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ABBA October 2021 Joint Industry/Academia Talk

Sonification for Process Monitoring: Perspectives and Opportunities in Distributed Systems

ICAD is hosting the fourth ABBA (Auditory Brown Bag At home) virtual talk Wednesday, October 27th at 11am EDT. This session will consist of two presentations as joint industry/academia talks followed by a discussion led by Mike Winters.

The Need for Sonification in Distributed Systems Monitoring (Perspectives from Industry)

Presented by:

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Ankur Kalra
Hop Labs
Atlanta, GA

Ankur Kalra is the founder of Hop Labs, a production-grade machine learning consultancy focused on complex data solutions. With multiple Fortune 100 enterprises and many funded startups as their clients. Hop Labs has deep expertise in bringing data-driven solutions to production for real-world impact. Recent work has spanned a variety of industries including healthcare, intellectual property, retail, fashion, automotive, media, and professional sports. Prior to Hop Labs, Ankur was a senior technologist at Amazon, and was involved in the launch of Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video.

Sonification Solutions & Current Research (i.e. Sonification for Process Monitoring)

Presented by:

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Paul Vickers
Northumbria University

Paul Vickers is Professor of Computer Science and Sonification at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His research focuses on data sonification, that is, how sound can be used to communicate data and information. He is particularly interested in the role of aesthetics in successful sonification design and how accounts of embodied listening experience can help to explain and understand how people interact with sonic representations of data, especially spatialised sonic representations. Paul is ineluctably drawn to the spaces between disciplines which he finds to be signally stimulating. To this end he works with visual artists, sonic artists, and composers as well as with other computer scientists and engineers on a variety of sonification research projects. In a complementary vein he is also working on the development of mathematical models to describe the foundations of visualization and sonification to allow comparisons of visualization and sonification processes at the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic levels. Paul has even performed a stand-up comedy routine based on his sonification research at the Bright Club comedy event in Newcastle.

Here’s How to Attend

To attend, you will need to register for the event here

Before the meeting, registered attendees will receive a Zoom link via email.


If you have any questions about the October 27th session, you can contact Mike Winters or any member of the ICAD board (

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the ABBA sessions!

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