Ian Bruce

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Dr. Ian C. Bruce

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

Director: Auditory Engineering Lab (AEL)
Co-Director: Human Neural Plasticity Lab (HNPL)
Co-Director: Hearing Technology Research Lab (HTRL)
Associate Director: LIVELab
Co-PI: Ignite Phenomics Institute
Associate Member: Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Member: McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering
Member: McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind
Member: McMaster Neuroscience Graduate Program
Member: McMaster School of Computational Engineering & Science

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

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



ELEC ENG 3BB3: Cellular Bioelectricity (Winter 2019)
ECE 796: Models of the Neuron (Winter 2019)
ELEC ENG 3BA3: Structure of Biological Materials (Fall 2018)


ELEC ENG 3BA3: Structure of Biological Materials (Fall 2017; Fall 2015; Fall 2014; Fall 2013; Fall 2012; Fall 2011; Fall 2010; Fall 2008; Fall 2007; Fall 2006; Fall 2005; Fall 2004)
ELEC ENG 3BB3: Cellular Bioelectricity (Winter 2018; Winter 2017; Winter 2016; Winter 2015; Winter 2013; Fall 2011; Winter 2011; Winter 2008; Winter 2007; Winter 2006; Winter 2005)
ECE 795: Quantitative Electrophysiology (Fall 2014; Fall 2013; Fall 2012; Fall 2010; Fall 2008; Fall 2007; Fall 2006)
ECE 796: Models of the Neuron (Winter 2018; Winter 2017; Winter 2016; Winter 2015; Winter 2013; Winter 2011; Winter 2009; Winter 2008; Winter 2007; Fall 2005; Fall 2004; Fall 2002 - as ECE 768)
ELEC ENG 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.)

NEW article in IEEE TNSRE: Koning, R., Bruce, I. C., Denys, S., and Wouters, J. (2018). "Perceptual and model-based evaluation of ideal time-frequency noise reduction in hearing impaired listeners," IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 26(3):687–697.

NEW article in Hearing Research: Bruce, I. C., Erfani, Y., and Zilany, M. S. A. (2018). "A phenomenological model of the synapse between the inner hair cell and auditory nerve: Implications of limited neurotransmitter release sites," Hearing Research 360:40–54.

Article in JASA Express Letters: Wirtzfeld, M. R., Pourmand, N., Parsa, V., and Bruce, I. C. (2017). "Predicting the quality of enhanced wideband speech with a cochlear model," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 142(3):EL319–325.

Article in JARO: Wirtzfeld, M. R., Ibrahim, R. A., and Bruce, I. C. (2017). "Predictions of speech chimaera intelligibility using auditory nerve mean-rate and spike-timing neural cues," Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology 18(5):687–710.

NEW code: Updated version of the Zilany-Bruce-Carney labs' auditory-periphery model (Bruce et al., Hear. Res. 2018)

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

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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