School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Peter F. Assmann


Research Interests

Perception of speech in adverse conditions; acoustic properties of speech in children

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Assmann is one of the leading researchers in the area of speech perception in adverse listening conditions and the acoustics of speech development in children. Dr. Assmann recently has worked on the development of a database of speech recordings (more than 300 children between the ages of five and 18 years) to study biological and social influences on the acoustical properties of speech. The database will be used in clinical and theoretical modeling studies, as well as research on the perception of phonetic properties (differences between vowels) and indexical properties (perceived age and gender) in children’s speech. Dr. Assmann was elected as a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (2012) and served as Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2001-2005) in the field of Speech Communication. JASA is the foremost international journal of acoustics, and is considered the top venue for speech research. Dr. Assmann earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Waterloo, Canada and his master’s and doctoral degrees from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Hossain, S., Montazeri, V., Assmann, P.F., and Litovsky, R.Y. (2015). Precedence based speech segregation in bilateral cochlear implant users. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138, EL545-EL550.

Hubbard, D. and Assmann, P.F. (2013). Perceptual adaptation to gender and expressive properties in speech: The role of fundamental frequency. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(4): 2367-2376.

Bharadwaj, S.V. and Assmann, P.F. (2013). Vowel Production in Children with Cochlear Implants: Implications for Evaluating Disordered Speech. The Volta Review, 113(2): 149-169.