Director and Research Scientist
Mathematics and Signal Processing in Acoustics
Machine Learning

Tel. +43 1 51581-2510
Email: peter.balazs(at)

Scientific IDs:
Scopus Author ID: 8211873600
ResearcherID: E-3020-2010

Academic background

Peter Balazs studied mathematics and physics at the University of Vienna. In 2001, he graduated with honors in mathematics and an M.Sc. thesis on "Polynomials over Groups" ("Polynome über Gruppen"). He successfully defended his PhD thesis and graduated (with distinction) in June 2005. His PhD thesis is titled, "Regular and Irregular Gabor Multiplier with Application to Psychoacoustic Masking," and can be downloaded here.

Peter Balazs has been part of the Institute since 1999. His PhD thesis was written at NuHaG, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna. The cooperation formed during his thesis also resulted in him becoming a fellow of the HASSIP EU network. He joined the LATP, CMI and LMA, CNRS Marseille from November 2003 - April 2004 and in March, May and June of 2006. He also worked with the FYMA, UCL, Louvain-La-Neuve in August 2005.

In 2011 he has won the START prize, the national equivalent of the ERC starting grant in Austria, and therefore the most prestiguos award for youg scientists in Austria. In the same year he wrote his habilitation thesis "New Concepts in Frame Theory Motivated by Acoustical Applications".

In 2012 he was appointed as director of ARI.

Current research

Peter Balazs is interested in Time Frequency Analysis, Gabor Analysis, Numerics, Frame Theory, Signal Processing, Acoustics and Psychoacoustics.

He is now working on the START project 'Frames and Linear Operators for Acoustical Modeling and Parameter Estimation', which aims at establishing frame theory as the mathematical backbone for acoustical modelling. For more details see here.

In particular, he currently works on the topic of frame multipliers, he has introduced in 2007, as well as on general frames theory and adaptive and adapted time-frequency transforms. For all those topics he works on the mathematicalö theory, but also poossible implementations and applications in acoustics.



  • Ta M.; Kreuzer W.; Kasess C.; Enzinger E.; Balazs P. (2011) Internship report to obtain the DUT physics measurement degrees: Pole-Zero Vocal Tract. .
  • Enzinger E.; Balazs P. (2011) Speaker Verification using Pole/Zero Estimates of Nasals. Analele Universitatii "Eftimie Murgu". Bd. XVIII S. 33-44.
  • Balazs P.; Rieckh G. (2011) Oversampling Operators: Frame Representation of Operators. Analele Universitatii "Eftimie Murgu". Bd. 18 S. 107-114.
  • Kreuzer W.; Waubke H.; Rieckh G.; Balazs P. (2011) A 3D model to simulate vibrations in a layered medium with stochastic material parameters. J. Comput. Acoust., Bd. 19, S. 139 - 154.
  • Laback B.; Balazs P.; Necciari T.; Savel S.; Ystad S.; Meunier S.; et al. (2011) Additivity of nonsimultaneous masking for short Gaussian-shaped sinusoids. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Bd. 129, S. 888-897.
  • Majdak P.; Balazs P.; Kreuzer W.; Dörfler M. (2011) A time-frequency method for increasing the signal-to-noise ratio in system identification with exponential sweeps. 2011 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing. Prag S. 3812-3815.
  • Antoine J.-P.; Balazs P. (2011) Frames and Semi-Frames. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, Bd. 44, S. (online).
  • Balazs P.; Cabrelli C.; Heineken. S.; Molter U. (2011) Frames by Multiplication. Current Development in Theory and Applications of Wavelets, Bd. 5, S. 165-186.
  • Balazs P.; Dörfler M.; Holighaus N.; Jaillet F.; Velasco G. (2011) Theory, Implementation and Applications of Nonstationary Gabor Frames. Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Bd. 237, S. 1481-1496.
  • Balazs P.; Stoeva D.; Antoine J.-P. (2011) Classification of General Sequences by Frame-Related Operators. Sampling Theory in Signal and Image Processing, Bd. 10, S. 151-170.
  • Liuni M.; Balazs P.; Röbel A. (2011) Sound Analysis and Synthesis Adaptive in Time and Two Frequency Bands. Proc. of the 14th Int. Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-11), Paris, France, September 19-23. Bd. accepted.
  • Liuni M. (2011) Sound Analysis and Synthesis Adaptive in Time and Two Frequency Bands. Proc. of the 14th Int. Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-11), Paris, France, September 19-23Proc. of the 14th Int. Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-11). Paris.
  • Enzinger E.; Balazs P.; Marelli D.; Becker T. (2011) A logarithmic based pole-zero vocal tract model estimation for speaker verification. Proceedings of the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing 2011. Prague.
  • Rieckh G.; Balazs P.; Kreuzer W. (2010) Frames and Acoustic BEM. Proceedings of the DAGA 2010. Berlin S. CD-ROM.
  • Rieckh G.; Balazs P.; Kreuzer W.; Waubke H. (2010) Frames for acoustic BEM. Proceedings of the Internoise 2010. Lisbon S. CD-ROM.
  • Bayer D.; Balazs P.; Jaillet F. (2010) On the Structure of the Phase around the Zeros of the Short-Time Fourier Transform. Proceedings of the DAGA 2010. Berlin S. 921-922.
  • Balazs P.; Laback B.; Eckel G.; Deutsch W.A. (2010) Time-Frequency Sparsity by Removing Perceptually Irrelevant Components Using a Simple Model of Simultaneous Masking. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Bd. 18/1, S. 34-49.
  • Marelli D.; Balazs P. (2010) On Pole-Zero Model Estimation Methods Minimizing a Logarithmic Criterion for Speech Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Bd. 18/2, S. 237-248.
  • Balazs P.; Antoine J.-P.; Grybos A. (2010) Weighted and Controlled Frames: Mutual relationship and first Numerical Properties. International Journal of Wavelets, Multiresolution and Information Processing, Bd. 8, S. 109-132.
  • Rahimi A.; Balazs P. (2010) Multipliers for p-Bessel sequences in Banach spaces. Integral Equations and Operator Theory, Bd. 68, S. 193-205.

Additional information

Additional information

Professional societies and activities

He is a student IEEE member since 2002, a regular member since 2005, a senior member since 2012. He is also a member of the AES, ÖMG and EMS .

Hobbies etc.

His hobbies are: music (playing the drums), baseball, games (especially role-playing games), and using the computer. You can view Peter Balazs's personal homepage here.

Past Research

He was the leader of the WWTF project Frame Multiplier: Theory and Application in Acoustics from 2008 -  2011. This project aimed to establish new results in the mathematic theory of frame multipliers - to integrate them into efficient digital signal processing algorithms, and to make them available for use in "real world" acoustic applications. This international, multi-disciplinary and team-oriented project has allowed P. Balazs to form the group 'Mathematics and Acoustical Signal Processing’ at the Acoustics Research Institute, in cooperation with NuHaG Vienna (Hans G. Feichtinger), the group Laboratoire PRISM of the LMA / CRNS Marseille (Richard Kronland-Martinet) and the Signal Processing Group of the LATP, CNRS Marseilles (Bruno Torrésani) as well as the FYMA, UCL, Louvain-La-Neuve (Jean-Pierre Antoine).

Regular and irregular Gabor multiplier with application to psychoacoustic masking was a focus of Balazs, even after finishing his PhD. and has developed into other projects like MulAc. With the Laboratoire PRISM, the Acoustics Research Institute has successfully implemented a WTZ-funded exchange project on "Time-Frequency Representation and Perception" for 2006 and 2007.

Balazs has also worked as a software developer at our Institute. When starting at the Institute in 1999, he was working on implementations in S_TOOLS-STx Macro & C++, documentation, user interface development, database structure concepts, and more. After finishing his studies, he has been delving deeper into the mathematical and theoretical background of signal processing.

His other projects include investigating the phase in acoustics, helping with the mathematical background in other projects, and some programming. He has also worked (and co-managed) in the project, "Vibrations in soils and liquids - Transform method for layers with random properties", a project of Dr. Ing. habil. Waubke funded by the FWF. Since June 2005 P. Balazs has been a permanent staff member of the Acoustics Research Institute.

His interests include discrete Gabor analysis and Gabor theory in the finite discrete setting, which is an area of high interest for any application. In 2006 he publshed a numerically efficient way to find an approximate dual window (a window that gives perfect reconstruction). He is using a special structure of Gabor analysis and synthesis via "Double Preconditioning for Gabor Frames".