Our Lecturers

Professor Victor Humphrey

Professor Victor Humphrey

Victor is a Professor of Acoustics in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton. He has over thirty years of research experience in both underwater acoustics and medical ultrasound.

His interests include numerical modelling of transducers and fields; parametric arrays and their applications in the laboratory and at sea; techniques of measuring the acoustic properties of materials; acoustic scattering from structures; nonlinear propagation in tissues and its use to improve imaging in medical ultrasonics.

Victor has a keen interest in applied acoustics and the potential for cross fertilisation of ideas between different fields of acoustics. He has a wide experience of conveying acoustic concepts to students from a broad range of backgrounds.
Dr Paul Lepper

Dr Paul Lepper

Paul is the Senior Research Fellow in the School of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Loughborough University, UK. He is specialising in underwater acoustics, bioacoustics and underwater technologies. These include acoustic and optical underwater systems, sound field measurement, modelling and simulation. He is also working upon marine species hearing as well as the acoustic impact of noise on marine fauna.

Paul’s research topics include measurement and characterisation of underwater noise sources and the assessment of noise impact on marine fauna. These topics have included work to assess the construction noise from several offshore windfarm developments. They also involve investigation of various petroleum platforms and include projects looking at noise from small leisure craft.

Source characterisation, sound field modelling and modelling marine species exposure are treated by Paul. He is also involved in projects to assess hearing abilities of marine mammals and the use of acoustic deterrents. Furthermore, he is involved in the development of various systems for long term noise field assessment and passive detection of marine species and the use of various propagation models for sound field assessment.
Dr Peter Dobbins

Dr Peter Dobbins

Peter has over 40 years of engineering and physics experience, working in underwater acoustics since 1975 when he joined Ultra Electronics. Peter has an Open University 1st Class Honours degree and a PhD from the University of Bath for work carried out at BAE SYSTEMS on the degradation of sonar performance due to inhomogeneities in the sea. Peter was a Principal Acoustics Consultant with BAE SYSTEMS until 2002. After BAE SYSTEMS, he spent some time as a Research Officer with the Department of Physics at the University of Bath. His principal interest was developing 3-D imaging algorithms for a multistatic sonar system.

Peter left Bath and went to SEA, Bristol, in 2005 where he worked partly on research projects related to marine mammals and novel waveforms, but mainly on product development programmes. Peter moved to Ultra Electronics, Weymouth, in 2010, where he has continued his interests in marine mammal monitoring, expanding the range of applications into the renewable energy field and covering active as well as passive systems. He has also been working on a range of conventional sonars.
Dr Philippe Blondel

Dr Philippe Blondel

Philippe is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath. His research focuses on the physical understanding of acoustic remote sensing and its uses in underwater environments. This research is based on the development of new experimental processing techniques, in conjunction with theoretical studies of high-frequency acoustic scattering.

Experiments are performed in the large tank facilities of the laboratory, in short sea trials, and in long deep-sea marine expeditions. Theoretical developments currently focus on models of high-frequency bistatic scattering (above 100 kHz) and monostatic backscattering (1 kHz to 500 kHz). The applications are varied and include: seabed mapping, tsunami studies habitat mapping (deep-sea coral reefs, Arctic ecosystems, continental margins), mine counter-measures (MCM), seafloor characterisation (TexAn software) and 3-D imaging of toxic waste in/on the seabed.
Dr Paul Fernandes

Dr Paul Fernandes

Paul is MASTS Reader at the University of Aberdeen. His research is focused on commercial fisheries. These include the biology and ecology of commercially exploited fish, their abundance and distribution and how they change as they are affected by factors such as fishing and climate change. He is responsible for the assessment of various stocks of fish around Scotland, such as haddock and anglerfish.

Paul’s work involves fisheries acoustics, including the use of echosounders and other sonar equipment for studying marine life and measuring fish stock densities. For active SONAR acoustic instruments, Paul is particularly interested in methods for identifying objects which scatter sound of multiple frequencies according to their physical, physiological and behavioural characteristics. He is involved in the development of scattering models, and validating these with empirical data.

Paul is Chair of various groups of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea where his interests are centred around the development of active acoustics and the introduction of new technologies to study the abundance and distribution of fish.

He has been a key developer of acoustic techniques deployed in Antarctic waters using the AUTOSUB vehicle (NOCS, Southampton), for obtaining biomass estimations under ice.

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