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Joshua Reiss

Joshua Reiss

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Audio Fields:

  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Musical Acoustics
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development

Job Duties:

  • Researcher
  • Engineer
  • Technical Director


Josh Reiss is a Professor with the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London, where he teaches Digital Audio Effects and Sound Design, and leads the audio engineering research team. He received his PhD from Georgia Tech, specializing in analysis of nonlinear systems. His early work on sigma delta modulators led to patents and an IEEE best paper award nomination. He has investigated music retrieval systems, time scaling and pitch shifting techniques, polyphonic music transcription, loudspeaker design, automatic mixing, sound synthesis and digital audio effects. His primary focus of research, which ties together many of the above topics, is on the use of state-of-the-art signal processing techniques for professional sound engineering.

Dr. Reiss has published over 150 scientific papers, including more than 70 AES publications, and co-authored the textbook Audio Effects: Theory, Implementation and Application. As coordinator of the EASAIER project, he led an international consortium working to improve access to sound archives in museums, libraries and cultural heritage institutions. He is co-founder of the start-up company LandR, providing intelligent tools for audio production.

His involvement in the Audio Engineering Society includes being vice-chair of the Publications Policy Committee, co-chair of the Technical Committee on High-resolution Audio, and a former Governor of the Society. In 2007 he was General Chair of the 31st AES Conference, New Directions in High Resolution Audio, and in 2009 he was General Secretary of the 35th AES International Conference, Audio for Games. He was General Chair of the 128th, Program Chair of the 130th and co-Programme Chair of the 138th AES Conventions.

AES Awards

In 2009, Josh Reiss was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award for chairing the AES 31st International Conference on "New Directions in High Resolution Audio" in 2007.

In 2010, Josh Reiss was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award in recognition of chairing the AES 128th Convention in London May 22 – 25, 2010.

In 2019, Josh Reiss was presented with the AES Fellowship Award for valuable contributions to, and for encouraging and guiding the next generation of researchers in, the development of audio and musical signal processing.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

- Best Journal of the AES Paper award - Reiss, 'A meta-analysis of high resolution audio perceptual evaluation', 2017
- Best Student Paper award - Selfridge, Reiss, Avital and Tang, "Physically derived synthesis model of aeolian tones," 141st AES Convention, 2016
- Best peer-reviewed paper award - Pestana, Reiss and Barbosa, "Loudness Measurement of Multitrack Audio Content Using Modifications of ITU-R BS.1770," 134th AES Convention, 2013
- Twice recipient of the AES Board of Governors Award, 2009 and 2010

Why Am I An AES Member?

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