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 Cheveigné (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.

Please reply to this email if you are planning to attend the presentation.

 
 
   

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

 

Please reply to this email if you are planning to attend the presentation.

 
 
   

Friday, 12 January 2018

Seminar 'It's all about time: Auditory processing, speech perception, and reading.' - 18 January 2018

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KU Leuven
Invitation Holy Hour
ExpORL, Dept. Neurosciences
 

It's all about time: Auditory processing, speech perception, and reading.

When?

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 12h00-14h15

Where?

Seminar room of ExpORL
O&N 2, 7th floor, ExpORL

KU Leuven
Herestraat 49
B-3000 Leuven

Programme

12h00: Dr. Marie Lallier

How does the sensitivity to rhythm shape the reading brain?

12h30: Prof. Dr. Maaike Vandermosten

Phonemic representations in children with dyslexia: an fMRI-study

12h45: Drs. Tilde Van Hirtum

Speech envelope enhancement as a possible method to improve speech perception abilities in dyslexia

13h00: LUNCH

Sandwiches will be provided.

13h30: Dr. Andrew Dimitrijevic

Cortical correlates of listening effort and lip-reading in adult cochlear implant users

14h00: Drs. Robin Gransier

The relation between neural modulation transmission and speech perception in noise via cochlear implants

 

Please send an e-mail to astrid.devos@kuleuven.be before Tuesday, 16 January 2018 (16h00), if you are planning to attend the presentation.

 
 
   

Thursday, 7 December 2017

ExpORL Crashes the Special Olympics!

A couple of weeks ago, our PhD candidate Dimitar Borisov Spirov and our student Mira Van Wilderode volunteered at "Healthy Hearing", an initiative part of the "Unifié de Basketball" competition in the framework of the Special Olympics Belgium.
They examined and screened athletes and the general population overall, while raising awareness about taking care of our ears. Good job, guys!



Thursday, 30 November 2017

ExpORL Goes Royal

The Anual Congress 2017 of the Royal Belgian Society for Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Surgery took place in Louvain-la-Neuve on the 24th and 25th of November, 2017.
Not only did our Jan Wouters give a talk about current state of B-Audio, but ExpORL also had a strong presence with contributions by Astrid van Wieringen, Tobias Busch, Anouk SangenBenjamin Dieudonné, Sam Denys, Benson Hsu, Sara Magits, Annelies Devesse, Lien Decruy, Tilde Van Hirtum, and Charlotte Borgers.

This gathering was a fantastic platform to present the results of some of our most recent studies to the scientific community in Belgium in different ways. Additionally, it allowed the discussion, sharing, and exchange of new ideas.


























Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Symposium on Auditory EEG/MEG Signal Processing (AESoP) - save the date!

We are pleased to announce 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.

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.

The symposium is organised by the Leuven team and supported by the 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)




















Apart from talks by the steering committee members, so far confirmed speakers are:


Lucas Parra
CCNY (USA)
Stefan Debener
U. of Oldenburg (DE)
Alexander Bertrand
KU Leuven (BE) 
Dante Mantini
KU Leuven (BE)

Malcolm Slaney
Google Research (USA)
Michael X Cohen
Radbour U. (NL)

More information on the programme, abstract submission, and registration will follow soon on our website: http://www.kuleuven.be/exporl/aesop.php

During the 3-day symposium there will be opportunities to discover and taste the beautiful historic city of Leuven, known as "the mecca of books and beer".

Photo credit: visitflanders.com


Looking forward to meeting you in Leuven in May!