Hey, my name is Johanna!
I am a PhD student working on the ELLIIT project “Brain-Based Monitoring of Sound”, which is a collaboration between Linköping University, Lund University, Oticon A/S and Eriksholm Research Centre. My supervisors are Emina Alickovic at Eriksholm, Martin Enqvist at LiU and Martin Skoglund at LiU and Oticon.
My position is in Linköping, at the department of Automatic Control, where I will develop accurate models of the system from sound stimuli to locations of brain sources using EEG measurements. The focus of the project will be on complex listening environments (i.e. the cocktail party problem) where me and Oskar Keding, a PhD student at Lund University, will provide a better understanding for how the sound is processed at different stages in the brain for both normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners, opening up for future advanced hearing aid solutions.
The first time I heard about the cocktail party problem was in the spring of 2020 when I was working on my master’s thesis “Domain Adaptation for Attention Steering” together with Lund University and Eriksholm – Oticon A/S. My thesis investigated the possibility of using the machine learning approach “domain adaptation” on EEG data from subjects listening to two different voices, one in each ear. The subjects were tasked to pay attention to one of the voices while ignoring the other, which is a classification problem with attention vs unattention as variables.
The field of working with EEG to better understand the brain and with this knowledge improve today’s hearing aids really caught my attention and so far, everything about this PhD-position feels great and I am eager to learn more and develop as a researcher!
In the world outside of the Academica, a huge interest of mine is strength training, powerlifting and bodybuilding. I have also played football for many years and almost all ball sports lay close to my heart.