About Waldo Nogueira

Waldo Nogueira received his degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia in 2003. He conducted his first research project on audio coding during his Master Thesis at the Leibniz University of Hannnover (Germany), where he later worked toward his PhD degree focused on sound processing algorithms for Cochlear Implants (CIs). During his PhD he enjoyed designing new sound coding strategies for CIs, from design to implementation and evaluation in CI users from the Medical University Hannover (MHH). In 2008 he joined the European R&D center of Advanced Bionics in Belgium and two years later in Hannover. His main tasks consisted of developing new sound processing algorithms for next generation cochlear implant systems, including one new strategy that seemed to improve music perception using these devices. This project showed him the difficulties when listening into music using a CI device; for example he learned that some CI users switch off their implants and try to avoid social situations where music is present. In September 2011 he moved to the Music Technology Group of the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) 1 to start a research line in music signal processing and cochlear implants. The main goal of this research is to improve music perception for cochlear implant users with the aim to improve their quality of life. To reach this goal he is organizing a cochlear implant concert, called "musIC", where musical pieces have been created taking into account the technical and perceptual limitations that a cochlear implant devices provide when hearing into music. The goal of this concert is that CI users as well as normal hearing listeners can share similar experiences when attending a music concert.