Natural Sciences faculty members Natural Sciences faculty members

Dr Stephen Ashworth - Head of Natural Sciences, Year in Industry and Year Abroad co-ordinator 

Stephen teaches modules in physics as part of the Natural Sciences Degree Programme and has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects.
See Stephen's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Martin Loftus - Director of Learning & Teaching  

Martin teaches modules in astrophysics as part of the Natural Sciences Degree Programme and has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects in pulsars and galaxies.
See Martin's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Mark Cooker - Natural Sciences Teaching Executive

Mark is a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics. His research is in fluid dynamics, especially the mathematics of water wave impact and splashes. Mark lectures mathematicians and scientists in applied mathematics modules at all levels. He has also supervised project work in areas such as the diffusion of heat, acoustics, water-wave motion, liquid sloshing in containers, and impact.
See Mark's full profile on the School of Mathematics website.

Dr Steven Hayward and Dr Chris Greenman - Project co-ordinators

Steven graduated in Physics from the University of Bristol and gained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh.  His research focuses on protein structure, dynamics and function employing a variety of computational approaches including simulation and bioinformatics methods.  See Steven's full profile on the School of Computing Sciences website.

Chris has a mathematics degree from Durham University, and a mathematics PhD from the University of Edinburgh, utilizing number theory to study the spacing distributions of quantized harmonic oscillators.
See Chris's full profile on the School of Mathematics website.

Dr Adrian Matthews - Admissions Director

Adrian is a Professor of Meteorology and has a wide range of research interests, mainly in meteorology and oceanography with a focus on the tropics.  These include research into fundamental processes through observational data analysis and numerical modelling.

See Adrian's full profile on the School of Environmental Science website.

Dr Michael Wormstone - Coursework Director

Michael is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences. His research utilises human cells and tissue to study human eye disease. In particular, he is interested in wound-healing events that follow cataract surgery, which lead to a secondary visual loss. His laboratory aims to further our understanding of the cell and molecular mechanisms underpinning wound healing in the eye and identify novel targets for future therapeutic development.

See Michael's full profile on the School of Biological Sciences website.

Dr Garth Jones - Senior advisor & SSLC

Garth is a physical chemist who uses computational and theoretical techniques and is principally interested in excited state dynamics of molecules and light-molecule interactions. He develops mixed quantum-classical approaches to perform simulations of important processes in physical chemistry such as electron transfer, electronic energy transfer and photodissociation.
See Garth's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Alex Baker - Year in Europe co-ordinator

Alex's research interests have developed into the fields of marine and atmospheric iodine biogeochemistry and the atmospheric transport of nutrients and trace metals and their impact on the marine carbon cycle. 
See Alex's full profile on the School of Environmental Science website.

Dr Susan Matthews - Pharmacy Research Projects Coordinator

Susan's research interests are at the interface of chemistry and biology focusing on the development of smart drug delivery systems.
See Sue's full profile on the School of Pharmacy website.

Dr Ben Milner - Natural Sciences Teaching Executive 

Ben teaches modules on sound and image processing and on electronics. He has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects on audio processing and in particular on estimating the fundamental frequency of musical instruments. 
See Ben's full profile on the School of Computing Sciences website.

Dr Tom Clarke - Chair of Exam Board

Tom teaches on modules in BIO and CHE as part of the biochemistry program and his research on mineral respiring bacteria covers multiple natural science disciplines including microbiology, chemistry and geology.
See Tom's full profile on the School of Biological Sciences website.

Career History

In 1994 Ben moved to BT Laboratories in the speech recognition group, where he specialised in noise and channel robustness and front-end processing. In particular he worked on reducing error rates for services such as automated directory enquiries and speech recognition from payphones. More recent work at BT considered the effect of performing speech recognition over mobile and IP networks where problems of packet loss and codec distortion are addressed. He was also responsible for the handwriting component of BT's SmartQuill which features in the Guinness Book of Records as 'the world's most intelligent pen!'. He was also involved in work to automatically detect the internal rotting of telephone poles. He holds three patents in the areas of speech processing and handwriting recognition.

In March 2001 Ben returned to the School of Information Systems (now the School of Computing Sciences) as a Senior Lecturer.

Ben has also spent some time in oil and gas exploration working on side scan sonar and seabed profiling.

Academic Background

Ben Milner received a PhD in robust speech processing from the University of East Anglia in 1995. Prior to this he received a BEng in electronic engineering

All Publications

<- Page 1 of 5 ->

Le Cornu, T., Milner, B. P.

(2017)

Generating intelligible audio speech from visual speech,

in IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing

25

(9)

pp. 1447-1457

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Harding, P., Milner, B.

(2017)

Estimating acoustic speech features in low signal-to-noise ratios using a statistical framework,

in Computer Speech and Language

42

pp. 1–19

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Thangthai, A., Milner, B., Taylor, S.

(2016)

Visual speech synthesis using dynamic visemes, contextual features and DNNs,

in Proceedings of the Interspeech Conference 2016.

International Speech Communication Association

pp. 2458-2462

Full Text

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Taylor, S., Kato, A., Milner, B., Matthews, I.

(2016)

Audio-to-Visual Speech Conversion using Deep Neural Networks,

in Proceedings of the Interspeech Conference 2016.

International Speech Communication Association

pp. 1482-1486

Full Text

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Kato, A., Milner, B.

(2016)

HMM-Based Speech Enhancement Using Sub-Word Models and Noise Adaptation,

in Proceedings of the Interspeech Conference 2016.

International Speech Communication Association

pp. 3748-3752

Full Text

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Harding, P., Milner, B.

(2015)

Reconstruction-based speech enhancement from robust acoustic features,

in Speech Communication

75

pp. 62-75

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Khan, F., Milner, B.

(2015)

Using audio and visual information for single channel speaker separation,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Websdale, D., Le Cornu, T., Milner, B.

(2015)

Objective measures for predicting the intelligibility of spectrally smoothed speech with artificial excitation,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Milner, B., Le Cornu, T.

(2015)

Reconstructing intelligible audio speech from visual speech features,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Le Cornu, T., Milner, B.

(2015)

Voicing classification of visual speech using convolutional neural networks,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Milner, B., Websdale, D.

(2015)

Analysing the importance of different visual feature coefficients,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Almajai, I., Milner, B.

(2011)

Visually Derived Wiener Filters for Speech Enhancement,

in IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing

19

(6)

pp. 1642-1651

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Harding, P., Milner, B.

(2011)

Speech enhancement by reconstruction from cleaned acoustic features,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Milner, B.

(2011)

Maximum a posteriori Estimation of Noise from Non-Acoustic Reference Signals in Very Low Signal-to-Noise Ratio Environments,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Pawi, S., Vaseghi, B., Milner, B., Ghorsi, S.

(2011)

Fundamental Frequency Estimation Using Modified Higher Order Moments and Multiple Windows,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Milner, B., Darch, J.

(2010)

Robust Acoustic Speech Feature Prediction from Noisy Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients,

in IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing

19

(2)

pp. 338-347

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Pawi, A., Vaseghi, S. V., Milner, B. P.

(2010)

Pitch extraction using modified higher order moments,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Almajai, I., Milner, B.

(2009)

Effective visually-derived Wiener filtering for audio-visual speech processing,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Almajai, I., Milner, B.

(2009)

Enhancing Audio Speech using Visual Speech Features,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Milner, B., Darch, J., Almajai, I.

(2009)

Reconstructing clean speech from noisy MFCC vectors,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


<- Page 1 of 5 ->

Key Research Interests

Ben Milner is part of the Speech, Language and Audio Processing

Ben's research interests continue to be in the area of robust speech processing. In particular considering the effects of mobile and IP networks on speech quality and recognition performance.

Follow this link for current PhD opportunities in Computing Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Selected Publications

Milner, B. P. and Shao, X., Prediction of Fundamental Frequency and Voicing from Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients for Unconstrained Speech Reconstruction. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Volume 15, Issue 1, Page(s) 24-33, 2007.

Darch, J., Milner, B.P., and Saeed Vaseghi, MAP Prediction of Formant Frequencies and Voicing Class from MFCC Vectors in Noise. Speech Communication, Volume 48, Issue 11, Page(s) 1556-1572, 2006.

James, A. B. and Milner, B. P., Towards improving the robustness of distributed speech recognition in packet loss. Journal of Speech Communication, Volume 48, Issue 11, Page(s) 1402-1421, 2006.

Milner, B. P. and James, A. B., Robust speech recognition over mobile and IP networks in burst-like packet loss. IEEE Trans. Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Volume 14, Issue 1, Page(s) 223-231, 2006.

 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Guest editor: special edition of Speech Communication and Robustness Issues for Conversation Interaction, 2006
  • Chairman: ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop (ITRW) Robust2004-Robustness Issues for Conversation Interaction-UEA, 2004

Key Responsibilities

Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Science