Blake Shaw Wilson

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Adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery

Prof. Wilson was initially trained as an electrical engineer but also became a leading scientist in the fields of hearing research, remediation of hearing loss, and neural prostheses in the ensuing years. He has a BSEE from Duke University and higher doctorates in science and engineering from the University of Warwick and the University of Technology, Sydney, respectively. In addition, he is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and is the recipient of honorary doctorates in medicine from Uppsala University and the University of Salamanca. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke, and has led or co-led many multidisciplinary efforts during the past three decades.

Wilson is the inventor of many of the speech processing strategies used with the present-day cochlear implants, including the continuous interleaved sampling (CIS), spectral peak picking (e.g., “n-of-m”), and virtual channel strategies, among others. One of his papers, in the journal Nature, is the most highly cited publication in the field of cochlear implants. He has served as the Principal Investigator for 26 projects, including 13 projects for the USA’s National Institutes of Health. In addition, he helped to create the Duke Cochlear Implant Program in 1984 and the Duke Hearing Center in 2008.

Alone or with colleagues, Wilson has received a high number of prestigious awards. Two of the awards are the 2013 Lasker~DeBakey Award and the 2015 Russ Prize. In addition, he has been the Guest of Honor (GOH) at 13 international and three national conferences to date. He has given GOH, keynote, or other invited talks at more than 180 conferences, and he has given 12 named lectures, including the Neel Distinguished Research Lecture, a Hopkins Medicine Distinguished Speaker Lecture, the Duke Engineering 75th Anniversary Lecture, and one of the Flexner Discovery Lectures.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery
Contact Information:
  • Office Phone: (919) 493-7231
  • Email Address: blake.wilson@duke.edu
Education:

    Research Interests:

    Signal processing and neural prostheses

    Specialties:

    Signal Processing
    Neural Prosthesis

    Courses Taught:

      Representative Publications: (More Publications)
        • Tucci, D. and Merson, M. H. and Wilson, B. S., A summary of the literature on global hearing impairment: current status and priorities for action, Otol Neurotol, vol 31 no. 1 (2010), pp. 31--41 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S., Partial deafness cochlear implantation (PDCI) and electric-acoustic stimulation (EAS), Cochlear Implants International, vol 11 no. Suppl 1 (2010), pp. 56--66.
        • Wilson, B. S. and Lopez-Poveda, E. A. and Schatzer, R., Use of auditory models in developing coding strategies for cochlear implants, Computational Models of the Auditory System, vol Volume 35 in the Springer Handbook of Au (2010), pp. 237--260.
        • Wilson, B. S. and Dorman, M. F., The design of cochlear implants, Cochlear Implants: Principles \& Practices, Second Edition (2009), pp. 95--135.
        • Wilson, B. S. Dorman M. F., Interfacing Sensors With the Nervous System: Lessons From the Development and Success of the Cochlear Implant, Sensors Journal, IEEE, vol 8 no. 1 (2008), pp. 131--147 [abs].
        • Wilson, Blake S. and Dorman, Michael F., Cochlear implants: A remarkable past and a brilliant future, Hearing Research, vol 242 (2008), pp. 3--21 [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S. and Dorman, M. F., Cochlear implants: current designs and future possibilities, J Rehabil Res Dev, vol 45 no. 5 (2008), pp. 695--730 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S. and Dorman, M. F., The surprising performance of present-day cochlear implants, IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, vol 54 no. 6 Pt 1 (2007), pp. 969--72 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • An, S. K. and Park, S. I. and Jun, S. B. and Lee, C. J. and Byun, K. M. and Sung, J. H. and Wilson, B. S. and Rebscher, S. J. and Oh, S. H. and Kim, S. J., Design for a simplified cochlear implant system, IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, vol 54 no. 6 Pt 1 (2007), pp. 973--82 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S. and Schatzer, R. and Lopez-Poveda, E. A. and Sun, X. and Lawson, D. T. and Wolford, R. D., Two new directions in speech processor design for cochlear implants, Ear Hear, vol 26 (2005), pp. 73S--81S.
        • Dorman, M. F. and Wilson, B. S., The design and function of the cochlear implants, Am Scientist, vol 92 (2004), pp. 436--445.
        • Wilson, B. S., Engineering design of cochlear implants, Cochlear Implants: Auditory Prostheses and Electric Hearing, vol (Volume 20 in the Springer Handbook of A (2004), pp. 14--52.
        • Wilson, B. S. and Lawson, D. T. and Muller, J. M. and Tyler, R. S. and Kiefer, J., Cochlear implants: some likely next steps, Annu Rev Biomed Eng, vol 5 (2003), pp. 207--49 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S., Strategies for representing speech information with cochlear implants, Cochlear Implants: Principles \& Practices (2000), pp. 129--170.
        • Rubinstein, J. T. and Wilson, B. S. and Finley, C. C. and Abbas, P. J., Pseudospontaneous activity: stochastic independence of auditory nerve fibers with electrical stimulation, Hearing Research, vol 127 no. 1-2 (1999), pp. 108--118 [science] [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S. and Rebscher, S. and Zeng, F. G. and Shannon, R. V. and Loeb, G. E. and Lawson, D. T. and Zerbi, M., Design for an inexpensive but effective cochlear implant, Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, vol 118 no. 2 (1998), pp. 235--41 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S., The future of cochlear implants, Br J Audiol, vol 31 no. 4 (1997), pp. 205--25 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S. and Finley, C. C. and Lawson, D. T. and Zerbi, M., Temporal representations with cochlear implants, Am J Otol, vol 18 no. 6 Suppl (1997), pp. S30--4 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S. and Lawson, D. T. and Zerbi, M. and Finley, C. C. and Wolford, R. D., New processing strategies in cochlear implantation, Am J Otol, vol 16 no. 5 (1995), pp. 669--75 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S. and Lawson, D. T. and Finley, C. C. and Wolford, R. D., Importance of patient and processor variables in determining outcomes with cochlear implants, J Speech Hear Res, vol 36 no. 2 (1993), pp. 373--9 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • Wilson, B. S. and Finley, C. C. and Lawson, D. T. and Wolford, R. D. and Eddington, D. K. and Rabinowitz, W. M., Better speech recognition with cochlear implants, Nature, vol 352 no. 6332 (1991), pp. 236--8 [query.fcgi] [abs].
        • Wilson, Blake S. and Finley, Charles C. and Lawson, Dewey T. and Wolford, Robert D., Speech Processors for Cochlear Prostheses, Proceedings of the IEEE, vol 76 no. 9 (1988), pp. 1143--1154.
        • Wilson, B. S. and Finley, C. C. and Farmer, J. C. Jr and Lawson, D. T. and Weber, B. A. and Wolford, R. D. and Kenan, P. D. and White, M. W. and Merzenich, M. M. and Schindler, R. A., Comparative studies of speech processing strategies for cochlear implants, Laryngoscope, vol 98 no. 10 (1988), pp. 1069--77 [query.fcgi] [abs].