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lutfi, robert

Lutfi, Robert, Ph.D.


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Dr. Robert Lutfi is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida, formally Professor of Audiology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His research focuses on human auditory perception. He is particularly interested in how one's ability to detect and recognize complex sounds in noise is affected by both lawful and random variation in sound, as occurs in nature. He has published on a wide range of topics on human auditory perception, including humanauditory frequency analysis, human auditory pattern analysis, computational models of auditory masking, the perception of auditory motion, sound source identification, the auditory abilities of children and the problem of listening in noise for the hard-of-hearing. His research programs have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Deafness Research Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research, the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a member of the Nation’s Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group, Natl. Acad. Sci., and a former member of the Laboratory Assessments Board, Natl. Acad. Sci.

Post Doctoral Fellowship (Psychoacoustics) Northwestern University 1983
Post Doctoral Fellowship (Psychoacoustics) Cambridge University, England 1980
Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology) Loyola University of Chicago 1980
M.A. (Experimental Psychology) University of South Florida 1977

B.A. (Psychology & Mathematics)
University of South Florida 1975


  • SPA 3030 | Introduction to Hearing Science
  • SPA 4901 | Reseach, Clinical, and Professional Issues in Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • SPA 6805 | Grad Research Procedures in Audiology 


Recent Scholarly Activity

  • Lutfi R.A, Rodriguez B, Lee J, Pastore T.(2020) “A test of model classes accounting for individual differences in the cocktail-party effect.” J Acoust Soc Am. Dec;148(6):4014. doi: 10.1121/10.0002961. PMID: 33379927; PMCID: PMC7775115.
  • Rodriguez B, Lee J, Lutfi R. Additivity of segregation cues in simulated cocktail-party listening. J Acoust Soc Am. 2021 Jan;149(1):82. doi: 10.1121/10.0002991. PMID: 33514184; PMCID: PMC7787694.
  • Lutfi R.A, Rodriguez B., and Lee, J. (2021). “The listener effect in multitalker speech segregation and talker identification,” Trends in Hearing 25, 1-11. DOI: 10.1177/23312165211051886.
  • Lutfi, R.A., and Brown, C. (2022). “William A. Yost and the Perception of Sound Sources,” Acoustics Today, Spring issue. Vol. 18, Issue 1, 41-48. Invited chapter.
  • Lutfi, R.A., Pastore, T., Rodriguez, B., Lee, J. and Yost, W.A. (2022). “Molecular analysis of individual differences in talker search at the cocktail party,”. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 152 (3), 1804-1813,  doi: 10.1121/10.0014116
  • Lutfi, R.A. (2023). “The ideal observer, The forgotten second half of detection theory,”  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 153, issue 3_supplement, pp. A116-A116