Researchers

Professor Jonathan Tapson is the Institute Director, a Professor in Electrical Engineering and a researcher in our Bioelectronics and Neuroscience (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.
Jonathan Tapson
Professor Kate Stevens is the Director of Research and Engagement at the Institute, 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.
Catherine Stevens
Professor Catherine Best is 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.
Catherine Best
Professor Denis Burnham is the leader of our Speech and Language research program and 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.
Denis Burnham
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.
Anne Cutler
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.
Chris Davis
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.
Roger Dean
Professor Peter Keller is 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.
Peter Keller
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.
Jeesun Kim
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 Neuroscience (BENS) research program.
John Morley
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.
Simeon Simoff
Professor André van Schaik is the leader of our Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS) research program. His research focuses on three main areas: neuromorphic engineering, bioelectronics, and neuroscience.
André van Schaik
Dr Paola Escudero is an Associate Professor at the Institute and teaches within the Linguistics Major of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. She is the Internship Coordinator and chairs the Teaching and Learning Committee.
Paola Escudero
Associate Professor Caroline Jones is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. Her research interests are in children's speech development, child-directed or caregiver speech, and documenting phonetic structures, particularly in non-standard language varieties and language revitalisation contexts.
Caroline Jones
Dr Glenn Stone is an Associate Professor within the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics and a researcher in our Human-Machine Interaction research program. His research interests focus on computationally intensive statistical methods with applications in: flow cytometry in food safety, remote sensing, meta-/ecogenomics and wavelet methods for non-Gaussian data.
Glenn Stone
Associate Professor Michael Tyler is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Academic Program 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.
Michael Tyler
Dr Farzaneh Ahmadi is a postdoctoral research fellow in our Bioelectronics and Neuroscience (BENS) group. Her research aims to develop the first functional Bionic Voice prosthesis which will substitute the existing clinical gold standard.
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Dr Mark Antoniou is an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) research fellow. His research addresses the interaction between language experience and other cognitive/brain systems, and understanding individual differences between learners.
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Dr Phoebe Bailey is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Her research focuses on age-related differences in social cognition and how these influence financial decision-making.
Phoebe Bailey
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.
Anton Bogdanovych
Dr Paul Breen is a senior research lecturer in the Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS) 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.
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Dr Ann Burchfield is a postdoctoral research fellow in our Speech and Language program. Her research interests include bilingualism, speech production and perception, and Mandarin Chinese.
Ann Burchfield
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.
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Dr Chris Carignan is a Research Lecturer in our Speech and Language program. He is a laboratory phonetician who specializes in the relationship between physical articulatory gestures and the corresponding acoustic output in speech production.
Chris Carignan 2
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.
John Cass
Dr Gregory Cohen is a post doctoral fellow in Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS).
Gregory Cohen
Jaydene's thesis title is "Understanding and producing Portuguese vowels: The case of English vs. Spanish listeners".
Jaydene Elvin
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.
Dominique Estival
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.
Gaetano Gargiulo
Dr Sandra Garrido is an ARC/NHMRC Dementia Research Development Fellowship at the MARCS Institute at Western Sydney University. Her research interests include,the influence of personality on emotional response to music, the connection between maladaptive mood regulation strategies and music use, and the study of music in relationship with grief and depression, as well as musical nostalgia.
Dr Tara Hamilton is a senior research lecturer in our Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS) research program. her research interests include binaural neuromorphic hearing sensors, neuromorphic algorithms, nanometer integrated circuit design and biomedical sensor fusion.
Tara Hamilton
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.
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Dr Marina Kalashnikova is a postdoctoral research fellow in our Speech and Language program, and the BabyLab Leader. Her research focuses on the early processes of lexical acquisition, and the relationship between early linguistic, social, and cognitive development.
Marina Kalashnikova
Dr Benjawan Kasisopa is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Infant Studies: HEARing Cooperative Research Centre.
Benjawan Kasisopa
Dr 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.
Satomi Kawaguchi
Dr Heather Kember is a postdoctoral fellow in Language Processing in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. Her research examines cross-linguistic prosodic processing.
Heather Kember
Dr Christa Lam-Cassettari's 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.
Christa Lam-Cassettari
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.
Antonio Lauto
Dr Jennifer MacRitchie holds a research lectureship within our Music Cognition and Action research program. As an electronic engineer and musician, her research focuses on multi-modal performance analysis.
Jennifer MacRitchie
Dr Yatin Mahajan is a postdoctoral research fellow in our Multisensory Communication research program. As an audiologist, his research focuses on studying the life span changes in auditory processing in the brain.
Yatin Mahajan
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.
David Mahns
Dr 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.
Robert Mailhammer
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.
Karen Mattock
Dr Andrew Milne is a postdoctoral research fellow in our Music Cognition and Action program. He utilises experiments and computational modelling to explore the psychoacoustical mechanisms underlying our perception of musical tonality.
Andrew J. Milne
Dr 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.
Ahmed Moustafa
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.
Omar Mubin
Dr Karen Mulak is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL).
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Dr Quang Vinh Nguyen is a Lecturer in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics; and a researcher in our Human-Machine Interaction program.
Quang Vinh Nguyen
Dr Sylvie Nozaradan is postdoctoral research fellow in the Music Cognition and Action Group at the MARCS Institute and the recipient of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). As a neuroscientist, her research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying entrainment to musical rhythms, as a mean to explore perception and sensorimotor synchronization in humans.
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.
Laurence Park
Dr Varghese Peter is a postdoctoral research fellow in our Speech and Language program. His research focuses on neural basis of language development and language impairment.
Varghese Peter
Dr Rebecca Pinkus is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Her research examines person-level moderators of responses to comparisons as well as situation-level moderators and how individuals balance concerns about the self with concerns about the relationship.
Rebecca Pinkus
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.
Kate Richards
Dr Jason Shaw is an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) research fellow with an affiliation in linguistics in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. With his research interest in phonology, he integrates theoretical, experimental, and computational components to understand the mechanisms that underlie the ability of humans to transmit and recover discrete categories through continuous movements.
Jason Shaw
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.
Alison Short
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.
Christopher Stanton
Dr Kylie Steel is a Senior Lecturer in Motor Learning (Skill Acquisition) and Motor Control in the School of Science and Health.
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.
Dr Alba Tuninetti is a Speech and Language researcher, whose interests include, speech perception, bilingualism, second language learning, and psycholinguistics. 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.
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Dr Manuel Varlet is a research lecturer in our Music Cognition and Action program. His research focuses on the dynamics of movement synchronisation with other people and external or environmental rhythms more generally.
Manuel Varlet
Dr Mandy Visser is a researcher in our Multisensory Communication program. Her research focuses on a better understanding of how contextual factors affect the way people express their emotions nonverbally.
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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.
Runchun Mark Wang
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.
Tamara Watson
Dr Gabrielle Weidemann is a Senior Lecturer 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.
Gabrielle Weidemann