30 August - 1 September 2023
Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom

Embodied Sound in the Virtual



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Keynote Speakers


 steve benford

Steve Benford

Professor of Computer Science & EPSRC Dream Fellow, Faculty of Science

Keynote title: TBC


Steve Benford is the Dunford Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham where he co-founded the Mixed Reality Laboratory. He is Director of the EPSRC-funded Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training and also Director of the University's Smart Products beacon of research excellence. He was previously an EPSRC Dream Fellow, a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge and a Visiting Professor at the BBC.


Sandra Paulett

Sandra Pauletto

Associate Professor at KTH

Keynote title: TBC


My main research interests are sound and music computing, media production, sound design, sonic interaction design and sonification.

I am working as Associate Professor and Docent in Media Technology at theDivision of Media Technology and Interaction Design (MID),School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) since January 2019. From September 2015 to December 2018 I was Associate Professor in Sound Design at the University of York (UK). Prior to that, from September 2007 to September 2015, I was Assistant Professor in Sound Design at the University of York (UK). Between 2005 and 2007 I was Assistant Professor in Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield.


Pete Sparkes

Artistic Director at Drake Music Scotland

Keynote title: TBC


Pete was appointed as Artistic Director in December 2009. He joined the team at Drake Music Scotland as a freelance associate musician in 2005, leading projects in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. In 2007 he was appointed as Education & Training Officer and spent a busy few years training teachers and musicians to use music technology in a variety of different settings. He is completely convinced that making music is fun, good for us in many ways, and we should be doing more of it – all of us! He was Education Officer of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 2002-2005. As a freelance project leader he has led creative projects with many different participant groups for various organisations including: Drake Music Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Artlink Central, and Jessie’s Fund.

Emma Young

Emma Young

R&D Engineer at BBC

Keynote title: TBC


Dr Emma Young works at BBC R&D developing ideas for new technologies and future media experiences for BBC audiences whilst facilitating internal and external relationships to support technology innovation and research in R&D and the wider BBC. Emma presents the public-facing YouTube series ‘BBC R&D Explains’ and speaks at a wide range of external events in academia and industry. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Emma leads the BBC Women in STEM (WiSTEM) network as Chair of the Board.

Before joining the BBC in 2018, Emma worked in innovation and digital consultancy roles; received a MSci (Hons) in Information Technology and Media Communications; and an interdisciplinary MRes and PhD in Digital Innovation from Lancaster University’s schools of Design, Computing and Management, merging her interests and expertise in design thinking with technology innovation.

Prior to changing focus to a career in tech in 2008, Emma studied Audio Engineering at the SAE Institute in Sydney; and worked in a broad range of production environments including Film, Games, Live TV, Theatre and Live Music. She has been a Lead Producer for many creative media projects over the years and in 2020, produced ‘No Audience with Jon Richardson & Friends’ - a live charity fundraiser that reached over 250,000 viewers on the RTS award-winning United We Stream platform.

Emma sits on the Steering Committee of the Audio Mostly conference and on the Industry Advisory Board at Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications. Her research interests include participatory and user-centred design, design fiction and immersive media, including VR, AR and spatial audio.