Chin-Tuan Tan, PhD, Principal Investigator


Chin-Tuan Tan is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, New York University School of Medicine and, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore in 1992 and, his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) in 1996 and 2000 respectively. From 2000 to 2004, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate under Prof. Brian C.J. Moore's Auditory Perception Group in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge(UK). Thereafter, he was invited as a Visiting Scientist to the School of Information Science in Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology between 2004 and 2005. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Engineering, Temasek Polytechnic (Singapore) as an Adjunct Lecturer. Dr. Tan joined NYU in 2006 and he is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and Audio Engineering Society. Since 2000, Dr. Tan's research has been funded by grants from the Nokia Research Institute(Tampere, Finland), telecommunication companies, the Deafness Research Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Tan's research has also received technical and in-kind support from cochlear implant and hearing aid companies as well as telecommunication companies and research centers. Dr. Tan has also consulted and collaborated on projects with Samsung Audio Research Laboratory(Korea) and Deutsche Telekom AG Laboratories(Germany).

His research interests include basic research in speech and music perception and auditory psychophysics; the underlying mechanisms of normal hearing and hearing impaired listeners in perceiving distorted speech and music; signal processing algorithm, fitting tool and engineering design for assistive hearing devices like hearing aids and cochlear implants and, combination of these devices,  as well as audio equipments; and the development of perceptual models for optimizing the performance of these assistive hearing devices. Dr. Tan is interested in both behavioral and physiological/neurophysiological approaches of measuring and predicting how normal hearing and hearing impaired listeners with/without assistive hearing devices perceive and adapt to a distorted or degraded input.