Convention Committee - Europe 2023

Ville Pulkki

AES Europe 2023

Ville Pulkki is a professor in the Department of Information and Communications Engineering  at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. He has been working in the field of spatial audio for over 20 years. He developed the vector-base amplitude panning (VBAP) method in his Ph.D. (2001) and directional audio coding after the Ph.D. with his research group. He also has contributions in perception of spatial sound, laser-based measurement of room responses, and binaural auditory models. He has received the Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal Award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the AES Silver Medal Award. He enjoys being with his family, building his summer house, and performing in musical ensembles.

Nils Peters

Papers Co-Chair
Europe 2023

Nils Peters is a professor of audio signal processing at the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) and the AES Co-Chair of the Technical Committee for Spatial Audio. At this 152nd AES Convention I serve as Paper Chair.
Before joining the International Audio Labs, Nils was a Senior Staff Research Engineer and the team lead for 3D Audio at Qualcomm’s Multimedia R&D department in San Diego, USA. I was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, received a PhD in Music Technology from McGill University Montreal, and hold a MSc. degree in Electrical and Audio Engineering from the University of Technology in Graz, Austria. As an audio engineer Nils has worked in the fields of recording, postproduction, and sound design. I like Waves.

Sebastian Schlecht

Papers Co-Chair
AES Europe 2023

Sebastian J. Schlecht is a Professor of Practice for Sound in Virtual Reality at the Acoustics Labs, Department of Information and Communications Engineering and Media Labs, Department of Art and Media, of Aalto University, Finland. In 2017, he received a Doctoral degree at the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen, Germany, on artificial spatial reverberation and reverberation enhancement systems. From 2012 on, Dr. Schlecht was also external research and development consultant and lead developer of the 3D Reverb algorithm at the Fraunhofer IIS, Erlangen, Germany. His research interests are acoustic modeling and auditory perception of acoustics, analysis, and synthesis of feedback systems, music information retrieval, machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality. He received multiple best paper awards, including JAES, WASPAA, DAFX (2018,2021,2022), and AES AVAR.

Aki Mäkivirta

Workshops Chair
AES Europe 2023

Aki Mäkivirta is the R&D Director at Genelec Oy, Iisalmi, Finland. With nearly four decades of professional experience and 27 years at Genelec, he has helped to build Genelec’s reputation for high quality audio monitoring solutions. He has published in the areas of loudspeaker design, study of audio monitoring conditions, monitoring system equalization, low frequency phenomena in rooms, perception of time-domain phenomena, and personal HRTF modelling and applications. Aki is a Fellow of the AES and a life member of the Acoustical Society of Finland.