10am - 5pm

Friday 6 July 2018

Audio Day

Audio Day brings together researchers and collaborators engaged in audio-related research projects linked to the University of Surrey.


Rik Medlik Building
University of Surrey
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Audio related research projects include:

  • Musical audio repurposing using source separation
  • Spatial audio in the home
  • Making sense of sounds
  • Creative commons audio.

Many of these are collaborative projects, including members of the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP), Institute of Sound Recording (IoSR), Digital World Research Centre (DWRC) and Centre for Digital Economy (CoDE) at Surrey, plus many other partners including the University of Salford, the University of Southampton, BBC R&D, and Audio Analytic.


Sound and audio is a fundamental aspect of our everyday lives. We create or listen to musical sounds for pleasure or relaxation; we are informed or entertained by speech and music on radio or TV; and sounds from the real world can tell us what is happening around us.


To open the Audio Day, we are particularly pleased to welcome Philip Nelson, Executive Chair of EPSRC, as our Keynote Speaker. The Day will include a wide range of talks from members of several of these groups and partners, plus the chance to find out more in posters and demos, an opportunity to network over lunch, and will end with a panel discussion on future directions for audio-related research.

10am - 10:30amRegistration and coffee
10:30am - 11:10am

Keynote: EPSRC, the UK research landscape, and audio engineering research

Philip Nelson (Executive Chair, EPSRC)

11:10am - 11:35am

Musical Audio Repurposing using Source Separation

  • Audio source separation using deep learning techniques. Emad M. Grais, Mark Plumbley (University of Surrey)
  • Application of source separation for musical audio repurposing and its perceptual effects. Ryan Cheungeun Kim, Phil Coleman, Russell Mason (University of Surrey)
11:35am - 12:10pm

S3A: Future Spatial Audio in the Home

  • Introduction to S3A. Phil Coleman (University of Surrey)
  • Deep Learning for Speech Separation. Qingju Liu (University of Surrey)
  • Immersive spatial audio with orchestrated devices. Jon Francombe (BBC R&D)
  • Still grumbling about mumbling? Personalisation of Object Based Audio for People with Hearing Impairments. Ben Shirley (University of Salford)
12:10pm - 12:20pmNoise Acoustics: Transport Noise. Abigail Bristow (University of Surrey)
12:20pm - 1:10pmPosters and demonstrations
1:10pm - 2:10pmLunch
2:10pm - 2:45pm

Making Sense of Sounds

  • Audio Event Detection and Scene Analysis. Mark Plumbley, Yong Xu, Qiuqiang Kong, Wenwu Wang, Philip Jackson (University of Surrey)
  • Sentimental Audio Memories. David Frohlich, Tijs Duel (University of Surrey)
  • Artificial Audio Intelligence: an area of technological and commercial leadership for the UK. Sacha Krstulovic (Audio Analytic)
2:45pm - 3:10pm

AudioCommons: Bringing Creative Commons Audio Content to the Creative Industries

  • Introduction to AudioCommons. Wenwu Wang, Russell Mason, Tim Brookes, Mark Plumbley (University of Surrey)
  • Timbral attributes for sound effects. Andy Pearce, Russell Mason, Tim Brookes (University of Surrey)
  • Predicting the perceived level of reverberation using machine learning. Saied Safavi, Wenwu Wang, Mark Plumbley (University of Surrey)
3:10pm - 3:20pmAudio-Visual Spatial Coherence. Hanne Stenzel (University of Surrey)
3:20pm - 3:40pmBreak
3:40pm - 4:30pmPanel discussion: Future Directions for Audio Research
4:30pm - 5pmClosing remarks


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This event is supported by the UK Acoustics Network, the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 programme, the IEEE United Kingdom and Ireland Signal Processing Chapter, and the Audio Engineering Society UK.

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