Accessibility statement

Snap, Crackle and Pop: understanding the relationship between dialogue intelligibility and SFX for accessible broadcast audio

Monday 8 May 2017, 6.30PM

Speaker(s): Lauren Ward (Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford)

Audio Engineering Society - North of England event

The advent of object based broadcasting brings with it the ability to understand, control and personalise broadcast audio like never before. In particular, these advances give the tools to vastly improve the accessibility of broadcast audio for specific listeners groups like Hard of Hearing listeners. To truly exploit these advances, an understanding of how different broadcast audio objects, like sound effects, interact with dialogue and overall intelligibility is key. This talk will introduce the history of accessible broadcast audio for Hard of Hearing listeners and the current work being undertaken to characterise the relationship between dialogue, SFX and intelligibility. It will discuss how the complexity of this relationship may be integrated into intelligent solutions and metrics for use optimising broadcast speech intelligibility at point of service.

Lauren Ward (B.Eng (Hons), B.Phil) is a postgraduate researcher at the Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford. She is a General Sir John Monash Scholar and has previously worked on speech pathology applications for automatic speech recognition with the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Location: Holbeck Cinema (TFTV/116)

Admission: FREE, all welcome