Keynote Speakers

Dr. Shoko Araki, NTT Communication Science Laboratories

Biography: Shoko Araki is a Senior Research Scientist at NTT Communication Science Laboratories, NTT Corporation, Japan where she is currently leading the Signal Processing Research Group. Since joining NTT in 2000, she has been researching acoustic signal processing, microphone array signal processing, blind speech separation, meeting diarization, and auditory scene analysis. She has received several awards for her research, including the Best Paper Award of the IWAENC in 2003, the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Best Paper Award in 2014, the Young Scientists’ Prize, and the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2014. She is a Fellow of IEEE. She was formerly a member of the IEEE SPS Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Technical Committee (AASP-TC) (2014-2019) and currently serves as its vice chair. She serves as vice president of Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ) (2021-2022).



Prof. Dr. Toon van Waterschoot, KU Leuven

Biography: Toon van Waterschoot received MSc (2001) and PhD (2009) degrees in Electrical Engineering, both from KU Leuven, Belgium, where he is currently Associate Professor, ERC Consolidator Grantee, and Head of the Stadius Center for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics. He has previously also held teaching and research positions at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and the University of Lugano in Switzerland. His research interests are in signal processing, machine learning, and numerical optimization, applied to acoustic signal enhancement, acoustic modeling, audio analysis, and audio reproduction. He has been the Scientific Coordinator for several major European research projects: the FP7-PEOPLE Marie Curie Initial Training Network “Dereverberation and Reverberation of Audio, Music, and Speech (DREAMS, 2013-2016)”, the H2020 ERC Consolidator Grant “The Spatial Dynamics of Room Acoustics (SONORA, 2018-2023)”, and the H2020 MSCA European Training Network “Service-Oriented Ubiquitous Network-Driven Sound (SOUNDS, 2021-2024)”.



Dr. Jens Meyer and Dr. Gary W. Elko, mh acoustics


Jens Meyer

Jens Meyer received his Dipl.-Ing (M.Sc.) and Dr.-Ing. (PhD) from Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany). In 2002, he cofounded mh acoustics. Jens spent three years developing technologies for hearing diagnostic for Mimosa Acoustics before working full time for mh acoustics. Together with Gary Elko, he developed the Eigenmike® microphone array. First sold in 2003, the Eigenmike array was the first microphone capable of recording Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA). To this day his main technical interest is in acoustic signal processing with emphasis on array beamforming technologies. He is the author of numerous publications and patents.

Gary W. Elko


In 1970 I went with my older brother to pick out a hi-fi system with birthday money. One year later I went and did the same thing. But I didn’t have as much money so had to purchase something cheaper. The difference in audio quality between the two loudspeaker systems sparked an intense interest to understand why. The pursuit of that question set me on my path to acoustics and signal processing. I went to Cornell to study Electrical Engineering and then to Penn State for post graduate degrees in Acoustics. Nearing graduation my PhD advisor, Jiri Tichy, introduced me to Jim West who worked at Bell Labs. I got incredibly lucky that a post-Doc working with Jim got homesick, so an opening was available just as I started looking for a job. My job search was over. The first project I worked on at Bell Labs was a large (2x2m) planar microphone array with 400 microphones for a large auditorium. That project was a step towards building Jim Flanagan’s dream of a microphone system that could be fabricated as wallpaper and enable high quality hands-free audio everywhere.  That work led to smaller devices and research into superdirectional differential microphone arrays and the related area of communication acoustics signal processing. My dream job evaporated as the telecom boom ended at the turn of the century. That bust forced us to become entrepreneurs and mh acoustics was started along with my colleagues Jens Meyer and Tomas Gaensler and later joined by Eric Diethorn. Fortunately, the skills and interests we developed working at Bell Labs were still relevant and some of mh’s technology has made it into some highly successful products. The past 20 years have sped by, and the mh team has been fortunate to have the ability to choose what projects we want to tackle while having fun working on challenging front-end acoustic signal processing solutions for ourselves and our customers.