The Acoustics Research Centre is one of two Primary Partners in the BBC Audio Research Partnership, a five-year Research and Development initiative advancing acoustics and audio research for broadcast. Several of our research active staff are Editors for major international journals and government publications.
As part of the University’s Architectural and Built Environment submission, Acoustics achieved the top research rating of 6* in Research Assessment Exercise 2001. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 90% of our research was rated at International standard, with 65% being International Excellent or above and 25% being World Leading. The University’s Architectural and Built Environment submission was ranked by Research Fortnight as number 1 in terms of Research Power from the result of the Research Assessment Exercise 2008.
Since 2000, three of our staff have won the prestigious Tyndall Medal awarded by the Institute of Acoustics biannually for achievement and services in the field of Acoustics. In addition, Prof Yiu Lam was awarded the Institute's premier award, the Raleigh Medal, in 2013.
Prof. Jamie Angus
Jamie Angus' interest in audio was crystallised at the age of 11 when she visited the WOR studios in New York City on a school trip in 1967. After secondary education in Scotland she spent 1973 to 1974 at The University of Lethbridge in Alberta Canada and studied physics, computer science, philosophy, music, drama and English composition. Jamie then went on to study electronics at University of Kent and graduated in 1977. Appointed Lecturer in the Department of Electronics, University of York in 1983, Senior Lecturer in 1993, and Reader in 1999, she was one of the originators of the music technology course there in 1986. She was appointed to the Chair in Audio Technology in The School of Acoustics and Electronic Engineering at the University of Salford in 2001. Her research interests are in; room acoustics, speech acoustics, diffuser design, audio signal processing and CAD for acoustic design.
Prof Trevor Cox
Professor Trevor Cox carries out research, teaching and commercial activities in acoustic engineering, focussing on room acoustics, signal processing and perception. He was an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and has presented 17 documentaries for BBC radio. He is a former President of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA). Trevor Cox was awarded the prestigious Tyndall Award by the IOA as well as their award for Promoting Acoustics to the Public. Prof Cox carries out research in performance room acoustics, investigating how room conditions can be improved for good speech communication, and quality music production and reproduction. His diffuser designs can be found in rooms worldwide. He has or is principal investigator on five EPSRC projects concerned with room acoustics. The results from GR/L13124 fed directly into ISO 17497-2:2012. GR/L34396 developed an understanding of a new sound absorbing mechanism. GR/N39685 concerned room acoustic active diffusers. EP/G009791/1 examined the acoustics of secondary schools. In signal processing he has been PI on three EPSRC projects (GR/L34396, GR/S77530/01, EP/J013013/1) using blind signal processing, and has worked with BBC R&D on a music information retrieval project concerning the mood of TV theme tunes as part of work to classify content in the BBC archive.
Dr Bill Davies
I have research interests in room acoustics, perception and environmental sound/soundscapes. In environmental acoustics, I was principal investigator of a large consortium project to develop new ways of evaluating soundscapes. The Positive Soundscape Project (PSP), a £1M, three-year effort involving five universities. Unusually for an EPSRC project, it involved artists and social scientists as well as acoustics researchers. In room acoustics, I have researched the acoustic absorption of concert hall seating and audiences, validating a test technique which is now used in our commercial tests. I have also led projects to develop a method for measuring auditory spaciousness in reproduced sound, to assess diffusion on stages, to control low-frequency response in small rooms and to measure the difference limen of reverberation time and level with music.
Dr. Ian Drumm
Following a BSc in Physics in 1989, I worked as a software engineer for a number of years. I later completed a PhD in Computer based Acoustic Modelling, subsequently lecturing and researching in Visualisation at Manchester University and later Acoustics at Salford University. My research interests include FDTD-FETD models - the research models sound propagation within air and surfaces using numerical techniques and is finding application in Room Acoustic Prediction, Musical Acoustics and Environmental Acoustics. I'm currently project leader and PhD supervisor for the development and implementation of a Wave Field Synthesis system within our acoustics test facilities. Our WFS system will use 128+ speakers controlled via our own in house developed drivers utilising the new Vista Audio stack.
Dr Bruno Fazenda
I graduated with a PhD in Room Acoustics and Psychoacoustics from the University of Salford, UK, where I was funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Science. I worked for a short while as a Research Fellow with a Marie Curie research fellowship at the Danish Technical University before becoming a lecturer at the Universities of Glamorgan and then Huddersfield. I now lecture in the Acoustics and Audio area at the University of Salford. My main area of research has been in room acoustics, particularly looking at aspects affecting accurate reproduction and perception of sound in small listening spaces. I have recently started to develop a research theme around audio production that aims to investigate aspects of automated rating and improvement of sound quality in audio signals and the design of novel creative production environments. I am part of a multidisciplinary AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage research network studying ancient Neolithic monuments with the aim of revealing pre-historic activity in sites of international renown such as Stonehenge. I also maintain research links with the Diagnostics Engineering Research Group at the University of Huddersfield in areas of signal processing and sensor technology looking at engine transmission belts, leak detections in turbo-charger systems and localisation and classification of noises inside car cabins.
Prof. Yiu Lam
Prof. Lam has over 25 year’s experience of working in environmental noise, industrial noise and building acoustics and is internationally recognised for his research and expertise in this field. His current research focus is on sound propagation and modelling techniques in room acoustics. He was part of Salford’s multidisciplinary team developing the concept of nD Modelling for the built environment. He also works closely with Salford’s visualisation team to develop fully immersive virtual space for future media research. Another of his research interests is on outdoor sound propagation in realistic atmosphere over complex ground terrains, using modelling techniques including ray tracing, parabolic equation, and finite difference time domain methods. He was awarded the Institute of Acoustics’ Tyndall Medal in 2000, and was awarded fellowship of the Acoustical Society of America in 2008. He is Editor in Chief of the international journal Applied Acoustics and a member of several standards committees and working groups.
Dr Francis Li
After 5 years at MMU as a Senior Lecturer in Computing, Francis moved back to Salford, where he used to be a research assistant and did his PhD. Francis will undertake teaching, research and programme administration duties in general areas of acoustics, electro acoustics, acoustic and audio signal processing and acoustic informatics. Over 20 years, Francis has a accumulated a broad spectrum of expertise and research interests including architectural acoustics; digital processing of speech, music and multimedia signals; artificial intelligence and soft-computing (neural networks, evolutionary computing and fuzzy logics) applied to various natural science and engineering problems involving uncertainly, complexity and fuzziness; computational electromagnetism; data and voice communications; digital electronics; hardware and software co-design; software engineering; instrumentation; adaptive filter and control systems, but his major and long-standing research interest centres around the use of intelligent computation and modern signal processing techniques to solve acoustics and sound related problems, in particular, the computation, processing, extraction, organisation, recognision, storage and re-use of information contained in acoustic and/or audio signals for various applications - he refers to this area as Acoustic Informatics.
Prof Andy Moorhouse
I joined the Acoustics, Audio and Video discipline at Salford in January 2004 as a Reader and am now Professor of Engineering Acoustics and Vibration. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, a PhD in Acoustics from the University of Liverpool and I'm a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics. One of my roles is as Director of the Acoustics Laboratories. My main research interests are: Structure-borne sound, ‘Virtual Acoustic Prototypes,‘Low Frequency Noise, Building Acoustics. I have a strong track record of collaborative research with industry and from national and international governments and research funding bodies.
Dr Olga Umnova
I joined the Acoustics, Audio and Video discipline at Salford in October 2004 as a Lecturer in Theoretical Acoustics. I got an MSc in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (FizTech) and PhD in Acoustics from General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Science. I am now a Reader. I have headed several EPSRC funded projects in the acoustic properties of porous materials and in the fast developing area of meta materials. I am Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and was awarded the prestigious Tyndall Medal by the Institute of Acoustics in 2010.
Dr Sabine von Hunerbein
Sabine's research interests are in the area of developing and applying the atmospheric acoustic remote sensing instrument "SODAR" in the fields of meteorology and outdoor sound propagation. These measurements can be applied to urban air quality studies, outdoor noise control modelling, wind farm siting and monitoring, and air traffic control. I have also conducted research on noise from wind turbines for national and international bodies.
Dr David WaddingtonDavid is Reader in Environmental Acoustics. An international reputation for research and enterprise work in environmental sound propagation has led him to collaborative work with the MoD, QinetiQ, DEFRA and the EU. His close collaborations with the MOD and the international R&D organisation QinetiQ have so far resulted in extensive applied projects on environmental effects of helicopter noise, occupational effects of gun noise, and the effects of meteorology and of ground impedance on outdoor sound propagation. His collaborations with DEFRA have resulted in the internationally highly regarded 'Procedure for the assessment of low-frequency noise complaints' and fundamental research into the human response to vibration in residential environments, for example from trains. He is Principal Investigator of the European funded project Cargovibes.