Pavel Sovka, prof.

tel.:+420 2 2435 2291
fax.:+420 2 3333 9803

Education and professional qualification:

  • 1977-1981 CTU, FEE - electrical engineering (Ing.)
  • 1981-1985 Ph.D. study at CTU FEE – nonlinear method for speech processing
  • 1995 – associate professor (reader) in Electrical Engineering
  • 2000 – professor in Electrical Engineering 2000

Practice in electronics:

  • 1985-1991: Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • 1991-so far: FEE CTU
  • since 2006: Head of the Departement of Circuit Theory, FEE CTU

Short-term foreign stays:

  • TU Budapest, Hungary
  • IFAP J. W. Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Roma and IROE, Florence, Italy
  • ENST Telecom Paris, France (during this stay the cooperation with IDIAP, Switzerland)

Society membership and heading labs:

  • 1993-2006 member of ISCA (International Association of Speech)
  • 2005-2009 member of the editorial board of the journal Radioengineering
  • 1993-1996 the head of the research laboratory at FEE CTU “Speech enhancement techniques”
  • 1997-2012 the head of the research laboratory at FEE CTU “Laboratory of biological signal analysis”

Research and results:

  1. Former research: the application of adaptive systems to noise and echo cancellation, speech analysis, change-point detection, and signal separation
  2. Current research: biomedical signal processing and selective spectral transforms
  3. Scientific writing: co-author of two Czech books (one of them was awarded by CTU Rector's Award 1996) and several textbooks, author and co-author of more than 100 conference contributions and 50 papers in the field of signal processing and its applications. Total number of publications during 2010-2017: journals - 11 (9 with non-zero IF), conference proceedings - 22, chapter in a book - 1 The ISI Web of Knowledge citation databases include 137 citations of his publications (without self-citations), corresponding h-index is 7
  4. Results: new one-channel method of noise suppression; the optimization of multi-channel methods for acoustic noise cancellation; co-author of several cepstral voice activity detectors, new algorithms; modelling, recognition and classification of movement-related EEG signals; the new method for the measurement of causal relationships between time series.

Student supervising:

    Successfully supervised 19 PhD students; two of them were awarded (Werner von Siemens Excellence Award 2009, 2012)


  • co-investigator of GA16-07690S “Dynamics of cognitive processes during spatial reference frames usage” (2016-2018)
  • principal investigator of GA102/02/0124 “Voice Technologies for Support of Information Society” (2002-2004) - coperation with TU in Liberec and TU in Brno
  • principal investigator of GA102/05/0278 “New Trends in Research and Application of Voice Technology” (2005-2007) - coperation with TU in Liberec and TU in Brno
  • co-investigator of GA309/01/0665 “Cortical potentials and rhythms during somatosensory and somatomotor activation” (2001-2003)
  • project OSCLEVER20071 (the Ministry of Defence of CR) “SEARCHING - Research of Novel Methods and Means of Searching of Wounded and Injured” (2007-2009)
  • co-investigator of GAP102/11/1795 “Novel selective transforms for non-stationary signal processing” (2001-2013), see http://amber.feld.cvut.cz/selectivetransforms)
  • at the department of Circuit Theory, responsibility for one part of two research projects: “Trans-disciplinary Research in Biomedical Engineering I and II” (1998-2012)

Teaching activities:

  • graduate and doctoral courses on signals and systems and on digital signal processing FEE CTU; introduced several new courses on digital signal processing and its applications with the help of 4 grants of Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic