Amy Beeston

Sheffield University site

Publications

Invited talks

Beeston, A.V. (23 May 2018). Psychoacoustically-informed approaches to room acoustics in mixed music environments. Department of Music, University of York.
Pike, C. and Beeston, A.V. (29 Jan 2018). Applications of perceptual psychology and neuroscience to audio engineering problems. Audio Engineering Society, North of England Group Meeting, York.  [link] | www.aes-uk.org/forthcoming-meetings/applications-of-perceptual-psychology-and-neuroscience-to-audio-engineering-problems
Beeston, A.V. (16 Jan 2018). Affordances, constraints and conventions in developing technologies to assist human listening. Institute of Acoustics, Yorkshire and North East Branch Meeting, Sheffield.
Beeston, A.V. (13 Oct 2017). Machine-mediated listening in sound art and music. Field Studies 2017: Listening After Pauline Oliveros, Leeds.  [link] | www.field-studies.org
Beeston, A.V. (30 Sep 2017). Forming SONA: Sound natives in Sheffield. Culture and the City Symposium, Sheffield Creative Guild and DINA, Sheffield.  [link] | sheffieldcreativeguild.com
Beeston, A.V. and Dobson, E.D. (12 May 2017). Fostering 'the gift of confidence' for women in the electronic music scene. Centre for Digital Scholarship, University of Oxford. [link] | blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/digital/2017/04/25/beeston-dobson/
Dobson, E.D. and Beeston, A.V. (1 Dec 2016). Starting a sound network from scratch: the story, impact and developments of the Yorkshire Sound Women Network. Cross Government Design Meeting, Electric Works, Sheffield.
Pike, C. and Beeston, A.V. (28 Nov 2016). The Algorithmic Ear. Radio TechCon, The UK radio industry's engineering and technology conference, Arts Theatre, London.  [slides] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/slides/PikeBeeston_RadioTechCon2016.pdf
Beeston, A.V. (24 Mar 2016). Applications of machine listening to support health-monitoring and rehabilitation in the home. Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
Beeston, A.V. (27 Jan 2015). Compensation for reverberation using auditory models. Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics, Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, Germany.
Beeston, A.V. (17 Apr 2012). Perceptual compensation for reverberation by human and machine listeners with synthetic and naturalistic speech material. Department of Information and Computer Science, Aalto University, Finland.  [slides] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/slides/Beeston_Aalto_Apr2012.pdf
Beeston, A.V. (7 Dec 2010). Compensation for reverberation. Speech and Hearing Group research seminar, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield.  [abstract] | http://spandh.dcs.shef.ac.uk/seminars/abstracts2010.html
Beeston, A.V. (16 Sep 2009). Perceptual compensation for reverberation: computer modelling. Reverberant Circle Meeting, School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Arthurs, Y., Beeston, A.V. and Timmers, R. (2017). Perception of isolated chords: Examining frequency of occurrence, instrumental timbre, acoustic descriptors and musical training. Psychology of Music, Forthcoming. [publisher] | journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0305735617720834 [pdf] | eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/118147/
Beeston, A.V., Brown, G.J. and Watkins, A.J. (2014). Perceptual compensation for the effects of reverberation on consonant identification: Evidence from studies with monaural stimuli. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136(6), pp 3072–3084.  [pdf] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/papers/JASMAN_vol_136_iss_6_3072.pdf
Copyright (2014) Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America. The article appeared in J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 3072 (2014) and may be found at http://link.aip.org/link/?JAS/136/3072/.

Peer-reviewed conference papers

Nicolao, M., Beeston, A.V. and Hain, T. (2015). Automatic assessment of English learner pronunciation using discriminative classifiers. In: 40th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Brisbane, Australia, 19-24 April, pp 5351-5355.  [paper] | http://staffwww.dcs.shef.ac.uk/people/M.Nicolao/site/publications_files/pron_assess.pdf
Beeston, A.V. and Brown, G.J. (2014). Consonant confusions provide further evidence that time-reversed rooms disturb compensation for reverberation. In: 7th Forum Acusticum, Krakow, Poland, 7-12 September.  [paper] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/papers/forumAcusticum-BeestonBrown.pdf
Kallasjoki, H., Gemmeke, J.F., Palomäki, K.J., Beeston, A.V. and Brown, G.J. (2014). Recognition of reverberant speech by missing data imputation and NMF feature enhancement. In: REVERB challenge workshop in conjunction with ICASSP 2014 and HSCMA 2014, Florence, Italy, 10 May.  [paper] | http://reverb2014.dereverberation.com/workshop/reverb2014-papers/1569899201.pdf  [code] | http://research.spa.aalto.fi/speech/robust/kallasjoki-reverb14/
Beeston, A.V. and Summers, M.A.C. (2013). Groundwork for a resource in computational hearing for extended string techniques. In: 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR), Marseille, France, 15-18 October, pp 662-669.  [paper] | http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/76764  [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_CMMR2013.pdf
Brown, G.J., Beeston, A.V. and Palomäki, K.J. (2012). Perceptual compensation for the effects of reverberation on consonant identification: a comparison of human and machine performance. In: Proceedings of Interspeech, Portland, Oregon, USA, 9-13 September, pp 1716-1719.  [link] | www.isca-speech.org/archive/interspeech_2012/i12_1716.html
Beeston, A.V. and Brown, G.J. (2010). Perceptual compensation for effects of reverberation in speech identification: a computer model based on auditory efferent processing. In: Proceedings of Interspeech, Makuhari, Chiba, Japan, 26-30 September, pp 2462-2465.  [link] | www.isca-speech.org/archive/interspeech_2010/i10_2462.html

Conference and workshop talks

Greasley, A.E., Crook, H. and Beeston, A.V. (2018). Listening to music with hearing aids: benefits, challenges and strategies. The Listening Experience Database (LED) Project Conference, Milton Keynes, 6-7 Mar. 
Beeston, A.V. (2017). Machine listening in artistic contexts. Music Mind Machine Lab, University of Sheffield, 19 May. 
Beeston, A.V., Cheesman, L. and Dobson, E.D. (2016). Community-building to support and encourage women and girls in music technology. Digital Music Research Network One-day Workshop (DMRN+11), London, 20 Dec.  [abstract] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/papers/DMRN_2016_Beeston.pdf  [slides] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/slides/Beeston_DMRN_Dec2016.pdf
Beeston, A.V. (2016). Environmental robustness and healthcare-related sound technologies. Acoustics Exchange Day, University of Sheffield, 13 Sep. 
Beeston, A.V. (2016). Assessing snore sounds in the bedroom. Human Communications Technology (HCT) Research Morning, Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, University of Sheffield, 24 Jun. 
Pike, C. and Beeston, A.V. (2016). Human perception and listening by machines. Workshop W17, 140th Audio Engineering Society Convention, Paris, France, 7 Jun.  [slides] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/slides/PikeBeeston_AES140_Jun2016.pdf  [link] | www.aes.org/events/140/workshops/?ID=4901
Beeston, A.V. (2016). Sound tools for real-time audio tasks. Lightening Talk at the Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16), University of Edinburgh, 21 Mar. 
Beeston, A.V. (2016). Machine listening for healthcare applications used in domestic audio environments. Quick Fire Research Carousel, Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, University of Sheffield, 26 Jan. 
Arthurs, Y., Timmers, R. and Beeston, A.V. (2015). Chord perception and frequency of occurrence: Samples from works by J. S. Bach and the Beatles. 9th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), Manchester, 17-22 Aug.  [paper] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/papers/ESCOM_2015_ArthursTimmersBeeston.pdf
Summers, M.A.C., Beeston, A.V., and Stansbie, A.J. (2015). A mixed approach to analysing works that use extensive improvisation. Keele Music Analysis Conference (KeeleMAC), Keele, UK, 8-10 Jul. 
Beeston, A.V. (2015). Do we need robust audio interfacing based on psychoacoustic principles of hearing? 2nd Royal Musical Association Music Philosophy Study Group Workshop, University of Sheffield, 27 May. 
Wells, B., Brown, G.J., Crook, H., Bradley, E., Beeston, A.V. and Kurtić, E. (2015). Meeting the challenge of simultaneous talk for cochlear implant users. Human Communication Sciences Research Seminar, University of Sheffield, 16 Apr. 
Beeston, A.V. (2014). Developing rehabilitative software: conversation training for cochlear implant users. Researchers' Symposium 2014, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, 26 Nov. 
Timmers, R. and Beeston, A.V. (2014). Tap with jazzy swing and romantic rubato: An interactive demonstration of expressive timing in music. Digital Humanities Congress 2014, Sheffield, 4-6 Sep. 
Beeston, A.V., Kurtić, E., Bradley, E., Crook, H., Brown, G.J. and Wells, B. (2014). A multi-modal training approach to improve cochlear implant users' ability to handle simultaneous talk. Conference on Multimodality in language research, University of Leeds, 26 Jun.  [slides] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/slides/BeestonKurtic_Multimodality_Jun2014.pdf
Beeston, A.V. and Nicolao, M. (2013). Pronunciation errors by language learners. Machine Intelligence for Natural Interfaces (MINI) Workshop, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, 24 Sep. 

Conference and workshop posters/demos

Beeston, A.V. and Summers, M.A.C. (2017). Machine listening: The expressive potential of human+computer systems in real rooms. In: 25th Anniversary Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), Ghent, Belgium, 1-4 Aug , pp 202-203.  [asbtract] | www.escom2017.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/ESCOM-2017-Book-of-Abstracts-1.pdf
Beeston, A.V., Wells, B., Crook, H., Bradley, E., Brown, G.J., and Kurtić, E. (2016). Talking in Time. AHRC project software demonstration at T4I (Technology for Independence) Conference, Sheffield, UK, 28 Nov.
Pike, C., Beeston, A.V., Brookes, T., Brown, G.J. and Mason, R. (2016). Compensation for spectral and temporal envelope distortion caused by transmission channel acoustics. Workshop on Auditory Neuroscience, Cognition and Modelling, London, UK, 17 February.
Beeston, A.V. and Brown, G.J. (2015). Auditory models for robust analysis of snoring in domestic recordings. Newcastle Sleep 2015 - British Sleep Society Scientific conference, Newcastle, UK, 22-24 October. [abstract] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/papers/BSS_2015_BeestonBrown.pdf
Beeston, A.V., Brown, G.J. and Wang, X. (2015). Assessing snore sounds recorded in the home via smartphone. Listening in the Wild (LITW 2015), London, UK, 28 August. [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_LITW2015.pdf
Summers, M.A.C., Beeston, A.V., and Stansbie, A.J. (2014). Audio comparison of repeat performances of an improvisational work of human+computer music. Digital Music Research Network One-day Workshop (DMRN+9), London, UK, 16 December. [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_DMRN2014.pdf
Crook, H., Bradley, E., Wells, B., Brown, G.J., Beeston, A.V., and Kurtić, E. (2014). Rehabilitative software to improve participation in multi-speaker talk for cochlear implant users. 11th Annual Conference of the British Academy of Audiology (BAA), Bournemouth, UK, 20-21 November.
Crook, H., Bradley, E., Brown, G.J., Wells, B., Beeston, A.V., and Kurtić, E. (2014). A framework for multidisciplinary project work with cochlear implant users: Involving CI users in developing rehabilitation tools to improve performance in multi-speaker conversation. 51st Inner Ear Biology Workshop (IEB), Sheffield, UK, 30 August-2 September. Programme and Abstracts, p 161 [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_IEB2014.pdf
Arthurs, Y. and Beeston, A.V. (2014). Comparing human and machine listening for consonance/dissonance rating of isolated chords. Royal Musical Association Music Philosophy Study Group Workshop, Sheffield, UK, 4 July. [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_rma-mpsg-2014.pdf
Wells, B., Brown, G.J., Crook, H., Beeston, A.V., Kurtić, E., and Bradley, E. (2014). Meeting the challenge of simultaneous talk for cochlear implant users. 15th International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference (ICPLA), Stockholm, Sweden, 11-13 June.
Beeston, A.V., Brown, G.J., Kurtić, E., Wells, B., Bradley, E. and Crook, H. (2014). Conversational skill development strategies for cochlear implant users. 3rd UK Speech Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 9-10 June. [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_ukspeech2014_overlap.pdf
Beeston, A.V., Nicolao, M. and Hain, T. (2013). Pairwise audio comparison for visualisation of mispronunciation. 2nd UK Speech Conference, Cambridge, UK, 17-18 September. [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_ukspeech2013_pronunciation.pdf
Beeston, A.V. and Brown, G.J. (2013). Modelling reverberation compensation effects in time-forward and time-reversed rooms. 2nd UK Speech Conference, Cambridge, UK, 17-18 September. [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_ukspeech2013_reverberation.pdf
Brown, G.J., Palomäki, K.J. and Beeston, A.V. (2012). Compensation for the effects of reverberation on automatic speech recognition: a perceptually-inspired approach based on weighting of parallel acoustic models. International Journal of Audiology, 51 (3), pp 235-236.  [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_BSA_September2011.pdf
Beeston, A.V. and Brown, G.J. (2011). Low-level and high-level models of perceptual compensation for reverberation. Computational Audition, Delmenhorst, Germany, 24-26 October. [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_Delmenhorst2011.pdf
Brown, G.J. and Beeston, A.V. (2011). A computer model of perceptual compensation for reverberation: evaluation on a consonant identification task. International Journal of Audiology, 50 (10), pp 771-772.  [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_BSA_September2010_machine.pdf
Beeston, A.V., Brown, G.J., Watkins, A.J. and Makin, S.J. (2011). Perceptual compensation for reverberation: human identification of stop consonants in reverberated speech contexts. International Journal of Audiology, 50 (10), pp 771.  [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_BSA_September2010_human.pdf
Beeston, A.V. and Brown, G.J. (2010). Perceptual compensation for adverse effects of room reverberation on speech recognition: A model based on auditory efferent processing. Psycholinguistic approaches to speech recognition in adverse conditions, Bristol, UK, 8-10 March. Programme and Abstracts, p 23 [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_Bristol_March2010.pdf
Beeston, A.V. and Brown, G.J. (2010). A computer model of perceptual compensation for reverberation based on auditory efferent suppression. International Journal of Audiology, 49 (9), p 713.  [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_BSA_September2009.pdf
Beeston, A.V. and Brown, G.J. (2009). A computer model of perceptual compensation for reverberation. PhD Workshop: Professional Opportunities for Hearing Scientists, Nottingham, UK, 2-3 April. Programme and Abstracts, pp 20-21 [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_IHR_April2009.pdf

Theses

Beeston, A.V. (2015). Perceptual compensation for reverberation in human listeners and machines. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.  [link] | http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8351
Beeston, A.V. (2005). Sonic control in interactive audio installations. Masters thesis, Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands.  [link] | http://www.sonology.org/downloads

Miscellaneous writing

Beeston, A.V. (2017). Imagining my future self: Using Software Carpentry skills to ease the return to work. Software Sustainability Institute. Invited blogpost.  [link] | https://www.software.ac.uk/blog/2017-09-27-imagining-my-future-self-using-software-carpentry-skills-ease-return-work
Beeston, A.V. (2017). Finding courage in encouragement. Women in Music Information Retrieval (WiMIR). Invited blogpost.  [link] | https://wimir.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/finding-courage-in-encouragement-by-amy-v-beeston-wimir-mentee/
Beeston, A.V., Dolcetti, G. and Nicolao, M. (2017). Acoustics Exchange: a community to span all areas of sound. Institute of Acoustics: Acoustics Bulletin. Review. 42(1), Jan/Feb edition.  [link] | ioa.org.uk/sites/default/files/Acoustics%20Bulletin%20January-February%202017.pdf#page=7
Beeston, A.V., Blazic, L., Chue Hong, N., Domander, R., Mounce R., and Wilson, R.T. (2016). Ten simple rules for writing a comparative software review. PeerJ Preprints 4:e2221v1.  [paper] | https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.2221v1
Ford, H., Duckles, J., Maidment, A., Callaghan, M., Nurmikko-Fuller T. and Beeston, A.V. (2016). The inevitable abyss: find mentors who will help you get out. Software Sustainability Institute Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16). Speed blog.  [link] | https://www.software.ac.uk/blog/2016-09-12-inevitable-abyss-find-mentors-who-will-help-you-get-out

Wider engagement

Beeston, A.V., Cheesman, L. and Egan, D. (11-12 Nov 2017). Unmaking acoustics (as SONA collective). Sound-responsive audio-visual installation. AlgoMech Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, Sheffield.  [link] | algomech.com/2017/events/exhibition/
Egan, D., Clough, L., Gusejnova D. and Beeston, A.V. (7 Oct 2017). Making Sense! Fruit orchestra sound demonstration. British Science Association Fun Palace, Sheffield.  [link] | funpalaces.co.uk/discover/british-science-association-sheffield-fun-palace
Dobson, L., and Beeston, A.V. (7 Oct 2017). SynthFest UK, Sheffield.  [link] | synthfest.co.uk
Beeston, A.V. (4 Mar 2017). Using sound as a controller. Sound station for International Women's Day, Heritage Quay, Hudderfield.  [link] | heritagequay.org/events/yorkshire-sound-women-network/
Cheesman, L. and Beeston, A.V. (13, 20 Nov 2016). SONA Makerspace & Performance. The Sea Around Us (Connect the Dots fourth annual festival) at DINA Venue, 32 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, S1 4HP.  [link] | www.ctdots.co.uk
Cheesman, L. and Beeston, A.V. (19 Nov 2016). Peer Learning Taster Workshop. Catalyst: Festival of Creativity event (Sheffield Hallam University and Yorkshire Sound Women Network) at DINA Venue, 32 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, S1 4HP.  [link] | yorkshiresoundwomen.wordpress.com/catalyst/peerlearning/
Beeston, A.V. (30 Sep 2016). Science while you sleep. Exhibit for Researchers' Night, Firth Hall, University of Sheffield.  [poster] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Poster_UoSResearchersNight-2016.pdf  [flyer] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/Flyer_UoSResearchersNight-2016.pdf
Beeston, A.V. (21 Jul 2016). Machine listening in music: A beginner’s guide. Catalyst: Festival of Creativity event (Sheffield Hallam University and Yorkshire Sound Women Network) at DINA Venue, 32 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, S1 4HP.  [video] | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgbb2gYuNK8  [slides] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/slides/Beeston_YSWN_Jul2016.pdf  [link] | http://www.sheffieldcityofmakers.co.uk/calendar/machine-listening-in-music-a-beginners-guide-with-amy-beeston
Beeston, A.V. (4, 5 Apr 2016). Machine listening in music: A beginner’s guide. Yorkshire Sound Women Network. Workshops held in the School of Music, University of Leeds (4 April) and in the School of Music, Humanities and Media, University of Huddersfield (5 April).  [slides] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/slides/Beeston_YSWN_Apr2016.pdf  [link] | yorkshiresoundwomen.wordpress.com/machine-listening-in-music-a-beginners-guide/
Armitage, J., Cheesman, L. and Beeston, A.V. (19 Mar 2016). Coding Music. Make Some Noise! Family Weekend at the National Media Museum, Bradford.  [link] | www.britishscienceweek.org/event/make-noise-family-weekend/
Cheesman, L., Beeston, A.V., and Dobson, E. (26 Feb 2016). Yorkshire Sound Women Network. Guest speakers at Well-behaved women seldom make history, LIVE LATE at Museums Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield.  [link] | www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/whats-on/events/2016/2/live-late-well-behaved-women-seldom-make-history
Moore, R.K. and Beeston, A.V. (13 Jul 2015). MakeSpeech. Headstart summer school, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield. 
Timmers, R. and Beeston, A.V. (6 Jul 2015). Music and science demo. Department of Music, University of Sheffield. 
Timmers, R. and Beeston, A.V. (7 Jul 2014). Music and science taster session. Open day, Department of Music, University of Sheffield. 
Beeston, A.V. and Summers, M.A.C. (26 Nov 2013). Using machine listening to analyse timbre in performance. MMM (Music Mind Machine) Open House, Department of Music, University of Sheffield.  [slides] | www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb/dl/slides/BeestonSummers_MMM_Nov2013.pdf
Moore, R.K. and Beeston, A.V. (3 Oct 2013). MakeSpeech. Cutlers' Ambassador Scheme, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield. 
Moore, R.K., Aimetti, G. and Beeston, A.V. (17 Feb 2010). Computers that talk and listen. Open day presentations, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield. 
Moore, R.K., Kempton, T. and Beeston, A.V. (3 Feb 2010). Computers that talk and listen. Open day presentations, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield.