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Reader and Course Director MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics, London South Bank University

Stephen Dance is a Reader in Acoustics in the Department of Urban Engineering at London South Bank University.

He obtained a BSc in Computer Science at the University of London, before studying for a PhD on non-diffuse fitted enclosed spaces. He was an EPSRC Research Fellow for six year before being appointed at senior lecturer in 2003, since when he has been active in teaching, research and consultancy in environmental and architectural acoustics.

He is the course director for the MSc in Environmental and Architectural Acoustics and is responsible for the Institute of Acoustics Diploma. He has received many research grants and is the author of more than 90 published papers. His research interests have included computer simulation of room acoustics, mathematical modelling, concert hall acoustics, speech intelligibility, vocal stress of teachers and singers, urban wind turbines and public address systems. Since 2006 his research has particularly focused on the effect of sound on the hearing of classical musicians.

Steve is the international representative of the Acoustical Society of America Newman Trust, an Acoustical Society of America Mentoring Award winner (2012), as well being awarded the Acoustical Society of America Schultz Prize (2007). He was awarded the Institute of Acoustic Tyndall Medal for research (2014).

Steve undertakes many consultancy projects, working with Anne Kyyro Quinn on three dimensional textile panels, the London Philharmonic Orchestra on noise and performance, the Royal Academy of Music and Henry Wood Hall on room acoustics.


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    Reader and Course Director MSc Environmental & Architectural Acoustics, London Southbank University