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alan.archer-boyd.jpg Dr. Alan Archer-Boyd is a post-doc at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Since joining the CBU in 2015 he has developed the STRIPES test for assessing cochlear-implant (CI) listeners’ spectro-temporal processing performance. He is currently investigating the effect of head movement and dynamic-range compression on CI listeners’ perception of sound level. Previously he was a post-doc on the EU Marie Curie network ICANHEAR project at the Institute for Communication Acoustics, Ruhr Universitaet Bochum (Bochum, Germany), and a Ph.D. student at the MRC/CSO Institute of Hearing Research - Scottish Section (Glasgow, UK). His main research interests are audio signal processing, head movement, and the effects of their interaction on the perception of sound by hearing-impaired listeners.

Mr. Patrick Axon is a consultant neuro-otologist and cochlear implant surgeon at Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridge. He is clinical lead at the Cambridge Implant Programme. The Cambridge skull base unit is one of the largest in the U.K. , and one of only two that specialises in Auditory Brainstem Implants. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.


Professor Manohar Bance is the Professor of Otology and Skull Base Surgery at Cambridge. His research interests include optimizing cochlear implants, technology development, surgical outcomes, automated image analysis, new diagnostics and developing new hearing and balance therapies. He runs a basic science lab at Addenbrookes and collaborates closely with the other researchers and surgeons in Cambridge, nationally and internationally.


Dr. Tim Brochier is a postdoc at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. where I’ll be working on ways to improve cochlear implants. His current work is focused on improving objective measures for improving speech perception in poor-performing cochlear implant users. He completed his PhD research in medical bionics at the University of Melbourne.

Bob photo Dr. Bob Carlyon is Deputy Director of the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. His research spans a wide range of topics in human hearing, but has most recently focused on the problem of how we can listen to one voice in the presence of interfering sounds, such as other speakers. It incorporates behavioural and electrophysiological experiments with normal-hearing listeners, and studies of hearing by deaf patients fitted with a cochlear implant. Specific research themes include: Listening in noisy situations by normal-hearing listeners and cochlear implant users; Perceptual segregation of concurrent sounds; Grouping and streaming; Effects of attention on auditory perception; Pitch perception.
Matt photo Dr. Matt Davis is a Programme Leader at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. The goal of his research is to understand the neural processing of language. He conducts behavioural experiments and uses brain imaging (fMRI, MEG/EEG) to study what brain processes are involved in processing spoken and written language, how we perceive speech sounds, recognise words and access meaning. Specific research themes include: Speech perception in challenging listening situations; Learning new words and their meanings; Resolution of ambiguity in spoken language; Phonological processing and short-term memory.

Dr. John Deeks is a Senior Investigator Scientist in the Speech, Hearing and Language Group of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. His research interests are based around aspects of human audition, and in particular: pitch perception; speech recognition; auditory grouping and segregation; hearing through cochlear and auditory brainstem implants.


Susan Eitutis received her Bachelor’s degree in Genetics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 2011. She then stayed on to pursue a research Master’s studying somatic mosaicism in mouse genetics before transitioning to the clinical sciences and completing her Master’s in Audiology in 2015. After graduating, Susan worked as a clinical audiologist at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario specialising in paediatric audiology with a specific interest in genetic hearing losses. Other research interests at this time included clinical management of tinnitus. Susan currently works at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, UK as a research audiologist in the Emmeline Centre for hearing implants. Her research focuses on hearing preservation during cochlear implant surgery, bimodal solutions for patients with unilateral implants and new implant technologies.

charlotte.garcia3.jpg Charlotte Garcia is a Ph.D. student at the Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit funded by the W. D. Armstrong Trust for projects focused on the application of engineering in medicine. She is primarily supervised by Dr. Bob Carlyon and co-supervised by Professor Manohar Bance and Dr. Richard Turner. In her Ph.D. she is primarily focused on improving objective measures for improving speech perception in poor-performing cochlear implant users. Her research interests also include pitch and music perception in hearing impaired listeners using various auditory technology platforms. She holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.A. in Music Theory & Cognition from Northwestern University (Chicago, USA), and prior to joining the MRC-CBU she worked as a Biomedical Engineer in the healthcare industry developing and implementing multivariate process control systems for radio-frequency welding processes.

Dr. François Guérit is a post-doc at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. He is currently part of a 5-years project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, in collaboration with two other labs in Belgium ( ExpORL) and the USA ( John Middlebrooks). This project investigates the temporal and spectral limitations arising when stimulating electrically the auditory nerve with Cochlear Implants, both in humans and cats. Previously he was a Ph.D student at the Hearings Systems group, Technical University of Denmark, and a Research Assistant at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.


Dr. Hedwig Gockel is a Senior Investigator Scientist at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit working in the Hearing, Speech and Language group with Bob Carlyon. Her research interests in hearing have mostly focused on pitch perception, auditory grouping and streaming processes, effects of attention on auditory perception, and loudness and masking. She uses mostly behavioural and electrophysiological methods.


Dr. Tobias Goehring is a post-doc at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (MRC-CBU). The focus of his three-year project, funded by Action on Hearing Loss, is to improve speech perception by cochlear implant users in noisy situations. In his Ph.D. at the ISVR, University of Southampton (UK), funded by the EU Marie Curie network ICANHEAR, he worked on algorithms for increasing the intelligibility of speech in background noise for people with hearing loss such as users of hearing aids and cochlear implants. Before joining the group of Bob Carlyon at the MRC-CBU, he was a visiting researcher at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) and worked as a Development Engineer on speech and audio systems in the automotive industry in Germany.

Usha photo Professor Usha Goswami is Director of the Centre for Neuroscience in Education in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on children's language development and learning to read. Particular interests include how rhythmic auditory structure supports the development of phonology (the sound system of language), the neural underpinnings of auditory rhythm, and the role of rhythm in developmental disorders like dyslexia. Her work is cross-linguistic, and focuses particularly on the role of amplitude envelope (signal intensity) cues. Her most recent project measures sensitivity to these cues in infancy, via a study of infants at family risk for dyslexia (with Denis Burnham in Sydney).

Dr Lorna Halliday is a Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow and Principal Research Associate at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Her research focuses on auditory processing, speech, and language development in children. She uses behavioural, electrophysiological, and psychophysical techniques. Current research themes include understanding brain changes following hearing loss in children, auditory perception in children with hearing difficulties, and longitudinal predictors of language outcomes in children with hearing loss.

andrew.harland3.jpg Andrew Harland is a Research Assistant at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. He is working on a five-year project, funded by the Wellcome trust, focussed on improving speech perception by Cochlear Implant users.

Dr. Chen Jiang is a post-doctoral research associate with the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, working on cochlear implants with Professor Manohar Bance. His research interests include implant stimulus spread in cochleae, 3D printed artificial cochleae, and micro-fabricated electrode arrays for stimulation/recording. Before he joined Professor Bance’s Lab, he was a PhD student and later a post-doc research associate with the Cambridge University Engineering Department, working on novel low-cost low-power electronic devices that are flexible and conformable for wearable and implantable electronics. He was a receipt of the IEEE Electron Device Society PhD Student Fellowship 2018, and was also the winner of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research Award 2018


Dr Robert MacKinnon is acting Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Audiology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Robert completed his BA Hons. (Cantab.) at the University of Cambridge, his MSc (Merit) in Clinical Science at the University of Manchester and his PhD in Otorhinolaryngology at the NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU, University of Nottingham. He trained at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and is clinically qualified in Audiology with dual HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist in Audiology and a Hearing Aid Dispenser. This allows him to practice not only as an Audiologist but also in more complex clinics as a Clinical Scientist, with experience in paediatric, vestibular, complex adult, and single sided clinics among other specialist and routine clinics. He is co-applicant on a successful £340,000 NIHR RfPB grant investigating the use of a novel hearing screening test he co-developed in cystic fibrosis patients. Robert's research interests focus on translational & clinical research and include noise- and music-induced hearing loss, vestibular disorders & rehabilitation, speech-in-noise testing, remote healthcare & hearing screening, applied machine learning, tinnitus and hyperacusis.

Brian photo Prof. Brian Moore runs the Auditory Perception Group in the Department of Psychology. His research interests include: Mechanisms of normal hearing and hearing impairments; relationship of auditory abilities to speech perception; design of signal processing hearing aids for sensorineural hearing loss; fitting of hearing aids to suit the individual; electrical stimulation as a means of restoring hearing to the totally deaf; design and specification of high-fidelity sound-reproducing equipment; development of models of auditory perception, especially loudness perception.

Mr Jameel Muzaffar is a Specialist Registrar in ENT surgery. He is undertaking a PhD in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences investigating the effects of impulse noise on the auditory system and identification of the site of auditory lesion in the acutely noise exposed, using a combination of psychoacoustic and electrophysiology measures.

Roy photo Dr. Roy Patterson ran the Centre for the Neural Basis of Hearing. He has developed a computational model of the auditory signal processing that transforms a sound wave into the auditory image you hear in response to that sound wave. He investigates how the cochlea and neural centres in the auditory pathway process speech and music with the aim of incorporating the algorithms into speech recognition machines and hearing aids.

Simone de Rijk is a PhD student at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge. She is supervised by Professor Manohar Bance and Dr. Bob Carlyon. Her research interests include understanding the spread of current from cochlear implants by implanting in, and measuring from, human cadaveric heads. For her PhD project, Simone received a student award from the Baroness de Turckheim fund. Before starting her PhD, she received a BSc and MSc from the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Radboud University Nijmegen and is a registered MD in the Netherlands.


After a clinical career in Audiology for nearly ten years, Marina Salorio-Corbetto joined Prof. Brian C. J. Moore’s Laboratory (University of Cambridge) as a PhD student sponsored by Action on Hearing Loss. She has continued to work there as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Her research interests are related to the evaluation of hearing aids for people with high-frequency hearing loss, including those with extensive high-frequency dead regions. She has conducted trials using frequency-lowering hearing aids. Her current project, funded by the H. B. Allen Trust, seeks to identify the number of amplitude-compression channels required to optimise performance with hearing aids. Marina is also part of the research team at the Children’s Hearing Evaluation and Amplification Resource (CHEAR) led by Dr. Josephine Marriage.


Josef Schlittenlacher is a postdoc at the Auditory Perception Group, where he is involved in a joint project with Richard Turner at the Computational and Biological Learning Laboratory, "Machine Learning for Hearing Aids: Intelligent Processing and Fitting". His research is supported by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). The project has led to hearing tests that use Bayesian active learning in order to be much faster than conventional methods, while being even more accurate. In clinical practice, these tests allow an audiologist to get a more detailed individual picture to fit a hearing aid or to advise on electro-acoustic implants.

Matt photo Mr. Matthew Smith is a Specialist Registrar in ENT surgery and Clinical Research Associate at Addenbrooke's Hospital. He is undertaking a PhD looking at Eustachian tube dysfunction and possible treatments for it. His current research relates to tests of Eustachian tube function, clinical trials of balloon Eustachian tuboplasty and investigation of the underlying mechanism of Eustachian tube dilatation.
Rich photo Dr. Richard Turner runs the Computational Perception Group which is located in the Computational and Biological Learning Lab, Department of Engineering. One of his main research focuses is discovering how the auditory system can infer the acoustic sources present in the environment from the sound pressure waveforms, a process called auditory scene analysis. Specific research interests include; computational models for hearing; machine learning for signal processing; probabilistic models of perception; using machine learning and signal processing to improve future hearing aids and cochlear implants.
James photo Mr. James Tysome is a Consultant ENT Surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital specialising in otology, hearing implantation and skull base surgery. His research interests include improving outcomes in patients with hearing implants, eustachian tube dysfunction and novel treatments for patients with tumours affecting hearing.
Debivickers_2012_crop_HS.jpg Dr Debi Vickers is a Principal Research Associate in the Clinical Neurosciences Department running an Auditory Devices Research Group. Her research interests focus on understanding and optimising outcomes with auditory implants and hearing aids using techniques in electrophysiology, psychophysics and speech perception. Current research themes include understanding brain changes following implantation, maximising binaural processing, optimising cochlear implant fitting parameters, personalised training to improve listening skills and the development of sensitive real-life listening measures.
Ian photo Dr. Ian Winter runs a research group in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. He studies the primitive neural mechanisms that underpin auditory scene analysis. That is, the neurophysiological correlates of the cues necessary for the segregation and fusion of auditory objects. This work is carried out in close collaboration with psychophysicists and computer modellers with the long term aim of producing a multi-channel, physiologically based model to explain auditory perception in terms of neural information processing.

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