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Professor Carl Hopkins PhD BEng CEng MASA MIIAV FIOA

Professor in Acoustics Architecture


Personal Statement

Carl is a Professor in Acoustics and Head of the Acoustics Research Unit at the University of Liverpool. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics and a Chartered Engineer. Carl was awarded the Tyndall Medal in 2012 for his achievements and services in the field of acoustics, and awarded the Engineering Medal in 2016 in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of acoustical engineering.

His research primarily focuses on the measurement and prediction of sound and structure-borne sound in the built environment with applications to building, automotive, aeronautic, or marine structures. He has published a sole-author monograph on sound transmission in buildings that is referenced in British, European and International Standards. Another area of research concerns the use of vibrotactile stimuli to facilitate interactive performance between musicians with hearing impairments; this was shortlisted for the 2013 THE award 'Research project of the year' and a video used to disseminate the findings won the Acoustical Society of America's 2021 Science Communication Award - see Vibrotactile technology to support d/Deaf people in music education: When Musical Vibrations met Royal School for the Deaf Derby.

Prizes or Honours

  • Plenary lecture at the German Acoustical Society conference (DAGA 2022): 'Engineering design for sound insulation in buildings' (German Acoustical Society, 2022)
  • Acoustical Society of America's 2021 Science Communication Award (Acoustical Society of America, 2021)
  • Engineering Medal (Institute of Acoustics, 2016)
  • Tyndall Medal (Institute of Acoustics, 2012)
  • Plenary lecture at Euronoise 2018: "Sound transmission in buildings: recent developments and current challenges in measurement and prediction" (Euronoise 2018, 2018)
  • Shortlisted (1 of 6) for THE award 2013 'Research Project of the Year' (Times Higher Education (THE), 2013)
  • Keynote speech at Acoustics 2012 conference (Nantes): 'Sound insulation in buildings - linking theory and practice' (Acoustics 2012, 2012)