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Workshop 2024

The 5th workshop on

Cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception

15-17 April 2024, Košice (pronounced KOH-shih-tse), Slovakia

News and updates (click here to view older posts): TBA


  • This workshop will include advanced research talks (and introductory lectures) on a range of topics related to the neural processes of auditory, visual and cross-modal perception.
  • The main focus of this year’s workshop will be on spatial audio virtualization and gamification for hearing assessment and enhancement.
  • The talks will illustrate the multidisciplinary character of cognitive neuroscience research, covering behavioral, neuroimaging, and modeling approaches, as well as applications of the research in auditory prosthetic devices.
  • The workshop is aimed at early-stage and advanced students and young researchers, and it will provide ample opportunities for direct interactions between the lecturers and the attendees.

The workshop will follow up on our previous workshops. (An electronic version of the proceedings with lectures and assignments from the previous two workshops is available here.)


1/2-day sessions, including invited talks, contributed talks, and posters focusing on the topics of Spatial Audio Virtualization and Gamification for Hearing Assessment and Enhancement (general), as well as other topics in computational and cognitive neuroscience. (Also, non-scientific program – outings to tourist destinations near Kosice – will be organized on the days before and/or day after the workshop.)

Guest speakers and SAV consortium speakers (tentative):

G. Christopher Stecker, Boys Town National Research Hospital, “The roles and bases of auditory spatial awareness”
Antje Ihlefeld, Meta, “Spatial Audio” (tentative)
Lauren Calandruccio, Case Western Reserve University
Eleni Vlahou, University of Thessaly, “Exploring Spatial Auditory Attention in Gamified Cocktail Party Settings”
Mathieu Lavandier, ENTPE – University of Lyon “Modelling speech intelligibility in noise: from differences in SRTs to full psychometric functions?”
Robert Baumgartner, Austrian Academy of Sciences, “Short-term adaptation of spatial hearing.”
Bernhard Laback, Austrian Academy of Sciences, “Dilation of Auditory Space by Short-Term Context”
Piotr Majdak, Austrian Academy of Sciences, “Introduction to the framework for auditory modeling based on Bayesian inference”
Anja Pahor, Univerza v Mariboru, “Development and validation of mobile measures of executive function.”
Frederick Gallun, Oregon Health and Science University, “Does Psychoacoustics Have to be Boring? Exploring Gamification of Auditory Testing”
Jorg Buchholz, Macquarie University, Australia
Jyrki Ahveninen, Mass General Research Institute / Harvard Medical School, United States
Virginia Best; Boston University, United States
Aaron Seitz, Northeastern University, “New games to train speech in competition; from psychoacoustics to music.”
Norbert Kopco, P. J. Šafárik University in Košice, “Other topics in SAV: Attention and distance in real and virtual environments”

Contributed talks and posters (TBA)

Program (tentative):

15 April 2024
Invited Talks. Session Chair:
8:30-9:05 9:10-9:45 9:50-10:25 10:30-11:05 11:10-11:45
Invited Talks. Session Chair:
13:30-14:05 14:10-14:45 14:50-15:25 15:30-16:05 16:10-16:45
16 April 2024
Invited Talks and Demos. Session Chair: 
8:30-9:05 9:10-9:45 9:50-10:25 10:30-11:05 11:10-11:45
Talks. Session Chair:
13:30-15:00 15:15-16:45
17 April 2024
Invited Talks. Session Chair:
8:30-9:05 9:10-9:45 9:50-10:25 10:30-11:05 11:10-11:45

Instructions for the presenters:

  • Invited talks  Each talk has 35 mins assigned to it (30 mins talk; 5 mins discussion), followed by a 5 min break.
  • Contributed talks Each presentation is scheduled for 15 minutes (13 mins talk; 2 mins discussion).
  • Posters Posters will be up during the poster session (Tuesday PM), as well as during the following day (Wednesday AM). Presenters are expected to be at their poster for approximately a half of the poster session, they can explore the other posters during the other half. They are also encouraged to be available to present their posters during the breaks in the Wednesday AM session. Poster boards of 118cm (h) x 70 (w) with pins will be provided.

Social events and outings (tentative):

Monday evening – Welcome reception
Wednesday afternoon – trip to Tokaj Wine Cellars
Thursday whole day – trip Tatra mountains + hike


Videoconference lecture hall, Faculty of Science / Technicom building, P. J. Šafárik University, Jesenná 5, 04001 Košice Slovakia.


Norbert Kopco, P. J. Šafárik University in Košice
Frederick Gallun, Oregon Health and Science University
Robert Baumgartner, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Mathieu Lavandier, ENTPE – University of Lyon

Organizing team and contact:

Perception and Cognition Lab
Email: kogneuro@gmail.com

Practical info:

WIFI Internet: Eduroam and UPJS-guest networks(password will be provided during workshop) are available to get online during the workshop. Ask the reception for further assistance.
Refreshments: Sparkling and still water, tea, and instant coffee will be available during the workshop in the workshop room.

Travel, accommodation, visitor information:

Getting around: You can easily walk almost everywhere within Kosice old town. The workshop venue is a 1/2-hr walk from the railway & bus stations.
Kosice has a reliable public transportation system. You can find a route planner. To get to the workshop from the train/bus stations, you can take the #17 bus or #2 tram to Radnica Stareho Mesta station.The easiest way of getting around is by a cab or an Uber-like peer-to-peer ride-sharing service BOLT . HOPIN is a taxi hailing app, similar to Uber, but using regular cabs. You can use it to request a cab from any place to any place in Košice, you see the cost prior to ordering, and you can even request a cab driver that speaks English. You can also hail regular cabs on the street, the cost within city should never be more than 5 EUR. Or you can call the cab companies. Easy Taxi has a fixed rate of 3EUR anywhere within Košice. American Taxi offers fixed rate of 12 EUR to/from the airport.
Another option is a shared bike (see here).

Travel: The Kosice Airport is served by Austrian Airlines, Swiss Air and LOT Polish Airlines (via Vienna, Zurich, Warsaw), and by low-cost airlines Wizzair (London Luton) and Ryanair (London Stansted, Prague, Dublin, Liverpool). Alternatively you can fly to Budapest Airport and take a 3-hr shuttle bus to Kosice (for example, using Flixbus, cassoviaexpres or Airtrans.sk). FlixBus offers bus connections from Poland (from Krakow or Krakow airport), taking 4 to 5 hrs. Also FlixBus serves many cities directly or with connection from Kosice. More information about how to get to Kosice (also by train or bus) can be found here.

Accommodation: There are several hotels close to the workshop venue, for example Hotel Maraton, Crystal, Ambassador, Yasmin, or Slavia (for more hotel options please see http://www.booking.com, http://www.hotels.com, for hostels see: http://www.hostels.com, http://www.hostelworld.com.

Recommended restaurants: Nearby: Sport, Mango, Maraton, Heppi, Santa Lucia, Tip Top, Krcma Letna, Tabacka, Dobre Bistro, Mala Praha, Nico, Gesto. Slovak and international cuisine: Villa Regia, Uhorský dvor (also Hungarian), Jaskyňa (also Middle-Eastern/falafel), Iris (in Zlaty Dukat hotel), Republika východu (The East-Slovak Republic, modern with a traditional twist), Le Colonial, Olive Tree (in Hilton hotel), fast-food and regular restaurants in Aupark shopping center, 12 apoštolov, Camelot, Med Malina, Golden Royal, Atrium (in Teledom hotel), Czech: Budejovická hospoda, Česká hospoda, Polish: Karczma mlyn (Italian): Mediterran, La Ventana, Napoli, Piano, Jazz Garden, Zlatý zvon, Retro Cult Club, French: A la maison, Middle-Eastern: Kleopatra-Agadir, Burekas, Vegetarian/vegan: Halmi (gluten-free vegan), Ajvega, Madrid (has vegan options, limited menu, dinner only), Indian: Góvinda, Little India, Taj Mahal, Steak house: Rosto, Ukrainian: Barvinok, Sushi/Thai/Asian: Bamboo, Maiko sushi, Greek: Korfu, Vietnamese: Asia fast food, Turkish: Osman city (fast food), Breakfast: Rozpravka. Beer: Golem micro brewery, Hostinec, Luxor, Dobre casy, Red Nose, Madrid. Wine: Dva a dve, Villa Cassa, Vinoteka Loefler, Barrique – Pivotéka & Vinotéka.

Visitor Information, Current Events and Activities:

Košice was the European Capital of Culture in 2013 (thanks to which a lot of new cultural venues were built, including a kulturpark, kunsthalle, and a science park called Steelpark). A well-updated web page with events and trip ideas (as well as accommodation and other tourist info) is http://www.visitkosice.org/en .

Here is a list of tips for optional activities and “English-friendly” cultural events in Kosice during the workshop:


The workshop is open to all interested students/scientists. Registration is free of charge but required. To register, please send an email to kogneuro@gmail.com stating your full name and affiliation and the dates on which you are planning to attend. All accepted abstracts will be published on the workshop website and in the abstract book. No proceedings will be published. In case you would like to have a presentation please send us an abstract (up to 200 words; also indicate whether you prefer poster or oral presentation) no later than March 1, 2024.


The project has received funding from the HORIZON-MSCA-2022-SE-01 call (MSCA Staff Exchanges) of the research and innovation programme of Horizon Europe under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions grant agreement N° 101129903.

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