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Queen Mary scientists partner with broadcaster in new audio research initiative

Today (Friday 8 July) sees the launch of a BBC led initiative which will bring together the crème of UK audio experts, including scientists from Queen Mary, University of London, for a research collaboration which will last at least five years.

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BBC R&D's new listening room at MediaCityUK © BBC
BBC R&D's new listening room at MediaCityUK © BBC

Speaking today at MediaCityUK, Tim Davie, Director of Audio & Music at the BBC announced the launch of the BBC Audio Research Partnership, which will see the corporation’s Research & Development group work in close collaboration with leading universities in the field of audio research and innovation.

Professor Mark Plumbley from Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science commented: “Here at the Centre for Digital Music we’re very excited at the opportunity to work with the broadcaster on making their audio research partnership a great success. We will be helping them to develop ways of extracting information out of their extensive archives, making them more easily accessible to the public and streamlining their production process.”

Along with Queen Mary, the other academic partners include University of Surrey, University of Salford, University of Southampton and University of York; all are world-leaders in audio research. The partnership will embrace additional collaborations with other UK and international universities and research institutes, in addition to close working relationships with industry.

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