Lab Members

Lab Director:

    • Tiago Falk
      Prof. Tiago H. Falk
      Dr. Falk received the BSc degree from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, in 2002, and the MSc and PhD degrees from Queen’s University, Canada, in 2005 and 2008, respectively, all in electrical engineering. In 2007, he was a visiting Research Fellow at the Sound and Image Processing Lab, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, and in 2008 at the Quality and Usability Lab, Deutsche Telekom/TU Berlin, Germany. From 2009-2010 he was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Holland- …

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Postdoctoral Fellows:
    • Zahid Akhtar
      Zahid Akhtar
      Dr. Zahid Akhtar received PhD in electronic and computer engineering from University of Cagliari (Italy) and MSc in electronic science from University of Pune (India). He joined the MuSAE Lab as a postdoctoral fellow to work on audio-visual quality measurement and enhancement. Prior to joining the MuSAE Lab, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Bahcesehir University (Turkey), University of Udine (Italy) and University of Cagliari (Italy).
    • Sam Karimian-Azarir
      Sam Karimian-Azari
      Dr. Sam Karimian-Azari received the BSc degree in control-electrical engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, in 2001, and the MSc degree in electrical engineering with emphasis on signal processing from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 2012. He completed his PhD study in electrical signal processing at the Audio Analysis Lab at Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2016. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at Lund University, Sweden, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland. He joined the MuSAE Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on array signal processing with applications in audio and biomedical signals.
Technical Staff:

    • Liviu Ivanescu
      Liviu Ivanescu (Research Technician)
      Liviu Ivanescu received his BSc degree in physics/optics from the Bucharest University in 1993. Then he worked at SIAT Bucharest, a research institute for automation, until 1995. Afterwards he pursued graduate studies in optical instrumentation and was granted a testing engineer position at ESO, Germany. In 2006, he went to SAAO in South Africa to analyze the quality of the atmosphere at potential sites for building the Caltech-TMT telescope. This was followed by similar studies for the Canadian Arctic.
PhD Students:
    • Raymundo Cassani
      Raymundo Cassani
      received the BS degree in communications and electronics engineering and, the MSc degree in microelectronics from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (Mexico) in 2007 and 2012 respectively. In 2007, he was an intern at the Instituto Nacional de Cardiologa (Mexico) and in 2012 at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal (Canada). He joined INRS-EMT as a PhD student in 2013. His main research interests are in biomedical signal processing with applications in health diagnostics and neurotechnologies.

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    • João Felipe Santos
      João Felipe Santos
      received his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) in 2011 and the MSc degree in 2013 from INRS. Since 2013 he’s been a PhD student at INRS. His main research area is speech signal processing, with an emphasis in hearing aid systems. He is also interested in bio-inspired algorithms applied to signal classification, pattern recognition and other adaptive systems.

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    • Anderson Avila
      Anderson Avila
      received his BSc in Computer Science from Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil, in 2004 and the Master in Information Engineering in 2014 from UFABC (Brazil). In 2013/2014 Anderson joined the MuSAE Lab as a short-term visiting researcher and since April 2015 he’s been a PhD student. His research interests include speech signal processing and pattern recognition.

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    • Isabela Albuquerque
      Isabela Albuquerque
      received her BSc in Electronic Engineering in 2015 from the Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil) and her MSc in Computer Engineering from the Polytechnical School of Pernambuco (Brazil). During the summer of 2014 she worked at MuSAE Lab as a Mitacs Globalink research intern. She is currently a PhD student at INRS-EMT. Her main research interests are pattern recognition, brain-computer interfaces and many-objective optimization.
    • João Monteiro
      João Monteiro
      received his BSc in 2012 in Mechatronics Engineering and his MSc in 2016 in Computer Engineering, both from the Polytechnical School of Pernambuco at Recife, Brazil. He worked as process engineer in Industry from 2012 to 2016. Currently, he is a PhD student at INRS-EMT and his research interests rely on bio-inspired optimization algorithms, machine learning and its applications on multi-modal signal processing.
    • Abhishek Tiwari
      Abhishek Tiwari
      received his B.Tech and M. Tech in 2016 in Industrial Electronics, both from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He worked as a software engineer from 2016 to 2017. Currently, he is a PhD student at INRS-EMT and his research interests include biomedical signal processing with applications in brain-computer interfaces and neurotechnologies.
MSc Students:
    • Stefany Bedoya
      Stefany Bedoya

      completed her BSc in Telecommunications Engineering in 2014 from the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. She joined INRS-EMT as an MSc student in the spring/summer term 2015. Her research interests include speech signal processing and their applications in a clinical setting.

Interns and Short-Term Visitors:
    • Mark Parent
      Lucas Trambaiolli

      is visiting the MuSAE Lab for six months as part of an exchange program between INRS and UFABC (Brazil). He is working towards his PhD in the Neuroscience and Cognition Program at UFABC on affective BCIs and, while at the MuSAE Lab, will explore causality and neural connectivity during affective tasks using fNIRS and EEG.

Alumni:
    • Srinivasan Jayaraman
      Srinivasan Jayaraman
      Dr. Srinivasan Jayaraman was with the MuSAE Lab from July 2016 to July 2017 working on a project related to mental workload assessment for first responders. Prior to joining INRS, he was a scientist at TCS Innovation Labs – Bangalore and leading the complementary and alternative medicine research team.
    • Mar Estarellas
      Mar Estarellas

      joined the MuSAE Lab in the Fall of 2016 as a visiting undergraduate student from the University Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, Spain. At the MuSAE lab, she worked on her Bachelor thesis on the use of brain-computer interfaces for Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.

    • Alexandre Drouin-Picaro
      Alexandre Drouin-Picaro
      completed his MSc at the MuSAE Lab in 2016 on the topic of hierarchical classification for mental workload assessment across different mental tasks using COTS wearable technologies.
    • Milton Sarria Paja
      Milton Sarria Paja
      obtained his PhD from INRS-EMT in 2017 on speaker verification of whispered speech. He is now a faculty member at the engineering faculty, Santiago de Cali University in Colombia. In the winter of 2016 he was an intern at Honda Research in Germany.
    • Diana Patricia Tobón Vallejo
      Diana Patricia Tobón Vallejo
      obtained her PhD from INRS-EMT in 2017 on spectro-temporal signal processing for noisy biomedical signals, co-supervised by Prof. Martin Maier. She continued as a post-doctoral fellow at the MuSAE Lab for a few months working on signal processing of noisy biomedical signals and since July 2017 she has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa.
    • Sebastian Braun
      Sebastian Braun

      visited the MuSAE Lab in the Winter of 2017 from the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, where he is pursuing his PhD studies. While at the MuSAE Lab, he worked on blind multichannel room acoustics characterization.

    • Rishabh Gupta
      Rishabh Gupta

      obtained his PhD from INRS-EMT in 2016 on the use of hybrid brain-computer interfaces to monitor human influential factors for Quality-of-Experience assessment of emerging multimedia technologies. He is now a Data Scientist at Myant (Ottawa/Toronto) working on smart homes/textiles. In the summer of 2015 he was an intern at Sensaura Tech (Montreal) working on affective computing.

    • Mark Parent
      Mark Parent

      joined the MuSAE Lab in the Winter/Spring of 2016 as a visiting PhD student from the Co-DOT laboratory, Université Laval, QC. His fields of interest include psychophysiology, adaptive automation, machine learning, neuroergonomics, and task analysis, as well as their interplay within crisis management, command and control applications.

    • Luisa Velasquez-Martinez
      Luisa Velasquez-Martinez

      joined the MuSAE Lab in the Winter/Spring of 2016 as a visiting MSc student from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Her fields of interest include brain-computer interfaces, machine learning, and biomedical signal processing.

    • Andrea Clerico
      Andrea Clerico

      obtained his MSc from INRS-EMT in the Winter 2016 on the development of new multimodal features for affective brain-computer interfaces. He was a recipient of the PERSUADE-CREATE scholarship and interned at Ubisoft Quebec working on user-adaptive videogames. He is now a data scientist with Ludia (Montreal).

    • Sara Zhalehpour
      Sara Zhalehpour
      received both B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in telecommunications engineering from the University of Tabriz, Iran in 2009 and 2012, respectively. She obtained her second MSc degree in electrical engineering from Bahcesehir University, Turkey in 2014. She was a PhD candidate at the MuSAE Lab from 2014-2015 working on audio-visual emotion recognition in the wild.
    • Rachel Bou Serhal
      Rachel Bou Serhal
      obtained her PhD from École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in 2016 in collaboration with the MuSAE Lab. Her thesis research topic was on the enhancement of in-era transmitted speech. She is now a MITACS postdoctoral fellow at ETS.

    • Mohammed Senoussaoui
      Dr. Mohammed Senoussaoui
      received the Engineer degree in Artificial Intelligence in 2005 and MSc degree in 2007 from Université des Sciences et de la Technologie d’Oran, Algeria. In 2014 he received his PhD degree from the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal, Canada. From 2014-2015 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the MuSAE Lab working on blind room acoustics characterization. He is now a postdoc at ETS.
    • Hubert Banville
      Hubert Banville
      obtained his MSc from INRS-EMT in the Winter of 2016 with a thesis on multimodal NIRS-EEG BCIs. While at the MuSAE Lab, he interned at Interaxon (Toronto) for 6 months, where he now works as a biomedical engineer.
    • Jan-Hendrik Flessner
      Jan-Hendrik Flessner

      joined the MuSAE Lab in the Summer of 2015 as a visiting PhD student from Universität Oldenburg, Germany to work on a joint project on objective quality measurement of enhanced speech.

    • Rohit Rangwani
      Rohit Rangwani

      joined the MuSAE Lab in the Summer of 2015 as a MITACS Globalink undergraduate intern from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India. His project was titled “Hacking an Off-The-Shelf EEG Headset for a Motor Imagery Brain-Computer Interface”.

    • Blas Kolic
      Blas Kolic

      joined the MuSAE Lab in the Summer of 2015 as a MITACS Globalink undergraduate intern from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico. His project was titled “Development of a Smartphone-Based Acoustic Environment Tracker for Speech Enhancement Applications”.

    • Andreea Ivanescu
      Andreea Ivanescu

      Andreea joined the MuSAE Lab as a CEGEP summer intern in 2015 to assist with various projects, data collection protocols, and perform a literature review on visual disorders due to exposure to 3D displays or to immersion into Virtual Reality. She has an interest in biomedical technologies and was awarded the Bronze Medal at the regional level the 2014 Hydro-Quebec Science Fair with a project on the neurological syndrome ‘Chromestesia’.


    • Khalil Laghari
      Dr. Khalil Laghari (2012-2014)
      Dr. Laghari received his PhD degree from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and the Institute- Mines Télécom SudParis France in 2012 on Quality of Experience (QoE) based modeling, analysis and evaluation for multimedia and internet services. From 2012-2014, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the MuSAE Lab working on neurophysiological modelling for QoE assessment. From 2014-2016 he was a Senior UX/UI Specialist at Alberta Health Services. Since 2017, he has been the ‎Team Lead of the User Experience group at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (Ottawa).
    • Isabela Albuquerque
      Isabela Albuquerque
      joined the MuSAE Lab as a MITACS Globalink intern in the spring/summer of 2014 to work on portable multimodal brain-computer interfaces.
    • Carlos Silva
      Carlos Silva
      joined the MuSAE Lab in the spring/summer of 2014 as a Science without Borders summer intern to work on automated disordered speech analysis.
    • Herton Dantas
      Herton Dantas
      joined the MuSAE Lab in the spring/summer of 2014 as a Science without Borders summer intern to work on innovative Big Data visualization tools.
    • Shaun Zia
      Shaun Zia
      received his MEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Windsor in 2009. He holds undergraduate degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. As a graduate research assistant at the MuSAE Lab, Shaun worked on reverberation suppression for far-field voice-activated technologies.
    • Francisco Fraga
      Dr. Francisco Fraga
      Dr. Francisco Fraga is a Professor at the Engineering, Modelling and Applied Social Sciences Center at the Universidade Federal do ABC in Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil. From Sept. 2012-Sept. 2013, he was a visiting scholar at the MuSAE Lab working on innovative EEG features for automated diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairments.

    • Sunny Mahajan
      Sunny Mahajan
      Sunny V. Mahajan graduated from the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Victoria in April 2008. During his degree, Sunny acquired experience designing novel paradigms for EEG experiments and visual and statistical analysis of neurophysiological data. As a graduate research assistant at the MuSAE Lab, Sunny worked on muscle artefact removal from EEG signals. He is currently a BioSignal Analyst at OMsignal in Montreal, QC.
    • Stefano Cosentino
      Stefano Cosentino
      is a PhD student at the Ear Institute (University College London) working on binaural stimulation strategies for cochlear implants (CI). His approach blends engineering and a physiologically-inspired understanding of the processing behind acoustic and electric hearing. His research interests include acoustic signal processing, dereverberation and denoising algorithms. As a visiting PhD student at the MuSAE Lab, Stefano worked on objective quality and intelligibility measurement for CI users.
    • Jan-Niklas Antons
      Jan-Niklas Antons
      joined the Telekom Innovation Laboratories as a research scientist in January 2009 to pursue his PhD. He received his diploma in psychology in 2008 from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. His research interests are in Quality-of-Experience evaluation and its physiological correlates with emphasis on speech transmissions and human-machine-interaction. As a visiting PhD student at the MuSAE Lab, he worked on EEG-based neural correlates of reverberant speech quality perception.
    • Sebastian Arndt
      Sebastian Arndt
      studied Computer Science at Technische Universität Berlin and received his degree in 2010. Since 2011, he has been with the Quality and Usability Lab at the Telekom Innovation Laboratories, TU Berlin, Germany. His research interests are in the processing of physiological signals for research in multimedia quality perception. As a visiting PhD student at the MuSAE Lab, Sebastian worked on multimodal (NIRS-EEG) correlates of quality perception for text-to-speech systems.
External collaborators:
(listed alphabetically)

– Veronique Bohbot, MMLab, McGill University, QC, Canada
– Wai-Yip (Geoffrey) Chan, MC2L, Queen’s University, ON, Canada
– Tom Chau, PRISM Lab, Bloorview Research Institute, University of Toronto, Canada
– Philip Doyle, Voice Production & Perception Lab, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Francisco Fraga, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
– Peter Kabal, MMSP Lab, McGill University, Canada
Bastiaan Kleijn, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (formerly at KTH, Sweden)
– Sebastian Möller, Quality and Usability Lab, Deutsche Telekom, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Hélio Magalhães de Oliveira, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
– Martin Maier, Zeitgeist Lab, INRS-EMT, Canada
Douglas O’Shaughnessy, INRS-EMT, Canada
Vijay Parsa, University of Western Ontario, ON, Canada
Natalie Philips, Concordia University, QC, Canada
Cecilio Pimentel, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
– Ervin Sejdic, iMED Lab, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Hagit Shatkay, University of Delaware, USA (formerly at Queen’s University, Canada)
– Sebastien Tremblay, Co-DOT, Co-DOT Lab, Université Laval, QC, Canada
– Jérémie Voix, CRITIAS, ETS, QC, Canada

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