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.
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.
With the automotive industry's transition to electric engines, vehicles are also evolving into technology-driven, connected and eventually autonomous systems. The sound of the car itself is evolving, drivers and passengers demand always more from in-vehicle infotainment systems, while car audio evolves as fully personalized playback systems.
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.