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Prof Stefan Bilbao

Personal Chair of Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Stanford University
Wave and Scattering Methods for the Numerical Integration of Partial Differential Equations
Master of Science, Stanford University
Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University


Stefan Bilbao (B.A. Physics, Harvard, 1992, MSc., PhD Electrical Engineering, Stanford, 1996 and 2001 respectively) is currently Professor of Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing in the Acoustics and Audio Group at the University of Edinburgh, and previously held positions at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, at the Queen's University Belfast, and the Stanford Space Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory, and held a fellowship at the Ecole Normale Superieure, in Paris, funded by Harvard University, during which time he worked mainly at the Institut de Recherche et Coodination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). 

He has led the NESS project (ERC-StG-270068-NESS: Next Generation Sound Synthesis) and WRAM project (ERC-PoC:737574-WRAM: Wave-based Room Acoustics Modeling), both funded by the European Research Council, and running jointly between the Acoustics and Audio Group and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre at the University of Edinburgh between 2012 and 2018. He is a senior member of the IEEE and an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Audio Speech and Language Processing, and the author of two monographs. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Main research interests are: physics-based sound synthesis; 3D room acoustics simulation; spatial audio encoding; virtual analog modeling. More generally, he is interested in the application of numerical methods to problems in audio and acoustics, and works closely with composers of electronic music. 

Research outputs

  1. Physical modeling, algorithms and sound synthesis: The NESS Project

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Real-time Implementation of a Physical Model of the Tromba Marina

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Research activities & awards

  1. Timbre and Large Scale Physical Modeling Synthesis

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Directional Source Modeling in Wave-based Acoustics

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. EPSRC (Publisher)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

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Latest prizes

  1. Best paper award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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