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School of Computing Science and Engineering

Dr Ian Drumm



After graduating from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Physics in 1989, I worked for Kernel Technology as a software engineer and consultant for numerous clients such as Xerox, ICL, Uniplex, Luncheon Vouchers and the M.O.D. In 1999 I completed a PhD in Acoustics at the University of Salford, developing computer models to predict the propagation of sound in architectural spaces. I subsequently worked for the Manchester Visualisation Centre at the University of Manchester. I am currently a Lecturer for the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford.


I have delivered modules in Audio Technology, Musical Acoustics, Mathematics and Programming (Java, C#, C++, Web Applications/Services, Software Design, etc).

Research Interests

I have been PI, and CI for EPSRC and EU funded projects that include public engagement and developments in future media technologies. I have published journal articles in Beam Tracing for Room Acoustics Prediction, FDTD/FEM techniques and hybridised Wavefield Synthesis/Ambisonics.

Qualifications and Memberships

Degree: BSc Physics with Honours

PhD: Computer Modeling of Acoustics

PgCLTHE: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

MIOA: Institute of Acoustics


Drumm, I 2007, 'I.Drumm, A hybrid finite element / finite difference time domain technique for modelling the acoustics of surfaces within a medium', Acta Acustica united with Acustica.


Drumm, I 2000, 'The Adaptive Beam Tracing Algorithm', Journal of the Acoustical Society, America.

Fazenda, B & Drumm, I 2013, 'Recreating the Sound of Stonehenge', Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 99, pp.110-117.

Oldfield, R & Drumm, I & Hirst, J M 2010, 'A Finite Difference Time Domain Approach to Analysing Room Effects on Wave Field Synthesis Reproduction', 124th Conv, Audio Eng. Soc...


Drumm, I & Von hunerbein, S & Bradley, S G & Marsh, T & Martin, D J 2006, 'Meeting Individual Mathematical Needs in a Mass HE Market', MSOR Connections.


Drumm, I & Belantara, A 2012, Touring a singing sculpture to promote acoustics, in: 'Touring a singing sculpture to promote acoustics', IOA, Nantes, France.


Drumm, I & Oldfield, R 2010, The prediction of synthesised wavefields within realistic room acoustics scenarios, in: 'The prediction of synthesised wavefields within realistic room acoustics scenarios', ICA, Sydney, Australia.


Drumm, I 2009, The application of a hybridised finite element / finite difference time domain technique for the modelling of systems common in room acoustics and musical acoustics., in: 'Internoise 2009 proceedings', Internoise, Ottawa, Canada. Conference details: INTER-NOISE 2009.


Drumm, I 2008, Importing arbitrary complex objects with a FDTD based prediction application, in: 'Acoustics 08 Paris ', ASA, Reading , UK. Conference details: Acoustics 08 Paris.


Oldfiled, R & Hirst, J M & Drumm, I 2008, A Finite Difference Time Domain Approach to Analysing Room Effects on Wave Field Synthesis Reproduction, in: 'AES ', AES, Amsterdam, Holland. Conference details: 124th Conv, Audio Eng. Soc., Amsterdam, Preprint 7359, May 2008.


Drumm, I 2008, The scanning and voxellisation of complex 3D objects for incorporation within Finite Difference Time Domain based acoustic prediction, in: 'IOA Spring Conference 2008 Proceedings', IOA, Reading, UK. Conference details: IOA Spring Conference 2008, 10-11 April 2008, Reading, UK..


Jeong, H & Drumm, I & Horner, B & Lam, Y W 2007, 'The modelling of frequency dependent boundary conditions In FDTD simulation of concert hall acoustics', Proc. 19th International Congress on Acoustics, Paper RBA-06-014-IP, Madrid, Sept. 2007..


Drumm, I & Lam, Y W 2007, 'Development and assessment of a finite difference time domain room acoustic prediction model that uses hall data in popular formats', Proc. Internoise 2007, Paper IN07_022, Istanbul, August 2007.

Drumm, I 2006, 'Simulating Virtual Environments for Musical Performance', Futures in Acoustics IOA 2006 Spring Conference.


Drumm, I 2005, 'The Application of Adaptive Beam Tracing and Managed DirectX for the Visualisation and Auralisation of Virtual Environments', Information Visualisation (IV05) Conference Proceedings 2005.


Drumm, I 2003, 'Development of a modular paradigm for the physical modelling of musical instruments',Proceedings of SMAC03 Stockholm Music Acoustic Conference 2003.


Lam, Y W & Drumm, I 2002, 'The Development and Implementation of Adaptive Beam Tracing', Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics.