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Postponed - Distinguished Lecture: by Prof Stefan Bilbao


Prof Bilbao and the seminar organisers have jointly agreed to postpone his Distinguished Lecturer seminar, out of respect for the UCU strike. A rescheduled date will be announced.

Part of our Distinguished Lecture series

The lecture will be preceded at 2.45pm by tea & coffee, and followed by a reception - both in the Informatics Hub.

Speaker: Prof Stefan Bilbao (of Edinburgh University)


Physical Modelling Synthesis and Virtual Acoustics


Physical modelling sound synthesis and audio effects processing is concerned with the emulation (through simulation) of acoustic systems, ranging from standard acoustic musical instruments to rooms to analog electromechanical systems, and finally virtual constructions without a real world counterpart. The hope is to generate new classes of synthetic sound of a natural acoustic character, and allow flexible new effect/instrument design exploration. An overview of physical modelling synthesis is followed by a look at some recent work under the NESS (Next Generation Sound Synthesis) project, recently concluded at the University of Edinburgh. Sound examples and video demonstrations will be presented.


Stefan Bilbao is currently Professor of Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing and co-director of the Acoustics and Audio Group at the University of Edinburgh. He joined the Reid School of Music in 2005, and was previously a lecturer at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at the Queen’s University Belfast, and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Space Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory at Stanford University. He studied Physics at Harvard University (BA, 1992), and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University (MSc, 1996, PhD, 2001), while working at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, and was a research fellow for two years at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique in Paris, under a fellowship awarded by the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Harvard University. He is the author of two research monographs, as well as more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference proceedings articles. He has been the PI on various research projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust, EPSRC, and, most recently, the European Research Council (Project NESS: “Next Generation Sound Synthesis” and Project WRAM: “Wave-based Room Acoustics Modeling”). His current research interests include large-scale architectural acoustics rendering, nonlinear audio processing, and real time physical modelling sound synthesis.

Read about Dr Bilbao's research here...     

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