The University of Southampton
Engineering and the Environment

Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

Formed in 1963, the Institute is committed to improving our understanding of acoustics and vibration and their impact on the wellbeing of the community and the quality and performance of engineering products.

The ISVR is renowned for its contributions to reducing noise and vibration in engineering applications - rail and aircraft noise for example - but also for fundamental work on understanding how humans hear sounds and process this information.

Acoustical Engineering Courses

Acoustics Courses

Undergraduate courses in Acoustical Engineering and Acoustics and Music



Research programmes in world-leading research

ISVR Acoustics Research Group

Acoustics Group

Aircraft engine noise; source imaging; ultrasonics; underwater acoustics; virtual acoustics.

ISVR Dynamics Research Group

Dynamics Group

Modelling, measurement and control of structural vibrations and railway noise and vibrations.

ISVR Facilities

Our Facilities

The ISVR offers a number of major experimental facilities

Find out how we are making history

Our Research Impact

Bubble acoustics

Cochlear implants for people with severe to profound deafness

Combating hand-arm vibration

Identification and Active Control of Multiple Sources of Sound

Leading the way in aircraft noise reduction

Newborn hearing screening

Sustainable expansion of rail networks through noise reduction

Explore Sound: Outreach Projects
Explore Sound: Outreach Projects
ISVR Consulting
ISVR Consulting
  • 21 February 2017

    Multifrequency operation of microelectrome...

    EngEnv - ISVR Seminar Series

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  • 21 February 2017

    (Un)manned aircraft design with minimum Ac...

    EngEnv - ISVR Seminar Series

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  • Journals

    Technical Reports and Memoranda since 1997

    Biomedical Signal Processing and Control

    Bioinspiration and Biomimetics

    Journal of Sound and Vibration

    Journal of Sound and Vibration – Doak Award

    For Journal of Sound and Vibration Editors

    Contact ISVR

    Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR)
    Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 2291
    Postal address:
    University of Southampton
    Southampton SO17 1BJ
    United Kingdom

    ISVR Advanced Courses

    Advanced courses in Noise Control and Aeroacoustics offered by the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University of Southampton.

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