Dr Ben Shirley is a Senior Lecturer in Audio Technology at the Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford, UK. He received his MSc from Keele University in 2000 and his PhD from the University of Salford in 2013. His doctoral thesis investigated methods for improving TV sound for people with hearing impairments. His research interests include audio broadcast, spatial audio and also audio related accessibility solutions.
Dr Shirley was principal investigator on the ITC and Ofcom funded Clean Audio project which investigated methods to improve TV sound for people with hearing impairments and contributed to international digital video broadcast standards. He led the VoIPText project developing text interfaces for people with hearing impairments.
More recently he was Principal Investigator for University of Salford's work in the EU FP7 FascinatE project which developed an end-to-end interactive future broadcast system and recently worked on the EPSRC funded S3A project investigating future accessible object-based spatial audio systems.
Dr Shirley is also co-founder of Salsa Sound Ltd, developing live sports audio broadcast solutions.