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Chris studied Engineering at Churchill both as an undergraduate and postgraduate. His specialism is in the use of mathematical and numerical techniques to process and analyse sound. He is a Director of CEDAR Audio Ltd., a University "spin-off" company specialising in audio noise reduction and restoration systems. He also has research interests in room acoustics and computational methods in acoustics.
In February 2005 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the "Oscars") honoured Chris and his colleague Dave Betts with a Technical Achievement Award for the design and implementation of the DNS1000 Dialogue Noise Suppressor, used throughout Hollywood and the world in the preparation of movie soundtracks.