Monday, 29 February 2016

AES UK Graduate Student Poster Competition

Andrew Steele was awarded second place out of 12 finalist for his poster "Development of a 3D-printed Dodecahedron Loudspeaker for Improved Omni-Directional Sound Radiation" which was shortlisted and presented at the 2016 Audio Engineering Society UK Sustaining Members Events held in Oxford on 26th February 2016. Well done Andy!

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Paulina Kowal defends her thesis

On the 24th February 2016 PhD candidate Paulina Kowal defended her thesis at the Open University. The thesis was entitled, "Investigating physical, acoustical and perceived differences between different model clarinets". Dr Stephen Dance and Dr Janet van der Linden acted as examiners for Paulina. An interesting and in-depth discussion developed during her defence. Congratulations goes to Paulina and Rita (her very little baby girl).

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Newman Medal for Doug Shearer

On the 20th February 2016 Doug Shearer was awarded the Acoustical Society of America Newman Medal. The meal is awarded for excellence in architectural acoustics, in this case his Masters thesis. His dissertation was entitled, "Measuring absorption below 100 Hz with a P U Sensor" with the tag line, "absorption coefficient measurements are now easy..." from Farina and Torelli. I have to agree as that is why Doug is now working on his PhD on the subject!

Newman Award for MSc student Simon Brown

On the 20th February 2016 Simon Brown was awarded the Acoustical Society of America Newman Medal for excellence in architectural acoustics for his Masters dissertation. His dissertation was entitled,"The suitability of additive manufacturing in 1:10 scale acoustic models of performance spaces". He has already given a Masterclass on his project and now works for Charcoal Blue

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Students measure Henry Wood Hall

On the 18th February 2016 the ongoing collaboration between the Acoustics Group and Henry Wood Hall was refreshed with the students measuring the room acoustics of the space. They had to make their own coffee and did disturb the piano tuner!

Monday, 15 February 2016

Internoise 2016 Abstracts submitted

An abstract has been submitted to Inter-Noise 2016 to be held in Hamburg in August 21-24th 2016. The paper will be entitled, "Measuring absorption coefficients below 100 Hz". It is to be jointly presented by new PhD student, Doug Shearer and Dr Stephen Dance.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

New CIBSE Guide A Published

On the 16th January 2016, the latest CIBSE Guide A 2015 was published, the 8th edition. It gives the environmental design specification for buildings, and their external conditions. Visiting Research Fellow and Sessional lecturer Bob Peters was the principle author for the Acoustics / Vibration section The guide is usually published on an seven year cycle. Well done Bob!

Friday, 5 February 2016

Cirrus Environmental Visits the Acoustics Group

On the 5th February 2016 the Masters students enjoyed a guest lecture from Craig Storey of Cirrus Environmental. Craig demonstrated the latest advances in instrumentation, in particular unattended measurements. He showed off the NoiseHub2 software to illustrate data analysis and live streaming of data and audio. All very impressive! Thanks for popping in Craig!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

ARCC Network visits the Acoustics Lab

The Adaptive and Resilience in the Context to Change  Network visited the Acoustics Laboratory on the 3rd February 2016. The EPSRC network were particularly interested in Health and Wellbeing and were very curious about experiencing the anechoic chamber. I think they enjoyed the evening event!

New PhD student Doug Shearer

On the 1st February 2016, former Masters student, Doug Shearer, joined the Acoustics Group as a Research Scholar. He is being jointly funded by the Royal Academy of Music for a period of 3 years to study the low frequency sound. Welcome Doug!

Monday, 1 February 2016

AES UK Sustaining Members Poster Exhibition

MSc student Andrew Steele has been invited to present his thesis at the AES UK Sustaining Members meeting. The AES UK meeting will be held at Solid State Logic on the 26th February 2016. Andrew Steele will present an updated poster at the event based on his thesis, submitted on 29th January 2016, for the prize. We all wish him luck in the competition!