Media and Outreach


Interviews in Media

Interview by Science News Explores, April, 2024: 

Too much noise can harm far more than our ears. 

Article by journalist Lindsey Konkel Neabore, April 2024 issue.

Interview by Pittsburgh Post Gazette, July 2020:

Interview by the Los Angeles Times, July 2020:


Playtests of AnimalPOV: A climate challenge (2024). 

Use a VR headset to embody an animal. Come to CMU or schedule a time at your school/center. RSVP required.

Acoustics Today article by Laurie Heller on judging Acoustical Society Awards at 

International Science and Engineering Fair. Fall 2022 issue.

Acoustics Today article by Laurie Heller on judging Acoustical Society Awards at 

International Science and Engineering Fair. Fall 2021 issue.

When Sound Effects are Better Than the Real Thing

Lay Language Paper by Laurie Heller and Lauren Wolf

2022 Proceedings paper with technical details:

Recent Invited Talks

Source Reassignment can Increase the Pleasantness of Sounds: Science of Art, Music, and Brain Activity. Jan 2024 

The Causal Properties of Sounds Predict their Recognition and Misidentification: Acoustical Society of America. May 2023 

Hearing Health and the Auditory Disorder of Misophonia: Pittsburgh VA Healthcare, Jan 2023

Recognition of Environmental Sounds: 3M Human Factors and Perception Technology Forum. May 2022

Recognition of Everyday Sounds: Colloquium at Language Technologies Institute, CMU, Jan 2022

The Perception and Acoustics of Everyday Sounds: Keynote talk at DCASE Workshop, Nov 2021 

Recent Conference Presentations and Symposia

Altering the Perceived Cause of Unpleasant and Misophonic Sounds With Videos and Words

Oszczapinska U (invited speaker), Smith JM, Julien MM, Heller LM

Association for Research in Otolaryngology. February, 2024 

Assessment of environmental sound perception among listeners with hearing loss and cochlear implants

Harris MS, Ander S, Luzum NR, Shafiro V, Heller LM

Acoustical Society of America, Sydney, Australia, December, 2023.

When and why can visual stimuli increase sound pleasantness?

Heller, L.M., Oszczapinska, U., Nance, B., Julien, M.

Auditory Perception Action and Cognition Meeting, San Francisco, November, 2023.

Foley Sound Synthesis at the DCASE2023 Challenge

Keunwoo Choi*, Jaekwon Im*, Laurie M. Heller*, Brian McFee, Keisuke Imoto, Yuki Okamoto, Mathieu Lagrange, Shinnosuke Takamichi

Co-first-authored paper at DCASE Workshop 2023, Tempere, Finland, September 2023.

Co-organizer of Task 7, IEEE AASP Challenge on Detection and Classification of Acoustic Scenes and Events (DCASE), March-July, 2023.

Synergy between Human and Machine approaches to sound/scene recognition and processing

Heller LM, Elizalde B, Raj B, Deshmuk S, Co-chairs of Special Session

IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Rhodes, Greece, June 2023.

Environmental Sounds: Perception, Cognition, Applications

Heller LM, Shafiro V, Co-chairs of Special Session

Acoustical Society of America, Chicago, May 12, 2023.

Typical sound level in environmental sound representation

Oszczapinska, U., Nance, B., Jang, S., Heller, L.M.

Acoustical Society of America, Chicago, May 8, 2023.

From sounds to scenes: Comprehension of environmental sounds by cochlear implant users

Price, E.A., Forrest, L.M., Luzum, N., Harris, M.S., Heller, L.M., Shafiro, V. 

Acoustical Society of America, Chicago, May 9, 2023.

Altering the perceived causes of unpleasant and misophonic sounds with movies 

Heller, L.M., Julien, M.M., Oszczapinska, U., Smith, J.M. 

Acoustical Society of America, Washington, D.C. Chapter, April 25, 2023.

Design Applications

This blog post describes how a former lab member's psychology research in the Auditory Lab at CMU 

can be applied to her post-graduation design work at Summa

 It's All About You - by Nicole Navolio