Dr. Milena Droumeva is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Glenfraser Endowed Professor in Sound Studies at Simon Fraser University, specializing in mobile technologies, sound studies, and multimodal ethnography. She has a background in acoustic ecology and works across the fields of urban soundscape research, sonification for public engagement, as well as gender and sound in video games. Milena’s current research combines livability with urban soundscapes research, including sonification of socially relevant data; in addition, Milena is co-investigator for ReFiG, a SSHRC partnership grant exploring women’s participation in the games industries and game culture.
Marc St Pierre is a researcher and a community engaged artist in the classroom. In his lab as well as his maker space, Marc blurs the lines between science and art by building technology to express environmental data as sound. Fostering an ecological and environmental sensibility through data communication, his practice challenges and extends existing systems of scientific knowledge distribution. Marc has won a handful of awards for his work, the most recent being “Best Use of Sound” at the International Conference for Auditory Display for his publication on air quality sonification. He regularly teaches in a range of topics including programming, sound editing and making, and has also been commissioned to work with community organizations like City Opera Vancouver, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the City of Surrey among others.