Description

SIFEM Consortium brings together a group of high‐level experts with extensive experience in the various fields related to the project goals including:

-      a) NUIG-DERI, which is a world‐leading organization in the area of Semantic Web. DEG and HCLS units, in particular, have significant expertise in conceptual and service modelling, ontology engineering, SOAs and Linked Data technologies.

-       b) A widely respectful institute (ICCS) with significant research and development activities in the fields of Simulation and modelling of complex physiological systems, Biomedical signal and image processing, Computer aided diagnosis and treatment, Knowledge extraction and representation with semantic web technologies, Health information systems and telematics and Medical applications and safety of electromagnetic fields. The Biomedical Simulations and Imaging (BIOSIM) Laboratory of the ICCS will be involved in tasks related with the development of the data analysis and modelling component for the SIFEM.

-    c) The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) has 30 years’ experience of modelling dynamic systems, including 10 years’ experience of modelling cochlear mechanics. The cochlear mechanics work has including the supervision of six PhD students in these areas, 10 journal papers and numerous conference papers. The current work on modelling the mechanics of the cochlea began in 2001 with the prediction of stimulus frequency otoacoustic emissions and has continued with the first state space description of the active cochlea and a thorough treatment of fluid coupling. Steve Elliott has expanded this work though the work of two further PhD students working on details of the micromechanics and the prediction of spontaneous otoacoustic emissions. Current work included three further PhD students, and various other MSc and external projects, covering the prediction of distortion product otoacoustic emissions, finite element modelling of the voltage distributions due to cochlear implants and finite element modelling of the fluid coupling in the cochlea.

-    d) Linköping University (LiU) and the group of Technical Audiology, which is headed by Prof Stefan Stenfelt, and comprises some 15 persons working in the field of hearing science and audiology. The leader of the LiU group has almost 20 years’ experience in bone conduction hearing in the human. The research have involved development of bone conduction hearing aids, communication equipment using bone conduction transmission, skull vibration pattern during bone conduction transmission, limitation of hearing protection devices due to bone conduction transmission of airborne sound, influence of the outer, middle and inner ear on bone conduction hearing as well as understanding of own voice perception due to part being transmitted by bone conduction. During these research efforts, large datasets of bone conduction responses have been gathered that are uniquely available to the current proposal.

-    e) BIOIRC, which is an SME for bioengineering, scientific computing and software development which will participate mainly in WP3. The scientific leader of the BIOIRC is Prof Filipovic, who is conducting several scientific projects in the field of modelling in physiology, medical imaging and Finite Element Model (FEM) having strong cooperation with Prof Kojic from UH.

-    f) A leading European company (INTRASOFT) with a broad portfolio of activities largely related to information and communications technologies. INTRASOFT International heavily invests in the area of semantic data modelling and management and builds up experience through participation in various projects. Moreover, INTRASOFT International has gained significant knowledge and experience related to SIFEM project objectives from current and past participation in the following projects: Linked2Safety, C‐CARE, CASAM, TEAM, OpenScienceResources, iWebCare.

-    g) One of the world's top universities (UCL‐EI), as reflected in performance in a range of rankings and tables, providing opportunity and leadership in teaching and research, entrepreneurship, volunteering and overseas study. UCL holds the UCL Human Temporal Bone Collection, important to SIFEM research directions, which is a unique archival assortment of more than 1200 temporal bone specimens with ear pathology, most of them with a corresponding medical and otologic history.

-    h) A department of Otolaryngology in a university (UoA), which has been highly active not only in National level but also worldwide having significant publications in the field of Otoacoustic emissions and ear mechanics. During the last years its contribution has been invaluable in the areas of Education, Research, Clinical Medicine and Social Well‐fare. The Medical School of UoA is being listed among the most awarded Medical Schools worldwide.

-    i) Hals‐Nasen‐Ohrenklinik Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich (TUM‐Med), founded in 1868, the Technical University Munich (TUM) is a leading public research university in Bavaria a part of Germany. The Department of Otorhinolaryngology (HNO‐Klinik) belongs to the Medical Faculty which was founded in 1967 as a part of the TUM.. Currently there are more than 32000 students educated at the TUM mainly for their work in industry.

-    j) A university (RTV), which undertakes research and teaching of the highest quality so as to create, disseminate and advance new knowledge. Dr Teal has 15 years research expertise in the development and application of signal processing algorithms to audio and acoustics, biomedical devices and data communications. He has been researching the cochlear microphonic (CM) signal in 2 different ways over the past 3 years and assisted by two PhD students.