Multimedia and Multimodal Signal Analysis and Enhancement (MuSAE) Lab

Université du Québec - 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

Areas 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
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Transportation

Specialized lab



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