Thursday, 18 December 2014

New JBL Subwoofer

On the 18th December 2014 the Acoustics Group acquired their first passive subwoofer, a JBL 6112. It is lightweight, 16 kg, has a flat response from 40-300 Hz and runs using Speakon cable. It should be useful for transmission loss measurements and room acoustic analysis.

UK Research Results for Acoustics

The UK research audit has just been announced. Acoustics falls under General Engineering and London South Bank University Engineering submission was ranked 42nd out of the 153 Universities that took part in the audit. The General Engineering submission was found to be 3*, internationally leading, out of the possible 4 categories. Overall LSBU came 89th for the research produced during the period 2008-2013. I know a lot of effort went in by the research team, so I thank you all.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Best IOA Diploma Student Award

Jenefer Taylor has been awarded  the IOA Diploma prize for best student in 2014. Jennifer should  be congratulated on  achieving the highest marks in all of the UK. In addition,  Jemma Jones was commended on achieving merits in all 5 areas of studies - General Principles of Acoustics, Noise and Vibration Control, Building Acoustics, Laboratory and Project. Well done all!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Acoustics Roundup for 2014

Thanks for all your support over 2014. We won four key awards: Dr Stephen Dance was the recipient of the Institute of Acoustics Tyndall Medal, Professor Bridget Shield was awarded a Fellowship from the Acoustical Society of America, associate Dr Peter Mapp was awarded the Audio Engineering Society Bronze Medal, and the team won the Happold Trust prize. In addition MSc students Christina Higgins and Leo Weber were awarded the Acoustical Society of America Newman medal. Lorenzo Morales submitted and successfully defended his doctoral thesis. Links were furthered with the Institute of Acoustics with LSBU running the Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement, hosting meetings on Machinery Noise, and BS4142:2014, as well as two Masters’ students giving an IOA London evening branch presentation, and associate Dr Brad Backus presenting his work on cochlear implants. The Masters course was reaccredited for CEng registration by both CIBSE and the Institute of Acoustics for 2014-2019 entrants.  One scientific paper was published in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. Presentations were given at the following conferences: Birmingham, Melbourne and Krakow.  Significant consultancy work was undertaken for Chevron, the Royal Academy of Music, Not for Scale and Native. In addition, outreach work with the Training Partnership, the Vision Forum,  and Making Music was undertaken. Finally, we would like to thank Professor Bridget Shield for her contribution to the group over the past 28 years. Best wishes for the New Year from the Acoustics Group.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Cymatic shoot by Not to Scale

On the 12th December 2014 the film company visited to the Acoustics Laboratory at London South Bank University. Not to Scale filmed in the anechoic chamber all day for a future Cymatic production. We hope the film looks stunning!

Abstract accepted for Wind Turbine Noise 2015

On the 15th December 2014 PhD candidate Ben Dymock's abstract was accepted to the 6th International Wind Turbine Noise conference. This year the conference will be held in Glasgow on 20-25th April 2015. The paper is on the final results of Ben's urban wind turbine study.

Student Christmas Party 2014

On the 11th December 2014 the IOA and MSc students held their Christmas party in a local English pub. As is traditional Steve provided the wine and the pizza. We all hope they enjoyed their year and a revising right now!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas Gathering of the Acoustics Group

On the evening of the 5th December 2014 the Acoustics Group had their annual Christmas gathering. This year it was held at the new Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge. Old students and new attended the event, along with our guest lecturers and former researchers. We all congratulated Bridget on becoming the first Emeritus Professor of Acoustics.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

MSc student presents in Australia

Former Masters student Sheldon Walters presented a research paper in Melbourne, Australia at Inter-Noise 2014 last month. Sheldon's paper was based on his thesis and was entitled,"Noise control potential of vacuum isolating panels". He then took Nick Durup and Colin Campbell on a night on the town to shown them the sights!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Steve presents at the Institute of Education

On the 2nd December 2014, Dr Stephen Dance presented to the Training Partnership at the new UCL  Institute of Education. Steve presented to STEM students on the mathematics behind acoustics. He chose the subject, "Red Card or No Red Card - An acoustic investigation" to present to 900 A level students. It was also his first every selfie!

Nick wins I-INCE Travel Grant

PhD candidate Nick Durup has been awarded the International Institute of Noise Control Engineers travel grant. Nick was fortunate to present at Inter-Noise 2014 in Melbourne Australia. His paper was awarded the I-INCE grant of £500 for young acousticians. Nick presented his paper entitled, "Vocal problems for teachers and school acoustics - a field study". He is now traveling around Oz!