Dr. Bruno Fazenda

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Newton Building Room 118

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Current positions

Director of Postgraduate Studies


I am a Reader (Associate Professor) in Acoustics at the University of Salford.  I graduated in 2004 with a PhD in Room Acoustics and Psychoacoustics from the University of Salford.  After that I was a Research Fellow with a Marie Curie research fellowship at the Danish Technical University, and have been lecturing in the UK since 2005.

I work(ed) on a number of EPSRC, AHRC and Royal Society funded research and PhD projects, looking at perceptual aspects affecting auditory awareness, attention and perceived quality in technologies such as virtual reality, spatial audio and mobile infotainment systems. I am also a keen student on aspects of Human evolution, perception and brain function.

My work on archaeoacoustics, studying the acoustics of archaeological sites such as Stonehenge and World Heritage caves where some of the first human paintings were discovered, has been reported in main stream media such as New Scientist, The History Channel, BBC Radio 4 and The Guardian. I am a founding member of the ‘Audio Research Partnership’ established in 2011 with the BBC and the Universities of Surrey, York, Southampton and QMUL, aimed at ‘bringing together some of the world's best researchers to work on exciting new audio technology’.

I hold international collaborations with countries such as Portugal and Brazil and industrial research projects with international companies such as Midas (Music Tribe Group) and Mercedes(AMG/Daimler).

I am a member of the Institute of Acoustics, the Audio Engineering Society, the CiKTN (Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network) and Immerse UK.  I am on the Technical Committee for ‘Perception and Subjective Evaluation of Audio Signals’ for the Audio Engineering Society. I have been invited to present keynotes and special lectures for the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Acoustics, the Audio Engineering Society and RadioTechCon.

Areas of research

Room Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Auditory Attention, Archaeoacoustics, Mulitmodal Perception, Audio in Virtual Reality

Areas of supervision

Room Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Auditory Attention, Archaeoacoustics, Mulitmodal Perception, Audio in Virtual Reality


  • Group Design Project for (MEng Acoustical and Audio Engineering)
  • Recording Studio Design (MSc Audio Production)
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Audio (BEng/MEng Acoustical and Audio Engineering)
  • Audio for Games and Virtual Reality (BSc Sound Engineering and Production)

Research Interests

My research interests span room acoustics, sound quality and auditory perception, in particular, the assessment of how an acoustic environment, technology or psychological state impacts on the perception of sound.

This includes aspects of acoustic modelling and multimodal perception in virtual, augmented and mixed reality environments, bio-informed generation of music for well-being, architectural acoustic measurement, modelling and design, acoustics of ancient spaces, sound quality in music mixing and speech intelligibility, amongst other topics.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Institute of Acoustics
  • Member of Audio Engineering Society
  • Member of CiKTN (Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network).
  • Member of Immerse UK

Post graduate research

  • Psychoacoustics, Subjective Testing, Auditory Perception
  • Architectural Acoustics, Critical Listening and Reproduction, Acoustic Modelling
  • Archaeoacoustics and Open-Air Theatres
  • Multimodal perception in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Environments
  • Bio-informed Generative Music for Well-being