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The Second Workshop and Lecture Series on

“Cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception”

20 – 24 April 2015, Košice (pronounced Koh-shih-tseh), Slovakia


News and Updates

Pictures from the workshop ’15 and ’14 taken by Erick
21 Apr 2015 Program and abstracts book update #2
20 Apr 2015 Program and abstracts book update
19 Apr 2015 Program and abstracts book, online resources for assignments, internet and other updates
16 Apr 2015 Dear participants, welcome to Kosice and to our workshop. In this section we will provide you with daily updates to our schedule and additions to the web. For now, here is a list of cultural events in Kosice taking place during the workshop that you might be interested in.


  • This workshop and lecture series will include introductory lectures and advanced research talks on a range of topics related to the neural processes of auditory, visual and cross-modal perception.
  •  The talks will illustrate the multidisciplinary character of cognitive neuroscience research, covering behavioral, neuroimaging, and modeling approaches, as well as applications of the research in auditory prosthetic devices.
  •  The workshop is aimed at early-stage and advanced students and young researchers, and it will provide ample opportunities for direct interactions between the lecturers and the attendees.


Spatial hearing, vision and crossmodal perception, neural modeling, methods in cognitive neuroscience: behavioral experiments, EEG and fMRI imaging, modeling, applications: cochlear implants, hearing aids.


Lectures 20 – 22 April, Consultations 23 – 24 April


Historicka aula, P. J. Safarik University, Srobarova 2, 040 11 Kosice, Slovakia


Norbert Kopco, PhD. (norbert.kopco@upjs.sk)
Frederick Gallun, PhD. (Frederick.Gallun@va.gov)

Organizing team and contact

Beata Tomoriova, Lubos Hladek, Perception and Cognition Lab, kogneuro@gmail.com

Plenary lecture and panel discussion

Virginia Best, Frederick Gallun, and Norbert Kopco
Audibility and spatial hearing

Wednesday, 22 April  17:30-19:00 (Uhorsky dvor restaurant, directions)


To get to Historicka aula: enter the university building from the main entrance on Šrobárová 2. Go up the stairs  and you are there.

Monday, 20 April 2015, Expert Lectures, Contributed talks
Session Chairs: AM Norbert Kopco, PM Gabriela Andrejkova

Time / Location Historicka Aula (room #100)
8:30-9:15 Frederick (Erick) Gallun (US Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Oregon Health & Science University) Learning From Nature’s Experiments: What Clinical Research Can Mean for Sensory Scientists
9:25-10:10 Arash Yazdanbakhsh (Boston University) Pursuit eye movements and perceived object velocity, potential clinical applications.
10:20-11:05 Simon Carlile (University of Sydney) Active listening: Speech intelligibility in cocktail party listening.
11:15:12:00 Aaron Seitz (University of California, Riverside) Perceptual Learning; specificity, transfer and how learning is a distributed process
13:30-14:15 Virginia Best (Boston University) Spatial Hearing: Effect of hearing loss and hearing aids.
14:25-15:10 Pierre Divenyi (Stanford University) Toward an evolutionary theory of speech: how and why did it develop the way it did.
15:20-16:05 Petr Maršálek (Charles University of Prague) Coincidence detection in the MSO – computational approaches
16:05-17:00 Robert Baumgartner, Piotr Majdak, and Bernhard Laback: How spectral information triggers sound localization in sagittal planes

Andrew Abel and Amir Hussain: Cognitively Inspired Speech Processing For Multimodal Hearing Technology

Jana Eštočinová, Jyrki Ahveninen, Samantha Huang, Stephanie Rossi, and Norbert Kopčo: Auditory Distance Perception and DRR-ILD Cues Weighting


Tuesday, 21 April 2015, Expert Lectures, Contributed posters
Session Chairs: AM Beata Tomoriova, PM Lubos Hladek

Time / Location Historicka Aula (room #100)
8:30-9:15 Christopher Stecker (Vanderbilt University) RESTART theory: discrete sampling of binaural information during envelope fluctuations is a fundamental constraint on binaural processing.
9:25-10:10 Bernhard Laback (Austrian Academy of Sciences) Sound Localization Cues and Perceptual Grouping in Electric Hearing
10:20-11:05 Aaron Seitz (University of California, Riverside) Brain Training; How to train cognition to yield transfer to real world contexts
11:15:12:00 Petr Maršálek (Charles University in Prague) On the single neuron computation
13:30-14:15 Frederick (Erick) Gallun (US Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Oregon Health & Science University) Auditory Processing After mild Traumatic Brain Injury: New Findings and Next Steps
14:25-15:10 Simon Carlile (University of Sydney) Hearing motion in motion
15:20-16:05 Istvan Winkler (Hungarian Academy of Science) Auditory processing capabilities supporting communication in preverbal infants
16:05-17:00 Aleksandras Voicikas, Ieva Niciute, Osvaldas Ruksenas, Inga Griskova-Bulanova: Chirp stimuli for entrainment: chirp up, chirp down and task effects

Olena Markaryan: Suggestion of rehabilitative treatment for patients subjected to sight restorative surgery

Simon Júlia, Csifcsák Gábor: Early electophysiological correlates of susceptibility to the double-flash illusion

Gábor Csifcsák, Viktória Balla, Szilvia Szalóki, Tünde Kilencz, Vera Dalos: Prediction processes in the visual modality – an EEG study

Barbora Cimrová, Zdenko Kohút: Cross-modal interaction in spatial attention

Hládek Ľuboš, Aaron Seitz, Norbert Kopčo: Learning of auditory distance with intensity and reverberation cues

Gabriela Andrejková, Virginia Best, Barbara G. Shinn-Cunningham, and Norbert Kopčo: Streaming and sound localization with a preceding distractor

Peter Tóth, Norbert Kopčo: Speech Localization in a Multitalker Reverberant Environment

Peter Lokša, Norbert Kopčo: Visual Adaptation And Spatial Auditory Processing

Tomoriova Beáta, Marcinek Ľuboš, Hládek Ľuboš, Kopčo Norbert: Contextual plasticity in sound localization: characterization of spatial properties and neural locus

Norbert Kopčo, Eleni Vlahou, Kanako Ueno, Barbara Shinn-Cunningham: Exposure to Consistent Room Reverberation Facilitates Consonant Perception


Wednesday, 22 April 2015, Expert Lectures, Contributed Posters
Session Chairs: AM Jana Estocinova, PM Frederick Gallun

Time / Location Historicka Aula (room #100)
8:30-9:15 Arash Yazdanbakhsh (Boston University) Visuospatial memory and where eyes look when the percept changes.
9:25-10:10 Volker Hohmann (University of Oldenburg) Modeling auditory scene analysis by multidimensional statistical filtering
10:20-11:05 Istvan Winkler (Hungarian Academy of Science) Modeling auditory stream segregation by predictive processes
11:15:12:00 Pierre Divenyi (Stanford University) What is the cost of simultaneously listening to the “what” and the “when” in speech?
13:30-14:15 Christopher Stecker (Vanderbilt University) Neuroimaging of task-dependent spatial processing in human auditory cortex.
14:25-15:10 Bernhard Laback (Austrian Academy of Sciences) Temporal effects in the perception of interaural level differences: Data and model predictions
15:20-16:05 Volker Hohmann (University of Oldenburg) Modeling Cocktail Party Processing in a Multitalker Mixture using Harmonicity and Binaural Features

Plenary lecture and panel discussion (in Uhorsky dvor restaurant, directions)

17:30-19:00 Virginia Best (Boston University), Frederick Gallun (US Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Oregon Health & Science University), and Norbert Kopco (P. J. Safarik University) Audibility and spatial hearing



Pierre Divenyi (Stanford University) Speech synthesis toolbox – Distinctive Region Models (DRM)
Christopher Stecker (Vanderbilt University) A 1: Psychophysical exploration of binaural cues synchronized to envelope fluctuations: testing the RESTART theory with synthetic and naturalistic sounds. (hackathon type assignment)A 2: Analysis of an fMRI data set combining task and binaural manipulations in a factorial manner.
Bernhard Laback (Austrian Academy of Sciences)  Acoustic simulation of cochlear implant perception with low-frequency residual hearing
Volker Hohmann (University of Oldenburg)  Implementation of a statistical estimator (particle filter) that tracks a (simulated) pitch track partially masked by noise.
Arash Yazdanbakhsh (Boston University) A simulation assignment to replicate the gain of eye pursuit in following a target.
Frederick (Erick) Gallun (US Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Oregon Health & Science University) Establishing normative ranges of performance using non-linear functions
Virginia Best (Boston University) MATLAB assignment: simulating the effect of hearing loss on spatial cues
Petr Maršálek (Charles University in Prague) MATLAB assignment – numerical solving of ordinary differential equations,
with focus on neuronal simulation



Individual consultations with experts (by appointment) and work on assignments, 12:00 – 17:00 individual work on assignments (8:30 – 11:30 alternatively, interested participants can attend the Symposium on university spin-offs and start-up companies). Consultations will take place at Srobarova 2 (the same building as the lectures).  “Veľká rektorátna zasadačka” is on the same floor as Historická aula, at the other side of the stairway. “Dekanatna zasadačka” is on the floor above Historická aula. To get there go up the stairway and turn right. Follow the hallway to the very end which will turn right again. Pass the coridor to the corner of the building and look for the room #332.
Thursday, 23 April 2015

Time / Location Dekanatna zasadačka PF  (room #332)
8:30-9:30 Virginia Best
9:30-10:30 Pierre Divenyi
10:30-11:30 Petr Maršálek

Friday, 24 April 2015

Time / Location Dekanatna zasadačka (room #332) Veľká rektorátna zasadačka 2nd floor (room #116)
8:30-9:30 Frederick Gallun Volker Hohmann
9:30-10:30 Bernhard Laback Master class: Developing computer games for brain training on Symposium on university spin-offs and start-up companies
10:30-11:30 Christopher Stecker Arash Yazdanbakhsh

Contributed presentations

Participant’s presentations will have a dedicated slot in program on Monday and Tuesday from 16:05 to 17:00. Oral presentations will be on Monday and each presenter will have a 12+3 minutes dedicated for a presentation and a short discussion. If you were selected for a talk, please bring your powerpoint / pdf presentation (compatible with Windows 8.1 and MS Office 2013) on a usb stick on Monday at 12:00 (after morning lectures) to the organizers (Lubos Hladek, Beata Tomoriova). Poster sessions will take place on Tuesday at the foyer of the lecture hall. Poster boards (114 cm x 142 cm; width x height) with pins will be provided. Posters should be installed at 12:00 (during lunch break). The posters should be removed on the next day.

Social Events

  • Mon 18:00 dinner at Mediterran restaurant, then local beer at Madrid (for lecturers, participants welcome to join)
  • Tue 17:15 – 18:45 guided tour of Kosice (if interested, sign up with Lubos Hladek at lubos (dot) hladek (at) upjs (dot) sk ). We are meeting outside of Srobarova 2, rector’s office.
  • Wed 19:00 Reception at Uhorsky dvor (after the plenary lecture, directions)


Travel, accommodation, visitor information

Getting there: How to walk to the University Rectorate (workshop venue) from the Zlaty Dukat hotel (Main st) or from the railway & bus stations


Travel: The Kosice Airport is served by Austrian Airlines and Czech Airlines (via Vienna, Prague, Bratislava) and by low-cost airline Wizzair (London Luton Airport). Alternatively you can fly to Budapest and take a 3.5-hr shuttle bus to Kosice (for example, using the cassoviaexpres shuttle bus company). From Krakow you can take the 4-hr shuttle bus operated by Airtrans.sk. More information about how to get to Kosice (also by train or bus) can be found here.


Accommodation:A conference rate of 50EUR/night+(1.5e local tax) has been negotiated with the Zlaty dukat hotel. Please, contact the hotel directly to make your reservation either through their website or by emailing the hotel at hotel@hotelzlatydukat.sk and mention the “Cognitive Neuroscience Workshop” to get the rate. Otherwise, there are several hotels close to the workshop venue, for example Hotel Teledom, Villa Regia, Doubletree by Hilton, Hotel Yasmin, Hotel Maraton (for more hotel options please see http://www.booking.com, http://www.hotels.com, for hostels see: http://www.hostels.com, http://www.hostelworld.com)


Visitor information and current events: Košice was one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2013. For the list of new cultural venues and current events there, see http://k13.sk/ (in Slovak). For all events and trip ideas see http://www.visitkosice.eu/ , http://www.slovaktours.eu/, http://www.mickosice.sk/, http://slovakia.travel/ , or http://www.slovakia.com/


Recommended restaurants: Cheap ‘n near: university canteen*,  Slovak and international cuisine: Villa Regia*, Uhorský dvor (also Hungarian)*, Jaskyňa (also Middle-Eastern/falafel)*, Iris (in Zlaty Dukat hotel), Republika východu (The East-Slovak Republic, modern with a traditional twist), Le Colonial, Olive Tree (in Hilton hotel), fast-food and regular restaurants in Aupark shopping center, 12 apoštolov, Camelot, Restaurant Maraton, Med Malina, Golden Royal, Atrium (in Teledom hotel)*, Czech: Budejovická hospoda, Česká hospoda, Golem micro brewery*, Polish: Karczma mlyn , Mediterranean (Italian): Mediterran*, La VentanaNapoli, Piano, Jazz Garden, Zlatý zvon, Retro Cult Club, French: A la maison, Middle-Eastern: Kleopatra-Agadir, Burekas*, Vegetarian/vegan: Ajvega, Amana (gluten-free vegan diner, lunch only), Madrid (has vegan options, limited menu, dinner only)*, Indian: GóvindaLittle india, Steak house: Rosto, Ukrainian:  Barvinok,  Sushi/Thai/Asian: Bamboo, Maiko sushi, Greek: Korfu, Vietnamese: Asia fast food, Turkish: Osman city (fast food), Breakfast: Rozpravka (* close to University Rectorate)



The workshop is open to all interested students/scientists. Registration is free of charge but required (mostly for organizational reasons). In order to register, please send an email to kogneuro@gmail.com stating your name and affiliation, dates on which you are planning to attend. In case you would like to have a presentation please send us an abstract (up to 200 words) and an indication whether you prefer poster or oral presentation no later than April 10, 2015.

Related event

Workshop attendees might also be interested in an independent Symposium on university spin-offs and start-up companies that will take place on 23 and 24 April 2015.

Last year’s website



This workshop / lecture series is organized within the Project implementation: SOFOS – knowledge and skill development of the academic staff and students at the University of Pavol Jozef Safarik in Kosice with emphasis on interdisciplinary competencies and integration into international research centres, ITMS: 26110230088, supported by the Research & Development Operational Programme funded by the ESF.

Modern education for knowledge society / This project is being co-financed by the European Union