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The Department of Acoustics is engaged in teaching and research within the field of acoustics. We are currently 28 employees divided between 7 faculty members, 17 research staff members and 4 technical/administrative staff members.

The Department of Acoustics at Aalborg University is placed within the Institute of Electronic Systems, which means that our students usually have a background in electrical engineering. This means that our education is strong in the field of electroacoustics (loudspeakers, microphones and so on), but it does not mean that we only work in electroacoustics. Students at our department will also work with physical acoustics, room acoustics, building acoustics, psychoacoustics, psychometry, acoustical measurement tecniques, noise etc.

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Acoustics is the science of sound. Or, in the words of Kinsler et al.*: "... the generation, transmission and reception of energy in the form of vibrational waves in matter." A huge amount of scientific problems and disciplines fit into this definition, e.g. noise control, vibration and structural acoustics, electroacoustics, room acoustics, building acoustics, psychoacoustics, musical acoustics, underwater acoustics, medical ultrasonics, etc. etc.

The inter-disciplinary nature of acoustics implies that people who call themselves 'acousticians' can have very different backgrounds. It may be physicists specialising in acoustic wave propagation, mechanical engineers specialising in noise and vibration, civil engineers specialising in building acoustics, experimental psychologists specialising in psychoacoustics, physicians specialising in audiology and so on.

If you have any questions about acoustics, it might be worthwhile to take a look at the Acoustics FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) that answers a lot of common questions (we take no responsibility or credit for the contents!)

Other links about acoustics:

*: Kinsler L.E., Frey A.R., Coppens A.B., Sanders J.V.: Fundamentals of Acoustics, 3. edition, 1982, John Wiley and Sons. (A widely used textbook in acoustics), 

Last modified January 17th 2003