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Institute of Advanced Studies Sound Theme: sound summit

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The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to invite you to attend the launch event for the Sound Theme. This event welcomes leading national and international researchers to Loughborough University to discuss interdisciplinary topics related to sound.

This exciting event will feature two keynotes followed by a panel discussion of the question ‘Why Sound Matters’. Refreshments will be served from 1.45pm with the opportunity to network. 

Keynote Speech 1: Bubble acoustics: the aim is to save billions of lives
Timothy Leighton, FRS FREng FMedSci ScD is the founder and Chair of the Network for AntiMicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention (NAMRIP) and Global-NAMRIP, and of the Health Effects of Ultrasound in Air (HEFUA) group. He is Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics at the University of Southampton, UK; and Director and Inventor-in-Chief of Sloan Water Technology Ltd., a UK manufacturer founded on his patents.

His has been awarded 8 international medals, and 6 international prizes for invention. The citation for the Institute of Physics Paterson medal (2006) describes “Timothy Leighton’s contribution is outstanding in both breadth and depth. He is an acknowledged world leader in four fields”. He is Triple Academician (there are fewer of these than there are Nobel Prize winners). 

Keynote 2: Now You’re Talking 
Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustic Engineering, University of Salford has presented numerous science documentaries on BBC Radio and written feature articles for New ScientistSound on Sound and The Guardian

Mixing biology, physics and psychology, he will explore the workings of the voice looking at accents and different singing styles. The human voice has always been in flux, but over the last hundred years or so, this has been accelerated by technology. What about the future? ‘Photoshop for voice’ has already been demonstrated, leading to a future with #FakeSpeech. Rich in sound examples, the talk will draw on Trevor’s latest popular science book, Now You’re Talking.

Panel Discussion: Why Sound Matters 
This panel discussion will be chaired by Stephen Robinson, the Principal Research Scientist of the National Physics Laboratory. 

After graduating as a physicist, Stephen has gained over 27 years experience in underwater acoustic metrology as an acoustical scientist at NPL. He is the UK and international expert in his field and has well over 150 scientific publications to his name including papers in refereed journals, proceedings of conferences and technical reports. 

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