About Associate Professor Simon Carlile

Sound contributes so much to our sense of spatial awareness and underpins our ability interact with others through speech and music. The sound processing capacity of the brain is truly staggering when seen in the light of our virtually effortless ability to communicate in noisy and complex environments. Unfortunately, even mild hearing impairment can have a significant effect on this ability. For more than three decades Simon's work has teased apart these difficult issues and continues to lead the development of new hearing aids and communications devices that markedly improve spoken communication.

Simon has a BSc (Hons) and PhD from the University of Sydney in Auditory Neuroscience and did his postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford (UK) where he was a Junior Research Fellow of Green College and a Lecturer in Neuroscience for Pembroke College. In 1993, Simon returned to the University of Sydney and established the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory where he is also Professor of Neuroscience in the School of Medical Sciences. Simon has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, edited a foundation volume on Auditory Virtual Reality and is an Associate Editor for Nature’s Scientific Reports. Simon was also Sub Dean (IT) in the Faculty of Medicine and for 6 years, Pro-Vice Chancellor and CIO for the University of Sydney.

In addition to a very impactful research and administrative career, Simon has also focussed on translating research into people centred, technological and clinical solutions, particularly for those with hearing loss. He has written many patents and obtained substantial Venture Capital and Government investment for three different start-up companies. As CTO of VAST Audio Pty Ltd, Simon led the development and delivery of innovative, perceptually based technology to reassert auditory spatial awareness in the hearing impaired which is now licensed into hearing aids. Simon has also worked as Vice President for Research at Starkey Hearing Technology (one of the ‘Big 5' Hearing Aid companies in the world), based in the US (Berkeley and MInnesota). There he developed the research and technology strategy and led a research team of more than 50 Engineers, Hearing Scientists and Audiologists to reposition the hearing aid as a platform for health and wellness using biosensing. Simon currently also works in Silicon Valley consulting for some of the worlds largest technology companies.

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Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Associate Professor Carlile's publicatons, please visit his Sydney Medical School profile page.