Dr. Ian C. Bruce

B.Eng., Ph.D. (Melbourne), P.Eng. (Ontario)
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Head: Auditory Engineering Lab (AEL)
Associate Director and Member: McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind
Associate Director: LIVELab
Associate Member: Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Member: McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering
Member: McMaster Integrative Neuroscience Discovery & Study Program
Member: McMaster School of Computational Engineering & Science
External Board Member and Associated Partner: "ICanHear" EU Training Network in Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants
Member: NSERC-Create Canadian Training Network in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience
Member: Erasmus Mundus EU Training Network in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Room ITB-A213
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1

Tel: + 1 (905) 525 9140, ext. 26984
Fax: + 1 (905) 521 2922

Email: ibruce@ieee.org
Home page: www.ece.mcmaster.ca/~ibruce/

Research Interests

My interests are in the areas of biomedical engineering and signal processing applied to the mammalian auditory system. Research in the AEL is primarily focused on using engineering methods to study and model the physiological mechanisms that contribute to hearing loss and to improve assistive devices for the hearing impaired such as hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Auditory Engineering Lab (AEL) Members

Current AEL members

Former AEL members



EE 3BB3: Cellular Bioelectricity (Winter 2015)
ECE 796: Models of the Neuron (Winter 2015)
EE 3BA3: Structure of Biological Materials (Fall 2014)
ECE 795: Quantitative Electrophysiology (Fall 2014)


EE 3BA3: Structure of Biological Materials (Fall 2013; Fall 2012; Fall 2011; Fall 2010; Fall 2008; Fall 2007; Fall 2006; Fall 2005; Fall 2004)
EE 3BB3: Cellular Bioelectricity (Winter 2013; Fall 2011; Winter 2011; Winter 2008; Winter 2007; Winter 2006; Winter 2005)
ECE 795: Quantitative Electrophysiology (Fall 2013; Fall 2012; Fall 2010; Fall 2008; Fall 2007; Fall 2006)
ECE 796: Models of the Neuron (Winter 2013; Winter 2011; Winter 2009; Winter 2007; Fall 2005; Fall 2004; Fall 2002 - as ECE 768)
EE 4CL4: Control System Design (Winter 2004; Winter 2003)
ECE 797: Speech and Audio Processing (Winter 2004; Winter 2003 - as ECE 769)
COE 4TL4: Digital Signal Processing (Fall 2003)

You may be interested in having a look at my:

Curriculum Vitae

Reprints and Preprints (For a complete list of publications see my CV.)

IEEE TBME article: Negm, M. H., and Bruce, I. C. (2014). "The effects of HCN and KLT ion channels on adaptation and refractoriness in a stochastic auditory nerve model," in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engeering 61(11):2749–2759. NEW + MATLAB CODE

IHCON 2014 poster: Cheung, S. T. and Bruce, I. C. (2014). "Modeling the neural representation of interaural level differences for linked and unlinked bilateral hearing aids," at International Hearing Aid Research Conference (IHCON), Lake Tahoe, CA, USA. NEW

PNAS article: Hove, M. J., Marie, C., Bruce, I. C., and Trainor, L. J. (2014). "Superior time perception for lower musical pitch explains why bass-ranged instruments lay down musical rhythms," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(28):10383–10388. NEW

Neural Plasticity article: Paul, B. T., Bruce, I. C., Bosnyak, D. J., Thompson, D. C., and Roberts, L.E. (2014). "Modulation of electrocortical brain activity by attention in individuals with and without tinnitus," Neural Plasticity 2014, Article ID 127824, 16 pages, Special Issue "Plasticity of Neural Systems in Tinnitus". NEW

Ear & Hearing journal article: Zeyl, T. J., and Bruce, I. C. (2014). "Analysis of spatiotemporal pattern correction using a computational model of the auditory periphery," Ear & Hearing 35(2):246–255.

Hearing Research speecial issue paper: Trainor, L. J., Marie, C., Bruce, I. C., Bidelman, G. M. (2014). "Explaining the high voice superiority effect in polyphonic music: Evidence from cortical evoked potentials and peripheral auditory models," Hearing Research 308:60–70, Special Issue "Music: A window into the hearing brain".

JASA journal article: Zilany, M. S. A., Bruce, I. C., and Carney, L. H. (2014). "Updated parameters and expanded simulation options for a model of the auditory periphery," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 135:283–286.

Code: Matlab code for the Negm–Bruce stochastic Hodgkin–Huxley auditory nerve models (Negm & Bruce IEEE TBME 2014) NEW

Code: Updated version of the Zilany-Bruce-Carney auditory-periphery model (Zilany et al. 2009 & 2014) NEW

Code for evaluation of Fox & Lu's approximation to stochastic Hodgkin–Huxley models (Bruce, ABME 2009)

Code for stochastic Hodgkin–Huxley models (Bruce, ABME 2007)

Code for the Mustafa-Bruce Formant Tracker (Mustafa and Bruce, IEEE-TASLP 2006)

Code for the Bruce et al. (1999, 2000) stochastic electrical neural stimulation models

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Created by Ian Bruce <ibruce@ieee.org> - last modified Friday, December 5, 2014