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DTU and three hearing aids businesses set up new research centre

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DTU, Oticon, Widex and GN Resound open a new research centre on 1 January 2014. The centre is named CAMM—Centre for Acoustic-Mechanical Micro Systems—and will focus on the interaction between acoustics and mechanical engineering. It will be located at DTU where researchers from DTU Mechanical Engineering and DTU Electrical Engineering will be headed by Professor Jakob Søndergaard Jensen.

Jakob Søndergaard, Head of Centre:
“The centre will give us an excellent opportunity to create a unique research environment, and it will be the first of its kind in the world to focus its efforts at this particular field. By conducting world-class research and producing MSc graduates and PhDs, we can further bolster the leading position of Danish companies when it comes to products where the interaction between mechanical engineering and acoustics plays a decisive role, including—of course—hearing aids.”

The centre expects to form a group of 10–15 researchers, including postdocs and PhD students. The centre will also offer a number of BSc, MSc and PhD level courses and will receive funding of approximately DKK 25 million over four years.

DTU President Anders Bjarklev:
“It is very positive that the three major hearing aids providers have joined forces to support such an exciting new research field here at DTU. We have high expectations of the centre and also hope that this partnership model can serve as inspiration within other areas.”