QxLab is led by Dr Andrew Hines, an assistant professor and Director of Research, Innovation and Impact in the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin. He is a funded investigator in the SFI CONNECT Research Centre for future networks and INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics. Previously he was an adjunct assistant professor in the department of electronic and electrical engineering at Trinity College Dublin and a lecturer in the School of Computing at Dublin Institute of Technology.
Dr Hines’ primary research interests are in speech, audio and video signal processing. His PhD focused on speech and hearing technology where he developed a metric for predicting speech intelligibility for people with hearing impairments. He has collaborated with Google, Inc. on research co-funded by Enterprise Ireland to develop metrics to estimate speech and audio quality for Voice over IP (VoIP). Dr Hines represented Ireland on the management committee of Qualinet, an FP7 European COST Action, where he led a task force focused on using machine learning to develop Quality of Experience (QoE) models. He also represented Ireland on the management committee of the CryptoAction COST research network. He is a senior member of the IEEE and IEEE Signal Processing Society. He is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society.
Outside of academia, Dr Hines spent a decade working in industry as director of engineering for software development companies in the airline and finance industries. He co-founded of a medical device spin-out company called Vitamatics which develops blood pressure and other vital sign monitoring using advanced materials and signal processing.