Deniz Başkent, Professor of Auditory Perception attached to the ear, nose and throat department (KNO) of the University Medical Center Groningen /Faculty of Medical Sciences, is one of six nominees for the2018 Huibregtsen Prize. Jury chair Wim van Saarloos (president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) will announce the winner on 8 October 2018 at the Evening of Science and Society in the Ridderzaal in The Hague.
Deniz Başkent researches the role played by cognitive aspects in speech perception and how brain training can compensate for hearing impairment. She heads multidisciplinary research teams of behavioural and cognitive scientists and researchers with a technical background. She maintains unique collaborations with users of hearing aids and cochlear implants, with the manufacturers of these aids, and with local and international researchers. A notable feature of her work is the close link between her research and its application. The jury described Başkent’s work as being especially relevant for users of cochlear implants, which replace normal acoustic hearing with electrical hearing.
The Huibregtsen Prize, named after Wouter Huibregtsen, was established in 2005 by the board of the Stichting De Avond van Wetenschap & Maatschappij (Evening of Science and Society Foundation). The prize goes to a recent research project that is scientifically innovative and with clear relevance to society. A maximum of six projects are nominated each year, one of which is ultimately awarded the Huibregtsen Prize. The principles guiding the jury’s choice were scientific excellence, a departure from the beaten track, originality and greater societal relevance than might be expected within the discipline. The prize will be awarded at the Evening of Science and Society in the Ridderzaal in The Hague. It consists of a sculpture, ‘The Thinker’ by visual artist Wil van der Laan, a sum of €25,000 that is earmarked for research activities, and a workshop offered by the Lorentz Center in Leiden.
Evening of Science and Society
The Evening of Science and Society was establishedin 2000 to emphasize the importance of science for society by showing where and how scientific research finds applications in daily life. Leading scientists and prominent figures from other sectors of society will debate topics sparked by scientific research.
Terrin Tamati received a VENI Award from NWO. Below is a short summary of this new project. Congratulations!
More than words: Uncovering the effects of talkers’ voices on real-life speech perception by cochlear implant users Dr. T.N. (Terrin) Tamati (f), UMCG – Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Understanding speech in the real world, outside the clinic, can be challenging. This project investigates cochlear implant users’ perception of speech produced by talkers with different voices and accents. Findings will identify difficulties cochlear implant users encounter in their daily lives, to account for them in clinical settings.
Anita’s submission “The role of timing in automatic processing of speech at sub-lexical and lexical levels”to 1st Conference of the Timing Research Forum is accepted as oral presentation. The work is on individual differences in speech processing mechanisms on cochlear-implant users. The link to the Forum itself here.
Our new VICI project on voice and speech perception in normal and impaired hearing is featured at the UMCG newsletter Kennisinzicht. It covers all the highlights of what we want to do — how we want to understand both the basic science behind voice perception in relation to speech understanding and how we want to make use of this knowledge to help hearing-impaired individuals. The fun sub projects involve using Sam the robot for more efficient and fun testing and training.
For more details, the link to the KennisInzicht article is here.