About me

I have been a signal processing geek for as long as I can remember. When I was a child I used to be fascinated by how my radio could play music without being wired to anything. Growing up, I felt the urge to understand how that worked: I discovered that it was better than magic, it was science.
I studied Computer Science - with a specialist area in acoustics and signal processing - at the University of Trieste.
I have worked as a sound engineer for a few years, but have been pushing buttons and turning knobs for many more. Being a musician, I have played quite a few live shows and have almost always taken care of my own sound. I also produce my own music.
I am keen on radio waves just as well as sound waves: I am a licensed amateur radio operator (ham radio). Being part of the ham radio community is a great way to learn a lot about telecommunications, exchange knowledge with other operators and build your own devices. There's no better way to learn than hands-on!
I am also keen on medical research and science communication. I have worked as a database manager/developer and statistician in epidemiology for many years. I engaged in my current direction some 4 years ago, when I started working in Audiology.
I am especially interested in hearing prosthetics, as all of my areas of interest (acoustics, signal processing, telecommunications, medical research...) are embraced by this field.
In 2017 I had the remarkable opportunity to join the ENRICH network and become a researcher at the Centre for Speech Technology Research of the University of Edinburgh.
My current goal is to improve the intelligibility of speech for users of hearing prosthetics. It is a very challenging task, but if I'll be able to make at least one little step in the right direction, it will be worth the effort.

Get in touch: c.chermaz@ed.ac.uk