The Audio Product Education Institute (APEI) is an initiative of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) that is committed to furthering the knowledge and skills of professionals involved in the development of audio products. APEI will focus on promoting methodologies, practices and technologies involved in developing and bringing audio products to market.
APEI was originally created by the Audio Engineering Society to expand the reach of the Product Development Track of the AES Conventions. The PD Track began in 2014 in Los Angeles at the 137th AES Convention and has continued to grow to become one of the most attended tracks during AES conventions. Scott Leslie, AES Convention Product Development Track Chair, is also leading the APEI Committee and initiatives.
APEI’s Committee is composed of long-term professionals in the audio product development area who saw the dramatic increase in voice interactive audio products market, and a new generation of wireless, network, signal processing technologies, and other advanced technologies, creating a huge demand for development professionals with multidisciplinary and highly specialized skills. APEI aims to offer the audio-specific and hands-on development skills that developers, manufacturers and supply chain partners need to advance at the demanding pace of new audio application segments. As Audio has entered as a major component into many new product areas, APEI will also offer specific audio training and the opportunity to learn best practices to new and seasoned professionals from any product areas.
AES’s APEI roadmap intends to focus on six educational pillars:
Interactive Voice Con – The development of voice-enabled products including smart speakers, automotive infotainment systems, smartphones, retail kiosks and others.
Supply Chain and Sourcing – The methods, practices, economics and politics of the hardware, software and development services that go into every audio product produced.
Modeling and Measurement – Modeling methods and software, measurement practices and equipment are an essential element in getting products to market quickly and ensuring sustainable customer experience and regulatory conformance. APEI is working to connect with leaders in these areas, including outside the audio industry, to bring knowledge of how to implement these disciplines within an organization and transform product development to the needed state both present and future.
Product Management – Arguably the most important function in the product world today, yet rarely practiced at the level needed for achieving a high level of market success. APEI plans to bring the world’s experts in product management to the world of audio.
The Legal World – Copyrights, patents, trademarks, intellectual property, contracts and anything else that deals with the legal opportunities and challenges of developing, producing and selling a product today.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – The future of how products will function. The amount of research and implementation of this science is remarkable in many areas. Audio products will benefit from these technologies and best practices greatly. Everyone involved in the product development life cycle should have some range of knowledge in this area to help shape the future of their products.
About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society, celebrating over 70 years of audio excellence, now counts over 12,000 members throughout the US, Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with 90 AES professional sections and more than 120 AES student sections around the world. Section activities include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information, visit aes.org.