Computational Sensorimotor Systems Lab:


Jonathan Z. Simon: The Simon Group

 

Jonathan Simon, co-director of the CSSL research laboratory, works in several research areas:

Auditory Neural Computations & Representations

Magnetoencephalography and Cortical Physiology

Signal Processing in Biological Systems

Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience

Web design by Maggie Antonsen

  NEWS

  1. New NIH Program Project (P01) grant to study Plasticity in Auditory Aging

  2. Jonathan is principle investigator of two components of a new National Institutes of Health grant, Neuroplasticity in Auditory Aging. The grant, funded by the National Institute of Aging, is led by PI Sandra Gordon-Salant. [ More ]

12 October 2017


  1. Krishna Puvvada Successfully Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

  2. Congratulations to Krishna, who defended his thesis Cortical Representation of Speech in Complex Auditory Environments and Applications, completing this important requirement of the Ph.D. program in Electrical & Computer Engineering.

6 September 2017


  1. Brodbeck et al. article online at bioRxiv.org

  2. Christian’s article Neural Source Dynamics of Brain Responses to Continuous Stimuli: Speech Processing from Acoustics to Comprehension is now online at bioRxiv.

1 September 2017


  1. Puvvada & Simon article accepted by Journal of Neuroscience

  2. Krishna Puvvada’s article Cortical Representations of Speech in a Multi-talker Auditory Scene was just accepted for publication at the Journal of Neuroscience. Look for more details soon on the lab’s Publications page, but until then the preprint is available at bioRxiv. Update: The article was just put online at the journal’s website: https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0938-17.2017.

8 August 2017


  1. New NSF grant to Simon and Babadi

  2. Jonathan and collaborator Behtash Babadi were awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation, Extracting Functional Cortical Network Dynamics at High Spatiotemporal Resolution. The project was funded by NSF’s Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS), a multidisciplinary program jointly supported by the Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG), and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). [ More ]

7 August 2017


  1. Cervantes Constantino et al. article online at bioRxiv.org

  2. Francisco’s article Functional Significance of Spectrotemporal Response Functions Obtained using Magnetoencephalography is now online at bioRxiv.

27 July 2017


  1. Cervantes Constantino & Simon article online at bioRxiv.org

  2. Francisco’s article Dynamic Cortical Representations of Perceptual Filling-In for Missing Acoustic Rhythm is now online at bioRxiv.

18 July 2017


  1. Francisco Cervantes Constantino speaks at Acoustical Society meeting

  2. Francisco’s podium presentation was on Neural Representations of Restored Acoustic Rhythm in Noise. See the slides at the Presentations section of the lab’s Publications page, or read the abstract at JASA.

28 June 2017


  1. Puvvada et al. article now available online at Schizophrenia Bulletin

  2. Krishna Puvvada’s article Delta Vs Gamma Auditory Steady State Synchrony in Schizophrenia was just put online at the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin. Look for more details on the lab’s Publications page.

20 June 2017


  1. Jonathan Simon gives KITP Blackboard Lunch

  2. Jonathan gave a prestigious [sic] blackboard lunch talk at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), titled Why Would a Theoretical Physicist Study the Auditory Brain?.

6 June 2017


  1. Puvvada et al. article accepted by Schizophrenia Bulletin

  2. Krishna Puvvada’s article Delta Vs Gamma Auditory Steady State Synchrony in Schizophrenia was just accepted for publication at the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin. Look for more details soon on the lab’s Publications page.

19 May 2017


  1. Francisco Cervantes Constantino Successfully Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

  2. Congratulations to Francisco, who defended his thesis Sensory and Perceptual Codes in Cortical Auditory Processing, completing this important requirement of the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

18 May 2017


  1. Mahshid Najafi Successfully Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

  2. Congratulations to Mahshid, who defended her thesis Spatial and Temporal Modeling of Large-Scale Brain Networks, completing this important requirement of the Ph.D. program in Electrical & Computer Engineering. The work covered in her thesis is also available as two papers, one in NeuroImage, and one on bioRXiv.

10 May 2017


  1. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

  2. To raise awareness about communication disorders, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) has joined the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in observing Better Hearing and Speech Month each May. Approximately 46 million Americans experience some form of communication disorder. Communication disorders can compromise physical and emotional health and affect the social, educational, vocational, and recreational aspects of life.

9 May 2017


  1. Lab preprints now available at bioRxiv

  2. bioRxiv, a preprint server for the life sciences, makes it easy to distribute preprints in a way that allows easy citation and establishment of scientific priority. bioRxiv also recently teamed up with a number of journals to allow direct article submission (including the Journal of Neurophysiology, the Journal of Neuroscience, eLife, and PNAS). As a result, we’ve decided to incorporate the uploading of preprints into our standard, pre-submission pipeline, including utilizing public comments to improve article quality. Our first paper there was uploaded last week (and already revised!): Krishna Puvvada’s Cortical Representations of Speech in a Multi-talker Auditory Scene, bioRxiv https://doi.org/10.1101/124750.

11 April 2017


  1. Jonathan Simon is co-editor of a new book, The Auditory System at the Cocktail Party, the latest volume in the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research series

  2. The Auditory System at the Cocktail Party is the 60th volume in the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research series, edited by John Middlebrooks, Jonathan Simon, Arthur Popper, and Richard Fay. It is available now in PDF form, and soon in hardcover. Simon also has a chapter in the volume, Human Auditory Neuroscience and the Cocktail Party Problem.

29 March 2017


  1. Christian Brodbeck has two articles published, in NeuroImage and eNeuro

  2. Christian Brodbeck had two articles published just before the holidays, from his graduate work with Liina Pylkkänen: Language in context: MEG evidence for modality general and specific responses to reference resolution, in the SfN open access journal eNeuro, and Language in context: Characterizing the comprehension of referential expressions with MEG, in NeuroImage.

3 January 2017


  1. Presacco et al. Journal of Neurophysiology article featured at NSF

  2. Alex Presacco’s article Evidence of Degraded Representation of Speech in Noise, in the Aging Midbrain and Cortex was featured in a new National Science Foundation video, part of its “NSF Science Now” series.

9 December 2016


  1. Presacco et al. Journal of Neurophysiology article: The Podcast

  2. Alex Presacco’s article Evidence of Degraded Representation of Speech in Noise, in the Aging Midbrain and Cortex was discussed on the Journal of Neurophysiology’s podcast.

8 November 2016


  1. Presacco et al. Journal of Neurophysiology article picked up by press again

  2. Alex Presacco’s article Evidence of Degraded Representation of Speech in Noise, in the Aging Midbrain and Cortex was picked up by a number of news outlets, including The Times, the Daily Mail, and the Express, and by other media sources including UMD Right Now, Fast Company, Science Daily, and Eureka Alert.

  3. Also, Jonathan Simon was interviewed live on BBC Radio 4 on the PM programme.

20 October 2016


  1. Presacco et al. Journal of Neurophysiology article highlighted as one of the month’s “best of the best” in American Physiological Society’s APSselect

  2. Alex Presacco’s article Evidence of Degraded Representation of Speech in Noise, in the Aging Midbrain and Cortex was highlighted by the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program from all the society’s fourteen journals as one of nine “best of the best” articles of October 2016.  The article was picked up by a number of media sources, including UPIMSN Video, US News & World ReportScience DailyWebMDNeuroscience News, and the American Physiological Society.

12 October 2016


  1. Jonathan Simon delivers three invited lectures in China

  2. Simon gave invited lectures at Peking University’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research (Beijing); NYU Shanghai and East China Normal University’s joint Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science (Shanghai); and Zhejiang University’s College of Biomedical Engineering and Instrument Sciences (Hangzhou). His slides are available on the lab’s Publications page.

29 September 2016


  1. Another Presacco et al. article accepted by Journal of Neurophysiology

  2. Alex Presacco’s article Effect of Informational Content of Noise on Speech Representation in the Aging Midbrain and Cortex, a companion article to his most recently accepted article, was just accepted for publication at the Journal of Neurophysiology. Look for more details soon on the lab’s Publications page.

7 September 2016


  1. Presacco et al. article accepted by Journal of Neurophysiology

  2. Alex Presacco’s article Evidence of Degraded Representation of Speech in Noise, in the Aging Midbrain and Cortex was just accepted for publication at the Journal of Neurophysiology. Look for more details soon on the lab’s Publications page.

12 August 2016

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