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Masters by Research
Having been brought up in a musical family I was taught to play the piano and trumpet to passable levels. To this day I still enjoy dappling on these two instruments, but after finding rock music as a teenager (original, I know) I decided to teach myself the guitar, which progressed into the bass guitar. Despite all this, I never studied music or audio technology at school beyond the age of 13, because (rather arrogantly and falsely!) I seemed to believe I got enough education in music from my piano and trumpet lessons.
Whilst music remained no more than a hobby, my interest in psychology grew. After enjoying an A-level about it, I decided to study a BSc in it at the University of Hull. Although at many points during those three years I wished I had studied something more engineering or music based, I also became pretty obsessed with how humans perceive the world, from high level conscious perceptions down to the neural mechanisms responsible. I found the study of auditory psychology particularly intriguing and started looking for chances to move into research involving the ‘what’s, where’s, how’s and why’s’ of hearing. When an advert for an MSc student for the project above came to my attention it was like Christmas had come early!
About the Project
The project is one of a collaborative, multidisciplinary nature, to which I contribute as a Masters by Research student by studying the subjective assessments people make of how annoying particular outdoor noise sources are in the context of the home environment, based upon auditory perception of said noise sources alone. In particular we are investigating the impact of the frequency of tonal components within noises on annoyance. Whilst previous research has studied similar problems at higher frequencies, we are focusing on lower frequencies.
If this project can generate further knowledge of how relatively annoying different pitched tones in background noise are to each other, then the hope is to apply this real world situations, where cases of potential environmental noise problems are currently unresolved.
About the Project
I am currently working as part of the research project 'Human Response to Vibrations in Residential Environments', supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The project aims and objectives include deriving a dose-response relationship between level of vibration and human response (annoyance) when exposed to vibration in a residential environment, acquiring a statistically robust sample size of vibration data and social information, and determining an index that relates vibration to levels to annoyance. Mainly, my role in this project is to participate in the collection and analysis of the vibration data. My research intends to investigate alternative relationships between annoyance or vibration level and other parameters specific to different residential environments.
I finished my bachelor studies in Telecommunications Engineering (Audio and Video specialization) at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) back in 2006. Afterwards, I worked as a sales engineer for a small company in Barcelona dedicated to the commercialisation of professional sound systems.
Having gained experience and knowledge in that area motivated me to consolidate and broaden my acoustics knowledge and I decided to pursue the Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control at the University of Salford, which I successfully completed in July 2008.
To further my professional development I am currently working on a PhD where I am investigating the Human Response to Vibration in Residential Environments at the University of Salford under the supervision of Dr David Waddington and Dr Andy Moorhouse. Aside from my academic work I enjoy playing my trumpet with the Band on the Wall improvisation group. I also like singing jazz and blues. My other interests include theatre, travelling and gastronomy.