15/06/2021

Decoding neural responses to sounds in patients with disorders of consciousness


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer scienceOther
    EngineeringOther
    NeurosciencesOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    01/09/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Leuven
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    To be defined
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    BAP-2021-450

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Patients with a disorder of consciousness can be in different states: some have the locked-in syndrome and perceive their surroundings but cannot communicate, while patients in a vegetative state are entirely unaware of their surroundings. The diagnosis of these patients is challenging but of the utmost importance for rehabilitation and their daily management. This project aims to develop a novel objective and motor-independent diagnostic tool based on brain-computer interface technology, integrating prior information about patients' ability to hear, perceive and understand. We will record the electroencephalogram (EEG) signal to acoustic signals and evaluate the brain activity from the brain stem to the cortex. If the activity shows that the patient understands speech, we will communicate with the patients using a brain-to-computer interface (BCI). By presenting multiple speech streams to the patients and instructing them to focus on a particular speaker when they want to answer yes, we will communicate with them.This project not only aims to help patients with a disorder of consciousness but can also lead to further improvements in the field of auditory neuroscience and the understanding of human consciousness. The work involves a plethora of EEG signal processing techniques. Besides signal processing, the work also encompasses experimental design, data collection, and hypothesis-driven neuroscience research.

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Benefits

  • Exciting consciousness/auditory research with signal processing/BCI techniques
  • Membership of two world-renowned labs, as part of a motivated interdisciplinary team, with an extensive international network
  • Membership of KU Leuven, one of the largest research universities of Europe
  • The possibility to take part in international conferences and collaborations
  • A competitive salary

Eligibility criteria

  • A degree in computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computational mathematics, physics or similar
  • A good background in machine learning.
  • A good background in (EEG) signal processing
  • Good programming skills
  • An interest in neurosciences and auditory perception
  • An inquisitive and creative mind, good problem solving skills
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Excellent English proficiency
  • Knowledge of auditory neuroscience and psychology of hearing is a plus
  • Knowledge of disorders of consciousness is a plus

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The application deadline is in September 2021, but earlier applications are encouraged and will be considered as soon as they are received.

Selection process

For more information please contact Dr. Jonas Vanthornhout, tel.: +32 16 37 31 52, mail: jonas.vanthornhout@kuleuven.be or Prof. dr. Tom Francart, tel.: +32 16 37 98 40, mail: tom.francart@kuleuven.be.
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