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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Kevin D. Donohue


Steered Response Power based algorithms are widely used for finding sound source location using microphone array systems. SRCP-PHAT is one such algorithm that has a robust performance under noisy and reverberant conditions. The algorithm creates a likelihood function over the field of view. This thesis employs image processing methods on SRCP-PHAT images, to exploit the difference in power levels and pixel patterns to discriminate between sound source and background pixels. Hough Transform based ellipse detection is used to identify the sound source locations by finding the centers of elliptical edge pixel regions typical of source patterns. Monte Carlo simulations of an eight microphone perimeter array with single and multiple sound sources are used to simulate the test environment and area under receiver operating characteristic (ROCA) curve is used to analyze the algorithm performance. Performance was compared to a simpler algorithm involving Canny edge detection and image averaging and an algorithms based simply on the magnitude of local maxima in the SRCP image. Analysis shows that Canny edge detection based method performed better in the presence of coherent noise sources.