Enhancing Audio Description‘ or ‘Enhancing AD’ is a project that seeks to explore how sound design techniques can be used to rethink accessibility to film and television for visually impaired audiences. Research includes the application of surround sound rendering, interactive media systems and first person narration.

The main researchers in the project are Mariana Lopez (Principal Investigator) and Gavin Kearney (Co-Investigator).

Research on this topic has been and is possible thanks to two research grants from the AHRC.  Our first project ran from 2016-2018, and our second very exciting stage of research started in November 2021, thanks to a £1m grant from the AHRC to continue our research.  Our main project website will be updated very soon with information on what we have been up to.