Prof. Dr. Bernhard U. Seeber

Associate Professor

Audio Information Processing

Contact Details

Business Card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research of Professor Seeber (b. 1973) focuses on the processing of sounds in the human ear and uses these findings to make improvements to hearing aids and audio systems. His current research focus is on signal encoding for neural hearing prostheses, the analysis of acoustic scenes and methods of reproducing sound. His research work is characterized by a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches, a wide range of methods, and a large number of projects undertaken in cooperation with other researchers and industry.
Professor Seeber completed his first degree and earned his doctoral degree (2003) at TUM in electrical engineering and information technology. In 2003 he took up a position at the University of California, Berkeley, (USA), where he developed new methods to examine directional hearing. Between 2007 and 2012 he led a research group at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research (Nottingham/UK) where he explored how sounds can be distinguished when they are mixed with background noise. Since 2011 Professor Seeber has also led the Cochlea Implant Research Group at the Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit (UK). He has been a professor at TUM since 2012.


  • Lothar Cremer-Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Akustik (2010)
  • Literaturpreis der Informationstechnischen Gesellschaft (ITG) im VDE (2009)
  • Emmy Noether-Stipendium der DFG (2007)
  • Förderpreis der Informationstechnischen Gesellschaft (ITG) im VDE (2004)

Key Publications (alle Publikationen)

Wiggins IM, Seeber BU: “Effects of dynamic-range compression on the spatial attributes of sounds in normal-hearing listeners”. Ear & Hearing. 2012; 33(3): 399-410


Seeber BU, Kerber S, Hafter ER: “A System to Simulate and Reproduce Audio-Visual Environments for Spatial Hearing Research”. Hearing Research. 2012; 260(1-2): 1-10.


Seeber B, Fastl H: “Localization cues with bilateral cochlear implants”. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2008; 123(2): 1030-1042.


Seeber B, Baumann U, Fastl H: “Localization ability with bimodal hearing aids and bilateral cochlear implants”. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2004; 116(3): 1698-1709.


Seeber BU, H Fastl H: “Subjective Selection of Non-Individual Head-Related Transfer Functions”. In: Proc. 9th Int. Conf. on Aud. Display. Editor: Brazil E, Shinn-Cunningham B. Boston: University Publications Prod. Dept., 2003: 259-262.