Amy Beeston

Sheffield University site

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This page is for news in 2014. To view older news items please follow this link to the news archives page.

The close of another busy year…

news item posted 16 December 2014

I'm glad to report on another three projects which are out in the real world at last!

  • Compensation for reverberation: The results of three listening experiments have been reported in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America in an article entitled 'Perceptual compensation for the effects of reverberation on consonant identification: Evidence from studies with monaural stimuli' (an open-access [pdf] is available here). An enormous thank you once again to all the participants who helped with this research…
  • AHRC follow-on project: I received the award for Best Research Presentation for a (short!) talk entitled 'Developing rehabilitative software: conversation training for cochlear implant users' which I gave last month at the department's first Researchers' Symposium (26 Nov 2014).
  • Music research: Today, Mark Summers is presenting our poster 'Audio comparison of repeat performances of an improvisational work of human+computer music' at the DMRN+9 meeting. [poster]

The late summer

news item posted 24 October 2014

The final three projects of the summer all involved audio analysis, but were pretty varied in scope!

  • Compensation for reverberation: I was very happy to spend a week in Poland at the 7th meeting of the Forum Acusticum, and to show the time-reversed reverberation experiments and auditory model simulation developed for my PhD research. [ref]
  • Music psychology demo: Renee Timmers presented the results of our interactive demo on expressive timing in music performance to the Sheffield Digital Humanities Congress (DHC 2014). [ref]
  • AHRC follow-on project: We presented a poster at the 51st Inner Ear Biology Workshop (IEB 2014) held here in Sheffield this year. The poster described the involvement of cochlear implant users in developing rehabilitation tools to improve performance in multi-speaker conversation. [ref]

A busy little bee

news item posted 11 July 2014

I've been a little slack in keeping this page up to date these past couple of months… but there's been a lot going on!

In no particular order, here's a quick overview with links for interested parties to find out more.

  • AHRC follow-on project Now in full swing, we have held our first two focus group sessions with our expert user panel of cochlear implanted participants. We're also pleased to welcome our summer project student, Ella Page, an undergraduate in the Human Communication Sciences department who is working on aspects of competitiveness in our conversational dataset.
  • UK Speech Conference I took a poster describing our AHRC project to the annual UK Speech meeting, and had some very interesting discussions both on this and on reverberation! [ref]
  • Multimodality in Language Conference I was happy to present at this meeting, which aimed to explore the purpose and application of multimodal approaches to language research – textual, visual-gestural, audio, instrumental, computational – and to establish a regional network of scholars to share practice, expertise and resources. [ref]
  • RMA Music philosophy workshop Working with Yuko Arthurs, a PhD student in the Music Department at Sheffield, we compared human/machine listening for aspects of sound relating to consonance/dissonance of chords. [ref]
  • Music psychology demo I was invited by Renee Timmers to contribute an interactive demo on 'expressive timing in music performance' to a 'Music and Science' taster session. Pupils from Sheffield schools that teach A-level music were invited to 'tap along' to music examples with varying degrees of swing and rubato. [ref]
  • iCog workshop Emina Kurtić and I held a workshop entitled 'Turn-taking in conversation: a multi-disciplinary approach'. We were pleased to have a full house with participants from across all five faculties, and very much enjoyed both the invited talks and group participation in the hands-on data session. Thanks to all who helped to make it a great day.

Voice measurement

news item posted 20 May 2014

I was very pleased to attend the Voice Measurement & Applications workshop last week, held in London in the Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences department at UCL. The workshop revealed how recent advances in audio, signal processing and machine learning are producing new applications of voice measurement... and I enjoyed meeting some very interesting participants!

REVERB challenge 2014

news item posted 13 May 2014

Many thanks to Heikki Kallasjoki for presenting at the REVERB challenge workshop in Florence last week. For those interested, the paper and associated code are available below.

iCog workshop proposal accepted

news item posted 9 May 2014

Emina Kurtic and I have been successful in our bid to hold a workshop within the 'iCog' network for for postgraduate and early-career researchers working in cognitive science. For full details please visit:

Moving to a new lab

news item posted 6 May 2014

I'm moving to a new lab next week (still within the Speech Technology area in the West Wing of Regent Court). My new room number is G007, and my new phone number is +44 114 222 1869.

Collaborations in music research

news item posted 11 February 2014

This year, I have been collaborating further with colleagues from the Department of Music. With Renee Timmers, I have started to develop an interactive demonstration for music psychology research. With Adam Stansbie and Mark Summers, I have been looking at analysis methods for the study of performance practice in improvisation-driven music systems.

Overlapping speech

news item posted 7 February 2014

I am pleased that our AHRC grant application has been given the go-ahead and will run from March 2014 to February 2015. It is funded under the Follow on Fund for Impact and Engagement scheme, which supports innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities.

The aim of the project is to engage with a group of adult users of cochlear implants in order to develop useful training materials for handling overlapping talk in conversation, presently an area of all too common difficulty. To the best of our knowledge, this will be the first training software that specifically addresses the problems raised by overlapping talk. More news in due course…

Pronunciation training

news item posted 2 January 2014

The project with our Dutch partners, ITSLanguage, has received further investment, and as a result I have extended my role in the project until the end of February 2014. In addition to developing computer-assisted pronunciation training software for Dutch learners of English, we will additionally consider Dutch learners of German in the next period of work.

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