Lauren is an audio engineer at the Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford, UK where she is completing her PhD. She has an Honours degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering (2014) and a Bachelor of Philosophy (2015), both from the University of Tasmania, Australia.
Lauren's current research investigates the use of next generation audio technology to improve the accessibility of broadcast media for hard of hearing individuals. She received the 2018 IET Leslie H Paddle Scholarship for excellence in Engineering and Technology for her research. She is also currently undertaking an internship at BBC Research and Development, working to integrate her research into industry.
Before her PhD, Lauren worked at CSIRO developing speech recognition technology for the assessment of speech disorders in children. Previously Lauren has been involved in both commercial and community radio and was awarded the ABC Women in Broadcast Technology in 2011.
Lauren is also a passionate science communicator, having represented Australia at the Asia-Pacific Final of the IET's "Present around the world" competition in 2015 and reaching the UK National Semi-Finals of the 3 Minute Thesis competition in 2017. In Australia, she worked for the University of Tasmania STEM Education and Outreach team and STEM Education remains one of her research interests.