Owain Rhys Hughes graduated in medicine and after an educational fellowship at Harvard University he became one of the first doctors in England selected into a program to train academic surgeons sponsored by the National Institute for Medical Research. He is now a higher surgical trainee in Ear, Nose, Throat and Head and Neck surgery in London and holds a personal Fellowship from the Medical Research Council with which he is pursuing a PhD at University College London. He has also received research funding from Cancer Research UK, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the pharmaceutical industry. His research is focused on understanding disorders that affect the head and neck and developing new treatments. Dr Hughes has presented at several international meetings and published his research in leading peer-reviewed journals. In 2011 he was awarded a Shell Livewire Grand Ideas Award and short listed for Shell Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Dr Anil Alexander areas of interest and experience are forensic audio processing, microphone arrays and speaker recognition. He has published widely in international conferences and journals and is an invited speaker at several conferences and workshops. His doctoral research focused on forensic automatic speaker recognition with the Speech Processing and Biometrics Group, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, and the Institut de Police Scientifique, Faculty of Law and Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne, both in Switzerland. He enjoys teaching audio processing for law enforcement and work involving speaker recognition, audio enhancement, and acoustics. Dr Alexander chairs the research committee of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA).
Oscar Forth is the driving force behind software product development for OperaVOX. Oscar has a large number of products to his credit ranging from high performance PC applications, console and PC games, and specialist mobile applications. He has led the development of several research projects on audio processing, automatic speaker recognition and speaker arrays. He also has extensive experience in gaming software development on multiple console and PC platforms and has created a unique cross-platform 3D engine.
Anna’s interests combine singing, voice research, and video branding. She has worked as a senior creative/producer at MTV Networks International since 2001, specialising in short-form video production and graphics branding on internal and client-based projects. She recently completed a Music Education MA at the Institute of Education (University of London) researching implications of digital technology on group singing, and an Internship in the research department at Nordoff Robbins, assisting on research projects related to music therapy practice. As a singer, Anna has collaborated on many artist and client projects, training under Mary Hammond (Royal Academy of Music), whilst also attending a number of courses and workshops on voice technique and science. Anna is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA) and is active in cross-disciplinary dialogues between the arts and sciences. www.annasnowman.com