The expected results are that the ARP hardware and the various algorithms and applications that will be developed within CRITIAS will result into a unique wearable device, featuring “always on” full duplex audio capabilities together with unobtrusive in-ear brain-computer interfaces and other sensory inputs from within the human ear canal and will have a myriad of applications in all fields ranging from advanced industrial and military hearing protection and communication to personal health monitoring devices.
The proposed research chair will be lead by Professor Voix, a specialist in acoustics and signal processing, who has been the chair holder of the Sonomax-ÉTS Industrial Research Chair in In-Ear Technologies since his beginning as a university professor in 2010. Inventor behind 16 patents, he has been recognized in 2012 as one of the five most innovative researcher in communication and information technology by TechnoMontréal, the Montreal’s communication and information technologies cluster. His scientific publications on in-ear energy harvesting was awarded the « Highlights of 2014 » by Institute of Physics – Smart Materials and Structure. All the students who graduated from the current chair got appointed at highly qualified job positions in Canada, USA and Europe. The proposed research chair will reinforce this winning industrial-academic collaboration in place and contribute to the creation of an innovative ecosystem able to retain this unique expertise and capacity on Canadian ground.
A dedicated 283 m² laboratory space within INGO, ÉTS’ innovation center, will be donated by ÉTS to CRITIAS and will consist of a mixture of open spaces and closed offices, production areas, engineering labs, a conference room, and audiometric sound booths while keeping access to the 2 semi-anechoic and 2 reverberant rooms within ÉTS premises. The 5 undergraduate interns, 10 master, 6 PhD and 3 post-doctoral students of CRITIAS will be trained by the applicant and his team of 3 research associates on the fundamentals or acoustics, signal processing and embedded design. They will also benefit from the various national and international collaborations in place, including the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus Student Exchange Network in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience that the chairholder is a member of. The industrial partner, EERS, will occupy an adjacent space facilitating technology transfer, while exposing the highly qualified personnel (HQP) to a vibrant innovation ecosystem of the next generations of wearable devices.