Mark Plumbley is Professor of Signal Processing at the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey, in Guildford, UK. He is an expert on analysis and processing of audio and music, using a wide range of signal processing and machine learning methods. He led the first international data challenge on Detection and Classification of Acoustic Scenes and Events (DCASE 2013), and hosted the DCASE 2018 Workshop in Woking, Surrey. He led the EPSRC project "Making Sense of Sounds", and is a co-editor of the recent book on "Computational Analysis of Sound Scenes and Events" (Springer, 2018). He currently holds a 5-year EPSRC Fellowship on "AI for Sound", aiming to bring sound recognition technology "out of the lab" for the benefit of society.