Bio-inspired filters for audio analysis

Nicola Strisciuglio*, Mario Vento, Nicolai Petkov

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Nowadays, much is known about the functions of the components of the human auditory system. Computational models of these components are widely accepted and recently inspired the work of researchers in pattern recognition and signal processing. In this work we present a novel filter, which we call COPE (Combination of Peaks of Energy), that is inspired by the way the sound waves are converted into neuronal firing activity on the auditory nerve. A COPE filter creates a model of the pattern of the neural activity generated by a sound of interest and is able to detect the same pattern and modified versions of it. We apply the proposed method on the task of event detection for surveillance of roads. For the experiments, we use a publicly available data set, namely the MIVIA road events data set. The results that we achieve (recognition rate equal to 94% and false positive rate lower than 4%) and the comparison with existing methods demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed bio-inspired filters for audio analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrain-Inspired Computing
Subtitle of host publicationSecond International Workshop, BrainComp 2015, Cetraro, Italy, July 6-10, 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsKatrin Amunts, Thomas Lippert, Lucio Grandinetti, Nicolai Petkov
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-50862-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-50861-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Workshop on Brain-Inspired Computing, BrainComp 2015 - Cetraro, Italy
Duration: 6 Jun 201510 Jun 2015
Conference number: 2

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd International Workshop on Brain-Inspired Computing, BrainComp 2015
Abbreviated titleBrainComp 2015


  • Audio analysis
  • Auditory system
  • Bio-inspired filters
  • Event detection
  • Trainable COPE filters


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