Research & Development

What we're doing

The BBC Audio Research Partnership was launched in July 2011 as a way of bringing together some of the world's best researchers to work on exciting new audio technology. It brings together some of the UK's top audio research laboratories from University of Surrey, University of Salford, Queen Mary University of London, University of Southampton, University of York and BBC R&D. We are open to collaborative research projects with any organisation, if your expertise and interests align with our work, so please do get in touch.

Why it matters

By combining efforts, the partnership can tackle some of the biggest challenges in audio, including spatial audio, responsive and interactive content as well as music navigation. With long-term funding commitments in place, all that remains to do is deliver the next revolution in audio broadcast around object-based and semantic audio driven experiences.



Several large-scale projects have come out of the Audio Research Partnership initiative, including:

  • S3A Spatial Audio – Future Spatial Audio for Immersive Listener Experience
  • FAST – Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Music Production and Consumption
  • Orpheus – Creating an end-to-end object-based radio system
  • ICoSOLE – Investigating immersive coverage of large-scale live events.
  • Making Sense of Sounds – How sound data can be converted into understandable and actionable information by humans and machines
  • XR Stories – The future of immersive and interactive storytelling

Public Events

We've held two large public events at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, London. We've written blog posts about these events with videos of some of the talks:

This project is part of the Immersive and Interactive Content section

This project is part of the Audio Research work stream

People & Partners