Health Tech researcher receives the AEG Elektron Award

Wednesday 08 Sep 21

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Jens Hjortkjær
Senior Researcher
DTU Health Tech
+45 30 29 16 90

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Torsten Dau
Head of Sections, Professor
DTU Health Tech
+45 45 25 39 77
On Monday 6 September, Dr. Jens Hjortkjær received the prestigous ‘Elektronprisen 2021’from AEG Elektronfonden based on his outstanding and exciting scientific achievements within hearing technology and auditory neuroscience.

Jens Hjortkjær is currently a Senior Researcher in auditory cognitive neuroscience both in the Hearing Systems section at DTU Health Tech as well as at the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre.

Together with colleagues from the European COCOHA project (‘Cognitive Control of a Hearing Aid’), Dr. Hjortkjær developed the world-wide first prototype of a neuro-steered hearing aid – a technology that integrates electrophysiology into hearing aids. He has a deep interest in interdisciplinary research to be able to tackle major societal challenges, such as the ‘Cocktail-Party Problem’ many people with a hearing loss suffer from, particularly in complex acoustic environments like busy restaurants or social gatherings. Specifically, Jens Hjortkjær and his students showed decoded attention from brain activity of elderly hearing-impaired listeners.

Dr. Hjortkjær’s work within auditory neuroscience also includes substantial contributions to signal processing and image analysis in functional magnetic resonance imaging. His work in auditory neuroscience combines, in a particularly creative way, several disciplines, spanning from electrophysiology, magnetic resonance imaging, psychophysics, auditory modelling and nonlinear signal processing. Furthermore, Jens Hjortkjær is currently using electrophysiology to pursue the diagnosis of auditory nerve damage in people, as part of a research collaboration with Harvard Medical School and the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) at Hvidovre Hospital, supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, with the aim of pushing new diagnostic tools.

"Jens Hjortkjær's work has opened new avenues for ‘intelligent’ intervention strategies to help the hearing-impaired people in our society"
Torsten Dau

“I am very pleased that the AEG Foundation has decided to award you this fine prestigious award,” Torsten Dau congratulated in his speech at the ceremony:

“You are quite an exceptional researcher who has generated knowledge of outstanding scientific and innovative value. Your work has contributed to a better understanding of the physiological and behavioral consequences of hearing impairment and has opened new avenues for ‘intelligent’ intervention strategies to help the hearing-impaired people in our society” said Torsten Dau.

DTU Director Anders Bjarklev also congratulated Jens Hjortkjær for his outstanding and exciting scientific achievements within hearing technology and auditory neuroscience.

The award comes with 50.000 DKK.

Captions:
1 Jens Hjortkjær with the AEG Elektron award and his family. Photo: Magnus Staugaard Bøye, DTU.
2 (Leftmost) Torsten Dau held a speech where he was very proud of and impressed by the work that Jens Hjorkjær has contributed with in the Hearing Systems section. Photo: Magnus Staugaard Bøye, DTU.
3 (Leftmost)Chairman of the AEG Bord Hans Peter Jensen presents the award to Dr. Jens Hjortkjær. Photo: Magnus Staugaard Bøye, DTU.

4 Jens Hjortkjær with DTU Director Anders Bjarklev. Photo: Bente Hjortkjær.
5 Jens Hjortkjær in the Adio Visual Immersion Lab where part of his research is going on Photo: Jesper Scheel, DTU Health Tech

The AEG Elektronfonden’s Elektron Award is presented once a year to “promote technical scientific developments within electrotechnology, and in this way contribute to giving Danish industry’s current and future employees a constantly richer higher education.”