Donald Williamson

Donald Williamson

Assistant Professor, School of Informatics and Computing


  • Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2016
  • M.Sc., Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2014
  • M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2007
  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 2005

Research interests

Speech Processing (separation, recognition, identification, etc.), Audio Scene Analysis, Music Information Retrieval, Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Robotics, Signal Processing

My research objective has been to develop algorithms that analyze, process, and extract meaningful information from auditory scenes. Auditory scenes contain valuable information, including speech, source location, music, and emergency alerts such as a passing police car. Humans with normal hearing naturally analyze auditory scenes, but computer systems and humans with hearing impairments struggle to perform this task. My goal as a researcher is to develop algorithms that address this problem in realistic and challenging auditory environments.


  • NVIDIA GPU Grant, NVIDIA 2017
  • Graduate Research Award, The Ohio State University 2016
  • Dean’s Graduate Enrichment Fellowship, The Ohio State University 2010–2016
  • FOCUS Fellows Program, Georgia Institute of Technology 2015
  • NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow, Drexel University 2005–2007
  • Honorable Mention, Research Day Poster Award, Drexel University 2006
  • African American Students of Distinction Award 2002–2005
  • RISE Outstanding Academic Achievement Award 2002–2005
  • Engineering Scholars Program, University of Delaware 2003–2004
  • Merit Scholarship, University of Delaware 2001–2005
  • MBNA Delaware Scholar, University of Delaware 2001–2005
  • RISE Corporate Friends Award, University of Delaware
  • RISE Conectiv Power Award, University of Delaware
  • Demonstrating outstanding scholarship and promise for success in the profession

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University, 2016 -
  • Graduate Research Associate, Perception and Neurodynamics Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2012 - 2016
  • Research Intern, Advanced Research Team, Audience, Inc., Mountain View, CA, May 2014 - Aug. 2014
  • Member Engineering Staff, Lockheed Martin, Moorestown, NJ, 2007 - 2010
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2005 - 2007
  • Summer Intern, Bechtel Bettis Inc., Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, West Mifflin, PA, 2005
  • Summer Intern, Dade Behring, Newark, DE, 2004
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2003 - 2004