Rachel Bouserhal

Academic Project | In-Ear Microphone Technologies

Academic Degree | Post-doc | 2016-09 - 2020-10

Meritas | -Best Entrepreneurship Pitch (2019) -Mitacs & NRC-IRAP Award for Commercialization (2018) -Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Société et Culture, Audace Program (2018) -CIRMMT Travel Award to participate in NHCA (2018) -McGill Internal Social Sciences and Humanities Development Grant (2018) -Most Promising Invention Award (2018) -Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Grant (2016-2018) -CIRMMT Travel Award to participate in NHCA and ARO (2016) -ETS FIR Travel Award to participate in NHCA and ARO (2016) -Travel Fund scholarship from ETS to go to NHCA (2015-2016) -Travel Fund scholarship from ETS to go to NHCA (2014-2015) -CIRMMT Student Award Scholarship (2014) -Erasmus Mundus European Exchange (2014) -Travel Fund scholarship from ETS to go to NHCA (2013-2014) -Poster Award EREST (2013) -Internal Scholarship from ETS (2013)

Biography | Rachel is a passionate teacher, an inquisitive researcher, an adventurous cyclist and an ardent music lover. She completed her B.S in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, where she was heavily involved with Audio Enthusiasts and Engineers, a student group that promotes project based learning environments and holds weekly educational forums on all things related to audio. She continued on at MSU where she finished her Master’s in Electrical Engineering in December 2011 focusing on nonlinear control systems. She moved to Montreal in the beginning of 2012 to follow her research interests and experience the beautiful culture the city has to offer. In June 2016, she completed her PhD at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS). During her PhD she developed a low-complexity in-ear speech enhancement algorithm and modeled the vocal effort of talkers wearing hearing protection devices. She spent 7 months in Copenhagen at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) working on the vocal effort modeling part of her project as a visiting PhD under the Erasmus Mundus Auditory Cognitive Network Grant. She is now on a postdoctoral fellowship under the Mitacs elevate program. Her project envisions a Radio Acoustical Virtual Environment where speech is captured from inside the ear, denoised and enhanced to be transmitted only to a specific radius of listeners. This distance will be a function of the speaker's vocal effort and background noise level. Her research interests are hearing protection, speech signal processing, speech perception, nonlinear control, and engineering education.

Farid Moshgelani

Academic Project | In-Ear Audio Algorithms: Evaluation,Optimization, and Consolidation

Academic Degree | Post-doc | 2020-07 - 2022-08

Hugo Besnard

Academic Project | Mise au point d'une plateforme audionumérique de recherche (Auditory Research Platform)

Academic Degree | Stagiaire (international) | 2021-02 - 2021-09

Polle Gaye

Academic Project | Interconnections de systèmes d'information et de gestion de recherche universitaire

Academic Degree | Stagiaire (international) | 2020-06 - 2020-12

Gabrielle Crétot-Richert

Academic Project | Mesure de l'attention par EEG intra-auriculaire

Academic Degree | Doctorat | 2016-09 - 2020-08

Meritas | - Scholarship from the Pierre Arbour foundation, 2018 et 2019 - Hydro-Quebec grant for renewable energy and sustainanble development 2018 - Erasmus Mundus Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience fellowship at the Neuropsychology Lab of Oldenburg University in Germany and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Oxford University, 2016-2017 - Travel fund scholarship from ETS, 2017 - Jury's recommendation for Master's project at École polytechnique de Montréal, 2015 - Best final year integrating project in biomedical engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal, 2012-2013 - Certificate for Outstanding Academic Achievement from McGill University - French Baccalaureate in Science awarded with the highest distinction

Biography | Always in search of new challenges, Gabrielle holds a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and a Master's degree in technological project management, both from École polytechnique de Montréal. She started her academic career studying Physiology at McGill University and pivoted to engineering as she discovered a strong preference for applied sciences and problem solving. After her Master's, Gabrielle became project manager at Nüvü Caméras, a Montreal-based high-technology start-up, focused on the design and manufacturing of the most sensitive camera in the market. Having answered the needs of observatories around the world, Gabrielle was overseeing the company's new mission of diversifying into medical and space-mission applications. After 3 years at the company, Gabrielle decided to go back to academia at École de technologie supérieure to reconnect with her passion for biomedical engineering and start a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Jeremie Voix on his “bionic ear project” - an ambitious collaboration on multimodal bio-sensing using a device that centers in and around the ear. Her main points of interest for this project are electroencephalography, brain wave analysis, machine learning algorithms and mobile application development.

Michel Demuynck

Academic Project | Modeling of earpieces subjected to earcanal deformations with jaw-joint movement

Academic Degree | Doctorat | 2018-09 - 2021-12

Biography | Michel holds an engineering degree from the Ecole des Arts et Métiers (ENSAM, France) and a master's degree in biomedical engineering (biomechanical specialization) from the University of Paris Descartes since 2018. Sensitized since a very young age by the fields of engineering and medicine, he has been able to combine the two by being passionate about human biomechanics. His industrial experiences, as an R&D assistant engineer at Alkom Digital Luxembourg (a company specialized in dental CAD/CAM), as well as his master thesis on the modeling of the rib cage modifications with pulmonary lung volume, have enabled him to acquire his skills in particular in numerical modeling, 3D design, data processing, project management and to develop his creative spirit and perseverance. Motivated by R&D and innovation, he joined Jérémie Voix's team in the CRITIAS industrial research chair at ÉTS to get involved in the "bionic ear" project. Currently a doctoral candidate in engineering, Michel's research project focuses on modeling the deformations of the ear canal resulting from jaw movements. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michel-demuynck-02274114/

Tigran Avetissian

Academic Project | Technologies intra-auriculaire : approches piézoélectriques pour l’autonomie énergétique.

Academic Degree | Doctorat | 2019-03 - 2022-02

Arthur Colombier

Academic Project | Modelization of instrumented earmuffs for fit-test and dosimetry applications: modeling and prototyping

Academic Degree | Doctorat | 2020-01 - 2023-04

Biography | From the beginning of his higher education, Arthur joined an engineering school, INSA Lyon (National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon) with the idea of entering the Mechanical Engineering department. Indeed, the latter offers its final year students the possibility of doing a double degree with the Master Acoustics of Lyon. Arthur's long-standing interest in the world of acoustics was then completely confirmed. He then did an internship at the INRS (National Institute for Research and Safety) in Nancy in a laboratory of acoustics at work, working on the subject of predicting the masked thresholds of hearing-impaired listeners. This internship allowed him to validate his mechanical engineering (speciality modelling and experimentation) and acoustics master degrees. He has thus acquired a taste for the world of research, and in particular for research on the auditory protection of workers. Continuing his career with a PhD seems to him to be a logical continuation of his training. Arthur thus came into contact with Jérémie Voix, professor at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal, who quickly became his thesis director. The subject of his doctoral thesis was the modelization of instrumentated earmuffs for dosimetry and fit-testing applications. It will focus mainly on prototyping and modeling aspects.

Elliot Drees

Academic Project | Protection auditive pour musiciens : gestion de l’effet d’isolation

Academic Degree | Doctorat | 2020-04 - 2023-08

Danielle Benesch

Academic Project | The Sensitive Ear: Real-time monitoring of in-ear physiological and audio signals

Academic Degree | Maîtrise | 2020-01 - 2021-08

Meritas | Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship (2020) German Academic Exchange Service (2020-2021)

Biography | Danielle Benesch completed her bachelor's degree in cognitive science at Osnabrück University in 2019. In 2020, she started her research master's at École de technologie supérieure. During her master's, she has been working on the "Sensitive Ear" project under the supervision of Prof. Jérémie Voix (NSERC-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-Ear Technologies) and Prof. Stefanie Blain-Moraes (Biosignal Interaction and Personhood Technology Lab). Her research is centered around the development and evaluation of a wearable technology that removes distressing sounds in real-time, spanning the fields of audio processing, affective computing, and assistive technology design.

Chahinez Hocine

Academic Project | Modelization of instrumented earmuffs for fit-test and dosimetry applications: experiential validation

Academic Degree | Maîtrise | 2019-10 - 2021-07