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Company Information:

Company Name: SENSIMETRICS CORP.
City: Malden
State: MA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (781) 399-0858

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,797,500.00 29
SBIR Phase II $9,560,205.00 14
STTR Phase I $457,264.00 4
STTR Phase II $1,499,000.00 2

Award List:

SYNTHETIC SPEECH AUDIOMETRIC SCREENING TEST

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
This research will determine the feasibility of a new test of auditory function based on discrimination of phonetic cues in synthetic speech. the speech will be synthesized with precisely controlled parameters. as planned, a listener would be presented with a series of single words of synthetic… More

MULTIMODALITY MONITORING OF AUDITORY EVOKED POTENTIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of using auditory, or combined auditory and visual, presentation modes in the identification of the brainstem auditory evoked response (baer). the long-term goal of this work is to improve the identification of bioelectric signals recorded in… More

SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE FOR IMPAIRED SPEECH ASSESSMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The effectiveness of speech therapy and training is limited by the time available for interaction between the therapist or teacher and the pupil. a device that could automaticallycompare a brief utterance to a standard or reference version of that utterance, and display a measure of the trial… More

SPEECH SYNTHESIS WORK STATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00

SPEECH SYNTHESIS WORK STATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $487,685.00
Abstract:
The aim of this research is to investigate the feasibility of developing a low-cost, computer-based system for speech synthesis in research and education. the system incorporates new principles that are intended to make it easier to use. the plan is to further enhance the usefulness and availability… More

DEVELOPMENT OF HEADSET HEARING AIDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Berkovitz, Robert A , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00

EVOKED OTOACOUSTIC DISTORTION SCREENING DEVICE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Berkovitz, Robert , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00

COMPUTER BASED COURSE IN ACOUSTIC PHONETICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Berkovitz, Robert A , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00

COMPUTER BASED COURSE IN ACOUSTIC PHONETICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Berkovitz, Robert A , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $508,076.00
Abstract:
We will develop a course in acoustic phonetics to be based on use of a low-cost speech synthesis/analysis system for personal computers. the general availability of fast, high-capacity personal computers, and the ease with which they can be coupled to specialized signal processing devices for speech… More

EVOKED OTOACOUSTIC DISTORTION SCREENING DEVICE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Berkovitz, Robert , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $468,344.00
Abstract:
We aim to develop the technology required to produce a portable device for rapid screening of auditory function, based on measurement of evoked otoacoustic emission. the applied stimuli will be two-tone pairs closely spaced in frequency. screening will be based on assessment of the evoked distortion… More

Speech Synthesis-By-Rule Using High-Level Parameters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: David R. Williams
Award Amount: $49,950.00

DEVELOPMENT OF HEADSET HEARING AIDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Berkovitz, Robert A , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This is a project to develop advanced hearing aids in which size is not a primary constraint. basic analog and digital units are planned, employing binaural headphones of the walkman\ type with circuitry and batteries in an enlarged headband. in the basic version, effort will be concentrated on… More

Development of Audiometric Localization Tests

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert Berkovitz
Award Amount: $58,086.00

Speech Synthesis-By-Rule Using High-Level Parameters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: David R. Williams
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose is to assess the feasibility of developing a speech synthesis-by-rule system based on a new method for controlling formant synthesizers such as KLSYN88. The new method uses a small set (about 10) of high-level (HL) parameters which, in conjunction with calculated aerodynamic quantities,… More

PORTABLE VOICE ACCUMULATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $96,664.00

COMPUTER BASED COURSE IN HEARING SCIENCE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Development of Audiometric Localization Tests

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert Berkovitz
Award Amount: $651,423.00
Abstract:
This research will develop a system that will enable audiometric assessment of directionalhearing. Work in Phase I will address the technical feasibility of using a small-radius loudspeaker arrayfor testing localization ability. Specifically, efforts will be made to evaluate the use of a… More

COMPUTER BASED COURSE IN HEARING SCIENCE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $750,000.00

TALKER CHARACTERIZATION THROUGH SYNTHESIS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Mc Gowan, Richard S
Award Amount: $100,000.00

PORTABLE VOICE ACCUMULATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $587,220.00

TELEPHONE INTERFACE FOR COMMUNICATION IMPAIRMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick M. Zurek
Award Amount: $108,533.00
Abstract:
Not Available High throughput, low cost manufacturing methods will be developed to create biomimetic scaffold materials that exhibit the microstructure, porosity, and high surface area of the molecular frameworks of living cells and tissues. These biomimetic scaffolds will represent a core… More

DIFFERENTIAL SPECTROGRAM FOR ANALYSIS OF NONLINEARITY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Berkovitz
Award Amount: $104,520.00
Abstract:
Not Available Proposed to be further developed are design measures, some proprietary, which have the potential of solving outstanding problems involved in realizing a feasible, robust, and cost-effective VHF/UHF Foliage Penetration STAP MTI radar. The subject design measures are folded-into a… More

COURSE SOFTWARE IN ARTICULATION AND PHONOLOGY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Michel T. Jackson
Award Amount: $109,928.00
Abstract:
Not Available CoreTek, Inc. proposes a miniature spectrometer covering near-infrared wavelength range of 1000nm-2000nm with high resolution of better than 0.3nm based on a proprietary Microelectromechanical (MEMS) technology. While providing high spectral resolution and wide wavelength coverage,… More

MULTIMEDIA CELL BIOLOGY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Kathleen M. Vandiver
Award Amount: $146,394.00

HEARING PROTECTOR ALLOWING ACOUSTIC COMMUNICATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick Zurek
Award Amount: $100,000.00

INTERACTIVE TRAINING IN CUED SPEECH ON CD-ROM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick M. Zurek
Award Amount: $104,113.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Applicant's abstract): The goal of this proposal is to develop a working framework for a multichannel data acquisition and stimulus presentation package for single-unit neurophysiology. In Phase I we will develop spike-sorting algorithms capable of discriminating… More

HEARING PROTECTOR ALLOWING ACOUSTIC COMMUNICATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick Zurek
Award Amount: $733,075.00

HEARING LOSS AND PROSTHESIS SIMULATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick Zurek
Award Amount: $113,567.00
Abstract:
The long-term goal of the proposed work is a system that simulates the auditory-perceptual effects of hearing loss in combination with hearing aids, cochlear implants, or other auditory prostheses. This simulator will be completely wearable so that it can be used in everyday settings without… More

Application of Cortical Processing Theory to Acoustical Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: MASSACHUSETTS INSTIT. OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Oded Ghitza, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,832.00
RI Contact: Louis D. Braida
Abstract:
This research proposal aims at formulating signal processing principles realized by the auditory system, in particular when the input signal is speech. Two specific aims are: (1) to model the role of the descending pathway in stabilizing AN representationsof speech sounds in degraded acoustic… More

HEARING LOSS AND PROSTHESIS SIMULATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick Zurek
Award Amount: $806,470.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The goal of the proposed work is a system that simulates the auditory-perceptual effects of hearing loss in combination with hearing aids, cochlear implants, or other auditory prostheses. This simulator will be completely wearable for use in everyday settings… More

Noise Reduction and Audio Output System for fMRI

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick Zurek
Award Amount: $135,182.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose to develop an advanced noise reduction and audio stimulus presentation system for use during studies of hearing employing functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). fMRI is being used extensively to produce images of brain activity while a subject… More

One-Hand Control of a Speech Synthesizer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Harold A. Cheyne
Award Amount: $146,987.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The long-term objective of this research is the development of a one-hand controlled speech synthesizer, to provide the user with real-time speech synthesis having a better combination of intelligibility, naturalness, and production speed than current… More

Two-Microphone Noise Reduction for Cochlear Implants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick Zurek
Award Amount: $141,768.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Although there has been dramatic progress in the performance of cochlear implants (CIs), users of these devices continue to be severely hampered by background noise. Recent work with rapidly adapting two microphone noise reduction algorithms has shown promising… More

Application of Cortical Processing Theory to Acoustical Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: MASSACHUSETTS INST. OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Oded Ghitza, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $749,025.00
RI Contact: Louis D. Braida
Abstract:
The goal of this STTR program is to formulate a template-matching operation, with perception-related rules of integration over time and frequency at its core, in the context of human perception of degraded speech. In Phase I we focused on implementing signal processing principles realized by the… More

Speech Synthesis for Distance Cueing in Audio Displays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Harold Cheyne, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,923.00
RI Contact: James W. Berkowitz
Abstract:
The work proposed in this Phase I STTR project is aimed at developing (1) a rules-based approach for manipulating the vocal effort of a speech synthesizer suitable for text-to-speech synthesis, and (2) a non-real-time signal processing algorithm for modifying the apparent vocal effort of an… More

Developing a Low-Cost Miniature Personal Noise Dosimeter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Harold A. Cheyne
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The objective of the proposed research is to develop a miniature, low cost, user-friendly personal sound level dosimeter. This dosimeter will fill the need of those consumers whose work-related or recreation-related act ivities expose her or him to sounds that… More

NOISE REDUCTION FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Raymond L. Goldsworthy
Award Amount: $791,366.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project is aimed at developing noise reduction algorithms for improving the intelligibility of speech for cochlear implant users. Phase 1 work showed that using directional microphone arrays in conjunction with dual-channel noise reduction algorithms… More

A WIRELESS SELF-CONTAINED TACTILE AID

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Thomas E. Vonwiegand
Award Amount: $135,240.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This work is aimed at the development of a tactile aid for the deaf contained entirely in a single small unit that can be worn on an arm like a wristwatch. Two models of such a tactile aid will eventually be developed. The first, which is the primary motivation… More

ACOUSTIC PROCESSING OF SPEECH TO IMPROVE ELECTROLARYNX COMMUNICATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Research Institution: MASS GENERAL HOSPITAL
Principal Investigator: Harold Cheyne
Award Amount: $107,997.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Over half of laryngectomy patients use an electrolarynx (EL) to communicate, but current EL devices produce speech that has poor quality ( non-human sounding ) and reduced intelligibility. The acoustic deficits in EL sp eech inhibit the ability of laryngectomy… More

STTR Phase I: Exploiting Nervous-System Rhythmicity for Spoken-Word Recognition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Oded B. Ghitza, Dr
Award Amount: $149,512.00
RI Contact: James R. Glass
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project develops a model for recognizing spoken words based upon principles of neural computation. By exploiting the presumed role of nervous-system rhythms in neural computation, a model of time-frequency integration of signals that are a few… More

Binaural Capture and Synthesis of Ambient Soundscapes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph G. Desloge, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,844.00
Abstract:
Phase I work is proposed to design, to begin implementation of, and to evaluate a high-quality, portable soundscape capture and synthesis system. The aim of such a system is to record all relevant acoustic information in a particular environment so that it can be re-synthesized for subsequent… More

MOTIVATIONAL TOOL FOR HEARING CONSERVATION USING HEARING LOSS SIMULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed work is aimed at developing a new computer-based educational/motivational tool for hearing conservation. The novel approach taken in designing this tool is to incorporate simulations of hearing loss into ed ucational presentations to demonstrate… More

CONVERSATION ASSISTANT FOR NOISY ENVIRONMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Thomas E. Vonwiegand
Award Amount: $151,032.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed work is aimed at developing new devices to assist multi-way face-to-face conversation in noisy environments. The development of these devices was motivated by the experience, especially common for older per sons, of having great difficulty conversing… More

Binaural Capture and Synthesis of Ambient Soundscapes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph G. Desloge, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $749,258.00
Abstract:
Phase II work is proposed to complete the design of and fabricate a marketable version of a fully-functional Phase I prototype system for binaural soundscape capture and synthesis. The Phase I system (see AFRL/ARL contract FA8650-08-M-6903) meets design specifications for portability (22 lbs for the… More

A WIRELESS SELF-CONTAINED TACTILE AID

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick M. Zurek
Award Amount: $777,816.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This work is aimed at developing two new tactile aids for the deaf. Tactile aids transduce acoustic signals for display as vibratory patterns on the skin and can be appropriate assistive devices for some deaf persons wh o receive no benefit from cochlear implants… More

SOFTWARE FOR AUDITORY PROSTHESIS RESEARCH

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Raymond L. Goldsworthy
Award Amount: $95,932.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This application requests funds to develop software that will facilitate the design, optimization, and assessment of novel sound processing strategies for implantable auditory prostheses. The software will be design ed to interface with existing research… More

SOFTWARE FOR AUDITORY PROSTHESIS RESEARCH

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Raymond L. Goldsworthy – 781-399-0858
Award Amount: $1,149,472.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project is for the development of software with research and clinical applications in the hearing sciences. In the research area, the software will allow investigators to work at a higher level of abstraction,providing monitoring and control applications… More

Listener Performance Modeling in Urban Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Patrick M. Zurek, President – (781) 399-0858
Award Amount: $149,760.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The goal of this project is a model capable of predicting the detectability of acoustic signals by human listeners. For the particular task of detecting aircraft in urban environments, the model must account for a wide range of temporal and spectral characteristics of targets as well as… More