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Dr Matthew Wright BEng PhD FIOA FIMA FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Acoustics

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Dr Matthew Wright is Senior Lecturer in Acoustics within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton, and Director of Acoustical Taught Programmes.

My main interests are:

How unsteady flows generate sound

How the brain processes sound

How the shape of an object affects its resonance

How musical instruments work

High-performance MEMS microphones

Enhancing engineering education with computation

See the 'Research' tab for more information, or 'Publications' to see what I've written about these subjects.

I first came to the ISVR in 1986 as an undergraduate Acoustical Engineering student and, apart from a short but enjoyable spell at Trinity College, Dublin, I've been here ever since, on the principle that I came here to learn about sound and vibration and I don’t yet understand it all. As well as researching and teaching I give talks to schools and science festivals about acoustics, particularly musical acoustics. If you'd like one please email me.

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I used to be a Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Sound and Vibration, and I was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow from 2002 to 2008.

The first Volterra kernel of an ear's otoacoustic emissions (1993)
The first otoacoustic emission Volterra kernel
A wing with distributed suction
A wing with distributed suction

I'm interested in most aspects of sound and vibration. My current research projects are listed below, but I've also worked on:

  • Detecting nonlinearities in otoacoustic emissions for neonatal hearing screening
  • Using suction on porous sections of aircraft wings to reduce their fuel consumption
  • Modelling the effect of liner splices on sound transmission through aero-engine inlets
  • Using Quantum Chaos to understanding how the shape of an object governs its modes of vibration
Investigating the acoustics of pyramids in Xochicalco
Investigating the acoustics of pyramids
  • Sound generation in the corrugated pipes used to collect seabed gas
  • Archaeoacoustics – exploring the past through acoustics
  • Wind farm noise

My research has been funded by EPSRC, the EU, Rolls-Royce, Google, RenewableUK and others.

Research group

Acoustics Group

Research project(s)

Blast location in mines and tunnels.

Brain inspired speech enhancer

Neuronal responses in the auditory brainstem

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Book Chapter

  • Wright, M. C. M. (2005). The Wiener-Hopf Technique. In M. C. M. Wright (Ed.), Lecture Notes on the Mathematics of Acoustics (pp. 109-124). Imperial College Press.



Working Papers

Title Module Code Role
Acoustics 1 ISVR1032 Module lead
Musical Instrument Acoustics ISVR3063 Module lead
Design and Computing FEEG1001 Lecturer
Systems Design and Computing FEEG2001 Lecturer


Dr Matthew Wright
Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 13/2001

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3190

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