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Rachel Bouserhal

Rachel Bouserhal
Professeure
Degrees B.Sc., M.Sc. génie électrique (Michigan State University), Ph.D. (ÉTS)
Office A-2577
Phone 514 396-8800, ext.8551
Presentation

Département de génie électrique

Research interests:

  • Health technologies

Research areas:

  • Signal processing
  • Machine learning
  • Speech analysis
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American Control Conference (ACC)
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Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
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23rd World Mining Congress 2013 Proceedings
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19th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication (INTERSPEECH 2018)
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2015 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)
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The 13th International Conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research
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Euronoise 2015, the 10th European Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering
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Proceedings of the 5th ISCA/DEGA Workshop on Perceptual Quality of Systems (PQS 2016)
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Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics
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Proceedings of the 26th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV26)
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Courses and support services

Courses

GTS615 Instrumentation biomédicale (Winter 2024)
ELE140 Conception des systèmes numériques (Fall 2023)

Assistance to students

Mémoire à 30 crédits
  • Co-directed by: Bouserhal, Rachel
    The Sensitive Ear: Towards Real-Time Monitoring of In-Ear Physiological and Audio Signals for Managing Decreased Sound Tolerance, by Benesch,Danielle.
    Fall 2022
  • Co-directed by: Voix, Jérémie
    Heart Rate Variability Analysis via Deep Learning, by Hajkarimi Mehrban,Malahat.
    Winter 2024
  • Co-directed by: Voix, Jérémie
    Développement d'une oreillette pour surveillance de l'état santé, by Petrosky,Alexandre.
    Winter 2024
  • Co-directed by: Niemczak, Christopher
    Longitudinal data collection from patients of Alzheimer's disease using a hearable, by Boutros,Miriam.
    Winter 2024
  • Co-directed by: Lina, Jean-Marc
    Source Separation of Signals Captured with an In-ear Microphone, by Mrabet,Yassine.
    Winter 2024
  • Co-directed by: Bouserhal, Rachel
    Analyse de la valeur ajoutée d'un système de communication dans un environnement radio acoustique virtuelle (RAVE)., by Ouaknine-Beaulieu,Gabriel.
    Winter 2024
Thèse de doctorat (recherche appliquée)
  • Co-directed by: Verduyckt, Ingrid
    Speech production and Perception in Challenging Listening Conditions: Investigating the Effects of Noise, Ear Occlusion, and Hearing Impairement, by Zhang,Xinyi.
    Summer 2024
Publications
Peer-reviewed article published in a refereed journal (15)

Florence Renaud, Ingrid Verduyckt, Tiffany Chang, Adriana Lacerda, Cecilia Borges, Annelies Bockstael, Rachel E. Bouserhal. 2024. « Student’s self-reported experience of soundscape: The link between noise, psychological and physical well-being ». International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. vol. 21 , nº 1.

Danielle Benesch, Juliane Schwab, Jérémie Voix, Rachel E. Bouserhal. 2023. « Evaluating the effects of audiovisual delays on speech understanding with hearables ». Applied Acoustics. vol. 212

Xinyi Zhang, Lucia Eve Berger, Duc-Hoa Tran, Rachel E. Bouserhal. 2023. « Enhancing automatic speech recognition of a regional dialect: A pilot study with québécois french ». Canadian Acoustics = Acoustique Canadienne. vol. 51 , nº 3. p. 76-77.

Malahat Mehrban, Jérémie Voix, Rachel Bouserhal. 2022. « Towards detecting and classification non-verbal events and biosignals in hearables ». Canadian Acoustics = Acoustique Canadienne. vol. 50 , nº 3. p. 76-77.

Xinyi Zhang, Meghan Clayards, Rachel Bouserhal. 2022. « The effect of vowel lengthening on the intelligibility of occluded Lombard speech ». Canadian Acoustics = Acoustique Canadienne. vol. 50 , nº 3. p. 86-87.

Danielle Benesch, Rachel Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix. 2021. « Hearables for managing auditory sensitivities using heart rate variability ». Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. vol. 149 , nº 4.

Danielle Benesch, Kocherla Nithin Raj, Rachel Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix. 2021. « Interfacing the Tympan open-source hearing aid with an external computer for research on decreased sound tolerance ». Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics. vol. 45 , nº 1. 13 p.

Antoine Bernier, Rachel E. Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix, Philippe Herzog. 2021. « Design and assessment of an active musician's hearing protection device with occlusion effect reduction ». Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. vol. 69 , nº 9. p. 618-631.

Philippe Chabot, Rachel E. Bouserhal, Patrick Cardinal, Jérémie Voix. 2021. « Detection and classification of human-produced nonverbal audio events ». Applied Acoustics. vol. 171 10 p.

Vincent Nadon, Fabien Bonnet, Rachel E. Bouserhal, Antoine Bernier, Jérémie Voix. 2021. « Method for protected noise exposure level assessment under an in-ear hearing protection device: a pilot study ». International Journal of Audiology. vol. 60 , nº 1. p. 60-69.

Solenn Ollivier, Hugues Nélisse, Fabien Bonnet, Rachel E. Bouserhal, Christian Giguère, Jérémie Voix. 2021. « Development of an intra-aural protective device for hearing-impaired individuals working in noisy environments ». Canadian Acoustics = Acoustique Canadienne. vol. 49 , nº 3. p. 42-43.

Rachel E. Bouserhal, Antoine Bernier, Jérémie Voix. 2019. « An in-ear speech database in varying conditions of the audio-phonation loop ». Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. vol. 145 , nº 2. p. 1069-1077.

Rachel E. Bouserhal, Annelies Bockstael, Ewen MacDonald, Tiago H. Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2017. « Modeling speech level as a function of background noise level and talker-to-listener distance for talkers wearing hearing protection devices ». Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. vol. 60 , nº 12. p. 3393-3403.

Rachel E. Bouserhal, Tiago H. Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2017. « In-ear microphone speech quality enhancement via adaptive filtering and artificial bandwidth extension ». Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. vol. 141 , nº 3. p. 1321-1331.

Rachel Bouserhal, Ewen MacDonald, Tiago Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2016. « Variations in voice level and fundamental frequency with changing background noise level and talker-to-listener distance while wearing hearing protectors: a pilot study ». International Journal of Audiology. vol. 55 , nº supp. 1. p. S13-S20.

Patent (2)

Jeremie Voix, Hami Montsarrat-Charon, Rachel Bou Serhal, Patrick Cardinal, Philippe Chabot. 2023-10-03. « In-ear nonverbal audio events classification system and method ».

Rachel Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix, Tiago Falk. 2020-09-22. « Device and method for improving the quality of in-ear microphone signals in noisy environments ».

Communication (13)

Rachel Bouserhal. 2022. « Hearable and their potential as a tool in early disease detection ». Communication during a conference : Edge Intelligence Workshop ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Sept. 19-20, 2022 )

Rachel Bouserhal. 2022. « Les dispositives intra-auriculaire intelligente et leur rôle dans l'avenir de la communication et de la surveillance continue de l’état de santé ». Communication during a conference : Journée étudiante en audiologie ( Montréal, QC, Canada, 28 janv. 2022 )

Rachel Bouserhal. 2022. « Signal processing and machine learning: friends not enemies ». Communication during a conference : STARaCom Summer Camp ( Montreal, QC, Canada, June 22, 2022 )

Solenn Ollivier, Jérémie Voix, Christian Giguère, Rachel E. Bouserhal, Fabien Bonnet, Hugues Nélisse. 2022. « Investigation of hearing device technologies for hearing-impaired individuals in noisy workplaces ». Communication during a conference : International Hearing Aid Research Conference (IHCON) ( Lake Tahoe, NV, USA, Aug. 10-14, 2022 )

Danielle Benesch, Rachel E. Bouserhal, Stefanie Blain-Moraes, Jérémie Voix. 2021. « Managing auditory sensitivities in autism: The potential of smart hearing protection ». Communication during a conference : National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) annual conference ( En ligne, Feb. 21, 2021 )

Solenn Ollivier, Hugues Nélisse, Fabien Bonnet, Rachel E. Bouserhal, Christian Giguère, Jérémie Voix. 2021. « Development of an intra-aural protective device for hearing-impaired individuals working in noisy environments ». Communication during a conference : Acoustics Week in Canada ( En ligne, Oct. 05-07, 2021 )

Corentin Delain, Farid Moshgelani, Rachel E. Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix. 2020. « In-ear speech capture on electronic hearing protectors: optimization of the denoising algorithm in transparent mode ». Communication during a conference : Acoustics Week in Canada ( En ligne, Oct. 09, 2020 )

Rachel Bouserhal, Milton Sarria-Paja, Patrick Cardinal, Jérémie Voix. 2019. « Classification of nonverbal human produced audio events: a pilot study ». Communication during a conference : National Hearing Conservation Association Annual Conference 2019 ( Grapevine, TX, USA, Feb. 07-09, 2019 )

Rachel Bouserhal, Milton Sarria-Paja, Patrick Cardinal, Jérémie Voix. 2018. « Classification of nonverbal human produced audio events: a pilot study ». Communication during a conference : Workshop on machine hearing and learning ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Sept. 21, 2018 )

Rachel Bouserhal, Tiago Falk, Ewen MacDonald, Jérémie Voix. 2016. « The effect of occluding the ear on variations in voice level and fundamental frequency with changing background noise level and talker-to-listener distance : a pilot study ». Communication during a conference : National Hearing Conservation Association Conference ( San Diego, CA, USA, Feb. 18-20, 2016 )

Rachel Bouserhal, Ewen MacDonald, Tiago Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2016. « The effect of occluding the ear on variations in voice level and fundamental frequency with changing background noise level and talker-to-listener distance : a pilot study ». Communication during a conference : ARO MidWinter Meeting ( San Diego, CA, USA, Feb. 20-24, 2016 )

Rachel E. Bouserhal, Tiago H. Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2015. « Modeling speech production in noise to code vocal effort for use with communication headsets ». Communication during a conference : NHCA Annual Hearing Conference 2015 ( New Orleans, LA, USA, Feb. 19-22, 2015 )

Rachel E. Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix. 2015. « Modeling speech production in noise to code the vocal effort for use with communication headsets ». Communication during a conference : 10th anniversary symposium of the International laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research : The Next Ten Years ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Oct. 21-23 2015 )

Poster (8)

S. Ollivier, J. Voix, F. Bonnet, R. Bouserhal, C. Giguère, H. Nélisse. 2022. « Design considerations for a dual hearing aid and hearing protection device for individuals with hearing loss ». Poster presented during a conference : National Hearing Conservation Association 46th Annual Conference ( En ligne, Feb. 10-12, 2022 )

Solenn Ollivier, Jérémie Voix, Christian Giguère, Rachel E. Bouserhal, Fabien Bonnet, Hugues Nélisse. 2022. « Investigation of hearing device technologies forindividuals with hearing impairment in noisy workplaces ». Poster presented during a conference : International Hearing Aid Research Conference (IHCON) ( Tahoe City, CA, USA, Aug. 10-14, 2022 )

Rachel E. Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix. 2020. « SpEAR: A speech database for the advancement of hearing protection devices equipped with in-ear microphones ». Poster presented during a conference : National Hearing Conservation Association 44th Annual Conference ( Miramar Beach, FL, USA, Feb. 20-22, 2020 )

Allyson Goff, Elliot Drees, Antoine Bernier, Rachel Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix, Isabelle Cossette. 2019. « The influence of the isolation and occlusion effects on the classical singer's voice ». Poster presented during a conference : CIRMMT-OICRM-BRAMS Student Symposium (COBS) ( Montreal, QC, Canada, May 9, 2019 )

Rachel Bouserhal, Tiago H. Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2017. « Speech quality enhancement of in-ear microphone ». Poster presented during a conference : Erasmus Mundus Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Symposium 2017 ( Leipzig, Germany, Apr. 27-29, 2017 )

Rachel Bouserhal, Ewen MacDonald, Tiago Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2016. « The effect of occluding the ear on variations in voice level and fundamental frequency with changing background noise level and talker-to-listener distance : a pilot study ». Poster presented during a conference : ARO MidWinter Meeting ( San Diego, CA, USA, Feb. 20-24, 2016 )

Rachel Bou Serhal, Tiago Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2014. « Towards a Radio Acoustical Virtual Environment ». Poster presented during a conference : 39th Annual NHCA Hearing Conservation Conference ( Las Vegas, NV, USA, Mar 13-15, 2014 )

Rachel E. Bou Serhal, Jérémie Voix, Tiago H. Falk. 2013. « Towards a ‘radio-acoustic virtual environment’ in noisy work environments ». Poster presented during a conference : NHCA 38th annual hearing conservation conference ( St. Petersburg, FL, USA, Feb. 21-23, 2013 )

Conference proceeding (10)

Rachel E. Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix. 2019. « Spear: A speech database for the advancement of intra-aural wearable technology ». The 13th International Conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research (Montréal, QC, Canada, June 02-04, 2019)

Ingrid Verduyckt, Rachel Bouserhal, Adriana Lacerda, Tiffany Chang, Nibal Chahine, Cécilia Borges, Annelies Bockstael. 2019. « The potential of restorative spaces on noise-related wellbeing in schools ». Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics (Aachen, Germany, Sept. 09-13, 2019) p. 4115-4121. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik e.V. (DEGA).

Jérémie Voix, Kévin Carillo, Jacob Bouchard-Roy, Hugo Saint-Gaudens, Gabrielle Crétot-Richert, Rachel Bouserhal. 2019. « Classe techno "Bruit": Acoustic workshop for high school students at Université du Québec (ÉTS) ». Proceedings of the 26th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV26) (Montreal, QC, Canada, July 07-11, 2019) Canadian Acoustical Association.

Rachel E. Bouserhal, Philippe Chabot, Milton Sarria-Paja, Patrick Cardinal, Jérémie Voix. 2018. « Classification of nonverbal human produced audio events: A pilot study ». 19th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication (INTERSPEECH 2018) (Hyderabad, India, Sept. 02-06, 2018) p. 1512-1516. International Speech Communication Association.

João Felipe Santos, Rachel Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix, Tiago H. Falk. 2016. « Objective speech quality estimation of in-ear microphone speech ». Proceedings of the 5th ISCA/DEGA Workshop on Perceptual Quality of Systems (PQS 2016) (Berlin, Allemagne, Aug. 29-31, 2016) p. 69-73. International Speech Communication Association.

Rachel E. Bouserhal, Tiago Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2015. « On the potential for artificial bandwidth extention of bone and tissue conducted speech: a mutual information study ». 2015 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). 2015 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) (South Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Apr. 19-24, 2015) p. 5108-5112. Piscataway, NJ, USA : IEEE.

Rachel E. Bouserhal, Jérémie Voix, Tiago Falk. 2015. « Modeling speech production in noise for the assessment of vocal effort for use with communication headsets ». Euronoise 2015, the 10th European Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Maastrich, The Netherlands, May 31-June 3, 2015) p. 1633-1637.

Rachel E. Bou Serhal, Tiago H. Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2013. « Integration of a distance sensitive wireless communication protocol to hearing protectors equipped with in-ear microphones ». Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (Montreal, QC, Canada, June 2-7, 2013) Melville, NY,USA : Acoustical Society of America.

Rachel E. Bou Serhal, Tiago H. Falk, Jérémie Voix. 2013. « Protecting workers' hearing while facilitating communication ». 23rd World Mining Congress 2013 Proceedings (Montreal, QC, Canada, Aug. 11-15, 2013) Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

R. E. Bou Serhal, H. K. Khalil. 2012. « Application of the extended high gain observer to underactuated mechanical systems ». American Control Conference (ACC) (Montreal, QC, Canada, June 27-29, 2012) p. 4727-4732. Piscataway, NJ, USA : IEEE.

Dissertation or these (2)

Rachel Bouserhal. 2016. « Speech bandwidth extension and vocal effort coding for enhanced communication in noisy industrial environments ». 154 p. Thèse de doctorat. Montréal , École de technologie supérieure

Rachel Bouserhal. 2011. « Experimental testing of the extended high-gain observer as a disturbance estimator ». 74 p. Mémoire de maîtrise. , Michigan State University

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