UK Acoustics Network

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

This network grant is focused on acoustics and pursues two main aims: (i) transfer new experimental techniques, models and scientific insights; (ii) promote mobility between universities, industry and other non-academic beneficiaries. In this respect, the UK has a critical mass and international reputation in acoustics which needs to be maintained and enhanced. Acoustics-related research in the UK is internationally leading and underpins key technological areas such as healthcare, manufacturing, defense, energy, digital communications and transport. However, the knowledge transfer and adoption of recent developments in physical acoustics, signal processing and numerical methods by industry and other end users (e.g. consultants and government bodies) needs improving. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, there is no existing single point of access network/central hub in the UK which brings the key academic and industry players together. Acoustics-related research in the UK's universities is fragmented, often applied to specific topics and length scales and suffers from inadvertent duplication. As a result, it is difficult for industry to engage with, or understand what is happening in, academia, how acoustics research relates more widely to industry needs and who in academia is the right person or which organisation to engage with in order to solve a particular industry need. Secondly, academia is clearly failing to demonstrate to the end users the value of their acoustics-related research in applications, thus failing to overcome the sector inertia for their research to have a stronger non-academic impact. Thirdly, there is no network/central hub for the coordination of the acoustics-related research through which a university can engage beyond their very specific, parochial partners, disseminate their work more widely and efficiently to the sector and generate a future road map of research which bears support from a majority of end users.

We will establish a network for the wider coordination of acoustics-related research to enable better communication with industry and multiple avenues of research and innovation. It will support the EPSRC/UKRI Delivery Plan to promote the success of the UK's industry and academia through top quality research. This Acoustics Network aligns with the EPSRC expectation for a research network, which is "... expected to lead to new collaborative multidisciplinary research proposals and some may develop into virtual centres of excellence, providing critical mass of analytical expertise." The current RCUK/UKRI funding of acoustics-related research amounts to £94M which includes £62M support from the EPSRC. This funding covers research in general acoustics, audio engineering, ultrasonics and noise. Unlike other research disciplines, acoustics related research is not currently directly supported by an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). However, there are several CDTs which can directly benefit from acoustics related research. Therefore, there is a clear need for better coordination for the activities in acoustics to reduce fragmentation and overlap, and to use existing and future funding streams more efficiently. This is important to ensure that the quality of the critical mass of the acoustics-related research in the UK continues to stay internationally leading in the foreseeable future. Given the importance of acoustics and the value of the research funding in this area, the Acoustics Network will serve to promote this research discipline and to communicate the ongoing work beyond the acoustics research community and to the general public. In this respect, the network will be able to establish a website, software depository, hold workshops and conferences, produce newsletters, use publications by Learned Societies and Trade Associations and social media to communicate their work much more widely that is currently done.

Planned Impact

There are four main beneficiaries from this network: (i) academia; (ii) industry; (iii) public; (iv) government. Some benefits will come from the enhanced collaboration between academic institutions in the UK working on acoustics related projects (see Academic Beneficiaries), industry which makes use of the results from acoustics related research and some government departments that use acoustics related research to enforce legislation and enable control of noise. Other benefits will come from the activities which are proposed to promote acoustics as an exciting research discipline. There will also be academic benefits of this network which are described in the Academic Beneficiaries section of this form.

At present, industry on this project is represented by companies working in the areas of airspace (e.g. Rolls Royce), automotive (e.g. John Cotton), engineering and manufacturing (e.g. Dyson, Armacell), noise (e.g. Adler Pelzer Group, Hoare Lea) and defense (e.g. Dstl, Thales and QinetiQ). The network will be open for any other companies to join and benefit from its activities. The main benefits from this network to industry will be access to the right academic expertise, training, facilities and software. This is particularly important for SMEs who often do not have the right academic and industrial expertise in-house, may not be aware of it and/or have limited resources to get the access to it. Industry will also benefit from the enhanced flow of new ideas, follow-on collaborative research and technology developments enabled by the network. In addition to technology advancements the network proposes a number of activities which will help to formulate better joint industry/academic research as advocated by the Special Interest Groups. These will translate advanced acoustics related research into wealth generation and societal solutions driven through innovation.

These government agencies will benefit through enabling better environmental legislation and pollution control which are based on more rigorous science and more efficient engineering solutions from which the general public will benefit. The project will benefit from the involvement of the UK's Knowledge Transfer Network (UK KTN). This will enable members of the network facilitate innovation efficiently through access to UK KTN funding for any feasibility or follow-on projects leading to impact. The EPSRC will benefit by funding higher quality research proposals with stronger impact potential, less duplication and a more even distribution of funding across the UK's academic base.

The general public will benefit from outreach activities which this network proposes. These activities are described in the Pathway to Impact document and are designed to achieve a higher visibility of acoustics related research. This work will lead to a better understanding by the general public and government of the actual role that acoustics has on the quality of life and innovation process in the UK and globally. This will help to attract more students of better quality to courses with acoustics element. More engineering/physics/mathematics graduates with a better training in acoustics will enable the academia to recruit the right people on research projects which depends heavily on the knowledge of acoustics. In this process future academic leaders will be developed for the benefit of the UK's science and engineering for the benefit of future innovation and country wealth.

In summary, the main accomplishments of this network will be: (i) new collaborations, knowledge and opportunities for innovation; (ii) new opportunities for advanced training of future research leaders in acoustics in line with the Investors in People standard; (iii) a higher national and international visibility of acoustics related research.

Publications

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Carretta Y (2017) Ultrasonic roll bite measurements in cold rolling: Contact length and strip thickness in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology

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Carretta Y (2017) Ultrasonic roll bite measurements in cold rolling - Roll stress and deformation in Journal of Materials Processing Technology

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Gower AL (2019) A proof that multiple waves propagate in ensemble-averaged particulate materials. in Proceedings. Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

 
Description One key finding is that there is a considerable number of academics and industrialist in the UK who are actively working or benefit from acoustics related research. As a result, the Uk Acoustics Network has grown since its launch in November 2017 from 20+ member to 500+. A majority of these members participate actively in the events organised by the UKAN and develop new collaborations leading to new research grants and knowledge transfer activities led by the industry.

Another key finding from this grant has been better understanding of the value of acoustics to the UK's economy. It was found that the UK acoustics industry contributes £4.6 billion to the country's economy annually, employing over 16,000 people, each generating over £65,000 in value, in 750 companies nationwide. Whilst those 750 companies are distributed throughout the UK, the largest concentration of acoustics industrial activity is in the North West, Scotland and South East regions. The industry is made up of over 98% small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), yet the 7% of medium and large operations generate over 80% of acoustics revenues. Productivity in gross value added (GVA) contribution per employee also rises from £65,000 for the industry average, to £73,000 in larger companies.

The acoustics industry in underpinned by a vibrant knowledge base with over 200 active research grants, worth in total in excess of £150 million and involving over 47 separate UK universities. This research is supported by seven different research councils under UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), reflecting the multi-disciplinary environment in which acoustics operates, from social and health to engineering sciences. Industry as a whole is also increasingly recognising the importance of acoustics and investing in new capabilities, for example Jaguar Land Rover have recently invested £150 million in new acoustics research facilities.

Acoustics feeds into many major global markets, including the $10 billion market for sound insulation materials in construction, the $7.6 billion ultrasound equipment market and the potential $31 billion market for voice recognition. This is before the vital role of acoustics in automotive, aerospace, marine and defence is taken into consideration, all major UK
industries which leverage acoustics expertise.
Exploitation Route The impact of the UK Industrial Strategy should be maximised by ensuring that acoustics is built into emerging programmes and initiatives at the earliest possible opportunity. Acoustics needs to be properly integrated within the focal areas of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and should be designated a UKRI priority area, in order to ensure
that expertise in the field can be leveraged to its full potential. As active acoustics can increasingly provide solutions to Grand Challenges, the UK's valuable capabilities in this field need to be further connected to vertical markets in order to accelerate the uptake of the latest innovations necessary to secure UK industry's international competitive-edge.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Transport

URL http://www.acoustics.ac.uk
 
Description This is a Network grant which main aim is to bring together researchers working in different areas of acoustics to enhance communication between groups, provide a focus for collaboration and innovation, and to maximise the future impact of acoustics based research in the UK. The Network is over 500 members. So far over 30 networking events have been organised by the Network and run successfully to meet the main aim. These events brought together over 1000 academic and non-academic participants who are interested in the acoustics related research and its impact. This has enabled the industry and government agencies to understand better and connect to make use of the acoustics related research in the UK, enhance the economic productivity and improve legislation.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Transport
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description IoA grant
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Funding ID R/150321-11-1 
Organisation Institute of Acoustics (IOA) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2018 
End 08/2019
 
Company Name PEAK TO PEAK MEASUREMENT SOLUTIONS LTD. 
Description Two RA's for the University of Sheffield Leonardo Centre set Peak to Peak up to provide tribo-acoustic measurement services to industry. The develop bespoke sensors systems for rotating machinery and tribological components which they install at the companies site. They have carried out projects on bearings, auto-engine parts, and marine engine transmissions. 
Year Established 2018 
Impact The company is recently setup so there are no major impacts to report. Currently they are working on environmentally friendly lubricants (EALs) for marine use. This is intended for implementation in legislation and will have environmental impact.
 
Description Challenges of the Past & Challenges for the Future workshop organised by UKAN Underwater Acoustics SIG 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Multi disciplinary event to share information and set new priorities.
Small set of interesting presentations followed by group discussions about the major research challenges shared by the underwater acoustics community. Attended by about 30 members. Main recommendation from the workshop to encourage all SIGUA members to attend an industrial-academic "matchmaking" showcase for all industry members to present technical challenges and all academic members to present research area with the potential aims of finding shared challenges, cooperation opportunities, and possible new research activities. Current thinking is to find an industrial lead and academic lead to mobilise each community for an event early next year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 1st UKAN Newsletter April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Information to members and newsletter recipients i.e. via the IoA and ANC
news of specialist meetings, Summer School etc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/UKAN-News-Letter-15042018.pdf
 
Description AFPAC 2019 - the 14th Anglo-French Physical Acoustics Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The conference was kept intentionally wide to encourage cross-collaboration between fields with PhD students able to present. The idea was to include theoretical developments and experimental measurements, with the proceedings published by IOP Publishing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://intranet.sfa.asso.fr/archives/J19-AFPAC2019/
 
Description Acoustic Materials and Metamaterials 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting brought together recognised specialists in acoustic materials and metamaterials from academia and industry. A comprehensive programme of both theory and practice was provided and the meeting was intended to help with terminology for absorbing, scattering and diffusing of sound.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Acoustic-Materials-and-Matamaterials.pdf
 
Description Advanced Vibration and Acoustic Measurement Tehcniques: A Continual Professional Development (CPD) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The conference focused on professional development within the fields of Advanced Vibration and Acoustic Measurement Techniques. There were interactive workshop sessions on Audible Acoustics, Acoustic Emissions, Vibrometry, Ultrasonic Inspection and an acoustic camera.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/events/advanced-vibration-and-acoustic-measurement-techniques-a-continual-pr...
 
Description Anglo-French Physical Acoustics Conference (AFPAC) 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The scope of the conference was intentionally wide to encourage collaboration across different applications of physical acoustics. The conference was presentation based and looked at the latest advances in wave propagation and scattering, ultrasound therapy and any and all theoretical developments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://afpac2018.iopconfs.org/home
 
Description Comms and rooms SIG 1st Committee Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of this meeting was to significantly increase industrial membership of this SIG including small UK companies and early career researchers.
Reached AES,IoA, IEEE, CIBSE, ASA, I-INCE, DAGA, BSA, ICA, ICAS, Speech Comm Assoc, British Library,TfL
It facilitated cross disciplinary networking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Computational Acoustics SIG Steering Group Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Planning Meeting, to define deliverables including white papers, surveys, sand-pits, benchmarking, technical meetings with other SIGs and independently, travel grants to encourage co-location e.g. EAA Winter School.,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/computational-acoustics-meeting-20th-Feb2018-prog...
 
Description Computational Acoustics Special Interest Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was the first meeting of the computational acoustics interest group and focused on showcasing numerical methods for acoustics, specifically surrounding boundary elements and finite volume methods. The morning focused on introductory talks regarding the methods, whilst the afternoon had a workshop element. For an initial meeting the showcase was successful in that it raised awareness of the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/computational-acoustics-meeting-20th-Feb2018-prog...
 
Description Dynamics Research Group Showcase Event, University of Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Dynamics Research Group (DRG) at the University of Sheffield is one of the largest dedicated research groups in structural dynamics in the world, with researchers specialising in the fields of nonlinear dynamics, structural health and condition monitoring, uncertainty analysis, acoustics, smart structures and vibration control. Their annual showcase was an opportunity for the DRG to show their bespoke experimental facilities, present their work and to discuss new collaborations with members of this Network. The showcase started with a tour of the DRG's new Laboratory for Verification and Validation, a unique facility which allows for a versatile range of dynamic testing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/events/dynamics-research-group-showcase-event-university-of-sheffield/
 
Description European Acoustic and Mechanical Metamaterials meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A largescale workshop jointly organised with the French CNRS on metamaterials. Industry, ONR, DARPA and many others present and in the end had 120+ participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/plasmonics-metamaterials/european-workshop/
 
Description European Workshop on Acoustic and Mechanical Metamaterials 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop gathered European partners to discuss and exchange views on acoustic and mechanical metamaterials. It was structured around plenary talks as well as posters covering underwater acoustics, micro-acoustics, airborne acoustics and mechanical metamaterials and vibroacoustics. The workshop also covered fundamentals such as relevant applied mathematics. Coffee breaks and panel discussions encouraged more informal exchanges amongst participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/UKAN-Flyer.pdf
 
Description First EAA Winter School on Computational Acoustics 10-14 December, Le Mans France 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The 4 participants funded by UKAN gained new knowledge and new connections and opportunities to co-locate.

This course is a graduate-level training in the fundamental and applied aspects of computational acoustics. It covers the main numerical methods currently in use in industry and under development in academia, such as Finite Element Methods, Finite-Difference Methods and Boundary Element Methods. The course will include the required theoretical foundation needed to understand the properties of numerical schemes for acoustics. Attendees will also benefit from hands-on sessions to develop best practice with several simulation methods. Taught by leading academics in this field, the course is intended for researchers and engineers. This course is particularly devoted to PhD and MSc students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://euracoustics.org/technical-committees/tc-on-computational-acoustics/eaa-winter-school
 
Description First Meeting of the Early Careers Group (SIG-ECG) at Acoustics 2018 (Cardiff) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The conference had many topics, notably on Environmental Noise, Noise and Vibration Engineering, Physical Acoustics, Building Acoustics, Instrumentation and Speech and Hearing. Overall the format was short talks or discussions and was successful in encouraging collaboration and exchanging information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ioa.org.uk/sites/default/files/civicrm/persist/contribute/files/Acoustics%202018%20final...
 
Description First Meeting of the Sensors SIG 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting aimed on identifying the needs of the SIG, and was successful in this respect. 2 hours of presentations (5 minutes per participant) allowed a large pool of different requirements and ideas to integrate. A short discussion between small groups honed in on specific needs, which was shared at the end.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/sensors/first-meeting-of-the-sensors-sig/
 
Description Franco-Chinese Acoustic Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The conference aimed to bring together the French and Chinese acoustic communities to enhance scientific interactions and collaborations. There were 9 sessions on a range of topics, from vibroacoustics and noise reduction to acoustic and elastic metamaterials. The proceedings were published with a selection of papers recommended for publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://fcac.univ-lemans.fr/fr/index.html
 
Description Industrial and Commercial Applications of Metamaterials 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event aimed to bring together key stakeholders to explore key growth markets and demonstrate opportunities for UK collaboration. Focused at academics and industrialists, there was an extensive programme of speakers and an exhibition space for demonstrations and networking, alongside poster displays for PhD and post-docs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ktn-uk.co.uk/events/industrial-and-commercial-applications-of-metamaterials-2
 
Description Institute of Acoustics Musical Acoustics Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The day consisted of various talks on topics from sensor grid design for acoustic measurements to elephant trumpet calls and brass instrument behaviour. Interspersed with breaks encouraging interaction, the meeting concluded with a Young Members group social.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ioa.org.uk/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D363%26reset%3D1
 
Description IoA Quinquennial Strategy Workshop 5.2.19 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UKAN SIG Leaders contributed to this review developments over the preceding five years and to develop the
strategic plan for the next five to ten years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting of the Noise Special Interest Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting focused on a group discussion surrounding research and business needs, interests and emerging fields. It was lively an encouraged more planned activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Minutes_UKAN-Noise-SIG-12-Mar-2018.pdf
 
Description Meeting of the Physical Acoustics Special Interest Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting focused on planning joint events between the IOA and IOP physical acoustic groups before discussing research trends and funding priorities (possible joint grant applications). The meeting concluded with plans for the coming year centred around website resources, training schools and communication with other UKAN SIGs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/events/meeting-of-the-physical-acoustics-special-interest-group/
 
Description Meeting of the UK Acoustics Network Steering Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting looked into the progress of UKAN as a whole and individual SIG reports. White papers and finance and spending plans were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Agenda_SC_24042018-1.pdf
 
Description Meeting of the Vibro-acoustics Specials Interest Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event included multiple talks on challenges in applications of vibro-acoustics in building acoustics, hybrid methods and applications in railway noise and vibration. A tour around the Acoustics Research Unit laboratories at the University of Liverpool was arranged.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/UKAN-SIGVA-Meeting-1.pdf
 
Description Noise SIG Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting looked at the activities for 2019 and white papers mainly. Leads were identified to implement the plans. The aim was to grow the group further, in which it seemed to be successful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/noise/noise-sig-meeting/
 
Description SIG Communication and Room Acoustics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The goal of the introductory meeting was to establish and integrate between fields and as such there were multiple presentations of 5 minutes each detailing aims and objectives for an individual in acoustics. Following this the participants divided into groups to discuss the more common goals. A final plan of action was recorded.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/events-past/sig-communication-and-rooms-introductory-meeting-agenda/
 
Description Short Course on Aircraft Noise 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The course was aimed at providing early career researchers with information regarding aircraft noise, airport planning and environmental restrictions. The course specifically focused on the engineering aspects of propagation and mitigation of aircraft noise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/noise/short-course-on-aircraft-noise-2/
 
Description Sound: New Sensations part of THE UK'S FESTIVAL OF MUSIC / FILM / DIGITAL October 2028 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event was a part of THE UK'S FESTIVAL OF MUSIC / FILM / DIGITAL at Sheffield. A presentation 'Sound: New Sensations' was organised by Professor Trevor Cox from University of Salford.
It was a part of public and professional engagement session looking at how we listen, plus how acoustics and immersive audio could make a difference to our future listening experiences.Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford presented to the public details of his research and teaching focussing on architectural acoustics, signal processing and audio perception. Trevor is also an author and radio broadcaster having presented many documentaries on BBC radio and written books for academics and the general public. This event also included Joe Thwaites, inhouse composer at Sony Interactive Entertainment, who is working on Sony's first full-length VR game 'Blood & Truth', and 'Dreams'. Joe will also be discussing audio implementation & audio design within VR.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sensoria.org.uk/sensoriapro-2018/
 
Description Steering Committee 11th October 2018 - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 64 action items generated by participants to accelerate the impact the network makes, especially within industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Symposium on Acoustic Metamaterials 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The symposium targeted Early Career Investigators and PhD candidates in the aim of sharing new advances and research breakthroughs. There was a heavy focus on social activities to encourage collaboration and multiple lectures and talks. 35 grants were attributed with priority to PhD and ECIs covering food, travel and accommodation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://sam-2018.sciencesconf.org/
 
Description Symposium on Acoustics of Nanoporous Materials 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The symposium brought together acousticians, chemists, materials scientists, physicists, mathematicians and engineers with the interest of acoustics and nanoporous materials. A discussion panel and various talks/poster presentations helped raise awareness of applications in a relatively new field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/events-past/symposium-on-acoustics-of-nanoporous-materials/
 
Description The DRG Showcase (2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Dynamics Research Group at the University of Sheffield presented its annual showcase. Given the vastness of its accumulative fields, the showcase revolved around topics from acoustics to nonlinear dynamics to structural damping. Multiple speakers from different fields were accompanied by a large poster display from the University's PhD students. The event increased collaboration between certain departments and projects especially at a postgraduate level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/events/the-drg-showcase/
 
Description The DRG Showcase (2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The 2019 DRG Showcase differed from previous showcases in that there were no talks held. Instead there was a social lunch followed by poster presentations and stalls. This gave the showcase a more natural flow and participants were able to see more posters in the allotted time. Overall it was successful, particularly in encouraging collaboration between PhD students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/events-past/dynamics-research-group-showcase-event-university-of-sheffield/
 
Description The Exeter Acoustic Metamaterials Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting at the University of Exeter was two days and explored the latest research in acoustic metamaterials and metasurfaces. The first day aimed to bring together motivated early career researchers to present their work and identify overlapping and complementary interests. The second day focused on industrial engagement and aimed to identify the needs of potential commercial sponsors. Overall the event was a success and provided a good platform for networking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://xam3.ex.ac.uk/
 
Description The first UKAN Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The summer school was an opportunity for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to extend their knowledge and make important connections in the field of acoustics. The focus was on developing communication skills and networking whilst encouraging entrepreneurship and collaboration. There was training available for signal processing and practical applications of frequency analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cji7xdw7e1KeJT37vi2-r-IUzm6N-t2X/view
 
Description UK Acoustice Network Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event began with talks from a variety of academic and industry professionals before a networking lunch centred around posters depicting visions for the future of acoustics. The event concluded with a workshop focusing on how to better deliver through SIGs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ioa.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=311
 
Description UK Acoustics Network First Anniversary Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting brought together members of UKAN and provided a forum for research collaboration and innovation in acoustics. There were in depth discussions with acoustic practitioners and researchers and a small workshop to encourage discussions. An Institute of Acoustics Young Members social followed.

One important outcome of this event is a summary of critical challenges in acoustics. This summary
has been developed through the afternoon's group discussions at the UKAN Anniversary Event. You
can find a copy of this summary at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hj0cASaEFvf2ctEo1iZ1wyr2lsNTLPU/view?usp=sharing. T

Electronic name badges used during the event suggest suggest 1711 connections were made by delegates during the event, with an average of 13 unique connections which is way above the average of 5.
92% of delegates fed back that this event met their expectations and 75% reported that they will be developing new networking opportunities arising from this meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ioa.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=416&reset=1
 
Description UK/US Underwater Acoustics Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The conference had numerous talks from various disciplines, with special talks from Willem Hackmann, Richard Craster and Nick Chotiros. The aim of the conference was to bring together UK and US based researchers to review recent contributions to underwater acoustics. Cooperation between the groups seemed strengthened toward the end of the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/SIGUA-UKUS-conference-programme-Final.pdf
 
Description UKAN Comms and Rooms SIG sponsor Audio Day at the University of Surrey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Audio Day opened with an address from the Chief Executive of EPSRC, Professor Phil Nelson. The day continued with presentations and demonstrations. The event brought together members of the UK Acoustics Network and the team at Surrey University working on the acoustic source separation technologies and spatial audio research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/audio-day-6-july-2018-university-of-surrey-tickets-46624092917#
 
Description UKAN Newsletter - February 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Information to members and newsletter recipients i.e. via the IoA and ANC re Outreach and future events/meetings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/UKAN-News-Letter-13022019.pdf
 
Description UKAN Newsletter - January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Information to members and newsletter recipients i.e. via the IoA and ANC revalue of acoustics is 4.2 billion .6 of UK GDP, future meetings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/UKAN-News-Letter-19012019.pdf
 
Description UKAN Newsletter - July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Information to members and newsletter recipients i.e. via the IoA and ANC re Open competitions, resources section of website launched, future meetings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/UKAN-News-Letter-17072018.pdf
 
Description UKAN Newsletter - June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Information to members and newsletter recipients i.e. via the IoA and ANC re Open competitions, website launch, future meetings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/UKAN-News-Letter-15062018.pdf
 
Description UKAN Newsletter - May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Information to members and newsletter recipients i.e. via the IoA and ANC re Open competitions, website launch, future meetings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/UKAN-News-Letter-11052018.pdf
 
Description UKAN Newsletter - November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Information to members and newsletter recipients i.e. via the IoA and ANC re competitions, encouraging co-location, future meetings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/UKAN-News-Letter-16102018.pdf
 
Description UKAN Newsletter - October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Information to members and newsletter recipients i.e. via the IoA and ANC re Training events, future meetings and value of acoustics activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/UKAN-News-Letter-16102018.pdf
 
Description UKAN Newsletter - September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Information to members and newsletter recipients i.e. via the IoA and ANC re summer school, future meetings, call for contributions re size of acoustics community in UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/UKAN-News-Letter-17092018.pdf
 
Description UKAN Steering Committee 11th October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Strategic planning for UKAN deliverables and feedback from peers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/events-past/meeting-of-the-uk-acoustics-network-steering-committee/
 
Description UKAN/RCNDE workshop in Arrays January 11th 2019 Engineers House Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Non-Destructive Evaluation special interest group (NDE - SIG) of the Acoustics Network (UKAN) hosted its first meeting on Friday the 11th January in Bristol. This meeting was a chance to hear about and discuss the latest developments in ultrasonic array imaging.The focus was on NDE applications of arrays. A number of industrial speakers described how arrays were currently used and how this would be expected to change of the next few years. A number of university groups presented talks on subjects such as: fast instrumentation,adaptive imaging and defect characterisation.This event provided a forum for a wide ranging exchange of ideas on this topic. This meeting was also an opportunity to think about the future of the NDE-SIG and discuss proposals for future events.This workshop was intended for anybody with an interest in NDE applications of arrays, from students to practitioners and technology developers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/events-past/ukan-rcnde-workshop-in-arrays/
 
Description Workshop on the NOAA Guidance on Underwater Acoustic Exposure for Marine Mammals 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop provided a forum for underwater noise experts, regulators, statutory advisors and offshore developers to understand the scientific evidence required to inform the Environmental Impact Assessments and regulation with response marine mammal species in the UK. The main focus was on piling and explosive decommissioning and the implications of the work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Final-NOAA-Underwater-Noise-Criteria-Workshop-201...
 
Description kick off meeting of Biomedical Acoustics SIG on 6th May 2018 at London South Bank University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was a kick off meeting to plan priorities and direction of Biomedical Acoustics SIG of the UKAN
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019