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2016 news

18/04/2016  The COCOHA project in EU's Horizon Magazine

The EU's Horizon magazine report about the COCOHA project ('COgnitive COntrola of a Hearing Aid'). Our lab is partnering together with colleagues at ENS, DTU, and UZH to harness brain signals that can be used to 'steer' a new generation of hearing aids.

21/03/2016: Visit to Tohoku University, Japan

Maria and Mathilde are just back from a week-long visit to Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. Maria represented the UCL faculty of brain sciences in discussions related to Tohoku University's new 'NeuroGlobal Graduate Programme'. Mathilde travelled with  a group of SenSyT students.

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Visit to the TOMMO (Tohoku Medical Mega Bank Organization) space

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(above) Mathilde presenting her poster.

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(above) Visit to Hiromu Tanimoto's lab.

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(above) Visiting the dept of ENT.

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(two above) Visit to Avanced Acoustic Information Systems lab

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(above) Visual Cognition and Systems lab

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Lunch

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 Cutest MRI warning poster ever!

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08/03/2016: Women at UCL

link here

08/03/2016: Congrats Sijia

Congratulations to Sijia for winning the 'pre upgrade' award at the UCL Faculty of Brain sciences PGR research symposium!

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 (with the Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences, Alan Thompson)

23/02/2016: ARO 2016

A great time at the mid-winter meeting of ARO 2016, San Diego, USA.

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Sohoglu E, Chait M (Poster) : "Temporal Predictability in Crowded Acoustic Scenes Modulates Early Stages of Perceptual Organization: Evidence from MEG"

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Bates D, Chait M (Poster): "Attentive object tracking in busy dynamic scenes"

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Zhao S, Pearce M, Dick, F and Chait M (Podium presentation): "Sensitivity to the Statistics of Rapid, Stochastic Sequences"

15/02/2016: Upcoming conference presentations

WANCM 2016 (Feb 2016)

Zhao S, Pearce M, Dick, F and Chait M (Poster): "Sensitivity to the Statistics of Rapid, Stochastic Sequences"

Auksztulewicz R,  Barascud B, Cooray G, Nobre AC, Chait M, Friston K (Poster): "Stimulus predictability dynamically modulates neural gain in the auditory processing stream"

ARO  2016 (Feb 2016)

Sohoglu E, Chait M (Poster) : "Temporal Predictability in Crowded Acoustic Scenes Modulates Early Stages of Perceptual Organization: Evidence from MEG"

Session Date: Monday, February 22, 2016; Session Title: Auditory Cortex: Human ; Session Time: 1:00 pm - 12:00 pm (the following day) 

Bates D, Chait M (Poster): "Attentive object tracking in busy dynamic scenes"

Session Date: Monday, February 22, 2016; Session Title: Auditory Cortex: Human; Session Time: 1:00 pm - 12:00 pm (the following day)

Zhao S, Pearce M, Dick, F and Chait M (Podium presentation): "Sensitivity to the Statistics of Rapid, Stochastic Sequences"

Session Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016; Session Time: 8:00-8:15am ; Session Title: Auditory Cortex: Human Studies 

MEG-UK  2016 (March 2016)

Sohoglu E, Chait M (Talk) : "Temporal Predictability in Crowded Acoustic Scenes Modulates Early Stages of Perceptual Organization: Evidence from MEG"

CNS 2016 (April 2016)

Southwell R, Baumann A, Gal C, Barascud N, Friston K, and Chait M (Poster): "Attentional Capture by Acoustic Patterns"

Session Date: Sunday, April 3, 2016; Session Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm 

25/01/2016: Visit to NTT

2016 begins with a visit to our collaborators at NTT human communication labs, Atsugi Japan.  Here Hsin-I (NTT) and Sijia (UCL) are piloting an eye tracking experiment to investigate auditory perceptual salience.

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2015 news

18/12/2015: An early Christmas present from Oticon

An early Christmas present from our collaborators in Eriksholm - Oticon:  an in-ear EEG system!.

Instead of measuring brain activity using electrodes placed on the scalp (e.g. see photo at the top of this page), we can now measure brain responses using these small hearing-aid like devices inserted into the ear  (3 electrodes in each ear canal).

We are very excited to try this out on our various paradigms.

If successful, this technology is set to revolutionize hearing aids, by enabling them to modulate their output, in real time, based on signals measured from the user's brain.

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16/12/2015: Quizmas

Team Chait-Bizley are working hard at the Ear Institue Christmas quiz.


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...and they won (the very respectable) second place.


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16/12/2015: Sijia's e-book is out.

12/12/2015: Kate's new paper is featured in the Huffington Post.

Read it here:

11/12/2015: Real time, sound-based, brain-machine interface

A demo of a simple (work-in-progress) auditory-based brain-computer interface machine created by Daniel Wong (ENS, Paris) and Jens Hjortkjær (DTU, Denmark) as part of our COCOHA project. The short (pilot) clip  was filmed during a recent work visit to DTU.

Soren is wearing an EEG cap which is recording his brain responses. He is listening to a speech by president Obama, embedded in background audience noise. The device uses signals from Soren’s brain to suppress the background noise: The more intently Soren listens to Barak Obama’s voice, the clearer it becomes. In the video – the background noise is initially quite loud but as Soren concentrates on the speech, Pr. Obama’s voice becomes clearer (E.g. around 0.08’’). It then becomes noisy again as Soren withdraws his attention. Better quality video will be posted soon.

COCOHA aims to create a new generation of hearing aids that can be controlled based on the listeners’ brain signals. It is based on a collabraotion between our Lab with partners in DTU, ENS, UZH and Eriksholm.


09/12/2015: Study Explains How Screen Time Causes 'Inattentional Deafness'

ABC morning news discussion about our recent results.

(They get the location of auditory cortex a bit wrong though....)

09/12/2015: Watch Out! Visual Concentration Can Leave You Temporarily ‘Deaf’

07/12/2015: Can binaural beats induce 'expanded awareness'?

(VICE magazine asked us to comment. Read the article  here)

04/12/2015: Christmas dinner 2015

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30/11/2015: 2016 Flame Challenge

We are on the screening panel for this year's Flame Challenge : "What is sound?"

The Flame Challenge is an international competition where scientists answer the question in a way that is most appropriate for 11-year-olds. Entries are judged by thousands of 5th and 6th grade schoolchildren around the world.

27/11/2015: Congratulations Dr. Lefkothea Andreou

Lefkothea's PhD thesis is titled: "Sensitivity to temporal structure in sound supports Auditory scene analysis - a psychophysics and MEG investigation".  She was examined by Prof Sonja Kotz, Maastricht University, and Prof. Stuart Rosen (aka Heisenberg!), UCL .

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10/09/2015: Sijia granted the MMN conference travel award

Congraulations to Sijia for winning the MMN conference travel award.

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31/07/2015: in2science

 in2science students Oyinmiebi and Laura who have been interning at the Ear Institute these last two weeks under the supervision of Daniel Bates from our lab  and Katie Smith (Jagger Lab) are demonstrating their newly acquired, and very impressive, EEG prep skills.

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30/07/2015: Visit by Makoto Yoneya from NTT

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Makoto Yoneya, an engineer from NTT, Japan, is visiting the lab this summer. His visit is part of an ongoing collaboration with NTT, also supported by the BBSRC. Makoto's experiments use eye tracking to determine whether micro-saccades (very small eye movements) can be used to understand auditory attention.
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28/07/2015: Decision outing

The lab is out on the town, visiting the 'Decision' exhibit at the Hayward Gallery.

The giant (3 story!) slide.

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Apparently,  world's most complicated clock.

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Walking through a virtual forest:

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upside down London:

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25/07/2015: "The Lab project"

The Lab Project is an experimental month long exhibition and events program that explores the interactions between art and science.  Our work is featured in the 'step 1' symposium which brings together scientists and creative practitioners to discuss possible 'entanglements' between science and art: " How can we use sound to affect one's experience of their surroundings?"

from Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheLabProject15/status/624931840399409152

25-26 /06/2015: UCL-PSL workshop on Sensory Systems in Complex Environments

We organized  a two day workshop on "Sensory Systems in Complex Environments" which brought together researchers (PIs and students) from UCL and Paris.

More details are here:

The workshop was funded by a generous contribution from the UCL and PSL international offices. 

A few photos:

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22/06/2015: Jonathan Simon visits

19/06/2015: Chait lab is the lab poster first prize winner at the UCL Neuroscience Symposium

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05/05/2015: Chait lab experiences a new sense

Read about the seventh sense "Inaudible sounds" project:

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26/03/2015: Sijia is interviewed by BBC China.

Read the interview with Sijia on the BBC site:

17/03/2015: Chait lab does hinthunt

03/02/2015: Congratulations to newly minted *Dr.* Nicolas Barascud

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24/01/2015: The COCOHA project

24/01/2015: The COCOHA project - "Cognitive Steering of a Hearing Aid" is officially launched in Paris. Exciting 4 years ahead!

13/01/2015: We were just awarded a PhD studentship by AoHL

We were just awarded a PhD studentship by AoHL. The project is titled: "Evaluating hearing impaired listeners’ sensitivity to changes in dynamic, complex acoustic scenes - Implications for assessing auditory impairment and the benefit attained from a hearing aid". The position (with a starting date of September 2015) will be advertised soon. 

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Chait lab (-flu victims+friends) at Christmas dinner 2014. Alas after we have eaten all the food!

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