Dr Mark McDonnell
Institute for Telecommunications Research, University of South Australia
Mark’s research uses mathematics to help understand how neurons in the brain communicate and process information using electrical pulses. He is especially interested in our sense of hearing, how the brain converts sounds into these coded electrical pulses and how the brain is able to accurately interpret sounds from this code. His work is particularly important for improving cochlear implants or “bionic ears.”
Mark enjoys the thrill of discovering something new, or of taking previously unconnected ideas and finding that he can fit them together. However, his main driving motivation is to work on research that may eventually make a difference to people’s health and quality of lives.