Research

Interdisciplinary researcher in cognitive neurosciences, signal processing and digital electronics. 


Research interests: 

Neurosciences and music, sensorimotor synchronisation, neural correlates of music therapy, rehabilitation in patients with Parkinson Disease. 

Analysis of music performance. 

Embedded signal and image processing on integrated circuits. 

More details on my research projects here


Current projects : 

Neural Communications Project.

Neural correlates of Involuntary Musical Imagery (with the Music Mind and Brain, Goldsmiths, University of London) - with Lauren Stewart and Rhodri Cusack.

Assessment of changes in brain plasticity due to music-based gait rehabilitation in Parkinson Disease (PhD project of Charles-Etienne Benoit, with S. A. Kotz and S. Dalla Bella) 


Past projects : 

Synchronisation and motor entrainment in a child drummer prodigy. (PhD project of Jakub Sowinski)

BAASTA - Battery for the Assesment of Auditory Sensorimotor and Timing Abilities (with S. A. Kotz and S. Dalla Bella)

InnerSync Project (with EUROMOV - M2H - Montpellier, France)

My PhD project : "Parallel architectures for embedded face analysis". The manuscript (in French) is available here. The main publication related to this work can be found here or related publications here.  


Methods : 

EEG - Event-Related Potentials and Time Frequency analysis with Fieldtrip. Task-based and resting state. 

fMRI - analysis of functional connectivity using resting state. 

Motion capture and Functional Data Analysis

Synchronisation experiments with MAX

Auditory perception experiments with MLP/Psychoacoustics Toolbox.  

Data analysis and signal processing using MATLAB. 

Integrated circuits design using VHDL and FPGA devices. 


My background : 

From October 2015 : Postdoctoral researcher in the Neural Communication project (P.I. Vincent Gripon) at Telecom Bretagne, Lab-STICC, Brest, France.

October 2013 to October 2015 : Postdoctoral research in the Music Mind and Brain group in Goldsmiths, University of London, with Pr. Lauren Stewart. 

October 2012 to October 2013 : Postdoctoral research in the Pr. Kotz's research group "Subcortical contributions to comprehension" (Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig). 

October 2010 to October 2012 : Marie Curie Fellow - Experienced Researcher - Postdoctoral associate in the EBRAMUS project (Europe, BRAin and MUSic) , supervised by Simone Dalla Bella (M2H - Université de Montpellier 1) and Pr. Sonja Kotz (Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig). 

From December 2008 to October 2010 : R&D engineer at CSSI - SHIVA project.

From October 2005 to December 2008 - Phd in electronics and image processing, France Telecom R&D (today Orange Labs) in Grenoble and Université de Bourgogne, LE2I laboratory, supervised Michel Paindavoine and Franck Mamalet. 

2003 - 2005 M. Sc. in Image and Signal Processing (today Master Recherche Systèmes Intelligents et Communicants

From 2002 to 2005 - Degree in Electronical Engineering - ENSEA specialized in Signal Processing. 

2000 - 2002 - French "Classes préparatoires" in Mathematics and Physics. 

2000 - French "Baccalauréat" in Mathematics. 

1989 to 1998 - Musical studies - musical theory, violin and classical percussion. 

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