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Dr Stefan Bleeck PhD

Professor of Hearing Science and Technology

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Dr Stefan Bleeck is a Professor of Hearing Science and Technology at the University of Southampton.

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

I am a Professor in Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and the acting head of the Hearing and Balance Centre. I am also the founder of the multidisciplinary Auditory Technology Lab at the HABC, spanning the gap from Auditory Neuroscience to Acoustic Signal Processing.

I received a Google Research grant in 2012 and was named as a future leader in the UK Engineering Sciences by the EPSRC ‘Challenging Engineering' panel. In 2009 I was awarded the Vice Chancellor's teaching award for contributions to the Audiology teaching programme.

To date I have supervised 4 PhD students to completion and more than 75 student research projects in Audiology, Acoustical Engineering, Sound and Vibration Studies, Mechanical Engineering.

Career history

I studied Physics at Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany and obtained a PhD in neuroscience in 2000 from the Institute of Zoology. I then worked as a Post-Doc 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 as Lecturer in Audiology and I am teaching the research related parts of the curriculum of the undergrad and postgrad programmes. My main contributions to teaching are Statistics, Research Methods, Research Projects, Anatomy and Physiology and Sound Perception.

Research

Publications

Teaching

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Research interests

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.

My main research area is the Auditory Technology Lab

 

Previous work
Highlights of our research in recent years include:

  • a novel model for the neural representation of sound in the brainstem. This work is the result of several years of neurophysiological experiments in the auditory brainstem in collaboration with Ian Winter (University of Cambridge) and Matthew Wright (ISVR). The model combines a state of the art signal processing mechanism with a novel interpretation of neuronal sound processing based on advanced mathematical concepts. We were awarded with a prestigious Google research grant in 2012;
  • a novel unsupervised sparse coding strategy for cochlear implants and hearing aids. This set of algorithms are bio-inspired from neuronal networks and aim to analyse sound in an purely information based way. So far, one of the algorithms, "the cochlear implant sparse coding algorithm" has been patented;
  • a better understanding of the role that auditory cues (onsets and modulations) play for grouping in the brainstem and perception of sound objects;
  • a better understanding of cortical representation of sound in cochlear implant users. We developed state of the art signal processing schemes to analyse the electric field potentials from the auditory cortex of cochlea implant users that are very weak compared to the artefact of the implant;
  • Development and improvement of the current implementation of the auditory image model (www.soton.ac.uk/aim);
  • a sound localizing robot.
The Auditory Technology Lab team
The Auditory Technology Lab team
Student research project: 'Ear Bot'
Student research project: 'Ear Bot'
Modelling auditory processing
Modelling auditory processing

Research group

Human Sciences Group

Affiliate research group

Hearing and Balance Centre

Articles

Conferences

 

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
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