Professor Guy Brown

Professor of Computer Science
Head of Department

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 1821

PA: Joanna Heery
T: +44 (0) 114 222 1825

Member of the Speech and Hearing research group
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Prof Guy Brown



Professor Brown obtained a BSc (Hons) Applied Science from Sheffield City Polytechnic in 1984 and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield in 1992. He was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Computer Science, Univeristy of Sheffield in 1992. He also obtained the MEd in Teaching and Learning from the University of Sheffield in 1997. He has held visiting appointments at LIMSI-CNRS (France), Ohio State University (USA), Helsinki University of Technology (Finland) and ATR (Japan). He was appointed to a Chair of Computer Science in 2013. He is currently Head of Department.

Other professional activities and achievements

  • Recipient of a University of Sheffield Senate Award for Sustained Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 2014.
  • Recipient (with Dr Gordon Fraser) of a Microsoft Software Engineering Innovation Foundation Award in 2013.
  • Guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing special issue on blind signal processing for speech and audio applications, 2007.


Professor Brown`s main research interest is Computational Auditory Scene Analysis (CASA), which aims to build machine systems that mimic the ability of human listeners to segregate complex mixtures of sound. He also has interests in noise-robust and reverberation-robust automatic speech recognition, models of auditory function in normal and impaired hearing, binaural modelling and the phonetics of overlapping speech. A recent interest is the application of CASA technology in mobile robot platforms. He is the co-editor (with DeLiang Wang) of Computational auditory scene analysis: Principles, Algorithms, and Applications (IEEE Press/Wiley-Interscience).


Current grants

  • MAI: Musical Artificial Intelligence, HEFCE, 02/2019 to 08/2019, £31,304, as PI
  • Insitute of Coding, HEFCE, 11/2017 to 03/2020, £957,000, as Co-PI
  • Studentship, Passion 4 Life, 10/2017 to 09/2020, as PI

Previous grants

  • Passion for Life, INNOVATE UK (TSB), 04/2015 to 06/2017, £149,280, as PI
  • Meeting the challenge of simultaneous talk for cochlear implant users, AHRC, 03/2014 to 03/2015, £69,339, as Co-PI
  • Two!Ears, EUROPEAN COMMISSION - FP7, 12/2013 TO 11/2016, £267,134, as PI
  • Automatic Testing of Natural User Interfaces, MICROSOFT RESEARCH LTD, 06/2013 to 12/2017, £15,625, as Co-PI
  • A computational model of speech recognition in hearing impaired listeners based on missing feature theory, RNID, 10/2007 to 09/2010, £68,951, as PI
  • Phonetic design of overlapping speech in talk-in-interaction: A cross-linguistic study, AHRC, 01/2009 to 06/2012, £169,652, as Co-PI
  • Perceptual constancy in real-room listening by humans and machines, EPSRC, 10/2008 to 04/2012, £121,515, as PI
  • S2S: Sound to Sense, EUROPEAN COMMISSION - FP6/FP7, 05/2007 to 04/2011, £168,923, as PI
  • Studentship, QINETIQ, 10/2004 to 09/2007, £38,427, as PI
  • Studentship, DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY, 10/2000 to 09/2003, £4,200, as PI