Regional Groups


DavidMooreChair – Dr. David Moore (Glasgow Caledonian University)

Dr Moore is an Audio Technology Lecturer and leader of the BSc Audio Technology degree at Glasgow Caledonian University.  He commenced this post in 2009 after completing his PhD at the University of Huddersfield.  His main research interests include: Spatial Audio, and the Effects of Hearing Loss on Music Perception.  He is a member of the AudioLab research group at GCU and is the current chair of the Audio Engineering Society Scottish group.  He was also organiser of the 26th Audio Engineering Society UK Conference on Audio Education.



MarianaLopezCo-Chair – Mariana Lopez (University of York)

Mariana Lopez has a background in music, sound design and acoustics. Her MA dissertation (University of York) focused on exploring the creation of a new format of sonic art entitled ‘audio film’ that may be considered as an alternative to Audio Description for visually impaired audiences.  In 2013 she completed her PhD at the University of York on the importance of virtual acoustics to further our understanding of medieval drama.

In 2014 Mariana joined the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE, Anglia Ruskin University) as a Senior Research Fellow.  In 2016 she moved to York to start a position as Lecturer in Sound Production and Post Production at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television (University of York).

Mariana is the Principal Investigator for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project ‘Enhancing Audio Description’ and the British Academy funded project ‘The Soundscapes of the York Mystery Plays’.

Mariana is also active in the field of sound design, having worked on a number of short films and theatre productions.


BenMosleyCo-Chair  Ben Mosley (Leeds Beckett University)

Ben Mosley is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University specialising in Audio Engineering and Acoustics. He is Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering course and teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate audio and acoustics modules. After graduating from the University of Derby’s Music Technology and Audio System Design course in the early 2000’s, he worked as an installation engineer, installing recording studios and music technology suites for a range of private sector and educational institutions across the UK. Ben continues to work as a recording engineer and acoustician. He is an associate member of the Institute of Acoustics and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently studying for a DEng in sustainable acoustics and researching into audio education and green audio.



Bruce-2000x1200-with-an-Ambisonic-SoundField-Microphone-Richard-Richards-photographer-1024x614Co-Chair – Bruce Wiggins (University of Derby)

Bruce is a senior lecturer at the University of Derby, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Audio Engineering, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He graduated with a 1st class honours in Music Technology and Audio System Design from the University of Derby in 1999.  His interest in audio signal processing led him to continue at Derby completing his PhD entitled “An Investigation into the Real-time Manipulation and Control of 3D Sound Fields” in 2004, looking at the issues of generating Ambisonic decoders for irregular speaker arrays and optimisation of binaural/transaural systems.  Bruce’s research into Ambisonics has been featured as an impact case studyin the national Research Excellence Framework (2014) and his freely available Ambisonic tools continue to be used internationally.  Bruce also organises the annual Sounds in Space Research Symposium(since 2011), looking at the artistic and technical aspects of immersive audio.



Aglaia-UK-websiteCo-Chair – Aglaia Foteinou (University of Wolverhampton)
Aglaia Foteinou is a Senior Lecturer in Music Technology, Department of Music, and Course Leader for the MA/MSc by Research in Performing Arts, Music Technology and Humanities at the University of Wolverhampton. She obtained both MSc and PhD degrees in Music Technology from the University of York and a BA degree in Musicology from the University of Athens. Her work is on virtual acoustics, acoustic measurements and computer modelling of heritage sites as well as her research interests focus on auralization and perceptual evaluation.




Chris BarlowChair – Chris Barlow (Southampton Solent University)

Dr Barlow studied Music at the University of Sheffield and Music Technology at the University of York.  He has taught in both the Secondary and Higher education sectors as a specialist in Audio Engineering and Acoustics.  Chris is Director of Solent Acoustics – the university’s acoustic consultancy and training business, and is course leader for the MSc Applied Acoustics.

Always interested in the science of sound, Chris moved into acoustics for his PhD at the University of York, specialising in voice and speech analysis, and completed in 2003 to work in a postdoctoral research fellowship at Leeds College of Music. He moved to Southampton Solent University in 2004 as a lecturer in audio engineering, was made Reader in 2009, Associate Professor in 2012 and Professor in 2016.  Particular interests include audio production, sound design, spatial audio and sound for video games, with recent projects focusing on 3d and virtual reality.

Chris is Chair of the South of England group of the Audio Engineering Society, sits on the Southern Branch committee of the Institute of Acoustics, and also on the UK National Executive of the Audio Engineering Society.   He is also interested in Educational Technology, and has been chair of the International Conference on ICT in Education since 2012.


0Matt Dempsey – Freelance

Matthew Dempsey is a sound designer, mastering engineer and webcaster based in London. He has a first class degree in audio engineering techniques and technologies, is an AVID certified Protools Operator and Apple certified Logic Pro X professional. Over the course of his career, Matthew has taken what could be called the “scenic route”, working in many parts of the audio industry over the last 11 years including; boom operating, sound recording for film and music, live sound engineering, sound design, mastering and webcasting. Matthew’s clients have included Google, Virgin, Converse, Dr. Martens, Billy Bragg, M.O.S.E.S, Creeper, Octanic, Anna Disclaim and Jake Bradford-Sharp. He has been volunteering for the AES UK for a number of years, filming the events in the London region and more recently organising events.