Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Congratulations to our new doctoral graduates!

Congratulations to our new doctoral graduates!


In the past few months, five members of our lab successfully defended their PhD projects!

A short overview:

On December 18, Charlotte Vercammen presented her thesis: "Interdisciplinary aspects of hearing: contributions of changes in temporal resolution and memory capacity early in life. "


January 17, Astrid De Vos' PhD defense took place. Her thesis is titled: "Neurophysiological markers for auditory temporal processing deficits in dyslexia".




Tine Goossens presented her thesis, "Speech perception and neural temporal processing across the adult lifespan - Unraveling effect of age and hearing impairment", on February 21.



On March 2,  Hanne Deprez completed her PhD with the thesis: "Cochlear implant artifact suppression in EEG measurements". (Picture by Filip Deprez)



Finally, on March 21, Maaike Van Eeckhoutte had her PhD defense with the thesis “Neural correlates of loudness: loudness adaptation, loudness growth, and loudness balancing”.



We would like to congratulate Charlotte, Astrid, Tine, Hanne and Maaike one final time. The lab is incredibly proud of these five talented researchers and wishes them all the best in their future careers.






Monday, 19 March 2018

Seminar Giovanni Di Liberto - 27 April 2018

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KU Leuven
Invitation Research Seminar
ExpORL, Dept. Neurosciences

Isolating neural indices of phoneme-level speech processing from multivariate neural data.

Giovanni Di Liberto

Research Seminar

When?

Friday, 27 april 2018, 13:00-14:00

Where?

Seminar room GS1
O&N 1 - KU Leuven
Herestraat 49
B-3000 Leuven

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

In the news: Brain waves reflect speech understanding

We recently developed a method to measure whether someone can understand speech from decoding their brain waves, recorded using EEG. It was published in the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. We are happy to announce that it has now also been picked up by the main stream media:


The scientific article can be retrieved here.

The work behind the article was done mainly by PhD student Jonas Vanthornhout, under guidance of Prof. Tom Francart, with contributions from Lien Decruy, Jan Wouters and Jonathan Simon (University of Maryland).
This research was funded mainly by an ERC starting grant to Prof. Francart, a KU Leuven research project and an FWO-SB mandate to Jonas Vanthornhout.


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Seminar Dr. Rebecca E. Millman (University of Manchester, UK) - 22 February 2018

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KU Leuven
Invitation Holy Hour
ExpORL, Dept. Neurosciences
 

Effects of sensorineural hearing loss on cortical temporal processing.

Dr. Rebecca E. Millman (University of Manchester, UK)

Research Seminar from external researcher

When?

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:00-12:00

Where?

Seminar room HP 2
O&N 2 - KU Leuven
Herestraat 49
B-3000 Leuven

 

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Auditory EEG Signal Processing (AESoP) Symposium

Announcement


We are very happy to confirm the first edition of the Auditory EEG Signal Processing (AESoP) symposium, to be held from May 21 (noon) to May 23 (noon) in Leuven, Belgium. We aim to bridge the gap between the existing auditory neuroscience and engineering conferences.

Scope


The topic of the symposium is research on hearing, speech and language, making use of novel EEG or MEG signal processing. It is intended to be multidisciplinary between neuroscience, audiology and engineering, bringing people from these fields together.

Dates


  • January 10: registration + abstract submission opens
  • March 1st: abstract submission deadline
  • May 1: registration deadline (or whenever the maximum number of participants is reached, whatever happens first)
  • May 21 - 23: symposium


Program


  • Monday, May 21st
    • 12:00 h Lunch (included)
    • 13:30 h Start of the symposium
  • Tuesday, May 22nd
    • 9:00 h Start of the symposium
    • 12:00 h Lunch (included)
    • 17:00 h Social activity (optional; to be defined, but likely brewery-related)
    • 19:00 h Diner (optional)
  • Wednesday, May 23th
    • 9:00 h Start of the symposium
    • 12:00 h Lunch (included)
    • 14:00 h Closing of the symposium

(The exact times are still subject to change)


Steering Committee



Tom Francart
KU Leuven (BE) 
Jan Wouters
KU Leuven (BE)















Jonathan Simon
Jonathan Simon
U. of Maryland (USA)
Edmund C. Lalor, Ph.D.
Ed Lalor
U. of Rochester (USA)
Alain de Cheveigné
CNRS (FR)
Andrew Dimitrijevic
Sunnybrook Research Institute (CA)

































Invited Speakers

  • Pamela Abshire (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Alexander Bertrand (KU Leuven, Belgium),
  • Malcolm Slaney (Google Research, California, USA)
  • Jonathan Simon (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Lucas Parra (CCNY, New York, USA),
  • Dante Mantini (KU Leuven, Belgium),
  • Ed Lalor (University of Rochester, NY, USA)
  • Preben Kidmose (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Molly Henry (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
  • Mounya Elhilali (Johns Hopkins, MD, USA)
  • Andrew Dimitrijevic (Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Canada)
  • Alain de Cheveign√© (CNRS, France)
  • Stefan Debener (University of Oldenburg, Germany),
  • Michael X Cohen (Radboud University, Netherlands),
  • Robert Oostenveld  (Radboud University, Netherlands)

Travel Information


Brussels airport is situated 25 km from Leuven.

The easiest and fastest way to reach the center of Leuven is by train. A direct train will bring you to Leuven in just 15 minutes and costs about 10 . You can buy a ticket in the train station or online.

To reach the congress location from Leuven railway station, take bus 616 in the direction of Zaventem (about 10 minutes) or bus 2 in the direction of Heverlee (about 25 minutes), and get off at stop "Heverlee Kantineplein".

Alternatively, bus 616 can bring you directly from the airport to the congress location at campus Arenberg. Get off at stop "Heverlee Kantineplein".  This trip takes about 1 hour.

A bus ticket, valid for 60 minutes, costs 3  and can be bought on the bus (or cheaper from a machine or shop).

If you come by car, it is easiest to park across the street, at the other side of the Celestijnenlaan, next to the building of ‘Departement Werktuigkunde’ (department of mechanical engineering).

If you stay in Leuven city, you can reach the congress location by bus (see above), or if the weather is nice, we recommend the 3 km scenic walk through the bequinage and park (3km, <40 min, see map below):


Accomodation






You can also check AirBnB or any other usual booking sites.

Sponsors


We are grateful to our sponsors for helping us reduce the cost of the symposium



Contact information


Feel free to check the official symposium website or get in contact with us (ExpORL).




Looking forward to meeting you in Leuven in May!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Seminar Anna Samsel - 22 January 2018

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KU Leuven
Invitation Holy Hour
ExpORL, Dept. Neurosciences
 

Phase-locked and non-phase-locked response components to auditory stimuli.

Anna Samsel

Research Seminar in framework of doctoral education

When?

Monday, 22 January 2018, 16:00-17:00

Where?

HP 1 (Seminar room 04.226)
O&N 2 - KU Leuven
Herestraat 49
B-3000 Leuven

Abstract

Neural processing of the speech envelope modulations is important for speech understanding (Peelle, 2012). Sensitivity to amplitude modulation of the sound can be investigated with envelope following responses (EFRs). The temporal modulation transfer function (TMTF) is the neural response amplitude as a function of the frequency of the fluctuation,  and measuring ASSRs for many discrete modulation frequencies allows to trace maturation of the auditory pathway at different levels. Gransier et al. (2016) recently obtained TMTF in cochlear implant users by measuring ASSRs. This study revealed variability in ASSR amplitude for frequencies in  1- 20 Hz range and a decrease in responses for high modulation rates (80-100 Hz). We want to investigate these findings in more detail, in particular the decrease of amplitude in the high frequency range.

Activity due to the presence of the stimulus can be of two types: evoked or induced. The evoked component of the response corresponds to the activity that is phase-locked (synchronized) to the stimulus. The induced activity is time-locked but not-phase-locked to the stimulus. We hypothesize that the decrease in amplitude for 80-100 Hz presented by Gransier et al. is due to a decrease of phase-locking in the response. This could entail the presence of induced responses.

During this research seminar I will present results of our attempts to disentangle phase-locked and non-phase-locked components of response to auditory stimulus.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Seminar Lorenz Fiedler - 9 February 2018

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KU Leuven
Invitation Holy Hour
ExpORL, Dept. Neurosciences
 

Signatures of auditory attention and listening effort in the human Electroencephalogram.

Lorenz Fiedler

Research Seminar from external researcher

When?

Friday, 9 February 2018, 13:00-14:00

Where?

Seminar room HP 7 (05.208)
O&N 2 - KU Leuven
Herestraat 49
B-3000 Leuven

 

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