Tobias Reichenbach (Bioengineering)
Etienne Burdet (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.


Pierre Guilleminot