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Research Group: Signal Processing, Audio and Hearing Group

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The Signal Processing, Audio and Hearing Group (SPAH) is part of the world leading Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR). SPAH was founded to bring together researchers working on the processing, perception and control of complex signals, with a primary focus on technological innovations related to both the engineering and human sciences aspects of acoustics.

SPAH incorporates a number of Labs and Centres, which include the Centre for Research in Active Control, the Hearing and Balance Centre and the Virtual Acoustics and Audio Engineering Lab.

Key areas of research within the group include the Active Control of Sound and Vibration; Spatial and 3D Audio reproduction and capture; Audiology, Hearing Impairment, Psychoacoustics and Communication; Signal Processing for Underwater Acoustics and Bioacoustics; but also extends beyond acoustics to the fields of Image Processing, Biomedical Signal Processing and Human Balance. You can find out more about our research by following the links below.

Dr Jordan Cheer | Head of the Signal Processing, Audio and Hearing Group 



Members of SPAH teach on a diverse range of programmes including both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Audiology and Acoustics

Contact us

Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2294


You can find all of our projects with guaranteed funding here.


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List of related projects to Signal Processing, Audio and Hearing Group
Related ProjectsStatus
Describing sound scenes for next-generation audioActive
Quantitative measurements of impairment and how they relate to activity in the upper limb of the older adult post-strokeActive
Signal processing of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs)Active
Humpback whale song analysisActive
Object-based Room CompensationActive
Engine Breakthrough Components and SubsystemsActive
Dolphin-inspired radar for finding bombs, bugs and catastrophe victimsActive
Blood flow control in the brainActive
Listener Position Adaptive Audio ReproductionActive
The effect of active noise control on the sound quality in carsActive
Sound field reproduction with non-uniform source distributionsActive
Objective measures of hearing aid benefitActive
Diffuse Sound Field RepresentationActive
Whales hunt with wall of soundActive
Modelling of the neuronal responses of identified motor neurons across animalsActive
A compact and inexpensive virtual acoustics system for clinical and research evaluation of spatial hearing in cochlear implant and hearing aid usersActive
Local Control of Sound Active
Finding a sense of balanceActive
The Hearing BrainActive
Reading between the lines: Signal Processing for faster fMRI acquisitionActive
Active Control of Sound and Vibration on a Luxury YachtActive
Generating a Personal Listening Zone from a Mobile DeviceActive
Robust control algorithms Active
New methods for assessing the control of blood flow in the brainActive
The sounds of voices and waterfalls on other planetsActive
Active control of viscoelastic metamaterialsActive
Beamforming applications in aeroacousticsActive
Directive Warning Sounds for Electric VehiclesActive
Shaping the future of systems for personalized audioActive
Diversity in blood flow control to the brainActive
Are some people suffering as a result of increasing mass exposure of the public to ultrasound in air?Active
Nearfield Acoustical HolographyActive
Fast,large scale optimization algorithms for tomographic image reconstructionActive
Signal processing for underwater acousticsActive
Make like a batActive
Muscle models with applicationsActive
Theoretical Advances in Multichannel Crosstalk Cancellation SystemsActive
Zero Leakage 2050Active
Active Control of Road Noise in a CarActive
Auralization combining finite element and geometrical acoustic methodsActive
Virtual Acoustics in Hearing Aid ResearchActive
Improving the acquisition of Auditory Evoked Potentials for clinical diagnosisActive
Compensation filters for feedback control units with proof-mass electrodynamic actuatorsActive
Modelling cochlear dynamicsActive
When greed is good: greedy algorithms for Signal Processing and Compressed SensingActive
What are hearing aids up to?Active
Anaesthesia and awarenessActive
Fit for dutyActive
Size matters: x-ray computed tomography for dimensional metrologyActive
Intelligent Structures for Low Noise EnvironmentsActive
Hybrid active and passive structural noise controlActive
Electro-haptic hearing: Using tactile stimulation to improve cochlear implant listeningActive
World's first experiment tests for leaks from carbon capture and storage seabed facilitiesActive
Quality of life measures for patients with bilateral cochlear implantsActive
Filling in the gaps: compressed sensing for x-ray computed tomography Active
The network in your head: discovering data highways in the human brainActive
Top-down processes and auditory processingActive
Signal Processing for Whale and Dolphin VocalisationsActive
Acoustic Black Holes for Control of Structural Vibration and Sound RadiationActive
Fundamentals of spatial audio reproductionActive
Do dolphins think nonlinearly?Active
2 ears are better than 1Active
Generation of Multiple Independent Listening Zones in a Vehicle CabinActive
Personalized fitting and evaluation of hearing aids with EEG responsesActive
Use of machine learning for audio source separationActive
Optimisation of Acoustic Systems for Perceived Sound QualityActive
Next Generation Recording TechnologyActive
Cochlear modelling of distortion product otoacoustic emissionsActive
Detecting leaks from undersea gas pipelines, seabed methane reserves, and carbon capture and storage facilitiesActive
Compact-Mode HRTFsActive
RAINDROP: tRansforming Acoustic SensINg for leak detection in trunk mains and water DistRibutiOn PipelinesActive
Man-made underwater sound may have wider ecosystem effects than previously thoughtActive
Enhancement of speech landmarks for cochlear implantsDormant
Waves in loudspeaker conesDormant
Decentralised control units for vibration control in carsDormant
Power modelling for cochlear implantsDormant
The research of wave motion in coupled system by using finite element methodDormant
Prediction of ultrasonic wave propagation in aircraft structures for crack monitoringDormant
Modelling the voltage distribution due to a cochlear implantDormant
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