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3rd Bernstein Sparks Workshop: "Modeling and Signal Processing for Auditory Implants"

Dear Bernstein members,

we cordially invite you to the workshop '*Modeling and Signal Processing for Auditory Implants*', taking place within the framework of the 13th International Conference on Cochear Implants and other Implantable Auditory Technologies (CI 2014) *June 20, 2014* in *Munich*. Cochlear implants are to date probably the most successful "spin off" that bridges clinical and basic neuroscience research on the electrical stimulation of (auditory) neurons. The signal processing of cochlear implants is based on relatively simple approximations of peripheral auditory processing. Further improvements of cochlear implants are thus expected to rely on a detailed understanding of the auditory system where computational models describing neuronal effects of electric stimulation will lead to advances of cochlear implant algorithms. Due to the multi-disciplinarity of the field these advances can only be made if neuroscientists, computational modellers, psychophysicists, engineers, and clinicians work together.

The Bernstein Sparks Workshop "Modeling and Signal Processing for Auditory Implants" will extend the scope of the CI 2014 conference through a one-day research workshop with invited talks and ample time for discussion about algorithms and models for auditory implants. The workshop will cover the topic from modeling the auditory periphery to models of auditory perception, and discuss their application for designing new stimulation strategies. Leading scientists involved in the modeling and developing algorithms for auditory implants will be brought together and clinicians are also explicitly invited to join this workshop to raise the mutual awareness of the issues involved in cochlear implants and their implantation. This single-track workshop will foster the exchange of ideas through ~40 min presentation slots with ample time for discussion.

The CI 2014 conference will host a session with free papers on the topic of the workshop. Submissions through the conference website are welcome.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Ian Bruce, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  • Norbert Dillier, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Kenneth Hancock, Harvard University/Massachusetts Eye and Ear, USA
  • Johan Hanekom, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Tamas Harczos, Fraunhofer IDMT, Ilmenau, Germany
  • Volker Hohmann, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Enrique Lopez-Poveda, University of Salamanca, Spain
  • Waldo Nogueira, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany
  • Blake Wilson, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  • Jan Wouters, KU Leuven, Belgium



Attendance of the workshop is free for CI2014 conference participants and Bernstein Network members. Bernstein Network members must contact the Bernstein Coordination Site (BCOS) (e-mail: for workshop registration. Seats will be allocated on first-come-first-served basis. Conference and Workshop day tickets will also be available.

Further information on the Bernstein Sparks Workshop and CI 2014

Conference website.

Organization and support:

Local organizing committee:

Bernhard Seeber & Werner Hemmert

Organizational support:

Andrea Huber Brösamle, Kerstin Schwarzwälder (Bernstein Coordination Site)

The workshop is the third workshop of the "Bernstein Sparks Workshops" series within the Bernstein Network for Computational Neuroscience, aimed at taking up new exciting topics that may pave the way for major breakthroughs in brain research, and providing a forum for intense discussions of these issues.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Bernhard Seeber, Werner Hemmert, Andrea Huber Brösamle

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