IEEE publication – now in print

Great to have our work highlighted by Shannon Chance in her latest blog  about  the IEEE  Transactions on Education Special Issue on Increasing the Socio-Cultural Diversity of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Related Fields (for us that means audio engineering! 


Kat Young and colleagues have assessed participation in audio engineering conferences, a field that remains strongly male-dominated. Their work provides a new tool for determining the gender of participants who do not report their own data, such as in cases where they are listed as authors in various publications and conference proceedings. The techniques presented in this paper consider that not all individuals identify in a binary way. As such, this manuscript contributes new knowledge related to LGTBQ+ and how to determine what gender an author would ascribe to their self in instances where they have not been asked to provide that data. The team analyzed four aspects of data from 20 conferences—looking at conference topic, presentation type, position in the author byline, and the number of authors involved. Data revealed a low representation of non-male authors at conferences on audio engineering as well as the significant variance in conference topic by gender, and the distinct lack of gender diversity across invited presentations. This paper is titled “The Impact of Gender on Conference Authorship in Audio Engineering: Analysis Using a New Data Collection Method” and it was submitted by Kat Young, Michael Lovedee-Turner, Jude Brereton, and Helena Daffern.
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Singing in Space(s): virtual acoustics in musical perception, performance and composition

Talk at Huddersfield University – Thursday 16th December 2018. 

Music always happens in acoustic space — for centuries composers and musicians have exploited the relationship between music and acoustics to great effect. Acoustic science has moved on huge strides from the days of using canon shots in order to capture the acoustic characteristics of a concert hall for further analysis.  Audio digital technology allows us to capture data on room acoustics in great detail and use this to ‘auralise’ virtual sound environments – essentially placing a performer virtually in any acoustic space we choose. Such digital tools have the potential to transform the way we compose, perform and listen to music. This presentation outlines recent research at the University of York’s AudioLab on human reaction and interaction with sound, and considers the opportunities for virtual and augmented reality in future music making.

Image to illustrate composer using virtual space

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Dafx Keynote: Gender balance in audio: how to fix it?

I was thrilled to give a keynote presentation at DAFx2017

Here’s the abstract:

Gender equality in STEM has recently been pulled into the public spotlight via popular culture and headline-grabbing events at tech-based companies. Within the audio engineering community we are now starting to build a fuller picture of the extent of gender imbalance in our own discipline, by gathering, analysing and publishing data on gender representation in the subject. There are many complex reasons behind the continued under-representation of women in STEM subjects; many of these are hotly debated on social-media. But, if it’s a problem for audio, how do we fix it? In this talk I would like draw on some of our experiences at the University of York from our long engagement with the Athena SWAN charter, which recognises the advancement of gender equality in academic institutions. I will also suggest some actions we can all take to help build an inclusive audio community where all can thrive.

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Gender Equality and the Audio Industries

Save the Date!

A panel of speakers will discuss Gender Equality and the Audio Industries as part of our HeforShe campaign on 22nd February 2018 at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York.


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Msc Audio and Music Technology

From 2013-2017 I was programme leader for the MSc in Audio and Music Technology, Department of Electronic Engineering, University of York.

The MSc Audio and Music Technology is suitable for students with science, engineering or arts backgrounds, who want to gain a deeper understanding of the technology behind music and audio processing and programming.

Each year we welcome a diverse cohort of students from across the UK and around the world.

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From WordPress Womble to WordPress Winner

I recently presented some of my work on embedding Real-World Assessments in our MSc Audio and Music Technology programme at the Uni of York’s E-learning Development Team Show and Tell (November 22nd)

I looked at using technology, in particular websites and social mediea to support the development of digital and employability skills.

Lillian Soon wrote up a summary of the event  – and there’ll be a case study coming up in 2018 with more detail.

In the meantime feel free to get in touch if you’d like to discuss using blogs/websites/LinkedIn profiles to engage students in employability skills development.

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