Steering Committee

The steering Group is responsible for the overall framework under which the network operates and if necessary, they are in charge of changes in strategy.

The members are chosen from among the participating organizations. The Steering Committee is currently made up of:
Søren Bech (Chairman) – Bang & Olufsen
Søren Holdt Jensen – Aalborg University
Kim Rishøj – SoundFocus
Birger Schnneider – DELTA
Nicolai Bisgaard – GN ReSound
Søren Vang Andersen – University of Lund
Asger Johannes Steenholdt – Musician
Mads Váczy Kragh – Væksthus Sjælland
Jan Larsen – Technical University of Denmark
Claus Demant – B&O Play
Claus Blaabjerg – Brüel & Kjaer
Eddy Bøgh Brixen – EBB Consult

For more on the individual members, read on:

SØREN BECH
Head of Research, Bang & Olufsen
Chairman (26/8/13-26/8/15; 01/9/15-31/8/17; 01/9/17-31/8/19)

Bang & Olufsen's area of business focus on R&D and production of high-end AV consumer goods. The company focuses on research and development within multi-modal perception and digital sound technology in general.

Søren Bech leads a group working on descriptive analysis, allowing for a complete sensory description of a product, as well as the individual factors' influence on the overall preference and/or quality.

Alongside a number of national and international collaborators, he has developed methods to quantify sound quality. Many of these methods were published in Bech & Zacharov "Perceptual Audio Evaluation - Theory, Method and Application" at Wiley.

SØREN HOLDT JENSEN
Professor, Aalborg University

MSc. In Engineering, Aalborg University (1988) and Ph.D. in Signal Processing, Technical University of Denmark (1995).
He is now a professor of Signal Processing and Speech & Audio Processing at the Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University.

Before his tenure at Aalborg University, he has worked at the Telecommunications Laboratory, Statens Teletjeneste, as well as DTU Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, and the Department of Electrical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). He has also held several short-term research programs at Technische Universiteit Delft (Belgium) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Sophia Antipolis (France).

Søren Holdt Jensen’s research areas are Statistical Signal Processing, Speech and Audio Processing, Multimedia Technology, and Digital Communication.

KIM RISHØJ
CEO, SoundFocus

Kim Rishøj was a co-founder of T.C. Electronics (TCE) in 1976, which today belongs to the TC Group.
TCE has specialised in development and production of high-end digital sound processors for the consumer and B2B markets.

Innovation is a core value for TCE and Kim Rishøj has participated in a number of research and innovation initiatives with universities and other organisations as co-participants. 

BIRGER SCHNEIDER
Vice President, DELTA

In addition to his responsibilities in DELTA, Birger Schneider has participated in numerous Microelectronics R&D projects, among others under EU R&D programs such as ESPIRIT. Through the years, Birger has also held positions in national and international networks for engineers, including Vice Chairman of Electrotechnical Science, Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, Chairman of European Wide Computer Aided Design for VLSI Workshop (CAVE), and Chairman of the IEEE Computer Society European Test Technological Committee, etc.

NICOLAI BISGAARD
Vice President External Relations, GN Resound

Nicolai has a MSc.EE from the Technical University of Denmark and has been at GN Resound since 1978.

From 1991 to 1998 he was Vice President of R&D, as well as Vice President of Product Marketing and Audiology for a year, before being promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Development and Industry Relations. From 2006 he has been the Vice President of IPR.

SØREN VANG ANDERSEN
Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Lund

Søren has a Ph.D. in Digital Signal Processing (1999) and has been employed as postdoc at the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden). In 2002 he became an Associate Professor at Aalborg University, after working a few years at Global IP Sound in Stockholm.

In 2004 he was a co-founder of Danish company Sonorit, bought by VOIP giant Skype. From 2006 to 2012, Søren was employed at Skype – first as Research Architect and later as the Head of Skype Labs, an international research department at Skype.

Since 2013, Søren has been a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Lund University (Sweden), but also manages a position as Researcher in QuanoX, a small Recommender Systems start-up.

ASGER JOHANNES STEENHOLDT
Musician, Composer, Facilitator – Adaptimus ApS

Guitarist and bassist, since 1997 in Danish rock band Big Fat Snake. Partner in Adaptimus ApS, where he composes adaptive music for use in (among others) autism and dementia treatments.
His education includes Mediator, Certified Six Thinking Hats Instructor, as well as Arts-in-Business Innovator (DK). He has studied at the Rythmic Music Conservatory (DK) and the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles (US).

Using his experience as a creative and performing artist, Asger has trained communication, creativity and cooperation skills in a number of public and private organisations.

MADS VÁCZY KRAGH
Director, Væksthus Sjælland

Cand.Polit. with several years of experience from the private sector and as self-employed.

Former Vice President in Tivoli International and Head of Contacts in VisitDenmark. Additionally, Mads has worked in an investment fund and had his own business.

Author of the book Iværksættersamfundet (The Entrepreneurial Society) (2014) and a regional expert on growth and business development. Also national expert on entrepeneurship.

 

JAN LARSEN
Director, Danish Sound Innovation Network
Professor of Data Science and Complexity, Technical University of Denmark

Jan Larsen received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 1989 and 1994.

Dr. Larsen is Professor of Computer Science and Complexity (as of January 1st 2016) at Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, DTU. Jan Larsen has authored and co-authored more than 150 papers and book chapters within the areas of machine learning, signal processing, and cognitive systems with application to audio, multimedia, sensor data, monitoring, biomedical, data/web-mining, and pattern recognition.

 

CLAUS DEMANT
Head of Global Sales & Marketing in Bang & Olufsen channels at B&O PLAY

E*MBA from SIMI,  HD (A) from Copenhagen Business School

With more than 25 years of experience in leadership, strategy, business development and international experience, Claus Demant has made his career in the IT, Electronics and MedTech industries.

He has held a leadership position in Creative Labs, been SVP in Daymen Ltd. (EMEA) and was the Co-Founder og Audientes and Subcuject start-ups.

 

CLAUS BLAABJERG
R&D Manager Innovation, Brüel & Kjær Sound and Vibration A/S

Claus Blaabjerg has a M. Sc.EE degree from the Technical University of Denmark, specialized in acoustics and digital signal processing.

For more than 20 years Claus Blaabjerg has been working at Brüel & Kjær mainly in roles relating to research and development including product development, project management, patent management.

Since 2008 Claus has been a member of the R&D Management Team and the manager of the Innovation Team at Brüel & Kjær, responsible of research activities dealing with new ways of solving challenges related to measurement and analysis of sound and vibration, among these EU and national funded projects as well as university student projects.

 

EDDY BØGH BRIXEN
Owner, EBB Consult
R&D Consultant, DPA Microphones