Around the World of Computational Audiology (with)in 80 Slides.

Blog Computational Audiology, March 29

Author: Jan-Willem Wasmann

I feel honored and excited to present at the upcoming IHCON meeting. My talk will focus on the innovative uses of AI and big data in audiology. It promises to be a fantastic opportunity for learning and networking. The call for abstracts is still open, so it’s the perfect time to share your work and join us in this engaging community. Below is my submitted abstract and some fun notes and additions.

the full itinerary of around the world in 80 days

In this keynote, I will introduce AI and explain how it became intertwined with audiology to form Computational Audiology. On this journey, we will visit historical figures, including Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, John von Neumann, and Alan Turing, who laid the foundation for algorithms and computer science. The voyage continues, exploring modern applications introduced by Yann LeCun and Dimitri Kanevsky. I will pitch the idea of an AudioHealthNet database to further hearing healthcare. Of course, our trip will navigate through existential threats, the potential end of creativity, and how machines might take over our work. Nonetheless, we should not overlook the potential AI holds for improving and increasing access to hearing healthcare. I will conclude with how virtual figures like Alan Trubot may impact the future reality of hearing healthcare. If you are not in the habit of informing yourself about new concepts through science fiction, rest assured; the author will make this presentation accessible to all.

Fun Fact 1: Did you know that when Phileas Fogg (the fictious main character who attempted to circumnavigate the globe for a wager) in Jules Verne Around the World in Eighty Days,” traveled by train from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, he passed very close (<20 miles) to Lake Tahoe?


Zooming into one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America.


Fun Fact 2: Never underestimate the power of a compelling story. When Ronald Reagan became President of the United States, he asked his Chief of Staff to show him the “war room” from Dr. Strangelove, believing it to be a real location within the Pentagon. Stanley Kubrick’s film was so impactful and iconic that its influence was indelible. Today, the term “war room” is synonymous with the Situation Room.



Don’t miss the April 1 deadline for abstract submissions!

See you at Lake Tahoe for a conference filled with insightful research and inspiring discussions! Special thanks to Sunil PuriaInga Holube Erin Picou, and Ian Wiggins
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Produced Facts (I asked GPT4 to reveal Jules Verne missing part of the manuscript)

As the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the skies in hues of fiery orange and mellow purple, the transcontinental train, carrying Phileas Fogg and his loyal valet Passepartout, chugged steadily across the rugged landscapes of the American West. They were en route from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, their journey thus far marked by a series of unforeseen adventures and narrow escapes, each adding a thrilling chapter to their audacious circumnavigation of the globe.

As the train neared the small station of Truckee, nestled amidst the towering pines and rugged terrain close to Reno, an unusual, piercing hiss began to fill the air. The passengers, engrossed in their conversations or lost in their own thoughts, scarcely noticed at first. But the hissing grew louder, more insistent, impossible to ignore. Passepartout, ever vigilant, was quick to discern the distressing sound’s origin: a malfunctioning pressure valve, leaking steam with a force that threatened to bring their journey to an untimely halt. The passengers, alarmed by the din, clapped their hands over their ears, expressions of dismay painted on their faces. Without a moment’s hesitation, Passepartout sprang into action. With the ingenuity that had served him well on their travels, he fashioned makeshift ear protectors from scraps of cloth and bits of cork he scavenged from the luggage compartment. Distributing these to the passengers, he managed, if not to completely quell their anxiety, to at least muffle the fearsome sound that filled the carriage.

Passepartout, depicted in late 19th-century attire, is in the midst of repairing a leaking pressure valve on the locomotive

His next task was to address the cause of this cacophony. Armed with nothing but his wits and a dogged determination not to let this impediment delay their journey, Passepartout made his way to the locomotive. The engineers, faces grim and streaked with soot, were at a loss, the leaking valve defying their every attempt at repair. Observing the situation, Passepartout recalled a technique from his days in the circus, where quick fixes were often the order of the day. Using a leather belt and a brass button—the latter a souvenir from an earlier adventure—he fashioned a makeshift seal. The hissing began to wane, much to the engineers’ amazement, until it ceased altogether, the steam now securely contained within the bowels of the locomotive.

The train resumed its journey, the delay amounting to no more than ten minutes. An impressive feat, attributed to the quick thinking of Mr. Fogg’s resourceful valet. Passepartout returned to his master’s side, receiving nothing more than a nod of approval, but in Mr. Fogg’s measured economy of expression, it was as good as a standing ovation. Meanwhile, Phileas Fogg, ever composed, had taken advantage of the brief halt to step onto the platform of their carriage. His gaze wandered to the distant horizon, where the majestic expanse of Lake Tahoe lay cradled among the mountains. The setting sun cast a golden glow over the tranquil waters, a serene moment amidst the whirlwind of their journey. But it was a fleeting glance; Fogg’s mind was ever on the ticking clock, the relentless march of time that ruled their every decision.

As the train gathered speed, slicing through the American wilderness, Mr. Fogg retreated into the carriage, his thoughts inscrutable, his focus unswayed. Passepartout, buoyed by the success of his timely intervention, stood by his side, ready for the next challenge that fate might throw their way.

And so, with the pressure valve secured and the hissing steam silenced, the train sped on, its passengers none the wiser to the near disaster averted by the quick thinking and decisive action of one Jean Passepartout. The journey around the world in eighty days continued, each tick of the clock bringing them closer to their audacious goal, each twist in their adventure weaving the fabric of a tale for the ages.