Meet the Solent Acoustics team

Dr Chris Barlow

Chris is the Director of Solent Acoustics, and is an Associate Professor in Acoustics at Southampton Solent University. He originally studied music and music technology at the University of Sheffield and the University of York, going on to work as a recording engineer in the classical music industry. Always interested in the science of sound, he then moved into acoustics for his PhD, specialising in voice and speech analysis.

His interests still lie particularly in acoustics for the music industry. Dr Barlow’s particular expertise is in noise exposure and hearing loss, studio design and installation, electroacoustic systems and sound recording/production particularly for cinema and video games. He has appeared on the BBC Radio programme ‘Life’s Soundtrack’ as an expert on voice development, and on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘A Problem with Noise’ as an expert on noise exposure. He has an extensive list of publications on hearing loss and voice analysis and is currently working on improving mechanisms for screening for hearing loss. He is a member of the Institute of Acoustics and sits on the IoA Southern Region committee, and is also a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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Juan Battaner-Moro

Juan joined Southampton Solent University in 2009. He has previously worked as an acoustic consultant at Cole Jarman Associates in Surrey, primarily on environmental and architectural acoustics, and as a researcher in advanced measurement techniques at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University of Southampton.

He is course leader for the Institute of Acoustics accredited courses offered by Solent Acoustics, inlcuding the Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control, Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement and Certificate of Competence in Building Acoustics Measurement. His research interests include environmental and entertainment noise, speech intelligibility and acoustics measurement techniques. He is a member of the Institute of Acoustics.

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Jian Jiang

Dr. Jian Jiang (James) is the newest member of the Solent Acoustics team, working as a Lecturer in Acoustics. He started his research interest in Acoustic Engineering in 2000, when he was studying at Tsinghua University in China. After obtaining a B.E. in Fluid Mechanics (at Tsinghua University) and a M.S. in Acoustics (at Chinese Academy of Sciences), he moved to the UK for his Ph.D. in 2005, studying Acoustic Condition Monitoring at the University of Manchester. He worked at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, thereafter, as a research scientist until 2014, before moving to Southampton Solent University.James has research experience in many acoustic fields including:

• Underwater acoustics
• Bubble physics
• Duct Acoustics
• Railway Structure vibration
• Airborne acoustics and aircraft noise
• Acoustic condition monitoring
• Advanced signal processing
• Computational Acoustics

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Matthew Hickling

Matt graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2011 with a BSc in Audio Technology. He is a Technician Instructor on the Entertainment Technology undergraduate program, teaching in the areas of acoustics, electroacoustics, live sound and music studio production.

He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Acoustics, having completed the Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control (for which he received a Special Commendation award) during his time as an Acoustics and Audio Technology Intern with the university. His Diploma project, entitled ‘Using a Head and Torso Simulator to Measure Speech Intelligibility’ focused on his research interests of electroacoustics, speech intelligibility, and laboratory measurement methods. He holds a BSA (British Society of Audiology) Certificate in Industrial Audiometry and a BSA Certificate in Impression-taking.

Katri Ingram

Katri graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2012 with a BSc in Sound Engineering. As Technician to Solent Acoustics, she manages the calibration and maintenance of acoustics kit and facilities, and supervises its use for noise monitoring at music festivals. She completed the Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control in 2013, with a project investigating the effect of bridge-mounted violin mutes, and now assists with the delivery of the laboratory sessions for this course. She holds a BSA (British Society of Audiology) Certificate in Industrial Audiometry and a BSA Certificate in Impression-taking.

Lee Davison

Lee Davison graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2012 with a BSc in Sound Engineering. Joining the Solent Acoustics team at Southampton Solent University in 2012 as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate, he worked alongside an external company in the development and calibration of an audiometric testing system. He then became an Acoustics Developer for the Solent Acoustics team, with a particular interest in audiometry and the development of mobile applications for acoustics and audiometry. He holds the Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control, and a BSA (British Society of Audiology) Certificate in Industrial Audiometry and a BSA Certificate in Impression-taking. Lee is currently in a first year of a PhD programme, focused on hearing thresholds and hearing risk undertaken by young people in the UK. He also helps in the consultancy activities in the Solent Acoustics group, from festival noise monitoring to lab testing in the University hemi-anechoic chamber.

Lawrence Yule

Lawrence graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2013 with a BSc in Live and Studio Sound. Having joined as a Graduate Associate in Broadcast and Cinema Sound, he is now employed as a Associate Lecturer and Research Assistant in Acoustics, working with the Solent Acoustics team on consultancy tasks and assisting in the delivery of practical sessions to undergraduate students in the areas of acoustics and electro-acoustics. He holds an MSc in Applied Acoustics, the Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control, and a BSA (British Society of Audiology) Certificate in aural impression-taking. Lawrence is also an associate member (AMIOA) of the Institute of Acoustics.

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