Bożena Kostek, Prof.


Bożena Kostek Bozena Kostek is a Full Professor with the Multimedia Systems Department, Gdansk University of Technology. She works also as a half-time scientific consultant for the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing in Warsaw.

Bozena Kostek received her M.Sc. degree in Sound Engineering from the Technical University of Gdansk. Following this, she completed her studies at the Institute of Management and Organization and received a second M.Sc. from the Technical University of Gdansk. As a part of her studies, she pursued her interest in journalism and took some courses in this area. She played piano for a number of years. From 1987-1989, Dr. Kostek studied at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, receiving the Diplome d'Acoustique. In 1992, she supported her thesis devoted to the quality of the pipe organ control systems and received her Ph.D. degree from the Technical University of Gdansk. In March 2000 she supported her D.Sc. degree at the Institute of Research Systems of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. In 2005 she was granted the title of professor from the President of Poland. In 2003-2006 she was appointed Vice-Chair of the Multimedia Systems Department. She is now full professor at the Multimedia Systems Department of Gdansk Univ. of Technology (GUT).

She led a number of research projects sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Science and Education, and took part in the 6th FP European Project Prestospace devoted to audio and video restoration. She is now taking part in two other EU programs (7th Framework Pogram) that are being realized at the Multimedia Systems Department, GUT. The subjects of the mentioned projects concern new methods of musical instrument sound and music recognition based on soft computing approach, pipe organ control based on fuzzy-logic, acoustic sound quality investigations, digital processing algorithms for hearing aids and cochlear implants and others. Her main scientific interests are psychophysiology of hearing and vision, music information retrieval, musical acoustics, studio technology, as well as applications of soft computing and computational intelligence to the mentioned domains.

Prof. Kostek has presented more than 400 scientific papers in journals and at conferences. In 1999, she published a book entitled "Soft Computing in Acoustics", and later in 2002 she co-authored a book devoted to "Computer technology applications to audiology and speech therapy". In 2005 she published another monograph entitled " Perception-based Data Processing in Acoustics". Prof. Kostek was also one of the Editors of the first volume of the Transactions of Rough Sets. She is Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Acoustics (ISI journal), and a reviewer of many scientific journals (e.g. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, J. of Acoustical Society of America, J. of Intelligent Information Systems, J. New Music Research, NCEJ, Neurocomputing, IET Signal Processing, etc). She was a member of the Review Board for the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, and she is a reviewer of this journal. She has also been an Editorial Committee Board member of the Archives of Acoustics for many years.

Her teaching responsibilities include classes in psychophysiology of hearing and vision, studio technology, sound reinforcement, musical acoustics and informatics, soft computing. Under her guidance, 8 Ph.D. students supported their doctoral theses (7 with honors). Currently, she is supervising 5 Ph. D. students. She was the reviewer of 7 Ph.D. theses (among them those from the University of Monash and Melbourne, also from the Ulster University) and 1 habilitation work (for the D.Sc. degree). In addition, B. Kostek was a reviewer of the scientific achievements (Monash University). Under her guidance, many students studied individual programs, and foreign students were given opportunity to complete their works. She encouraged students to undertake research internships abroad, and coordinated students' participation in scientific events. So far, she has been the supervisor of over 110 M.Sc. diploma works. Many of the M.Sc works received very valuable prizes (awards granted by firms, e.g. Intel, Philips Consumer Industries Poland, by Scientific societies (Polish Section of the AES, Polish Electrotechnical Society), by Dean of the Faculty, President of the University, as well as by President of Gdansk). The best and most talented continue their careers at doctoral studies.

In 1991, she helped to form the Polish Section of the Audio Engineering Society, and since then has served as a member of the Committee. She is also a member of the Polish Acoustical Society and of the Acoustical Society of America, she also belongs to other Polish and international scientific societies.

In 2003, she was elected Vice-President of the Audio Engineering Society for Central Europe, and in 2005 she was once again appointed AES Vice President for Central Europe Region. From 2007 she serves as the AES Governor. In 2009, she was nominated for Vice-President of the Audio Engineering Society (the outcome of the elections is to be known in October 2009).

Prof. Bozena Kostek has been a guest speaker, session and panel organizer in conferences held in many countries throughout world. Bozena Kostek has chaired or directly contributed to the organization of more than 10 scientific international and local events, including the International Symposium on Sound and Vision Engineering and Mastering in 2007, held in Gdansk, PL. She was a member of the team that represented Poland at the European IST (Information Society Technology) events (Nice, France, and Cork, Ireland).


She is the recipient of many prestigious awards for research, including:

  • 1st prize of the Prime Minister of Poland (November 2000, see picture) for outstanding research achievements;
  • prize of the Minister of Science (2005, see picture);
  • award of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2005);
  • Silver Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2002);
  • prize of the Minister of Health (2001);
  • award of the Committee for National Education (2001);
  • member of the team of the Multimedia Systems Department awarded with the highest prize of the Ministry of Science (so-called "Oscar of Polish Science") in the category of information technologies in 2003;
  • M. Kwiek's Award for the outstanding scientific presentation from the Acoustical Society of Poland (1996);
  • two awards from the Polish Electrotechnical Society (1992) and (1993);
  • 27 awards - given by the President of Gdansk University of Technology for her scientific achievements (1992-2008). B. Kostek also received the honorary diploma for her outstanding scientific achievements from the President of Gdansk University of Technology in 2000;
  • member of the team whose projects elaborated were nominated to the Stockholm Challenge Award and the Europrix 2000 prize (Europe's Best in Multimedia), and awarded gold and silver medals at the international invention exhibitions (2000-2008);
  • she was awarded a scholarship from Stefan Batory Foundation for the participation in World Automation Congress in Anchorage, Alaska, May 4-9, 1998, where she won the Best paper award;
  • Best paper award for her presentations at the Conf. on Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems, KES'04, New Zealand, 2004;
  • Best paper award for the bets papers (M. Pozaryski's (3rd prize) from Polish Electrical Society);
  • as a student she acted as the leader of the basketball team that won silver and gold medals at Polish Technical Universities Championships.

Some recent publications

Soft Computing in Acoustics, Applications of Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic
and Rough Sets to Musical Acoustics, Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing

Soft Computing in Acoustics

Physica Verlag, Heidelberg, New York 1999
ISBN 3-7908-1190-4 Physica-Verlag Heidelberg New York.

The book presents applications of some selected soft computing methods to acoustics and sound engineering. The aim of this research study is the implementation of soft computing methods to musical signal analysis and to the recognition of musical sounds and phrases. Accordingly, some methods based on such learning algorithms as neural networks, rough sets and fuzzy-logic were conceived, implemented and tested. Additionally, the above-mentioned methods were applied to the analysis and verification of subjective testing results. The last problem discussed within the framework of this book was the problem of fuzzy control of the classical pipe organ instrument. The obtained results show that computational intelligence and soft computing may be used for solving some vital problems in both musical and architectural acoustics.


  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Introduction
  4. Some Selected Soft Computing Tools and Techniques: Artificial Neural Networks; Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy Logic; Rough Sets
  5. Preprocessing of Data in Acoustics: Musical Signal Representation; Musical Phrase Analyis; Acquisition of Test Results; Data Discretization
  6. Automatics Classification of Musical Instrument Sounds: Uncertainty of Musical Instrument Sound Representation; Feature Vector Extraction; Statistical Properties of Musical Data; Neural Network as a Classifier of Musical Instruments; Rough Set Decision System as a Classifier of Musical Instruments
  7. Automatic Recognition of Musical Phrases: Data Acquisition; Parametrization Process; Neural Network as a Classifier of Musical Phrases; Rough Set-Based Classification of Musical Phrases
  8. Intelligent Processing of Test Results: Inconsistency of Subjective Assessment Results; Application of Fuzzy Logic to the Processing of Test Results; Application of Rough Sets to the Processing of Test Results; Rough-Fuzzy Method of Test Result Processing
  9. Control Applications: Articulation-Related Features in the Pipe Organ Sound; Fuzzy Control of Pipe Organ
  10. Conclusions

Perception-Based Data Processing in Acoustics

Perception-Based Data Processing in Acoustics

Author: Kostek Bożena
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3540257292

This monograph provides novel insights into cognitive mechanisms underlying the processing of sound and music in different environments. A solid understanding of these mechanisms is vital for numerous technological applications such as for example information retrieval from distributed musical databases or building expert systems. In order to investigate the cognitive mechanisms of music perception fundamentals of hearing psychophysiology and principles of music perception are presented. In addition, some computational intelligence methods are reviewed, such as rough sets, fuzzy logic, artificial neural networks, decision trees and genetic algorithms. The applications of hybrid decision systems to problem solving in music and acoustics are exemplified and discussed on the basis of obtained experimental results.

Written for: Researchers, engineers, graduate students in computational intelligence, psychoacoustics, linguistics

Keywords: Acoustics, Hearing, Linguistics, Music Information Retrieval, Perception

Transactions on Rough Sets I

Transactions on Rough Sets I

Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science , Vol. 3100
Volume package: Transactions on Rough Sets
Peters, J.F.; Skowron, A.; Grzymala-Busse, J.W.; Kostek, B.; Swiniarski, R.W.; Szczuka, M.S. (Eds.)
2004, X, 405 p., Softcover
ISBN: 3-540-22374-6

The LNCS journal Transactions on Rough Sets is devoted to the entire spectrum of rough sets related issues, starting from logical and mathematical foundations, through all aspects of rough set theory and its applications, such as data mining, knowledge discovery, and intelligent information processing, to relations between rough sets and other approaches to uncertainty, vagueness, and incompleteness, such as fuzzy sets and theory of evidence.

This first volume of the Transactions on Rough Sets opens with an introductory article by Zdzislaw Pawlak, the originator of rough sets. Nine papers deal with rough set theory and eight are devoted to applications in various domains.

Written for: Researchers and professionals

Keywords: classification, data analysis, fuzzy sets, incomplete information processing, logical foundations, music recognition, pattern recognition, relational learning, rough multisets, rough non-deterministic information, rough set theory, rough sets, theory of evidence, uncertainty, vagueness