Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology
Department:Computing and Technology
Areas of Expertise: Computing and technology
Silvia has over ten years' research experience in mathematical modelling for engineering and medical applications. She teaches engineering mathematics and digital signal processing.
Silvia’s areas of expertise include numerical modelling of physical processes (wave propagation for acoustics/electromagnetics/optics, psycho-acoustics, electron transport), image/sound/signal processing, artificial intelligence, optical systems, inverse problems and statistical methods. Since 2010, she has worked with the Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) on the role of acoustic cues, like level and reverberation as conveyors of information about the environment and to facilitate better navigation of the visually impaired. She has a keen interest in the area of assisted living for the visually impaired using acoustic cues and smart technologies.
She has worked on research projects funded by the EU, UK Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, Radiocommunications Agency, Medical Research Council and British industry.
Silvia is a member of our Digital Electronics Research Area which forms part of our Informatics, Computing and Electronics Research Group.
Kolarik, A.J., Timmis, M.A., Cirstea, S. and Pardhan, S., 2014. Sensory substitution information informs locomotor adjustments when walking through apertures. Exp Brain Res, 232(3), pp.975-84.
Kolarik, A.J., Cirstea, S., Pardhan, S. and Moore, B.C.J., 2014. A summary of research investigating echolocation abilities of blind and sighted humans. Hearing Research, 310, pp.60-68.
Kolarik, A., Cirstea, S., Pardhan, S. and Moore, B., 2013. An assessment of virtual auditory distance judgments among blind and sighted listeners. International Congress on Acoustics ICA2013, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 133(5:2), p.3287.
Kolarik, A.J., Cirstea, S. and Pardhan, S., 2013. Discrimination of virtual auditory distance using level and direct-to-reverberant ratio cues. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 134(5), pp.3395-98.
Kolarik, A.J., Cirstea, S. and Pardhan, S., 2013. Evidence for enhanced discrimination of virtual auditory distance among blind listeners using level and direct-to-reverberant cues. Exp Brain Res, 224(4), pp.623-633.
Kolarik, A.J., Cirstea, S., Pardhan, S. and Moore, B.C|.J., 2013. Using acoustic information to perceive room size: effects of blindness, room reverberation time, and stimulus. Perception, 42, pp.985-990.
Kolarik, A.J., Cirstea, S.E. and Pardhan, S., 2012. Contrasting the effectiveness of auditory level and direct-to-reverberant energy ratio as cues to distance discrimination. Int. J. Audiol., 51, p.229.
Kolarik, A. J., Cirstea, S. and Pardhan, S., 2011. Perceiving auditory distance using level and direct-to-reverberant ratio cues (A). J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 130, p.2545.
Cirstea, S., Kolarik, A., Ramlagun, K. and Pardhan, S., 2011. Ability of the Visually Impaired to Perceive Distance from Auditory Cues. J Vis 2011, 11(15), p.32.
Dinu, A., Cirstea, M. and Cirstea, S., 2010. Direct Neural Networks Hardware Implementation Algorithm. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 57(5), pp.1845-1848.
Kolarik, A., Moore, B., Pardhan, S., Cirstea, S., 2013. The Consequences of Blindness for Judging the Distance of Sound Sources: a 'Compression' of the Auditory World. 165th Acoustical Society of America Meeting, ASA Lay Language Papers.
Barrett, J.A., De Souza, M.M., Cirstea, M. and Cirstea, S., 2012. Analytical techniques for the simulation of electron transport in semiconductor systems. 13th International Conference on Optimization of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (OPTIM). DOI: 10.1109/OPTIM.2012.6231948 (pp.822–826).
Pardhan, S., Cirstea, S., Kolarik, A. and Moore, B., 2013. Do visually impaired participants hear better? An evaluation of self report using a modified version of Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Scale. ARVO 2013.
Cirstea, S., Kolarik, A. and Pardhan, S., 2012. Differences In Perceiving Auditory Distance Between Visually Impaired And Severely Visually Impaired. ARVO 2012.