Academic Profile

Woon-Seng Gan received his BEng (1st Class Hons) and Ph.D. degrees, both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, the UK in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He is currently a Professor of Audio Engineering and Director of the Smart Nation Lab in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Nanyang Technological University. He also served as the Head of the Information Engineering Division in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Nanyang Technological University from 2011-2014, and director of the Centre for Infocomm Technology from 2016-2019. His research has been concerned with the connections between the physical world, signal processing, and sound control, which resulted in the practical demonstration and licensing of spatial audio algorithms, directional sound beam, and active noise control for headphones.
He has published more than 400 international refereed journals and conferences, and has translated his research into 6 granted patents, and has founded a company, Immersive Sound Technology Pte Ltd in 2015. He had co-authored three books on Subband Adaptive Filtering: Theory and Implementation (John Wiley, 2009); Embedded Signal Processing with the Micro Signal Architecture, (Wiley-IEEE, 2007); and Digital Signal Processors: Architectures, Implementations, and Applications (Prentice Hall, 2005). He has also given several keynotes and distinguished lecturer speeches at IEEE, AES, and APSIPA conferences.
He is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society(AES), a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology(IET), and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE/ACM Transaction on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing (TASLP; 2012-15) and was presented with an Outstanding TASLP Editorial Board Service Award in 2016. He also served as the Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2015-19). He is currently serving as a Senior Area Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2019-); Associate Technical Editor of the Journal of Audio Engineering Society (JAES; 2013-); Editorial member of the Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA; 2011-) Transaction on Signal and Information Processing; Associate Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing (2007-).

He was elected as Board of Governor in 2014 and Vice President – Institutional Relations and Education Program in 2017 for the Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA). He also participates actively in the IEEE Signal Processing Industry DSP committee and IEEE IoT special interest group. He also served as a member in the IEEE Signal Processing Design and Implementation of Signal Processing System from 2012-2015 and 2019-; IEEE Signal Processing Education Technical Committee from 2009-2015. Additionally, he is also the General Conference Chair of APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference in 2017 and he will become the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in 2022.
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Prof Gan Woon Seng
Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Director, Smart Nation Lab, Centre for Information Sciences and Systems, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)

His research interests include active noise control for hearables and open window, spatial audio processing, and AI for Sound
  • Active Noise Mitigation of Aircraft Noise Through Partially Opened Window

  • Augmenting Urban Soundscape (AUS) Phase 2: Adaptive Soundscape Enhancement System and Evaluation of the Urban Sound Environment

  • Immersive 3D Audio For Virtual And Augmented Reality Applications

  • Research Theme 2 - Edge Intelligence

  • Scalable And Secured Edge Processing With Machine Learning And OTA Updating

  • Singtel-NTU Congnitive & Artifical Intelligence Joint Lab, Common Activities Account
  • B Lam, DY Shi, W.S.Gan, S Elliott, M Nishimura, “Active control of broadband sound through the open aperture of a full-sized domestic window,” in Nature Scientific Reports (2020) 10:10021 |

  • DY Shi, W.S.Gan, “ Feedforward Selective Fixed-filter Active Noise Control: Algorithm and Implementation,” IEEE Trans on Audio, Speech and Signal Processing, Vol 28, 2020, pp 1479-1492.

  • DY Shi, *B Lam, W.S. Gan, “Feedforward Multichannel Virtual-sensing Active Control of Noise through An Aperture: Analysis of Causality and Sensor-actuator Constraints,” accepted for publication in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147, 32 (2020); doi: 10.1121/10.0000515, pp32-48.

  • E. -L. Tan, F. A. Karnapi, L. J. Ng, K. Ooi and W. -S. Gan, "Extracting Urban Sound Information for Residential Areas in Smart Cities Using an End-to-End IoT System," in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, doi: 10.1109/JIOT.2021.3068755.

  • JY Hong, B Lam, ZT, Ong, K Ooi, WS Gan, J Kang, “A mixed-reality approach to soundscape assessment of outdoor urban environments augmented with natural sounds,” Building and Environment, 194 (2020) 107688

  • JY Hong, B Lam, ZT, Ong, K Ooi, WS Gan, J Kang, “Effects of contexts in urban residential areas on the pleasantness and appropriateness of natural sounds,” in Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol 63, 2020, 102475.

  • N Nguyen, WS.Gan, R Ranjan, D L Jones, "Robust Source Counting and DOA Estimation Using Spatial Pseudo-Spectrum and Convolutional Neural Network," in IEEE Trans on Audio, Speech and Signal Processing, Vol 28, 2020, pp 2626-2637.

  • B Lam, C Shi, DY Shi, W.S.Gan, “Active Control of Sound through Full-sized Open Windows,” in the Journal of Building and Environment (May 2018), Special Issue in Advances in Environmental Acoustics, Vol 141, pp 16-27, Aug 2018.