connor wessel

Connor Wessel is a second-year PhD student on the auditory alarms project. He undertook his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology at the University of Plymouth in England. During his studies, he developed a specialty in the area of auditory alarms, especially in how an alarm can be made more localisable, and in what acoustic features create intuitive urgency. Connor’s areas of interest are in auditory alarms and in music psychology. To date, his research has focused on how auditory alarms can be made to be more localisable, and how different levels of urgency can be more discriminable. Examples of his recent projects include a study into whether newly designed alarms are detrimental to performance on cognitive tasks (and vice versa), and whether digital bike bells can improve the safety and experience of cyclists and pedestrians. As a musician, Connor has played trumpet in various groups such as the Concert band and Orchestra and has sang Tenor in various choral activities.



Awards and Recognitions


Pam Jacobs Memorial Prize (2021)


Journal Articles

webpage Edworthy, J., Reed, D., Wessel, C., Lawrence, L., & Edworthy, J. (2023). Designing, evaluating, and benchmarking auditory alarms for the chemical and oil processing industry. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 67(1), 1660-1664.
webpage Edworthy, J., Brown, R., & Wessel, C. (2023). Where’s that bike? Sounds and metrics for a smart bicycle bell. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 67(1), 2519-2524.
webpage Wessel, C., & Schutz, M. (2023). Improving the Detection of Melodic Sequences Through the Addition of Inharmonic Frequencies. Proceedings of Acoustics Week in Canada 2023, 51(3), 182-183.
webpage Burdick, K. J., Yang, S., Lopez, A. E., Wessel, C., Schutz, M., & Schlesinger, J. J. (2023). Auditory roughness: a delicate balance. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 131(4), 649-652.
webpage Edworthy, J., Edworthy, J., Reed, D., Wessel, C., & Lawrence, L. (2021). Ergonomic Auditory Alarm signals for the Oil and Chemical Processing Industry. IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, 9(2), 86-95.