Poppy Crum – Neuroscientist & Technologist

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Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction.

Poppy frequently speaks on the following topics:

  • Empathetic technology and embodied user experience
  • Hearable and wearable technology
  • Immersive technology and sensory experience
  • New ways of storytelling with changing forms of media
  • Impact of technology to enhance and elevate society
  • New dimensions of human experience and interaction through intelligent technology, sensors, and computational advancements
  • Enhancing human capability through technology
  • Successful futures for Human / AI collaboration
  • Neurophysiological and neuroplasticity insights towards consumer technology innovation
  • The probabilistic nature of human experience and what that means for technology
  • Restoring Our Sense of Safety and Social Freedom: The Role of Technology in a Post-Pandemic World
  • AI for Medical Insight: Caring for Our Health Without Leaving Our Homes Optimizing Human Performance Through Technology
  • Democratizing Technology To Better Our Collective Future
  • How Personalized Data Will Change The Way We Experience The World—And Why Not To Fear It

As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.

Poppy serves as the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems.

Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world.

She has advanced a mission to democratize the way people of all abilities benefit from sensory technologies – and how effectively technology communicates back to each of us.

She believes the power of intelligent technologies is only realized with dynamic optimization and learning of as much of our personal and contextual data as possible.

At Dolby, Poppy directs the growth of internal science. She is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy.

At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies including gaming and immersive environments such as Augmented and Virtual Reality on neuroplasticity and learning.

Research and Institutes

Poppy is a U.S. representative and vice-chair to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and a member of the Stanford Research Institute Technical Council.

Prior to joining Dolby Laboratories, Poppy was Research Faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where her neurophysiological research focused on understanding the neural correlates of how we hear in a complex acoustic environment and the functional circuitry of the auditory cortex.

Poppy is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. She is a 2018 recipient of the Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership Award, a 2017 recipient of the Consumer Technology Association’s Technology and Standards Achievement Award for work towards the introduction of over-the-counter hearing-aid devices, and has been named to Billboard Magazine’s 100 most influential female executives in the music industry.


She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the intersection of human experience, artificial intelligence, sensory data-science, and immersive technologies.

She has spoken on stages such as TED, SXSW, TNW Conference, Stanford University MediaX, Strata/Hadoop World, and HP Big Data, as well as keynotes for organizations such as iEEE, IHS Markit, EBU, ITU, ASA, and many academic institutions.