Alex Kell

  • Program Years: 2014-2018
  • Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Computational Neuroscience
  • Academic Advisor: Josh McDermott
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2017)
  • Degree(s):
    A.B. Neuroscience, Dartmouth College, 2010

Current Status

  • Research Area: Computational Neuroscience
  • Personal URL: http://alexkell.org
  • Publications

    Selected conference abstracts:

    Kell A., McDermott J. Noise-robustness of cortical responses to natural sounds increases from primary to non-primary auditory cortex. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, November 2016. (Talk)

    Kell A.*, Yamins D.*, Norman-Haignere S., McDermott J. Speech-trained neural networks behave like human listeners and reveal a hierarchy in auditory cortex. Salt Lake City, UT: Computational and Systems Neuroscience (COSYNE), February 2016.

    Kell A.*, Yamins D.*, Norman-Haignere S., McDermott J. Functional organization of auditory cortex revealed by neural networks optimized for auditory tasks. Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, October 2015. (Talk)

    Kell A.*, Yamins D.*, Norman-Haignere S., Seibert D., Hong H., DiCarlo J., McDermott J. Computational similarities between visual and auditory cortex studied with convolutional neural networks, fMRI, and electrophysiology. St. Pete’s Beach, FL: Visual Science Society, May 2015.

    Yamins D.*, Kell A.*, Norman-Haignere S., McDermott J. Using speech-optimized convolutional neural networks to understand auditory cortex. Salt Lake City, UT: COSYNE: Computational Systems Neuroscience, March 2015. (Talk)

    Kell A.*, Yamins D.*, Norman-Haignere S., McDermott J. Deep neural networks trained on speech tasks predict auditory cortex responses to natural sounds. Baltimore, MD: Association for Research in Otolaryngology, February 2015.

    Kell A.*, Yamins D.*, Norman-Haignere S., McDermott J. Similarities between deep neural networks trained on speech tasks and human auditory cortex. Cambridge, MA: Speech & Audio in the Northeast: SANE 2014, October 2014.

    Awards

    2017: International Conference on Auditory Cortex Travel Award
    2017: Cosyne Presenters Travel Grant
    2015: Vision Sciences Society Best Student Poster Award
    2015: Association for Otolaryngology Travel Award
    2015: Vision Sciences Society Travel Award
    2014: NVIDIA Academic Hardware Donation Program (GPU donation)