Current research interests
- Live sound reinforcement optimization
- Sound exposure and noise pollution due to outdoor events – assessment and control
- 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
- Applications of artificial intelligence in audio engineering and acoustics
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:
- Ross Hammond (2017 – present), Accurate Analysis of Human Impact on Sound Reinforcement and Reproduction in Large Spaces
Past PhD students:
- Jonathan Moore (2015 – 2019), Dynamic diffuse signal processing in sound reinforcement and reproduction
- Chair, AES Technical Committee on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement
- Head of Content, IOA Electro-Acoustics Group Committee
- Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing
- Reviewer, Audio Engineering Society (journal and conventions/conferences)
- Reviewer, Journal of Sound and Vibration
- Co-organizer, 2nd/3rd IEEE Computer Science & Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC)
- Membership: MAES, MIEEE, MIET, MIOA, FHEA
- The IOA Young Persons Award for Innovation in Acoustical Engineering – Institute of Acoustics, November 2019.
- 18 of the Last 9 honoree – Miami University, November 2013.
- 4th East Anglian Tri-University Ph.D. Competition, May 2010.
- IET Anglian Coastal Present Around the World Competition, March 2010.
Past invited talks and tutorials
- Managing On-site Sound Exposure and Off-site Noise Pollution. Live Sound Summit 2020. June 2020.
- Audio signal decorrelation for live sound. Il Lato Oscuro della Fase, Italy. May 2020.
- Your noise isn’t my noise: improving sound exposure and noise pollution management at outdoor event. AES New York. October 2019.
- Threading the needle: Managing sound exposure and noise pollution while maintaining a high-quality audience experience at outdoor events. Joint AES-IOA evening lecture. Derby, UK. June 2019.
- Noise exposure and pollution from outdoor entertainment events. AES Dublin. March 2019.
- Live sound subwoofer system optimization. AES Milan. May 2018.
- Live sound subwoofer system design. AES New York. October 2017.
- Live sound subwoofer system calibration. AES Warsaw, May 2015.
- Chameleon subwoofer arrays. AES London, October 2011.
- An introduction to chameleon subwoofer arrays. ISVR, July 2010.
- An introduction to audio systems, CEEC, September 2010.