Sounds in the built environment are created by natural and human sources, and they are all around us. Sounds can be pleasant and informative but they can also be a serious threat to our health. The research of me and my coworkers revolves around the continuous development of in-depth computational methods. These methods quantify the influence of the built environment on the propagation of sound from the sources to our ears.
The aim of these developments is twofold:
- It supports fundamental research on the understanding of the mechanisms underlying the production, propagation and perception of sound in the built environment.
- It offers researchers and designers tools to integrate and optimize acoustics for a sustainable (re)design of the built environment and technical innovations therein.
Herewith, I strive to contribute to the reduction of adverse health effects caused by human induced noise, and to promote positively perceived sound environments. What fascinates me in modeling sound propagation is that it combines many interesting fields as acoustics, scientific computing, fluid dynamics, signal processing, human response to noise and vibration and human perception. The topics of past and current research are as follows (with current post-Master researchers in parenthesis). The research résumé can be found below
Urban Acoustics (Team with Raul Pagan, Fotis Georgiou, Chang Liu, Sai Charan Trikootam, Rick de Vos, Omar Richardson, Michiel Fortuin, Louis van Harten)
Room and Building Acoustics (Team with Constant Hak, Remy Wenmaekers, Indra Sihar, Qin Yi, Ella Braat-Eggen, Jikke Reinten)
Computational Aeroacoustics (Work in post-doctoral period 2009-2011)