Rutherford BSc, MSc, PhD (Strathclyde)
- Human Responses
and Environmental Psychology
- 1st Year
Design Studio Tutor
and Psychophysics of architectural space (including Cross-modal interaction)
acoustic rendering and auralisation of buildings using CATT Acoustic and
Lake Huron20 Audio Convolution Engine
- VR systems
and Disability Issues within the Built Environment
External.: +44 115 951 3173
holds the post of Lecturer in Architecture where he lectures on Environmental
Design to 1st year and runs a 2nd year studio module. He obtained his BSc
in Architecture from Strathclyde in 1993, MSc in Computer Aided Design (specialising
on room acoustic prediction systems) in 1994 and his PhD on Architectural
and Psychoacoustics in 1997. Having completed his PhD he was employed by Sound
Alert Technology, PLC in Leeds as an application engineer to develop the new
localizable emergency vehicle sirens, firemen distress signal units and emergency
egress aids which have appeared extensively in recent years on Tomorrows World.
In 1999 he began an EPSRC funded postdoctoral research post at Leeds University
(£260k – which he authored) dealing with the use of predictive
virtual acoustic techniques for further developing the emergency egress aids.
This was a huge project requiring the development of a full immersive VR kit
for real-time audio rendering. This project has been judged by EPSRC as ‘Tending
to Internationally Leading’.
His primary research area to this point is the integration of psychoacoustics
and architectural acoustics; mainly human perception of the localization of
sound using virtual reality techniques. He has extensive VR system development
experience, and has brought all of the VR and acoustics equipment from Leeds
to Nottingham. Current research projects include the audibility of lecture
theatre acoustics (with Dr. Wilson), and hopefully will begin a research project
in the near future on the acoustical properties of tensile membrane structures
with Dr. Wilson and Dr. Chilton. A grant application is currently being written
with Dr. Milena Radenkovic in Nottingham Computer Science on real-time distributed
virtual acoustics using GRID technology. Another proposal dealing with acoustic
heritage is currently being formulated in conjunction with Dr. Dimitris Charitos
(and others) at Athens. Finally, Dr. Wilson and Dr. Rutherford have recently
submitted a 1st round proposal to the EPSRC on the development of a novel
intruder detection system as part of their Crime Prevention and Awareness
Rutherford, P. and Withington, D.J., “The Application
of Virtual Acoustic Techniques for the Development of an Auditory Navigation
Beacon used in Building Emergency Egress,” in proc. Of the 2001 International
Conference on Auditory Display, Espoo, Finland, 2001.
Rutherford, P. “The Effect of Signal Type and Room Type
on Auditory Localization within Synthetic Rooms.” British Society of
Audiology Short Papers Meeting on Experimental Studies of Hearing and Deafness,
Sheffield, UK, 16-17 September 2002 (abstract).
Rutherford, P., “Auditory Localization within Synthetic
Rooms”, invited lecture at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, University
of Nottingham, February 2003.
Rutherford, P., “Auditory Navigation with an Application
in Emergency Evacuation,” Fire Safety Journal, in prep.