Bertrand holds a MSc. in electrical engineering from the University of Louvain. He obtained a PhD in computer science at the University of Antwerp on the topic of machine hearing. His first postdoc at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris dealt with scientific software development and fundamental auditory neuroscience.
His overall research goal was to understand how the brain encodes sounds using a bottom-up approach, starting at the cochlea and studying the first sites of neural integration. His research approach was multi-disciplinary mixing theoretical, computational, and experimental neuroscience as well as efficient computing techniques. He secured two European grants to continue his research independently at the A. Einstein College of Medicine in New-York and at the Faculty of Medicine of the KULeuven. Bertrand lives in Antwerp with his wife and two kids. He is a keen outdoor enthusiast enjoying rock climbing and mountain biking.