Organizing Committee (2024)

Bio & Motivation

Simone Graetzer (Chair)

Senior Research Fellow, Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford, U.K.

Photo of Simone wearing a dress and red lanyard in front of bookshelves. Simone is a Senior Research Fellow in the Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford, where she is currently working on the Clarity and Cadenza projects funded by the UK Research and Innovation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and on the Innovate UK funded Future Homes project. Her research expertise is mainly in Speech Acoustics and Psychoacoustics and digital signal processing.

Simone co-founded the Speech and Hearing Acoustics group at the University of Salford. She is the Chair of the Early Career Executive Board of the UK Acoustics Network Plus (UKAN+), and a member of the EDI team. She is a member of the leadership team of the EPSRC Sound Futures Centre for Doctoral Training. She is the Vice President of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SIG-SLPAT). She is a member of the UK and Ireland Speech committee and the Institute of Acoustics North West branch committee.

Trevor Cox (Co-Chair)

Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford, U.K.

Photo of Trevor Cox, who is wearing a dark shirt and is mid-speech.Trevor Cox is Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford. He is a past president of the UK’s Institute of Acoustics and was awarded the IoA Tyndall Medal. His research covers architectural acoustics, psychoacoustics and audio. He has been PI/CI on 10 EPSRC projects on built environment acoustics. Current EPSRC projects include two on machine learning challenges to improve hearing aids, Clarity and Cadenza. Trevor co-wrote the definitive text on room Acoustic Absorbers and Diffusers (CRC Press). He was an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow. He has presented 26 documentaries for BBC radio including: The Physicist’s Guide to the Orchestra. He won an ASA Science Writing Award for his popular science book Sonic Wonderland. The book describes the oil tank where he broke the Guinness World record for the longest echo.
 Jon Barker (Co-Chair)

Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, U.K.

Photograph of Jon Barker, who is wearing a dark casual shirt and smiling at the camera.Professor Jon Barker is a member of the Speech and Hearing Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. He has a first degree in Electrical and Information Sciences from Cambridge University, UK. After receiving a PhD from the University of Sheffield in 1999, he worked for some time at GIPSA-lab, Grenoble and IDIAP research institute in Switzerland before returning to Sheffield where he has had a permanent post since 2002.

His research interests lie in noise-robust speech processing. Key application areas include distant-microphone speech recognition, speech intelligibility prediction and improved speech processing for hearing-aid users.

Jan-Willem Wasmann (Co-Chair)

Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands

Jan-Willem is a Medical Physicist – Audiologist at the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc). Jan-Willem’s recent work includes data driven CI fitting techniques, remote care and AI chatbots in hearing healthcare. He would like to stimulate the creation of a network of more (hybrid) AI & Audiology experts and hopes the conference could lead to novel projects.
Mareike Buhl (Programme coordinator)

Center for Research and Innovation in Human Audiology, Institut de l’Audition, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France


Mareike Buhl is a hearing researcher with the research interest of combining the fields of audiology, artificial intelligence, and data science – towards improving audiological patient care by exploiting knowledge from data. She is currently working as a PostDoc in the Hearing Institute in Paris. In her PhD thesis in Oldenburg, Mareike used her background in Physics with specialization in hearing research to establish abstract hearing loss parameters for comparing audiological databases.
Scott Bannister (Technical Chair)

School of Music, University of Leeds, U.K.

Photo of Scott Bannister who is wearing a shirt and jumper and smiling at the camera.Scott is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Music at the University of Leeds, currently working on the Cadenza Project. He completed his PhD in Music at Durham University, focussing on musically induced chills (emotional goosebumps, shivers down the spine, or tingling).

His research interests are music and emotion, social cognition, empathy, psychophysiology, and open science. Other research projects he is currently involved in include exploring chills experiences whilst performing music, scientific replications of previous music and emotion research, and investigating listening experiences in which music is interacted with by listeners as a social ‘agent’.

Gerardo Roa Dabike (Technical Chair)

Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford, U.K.

Photo of Gerardo Roa Dabike, who is wearing dark glasses and has facial hair.Gerardo is a Research Fellow at the University of Salford, working on the Cadenza Project. Previously he was a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, where he obtained his PhD in 2022.
Jennifer Firth (Technical Chair)

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, U.K.

Photo of Jenny Firth wearing glasses.

Jennifer is a research assistant in Hearing Sciences at the University of Nottingham. She is a member of the Cadenza project, which focuses on improving the audio quality of music for hearing aid users.

Rebecca Vos (Technical Chair)

Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford, U.K.

Photo of Rebecca Vos wearing her PhD graduation gown and cap.

Rebecca is a University Fellow in the Acoustics Research Group, in the School of Science, Engineering & Environment, University of Salford. Her Project is entitled “Hearing Aids for Ensemble Singing” and aims to understand and tackle the problems faced by hearing impaired people singing in a group setting.

Previously, she was a Research Fellow on the Cadenza Project, also in the Acoustics Research Group, and a Research Associate in the Speech and Audio Processing group at Imperial College London, working on the EPSRC-funded ELO-SPHERES Project. In her previous work, she has studied the Singing voice, and speech enhancement for hearing aid use in noisy situations (primarily in the areas of beamforming and array processing).

Jianyuan Sun (Technical chair)
Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, U.K.
Jianyuan is a Researcher in Machine Learning for Hearing Aid Signal Processing at the University of Sheffield. She is working on the Clarity Project.
 Will Bailey (Technical chair)

Salford Acoustic Labs, University of Salford, U.K.

Photo of Will Bailey, who has facial hair and is looking over his shoulder at the camera.

Will Bailey gained his PhD in Acoustics and Audio Engineering from the University of Salford in 2019 studying individual differences in the perception of spatial audio in Virtual Reality. He undertook postdoctoral positions at the University of Cambridge and the University of Sheffield working on machine learning for assistive hearing devices.

He is currently an Industry Collaboration Fellow in the Salford Acoustic Labs working on commissioned research projects in a diverse range of fields within hearing, sound design and acoustics.



We would like to thank all those involved in the organisation.

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