I'd like to start this post by thanking my colleagues at the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL) and the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) for an inspiring five years of research collaboration and friendship. It has been a privilege to work with this fantastic group of people, from whom I have learned a great deal. In particular I'd like to express my gratitude to Juan Pablo Bello who gave me the opportunity to join MARL, provided invaluable guidance and mentorship, and has always been highly supportive of me charting my own research path.
At Adobe I'm joining the newly formed Audio Research Group spearheaded by Gautham Mysore, along with Nick Bryan, Zeyu Jin and Juan-Pablo Caceres. I'm excited to be part of this new initiative, collaborate with the broader Adobe Research team (including the image folks!) and have the opportunity to conduct novel research in audio and video that will (hopefully) help shape the future of creative audio-visual applications and experiences.
I will also, importantly, maintain my ties and involvement with the academic research community, be it publishing in conferences and journals, reviewing, organizing events (such as the upcoming DCASE 2019 workshop and challenge), and collaborating with researchers in academia.
Speaking of which, Adobe Research has a (summer) internship program! If you're a PhD student working at the cutting edge of audio (and audio-visual) research and would be interested in spending a few months working with Adobe researchers in San Francisco feel free to get in touch! It's a great opportunity to open up new research avenues or expand existing ones, strengthen your research network and enjoy a few months in a fantastic city. And, in case you were wondering, you can (and are expected to) publish the results of your research internship! The 2019 summer internship program is almost finalized, but keep an eye out for 2020, the call for applications usually goes out in the fall of the previous year (i.e. fall 2019).
Finally, it is not lost on me that I am also another (white) man moving to the bay area to work in the tech industry. At the same time as being excited about this new adventure, I am also aware of the challenges the tech boom has caused in the San Francisco bay area, including gentrification, the housing shortage and related homelessness crisis. It is my every hope that I will also find a way to be part of the solution to these issues - recommendations for volunteer work, mentorship (e.g. I am a mentor in the WiMIR mentoring program), and programs that seek to empower underserved communities in the bay area are most welcome.
Oh, and if you find yourself in the bay area be sure to come say hello!