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Prof Barry Gibbs BSc, MA, PhD, CEng, FIOA, FASA, FIIAV

Professorial Fellow Architecture

Biography

Personal Statement

Barry Gibbs is Professorial Fellow within the Acoustics Research Unit. His research on structure-borne sound is concerned with the prediction and control of noise and vibration in buildings. He has held over twenty major research grants and his recent research in vibro-acoustics was funded by Boeing and also was in collaboration with groups in Germany, France and the U.K. His research stems from his role as UK representative on European Standards Committees and he also advises on the development of test protocols in the aerospace and building services industries. He is the author or co-author of over ninety journal and over one hundred and sixty conference papers and was founding co-editor of the quarterly international journal Building Acoustics. He has been Keynote Speaker at conferences in Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, as well as the U.K. He has supervised over 20 PhD students and externally examined over 50 PhD Degrees at universities in: Berlin, Cambridge, Hong Kong, Leuven, Eindhoven, Australia, New Zealand, Lulea and Chalmers (Sweden), Santa Catarina (Brazil) and other universities in the U.K. He has acted as consultant in room acoustics, environmental noise and noise control engineering. He is Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics, Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and Fellow of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration. He was elected President of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration for the period 2002-2004, during which congresses took place in Florida, Stockholm and St. Petersburg. In 2015, he was awarded the R W B Stephens Medal by the Institute of Acoustics for outstanding contributions to acoustics research and education. He is President Elect of the Institute of Acoustics and will serve as President in 2018-20.

Personal Distinctions

  • Plenary Keynote Speaker: Structure-borne noise: research informing practice, practice informing research (Keynote Speech, The Institute of Acoustics Spring Conference, Acoustics 2015, Harrogate 2015)
  • R W B Stephens Medal (The Institute of Acoustics 2015)
  • Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (Competitive Fellowship, Acoustical Society of America 2010)
  • Plenary Keynote Address: Machines in buildings: How to measure vibration, how to predict noise (Keynote Speech, Acoustical Society of Brazil 2010)
  • Keynote Speaker: Granularity in structure-borne sound source characterisation (Keynote Speech, ISVR University of Southampton 2009)
  • Plenary Keynote Address: Machines as sources of structure-borne sound (Keynote Speech, The Institute of Acoustics 2007)
  • Plenary Keynote Speaker: Towards a practical structure-borne source characterisation (Keynote Speech, Ibero-American Congress 2006)
  • Plenary Keynote Speaker: Towards a practical characterisation for sources of structure-borne sound (Keynote Speech, organising Committee 2003)
  • President of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration 2002)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (Competitive Fellowship, Institute of Acoustics 1983)

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