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Joshua Reiss

Joshua Reiss

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Audio Fields:

  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Home/Project Studio
  • Recording Industry - Archiving/Restoration
  • Live Sound - Concert Sound
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Musical Acoustics
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development

Job Duties:

  • Researcher
  • DSP Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Mixer
  • Software Engineer
  • Technical Director


Dr. Joshua D. Reiss (member IEEE, AES) was born in 1971, and is a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for Digital Music in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London . He has bachelor's degrees in both Physics and Mathematics, and received his PhD in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in the analysis of chaotic time series. In June of 2000, he accepted a research position in the Audio Signal Processing research lab at King's College, London, and moved to Queen Mary in 2001. He made the transition from chaos theory to audio and musical signal processing through his work on sigma delta modulators, which has lead to a nomination for a best paper award from the IEEE, as well as a UK patent. He has investigated music retrieval systems, time scaling and pitch shifting techniques, polyphonic music transcription, loudspeaker design, automatic mixing for live sound 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 100 scientific papers and serves on several steering and technical committees. As coordinator of the EASAIER project, he led an international consortium of seven partners working to improve access to sound archives in museums, libraries and cultural heritage institutions. He was on the Organising Committee of the Digital Audio Effects (DAFx) conference in 2003, the Steering Committee of Galileo Advanced Concepts (2005-7), and the Organising Committee of the 1st Annual Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX2005). Also in 2005, He was Programme Chair of the 6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), hosted by the Centre for Digital Music.

Dr. Reiss is very active in the Audio Engineering Society (AES), including being a member of the Board of Governors, a member of the Review Board for the Journal of the AES, and co-chair of the Technical Committee on High-resolution Audio. He was General Chair of the 2007 AES Conference on High Resolution Audio, the first international conference dedicated to that subject. In 2009 he was General Secretary of the 35th AES International Conference, Audio for Games. He was also Chair of the 128th and Papers Chair of the 130th AES Convention.

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.

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