Other research projects

New Frameworks for Communication and Virtual Reality Research

Alejandro Saurí Suárez, Research Assistant

Alex is working in two main streams:
One of the streams corresponds to building a new laboratory for studying communication behaviour. The increasing demand of virtual communication, and the general feeling that current video chat technologies do not transmit the same information as in “real” communication, require a better understanding of what “real” communication means. Thus, there is a need to understand what information are needed for successful communication. To define communication success/failure, outcome measures need to be developed. Such measures can include acoustic features of speech as well as head-motion or eye-gaze, when having a conversation.
The other stream corresponds to creating a general framework for perceptual research in virtual reality. Virtual reality is becoming more commonly used for auditory and multimodal perceptual research (e.g., sound source localization). Therefore, a standard application and protocol is required that allows researchers to easily integrate both visual information and interaction systems. This stream will extend on previous work carried out in the Audio-Visual Immersion Lab (AVIL).

Assessment of communication failure and success in realistic scenarios

Charlotte Sørensen, Research Assistant

Charlotte is primarily working with the audiological
and electrophysiological studies in UHEAL (Uncovering Hidden Hearing Loss)




Kirsten Maria Jensen Rico, Research Assistant

Kirsten is a research assistant within Hearing Systems and contributes to both the PUPILS and DAST projects. Within the PUPILS project, she will be investigating the reliability of pupillometry within hearing-impaired listeners, which is an important step in evaluating pupillometry as a diagnostic tool for hearing-aid fitting. Within the Danish Sentence Test (DAST) project, she will be contributing to the creation and evaluation of the new, larger sentence corpus and associated sentence test

                                                                                                                                                                                               Elisabeth Koert, Research Intern

Elisabeth is currently doing a research internship at Hearing Systems supervised by Bastian Epp with the goal to develop a PhD project proposal. The general idea is to investigate if a change in the stimulus shape can improve the performance of the electrical auditory nerve stimulation used in cochlear implants. The first step will be to find feasible alternative pulse shapes using computer simulations by taking the biophysical properties and dynamics of the auditory nerve into account. The neuronal responses to these shapes could later be investigated in mice via electrophysiological experiments and psychoacoustic tests with humans subjects could be used to determine changes in perception.