Musae at a Glance

The Multimedia/Multimodal Signal Analysis and Enhancement (MuSAE) Lab is located at the Energy, Materials, and Telecommunications Centre of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (affiliated with the University of Quebec) in the heart of Montreal.

What we do:
At the MuSAE Lab, we are conducting research at the cross-roads of biomedical engineering and telecommunications. More specifically, we are developing award-winning biologically-inspired signal processing techniques with applications across three themes: multimedia communications, health diagnostics, and human-machine interaction.

With funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, the MuSAE Lab was established in December 2012. Our facilities feature i) a sound-proofed data collection room with varying-size multimedia displays (from smart-phone sized screens to large-screen TVs) and ii) an adjoining data analysis room with powerful analysis PCs. For neurophysiological signal acquisition, the following systems are available:

1. Electroencephalography (EEG)
— 64-Channel ActiveTwo (Biosemi)
— EMOTIV EEG headset
— Interaxon Muse headband
— Enobio 8-channel headset
2. Near-infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)
— 384-channel NIRScout
— 64-channel portable NIRSport
3. Physiological signals
— Shimmer platinum kit
— Affective QSensor GSR monitor
— Hexoskin garment
— iHealth wireless blood pressure monitor
— ActiveTwo compatible skin temperature, blood volume pulse, respiration, and skin conductance sensors, as well as a 3-d accelerometer
4. Eye tracking
— Head-mounted EyeLink 1000
— SMI ETG eye tracking glasses with EMOTIV EEG integration
— Tobii EyeX Development Kit
5. Hearing assessment
— Interacoustics AD629e audiometer
6. Other
— Microsoft Kinect Developer Kit
— Oculus Rift Development Kit
7. Software
— EMSE Suite (with BCI extensions)
— Labview
— Presentation


Additionally, through partnerships with the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), MuSAE Lab members have access to state-of-the-art recording facilities such as a spatial audio lab, a critical listening lab, and an immersive presence lab, and state-of-the-art equipment such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroencephalography, optotrak motion tracking, and electromagnetic articulograph (EMA) systems.


Research at the MuSAE Lab is supported by various provincial and federal research agencies, INRS-EMT, manufacturers, and industry partners.



Industry & Government Partners:

Applied Brain & Vision Sciences
Nuance Canada
Deutsche Telekom
Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation
Communications Research Centre Canada


Cortech Solutions
Dell Canada