Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Hemmert

Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

As part of his research activities, Prof. Hemmert (b. 1964) explores the principles of information processing in the auditory system. Through his work, he develops novel approaches for the advancement of neuroprosthetics. His research is characterized by a combination of theoretical concepts and experiments and he relies on close collaboration with workgroups from the fields of biology and medicine as well as industry representatives.

After studying electrical engineering and information technology at TUM, he went to work at the Tübingen Hearing Research Center (1991-1998). During that time, he studied the micromechanics of the inner ear. He went on to complete his doctorate at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 1997. After that, he conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1998-2000), IBM Research – Zurich (2000-2001) and Infineon Technologies, Corporate Research (2001-2007). Prof. Hemmert is a member of the German Acoustical Society (DEGA), the Association for Research in Otolaryngology and the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences. He is also a senior member of the IEEE.


  • Fedor-Lynen Stipendium der Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (1998-2000, 2001)
  • Helmholtzpreis (1996)

Key Publications

Wang H, Isik M, Borst A, Hemmert W: “Auditory Information Coding by Cochlear Nucleus Neurons”. Journal of Computational Neuroscience. 2010, in press

Holmberg M, Gelbart D, Hemmert W: “Automatic speech recognition with an adaptation model motivated by auditory processing”. IEEE Transactions on Speech and Auditory Processing. 2006; 14(1): 43-49.

Hemmert W, Zenner H-P, Gummer AW: “Three dimensional motion of the organ of Corti”. Biophysical Journal. 2000; 78: 2285-2297.

Frank G, Hemmert W, Gummer AW: “Limiting dynamics of high-frequency electromechanical transduction of outer hair cells”. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 1999; 96: 4420-4425.