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  • Emeritus Professor of Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences
  • Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Education / Qualifications

  • 1976, BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Warwick, U.K.
  • 1984, PhD (Human Communication), University of London, U.K.

Professional History

  • 1979-1983, Systems Analyst/Programmer, SCICON ConsultancyInternational, London, UK
  • 1983-1986, Research Assistant, Department of Phonetics andLinguistics, University College London
  • 1986-1990, SERC Advanced Research Fellow, Department ofPhonetics and Linguistics, University College London
  • 1990-1997, Lecturer, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics,University College London
  • 1997-2015, Senior Lecturer in Research Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, Division of Psychology and Language Science, University College London
  • 2015-2021, Professor of Speech Science in Research Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, Division of Psychology and Language Science, University College London
  • 2022-present, Emeritus Professor of Speech Science, University College London

Other Appointments AndAffiliations

  • 1989-2014, Technical Director, Marquesa Search Systems Ltd.(Trademark Search Provider)

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research involves many aspects of speech science and its applications: speech production, hearing, speech perception, speech acquisition, speech technology and computational paralinguistics.

Recent research activities include:

  • Centre for Law-Enforcement Audio Research (CLEAR). A joint research centre with Imperial College London that investigated methods for the enhancement of degraded speech signals.
  • KLAIR Virtual Infant. A machine learning toolkit for the study of the computational modelling of early speech acquisition by infants through real-time interaction with caregivers.
  • Avatar Therapy. A project that investigates the use of computer avatars in the provision of therapy for sufferers of auditory hallucinations (hearing voices).
  • iVOICE fatigue analysis system for the tracking of changes in fatigue of the operators of safety-critical systems.
  • ELO-SPHERES project for improving binaural hearing aids for hearing-impaired listeners in realistic environments.

Academic Background
1982   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1976   Bachelor of Science University of Warwick
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