Opening Keynote of 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention to Focus on Science of Hearing

October 14, 2013

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New York, NY - Oct 10, 2013 - The opening ceremonies of the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Oct. 17 - 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) will feature a keynote address by Josh McDermott, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT. The presentation will be titled "Understanding Audition via Sound Synthesis."

Josh McDermott is a perceptual scientist studying sound, hearing and music. His research addresses human and machine audition using tools from experimental psychology, engineering, and neuroscience. He is particularly interested in using the gap between human and machine competence to both better understand biological hearing and design better algorithms for analyzing sound. McDermott obtained a BA in brain and cognitive science from Harvard, an MPhil in Computational Neuroscience from University College London, a PhD in brain and cognitive science from MIT, and postdoctoral training in psychoacoustics at the University of Minnesota and in computational neuroscience at NYU. He is the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, a National Defense Science and Engineering fellowship, and a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award. He is currently an assistant professor in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.

The opening ceremonies will also feature the presentation of awards and remarks from Bob Moses, AES executive director, Frank Wells, AES president, and Jim Anderson, chair of the 135th AES Convention.

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