William Ravenscroft, PhD Student

Welcome to my research pages. I am a PhD student studying in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Speech and Language Technologies at the University of Sheffield. I am working under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Hain and Dr. Stefan Goetze from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. Please see the links below to find out more.

About Research Contacts



My background is in signal processing, statistical modelling and machine learning with a focus on speech and audio applications in particular. I have an MEng in Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems from the University of York. I also have an MSc in Mathematical Finance from the University of York. This was where I first gained epxerience with digital signal processing, audio restoration, machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques which inspired me to becom a researcher. In my current research I am heavily focussed on improving multi-speaker neural network architecture in adverse acoustic scenarios.

I am from the United Kingdom and I am currently based in Sheffield, UK. I spent most of my life living down in the Cotswolds in the South West of England until I moved to York to study for my MEng and have stayed up North ever since.

Research Interests

My primary research interest revolve around speech processing in adverse acoustic scenarios. My main current interests are in:

  • Speech separation & enhancement
  • Far field speech processing
  • Dynamic neural networks
  • Hybrid machine learning and signal processing techniques
  • Data simulation and augmentation methods

Other affiliations: The Department of Computer Science, Machine Intelligence for Natural Interfaces (MINI)


The working title of my PhD project is "Automatic Meeting Transcription in Highly Reverberant Environments". This project is being part funded by partners at UKRI and 3M Health Information Systems.


Contacts & Links

Email is my preferred method of contact, but feel free to connect with me via my other links as well.

Email: jwravenscroft1@sheffield.ac.uk

Twitter: @WillRavenscrof1

GitHub: @jwr1995

LinkedIn: William Ravenscroft

Google Scholar: William Ravenscroft

ResearchGate : William Ravenscroft

Departmental address:

Department of Computer Science,
211 Portobello,
S1 4DP