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Goal-directed eye-head coordination in dynamic multisensory environments

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postcode: 6525 EZ

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙523˙438 €
 EC max contribution 2˙523˙438 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2021-12-31


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 Project objective

Rapid object identification is crucial for survival of all organisms, but poses daunting challenges if many stimuli compete for attention, and multiple sensory and motor systems are involved in the processing, programming and generating of an eye-head gaze-orienting response to a selected goal. How do normal and sensory-impaired brains decide which signals to integrate (“goal”), or suppress (“distracter”)? Audiovisual (AV) integration only helps for spatially and temporally aligned stimuli. However, sensory inputs differ markedly in their reliability, reference frames, and processing delays, yielding considerable spatial-temporal uncertainty to the brain. Vision and audition utilize coordinates that misalign whenever eyes and head move. Meanwhile, their sensory acuities vary across space and time in essentially different ways. As a result, assessing AV alignment poses major computational problems, which so far have only been studied for the simplest stimulus-response conditions. My groundbreaking approaches will tackle these problems on different levels, by applying dynamic eye-head coordination paradigms in complex environments, while systematically manipulating visual-vestibular-auditory context and uncertainty. I parametrically vary AV goal/distracter statistics, stimulus motion, and active vs. passive-evoked body movements. We perform advanced psychophysics to healthy subjects, and to patients with well-defined sensory disorders. We probe sensorimotor strategies of normal and impaired systems, by quantifying their acquisition of priors about the (changing) environment, and use of feedback about active or passive-induced self-motion of eyes and head. I challenge current eye-head control models by incorporating top-down adaptive processes and eye-head motor feedback in realistic cortical-midbrain networks. Our modeling will be critically tested on an autonomously learning humanoid robot, equipped with binocular foveal vision and human-like audition.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Bahram Zonooz, A. John Van Opstal
Differential Adaptation in Azimuth and Elevation to Acute Monaural Spatial Hearing after Training with Visual Feedback
published pages: ENEURO.0219-19.2, ISSN: 2373-2822, DOI: 10.1523/eneuro.0219-19.2019
eneuro 6/6 2020-02-20
2019 Katharina Vogt, Jan-Willem Wasmann, A. John Van Opstal, Ad F.M. Snik, Martijn J.H. Agterberg
Contribution of spectral pinna cues for sound localization in children with congenital unilateral conductive hearing loss after hearing rehabilitation
published pages: 107847, ISSN: 0378-5955, DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2019.107847
Hearing Research 2020-02-20
2019 Luuk P. H. van de Rijt, Anja Roye, Emmanuel A. M. Mylanus, A. John van Opstal, Marc M. van Wanrooij
The Principle of Inverse Effectiveness in Audiovisual Speech Perception
published pages: , ISSN: 1662-5161, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00335
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 13 2020-02-20
2019 Martijn J.H. Agterberg, Ad F.M. Snik, Rens M.G. Van de Goor, Myrthe K.S. Hol, A. John Van Opstal
Sound-localization performance of patients with single-sided deafness is not improved when listening with a bone-conduction device
published pages: 62-68, ISSN: 0378-5955, DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2018.04.007
Hearing Research 372 2020-02-20
2018 L.P.H. van de Rijt, M.M. Van Wanrooij, Ad F.M. Snik, E.A.M. Mylanus, A.J. Van Opstal, A. Roye
published pages: 9-18, ISSN: 2084-3127, DOI: 10.17430/1003278
Journal of Hearing Science 8(4) 2020-02-20
2019 Sebastian A. Ausili, Bradford Backus, Martijn J. H. Agterberg, A. John van Opstal, Marc M. van Wanrooij
Sound Localization in Real-Time Vocoded Cochlear-Implant Simulations With Normal-Hearing Listeners
published pages: 233121651984733, ISSN: 2331-2165, DOI: 10.1177/2331216519847332
Trends in Hearing 23 2020-02-20
2019 Rachel Ege, A. John Van Opstal, Marc M. Van Wanrooij
Perceived Target Range Shapes Human Sound-Localization Behavior
published pages: ENEURO.0111-18.2, ISSN: 2373-2822, DOI: 10.1523/eneuro.0111-18.2019
eneuro 6/2 2020-02-20
2019 Ad Snik, Hannes Maier, Bill Hodgetts, Martin Kompis, Griet Mertens, Paul van de Heyning, Thomas Lenarz, Arjan Bosman
Efficacy of Auditory Implants for Patients With Conductive and Mixed Hearing Loss Depends on Implant Center
published pages: 430-435, ISSN: 1531-7129, DOI: 10.1097/mao.0000000000002183
Otology & Neurotology 40/4 2020-02-20
2019 Wendy J. Huinck, Emmanuel A. M. Mylanus, Ad F. M. Snik
Expanding unilateral cochlear implantation criteria for adults with bilateral acquired severe sensorineural hearing loss
published pages: 1313-1320, ISSN: 0937-4477, DOI: 10.1007/s00405-019-05358-z
European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 276/5 2020-02-20
2019 Snandan Sharma, Lucas H. M. Mens, Ad F. M. Snik, A. John van Opstal, Marc M. van Wanrooij
An Individual With Hearing Preservation and Bimodal Hearing Using a Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aids Has Perturbed Sound Localization but Preserved Speech Perception
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-2295, DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00637
Frontiers in Neurology 10 2020-02-20
2017 A. John Van Opstal, Joyce Vliegen, Thamar Van Esch
Reconstructing spectral cues for sound localization from responses to rippled noise stimuli
published pages: e0174185, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174185
PLOS ONE 12/3 2020-02-20
2017 Bahadir Kasap, A. John van Opstal
A spiking neural network model of the midbrain superior colliculus that generates saccadic motor commands
published pages: 249-268, ISSN: 0340-1200, DOI: 10.1007/s00422-017-0719-9
Biological Cybernetics 111/3-4 2020-02-20
2017 Peter Bremen, Rooholla Massoudi, Marc M. Van Wanrooij, A. J. Van Opstal
Audio-Visual Integration in a Redundant Target Paradigm: A Comparison between Rhesus Macaque and Man
published pages: , ISSN: 1662-5137, DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2017.00089
Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 11 2020-02-20
2017 Guus C. Van Bentum, A. John Van Opstal, Chaline M. M. Van Aartrijk, Marc M. Van Wanrooij
Level-weighted averaging in elevation to synchronous amplitude-modulated sounds
published pages: 3094-3103, ISSN: 0001-4966, DOI: 10.1121/1.5011182
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 142/5 2020-02-20
2018 Bahadir Kasap, A. John van Opstal
Dynamic parallelism for synaptic updating in GPU-accelerated spiking neural network simulations
published pages: 55-65, ISSN: 0925-2312, DOI: 10.1016/j.neucom.2018.04.007
Neurocomputing 302 2020-02-20
2018 A. John Van Opstal
200 years Franciscus Cornelis Donders
published pages: 159-162, ISSN: 0927-3972, DOI: 10.1080/09273972.2018.1551770
Strabismus 26/4 2020-02-20
2019 Martijn J.H. Agterberg, Ad F.M. Snik, Rens M.G. Van de Goor, Myrthe K.S. Hol, A. John Van Opstal
Sound-localization performance of patients with single-sided deafness is not improved when listening with a bone-conduction device
published pages: 62-68, ISSN: 0378-5955, DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2018.04.007
Hearing Research 372 2020-02-20
2019 Bahadir Kasap, A. John van Opstal
Microstimulation in a spiking neural network model of the midbrain superior colliculus
published pages: e1006522, ISSN: 1553-7358, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006522
PLOS Computational Biology 15/4 2020-02-20
2018 K. Vogt, H. Frenzel, S.A. Ausili, D. Hollfelder, B. Wollenberg, A.F.M. Snik, M.J.H. Agterberg
Improved directional hearing of children with congenital unilateral conductive hearing loss implanted with an active bone-conduction implant or an active middle ear implant
published pages: 238-247, ISSN: 0378-5955, DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2018.08.006
Hearing Research 370 2020-02-20

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