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Antje Ihlefeld

Contact Info

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 645 Fenster
Phone: 973-596-5381
Dept: Biomedical Engineering





 Antje Ihlefeld is a neural engineer with a primary interest in central auditory processing. She received her PhD in 2007 from Boston University on psychophysical and computational models of auditory perception. Her research includes studies of auditory perception in cochlear implants users and hearing aid users. More recently, she has widened this research focus to address how auditory deprivation affects central nervous system function as assessed with chronic electrode recordings in auditory cortex. She is an assistant professor at the Department for Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. The National Institute of Health currently funds part of her research. Antje is the director of the lab for Neural Engineering of Speech and Hearing (NESH lab) 


The NESH lab is currently inviting applications of students who are interested in joining the lab. Undergraduates are encouraged to apply for research rotations. Please contact Dr. Ihlefeld directly if you are interested.






  • Boston University, PhD Cognitive and Neural Systems, 2007
  • Boston University, MA Cognitive and Neural Systems, 2002
  • Dresden University of Technology, Germany, Prediploma Electrical Engineering 1999

Professional Experience


  • Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Newark, January 2015-present
  • Research Scientist, Center for Neural Science, New York University 2011-2014
  • Research Associate, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2010-2011
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Medical Research Council, Cambridge, U.K. 2007-2010
  • Research Associate, Sargent College, Boston University 2007-2010

Professional Activities

Ad-hoc reviewer for Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Acta Acustica, IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Perception, International Conference on Auditory Display, Statistical And Perceptual Audition , Audio and Engineering Society International Conference, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Journal of Computational Neuroscience.

Professional Memberships

Acoustical Society of America, Association for Research in Otolaryngology, German Acoustical Society.



Peer-reviewed Publications


Ihlefeld A, Kan AH, Litovsky RY (2014). “Across-frequency combination of interaural time difference in bilateral cochlear implant listeners” Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 8(22).
Churchill TH, Kan AH, Goupell MJ, Ihlefeld A, and Litovsky RY (2014) "Speech Perception in Noise with a Harmonic Complex Excited Vocoder," Journal of the Association for Research in
Otolaryngology. EPub ahead of print doi: 10.1007/s10162-013-0435-7
Ihlefeld A, Litovsky RY (2012). “Interaural Level Differences Do Not Suffice for Restoring Spatial Release from Masking in Simulated Cochlear Implant Listening,” PLoS ONE 7(9): e45296. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045296
Ihlefeld A, Shinn-Cunningham BG, Carlyon RP (2012). “Comodulation masking release for speech identification with cochlear implants,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 131, 1315-1324. doi:10.1121/1.3676701
Ihlefeld A, Shinn-Cunningham BG (2011). "Effect of source spectrum on sound localization in an everyday reverberant room,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 130, 324-333.doi:10.1121/1.3596476
Ihlefeld A, Deeks, J. M., Axon, P. R., and Carlyon, R. P. (2010) "Simulations of cochlear-implant speech perception in modulated and unmodulated noise," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 128, 870-880.doi: 10.1121/1.3458817
Kidd Jr G, Streeter TM, Ihlefeld A, Maddox RK, Mason CR (2009) "The intelligibility of Pointillistic Speech," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 126, 196-201 (EL).doi: 10.1121/1.3258062
Devore S, Ihlefeld A, Shinn-Cunningham BG, Delgutte B (2009). "Accurate sound localization in reverberant environments is mediated by robust spatial encoding in the auditory midbrain," Neuron 62, 123-134.doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2009.02.018
Ihlefeld A, Shinn-Cunningham BG (2008). "Spatial release from energetic and informational masking in divided listening," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 123, 4380-4392. PMID: 18537389
Ihlefeld A, Shinn-Cunningham BG (2008). "Spatial release from energetic and informational masking in selective listening," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 123, 4369-4379.PMID: 18537388
Ihlefeld A, Shinn-Cunningham BG (2008) " Disentangling the effects of spatial cues on selection and formation of auditory objects", Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 124, 2224-2235.PMID: 19062861
Best V, Gallun FJ, Ihlefeld A, Shinn-Cunningham BG (2006), "The influence of spatial separation on divided listening" Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 120, 1506.PMID: 17004472
Shinn-Cunningham BG, Ihlefeld A, Satyavarta, Larson E. (2006). " Bottom-up and top-down influences on spatial unmasking," Acta Acustica united with Acustica 91, 967.