Katy is a Senior Research and Development Engineer in the Broadcast and Connected Systems section, and specialises in how the human visual system perceives digital video, with applications in video format specification and conversion. As part of the team working on ultra-high definition television, she has investigated the limits of human motion perception for high frame rate (HFR) television applications, and has been heavily involved with development work on the Hybrid Log-Gamma system for high dynamic range (HDR).
She graduated from the Tonmeister course in Music and Sound Recording at the University of Surrey in 2003. She went on to receive an MSc in Digital Signal Processing from Queen Mary University of London, and joined the Centre for Digital Music there to study for a PhD in automatic analysis of tonal harmony, which she received in 2009. In 2006 she also became a teaching fellow in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Queen Mary, teaching audio and video signal processing. After 6 months as a visiting researcher at a leading consumer electronics manufacturer, Katy joined BBC Research and Development in 2011.
Publications with BBC R&D
K. C. Noland and M. Pindoria, “A Brightness Measure for High Dynamic Range Television,” IBC Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 2017.
S. Thompson, K. C. Noland and M. Pindoria, “Evaluation of Required Adjustments for HDR Displays under Domestic Ambient Conditions”, Proc. ICCE-Berlin, Berlin, Germany, September 2017.
A. Mackin, K. C. Noland and D. R. Bull, “High Frame Rates and the Visibility of Motion Artifacts,” SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal 126(5): 41-51, July 2017.
K. C. Noland, M. Pindoria and A. Cotton, “Modelling Brightness Perception for High Dynamic Range Television,” Ninth International Conference on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX), Erfurt, Germany, May-June 2017.
R. Selfridge, K. C. Noland and M. Hansard, “Visibility of Motion Blur and Strobing Artefacts in Video at 100 Frames per Second,” Proc. 13th European Conference on Visual Media Production (CVMP), London, UK, December 2016. Republished as BBC R&D White Paper 328, January 2017.
A. Mackin, K. C. Noland and D. R. Bull, "The Visibility of Motion Artifacts and their Effect on Motion Quality," IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), Phoenix, USA, 2016. Linked file includes corrections.
T. Borer, A. Cotton, M. Pindoria, S. Thompson, K. Noland, "Interconversion of High Dynamic Range Video Formats," NAB Conference, Las Vegas, USA, April 2016.
K. C. Noland and L. H. Truong, “A Survey of UK Television Viewing Conditions,” BBC R&D White Paper 287, January 2015.
K. C. Noland, “High Frame Rate Television: Sampling Theory, the Human Visual System, and why the Nyquist-Shannon Theorem doesn’t Apply,” in IBC Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 2014. Republished in SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal 125(3): 46-52, April 2016.
K. C. Noland, “The Application of Sampling Theory to Television Frame Rate Requirements,” BBC R&D White Paper 282, July 2014.
K. C. Noland, "Optimal Interlacing using Human Sensitivity Measurements," in Proc. IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting, Uxbridge, UK, June 2013. Republished with additional bit rate measurements as BBC R&D White Paper 315, May 2016.
K. C. Noland, “Measurement of Human Sensitivity Across the Vertical-Temporal Video Spectrum for Interlacing Filter Specification,” in Proc. IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), Melbourne, Australia, July 2012. Republished as BBC R&D White Paper 230, August 2012.
K. C. Noland, "Computational Tonality Estimation: Signal Processing and Hidden Markov Models," PhD Thesis, Queen Mary University of London, 2009.
M. Mauch, K. Noland and S. Dixon, "Using Musical Structure to Enhance Automatic Chord Transcription," in Proc. 10th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR), Kobe, Japan, 2009.
M. Mauch, K. Noland and S. Dixon, "MIREX Submissions for Audio Chord Detection (No Training) and Structural Segmentation," Submission to the Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX), 2009.
K. Noland and M. B. Sandler, "Influences of Signal Processing, Tone Profiles, and Chord Progressions on a Model for Estimating the Musical Key from Audio," in Computer Music Journal 33(1): 42-56, 2009.
M. Levy, K. Noland and M. Sandler, "A Comparison of Timbral and Harmonic Music Segmentation Algorithms," in Proc. IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Honolulu, Hawaii, 2007.
K. Noland and M. Sandler, "Signal Processing Parameters for Tonality Estimation," in Proc. 122nd Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, Vienna, Austria, 2007.
K. Noland and M. B. Sandler, "Key Estimation Using a Hidden Markov Model," in Proc. 7th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Victoria, Canada, 2006.
S. A. Abdallah, K. Noland, M. B. Sandler, M. Casey and C. Rhodes, "Theory and Evaluation of a Bayesian Music Structure Extractor," in Proc. 6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), London, UK, 2005.