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

— Josh McDermott, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, to present “Understanding Audition via Sound Synthesis” —

New York, NY, October 10, 2013 — The opening ceremonies of the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, in Room 1E15/16 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.

“We are very much looking forward to this year’s convention, and the opening ceremonies will be a fitting kickoff to the biggest audio event of the year,” stated Anderson. “Josh McDermott is an expert on the science of human hearing; his research has far-reaching implications for other researchers, manufacturers and technological innovators, and it will serve the convention well to place the weekend’s proceedings in this context.”

For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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