People (follow-on project)

Professor Bill Wells, the Principal Investigator on the project, is based in the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He has carried out research on the phonetics of turn-taking and overlapping talk since the early 1980′s, with reference to adult English speakers of different accents and dialects, young children, and children with atypical speech and language development.

Professor Guy Brown is a member of the Speech and Hearing Research Group in the Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield. His principal research interests are computational hearing and speech technology, with a particular emphasis on auditory-motivated approaches to source segregation.

Dr Emina Kurtić is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. Her current research is focused on analysis of conversation, and she work on both spoken conversations and written ones typically found in social media. Her particular research interest has been overlapping talk in naturally occurring multi-party conversation, and she hopes that some of the findings will benefit the development of training software for cochlear implant users, which should offer them an opportunity to practice participation in conversational situations where multiple speakers talk simultaneously. Emina also works on information extraction and summarisation of online readers’ comments to newspaper articles, where she is particularly interested in extracting social events from online data.

Amy Beeston is a member of the Speech and Hearing Research Group in the Department of Computer Science. Her research positions have concerned the development of pedagogical tools, initially for computer-assisted pronunciation training and latterly to meet the challenge of simultaneous talk for cochlear implant users. Her doctoral work combined elements of psychoacoustics and computational modelling, firstly to examine how human listeners compensate for reflected sound in everyday listening environments and, secondly, to develop machine listeners that exploit principles of the human auditory system in order to deal with the reverberation present in real room recordings.

Dr Harriet Crook is a Clinical Scientist based at the Department of Neurotology at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  Since 2009 she has been Lead Clinical Scientist for Complex Hearing loss and Co-ordinator for the Sheffield Cochlear Implant Service.  Dr Crook has worked clinically in Cochlear Implants and complex Adult Auditory Rehabilitation since 2000 Dr Crook has ongoing research interests in auditory processing and music processing for deafened adults and cochlear implant users, particularly auditory stream segregation and modelling processing of emotion and affect within auditory cognition.

Erica Bradley is a part time Speech & Language Therapist working in the Neurotology department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. The majority of her work is with individuals who have a profound hearing loss, referred for cochlear implant assessment and rehabilitation. She works as Audit Lead for the Directorate of Professional Services within the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.


The project is funded by AHRC Follow On Funding grant AH/L009307 between 1/3/2013 and 28/02/2014.