New audiological research centre

Friday 25 Jan 13


Torsten Dau
Head of Sections, Professor
DTU Health Tech
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A new research centre ‘Oticon Centre of Excellence for Hearing and Speech Sciences’ has been founded under the leadership of Professor Torsten Dau in parallel with CAHR.

The new research centre will have a special focus on cross-disciplinary basic research in the audiological disciplines. The different disciplines will investigate the codes of the human auditory system, and the results are expected to open up a deeper understanding of how speech and music are represented in the brain. The new centre will also include a large new laboratory, an Audio Visual Immersion Lab. Through a special technology the sound impressions can be reproduced and combined with visual images.

Oticon Centre of Excellence for Hearing and Speech Sciences will employ a considerable number of scientists, visiting professors, postdocs and PhD students, who will work together on a number of carefully selected basic research projects in the field of audiology. In addition to internal cooperative partners and experts based at DTU, external experts from educational institutions such as Université Paris Descartes in France, University of California, Berkeley, in the USA and Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre Hospital, will be involved. CAHR will at the same time start a number of applied research projects supported by the Danish hearing aid industry. 

The central team of the new research centre from left:
Associated Professor Tobias Andersen from the Department of Mathematical Modelling: Audio-visual integration
Postdoctoral Sébastien Santurette: Psychoacoustics, music perception and functional imaging,
Head of Hearing Systems, Professor Torsten Dau,
Associate Professor Ewen MacDonald: Speech perception and production,
Assistant Professor Bastian Epp: Neural modelling of hearing.