Born in Helsinki, Finland in 1971, Tapio Lokki has studied acoustics, audio signal processing, and computer science at the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and received a M.Sc. degree in 1997 and a D.Sc. (Tech.) degree in 2002. At present Prof. Lokki is an Associate Professor (tenured) with the Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics at Aalto University. Prof. Lokki leads his virtual acoustics team to create novel objective and subjective ways to evaluate room acoustics. In addition, the team currently contributes to sound rendering algorithms for virtual reality applications, speech in noise and reverberation related hearing research and novel material science, in particular wood fibre based absorption materials. Prof. Lokki is the fellow of the AES and a honorary member of the Acoustical Society of Finland.