Strong rank in the HEAR 2021 Challenge

CP's team (Khaled Koutini, Jan Schlüter, Hamid Eghbal-zadeh, Gerhard Widmer) scores top places in different tasks of HEAR 2021 NeurIPS Challenge, Holistic Evaluation of Audio Representations.

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The aim of the challenge is to push machine listening models to be as holistic as the human ear, i.e., develop a model that performs well across a variety of everyday domains. Models are meant to produce a general-purpose audio representation as a strong basis for audio classification and sequence labeling. Representations are evaluated using a benchmark suite across a variety of domains, including speech, environmental sound, and music. Results for all tasks are published at

CP's team used their latest state-of-the-art transformer model, the details of which are published in a preprint ( The source code for training such a model, and pre-trained models are available at

NEWS 06.12.2021