Dr Martin Coath

Dr Martin Coath

Associate Lecturer

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (HP) (Faculty of Science and Engineering (HP))


I am an associate lecturer and demonstrator in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and a Consultant for the Graduate School.

My research interests include building computer models of how organisms hear and how they learn to hear.  The aim of this work is to help to understand the brain, and to design devices, that is machines, that learn to make sense of the world by experiencing it via artificial sensory systems.

For more about me click here.

A list of my publications can be found if you click here.


B.Sc. (Hons, Chemistry), M.Sc. (Distinction, Computational Intelligence), Ph.D. (Neuroscience)

Professional membership


Research interests

Public Engagement Theory and Practice. Auditory neuroscience, bio-inspired computation, the perception of music, and science communication.

Grants & contracts

ALAVLSI EU FET 2001-2005
EmCAP  EU FET 2005-2008
SCANDLE 2009-2011

Creative practice & artistic projects

I am scientific adviser and songwriter for a project by Timandra Harkness called Brainsex. This is a Wellcome trust funded project to create a comedy musical event which has received wide critical acclaim! It delves in to the complexities of what it is to be male or female at a neural level. It has already enjoyed success on the road in Oxford, London, Brighton, Bath, Cheltenham and Zurich (as part of the Denkfest)

I am currently working on a performance piece in collaboration with piano player and composer Lola Perrin called A2B2A. This ambitious project aims to combine a scientific discourse with a closely related musical performance in an integrated setting.  The aim is to explore the degree to which the self referential nature of learning and experience can be abstracted in neuroscientific patterns.

A fairly comprehensive list of publications can be found here.

Other academic activities

I have a long standing commitment to science education, or perhaps more accurately 'public engagement with science' although I see no clear distinction between the two.

This means that I regularly turn up in public trying to combat the absurd idea that science is somehow too complex or arcane to form a part of everyones world view.

In the last few years I have helped measure the acceleration due to gravity with the help of under 10s in a public park, given the pre-concert talk at the last night of the Cheltenham Music Festival (about science and the violin), helped out with a maths exploration day at a primary school in Cornwall, and a hundred other things!

I am easy to google because 'Martin Coath' is not such a common name.  There is just one other who is a ornithologist in Kent who has quite a few hits so beware!

I also teach Public Engagement skills and \LaTeX as part of the post-graduate skills curriculum at Plymouth and elsewhere.  \LaTeX is a cult dedicated to the overthrow of wordprocessors.


My own personal space on the web is here, my publications are here and you can find out more or less everything by following these links if you go far enough.