Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Reader in Audio Experience Design



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I am a Reader in Audio Experience Design, the Director of Undergraduate Studies and I lead the Audio Experience Design (AXP) research theme with the Dyson School of Design Engineering. In the past years I have worked in Italy (Università degli Studi di Milano), France (LIMSI-CNRS and IRCAM) and UK (De Montfort University and Imperial College London) on projects related with 3D binaural sound rendering, interactive applications for visually and hearing impaired individuals, audiology and hearing aids technology, audio and haptic interaction and, more in general, acoustical virtual and augmented reality. The research I’ve been involved in the past years focussed mainly on the implementation of a binaural spatialisation tool, which also integrates a hearing loss simulation and virtual hearing aids, and on Head Related Transfer Functions selection, evaluation and adaptation.

I am currently the module leader for DE2-BD Big Data and DE3-AXP Audio Experience Design, and I am a tutor for the GID and IDE MA/MSc programs at Imperial College London, in collaboration with the Royal College of Arts.

Look at the video of the AXP Audio Installations 2019, displaying the work of the three groups at the end of the Audio Experience Design 2019 module.

I am the scientific coordinator of the EU-H2020 3D Tune-In research project.



Comunita M, Gerino A, Lim V, et al., 2021, Design and Evaluation of a Web- and Mobile-based Binaural Audio Platform for Cultural Heritage, Applied Sciences, ISSN:2076-3417

Engel Alonso-Martinez I, Henry C, Amengual Garí SV, et al., 2021, Perceptual implications of different Ambisonics-based methods for binaural reverberation, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN:0001-4966

Hallewell M, Patel H, Salanitri D, et al., 2021, Play&tune: user feedback in the development of a serious game for optimizing hearing aid orientation, Ergonomics in Design: the Quarterly of Human Factors Applications, Vol:29, ISSN:1064-8046, Pages:14-24

Kim C, Lim V, Picinali L, 2020, Investigation into consistency of subjective and objective perceptual selection of non-individual head-related transfer functions, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Vol:68, ISSN:1549-4950, Pages:819-831

Sethi S, Ewers R, Jones N, et al., 2020, SAFE Acoustics: an open-source, real-time eco-acoustic monitoring network in the tropical rainforests of Borneo, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-210X, Pages:1182-1185

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