Jake Rieke

 Jake Rieke
Mentor: Dr. Aysegul Gunduz
College of Engineering
"I applied to the University Scholars program in order to gain a deeper understanding of research techniques in my field of study. I chose to get involved in this research project to apply classroom knowledge to a real world problem. In addition, I hope that getting involved in research will help me decide what career path I want to pursue after I finish my undergraduate studies."


Biomedical Engineering



Research Interests

  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Neural Engineering
  • Stem Cell Engineering

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Anderson Scholar of High Distinction
  • Marvin and Rosaline Brandau Scholarship
  • President's Honor Roll
  • Dean's List


  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Dance Marathon


  • Hosptality Staff - Dance Marathon

Hobbies and Interests

  • Music
  • Hiking
  • Reading
  • Cooking

Research Description

Decoding of Perceived Loudness From Human Brain Signals Using Electroencephalography (EEG) During Music Listening
The experimental aim of this study is to explore EEG features and cortical regions associated with sound intensity of complex acoustic signals. We hypothesize that higher correlations between EEG activity and the intensity of songs will correspond to higher perceived loudness. That is, with increased signal intensity, brain activity in certain spectral ranges may also increase. We hope to use this correlation to begin designing an automated closed-loop calibration system for cochlear implants that would be cost- and time-effective for implantees. Such a system would have to be able to automatically assess the perceived loudness of sounds.