Jan Østergaard: New full professor in Information Theory and Signal Processing

Jan Østergaard: New full professor in Information Theory and Signal Processing

Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University has just appointed Jan Østergaard as full professor. Since 2017, Jan Østergaard has been professor MSO in the department.

Jan Østergaard is an acknowledged researcher in the field of information theory and signal processing - with applications within sound. He has demonstrated excellence in research and teaching activities, and the appointment will be of great value to the Department of Electronic Systems and the university.

Jan Østergaard is happy about the acknowledgement of his work and research:

“I am very excited about the strong support from Aalborg University, which makes it possible to further intensify and strengthen my research activities particular within acoustic signal processing”.

Strong links to industry

Aalborg University (AAU) has a long tradition working with industry, and Jan Østergaard has a broad international academic network and strong ties to the Danish sound industry – he is the main representative from AAU in Sound Hub Denmark, which is a sound incubator environment for startups in soundtech.

During his career, Jan Østergaard has had the chance to work with many international researchers and to stay in different countries, e.g. The Netherlands, Australia and Chile. This has allowed him to have a good international network, which benefit AAU in order to increase international visibility.

Artificial intelligence and sound

Jan Østergaard has taking leadership in developing the field of sound and is head of a section working on artificial intelligence and sound and he is also head of a centre on acoustic signal processing research (CASPR), which involves partners from the soundtech industries such as Oticon, RTX and B&O.

“My current research activities revolve around understanding how information is processed in physical and biological systems. For example, how is information within noisy speech signals processed by the brain? How much useful information is lost in the brain and is it possible to develop hearing assistive devices that make use of brain feedback in order to improve people’s listening capabilities or minimize their listening efforts? These are some of the societal challenges that we do research in”, says Jan Østergaard

His expertise fit very well with AAU’s problem based learning approach, given that his teaching combines theory and corporation with industry working with real world problems.


He completed the M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Aalborg University in 1999.

From 1999 to 2002, he worked as an R&D Engineer at ETI A/S, Aalborg, and from 2002 to 2003, he was an R&D Engineer with ETI Inc., USA.

In 2007, he received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

After the PhD, he became a postdoctoral researcher at University of Newcastle (2007-2008), Australia, and at Aalborg University (2008-2011).

During his employment at Aalborg University, Jan Østergaard has also been a visiting researcher at Tel Aviv University in Israel and at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria in Chile.



Jan Østergaard, professor, Department of Electronic Systems


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