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Dr Stefan Bleeck PhD

Professor of Hearing Science and Technology

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Dr Stefan Bleeck is Professor of Hearing Science and Technology at the Hearing and Balance Centre within the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton and the head of the Auditory Technology group.

I love to work in an inspiring environment at the interdisciplinary boundary between physiology and engineering

The aim of my work is to understand how we hear sound and to use this knowledge to create bio-inspired solutions to enhance speech communication.

The complex challenge requires a highly interdisciplinary approach. My first degree was in Physics and I obtained a PhD in computational neuroscience in 2000 from the Institute of Zoology at the University of Darmstadt, Germany. I worked as a research assistant in the "Centre of the Neural Basis of Hearing" in Cambridge, UK with Roy Patterson and Ian Winter. In 2005 I joined the ISVR Sound and Vibration Research and the Hearing and Balance Centre where I was promoted to chair in 2016.

I have continuously worked on various aspects of hearing research and technology and have been principal investigator on various research grants (EU, EPSRCS, etc) with a value of more than £2M. I am team leader with an internationally recognised research programme to develop devices that help normal hearing and hearing-impaired people to communicate better in noise within the next 10 years.

I have so far supervised more than 150 students including 10 PhD students in Audiology, Acoustical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and other Programs. In 2009 I was awarded the vice chancellor’s teaching award for recognition of my contribution to the Audiology teaching programme and lead a number of teaching modules across different areas related to my work. In 2012 I was awarded a Google Research Award

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Research interests

My research spans the bridge from biology to engineering. I am interested in speech and the brain. The aim of my research is to understand how we hear sound and to use this knowledge to create bio-inspired solutions to enhance speech communication.
 

  • Machine learning techniques to enhance speech
  • Bioinspired auditory features for machine learning applications
  • Auditory modelling and perception
  • Neurophysiology of the cochlear nucleus
  • Speech perception in noise
  • Hearing impairment and Audiology
  • Signal processing to enhance speech intelligibility in noise
  • Building a low-cost, self-programmable hearing aid
  • Improving user satisfaction of hearing devices with smartphone control
The Auditory Technology Lab team
The Auditory Technology Lab team

Research group

Human Sciences Group

Affiliate research group

Hearing and Balance Centre

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Title

Module Code

Programme

Role

Audio Signal Processing

ISVR3040

Acoustical Engineering, Acoustics and Music

Lecturer

Audio Signal Processing

ISVR6103

MSc Sound and Vibration Studies

Lecturer

Quantitative and Qualitative approaches in research

HPRS2015

BSc Healthcare science (cardio, respiratory and sleep science)

Lecturer

Methods of Enquiry

ISVR3028

BSc Audiology Part 4

Coordinator

BSc Audiology Research Project

ISVR3030

BSc Audiology Part 4

Coordinator

BSc Health Care Sciences Research Project

ISVR3057

BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Coordinator

Methods of Enquiry

ISVR3028

BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Coordinator

MSc audiology Research Project

ISVR6075

MSc Audiology

Coordinator

Applied research methods

ISVR6119

MSc Audiology

Coordinator

Physiology of Psychology of Hearing

ISVR6125

BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Coordinator

Dr Stefan Bleeck
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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