degree in Control and Automation from Aalborg University, your skills within Electrical Engineering are focused on system-level design with solid competences in estimation and control. Companies working with complex electronic and electro-mechanical systems will value your skills in handling complex design and development.

Signal Processing and Acoustics is a two-year research-based full-time (120 ECTS) Master of Science in engineering programme. It contains two specialisations; Signal Processing and Computing and Acoustics and Audio Technology. The programme has two specialisations; Signal Processing and Computing and Acoustics and Audio Technology.

Specialisation in Signal Processing and Computing

This specialisation concentrates on theories, algorithms and methods for advanced signal processing applied to a variety of functions, including speech recognition, positioning, wireless communication, healthcare, hearing aids and audio and video applications. Students learn how to design, simulate, test, evaluate and document signal processing systems, how to enhance the performance of algorithms and implementation platforms, use sensor models in system simulations and incorporate DSP algorithms into real-time hardware/software architectures.

Specialisation in Acoustics and Audio Technology

Acoustics is the science of sound and comprises all aspects of generation, transmission and propagation of sound and its possible influence on people, including sound perception. Students will be taught classical and modern aspects of physical acoustics, psycho-acoustics and electro-acoustics. In addition, they will learn about signal processing methods, building and room acoustics, tests of human hearing and perception as well as psychometry which are all fundamental subjects in the specialisation. The purpose is for the students to obtain contemporary insight to the field and enable them to utilise of state-of-the-art sound and audio technology.

Students have access to high-standard facilities, including anechoic rooms, infrasound chamber, listening cabins, standard listening rooms, audiometry room, high-quality measurement equipment and signal processing equipment and an auditory virtual reality workbench.

Student testimonial

"I was looking for a good acoustics programme in Europe and Aalborg University kept popping up in the search results. I finally applied to three universities in Denmark and accepted AAU as I liked what I read about the city of Aalborg online. In addition, AAU’s high ranking within engineering played a part in my decision to come here.

The best thing about the programme was the good access to the labs where we could run large-scale experiments. I never had a deal-breaking issue with the equipment for any of the experiments I needed to run. 

I also liked AAU’s teaching method of Problem based learning. It is really great at providing some real hands-on experience.

Via my studies, I worked for a month at Bang and Olufsen workshop. It was about innovation in the product development cycle."

- Ashwin Saraf, M.SC.
Today, Ashwin works as a Noise and Vibration Consultant with Lloyd's Register in Copenhagen.

Here, you may read descriptions of courses and projects on the Signal Processing and Acoustics Master's programme at Aalborg University. Please also see the curriculum for the master's programme in Signal Processing and Acoustics. Here, you may find details on courses and projects as well as information on the programme’s legal basis, etc.

The programme is comprised by four semesters. The 1st semester is a common, and on the 2nd semester, you must choose a specialisation; Signal Processing and Computing or Acoustics and Audio Technology.

Compulsory for all non-AAU bachelors

All bachelors enrolled in the programme who have not obtained their bachelor's degree from Aalborg University must take part in a course on problem based learning (PBL) as part of the 1st semester project. In case non-AAU bachelors get credit transfer for the 1st semester, they will be asked to take part in the course ensuring that they are trained in working according to the PBL-model. Read more about PBL here.

“The best thing about the Signal Processing and Acoustics programme is that it is designed to teach state-of-the-art in acoustics and signal processing as well as hands-on experience. Students develop very wide skills in this domain. I already feel confident about taking a job in this field. My current semester project is carried out in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen. It’s about spatial sound. We are using new algorithms to capture the sound of a loudspeaker in a given room and try to understand how the environment affects the sound. It’s really interesting because it’s a very recent technology, so I really feel that I am doing something useful and completely new. I am learning every day and I really enjoy doing it throughout the projects. At AAU, students have access to the labs 24/7. It’s great to be able to work whenever we feel like it, even on the weekend. You can work on side-projects and also finish up our main projects. It’s truly great, because you feel like the university trusts you. Also, it’s very easy to get to talk to professors and other staff. We are in the same buildings and share the same lab facilities. You really feel like being part of the department. It’s amazing to be able to benefit from the expertise of some of the top researchers in the field of audio. AAU’s teaching method of Problem based learning is a great way to learn because you have this excellent framework that offers supervision and the opportunity to develop the skills that matters to you and your future career. In the future, I want to develop audio algorithms for consumer electronic products.” Maxime Guy Bruno Demurger Student

Job and career

The Signal Processing and Acoustics Master's programme at Aalborg University provides you with skills that pave the way for a very broad range of job opportunities found within areas such as wireless and mobile communication, consumer audio and video, sound and audio products, multimedia, medical aids, instrumentation, automotive applications, avionics, navigation and the financial sector. In general, graduates typically find jobs in industries where digital signal processing and acoustics are naturally applied in order to provide signal analysis, signal modification or signal transmission.

Candidates are employed at e.g.:

  • Bang & Olufsen
  • GN Resound
  • Siemens Wind Power
  • Oticon Medical
  • Harman International
  • Widex
  • RTX
  • Niras
  • Cowi
  • Terma
  • Rambøll
  • Motorola
  • Dynaudio
  • The Danish Road Directorate