Hearing Systems Presentation Day

Tuesday 19 Nov 19


Torsten Dau
Head of Sections, Professor
DTU Health Tech
+45 45 25 39 77
On November 1st, Hearing Systems invited collaboration partners, colleagues and alumni for this year’s Presentation Day to give an overview of the activities in the research group. The event took place at the laboratory building and attracted approximately 70 guests during the afternoon.

Torsten Dau, Head of Hearing Systems, gave an introduction of the research group and the activities.
“We used to be a group in DTU Elektro but are now a section in the new Department of Health Technology”.
DTU Health Tech started January 2019 and is organized into three academic divisions with approximately 400 employees: Digital Health, of which Hearing Systems is a part, Biopharma and Imaging & Sensors. At the moment, Hearing Systems consists of 40 academic staff members including 20 PhD students and 10 postdocs. Torsten Dau introduced this year’s new PhD students and those who have recently received a PhD degree.

“We focus on both technological aspects and on more fundamental aspects, such as computational modelling, electrophysiology and imaging, within hearing and speech science.
As you can see from the various talks and posters today, we are involved in projects in many different areas. We try to understand how normal- hearing people are able to communicate almost effortlessly in demanding acoustic conditions. As well, we investigate and characterize the consequences of individual hearing loss so that we can find the best compensation strategies for the individual, for example through hearing-aid and cochlear-implant technology.” he said.

The PhD students and Postdocs presented their current activities and research projects through nine talks (grouped into three sessions: “Rehabilitative audiology”, “Human and Machine Processing of Speech” and “Exploring More Realistic Scenarios”) and 14 posters.

Torben Poulsen
, retired Professor from Hearing Systems and the Acoustic group, was once again fascinated by the many ongoing activities in the group and the researchers' ability to explain complex scientific material in a short time:
“It’s impressive with all the collaboration, including the hospitals, and to see all these young researchers being so clear in presenting their projects in such a short time (15 minutes each).”
Karsten Bo Rasmussen, Discovery Lead at Oticon, agreed:

“I also think that when there are any questions from the audience, they are very well received. These are very exciting and relevant projects. In fact, I am impressed by the sharpness of the projects, maybe sharper than ever, pointing to something that can actually lead to further improvements,” he said.

"I am impressed by the sharpness of the projects, maybe sharper than ever, pointing to something that can actually lead to further improvements. "
Karsten Bo Rasmussen


  1. Head of Hearing Systems Torsten Dau welcomed all the guests and gave an overview of the current activities in the group
  2. One of the larger projects that Hearing Systems is part of is the BEAR project (Better Hearing Rehabilitation).Senior researcher Jens Bo Nielsen who is part of this project gave an overview of how to assess the performance of hearing aid users
  3. Both the industry, former PhD students and collaboration partners from the clinics were represented in the audience and there was a great interest in the presentations.
  4. Nikolai Bisgaard, Vice President at GN Hearing, with Torsten Dau. GN Hearing is supporting ISAAR financially.
  5. In between the talks, there was a chance to attend poster presentations.
  6. Several researchers are involved in the collaboration with the three audiology clinics located in the Copenhagen area.
  7. Torben Poulsen, former head of the Acoustic Technology group and part of Hearing Systems with Karsten Bo Rasmussen, Discovery Lead at Oticon, were both quite impressed once again.
  8. Former Ph.d students Niclas Janßen and Alan Wiinberg enjoyed seeing each other again and networking.
  9. PhD student A. Josefine Sørensen explained her project “Conversational dynamics between normal-hearing and hearing-impaired talkers.
  10. Torsten Dau with Lars Bramsløw, Professor at Eriksholm Research Centre, who suggested that in addition, it could be interesting to have some shorter workshops about some of the presented topic.
  11. One of the demos in the lab. Simulated environments can be presented to listeners by utilizing the HTC Vive Pro virtual reality (VR) headset. With the VR controllers listeners can then indicate how they perceive these audio-visual environments.
  12. There was a chance to try out a demo in the audio visual immersion lab (AVIL).
  13. PhD student Naim Mansour gave a presentation about speech intelligibility in realistic virtual sound environment.

Photos: Eva Helena Andersen

DTU Health Tech is organized in three academic divisions:

  • Digital Health: Pervasive computing, bioinformatics, signal processing, precision and predictive medicine, personalized health, wearables, supercomputing solutions for big omicsdata, genomics
  • Biopharma: Immunotherapy/immunology, vaccine development, drug delivery, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, preclinical animal models
  • Imaging & Sensors: Medical imaging, biophotonics, medical devices, sensors, diagnostics platforms, biomaterials

More info here


Read more about the PhD projects here

and the completed projects here