Nicky Chong-White is a Principal Engineer at the National Acoustic Laboratories and has PhD in Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. She began her career developing a novel speech signal processing algorithms to improve speech intelligibility at AT&T Labs, USA and also at a US-headquartered technology start-up company. Since joining NAL in 2004, Nicky has applied her background in speech and audio signal processing, acoustics, machine learning and software development to investigate hearing. She uses design thinking methodologies to discover unmet needs and create human-centred innovative solutions. Nicky is currently focused on developing digital solutions to improve accessibility to hearing care, provide additional tools to enable and promote hearing self-management, and increase the reliability and capability of connected hearing health.
Nicky Chong-White has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)(Hons 1) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She completed a PhD in Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia in 2000. Her PhD research focused on developing novel analysis, synthesis techniques for low bit-rate speech coders for telecommunications. Part of her PhD studies were carried out at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Develop a smartphone app for people with unaided hearing loss to increase speech understanding and ease of communication with people wearing face masks