Farzaneh Ahmadi

I am a post-doc research fellow at CARLab. I have been awarded a postdoc fellowship through the GPRW foundation in 2012 to establish the Bionic Voice Research in Australia.

More details about the Bionic Voice research can be accessed here


Office: 808, Building J03
School of Electrical and Information Engineering
University of Sydney, NSW, 2006

Email: farzaneh.ahmadi@sydney.edu.au

Research Interests

I have got my PhD from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore where I have successfully implemented a novel technology called Bionic Voice from basic idea to successful proof of concept. I am currently working at CARLab on the question of how the human larynx is controlled by its neural signals. I am going to use these neural signals to develop a bionic voice prosthesis which acts as an artificial larynx for patients who lose their larynx functionality. My area of expertise is signal processing in general and my areas of interest are bio-signals processing, computational neuroscience, brain dynamics and bionic systems design (ear/eye/voice).

This page explains my research interests and why I am basically living in the Uni most of the time. 

Research Grants

  • 134,000 AUD - In The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation research awards for the bionic speech research, 2013-2015.
  • 168,000 SGD - In the Academic Research awards (ACRF-Tier1) of the Ministry of Education of Singapore in 2011-2012.


a) Journal Papers  

[1]   Ahmadi, F., et al., Bio-effects and safety of low intensity, low frequency ultrasonic exposure. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 2012. 108(3).

[2]    Ahmadi, F., I.V. McLoughlin, and H.R. Sharifzadeh, Linear predictive analysis for ultrasonic speech. Electronics Letters, 2010. 46(6)

[3]    Dyball H. (Ed): Ahmadi F., McLoughlin I., “Talking Ultrasound”, Featured article for IET Electronics Letters, 18 March 2010.

[4]    Sharifzadeh, H.R., I.V. McLoughlin, and F. Ahmadi, Reconstruction of Normal Sounding Speech for Laryngectomy Patients Through a Modified CELP Codec. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 2010. 57(10).

   c) Patents  

[5]    Ahmadi, F. and I. McLoughlin, “Method and apparatus for determining mouth state using low frequency ultrasonics, UK Patent pending, Feb. 2012.

[6]    Ahmadi, F. and I. V. McLoughlin, "Apparatus and Method for Whisper Voice Generation," US Patent Application No. 61/236/680, 2009.

  d) Book Chapter  

[7]    Ahmadi, F. and I. V. McLoughlin, "The use of low frequency ultrasonics in speech processing," in Recent Advances in Signal Processing Vienna, Austria: ITECH Book Publishers, 2009.

  e) Conference Papers  

[8]    Ahmadi, F. and I. McLoughlin (2013). A new mechanical index for gauging the human bio-effects of low frequency ultrasound. The 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'13).

[9]     Ahmadi, F, McLoughlin I, “Measuring resonances of the vocal tract using frequency sweeps at the lips, Int. Symp. Comms., Control and Signal Processing, Rome, Italy, 2012.

[10]   Ahmadi, F. and I.V. McLoughlin, “Autoregressive Modelling for Linear Prediction of Ultrasonic Speech,” In: 11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Interspeech, Japan, 2010.

[11]   H. Sharifzadeh, Ahmadi, F., I. V. McLoughlin, “Speech reconstruction in post-laryngectomised patients by formant manipulation and pitch profile generation,” International Association of Engineers, Hong Kong, 2009. (Best Paper Award).

[12]   Ahmadi, F., I. V. McLoughlin, H. R. Sharifzadeh, Analysis-by-synthesis method for whisper-speech reconstruction," IEEE Asia Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems (APCCAS), China, 2008.

[13]   Ahmadi, F., H. Rouhani, "Biological Effects and Potential Hazards of Microwaves used in cellular phone system on Infertility", 4th International Workshop on Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields The Multimedia and Network Applications Laboratory, Greece, 2006

[14]   Ahmadi, F., "An Evolutionary algorithm to detect the eye in human facial Image," The Third Iranian Conference on Machine Vision and Image Processing (MVIP2005), University of Tehran, Iran, 2005.

[15]   Ahmadi, F., "Facial Expression Recognition Using Line-Based Caricatures," The Sixth Conference on Intelligent Systems (CIS2004), University of Kerman, Iran, 2004 (Best Paper Award).

  f) Other Publications  

[16]   Ahmadi, F., “Voice replacement for the severely speech impaired,” PhD Thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2012.