Gavin Kearney

Gavin Kearney


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Research interests

Audio Signal Processing for Creative Digital Technologies:

Applications of this research include - psychoacoustics; spatial audio coding; Ambisonics; Wave Field Synthesis; HRTF simplification and binaural rendering; game audio sound design; virtual acoustics; reverberation modeling; acoustic modeling of depth and distance; mono and stereo to multichannel up-mixing; acoustical heritage preservation; interactive audio systems.


Dr. Gavin Kearney received an honours degree in electronic engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology, in 2002 and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in audio signal processing from Trinity College Dublin in 2006 and 2010 respectively. He subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on game audio, while lecturing on the Interactive Digital Systems and Music and Media Technology masters courses at Trinity College Dublin. He was appointed Lecturer in sound design at the Department of Theatre, Film, and Television at the University of York in January 2011 where he currently teaches both bachelors and masters level courses on spatial audio and surround sound, audio engineering and sound production and postproduction methods. He also continues to work in the audio industry as a sound engineer and designer.

Employment History


Current Position:                                                                                           


Jan 2015 to Present:

Lecturer in Audio and Music Technology, Department of Electronics, University of York, United Kingdom.



Academic Professional Experience:                                                                 


Oct 2013 to Present:


External Examiner, The University of the Highlands and Islands, Ness Walk, Inverness.

Jan 2011 to Dec 2015:

Lecturer in Sound Design, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York, United Kingdom.

Jan 2010 to

Feb 2010:

Instructor for Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Noise Control, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.


Sept 2009 to Dec 2010:

Part-time Lecturer in MSc. in Interactive Digital Systems, Department of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.


June 2009 to Dec 2010:

Research Fellow, Game-audio and auralisation research on the Science Foundation Ireland Metropolis Project, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.


Aug 2006 to Dec 2010:

Part-time Lecturer in M.Phil in Music and Media Technologies, Department of Electronics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.


Sept 2002 to June 2004:

Part-time Lecturer in Audio Visual Media Systems Technology Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. 


June 2000 to Sept 2000:

Research Assistant, Network and Telecommunications Research Group, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.



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