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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

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

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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Articles

Conferences

Letter/Editorial

TitleModule CodeProgrammeRole
Applied Research Methods AUDI6004 MSci Audiology, MSc Audiology and MSc Audiology (with Clinical Placement) Module Lead
Physiology and Psychology of Hearing AUDI6009 MSci Audiology, MSc Audiology and MSc Audiology (with Clinical Placement) Module Lead

 

Dr Stefan Bleeck
Life Sciences Building (85), Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 13/4099

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