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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.

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.

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.

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.

Phil photo Phil Gommersall is a Ph.D. student at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and a Lecturer in Audiology at the Vision and Hearing Sciences Department at Anglia Ruskin University. His research interests include tinnitus in individuals with a cochlear implant and sound therapy for tinnitus.
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).
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.
wiebke.lamping.jpg Wiebke Lamping is a Ph.D. student from the Technical University of Denmark who is visiting the Hearing, Speech and Language group at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Her research interests are based around the mechanisms of pitch perception in the normal hearing and impaired auditory system. In her Ph.D. she is mainly focusing on investigating pitch perception in cochlear implant listeners using behavioural methods.
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.
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.
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.
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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