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Research interests

Dr. Alan Kan's research lies in the intersections of hearing technology, signal processing, spatial hearing, psychoacoustics, auditory neuroscience and computational modeling. He is most well known for his work with cochlear implants and audio virtual reality.


Alan received his PhD in engineering from the University of Sydney in 2010. During his PhD, he worked as a consultant for two startups developing technologies for personalizing audio VR and biomedical signal processing. In 2010, he moved to the United States to work at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Research Associate. He was promoted to Assistant Scientist in 2015. He also held an appointment as Lecturer in the Department of Communcation Sciences and Disorders at UW-Madison in 2013-2014. In 2019, he returned to Australian and is currently a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Macquarie University. 


At Macquarie University, Alan teaches the digital systems units (ELEC2042, ELEC3042, ELEC3043, ELEC4250, ELEC8250), and the Software Design Logic skills module in ENGG1000 Introduction to Engineering. 

In the past, he taught CS&D854/855 Electroacoustic and Instrumentation Calibration to Doctorate of Audiology students in the Department of Communcation Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


Research engagement

Beyond his position at the university, Alan is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. He served as a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) – Psychological and Physiological Acoustics Technical Committee from 2018-2021. Currently, he is involved with the ASA Academy. He is also a regular reviewer for journals and conferences in signal processing, audio engineering, acoustics and hearing research. 


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