Research Priming Fund Success

A group including myself, George Bailey, Amelia Gully, Eleanor Chodroff (Linguistics), Helena Daffern (Electronic Engineering), and Nick Pears (Computer Science) have been awarded Research Priming funding by the University of York to purchase an electromagnetic articulograph and ultrasound. The equipment will be used to explore shared interests in understanding and modelling the vocal tract for a range of different applications. The aim is that the equipment will facilitate collaborative research across departments in the future.

More information can be found here.

IAFPA Funding Success

Jessica Wormald (J P French and University of York) and I have been awarded a grant (£1300) from the International Association of Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA) to create a wiki for descriptions of language varieties that can be used, amongst other things, by forensic speech scientists as a resource when assessing typicality in casework. The wiki will contain systematised information about a range of linguistic variables and signpost users to academic research where it is available.

More information here

PhD Opportunity: Collaboration with Aculab

We are currently looking for a student for a collaborative project between the Forensic Speech Science group at the University of York and Aculab, a commercial company developing state-of-the-art speaker verification and recognition systems. The funding is provided by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. The project attempts to systematically integrate linguistic-phonetic and automatic methods of speaker recognition for many applications, not least forensic applications. More information can be found here.

The deadline for initial applications is the 14th December, but potential applicants are encouraged to contact me before this date to express their interest and find out more about the collaboration and the project.

*Note: WRoCAH rules mean that only applicants from the UK and EU are eligible*

Interspeech 2017

The week before last, I was in Stockholm for the 2017 Interspeech conference. I presented a poster with Philip Harrison on work we have done as part of the Voice and Identity project. I also presented an oral presentation on the effects of different definitions of the relevant population in forensic voice comparison. The slides, poster, and proceedings papers are all available on this website.

Philip Harrison and I were panel discussants for the Special Session on Speaker Comparison for Forensic and Investigative Applications III. My 3 minute slide can be found here.


I was also interviewed about forensic phonetics by Sverige Radio. My (very brief) appearance can be found here.