Engineering and the Environment

Research Group: Signal Processing and Control Group

The analysis of signals lies at the heart of studies in acoustics, dynamics, audiology and human sciences and as a basis for control of sound and vibration. The Group was formed as a focus for signal processing and control techniques and, as such, interacts with the other groups in ISVR. We are involved in a wide range of applications, from aircraft vibration, through active noise control and clinical patient monitoring, to the study of acoustic signalling of bats, dolphins and other marine mammals. Our extensive list of collaborators includes colleagues across the University (e.g. from Science and Engineering, Ocean Sciences, Medicine, Rehabilitation), local hospitals, and industry and academia at home and abroad. We run a number of short courses on signal processing techniques for industry and for clinical medicine.

Currently Active: Yes

Group Overview


Active Control of Sound and Vibration
Biomedical Signal Processing
Signal Processing for Underwater Acoustics

Short courses related to signal processing and active control

Staff from the Signal Processing and Control Group are involved in teaching courses in the areas of: 

  • Active Control of Sound and Vibration

  • Biomedical Signal Processing

  • Real-time Signal Processing

  • Time-frequency Analysis of Signals and Systems.

  • Nonlinear Signals and Systems

  • Inverse Methods in Signal Processing

We have previously run a number of short courses in these areas for industry and clinical medicine. If you would like further information please contact us via the details below.

Contact us

  • ISVR Unit

    Engineering and the Environment
    University of Southampton
    Highfield Campus
    Southampton SO17 1BJ


    Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2291



Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):


Zilletti, Michele, Gardonio, Paolo and Elliott, Stephen J. (2014) Optimisation of a velocity feedback controller to minimise kinetic energy and maximise power dissipation. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 1-10. (doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2014.04.036).
Pinho, C., Jesus, L.M.T and Barney, A. (2013) Aerodynamic measures of speech in unilateral vocal fold paralysis (UVFP) patients. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 38, (1), 19-34. (doi:10.3109/14015439.2012.696138).
Serrurier, A., Badin, P., Barney, A., Boe, L-J and Savarieux, C (2012) The tongue in speech and feeding: comparative articulatory modelling. Journal of Phonetics, 40, (6), 745-763. (doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2012.08.001).
Marques, Alda, Bruton, Anne, Barney, Anna and Hall, Andreia (2012) Are crackles an appropriate outcome measure for airway clearance therapy? Respiratory Care, 57, (9), 1468-1475. (doi:10.4187/respcare.01625). (PMID:22348337).
Pinho, C.M.R., Jesus, L.M.T. and Barney, Anna (2012) Weak voicing in fricative production. Journal of Phonetics, 40, (5), 625-638. (doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2012.06.002).
Elliott, Stephen J. and Shera, Christopher A. (2012) The cochlea as a smart structure. Smart Materials and Structures, 21, (6), 064001. (doi:10.1088/0964-1726/21/6/064001).
Elliott, S.J., Rohlfing, J. and Gardonio, P. (2012) Multifunctional design of inertially-actuated velocity feedback controllers. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131, (2), 1150-1157. (doi:10.1121/1.3672694).
Barney, Anna, Martelli, Sandra, Serrurier, A. and Steele, James (2012) Articulatory capacity of Neanderthals, a very recent and human-like fossil hominin. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367, (1585), 88-102. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2011.0259).
Elliott, Stephen J., Cheer, Jordan, Choi, Jung-Woo and Kim, Youngtae (2012) Robustness and Regularization of personal audio systems. IEEE Transactions on Audio Speech and Language Processing, 20, (7), 2123-2133. (doi:10.1109/TASL.2012.2197613).


Members of staff associated with this group:

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