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Trust me, I’M A DOCTOR!

February 4, 2014

Well I finally did it. PhD viva is now over. Passed. Subject to some minor corrections I’m a doctor!

After a lot of years of work, and three years of interruption in the middle to work on our MediaCityUK campus development, I finally submitted my thesis on ‘Improving Television Sound for People with Hearing Impairments’ just before Christmas and defended it successfully in a viva last Wednesday. Hence the lack of posts here, if I was going to write it had to be proper work! It’s more than a nice feeling, very very good indeed. Definitely a relief. I’ve spent all weekend celebrating and enjoying the congratulations and good wishes of family, friends and colleagues.

Screen shot 2014-02-04 at 13.57.02To cap the weekend off a parcel arrived in the post today from Wiley. Complementary copies of Media Production, Delivery and Interaction for Platform Independent Systems: Format-Agnostic Media, the book I co-edited and co-authored with colleagues on the FascinatE project last year. Ha! 2014 is shaping up very nicely.

So what comes next? I’m fortunate enough to be a co-investigator on the S3A project with colleagues at Salford and elsewhere – S3A is an EPSRC project looking at spatial audio, especially object-based spatial audio. For the next 5 years the Universities of Salford, Surrey and Southampton are going to be working together with BBC Research on the project. Can’t wait to get started. We worked on object based audio as well as ambisonics on the FascinatE project and there’s huge potential for interesting developments.

Several other research proposals in the pipeline as well, some of them working across arts and technology, some firmly in the tech world. Expect more writing here on these now once I’ve finalised the thesis and finally laid it to rest.

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