Kaibao Nie, PhD

聂开宝 (Chinese Name)
Lecturer
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center
Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Adjunct Lecturer
Department of Electrical Engineering, UW-Seattle
School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, UW-Bothell

Box 357923
Seattle, WA 98195-7923
Phone (206) 616 4690
Email: niek(at)uw.edu   

 
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine, CA, 2001-2004
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 1999
M.S.  in Electrical Engineering,  Shandong University, China, 1991
B.S.   in Electrical Engineering,  Shandong University, China, 1988

Research Interests

Signal Processing in Cochlear Implants
Vestibular Neural Prostheses
Speech Perception and Psychoacoustics
Speech Signal Processing
Biomedical Signal Processing
Applications of Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) and Embedded Systems

Links about my research projects:
New coding strategies for cochlear implants-UW Today
Speech coding for cochlear implants on Prof. Les Atlas's webpage
First implanted device to treat balance disorder on UWNEWS
First Device to Combat Vertigo on YouTube
Multichannel recording and vestibular stimulation




IEEE Senior Member
Ad Hoc Reviewer for:
    IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering
    IEEE Trans. on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
    Ear and Hearing
    Hearing Research
    Speech Communication
    EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing
    Research Letters in Signal Processing
    Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology
    Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research
    Acta Oto-Laryngologica
    International Journal of Audiology
    Otology and Neurotology
    Trends in Amplification

Grant reviewer for:
    Medical Research Council (UK)
    Action on Hearing Loss Foundation (formally Royal National Institute for Deaf People - RNID, UK)
    National Natural Science Foundation of China





Awards and Honors

2010 Outstanding Paper Award of IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering
K. Nie, G.S. Stickney, and F.G. Zeng. Encoding frequency modulation to improve cochlear implant performance in noise. IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 52, pp. 64-73, 2005
2009 Technology Gap Innovation Fund Award, University of Washington
Travel Award, 2001 Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses
Distinguished Technical Expert, the City of Jinan, China, 2000
Outstanding Young Teacher Award, Shandong University, China, 2000
Guanghua Graduate Fellowship, Tsinghua University, 1998
Shandong University Presidential Graduate Fellowship, 1990
Honor Undergraduate Student (Summa Cum Laude), Shandong University, 1988
Top Undergraduate Scholarships, Shandong University, 1984-1988


Academic Experience

07/2010 to present          Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle
09/2009 to present          Lecturer, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Washington, Seattle
12/2005 to 09/2009        Acting Instructor, VM Bloedel Hearing Research Center, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Washington, Seattle
10/2004 to 11/2005        Research Engineer,  Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
06/2001-09/2004            Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Otolaryngology, University of California, Irvine
09/1999-06/2001            Associate Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, Shandong University, China
09/1996-06/1999            Doctoral Student, Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China
09/1994-09/1996            Lecturer, Department of Electronic Engineering, Shandong University, China
09/1991-09/1994            Teaching Assistant, Department of Electronic Engineering, Shandong University, China

Teaching Experience

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering   2013
Continuous Time Linear Systems   2011
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 2001
Pattern Recognition 2000
Speech Signal Processing 2000
Signal Detection and Estimation Theory  1999
Digital Signal Processing 1999-2000
Microprocessors and Interfaces 1993-1996
C Programming Language 1995
Databases and Data Structures 1991-1995

Recent Grants/Projects




Peer-Reviewed Publications

Search results on PubMed
Search results on Google Scholar
Link to some of my papers on Dr. Fan-Gang Zeng's webpage

  1. X. Li, K. Nie, J.T. Rubinstein, and L. Atlas, Improved Perception of Music with a Harmonic Based Algorithm for Cochlear Implants.  IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2013 Jul;21(4):684-94 (corresponding author)
  2. K. Nie, L. Ling, S.M. Bierer, J.T. Rubinstein and J. Phillips, An experimental vestibular neural prosthesis: design and preliminary with rhesus monkeys stimulated with modulated pulses. IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering, 2013 Jun;60(6):1685-92 (corresponding author)
  3.  J.S. Golub, L. Ling, K. Nie, A. Nowack, S.J. Shepherd, S.M. Bierer, E. Jameyson, C.R.S. Kaneko, J.O. Phillips,  J.T. Rubinstein, Prosthetic implantation of the human vestibular system. Otology and Neurotolog (2013, in press)
  4. Phillips C, Defrancisci C, Ling L, Nie K, Nowack A, Phillips JO, Rubinstein JT. Postural responses to electrical stimulation of the vestibular end organs in human subjects. Experimendal Brain Research. 2013 Aug;229(2):181-95.
  5.  X. Li, K. Nie, N. Imennov, J.H. Won, L. Atlas, J.T. Rubinstein, Improved perception of speech in noise and Mandarin tones with acoustic simulations of harmonic coding for cochlear implants. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2012 Nov;132(5):3387-98 (corresponding author)
  6. Won JH, Lorenzi C, Nie K, Li X, Jameyson EM, Drennan WR, Rubinstein JT. The ability of cochlear implant users to use temporal envelope cues recovered from speech frequency modulation, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132(2):1113-9, 2012
  7.  J.H. Won, K. Nie, W.R. Drennan, E.M. Jameyson, and J.T. Rubinstein, Maximizing the spectral and temporal benefits of two clinically used sound processing strategies for cochlear implants. Trends in Amplification, 2012 Dec;16(4):201-10
  8.  JT Rubinstein, C Kaneko, S Bierer, L Ling, K Nie, AF Fuchs, F Santos, S Newlands, F Risi, T Oxford, PJ Abbas, JO Phillips. Implantation of the Semicircular Canals with Preservation of Hearing and Rotational Sensitivity: a vestibular neurostimulator suitable for clinical research. Otology and Neurotology, 33(5):789-96, 2012
  9.  S.M. Bierer, L. Ling, K. Nie, J.T. Rubinstein, T. Oxford, A.L. Nowack, C.R. Kaneko, A.F. Fuchs, J.O. Phillips, Auditory outcomes following implantation and electrical stimulation of the semicircular canals. Hearing Research, 287(1-2):51-6, 2012
  10. J.H. Won, W.R. Drennan, K. Nie, E.M. Jameyson, and J.T. Rubinstein. Acoustic temporal modulation detection and speech perception in cochlear implant listeners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130(1):376-88, 2011
  11. J.H. Won, C.G. Clinard, S. Kwon, V.K. Dasika, K. Nie, W.R. Drennan, K.L. Tremblay, J.T. Rubinstein, Relationship between behavioral and physiological spectral-ripple discrimination, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 12(3):375-93, 2011
  12. K. Nie, S.M. Bierer, L. Ling, T. Oxford, J.T. Rubinstein and J. Phillips. Characterization of the electrically-evoked compound action potential of the vestibular nerve. Otology and Neurotology, 32(1):88-97, 2011(corresponding author)
  13. Drennan, W.R., Won, J.H., Nie, K., Jameyson, E. and Rubinstein, J.T. Sensitivity of psychophysical measures to signal processor modifications in cochlear implant users. Hearing Research. 262(1-2):1-8. PMID: 20144699, 2010
  14. R. Kang, G.L. Nimmons, W. Drennan, J. Longnion, C. Ruffin, K. Nie, J. Won, T. Worman, B. Yueh, and J.T. Rubinstein. Development and Validation of the University of Washington Clinical Assessment of Musical Perception (CAMP) Test. Ear and Hearing, 30(4):411-8, 2009
  15. V.K. Dasika, L.A. Werner, S.J. Norton, K. Nie, and J.T. Rubinstein. Measuring Sound Detection and Reaction Time in Infant and Toddler Cochlear Implant Recipients Using an Observer-Based Procedure: A First Report. Ear and Hearing, Vol.30(2):250-261, 2009
  16. K. Nie, A. Barco, and F.G. Zeng, Spectral and temporal cues in cochlear implant speech perception, Ear and Hearing, vol. 27, pp. 208-217, 2006
  17. F.G. Zeng, K. Nie, G.S. Stickney, Y.Y. Kong, M. Vongphoe, A. Bhargave, C. Wei, and K. Cao. Speech recognition with amplitude and frequency modulations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), vol.102, pp. 2293-2298, 2005
  18. G.S. Stickney, K. Nie, and F.G. Zeng. Contribution of frequency modulation to speech recognition in noise. Journal of Acoustic Society of America, vol.118, pp.2412-2420, 2005
  19. K. Nie, G.S. Stickney, and F.G. Zeng. Encoding frequency modulation to improve cochlear implant performance in noise. IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 52, pp. 64-73, 2005 (IEEE Outstanding Paper Award)
  20. N. Lan, K. Nie, S.K. Gao, and F.G. Zeng. A novel speech processing strategy for cochlear implant incorporating Chinese tonal information. IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering, 51(5):752-60, 2004
  21. F.G. Zeng, K. Nie, S. Liu, and G. Stickney et al., On the dichotomy in auditory perception between temporal envelope and fine Structure cues, Journal of Acoustic Society of America, vol.116, pp.1351-1354, 2004

Journal Papers in Chinese:

  1. Y. Du, K. Nie and J. Liu, Measurement of Otoacoustic Emissions with A Sound Card Recording System, Journal of Biomedical Engineering Magazine, 22 (2): 363-366, 2005
  2. J. Liu, K. Nie, Han X. Han and J. Sun. A Speech Processing Algorithm for Cochlear Implants by Combining CIS and Feature Extraction Strategies, Chinese Journal of Biomedical Engineering, 24(1):70-73, 2005
  3. Y. Du, K. Nie and J. Liu , Time-Frequency Analysis of TEOAEs by STFT, Beijing Biomedical Engineering Magazine, 23(2): 106-108, 2004
  4. J. Liu, K. Nie, and Z. He. Separation of nonlinear mixture of signals. Journal of Electronics & Information Technology, Vol.25 No.1, 2003.
  5. J. Liu , K. Nie, L. Mei and Z. He, PDF estimation in blind deconvolution algorithm based on minimum output entropy, Journal of Shandong University (Natural Science), 38(1):76-79, 2003
  6. C.X. Li, K. Nie, and J. Liu. Pitch extraction based on glottal closure instant detection. Shandong Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Vol.22 No.1, 17-22, 2003
  7. X.H. Han, K. Nie and J. Liu. Advances in signal processing for cochlear implants. Biomedical Engineering Magazine, Vol.20 No.2, PP. 340-345, 2003
  8. X.J. Wu, X.H. Han and K. Nie. Speaker recognition combining the vector quantization with fuzzy C-Means clustering, Journal of Electronics & Information Technology, Vol.24 No.6, pp.845-850, 2002
  9. J. Liu and K. Nie. Blind source separation based on a recurrent neural network. Journal of Circuits and Systems, (Vol.6), pp. 45-50, 2001
  10. J. Liu , K. Nie and Z. He, A SOS-based algorithm and its performance surfaces for blind source separation, Journal of System Engineering and Electronics, 22(4): 81-84, 2000
  11. K. Nie, D. Chen and Z.J. Chen. A high accuracy AC/DC conversion system with logarithmic and anti-logarithmic circuits.  J. of Applied Sciences, vol.18,No.1, 2000
  12. K. Nie, N. Lan, S.K. Gao and F.S. Yang. Review of speech processing strategies for cochlear implants. Biomedical Engineering Magazine, vol.16, No.3, 1999
  13. K. Nie, N. Lan and S.K. Gao. Implementation of the CIS speech processing strategy for cochlear implants using wavelet transform, J. of Tsinghua University, Vol.39 No.9, 1999
  14. K. Nie, N. Lan and S.K. Gao. Acoustical simulations of speech processing strategy for cochlear implants. Beijing Biomedical Engineering Magazine. Vol.18 No.4, 1999
  15. K. Nie, Ju Liu, A computer-based wireless information system with BP pagers, Applications of Electronic Technology, 25 (5): 39-40, 1999
  16. J. Liu , K. Nie and X. Wu, A new method for real-time processing of remote faults in transformer substation monitoring, Shandong Electronics, 4:(3), 1995

Papers on Conference Proceedings:


  1. Phillips JO, Shepherd SJ, Nowack AL, Ling L, Bierer SM, Kaneko CR, Phillips CM, Nie K, Rubinstein JT. Longitudinal performance of a vestibular prosthesis as assessed by electrically evoked compound action potential recording. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012;2012:6128-31
  2. Phillips JO, Bierer SM, Ling L, Nie K, Rubinstein JT. Real-time communication of head velocity and acceleration for an externally mounted vestibular prosthesis. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011;2011:3537-41.
  3. Rubinstein JT, Nie K, Bierer S, Ling L, Phillips JO. Signal processing for a vestibular neurostimulator. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2010;2010:6247.
  4. X. Li, K. Nie, F. Karp, K.L. Tremblay, J.T. Rubinstein. Characteristics of Stimulus Artifacts in EEG Recordings Induced by Electrical Stimulation of Cochlear Implants (3rd International Congress on Image and Signal Processing, Yantai, China, 2010)
  5. X. Li, K. Nie, L.E. Atlas and J.T. Rubinstein. Harmonic coherent demodulation for improving sound coding in cochlear implants. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2010
  6. K. Nie, L.E. Atlas and J.T. Rubinstein. Single sideband encoder for music coding in cochlear implants. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), pp. 4209-4212, 2008
  7. S.M. Schimmel, L.E. Atlas and K. Nie. Feasibility of single channel speaker separation based on modulation frequency analysis. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Honolulu, Hawaii, pp. IV605–IV608, 2007
  8. K. Nie and F.G. Zeng. A perception-based speech processing strategy for cochlear implants and speech coding. Proceedings of 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2004;6:4205-8,San Francisco, California, 2004
  9. K. Nie and F.G. Zeng. Using neural network and principal component analysis to study vowel recognition with temporal envelope cues. Proceedings of 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2004;6:4592-5, San Francisco, California,2004
  10. J. Liu, C. Li, K. Nie, M. Li. A new speech processing strategy for cochlear implants-separated time stimulation (STS). Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Signal Processing Proceedings, pp. 2624-7, 2004
  11. J. Liu, Y. Du, J. Li and K. Nie. A new method for eliminating stimulus artifact in transient evoked otoacoustic emissions using ICA. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Independent Component Analysis and Blind Signal Separation, pp. 1041-7, 2004
  12. J. Liu, A.M. Shkel, K. Nie, and F.G. Zeng. System design and experimental evaluation of a MEMS-based semicircular canal prosthesis. Proceedings of the 1st International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering. Capri Island, Italy, pp. 177-180, 2003
  13. X. Han and K. Nie. Implementation of a spectral maxima sound processing for cochlear implants by using Bark scale frequency band partition. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, pp. 2097-101, 2001
  14. B. Liu, X. Wu, and K. Nie. New searching algorithm for articulated hand model fitting in gesture tracking system. Proceedings of the SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, v 4554, pp. 211-15, 2001
  15. X. Han and K. Nie. Implementation of CIS speech signal processing for cochlear implants using Bark scale frequency band partition. The 8th International Conference on Neural Information Processing, Shanghai, China, 2001
  16. K. Nie, J Liu, Analysis of speech identification results of the CIS speech processor for cochlear implants with and without tonal information, Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Congress on Biomedical Engineering, Hangzhou, China, 2000
  17. J. Liu, K. Nie, and Z. He. Redundancy reduction: A new criterion for blind separation of signals. Proceedings of IEEE Asia-Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems: Electronic Communication Systems, pp 591-594, 2000
  18. K. Nie, S.K. Gao and N. Lan, Wavelet-based feature extraction of speech signals for cochlear implants. Proceedings of 21th Annual International conference of the IEEE EMBS, pp. 654, Atlanta, 1999
  19. K. Nie, N. Lan and S.K. Gao. A speech processing strategy for cochlear implants based on tonal information of Chinese language. Proceedings of IEEE/EMBS'98, pp. 3154-3157, Hong Kong, 1998
  20. K. Nie, N. Lan and S.K. Gao. Implementation of CIS speech processing strategy for cochlear implants using Wavelet transform, The 4th Int. Conf. on Signal Processing, pp. 1395-1308 , Beijing, 1998



NIH Quarterly Progress Reports

James O. Phillips, Steven Bierer, Albert F. Fuchs, Chris R.S. Kaneko, Leo Ling, Kaibao Nie, and Jay T. Rubinstein. Neurophysiological Studies of Electrical Stimulation for the Vestibular Nerve, Contract No. HHS-N-260-2006-00005-C, 2006-2010

Book Chapters  

  1. K. Nie, W. Drennan and J. Rubinstein. The 17th Edition of Ballenger's Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Chapter 33: Cochlear Implant Coding Strategies and Device Programming, 2009
  2. F.G. Zeng, K. Nie, G. Stickney and Y.Y. Kong. Auditory perception with slowly-varying amplitude and frequency modulations. In: Auditory signal processing: physiology, psychoacoustics, and Models. pp. 237-243. D. Pressnitzer, A. de CheveignŽe, S. McAdams, and L. Collet (Eds.). Springer Verlag, New York, 2004
  3. K. Nie and F. G. Zeng. Deafness: Fundamental and Clinical Treatments. Chapter 37: Engineering Design of Cochlear Implants. Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2004 (in Chinese)
  4. K. Nie, Introduction to Computer Technology. Chapter 5: Databases and Programming Languages. Shandong Science and Technology Press, 1997 (in Chinese)

Patents

  1. Kaibao Nie, Les Atlas, Jay Rubinstein, Xing Li and Pascal Clark. Enhanced signal processing for cochlear implant. US20090312820
  2. Fan-Gang and Kaibao Nie. Frequency-Amplitude-Modulation-Encoding (FAME) strategy for cochlear implants and audio compression. US 7225027
  3. Tao Zhang, Kaibao Nie, Brent Edwards, William S. Woods, and Jon S. Kindred. Environment detection and adaptation in hearing assistance devices. US 2007/0219784 A1
  4. Haihong Lin, Kaibao Nie, and Bing Wang.  A microprocessor-based home heatmeter and communication system (Chinese Patent No. 00257157.9), 2001