Dementia Friendly Design of Television News Broadcasts

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of supervising two of our talented students on BSc Professional Sound and Video Technology (Liam Funnel and Isabel Garriock) as they worked on an interesting project on media access requirements for people with dementia. Very happy to (rather belatedly) announce the publication of their combined work in the Journal of Enabling Technology – the article is open access and can be downloaded here. Many thanks also to Professor Tracey Williamson, now at University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies, who provided invaluable guidance and made this project possible.

Personalized Object-Based Audio for Hearing Impaired TV Viewers: new paper published… (open access)

new blog post and link to open access JAES article here. Or click on the pic.

For a long time now Ofcom and broadcasters have received complaints that speech on TV can be difficult, or impossible, to understand. The problem is of course much worse for viewers who with even quite mild hearing loss. Reasons are varied and well described in a recent Conversation article from one of our researchers, Lauren Ward. Causes include unfamiliar accents, unclear speaking from actors, excessive background sound effects or music and even occasionally badly recorded location audio…..


TVX 2017 Doctoral Consortium Deadline extended – 30th March

For PhD students working on interaction, TV and online media

Deadline extensions reminder! The deadlines for submitting TVX Doctoral Consortium has been extended to March 30!
Why don’t you take this week to plan and start writing your proposal for an awesome PhD work update – 2-4 page paper by 30th March, poster on acceptance.

Deadlines for TVX in Industry, Demo and Work in Progress contributions have also been extended to March 30th.
More info at

Doctoral Consortium