Supervisors

The Acoutect team is composed of the following supervisors.

Supervisors
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Dr. Maarten Hornikx– Eindhoven University of Technology – Coordinator
Maarten Hornikx received his MSc degree (Architecture, Building and Planning) in 2004 from Eindhoven University of Technology, and his PhD degree (Applied Acoustics) in 2009 from Chalmers University of Technology on urban sound propagation. He worked as a postdoc in aeroacoustics at KU Leuven from 2009 to 2011, as a senior researcher at Chalmers University of Technology (2011-2013) and as an assistant professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (2012-2016). In 2017 Hornikx was appointed as associate professor in the Building Acoustics chair of Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests are in numerical modelling of sound and vibration in the built environment, developing open source software, acoustic propagation effects in the built environment as well as human echolocation. Hornikx has received two individual European fellowships and leads a research group with currently 10 PhD students.

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Website: http://www.maartenhornikx.net/

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Raúl Pagán Muñoz - Eindhoven University of Technology
Raúl Pagán Muñoz received his MSc degree on Sound and Vibration in 2011 from Chalmers University of Technology. In 2016, Raúl completed a three year research period at Eindhoven University of Technology as Early-Stage Researcher within a FP7 Marie Curie action of the European Union in the project “SONORUS: Urban Sound Planner”. Currently, Raúl is part time doctoral candidate in the Building Acoustics chair of Eindhoven University of Technology and project manager of Acoutect. His research interests are related with numerical methods and for his thesis he is working on the implementation of a novel hybrid Fourier pseudospectral / discontinuous Galerkin time-domain method for computing sound propagation in domains with arbitrary boundary conditions and shapes. Additionally, he is investigating the applicability of the diffusion equation to compute sound propagation in urban environments. Before starting his research career, he was working for many years at UPM university in Spain mainly as project manager and for the Spanish Accreditation Body (ENAC) as lead assessor and acoustic technical expert. In the last years in Spain, Raúl worked at the Centre for Applied Acoustics and Non-Destructive Evaluation, a shared institute between UPM and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) where his research ambitions awoke.

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Professor Wolfgang Kropp - Chalmers University of Technology
Wolfgang Kropp is professor in Building Acoustics and Applied Acoustics at Chalmers University of Technology. In the very beginning of the eighties he was among the first generations of German students studying environmental engineering. He holds an engineering degree and a PhD from the Technical University in Berlin. In 1992 he moved as post-doctoral student to Sweden where he was appointed 1998 as full professor at Chalmers University of Technology. Wolfgang Kropp has a strong interest in environmental aspects of road and rail infrastructure.  He also is one of the main initiators of the field of urban sound planning. He is the head of vibroacoustic group which is beside others one of the leading groups working with different aspects of tyre/road interaction such as rolling noise or rolling resistance. He has been involved in the supervision of more than 28 PhD students during the last 20 years. In 2008 he received the Volvo scholarship for outstanding research related to vehicle engineering. Since 2013 he is a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, belonging to the division of Built Environment.  Since January 2015 he is deputy head of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering responsible for the graduate schools as well as for strategic research.

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Website: http://www.chalmers.se/en/Staff/Pages/wolfgang-kropp.aspx

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Prof. Tapio Lokki - Aalto University
Prof. Tapio Lokki was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1971. He has studied acoustics, audio signal processing, and computer science at the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and received an M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering in 1997 and a D.Sc.(Tech.) degree in computer science and engineering in 2002. Then he continued at TKK as a lecturing researcher teaching virtual reality and making research on virtual auditory environments. At 2007 he was appointed as an Academy Research Fellow, which is highly competed independent research position in Finland, for a period of five years.
At present Dr. Lokki is an Associate Professor (tenured) with the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University, where he leads the virtual acoustics team jointly with Prof. Lauri Savioja. The passion of Prof. Lokki is to understand how rooms modify sound that we hear. To pursue the encompassing understanding of room acoustics, his team is investigating auralization, spatial sound reproduction, binaural technology, and novel objective and subjective evaluation methods, as well as physically-based room acoustics modeling methods. Particularly, the interest has been in concert halls, in which the team has developed new measurement techniques, analysis methods for spatial impulse responses, and sensory evaluation methods to understand the perceptual differences between concert halls. Furthermore, Prof. Lokki has been continuing a long-term research on augmented reality audio and eyes-free user interfaces. The virtual acoustics team is funded by the Academy of Finland (since 2007) and by the European Research Council (2008-2013). Prof. Lokki received this prestigious ERC Starting Grant in the first round when the success rate was 3%.  
Prof. Lokki has published over 60 journal articles and over 120 conference papers. He has been awarded by the International Commission of Acoustics (ICA Early Career Award 2013), the Audio Engineering Society (Board of Governors award), the Academy of Finland Award on social impact, and Aalto University Initiative of the Year Award on the commercialization efforts of the research team. Prof. Lokki is a member of the editorial board of Acta Acustica united with Acustica and ACM Transactions on Applied Perception. Furthermore, he is the president of the Acoustical Society of Finland.

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Website: https://mediatech.aalto.fi/~ktlokki/

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Prof. Dr. Wim Desmet – KU Leuven
Wim Desmet obtained an M.Sc. degree (1992) and a Ph.D. degree (1998) in Mechanical Engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium. He is a Full Professor in dynamics and mechatronics at the KU Leuven Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he is currently the head of the Noise and Vibration Research group, which consists of 15 postdoctoral researchers and 70 Ph.D. candidates. His major research interests include vibro-acoustics, aero-acoustics, multibody dynamics, smart system dynamics, vehicle mechatronics, virtual prototyping techniques, noise control engineering, dynamics of lightweight materials, condition monitoring, uncertainty and variability in dynamics, green transportation, wind turbine dynamics, mechatronic simulation. His teaching activities include applied mechanics, mechanical vibrations, noise control engineering, vehicle dynamics and numerical prediction methods for vibro-acoustic design. He has published more than 150 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and over 460 papers in international conference proceedings. He is the promoter of 42 completed PhD dissertations so far. He is the organizer of the annual international ISAAC course on advanced numerical and experimental techniques in applied acoustics and he is member of the organizing committee of the biennial International ISMA Noise and Vibration Engineering Conference in Leuven, Belgium. He has been the promoter of over 70 research projects, including several bilateral industrial research contracts, as well as multiple national and international research projects, including the co-ordination of European projects. He has served as scientific committee member of over 40 international conferences, and has been invited for 7 plenary keynote lectures at international conferences.

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Dr. Bert Pluymers – KU Leuven
Bert Pluymers received his MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the KU Leuven in June 2000, with a thesis on the vibro-acoustic analysis of agricultural vehicle driver’s cabins. During his PhD studies at the same university, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, PMA Division, he performed research on alternative prediction methods for mid-frequency vibro-acoustic analysis. He received his PhD in June 2006 with a thesis entitled “Wave based modelling methods for steady-state vibro-acoustics”. During this time, he also acted as conference manager for the ISMA2002 and ISMA2004 biennial International Conferences on Noise and Vibration Engineering (> 600 participants). From 2006 till 2008, he worked as senior researcher in the Noise and Vibration Research Group of the PMA Division, where he was involved in a number of national and EU projects on numerical and experimental dynamic analysis. He has published more than 160 papers on topics in the field of noise and vibration engineering in various international journals and conference proceedings. As of 2008, he is appointed by the Industrial Research Fund (IOF) as Industrial Research Manager (as of 2013 as Senior Manager) in the same research group, where he is now the contact and interface person for technology transfer. In this role he is bridging the gap between industry and academia: on the one hand by informing industry about the ongoing research activities and on the other hand by steering research activities towards current/future industrial needs in the fields of noise, vibration, dynamics, mechatronics and numerical modelling. He is managerial coordinator of a portfolio of national and international research projects, related to the automotive, aeronautic and machine design sector (http://www.mech.kuleuven.be/en/pma/research/mod/projects).

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Dr. Elke Deckers – KU Leuven
Elke Deckers received her Msc degree in Mechanical Engineering from KU Leuven in June 2008. During her PhD studies at the same university, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, PMA Division, she developed an alternative prediction method for mid-frequency vibro-acoustic analysis including poro-elastic materials. She received her PhD in December 2012 with a thesis entitled “A wave based approach for steady-state Biot models of poroelastic materials”. Holding a postdoctoral research grant of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), she extended her research field of expertise to the numerical and analytical modelling of complex lightweight material systems, including viscous materials, metamaterials and meta-porous systems and is supervising and guiding the ongoing research in the group related to these topics. She did a research stay to Cambridge University in 2013 on time-domain SEA and a short stay to LAUM in 2015 on metaporous materials. She has published more than 20 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and more than 30 in international conference proceedings.

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Dr. Claus Claeys – KU Leuven
Claus Claeys obtained his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from KU Leuven in June 2009. During his PhD studies at the same university, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, PMA Division, he performed research on vibro-acoustic resonant based metamaterials. He received his PhD in April 2014 with a thesis entitled “Design and analysis of resonant Metamaterials for acoustic insulation”. Since receiving his PhD, he focusses on supervising and guiding the ongoing metamaterial related research in the group as well as managing metamaterial related projects, ranging from funded European and national research project to bilateral industrial research contracts. As such he has as role to expand the application domain of resonant metamaterials and to bring metamaterials closer to industrial application.

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Professor Carl Hopkins - University of Liverpool
Carl is a Professor in Acoustics and Head of the Acoustics Research Unit in the School of Architecture at the University of Liverpool. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) and a Chartered Engineer. Carl was awarded the IoA Tyndall Medal in 2012 and the IoA Engineering Medal in 2016. He is active in Standardisation and is currently the Chairman of the British Standards committee on building acoustics and Convenor of International and European Standards committees. His research is in the field of engineering acoustics and focuses on the measurement and prediction of sound and structure-borne sound in the built environment with applications to building, automotive, aeronautic, and marine structures. Carl has published a sole-author monograph on sound insulation in buildings.

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Website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/architecture/research/acoustics-research-unit/about/

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Dr Pyoung Jik Lee - University of Liverpool
Pyoung Jik (PJ) is a Lecturer in the Acoustics Research Unit in the School of Architecture at the University of Liverpool. He completed a BSc in architectural engineering and a PhD in architectural acoustics at Hanyang University in Korea. Before coming to Liverpool, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. His research is focused on subjective aspects of sound and vibration in built environments and his expertise is in studying people’s perception of the acoustic environment. Broader interests include psychoacoustics, soundscape, environmental noise, speech privacy, floor impact sound insulation, room acoustics, and human vibration.

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Website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/architecture/research/acoustics-research-unit/about/

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Dr. ir. Susanne Bron-van der Jagt - Level Acoustics & Vibration
Susanne Bron-van der Jagt is managing director of Level Acoustics B.V., from September 2012. She holds a M.Sc. degree in Architecture, Building and Planning and a PhD degree in Acoustics, both from the Technical University of Eindhoven. From 1996 up to September 2012 (from 1996 to 2002 part time) Bron-van der Jagt worked at TNO in various functions: as an expert on acoustics and vibrations in buildings and infrastructural projects, and as manager of the departments Vibrations & Noise and Building Materials. From 1996 to 2002 she also worked (part time) at the Technical University of Eindhoven, in a research project in which she developed a calculation method for pipe noise in buildings, which resulted in the mentioned PhD degree.
Bron-van der Jagt initiated and did extensive research on the following topics: 1) prediction of sound and vibration transmission within lightweight buildings (in TNO Co and M2i projects) and 2) prediction of pipe noise in buildings (in Ph.D. project). This resulted in new calculation and experimental methods, and practical guidelines for architects and other parties involved in the design of lightweight buildings (see www.lichterbouwen.nl). Various companies from the building industry, branch organizations and SME’s were involved. Internationally, the research results have been brought in in COST actions and CEN.
As an acoustics consultant she is and has been involved in cutting-edge building projects and in the development of new building concepts, within The Netherlands and abroad.
Besides, Bron-van der Jagt is and has been active in various COST actions as workgroup chair and management committee member, and in various (inter)national standardization committees.

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Website: http://www.levelav.nl

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ir. Nicole van Hout Level Acoustics & Vibration
Nicole van Hout holds a M.Sc. degree in Architecture, Building and Planning from the Technical University of Eindhoven. She graduated in 2001 and started working at Royal HaskoningDHV in the field of architectural and building acoustics. Since its establishment in 2006 she is working at Level Acoustics & Vibration. In 2012 she became a co-owner of the company. As an acoustics consultant she is and has been involved in cutting-edge building projects, within The Netherlands and abroad. Besides she is responsible for the organisation of master classes; an important activity of Level Acoustics & Vibration. From September 2012 up to January 2015 Van Hout worked part-time at the Hogeschool Utrecht as a researcher. Focus of the research was the acoustics of care facilities for the elderly related to the wellbeing of its residents.

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Website: http://www.levelav.nl

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Drs. Arnold Koopman – Level Acoustics & Vibration
Arnold Koopman is a research consultant at Level Acoustics & Vibration, a spin-off company of the TU/e, located on the campus.  His field of expertise is structure-borne sound and vibration. Koopman studied physics at the University of Amsterdam and graduated with a master’s in 1992. After that, he got employed by the TU/e to research structure-borne sound source characterization. In 1997 he moved to the Dutch Railways (NS) in Utrecht to start developing environmental vibration models. In 2000 he continued that work at TNO in Delft, where he added low frequency noise, inside buildings, to his portfolio. After 13 years he quit his job to join Level Acoustics & Vibration.

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Website: http://www.levelav.nl

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Dr. Luc Jaouen. Matelys – Research Lab
Dr. Luc Jaouen is a co-founder and co-managing director of Matelys – Research Lab. He graduated in 2003 from Sherbrooke Univ. (CA) and Univ. du Maine (FR). His research competences are the modeling of porous media and the characterization their acoustic or elastic parameters. His research interests also include the development of cognitive tools for the understanding of physics.

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Website: http://www.matelys.com

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Dr. Onur Atak – Siemens Industry Software NV.
Onur Atak received his MSc degree in 2009 from the Sound and Vibration Masters programme at Chalmers University of Technology. He received his PhD degree from KU Leuven in 2014, where he worked on Wave Based Modeling Methods for acoustic inclusion and multiple scattering problems in the mid-frequency range. His PhD was majorly funded by the EU FP7 Marie Curie ITN project “Mid-Frequency”, where he held an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position. After finishing his PhD, he joined the RTD acoustic solvers team at Siemens Industry Software NV. He is supervising 3 PhD students (including the Acoutect ESR), and he is involved in various local and European projects as coordinator or Scientist-in-charge. His current research interests are Fast Boundary Element Methods, high order and adaptive methods, IsoGeometric analysis, high order surface reconstruction, inverse material characterization, model order reduction schemes etc.

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