Joseph Jackson


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am currently a Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and am interested in research questions in biology pertaining to how the ears of animals work, and whether we can create novel engineered acoustic sensors inspired by natural ears.

Originally a physicist at undergraduate level (Imperial College 2003), I gained a PhD in Biology at the University of Bristol (2009), studying active hearing in nature. In 2010 I was awarded an EPSRC Post-doctoral fellowship, based at the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering at Strathclyde, studying acoustic systems in nature and engineering contexts. In 2014 I was promoted to Lecturer.

I am interested in a wide range of topics related to the detection and generation of sound in both natural and engineered acoustic systems.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Bioacoustics
  • Active hearing
  • Ultrasound

Teaching Interests

I teach primarily aspects of analogue electronics for the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, as well as assisting undergraduate laboratories and supervising student projects.

Research Interests

My research is multi-disciplinary, involving aspects of biology, physics, engineering and mathematics. I research topics related to acoustics systems in nature and engineering - with emphasis on understanding how sound is detected in nature. 

The need to detect sound in nature has resulted in the evolution of a wide variety of ears in the animal kingdom. Many of these acoustic sensor systems are incredibly complex, achieving sensitivity and functionality beyond that of standard engineered acoustic sensors. My research interest focusses on understanding the use of active, nonlinear sensor systems by animals for signal detection and conditioning. In studying active hearing in insects, we hope to gain insight into the mechanisms for hearing in nature and use this to inspire a new generation of acoustic engineered sensors.



Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bristol

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 2006 2019

D-PorCCA, a new tool to study the behaviour of harbour porpoises

Cosentino, M., Schwarzbach, P., Tougaard, J., Nairn, D., Guarato, F., Jackson, J. & Windmill, J. F. C., 12 Dec 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Ports and harbors
Direction of arrival
Graphical user interfaces
2 Downloads (Pure)

Enhancing acoustic sensory responsiveness by exploiting bio-inspired feedback computation

Guerreiro, J., Jackson, J. C. & Windmill, J. F. C., 1 May 2019, 2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2019 - Proceedings. Piscataway, N.J.: IEEE, Vol. 2019-May. p. 1478-1482 5 p. 8682831

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

Open Access
Acoustic noise



3D-printing technology applied to the development of bio-inspired functional acoustic systems

Author: Domingo-Roca, R., 1 Apr 2018

Supervisor: Windmill, J. (Supervisor) & Jackson, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Bio-inspired acoustic sensors and systems - from biology to engineering exploiting feedback computation

Author: Guerreiro, J., 1 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Windmill, J. (Supervisor) & Jackson, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Scottish Crucible 2013

Joseph Jackson (Recipient), Apr 2013

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2010 2019

  • 6 Participation in conference

Ultrasound Contrast Imaging symposium

Joseph Jackson (Participant)
17 Jan 201919 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Ultrasound 2018

Joseph Jackson (Participant)
4 Dec 20186 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference