Job Title: Director of Acoustic Research
Company: Harman International
Member since: 1984
AES Position: Governor
AES Committees: Board of Governors, Committee Chairs, Awards, Laws & Resolutions, Membership
Technical Committees: Automotive Audio, Perception and Subjective Evaluation of Audio Signals, Spatial Audio, Technical Council
Standards Committees: SC-04-03 (Loudspeaker Modeling and Measurement), SC-04-03-D (AES-1id-R), SC-04-08 (Sound systems in rooms), SC-04-08-A (Loudness)
Primary Section: Los Angeles
Company Website: http://www.harman.com
Personal Website: http://seanolive.blogspot.com
Facebook Address: http://www.facebook.com/sean.olive
LinkedIn Address: http://www.linkedin.com/in/seanolive
Twitter Name: @seanolive
Sean is an Acoustic Research Fellow for Harman International, a major manufacturer of audio products for consumer, professional and automotive spaces. He directs the Corporate R&D group, and oversees the subjective evaluation of new audio products. Prior to 1993, he was a research scientist at the National Research Council of Canada where his research focused on the perception and measurement of loudspeakers, listening rooms, and microphones. Sean received a Bachelors in Music from the University of Toronto, and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Sound Recording from McGill University in Montreal. He has written over 35 research papers on the perception and measurement of audio for which he was awarded the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Fellowship Award in 1996, and two Publication Awards (1990 and 1995). In 2013 he was awarded the ALMA Titanium Driver Award for scientific contributions to the loudspeaker and headphone industry. Sean is the current AES past President.
In 1990, Sean E. Olive was presented with the AES Publications Award.
In 1995, Sean E. Olive was presented with the AES Publications Award was presented with the AES Publications Award for his paper "The Effects of Loudspeaker Placement on Listener Preference Ratings," vol. 42, no. 9 (1994 September). This award is presented to an author or authors under the age of 35.
In 1996, Sean E. Olive was presented with the AES Fellowship Award for contributions to the understanding of psychoacoustics in the interactions of loudspeakers, listeners, and rooms.
In 2016, Sean Olive was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award in recognition for co-chairing the 2016 AES International Conference on Headphone Technology, Aalborg, Denmark, August 24-26, 2016.
In 2014 Sean Received the ALMA Titanium Award for Life-Time Achievement in Audio Research
In 2012 Sean received Harman Achievement Award
In 2015 Sean received a Harman Research Fellowship.
B. Music, University of Toronto
M. Music in Sound Recording, McGill University
PhD, Sound Recording, McGill University
Research Scientist, National Research Council, Acoustics and Signal Processing, 1985 - 1993;
Manager Subjective Evaluation. Harman International, R&D Group, 1993- 2006;
Director Acoustic Research, Corporate Technology Group, Harman International, 2006 - present;
President, Audio Engineering Society, 2013-2014
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