Scientific CommitteeBio
Michael Akeroyd

Hearing Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK

Professor Akeroyd is photographed outside in the sun. He is wearing glasses, a white t-short and a dark jacket.Michael is Professor of Hearing Sciences at the University of Nottingham (UoN). His research focuses on topics of auditory impairment and disability, hearing aids, quality of life, and spatial hearing. He is the Community Head for Hearing Sciences at UoN and Interim Director of Research for the School of Medicine, and previously was the final Director of the MRC Institute of Hearing Research and a past President of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.
Alan Archer-Boyd


Photo of Alan Archer Boyd, who wears glasses and has a moustache and beard.Alan Archer-Boyd co-leads the Audio team in BBC R&D. His main focus is on improving the accessibility of BBC content for hard-of-hearing audiences, utilising the new possibilities offered by Next Generation Audio and automatic dialogue enhancement. He also provides data science, survey, and acoustic services and advice to colleagues across the BBC. He is a Visiting Scientist at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Over the past 10 years he has published research in spatial hearing, hearing-aid and cochlear-implant signal processing, the effect of head movement on auditory perception, and the development of clinical diagnostic tests. He’s currently interested in the potential of ‘hearables’ as an alternative to hearing-aids.
John Culling

School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK

Photo of Professor John Culling, who has short grey hair and is wearing glasses. He is smiling at the camera.John is an expert in psychocoustics, binaural hearing and speech perception in noise.
Stuart Cunningham

Human Communication Sciences, School of Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield

Stuart Cunningham is a senior lecturer in human communication sciences. His research focuses on the use of augmentative and alternative communication, and the design of technology to support people with communication difficulties.
Bruno Fazenda

Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford

Photograph of Bruno Fazenda, who has dark hair and eyes and is smiling at the camera.Bruno Fazenda is a Reader (Assoc. Prof.) at the Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford. His research interests span room acoustics, sound reproduction and psychoacoustics, in particular, the assessment of how an acoustic environment, technology or psychological state impacts on the perception of sound quality. He is a researcher in a number of research council funded projects. He is also a keen student on aspects of Human evolution, perception and brain function.
Tobias Goehring

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, UK

Tobias is an MRC Fellow and Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. His research is on improving speech-in-noise perception with hearing devices by using technology and engineering tools (e.g., machine learning, multi-sensory integration, EEG). He is interested in computational methods for on-device processing and patient-specific optimisation, data analysis for outcome assessment and prediction, and overcoming barriers to access hearing care globally.
Alinka Greasley

School of Music, University of Leeds, UK

Alinka is Professor of Music Psychology (PhD, BSc, FHEA) and a chartered psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society. Before this she held posts as an associate professor and lecturer in music psychology (Leeds), academic tutor (Royal Northern College of Music) and postdoctoral researcher (University of Keele). She is also Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Music.
Antje Heinrich

Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD), University of Manchester, UK

Photo of Antje Heinrich, who is wearing a scarf and glasses.Antje Heinrich is a Senior Lecturer in Hearing Sciences and Audiology at the University of Manchester. Her research interest focusses on understanding how different groups of listeners process speech – from the initial auditory signal to the final understanding of and response to the message. Besides working towards a more theory-guided understanding of the importance of auditory and cognitive processes for speech perception, a main goal of the work is to translate this understanding into clinical practice via targeted diagnostics of key parameters of listening and their potential remediation.
Volker Hohmann (Chair of scientific committee)

Auditory Signal Processing Group, Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics and Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany

Image of Professor Volker Hohmann wearing glasses and a striped jumper.Volker Hohmann received the Physics degree (Dipl.-Phys.) and the doctorate degree in Physics (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Göttingen, Germany, in 1989 and 1993. From 1993-2012 he was a faculty member of the Physics Institute, Oldenburg University, Germany, and was appointed full professor at the Faculty for Medicine and Health Sciences at Oldenburg University in 2012. His research expertise is in acoustics and digital signal processing with applications to signal processing in speech processing devices, e.g., hearing aids. He is a consultant with the Hörzentrum Oldenburg gGmbH. He was a Guest Researcher at Boston University, Boston, MA, (Prof. Dr. Colburn) in 2000 and at the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain in 2008. Prof. Hohmann received the Lothar-Cremer price of the German acoustical society (DEGA) in 2008 and the German President’s Award for Technology and Innovation in 2012.
Emma Holmes

University College London (UCL), UK

Photo of Dr Emma Holmes, who has long hair and is smiling at the camera.Dr Emma Holmes is a Lecturer in Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCL. She studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and completed her PhD at the University of York under the supervision of Quentin Summerfield. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow – first, at the Brain and Mind Institute (University of Western Ontario, Canada) with Ingrid Johnsrude, then at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (University College London) with Tim Griffiths and Karl Friston. She joined the Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences at UCL as a Lecturer in 2021. You can find out more about Emma’s work here:
Graham Naylor

Hearing Sciences – Scottish Section,  Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK

Photo of Graham Naylor, who is wearing a suit jacket and open shirt and smiling at the camera.Since 1st October 2015, Graham has been Director of the Scottish Section of Hearing Sciences (formerly the MRC/CSO Institute of Hearing Research) in Glasgow. He leads the section’s research programme in the areas of hearing disability and hearing aids, with projects seeking to understand real-life auditory behaviour, improve methods of assessing disability and intervention benefit, and propose innovative solutions for hearing problems.

Prior to 2015, He worked for 20+ years in research in the Danish hearing-aid industry, including from 2000-2013 as Director of Oticon’s Eriksholm Research Centre. Here he directed numerous research projects that have impacted the wider field of hearing-aid R&D.

Nils Peters

International Audio Laboratories, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Photo of Nils Peters who is wearing glasses and a pale coloured shirt.Nils is an Associate Professor in the International Audio Laboratories, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He has over 15 years of experience in research and development in spatial audio practices and technologies. In particular, he has expertise and experience in:
• R&D of microphone arrays, content authoring tools, audio compression, and audio rendering techniques
• studying loudspeaker-room interactions
• understanding the perception of spatial audio content and its reproduction artifacts
• investigating and applying machine learning techniques for predicting and improving the quality of audio experiences
Nikki Philpott

Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Photograph of young woman, Nikki Philpott, with brunette hair and a wide smile.

Nikki is a final year PhD candidate at Radboud university medical center. With a background in Audiology, her current research focuses on data-driven auditory training programs and prediction of speech perception in cochlear implant users. She is passionate about person-centered care and empowering CI users with individualized care and home-based testing and rehabilitation solutions.

Christian Sumner

School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

Photograph of Christian Sumner wearing glasses and a grey short-sleeved shirt.

Chris Sumner is an Associate Professor of Auditory Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology. He has a background in engineering and has studied various aspects of how we hear. Chris has a PhD in Computer Science from Imperial College London, where he first became interested in how the brain processes sound. He conducted his postdoctoral research in The University of Essex and the University of Michigan. In 2004 he joined the MRC Institute of Hearing Research where he led a program of research into the neural correlates of auditory perception and the underlying computations. He joined NTU in 2019.

Bill Whitmer

Hearing Sciences – Scottish Section, Division of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland

Photo of Bill Whitmer in front of a landscape. He has a moustache and beard and is smiling at the camera.Dr. Bill Whitmer is a Senior Investigator Scientist at Hearing Sciences – Scottish Section, Division of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Whitmer was born in the former screw-making capital of the world (Rockford, Illinois), and now lives in the former ship-building capital. He has a background in perceptual psychology, though he is oft mistaken for an audiologist or an engineer. He has devoted most of the last two decades of research, both in industry and academia, towards better understanding and alleviating hearing loss. His recent work has focused on evaluating new technologies in hearing aids and understanding the perceptual relevance of technological benefits for patients. Dr. Whitmer is a member of several societies, participates in the Scottish Tinnitus Advisory Group and gives occasional lectures at local universities.

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