Mario A. Svirsky, PhD

Mario Svirsky got his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de la República in the beautiful city of Montevideo, Uruguay. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in 1988. He was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT’s Speech Communication Group, where he stayed as a Research Scientist until 1995. From 1995 to 2005 he was at the Department of Otolaryngology, Indiana University School of Medicine, with a joint appointment at Purdue University’s Departments of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. Since 2005 he has been at the Department of Otolaryngology and New York University School of Medicine, as the first Noel L. Cohen Professor of Hearing Science. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a member of the Collegium Otolaryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He was an elected Co-Chairman of the 2003 Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses.

His research interests include basic research in speech perception and auditory psychophysics, the development of mathematical models of speech perception, the study of speech production and language development, and the study of communication outcomes after cochlear implantation. He is interested about both the clinical and scientific aspects of cochlear implantation, and about what the study of this clinical population can tell us about more general phenomena such as speech perception in normal hearing listeners, and adaptation to a distorted or degraded sensory input.

Laboratory for Translational Auditory Research