Multimedia/Multimodal Signal Analysis and Enhancement (MuSAE) Lab

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

Multimodal signal processing for anthropomorphic multimedia technologies, health diagnostics, and human-machine interaction

Area(s) of Expertise

The MuSAE lab features an interdisciplinary group of researchers developing user-centric, biologically inspired multimedia technologies; automated health diagnostic tools, and adaptive human-machine interfaces. The lab features wearable sensor technologies, neuroimaging tools, multimedia displays, and powerful computational analysis machines.

Research Services

Audio/video analytics
Room acoustics characterization
Multimedia signal processing
Multimedia quality assessment and enhancement
Biomedical signal processing for disease diagnosis
Brain-computer interfacing
Portable functional neuroimaging (fNIRS-EEG)
Biosignal de-noising, human performance testing

Sectors of Application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Defense and security industries
  • Education
  • Health care and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Transportation

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

MuSAE Lab – neuroimaging

64-channel ActiveTwo (BioSemi)

Electroencephalography (wired)


14-channel EMOTIV EEG neuroheadset

Electroencephalography (wireless)


4-channel InteraXon MUSE headset

Electroencephalography (wireless)


8-channel Enobio EEG headset (dry or gel-based electrodes)

Electroencephalography (wireless)


384-channel NIRScout

Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Fully integrated with ActiveTwo


64-channel portable NIRSport

Portable fNIRS. Fully integrated with Enobio

MuSAE Lab – wearables

Shimmer Platinum Wireless Sensor Development Kit

Measure/monitor ECG, EMG, strain gauge, 9DoF, GSR.


Affectiva Q Sensor GSR monitor

Measure/monitor galvanic skin response


Hexoskin garment

Measure/monitor ECG, respiration, activity


Wireless blood pressure monitor (iHealth)

Measure/monitor blood pressure


ActiveTwo compatible 3-D accelerometer, skin temperature, blood volume pulse, respiration, and skin conductance sensors

Measure/monitor physiological responses

MuSAE Lab – eye tracking

Head-mounted EyeLink 1000

Monocular/1000Hz or binocular/500Hz


SMI ETG eye-tracking glasses

Binocular, fully integrated with EMOTIV EEG headset

MuSAE Lab – other

Interacoustics AD629e hybrid dianogistic audiometer

Hearing assessment


Microsoft Kinect Developer Kit

Microphone array, depth and colour cameras


Oculus Rift Development Kit (v1&2)

Virtual reality headset


Multi-core processing, GPUs and storage

2x Dell machines (8-core/12-core, 100Gb RAM), 1x Dell server, 1x 24Tb backup storage, 2x Tesla K40 GPUs

MuSAE Lab – software


Data acquisition software



Data collection software


EMSE Suite (with BCI extensions)

Neuroimaging online/offline analysis



Software licence for ITU-T P.863/P.862 speech quality measurement standards




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