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: LIVELab
Associate Member: Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Member: McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering
Member: McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind
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: 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

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 2017)
ECE 796: Models of the Neuron (Winter 2017)


ELEC ENG 3BA3: Structure of Biological Materials (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 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 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)

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Curriculum Vitae

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

New invited magazine article in Acoustics Today: Bruce, I. C. (2017). "Physiologically based predictors of speech intelligibility," Acoustics Today Spring 2017 Issue 13(1):28–35. NEW

New article in JARO: Boulet, J., and Bruce, I. C. (2017). "Predictions of the contribution of HCN half-maximal activation potential heterogeneity to variability in intrinsic adaptation of spiral ganglion neurons," Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology 18(2):301–322. NEW

ARO 2017 poster: Bruce, I. C., Erfani, Y., and Zilany M. S. A. (2017). "A phenomenological model of the synapse between the inner hair cell and auditory nerve: Implications of limited neurotransmitter release sites," at ARO Midwinter Meeting, Baltimore, MD, USA. NEW

New article in JASA: Moncada-Torres, A., van Wieringen, A., Bruce, I. C., Wouters, J., and Francart, T. (2017). "Predicting phoneme and word recognition in noise using a computational model of the auditory periphery," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 141:300–312. NEW

New article in Hearing Research: Paul, B. T., Bruce, I. C., and Roberts, L. E. (2017). "Evidence that hidden hearing loss underlies amplitude modulation encoding deficits in individuals with and without tinnitus," Hearing Research 344:170–182. NEW

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

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