Dr. Ian Drumm

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Newton Building Room 113

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science


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  Senior Lecturer for the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford.

Areas of research

Extended Reality, Deep Learning, Acoustics, Audio, Public Engagement


I have delivered modules in Audio Technology, Mathematics, Mobile and Distributed Software Applications Development and Software Design Patterns (programming with Java, C#, C++, Python, Kotlin, Swift, JavaScript and R).

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, hybridised Wavefield Synthesis/Ambisonics and applications of XR in medical training and psychology. I currently do research for XR in medical training and the European funded AI foundry, exploring ways to leverage AI and Deep Learning technologies.

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