Arai Laboratory was established in April 1998. We are currently engaged in research and education related to speech and acoustics. The laboratory was established in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and was referred to as “SPLAB” as an abbreviation of “(Speech) Signal Processing Laboratory.” After departmental reorganization in our faculty, the laboratory is now in the Department of Information and Communication Sciences, and we now use “SPLAB” as an abbreviation of “Speech Communication Laboratory.” Research is mainly in the speech communication field but extends to any field related to acoustics and speech (e.g., linguistics, speech and language pathology, psychology, social welfare, education, and musicology), so we do interdisciplinary research.
Arai Laboratory’s principles are based on the following three pillars:
We perform interdisciplinary research by focusing on a wide range of academic fields related to acoustics and speech (e.g., linguistics, speech and language pathology, psychology, social welfare, education, and musicology).
We always aim for cutting-edge research utilizing a global network through presentations at top international journals and conferences, international collaborations, study abroad, welcoming visiting foreign researchers, etc.
We think that research outcomes should benefit society, a mentality in line with Sophia’s spirits. Sound-related welfare technology that helps human beings is a typical example of this concept.