PhD Studentship: Engineering Tactile Signals to Aid Hearing in Noisy Background

Imperial College London - Bioengineering

Humans excel in understanding speech even when background noise is present, and our ability to do so surpasses current speech-recognition technology. However, people with hearing impairment have major difficulties in understanding speech in noise even when using hearing aids. This project will explore a radically novel way, multisensing, to improve speech-in-noise perception for the hearing impaired. We will develop tactile signals that will be designed to enhance the neural coding of key aspects of speech. This will employ a combination of state-of-the art tactile stimulation, spiking neural networks for speech processing, computational neuroimaging and behavioural experiments.

The PhD position is part of the Center for Neurotechnology (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/neurotechnology/cdt) at Imperial College London. The successful candidate will join an international cohort of PhD students working on cutting-edge topics of computational and experimental neuroscience and engineering. 

Please contact the supervisor Dr Reichenbach reichenbach@imperial.ac.uk if you have any questions about the project and visit our How to Apply page.

Application deadline is Wednesday the 31st of January 2018.

Additional Funding Information

RCUK standard rate (16,553 in 2017/18);

Funding is available to UK/EU citizens only.

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PhD

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London