Lauren is a Research Fellow in Media Accessibility at the University of York AudioLab, UK. She is part of XR Stories and leads the ‘A3I: Accessible Audio for Autistic Individuals’ Project.
Lauren completed her John Monash funded PhD in 2020 (University of Salford, UK) whilst working for BBC Research & Development. Her PhD created novel technology to improve the accessibility of broadcast media which was trialled by BBC Studio’s ‘Casualty’. For this she won an EPSRC Connected Nation Pioneer Award (2018) and was Runner Up at the European Broadcasting Union’s ‘Technology and Innovation’ Awards (2020).
She has a B.Eng (Hons) in Electronics and Communications Engineering (2014) and a B. Phil (2015), from University of Tasmania. Lauren also worked for CSIRO developing speech recognition technology for assessing speech disorders in children.
Outside of research you can find her kayaking white-water, throwing axes (as Manchester’s 2018 League Champion), crocheting or baking.
-- BBC Radio4 PM on Accessible Audio – 07/03/2018
-- Interview – BBC Radio Manchester – 26/06/2017
-- Speak up! Why some TV dialogue is so hard to understand – Article for the Conversation – 27/04/2017
-- Expert Commentary in response to complaints about SS-GB dialogue audibility – BBC Radio Manchester – 22/02/2017
-- Guest Researcher for special episode on ‘Background Noise’ – BBC Radio Manchester – 05/12/2016