Researchers

Professor Kate Stevens is the Institute Director. She is also a researcher in our Music Cognition and Action research program and a member of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. As a cognitive psychologist, her research focuses on temporal cognition and the psychological processes in creating and performing music, and contemporary dance and application of experimental methods to evaluate complex systems and human-computer interaction.
Professor Catherine Best is the Chair in Psycholinguistic Research and Leader of the Institute's Speech Production Laboratory. Her research focuses on how adults’ and infants’ experience with their native language shapes their perception and production of the phonological elements of spoken words, including consonants, vowels, lexical tones and prosodic patterns.
Denis Burnham
Professor Denis Burnham is a research professor in our Speech and Language program and is the founder of the BabyLab at Western Sydney University. His research interests are in infant speech perception, cross-language speech perception, auditory-visual speech perception, lexical tone perception; special speech registers; speech and music; corpus studies; and human-machine interaction.
Distinguished Professor Anne Cutler is a research professor in our Speech and Language program and from 1993-2013 was director at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Her research expertise is captured in her recent book: Cutler, A. (2012). Native listening: Language experience and the recognition of spoken words. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Chris Davis
Professor Chris Davis is the leader of our Multisensory Communication research program and studies information processing involved in human communication. His research is guided by three themes: multisensory processing, human processing of linguistic complexity and cross-language and developmental comparisons.
Professor Roger Dean is a research professor in sonic communication, and the founder and artistic director of austraLYSIS. His research interests include music cognition and computational analysis of music perception and production.
Peter Keller
Professor Peter Keller is our Director of Research, MARCS Institute and the leader of our Music Cognition and Action research program and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. His research aims at understanding the behavioural and brain bases of human interaction in musical contexts, specifically the cognitive and motor processes that enable ensemble musicians to coordinate with one another.
Professor Jeesun Kim is a researcher in our Multisensory Communication research program. Her research concerns information processing in face-to-face communication and involves measuring/analysing properties of auditory speech and facial movements (visual speech) of talkers in various communication conditions, and how such conditions impact on speech production and perception.
John Morley
Dr John Morley is Professor and Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the School of Medicine and a researcher in our Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems (BENS) research program.
Simeon Simoff
Professor Simeon Simoff is Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics and the leader of our Human-Machine Interaction research program. His research interests include artificial intelligence, data mining/analytics and knowledge discovery, human computer interactions, virtual worlds and immersive environments, visual computing and visual data mining and analytics.
Jonathan Tapson
Professor Jonathan Tapson is a Professor in Electrical Engineering and a researcher in our Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems (BENS) research program. His research interests include understanding the signal processing properties of spiking neurons, building biologically realistic learning in neural systems and using bio-inspired design for novel biomedical and industrial electronic sensors.
André van Schaik
Professor André van Schaik is the Director of the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems. His research focuses on neuromorphic engineering and computational neuroscience.
Danielle Aiken
Associate Professor Phoebe Bailey is one of our school-based members from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Her research focuses on age-related changes in emotion, cognition and motivation on decision-making in older age.
Paul is the Research Program Leader of Biomedical and Human Technologies research program. His research focuses on bioelectronics and neuroscience and his interests involve investigating the potential of subsensory electrical noise as a treatment for the loss of sensory function.
Greg Cohen
Gregory Cohen is an Associate Professor in Neuromorphic Systems-Algorithms. His interests include event-based vision sensors and algorithms, machine learning, spiking neural networks and biomedical signal analysis.
Paola Escudero
Paola is an Associate Professor at The MARCS Institute. Her work focuses on speech and visual processing in diverse populations, including monolingual and multilingual infants, young children, and adults as well as zebra finches.
Rachel Hendery
Rachel Hendery is Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. She is a linguist who works on language contact and change, particularly in the Pacific and Australia.
Caroline Jones
Associate Professor Caroline Jones is a researcher in Speech and Language. Her research focuses on how we can increase the success and sustainability of Aboriginal language revitalization initiatives, how we can improve early language assessment and intervention, and what strategies support communication with elderly people. Caroline is Director of Impact & Engagement for MARCS and a Research Theme Champion for the University.
Satomi Kawaguchi
Associate Professor Satomi Kawaguchi is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts; and a school-based researcher in our Speech and Language research program.
Associate Professor Chwee Beng Lee is one of our school-based members from the School of Education. Her research focuses on problem solving, conceptual change, learning technologies and evaluation.
Robert Mailhammer
Associate Professor Robert Mailhammer is Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts; and a member of our Speech and Language research program. His research interests are broad with concentrations on historical linguistics, language documentation, phonetics & phonology, and morphology.
Ahmed Moustafa
Associtae Professor Ahmed Moustafa is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. His research interests lie at the intersection of computational modelling, cognitive neuroscience, and clinical neuropsychology.
Dr Oliver Obst is Associate Professor in Data Science at Western Sydney University and the Director of Research, Quality, and Innovation for the School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics. Oliver's research interests include machine learning, neural networks and information theoretic approaches. He has experience in data analytics with applications in sensor networks, energy, astronomy, and robotics. He is an a member of the board of trustees of the RoboCup federation (an organisation to foster research and education in AI), and served as a PC member of scientific conferences such as NIPS, IJCAI, and AIStats.
Associate Professor Michael Tyler is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences & Psychology. His research interests are in Speech and Language and include Second Language Speech Learning, Cross Language Speech Perception, Spoken Word Recognition, Statistical Language Learning and Developmental & Auditory Psycholinguistics.
Gabrielle Weidemann
Dr Gabrielle Weidemann is an Associate Professor in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. She is currently conducting research examining associative learning and classical conditioning processes in human participants and the role that associative learning and memory play in the acquisition of likes and dislikes.
Researcher Profile
Dr Mark Antoniou is the Research Program Leader of our Speech and Language Program. He is an expert in bilingual language processing, and his research addresses the interaction between language experience and other cognitive systems, and understanding individual differences between learners.
Anton Bogdanovych
Dr Anton Bogdanovych is a Lecturer within the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics; and a researcher in our Human-Machine Interaction research program. He is involved in a number of research projects related to virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics and motion.
Dr Laurence Bruggeman is a postdoc in our Speech and Language research program. Her research interests include Speech comprehension, Bilingualism, Hearing loss and Eye-tracking.
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Dr Yossi Buskila is a research lecturer in Neurophysiology within our Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS) research program. His research focuses on the role of spike propagation delays in the way neuronal networks process informative signals.
John Cass
Dr John Cass is a Research Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology; and member of our Multisensory Processing research program.
Dr Dominique Estival joined the Institute as a project officer for AusTalk, the largest and most comprehensive Australian (and international) audio-visual speech data collection.
Gaetano Gargiulo
Dr Gaetano Gargiulo is a Research Lecturer and his research interests include biomedical instrumentation and biomedical data analysis with a particular focus on Brain/Human computer interface and cardiac inverse modelling.
Dr Sandra Garrido is an ARC/NHMRC Dementia Research Development Fellow at the MARCS Institute at Western Sydney University. Her research interests include Dementia, Depression, Music perception and cognition and Arts and mental health.
Dr Jose Hanham is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and a school-based member of MARCS Music Cognition and Action group. His research program focus is Educational Psychology, Learning and Cognitive Sciences.
Dr Bronson Harry is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience within our Music Cognition and Action research program. He uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to explore the functional organization of the brain.
Dr Clair Hill is a researcher within the Speech and Language Program.Clair’s research explores cross-cultural and individual variation in semantics and storytelling. There are two central threads in her work: an exploration of the interaction between language, cognition and culture, and collaborating with communities to translate this research into useful language documentary and revitalisation.
Dr Christa Lam-Cassettari is the BabyLab Leader (acting). Her research aims to understand how psychosocial factors influence early speech and language development. She is currently co-investigator on a grant investigating the relationship between vocal emotion in parents’ infant-directed speech and early word learning in Sweden and Australia.
Weicong Li
Dr Olivia Lapenta is a postdoctoral fellow in our Music Cognition and Action Program. Her research focuses on sensorimotor entrainment by studying the motor network processing of auditory and visual stimuli related to human actions.
Antonio Lauto
Dr Antonio Lauto is a Lecturer in the School of Science and Health and a school-based researcher in our Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS) research program. His multidisciplinary research spans the fields of tissue engineering and biomaterials to medical applications of laser technology.
Liquan Liu
Dr Liquan Liu is one of our school based members from the School of Social Science and Psychology. He is connected to our Speech and Language program and his research interests focus on the multi-dimensional effects of multilingualism on infant and child development.
Dr Gough Lui is a Research Fellow in our Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems (BENS) research program. Gough is involved in the "Smart-Gloves" project which is a collaborative effort between BENS and the South West Institute for Robotics and Automation in Health (SWIRAH).
Dr Jennifer MacRitchie is a Senior Research Fellow in Health and Wellbeing in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member of MARCS Music Cognition and Action program. Her research focus is on developing and conducting research with community and industry partners around the health and wellbeing benefits of music.
David Mahns
Dr David Mahns is a Senior Lecturer in Integrative Physiology in the School of Medicine; and member of our Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS) research program.
Dr Karen Mattock is Lecturer in Lifespan Development and Honours convenor (Psychology) in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Her research interests are in infant and child language development, particularly in the areas of speech perception, babbling, bilingualism and infant-directed speech, as well as word learning in infants, children and adults.
Dr Moritz Milde is a postdoctoral research fellow with the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems. His position and research interests include software engineering, algorithm development, event-based computation, event-based processing
Dr Andrew Milne is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Music Cognition and Action program, and the recipient of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). He develops computational models of music perception (tonality and meter), and uses these models to drive creative musical outputs.
Travis Monk
Dr Travis Monk is a Postdoctoral Researcher in our Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems research program. His current goal is to develop low-power, online algorithms that can detect certain features of interest from the world from event-based cameras.
Omar Mubin
Dr Omar Mubin is a lecturer in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics and a researcher in our Human-Machine Interaction research program. His research interests comprise Human Computer Interaction, exploring the role of robots in education, empirical research in Human Computer Interaction and user-centred design.
Dr Ganesh Naik
Dr Ganesh Naik is a postdoctoral research fellow in our Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience program. His research interests include Biomedical signal processing, Blind source separation techniques, Brain computer interface, Pattern recognition, machine learning and prosthetics.
Andrew Nicholson
Dr Andrew Nicholson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuromorphic Engineering with our Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems program. His research interests include Microelectronics, stochastic electronics, analog VLSI, mixed-signal systems and FPGA design.
Quang Vinh Nguyen
Dr Quang Vinh Nguyen is a Lecturer in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics; and a researcher in our Human-Machine Interaction program.
Laurence Park
Dr Laurence Park is a Lecturer in computational mathematics statistics in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics; and researcher in our Human-Machine Interaction research program. His research interests include large-scale multi-label learning, and computing document models from user interaction and analysis of Social Network graphs.
Kate Richards
Ms Kate Richards is a senior lecturer within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts; and a researcher in our Music, Cognition and Action research program. Kate is involved in a number of research projects related to affect, affordance, and designing for audience experience, and data visualisation and sonification.
Hannah Sarvasy
Dr Hannah Sarvasy is an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher in our Speech and Language program. Her research interests are clause chaining, switch-reference, linguistic fieldwork, Papuan languages, Atlantic languages, Bantu languages, linguistic typology, child language acquisition, field-based experimentation.
Dr Kiley Seymour one of MARCS school-based members connected to the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems. Her research interests include The neural basis of human visual awareness, Perceptual inference and predictive coding, Altered visual perception in psychosis and The neural basis of hallucinations.
Alison Short
Dr Alison Short is Lecturer in Creative Music Therapy in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts; and member of our Music Cognition and Action research program. She harnesses her 23 years of experience as a qualified and practising music therapist and 10 years of experience as a full-time health services researcher to address issues related to music, music therapy and the auditory environment.
Dr Chris Stanton is a postdoctoral research fellow in our Human-Machine Interaction research program. His research focuses on both Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Human-Machine Interaction (HMI), in particular how a robot's behaviour and appearance can influence people's behaviour, attitudes, and decision-making processes.
Dr Kylie Steel is a Senior Lecturer in Motor Learning (Skill Acquisition) and Motor Control in the School of Science and Health.
John Taylor
Dr John R. Taylor is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in our Music Cognition and Action research program. He is developing a personalized Music Affect Recommender System to enable listeners to explore and be attracted to unfamiliar music libraries.
Lyn Tieu
Dr Lyn Tieu is one of our school-based researchers and a Senior Research Fellow in the Education and Aspirational Change Theme (School of Education). Her research interests include child language acquisition, formal and experimental linguistics, semantics of gesture and the interaction between language and music processing.
Dr Tomas Trescak is one of our school-based researchers based with the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. He is a Lecturer in Intelligent Systems and is closely connected with our Human-Machine Interaction program.
Dr Alba Tuninetti is a Postdoctoral Fellow in our Speech and Language program. Her research interests include, speech perception, bilingualism, second language learning, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. Dr Tuninetti is currently investigating bilingual speech and accent perception (and language processing more generally), investigating how the first language influences the second language at the acoustic and phonological levels.
Manuel Varlet
Dr Manuel Varlet is a senior research lecturer in our Music Cognition and Action program. His research iinvestigates the perceptual-motor processes underlying human performances and their changes throughout life, with expertise and pathologies, using behavioural, neuroimaging and brain stimulation methods.
Runchun Mark Wang
Dr Mark Wang is a postdoctoral fellow in our Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS) research program. His research focuses on neuromorphic engineering, mixed-signal/analog VLSI design, ASIC/SoC/FPGA design, computational neuroscience, deep network, machine leaning, cognition systems and signal processing.
Tamara Watson
Dr Tamara Watson is a Research Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology; and member of our Multisensory Processing research program. Her research interests include identifying the basis for perceptual stability and perceptual omission during saccadic eye movements, steady state visual evoked potential measures of audiovisual integration and altered visual perception in schizophrenia.
Ying Xu
Dr Ying Xu is a researcher in the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems. Her research interests include Neuromorphic Engineering, Neuromorphic Auditory Systems and Applications, Mixed-signal VLSI Design, ASIC/SoC/FPGA Design and Machine Learning.
Saeed Afshar is a postdoctoral research fellow with the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems. His research seeks to investigate computational architectures and algorithms from the fields of neuroscience, machine learning, signal processing, and circuit design to develop novel vision and memory systems with superior performance in dynamic noisy environments when compared with the state of the art conventional computing approaches.
Mark Richards is a associate research fellow in Language Technologies for Education. Mark's research centres on language revitalisation and language learning. He is interested in the role of technology in scaffolding and supporting language learning. He is currently undertaking a review of recent research into the use of technology in the context of language learning to identify features of different technologies that research suggests provide benefits for learning. He is also consulting as widely as possible with Aboriginal communities and other language learners to inform the development of learning tools to support sustainable language revitalisation.