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PhD student wins award in Connected Nation Pioneers Competition

Posted on 23 November 2018

York's Marc Green has won an award for his research into soundscapes, which aims to improve immersive experiences.

Marc Green, PhD student, AudioLab, Department of Electronic Engineering, was the winner of the ‘Creative Computing for the Digital Economy’ category at the Connected Nation Pioneers Competition. The final took place at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester on the evening of the 20 November, hosted by EPSRC and compared by STEM Ambassador and Countdown presenter Rachel Riley. The sixteen finalists presented demonstrations of their work to guests in the late afternoon and early evening, before the category winners were announced. All had been through a rigorous process of science communication training and selection prior to the final awards evening.

The UK-wide competition recognises exceptional research contributions towards the development of a Connected Nation and is hosted by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It was open to all second and third year UK postgraduate research students who could demonstrate that their research fit under one of the four designated topics. Each of the four category winners received a prize of £2,000 and an NVIDIA graphics card. 

Marc's project fuses the technical study of spatial audio with the humanistic discipline of soundscapes. 

Marc explains:

'In my work, I'm using machine learning to analyse environmental sound to provide data that could improve audio for immersive experiences'. 

Learn more about Marc's project

Watch Marc's video on YouTube