PHD studentship available

Title: Applications of auralization in live sound reinforcement

Overview: Auralizaton of real listening environments using binaural simulation techniques has become increasingly common in many branches of audio/acoustics over the past few decades. To date, the technology hasn’t been applied in live sound reinforcement. This project focuses on the development of hardware and software to allow professional live sound engineers to use real-time auralization to enhance their ability to deliver acceptable sound throughout large performance venues. There are many challenges involved with this, including devising a wireless measurement procedure for multi-element sound systems as well as creating a real-time digital signal processing algorithm that seamlessly interfaces with existing equipment. Additional applications to be explored in this work include use within theatre ticketing systems, live sound reinforcement education, public engagement events/activities and virtual reality.

Funding: £14,553 stipend per year + UK home tuition fees

Application deadline: 16 July 2017

Interview date: week commencing 31 July

Starting date: September 2017

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current research interests

  • Live sound reinforcement optimization
  • Diffuse signal processing in live sound
  • Low-frequency sound source localization
  • Calibration techniques for cinema subwoofer systems
  • Low-frequency acoustic modelling (FDTD and image source)
  • Real-time auralization for use at live events and in related education

PhD Supervision

I’m typically involved in the supervision of a handful of PhD students within the Entertainment Engineering subject area at the University of Derby. Funded PhD studentships or GTA positions regularly become available and I do my best to advertise them here. If you’re interested in doing a PhD in an audio-related topic, feel free to get in touch.

Current PhD students:

  • Jonathan Moore (2015 – present), Diffuse signal processing in live sound reinforcement (1st supervisor)
  • Charlie Middlicott (2015 – present), Higher Order Spherical Microphone Array Development for Increased Spatial Resolution (2nd supervisor)
  • Mark Dring (2015 – present), Analysis and optimization of small room acoustics (2nd supervisor)

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