EPSRC funded workshop on numerical acoustic simulation and auralisation as built environment design consultation tools

Auralisation of an outdoor envionment

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A two-day workshop which brought together acoustic practitioners, software developers and researchers in numerical acoustic modelling and auralisation, to discuss recent progress and developments in their respective fields, plus priorities for future research. Both theoretical and practical issues were considered, with a key goal being to promote better mutual understanding, identify directions for future development, and open up possibilities for future collaborations. This was achieved via showcasing recent developments, through both presentations and practical demonstrations.

Workshop report now online:

A report describing the workshop was included in the November 2015 edition of the IOA’s Acoustics Bulletin Magazine. An extended version of this report, including a description of all talks, is openly available at http://usir.salford.ac.uk/36887/.

Talk videos on YouTube:

Videos of the technical talks from the workshop are available to watch on YouTube*. You can find them at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNZX2nlw-ePsMDyViRKcGh_FrDLkPzXQp.

* Please note that some are still in the process of being edited and uploaded, so please check back if any that you are interested are not available to watch yet, or email j.a.hargreaves@salford.ac.uk.uk for more info.


1.5 day workshop, comprising talks, structured discussion sessions, practical demonstrations and informal networking. Lunches and tea/coffee will be provided and there will be a workshop dinner.


Tuesday 22nd – Wednesday 23rd September 2015. The workshop will start at 2pm on 22nd, preceded by a buffet lunch and registration from 1pm,  and finish at 4.30pm on 23rd. Exact programme TBC.


Arup Manchester office, 6th Floor, Three Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN, United Kingdom. This is ideally situated immediately opposite Manchester Piccadilly station, for national rail services and a direct rail link to Manchester Airport*. For more info see the map and directions.

* Taking the train from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly is strongly recommended because it is direct & much quicker than the tram (which is also currently closed through the city centre). Trains run every 20 minutes from the station, which can be accessed from the walkway between Terminals 1 & 2.

Confirmed participants:

* presenting

For the latest list of confirmed presentation abstracts please follow this link.


Places on the number are extremely limited, so please register your interest ASAP by emailing:


There are many excellent hotels in the immediate vicinity of the event venue. Some nearby options include:

This workshop is supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant number EP/J022071/1 “Enhanced Acoustic Modelling for Auralisation using Hybrid Boundary Integral Methods”].