Programme for WIMP 2019

The programme will be released after the submissions and reviews have been completed.

The workshop will be a one day event with a mixture of paper presentations, invited speakers, poster sessions and partner demonstrations

After the workshop there will be an informal social event in the city center.


We are pleased to introduce our three keynote speakers for WIMP5

Lydia Gregory FeedForward AI

Lydia Gregory

Lydia’s experience and interest spans music, technology & business.After studying Music at Oxford University, she joined Accenture as a management consultant aligned to technology & financial services, where she worked on delivering technical solutions & data migration projects. She has worked in early-stage music companies, including as Head of Growth at Jukedeck, where she led the team to win awards such as Cannes Innovation Lion 2016 and BIMA Startup of the Year 2017. Lydia has been active in music as a classical singer, touring globally including to China, Japan, Israel & the USA. She has sung on critically-acclaimed recordings released on labels such as Hyperion and Naxos, and performed in many ensemble concerts. She regularly speaks on topics including the relevance of machine learning to the real world, debunking A.I., and building inclusivity into technology. She is particularly interested in using technology to enable human creativity and in the application of machine learning to art and sound. She is a member of the BIMA A.I. Think Tank and a fellow of the RSA, and has recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Data Science at University of London, Birkbeck College.

FeedForward AI

Chris Pike BBC R&D

Chris Pike

Chris leads the audio team in BBC R&D and the BBC Audio Research Partnership. He is passionate about using technology innovation to enable new creative possibilities in sound production and storytelling. Chris has led the BBC's work on spatial audio for several years, which has led to productions on major brands such as Doctor Who, Planet Earth II and the BBC Proms. He was director of sound on the BBC's first public VR app, The Turning Forest, and worked with Björk to create an augmented reality audio guide for her exhibition at MoMA in New York. As part of his role at the BBC, Chris is active in standardisation bodies, working to ensure open interoperable technology for spatial audio production. He did his PhD with the Audio Lab at the University of York, working on quality evaluation of binaural rendering


Vesa Välimäki Aalto University, Finland

Chris Pike

Vesa Välimäki is a Full Professor of audio signal processing at Aalto University, Espoo, Finland. He received his doctorate from the Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland, 1995. In 2008-2009, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. Currently he is also the Vice Dean for Research in electrical engineering at Aalto University. His research group belongs to the Aalto Acoustics Lab, a multidisciplinary center with excellent facilities for sound-related research at Aalto University. He and his research group are part of the Nordic Sound and Music Computing Network (NordicSMC), which is funded by NordForsk. His research interests include digital filter design, audio effects processing, artificial reverberation, sound synthesis, and signal processing for headphones and loudspeakers.

Prof. Välimäki is a Fellow of the AES (Audio Engineering Society) and a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Since 2015, he has been a Senior Area Editor of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing. He was the Chairman of the International Conference on Digital Audio Effects DAFx in 2008, and the Chairman of the Sound and Music Computing Conference SMC in 2017.

Vesa Välimäki

Aalto Acoustics Lab