The Team

Professor Andy Singer, Faculty Advisor

Professor Singer is the Fox Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has co-founded two communication technology companies, Intersymbol Communications in 2007 and OceanComm in 2014, and is involved with several entrepreneurship-oriented courses and programs.

Ryan M. Corey, Team Leader

Ryan is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A hearing aid user since he was a teenager, Ryan is studying ambitious new technologies to help people hear better in noisy environments. Ryan has led the Augmented Listening team since 2017. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant, and the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.


Current Students

Amith Chivukula

Amith is a senior in Electrical Engineering. He joined the group in 2020 and works on signal processing algorithms for large-scale microphone arrays.

John Hammond

John is a senior in Computer Engineering. He joined the group in 2019 and specializes in FPGA development.

Manan Mittal

Manan is a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the group in 2019 and has worked on acoustic source localization, hardware design, embedded software, and large-scale microphone array processing.

Kanad Sarkar

Kanad is a senior in Computer Engineering. He joined the group in 2020 and has worked on hardware design, embedded software, and unconventional sound capture technologies.

Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash is a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the group in 2019 and has worked on acoustic echo cancellation and speech separation.

Bryce Tharp

Bryce is a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the group in 2018 and has worked on wearable-array prototyping, hardware design, and acoustic source localization.

Fawaz Tirmizi

Fawaz is a junior in Computer Engineering. He joined the group in 2020 and works on FGPA development.


Alumni

Haige Chen

Haige is a recent graduate in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He worked with the group from 2018 to 2019 developing FGPA-based audio signal processing applications. He is now a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Uriah Jones

Uriah is a recent graduate in Industrial Design. He specializes in the design of consumer audio devices, especially loudspeakers. Uriah worked worked with the group from 2018 to 2020 and developed several prototypes for listening devices and loudspeakers.

Sooraj Kumar

Sooraj is a recent graduate in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2019, he completed his senior thesis on novel methods for localization and tracking of moving sound sources.

JJ Martinez-Villalba

JJ is a recent graduate in Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is now a software engineer at OceanComm. He worked with the team from 2017 to 2019 and specialized in embedded systems programming, combining software design with signal processing to develop a wearable microphone array system to perform beamforming in real time. JJ enjoys swimming and taking adventurous hikes to stay in shape, and loves building electronics with his friends!

Ben Stoehr

Ben is a recent graduate in Computer Science. He worked with the group in 2019 to investigate novel applications of augmented listening. Ben is now a software engineer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Naoki Tsuda

Naoki is a recent graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Aerospace Engineering with minors in Music and Electrical Engineering and is now a graduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He worked with the group from 2017 to 2018 on large microphone array data sets, source separation, and real-time beamforming. His hobbies include playing basketball, playing the electric bass, and DJing. Some of his favorite courses at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were Electronic Music Synthesis taught by Professor Haken, Audio Engineering taught by Professor Allen, Electronic Music Techniques I & II taught by Professor Fieldsteel, and Seminar in Music Composition and Theory taught by Professor Scaletti.