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Shamma, Shihab

Shihab Shamma
2203 AV Williams Building
Lab Description: 

Research Interests 

  • Optimization and computer-aided design
  • Robust control system design
  • Biological aspects of speech analysis and neural signal processing


Shihab Shamma received his B.S. degree in 1976 from Imperial College, in London, U.K. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1977 and 1980, respectively. Dr. Shamma received his M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature in 1980 from the same institution. Dr. Shamma has been a member of the University of Maryland faculty since 1984 when he started as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. He became an Associate Professor in 1989. He has been associated with the Systems Research Center since its inception in 1985, and received a joint appointment in 1990. Dr. Shamma also holds a joint appointment with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

Dr. Shamma's research deals with issues in computational neuroscience, euromorphic engineering, and the development of microsensor systems for experimental research and neural prostheses. Primary focus has been on studying the computational principles underlying the processing and recognition of complex sounds (speech and music) in the auditory system, and the relationship between auditory and visual processing. Signal processing algorithms inspired by data from neurophysiological and psychoacoustical experiments are being developed and applied in a variety of systems such as speech and voice recognition and diagnostics in industrial manufacturing. Other research interests included (at various times) the development of photolithographic microelectrode arrays for recording and stimulation of neural signals, a VLSI implementations of auditory processing algorithms, and development of robotic systems for the detection and tracking of multiple sound sources.

Honors and Awards 

    •    ISR Outstanding Faculty Award (2007)
    •    Acoustical Society of America Fellow

Related News 

Shihab Shamma elected IEEE Fellow
Shamma was selected for his work applying signal processing to auditory neuroscience. November 21, 2017

Five Clark School faculty part of $8 million NIH grant to combat hearing loss in older people
Multidisciplinary research will examine strategies to improve communication challenges. October 11, 2017

UMD Researchers Receive DARPA Funding to Study Language Learning
Research team to examine effect of bioelectric stimulation on second language learning, brain plasticity. May 10, 2017

Fritz, Shamma are collaborators on new DARPA Targeted Neuroplasticity Training Program
The University of Maryland will receive up to $8.58 million from DARPA for the research, which is led by the UMD Center for Advanced Study of Language. May 8, 2017

Jonathan Simon is invited speaker at Paris Workshop on Decoding of Sound and Brain
Alumna Mounya Elhilali also was a presenter. November 11, 2015

Subramanian and Wheeler win 2015 ISR awards
Graduate student and staff member honored at annual ceremony. September 17, 2015

Shihab Shamma named to NIH advisory council
The National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council advises the Secretary of HHS and the directors of NIH and its NIDCD. March 5, 2015

UMD neuroscience researchers publish in the journal Neuron
Paper suggests the brain’s auditory, visual and somatosensory systems may have a similar functional hierarchical structure. April 16, 2014

Yin, Fritz, Shamma publish neuroplasticity study in Journal of Neuroscience
Rapid changes in neural pathways and synapses in the brain closely reflect the time and frequency of the tasks being performed. March 28, 2014

Depireux, Elhilali co-edit auditory cortex techniques handbook
Book is the first to explain "broadband" techniques used in the study and modeling of the auditory pathway. February 6, 2014