Research Ideas ("Kevin Baker, Dept Psychology and Computer Science" )

Subject: Research Ideas
From:    "Kevin Baker,              Dept Psychology and Computer Science"  <pc1kb(at)SUNC.SHEFFIELD.AC.UK>
Date:    Tue, 10 Nov 1992 14:12:27 GMT

Dear AUDITORY people, We are a couple of researchers, currently working at Sheffield University in the UK, whose contracts will soon be coming to an end. We both want to stay in or near Sheffield if possible, which means we have to concoct some research proposal of our own. We know that we can work well together, and that we both have an interest in things auditory, but our research backgrounds are very disparate, to say the least. While we have our own thoughts on the subject, we would welcome any ideas on how the skills listed below could be integrated to best advantage, and with maximal impact on the challenges facing auditory research today. Please reply directly to us, and not to the whole of AUDITORY. email: PC1KB(at)UK.AC.SHEFFIELD.SUNC Thank you very much. Cheers, Kevin and Mike. BACKGROUND DETAILS Kevin Baker has ... ---------------------- Experience in: - most sorts of psychological testing to do with sound and hearing - vestibular disorders (balance, menieres disease, tinitus etc) - statistical analysis Knowledgeable interest in: - sign languages of the deaf - music perception - epistemology He also has some musical ability, which is more often than not surpassed by his enthusiasm. Currently he is employed as a psychoacoustic researcher on a project aimed at producing a computational model of grouping principles used in streaming. He has a habit of constantly incorporating ecological theories of perception into most of the ideas he comes across. He has a BA and MA in Psychology, and is a fair way into his PhD (on pitch and streaming). Basically he likes to talk about ideas, theories and explanations with as many different people as possible. Mike Stannett is ... ------------------------ ... thirty years old, with a deep interest in music (a regular performer for eight years of traditional English and some continental European folk music), and extremely well-grounded in mathematics. He has a good track record, with 18 research publications, mainly in pure mathematics and the theory of concurrent semantics. He has a long-standing interest in A.I. (one-time treasurer of Oxford Univ. AI society, and subsequently founder of the Sheffield Univ. AI society) and some interest in neural networks (especially their computational power, and their application to forecasting time series). Currently working as an econometrician, helping to develop a model of the UK economy suitable for forecasting, and using standard statistical trechniques for testing the appropriateness of models to the data available. Apart from having a BA and a PhD in maths, he also has a postgrad degree in Business Studies (he's been interested in strategy for absolutely ages), and enjoys extreme intellectual challenges.

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