Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Hemmert

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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 and Computer Engineering 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, which was the basis for his doctorate, which he received from 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.


  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1998-2000, 2001)
  • Helmholtz Prize for "Three-dimensional vibration measurements in the inner ear" (1996)

J Encke, W Hemmert: "Extraction of Inter-Aural Time Differences Using a Spiking Neuron Network Model of the Medial Superior Olive". Frontiers in neuroscience. 2018; 12, 140, 1-12.

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.

Hemmert W, Mermelstein MS, Freeman DM: "Nanometer resolution of three-dimensional motions using video interference microscopy". IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems. 1999; 302-308.

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.