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

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009


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