Mark Plumbley

Mark Plumbley

Professor of Signal Processing



I was awarded my PhD degree in neural networks from Cambridge University Engineering Department in 1991, then becoming a Lecturer at King's College London.

I moved to Queen Mary University of London in 2002, later becoming Professor of Machine Learning and Signal Processing, and Director of the Centre for Digital Music. I joined the University of Surrey in January 2015 to become Professor of Signal Processing in the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP).

Research interests

My research concerns the analysis and processing of audio and music, using a wide range of signal processing techniques, including independent component analysis (ICA) and sparse representations.

As part of an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship on Machine Listening using Sparse Representations (2009-2014) I have been extending this work to include analysis of real-world sounds, including birdsong and environmental audio. Through the EPSRC-funded project, I have been promoting sustainable research software in audio and music research, including training researchers to follow the principles of reproducible research.

My new projects at CVSSP include an EPSRC project on "Musical Audio Repurposing using Source Separation", and I am coordinating two EU-funded Marie Curie Initial/Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) in Sparse Representations/Compressed Sensing and Machine Sensing.

Publication highlights


For preprints for recent papers, see Surrey Research Insight, Plumbley, M.

For preprints of earlier papers, see my earlier publications page.

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