Kamal Sen, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

PhD, Brandeis University

Kamal Sen is an associate professor at the Hearing Research Center in the department of biomedical engineering at Boston University. His laboratory uses an integrative approach to investigate the neural coding of natural sounds in the auditory system, with a focus on auditory cortex. Electrophysiological techniques are used to record neural responses from hierarchical stages of auditory processing. Theoretical methods from areas such as statistical signal processing, systems theory, probability theory, information theory and pattern recognition are applied to characterize how neurons in the brain encode natural sounds. Computational models are constructed to understand the processing of natural sounds both at the single neuron and the network level, to model neural selectivity and discrimination, and to explore the role of learning in shaping the neural code. A major focus of the laboratory over the last decade has been to investigate cortical substrates for solving the Cocktail Party Problem.

NCS-FR: Engineering Brain Circuits for Complex Scene Analysis
09/01/2023 - 08/31/2028 (Multi-PI)
PI: Kamal Sen, PhD
National Science Foundation

Investigating Auditory Scene Analysis in Humans with Wearable fNIRS and EEG
01/01/2023 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
American Hearing Research Foundation

NCS-FO: Unraveling Cortical Circuits for Auditory Scene Analysis
10/01/2018 - 09/30/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Kamal Sen, PhD
National Science Foundation

Cortical Spatial Processing for Solving the Cocktail Party Problem
05/15/2019 - 03/31/2021 (Multi-PI)
PI: Kamal Sen, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

Billing Agreement for Yaqing Su (Continuation)
09/02/2018 - 06/30/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary & Physician Staff, Inc. NIH NIDCD

Billing Agreement for Yaqing Su
09/02/2018 - 04/28/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary & Physician Staff, Inc. NIH NIDCD

Billing Agreement for Yaqing Su
10/02/2017 - 09/02/2018 (Subcontract PI)
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary & Physician Staff, Inc. NIH NIDCD

Billing Agreement for Yaqing Su
09/01/2015 - 08/31/2016 (Subcontract PI)
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary & Physician Staff, Inc. NIH NIDCD

Billing Agreement for Yaqing Su
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2015 (PI)
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary & Physician Staff, Inc.


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  1. Chou KF, Sen K. AIM: A network model of attention in auditory cortex. PLoS Comput Biol. 2021 08; 17(8):e1009356. PMID: 34449761; PMCID: PMC8462696; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009356;
  2. Sethi HS, Sen KK, Agrawal A, Sharawat A, Kumar BA. Ultrasonography: An Unchartered Modality in the Current Pandemic - A Study among Patients Admitted in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit. J Med Ultrasound. 2021 Jan-Mar; 29(1):15-21. PMID: 34084711; PMCID: PMC8081098; DOI: 10.4103/JMU.JMU_147_20;
  3. Agrawal A, Mohanty SS, Sen KK. Emphysematous epididymo-orchitis: An unusual case report. Ultrasound. 2021 Aug; 29(3):199-202. PMID: 34567233; PMCID: PMC8366214; DOI: 10.1177/1742271X20977040;
  4. Raman S, Mukherjee N, Dash K, Sen KK. Multiple intracranial cryptococcomas in an immunocompetent patient with pulmonary involvement. Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2020 Jul-Sep; 63(3):453-455. PMID: 32769338; DOI: 10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_331_19;
  5. Mehta R, Dhruv S, Kaushik V, Sen KK, Khan NS, Abhishek A, Dixit AK, Tripathi VN. A comparative study of antibacterial and antifungal activities of extracts from four indigenous plants. Bioinformation. 2020; 16(3):267-273. PMID: 32308269; PMCID: PMC7147494; DOI: 10.6026/97320630016267;
  6. Tandey R, Chouhan KBS, Sen KK, Mehta R, Dubey A, Das R, Saha P, Mandal V. Physiological and biochemical responses of Amaranthus cruentus to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon pollution caused by thermal power units. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2020 May; 27(13):14790-14806. PMID: 32056096; DOI: 10.1007/s11356-020-07971-6;
  7. Chou KF, Dong J, Colburn HS, Sen K. A Physiologically Inspired Model for Solving the Cocktail Party Problem. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2019 12; 20(6):579-593. PMID: 31392449; PMCID: PMC6889086; DOI: 10.1007/s10162-019-00732-4;
  8. Swain B, Sahoo RK, Sen KK, G MK, Parihar SS, Dubey R. Evaluation of intrahepatic and extrahepatic biliary tree anatomy and its variation by magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography in Odisha population: a retrospective study. Anat Cell Biol. 2020 Mar; 53(1):8-14. PMID: 32274243; PMCID: PMC7118263; DOI: 10.5115/acb.19.177;
  9. James NM, Gritton HJ, Kopell N, Sen K, Han X. Muscarinic receptors regulate auditory and prefrontal cortical communication during auditory processing. Neuropharmacology. 2019 01; 144:155-171.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30352212; PMCID: PMC6400225; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2018.10.027;
  10. Mandal V, Chouhan KBS, Tandey R, Sen KK, Kala HK, Mehta R. Critical analysis and mapping of research trends and impact assessment of polyaromatic hydrocarbon accumulation in leaves: let history tell the future. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2018 Aug; 25(23):22464-22474. PMID: 29938381; DOI: 10.1007/s11356-018-2578-x;
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2020 Boston University: Dean’s Catalyst Award (PI)
2019 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): NIH BRAIN Initiative Award (PI)
2018 Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems: NSF NCS-FO BRAIN Initiative Award (PI)
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