Two-day workshop: Spatial hearing from biophysics to behaviour

Title: Spatial hearing from biophysics to behaviour
Host: Professor David McAlpine
Date, time, location: Monday 8 October, 12:45pm to 5:15pm, Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1, Lecture Theatre
Tuesday 9 October, 9:30am to 5:00pm,  18 Wally’s Walk , MAZE Conference, Room A

This two-day workshop brings together research leaders in the field of binaural and spatial hearing—spanning expertise in human spatial listening, brain-imaging techniques for assessing binaural performance, animal physiology & neural modelling, and therapeutic interventions such as bilateral cochlear implantation—to discuss the state-of-the-art and the way forward if we are to understand how the brain generates a sense of auditory space, and how that spatial processing might be restored in individuals with hearing problems.

Please rsvp by Thursday 4 October for catering purposes.


Monday 8 October (Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1, Lecture Theatre)

12:45 – 1:20 Antje Ihlefeld Human sound localization depends on sound intensity: implications for sensory coding
1:20 – 1:55 Jorg Bucholz More realistic assessment of hearing ability and hearing device benefit
1:55 – 2:30 Mathias Dietz Factors limiting spatial hearing performance with bilateral cochlear implants and first steps to reduce the shortcomings
2:30 – 3:05 Jaime Undurraga and Jessica Monaghan Binaural coherence between temporal fine structure and envelope determines interaural time difference sensitivity
3:05 – 3:30 Afternoon tea
3:30 – 4:05 Jörg-Hendrik Bach Explaining hearing aid fine-tuning gain preferences with binaural loudness summation
4:05 – 4:40 Andy Brughera Modelling Mechanisms for Sound Localization:  ITD-Encoding in Amplitude Modulation & Delay within MSO Neurons
4:40 – 5:15 David McAlpine Spatial Hearing from biophysics to behaviour

Tuesday, 9 October (18 Wally’s Walk, MAZE Conference, Room A)

9:30 – 10:05 Michael Pecka Neuronal adaptations for spatial hearing in complex environments
10:05 – 11:10 Barbara Beiderbeck New perspectives on inhibitory functions in auditory spatial processing
11:10 – 11:30 Morning tea
11:30 – 12:05 Jörg Encke A Formal Two-Channel Model Explains the Accuracy and Acuity of IPD Perception
12:05 – 12:40 Torsten Marquardt On the detectability of interaural-parameter co-modulation across frequency bands
12:40 – 1:20 Lunch
1:20 – 2:55 Nick Haywood Amplitude modulated binaural beats: Lateralization cues from sound onset and from on-going modulation
2:55 – 3:30 Jason Mikiel-Hunter Lateralization of reverberant speech with ITD cues: perspectives from a linear MSO model with adapting input
3:30 – 3:50 Afternoon tea
3:50 – 4:25 Robert Luke Interaural Correlation Modulates Cortical Oxyhaemoglobin Concentration
4:25 – 5:00 Hamish Innes-Brown Hearing assessment using fNIRS: frontiers and challenges