Lyan got his Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Linguistics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He then went to Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to obtain a MA in Linguistics, where he conducted a study on word segmentation by 10-month-olds. After spending a few years teaching children in a bicultural setting, he is starting a PhD in Leuven, Belgium, working on improving a system called AVATAR which provides a realistic 3D environment for conducting hearing studies, especially those involving children with hearing impairment. In his free time, he is a musician and video game collector.

Lyan Porto works on the research project 7. Improving integration of audio-visual speech cues in children with hearing impairment, supervised by Astrid van Wieringen and Jan Wouters.