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List of invited speakers


Invited and confirmed

Anil Alexander - Attila Andics - Volker Dellwo - Emma Holmes - Jody Kreiman - Nadine Lavan - Susannah Levi - Sahil Luthra - Kirsty McDougall - Carolyn McGettigan - Claudia Roswandowitz - Romi Zäske

Anil Alexander

Oxford Wave Research

Anil is the CEO and director of research of Oxford Wave Research. His areas of interest and experience are forensic speaker recognition and audio processing. [back to top]

Attila Andics

Department of Ethology, Neuroethology of Communication Lab, University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

Attila is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethology, University of Budapest, Hungary. He works on vocal processing across species. He uses fMRI to investigate voice-sensitive areas in the dog’s brain. [back to top]

Volker Dellwo

Department of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Volker is a Professor of Phonetics and Phonology at the University Zurich, Switzerland. He is a phonetician with specific interest in between-speaker variation of certain phonetic features, particularly temporal ones. His work interfaces with forensic phonetics and dialectology.  [back to top]

Emma Holmes

Speech and Hearing Science at UCL, London, UK

Emma is a Lecturer in Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences at the University College London, UK. She is particularly interested in how auditory cognition (e.g., attention and prior knowledge) affects our perception of speech and other sounds, and how these processes are affected by hearing loss.  [back to top]

Jody Kreiman

Department of Linguistics at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, US

Jody is a Professor at the Department of Linguistics at UCLA, US. She is working on voice identity perception with a focus on acoustic parameters carrying voice-specific information. She uses psychoacoustics and computational modeling as research methods.  [back to top]

Nadine Lavan

School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Nadine is a Lecturer in Psychology/Biological Psychology at Queen Mary University, UK. She is interested in the perception of person characteristics from voices and how person perception interacts with other sources of information such as faces or person familiarity. She mainly uses behavioural methods but also neuroimaging to answer her research questions.

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Susannah Levi

Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Acoustic Phonetics and Perception Lab (APPL), New York University, New York, US

Susannah is an Associate Professor at New York University, US. Her research interest is on how aspects of a listener (e.g., languages spoken, reading ability, language ability) and of a spoken utterance (e.g., native versus non-native speech, talker familiarity, semantic predictability) interact during processing. 

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Sahil Luthra


Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, US

Sahil is a Postdoctoral Researcher based at Carnegie Mellon University (USA). He works on how acoustic variability affects speech perception and by examining how prior knowledge, online statistical learning and auditory attention can support spoken language processing. His work leverages behavioural experiments, computational modeling and neuroimaging.

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Kirsty McDougall


Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Kirsty works as Professor for Phonetics at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is a forensic linguist with a particular interest in speaker characteristics, forensic phonetics, and the phonetic realisation of varieties of English. 

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Carolyn McGettigan



UCL Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, London, UK

Carolyn is a Professor and holds the Chair in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University College London (UK). Carolyn is an experimental psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist researching the perception and production of the human voice. Carolyn uses neuroimaging and behavioural research methods.

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Claudia Roswandowitz


Department of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Claudia is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Computational Linguistics at the Zurich University, Switzerland. She is interested in natural and artificial voice-identity recognition and representation. Methodologically, she works with imaging and behavioural methods as well as computational modeling. 

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Romi Zäske


Research Unit Person Perception, Institute for Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany

Romi is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Jena, Germany. She works on voice perception, including imaging methods (EEG, fMRI). She is also interested in effects of voice familiarity and has worked on large-scale corpus projects.

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