Dr Heidi Christensen


Department of Computer Science

Senior Lecturer

Member of the Speech and Hearing (SpandH) research group

Faculty Director of Equality Diversity and Inclusion

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Dr Heidi Christensen
Department of Computer Science
Regent Court (DCS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

Dr Heidi Christensen is a lecturer in Computer Science and a member of the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). She has a PhD degree from Aalborg University Denmark from 2002.

She joined the Speech and Hearing Group and the University of Sheffield in 2000 and has worked on numerous European and UK funded project. Dr Christensen is active in the Faculty of Engineering's work on ensuring more women in STEM subject; she recently featured on the university's Wall of Women.

Research interests

Dr Christensen’s research interests mainly concern clinical application of speech technology, spoken language processing and binaural machine listening.


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers


  • Christensen H & Barker J (2008) Inferring perceiver actions from binaural data RIS download Bibtex download
  • Khalidov V, Lu Y-C, Holveck B, Taillant E, Arnaud E, Barker J, Christensen H & Mathieu H (2007) Synchronized stereoscopic and binaural dataset with head movements : Recording details RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Christensen H (2002) Speech Recognition using Heterogenous Information Extraction in Multi-Stream Based Systems. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Christensen H (1996) Speaker Adaptation of Hidden Markov Models using Maximum Likelihood Linear Regression. RIS download Bibtex download

Working papers

  • Pan Y, Mirheidari B, Reuber M, Venneri A, Blackburn D & Christensen H (2019) Automatic Hierarchical Attention Neural Network for Detecting AD. RIS download Bibtex download



  • Christensen H & Barker J (2009) Simultaneous Tracking of Perceiver Movements and Speaker Changes Using Head-Centered, Binaural Data. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Christensen H, Barker J, Lu Y-C, Xavier J, Caseiro R & Araújo H (2009) POPeye: Real-time, binaural sound source localisation on an audio-visual robot-head. RIS download Bibtex download

Current Grants

Previous Grants

  • COMPASS: COMPutational Assessment of Stroke Survivors, Research England, 11/2019 - 06/2020, £48,886, as PI
  • COCOA: COmputerised COgnitive Assessment, MRC, 10/2018 to 09/2019, £49,513, as PI
  • CloudVent: Cloud-based speech recognition for people with paralysis using ventilators, RCUK, 10/2015 - 04/2016, £360,000, as Co-PI
Professional activities
  • Member of the Speech and Hearing research group
  • Co-organising the 6th Workshop on Speech and Language in Assistive Technology (SLPAT`15)
  • Member of the Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SIG-SLPAT)
  • Co-editor for an upcoming ACM TACCESS special issue on ``Speech and Language Interaction for Daily Assistive
  • Member of the COST action on ``Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE)``