Director

Professor Jian Kang

PhD (Cantab.) CEng FIOA FASA
Tel: +44(0)114 222 0325
Fax: +44(0)114 222 0315

Professor Jian Kang has been Professor of Acoustics at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture since 2003. He obtained his first degree and MSc from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Sheffield, he worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Martin Centre, University of Cambridge, an A. v. Humboldt Fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics in Germany, and a lecturer at Tsinghua University.

Professor Kang's research field is architectural/environmental acoustics and noise control. His specialist areas include computer simulation of room acoustics and environmental acoustics, auralisation, urban soundscape and acoustic comfort, social and psychological aspects of sounds, acoustic environments for hearing impaired individuals, speech intelligibility, acoustic physical scale modelling, acoustics of long spaces (such as underground stations and urban streets), sound absorption (especially with non-fibrous materials), sound insulation (especially at low frequencies), acoustic properties of vegetation and green roofs, acoustic windows for natural ventilation, auditorium and recording studio design, industrial and environmental noise prediction and control, and large scale noise mapping.

He has published 3 books, over 200 refereed journal papers and book chapters, and over 400 conference papers and technical reports. He has been the principal investigator for over 60 research projects funded by EPSRC, AHRC, Royal Society, British Academy, British Council, DTI, Nuffield Foundation, Hong Kong TDG, China NSF, Acoustical Society of America, German AvH, industry, etc.; and has been a consultant for over 60 major acoustics and noise control projects in the UK, Germany, Hong Kong and China. In particular, his world-leading work on acoustic theories, design guidance and products has brought major improvements to the noise control in underground stations/tunnels and soundscape design in urban areas.

A charted engineer (CEng); a Fellow of the UK Institute of Acoustics (IOA) [Council Member and Management Committee of Building Acoustics Group]; a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) [Member of Technical Committee on Noise and Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics]; a member of several other professional bodies, including Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik (DEGA) (Germany), Acoustical Society of China, and International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV); an EPSRC College Member; a Chang-Jiang Chair Visiting Professor for the Chinese Ministry of Education; and a Distinguished Overseas Advisor for the Chinese Academy of Sciences - Professor Kang has acted as a frequent reviewer for major acoustic journals, building science journals, and research proposals. He is the Editor in Environmental Noise for Acta Acustica united with Acustica - European Journal of Acoustics. He is currently the chair of the WUN (Worldwide Universities Network) Environmental Acoustics Network, the chair of the EU funded COST Network on Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes, the joint chair of the EPSRC funded NoiseFutures network, and the Chair of the Technical Committee on Noise of the European Acoustics Association (EAA). He has won numerous academic awards, including the IOA Tyndall Medal, and ASA Newman Medal.

Professor Kang teaches building science, particularly architectural and environmental acoustics, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is the School's Director of Research, Director of International Development, and also sits in a number of University committees.



Visiting professors

Professor Raf Orlowski

Director of Acoustics, Ramboll UK


Staff

Dr. Osten Axelsson

PhD (Stockholm)
Royal Society Fellow
Dr. Mei Zhang

PhD (Cambridge)
Royal Society project
Francesco Aletta

Architect (Naples)
EU ITN project
Efstathios Margaritis

Urban Planner (Athens)
EU ITN project


Visiting Research Fellows: current

Dr. Ming Yang

(2014-2015)
From Sheffield School of Architecture, UK
Dr. Qi Meng

(2013-2014)
From Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Dr. Yang Yu

(2013-2014)
From Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Dr. Ligang Shi

(2013-2014)
From Harbin Institute of Technology, China


Dr. Dake Wei

(2013-2014)
From Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Dr. Hongyu Zhao

(2013-2014)
From Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Dr. Kun Li

(2013-2014)
From Wuhan University, China


Dr. Liming Kong

(2013-2014)
From Xi-an University, China
Jian Xu

(2013-2014)
From Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Xinxin Ren

(2014-2015)
From Harbin Institute of Technology, China


PhD Students: current

Efstathios Margaritis

(2013-)
Like Jiang

(2012-)
Fei Qu

(2012-)
Hyunju Jiang

(2012-)


Shen Chen

(2011-)
Yiying Hao

(2010-)
Shen Xu

(2009-)
Bo Wang

(2007-)
Dr. Reinhard O. Neubauer

(2005-remote location PhD)


PhD Students (joint supervision): current

Jieling Xiao

(2013-)
Menno Cramer

(2011-)
Xi Wang

(2009-)


Research Fellows: recently completed

Dr. Yuliya Smyrnova, PhD (Polish Academy of Science) - EU projects

Dr. Chris Cheal, PhD (Sheffield) Joint Research Fellow in acoustics (on EU project) and lighting (PI: Prof. Steve Fotios, on EPSRC project)

Dr. Hui Xie, PhD (Sheffield) - NHS project

Dr. Regis Rossi A. Faria , PhD (Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo) - EU project Senior Fellow

Dr. Guillaume Defrance, PhD (University Paris 6, France) - EU project

Dr. Martin Brocklesby, PhD (Sheffield) - EPSRC project

Daniel Cramond, DTI project (jointly with Steve Sharples)


PhD Students: recently completed

Mark Lindquist, (2014) Landscape and Soundscape

Neil Johnson, (2014) The acoustics of microhydro power

Papatya Dokmeci, (2013) Acoustic comfort in non-acoustic architectural spaces

Hong-Seok Yang, (2013) Acoustics of vegetation

Jie He, (2013) Acoustics in ancient Chinese theatres

Ming Yang, (2013) Sound sources in soundscapes

Michael Barclay, (2012) Climate change: acoustics and ventilation (Joint supervision with Steve Sharples)

Hui Xie, (2011) Acoustics in hospitals

Lei Yu, (2009) Acoustic comfort study using neutral network

Bing Chen, (2008) Communication platform for knowledge transfer (Joint supervision with Ian Ward, Adrian Pitts and Hasim Altan)

Chia-Jen Yu, (2008) Design sustainable acoustic environment in urban residential areas

Yan Meng, (2008) Acoustic simulation and auralisation in urban spaces

Xue Mei Li, (2008) Wind and rain bridges (Joint supervision with Peter Blundell Jones)

Oliver Godbold, (2008) Investigating broadband acoustic absorption using rapid manufacturing (joint supervision with Rupert Soar and Richard Buswell at Loughborough University)

Pepi Chourmouziadou, (2007) Ancient and contemporary use of open-air theatres: evolution and acoustic effect of scenery design

Wei Yang, (2005) Soundscape design in urban open public spaces

Jennifer Joynt, (2005) Environmental impact and public perception of noise barriers


Visiting Research Fellows: recently completed

Yue Wu (2012-2013) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Prof. Wen Chen (2012-2013) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Prof. Tianyu Zhao (2012-2013) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Prof. Genshan Jiang (2012-2013) From the North China Electric Power University, China

Prof. Ji-Houng Han (2012-2013) From Ajou University, Korea (joint host with Flora Samuel)

Dr. Jianghua Wang (2012-2013) From Tianjin University, China (joint host with Peter Blundell Jones)

Prof. Gangyi Tan (2012-2013) From Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (joint host with Peter Blundell Jones)

Dr. Bing bing Wang (2012-2013) From Beijing University of Technology, China (joint host with Renata Tyszczuk)

Kevin Rehioui (2012-2013) From the Arts et Metiers Paris Tech Engineering School, France

Pierre Supau (2012-2013) From the Arts et Metiers Paris Tech Engineering School, France

Ambroise Wallyn (2012-2013) From the Arts et Metiers Paris Tech Engineering School, France

Dongxu Zhang (2012-2013) From the Northeastern University, China

Dr. Jianmei WU (2011-2012) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Dr. Gongyu LI (2011-2012) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Dr. Jin Liang (2011-2012) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China (joint host with Lucy Jones)

Jiang Liu (2012) From Universität Rostock, Germany

Xin Pan (2012-2013) From Tsinghua University, China (joint host with Peter Blundell Jones)

Ilaria Poma (2012) From the Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Giuseppina Puglisi (2012) From the Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Prof. Gongqin Di (2011-2012) From Zhejiang University, China

Gang Ren (2011-2012) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Wanqing Su (2011-2012) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Prof. Jiafeng Zhou (2011-2012) From the Institute of Jilin Architecture and Civil Engineering, China

Prof. Wei Mo (2011-2012) From the Institute of Jilin Architecture and Civil Engineering, China

Li Qi (2011-2012) From Southeast University, China (joint host with Peter Blundell Jones)

Sisi Hui (2011-2012) From Tongji University, China (joint host with Peter Blundell Jones)

Dr. Honghu Zhang (2011-2012) From Zhejiang University, China

Dott. Veronica Gallo (2011) From Istituto di acustica e sensoristica O.M. Corbino,Roma, Italy

Arch. Maria Di Gabriele (2011) From Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy

Christopher Blackford (2011) From the Arts et Metiers Paris Tech Engineering School, France

Prof. Linping Xue (2010-2011) From Beijing Jiaotong University, China

Dr. Min Zhou (2011-2012) From Zhaoqing University, China

Man Zhang (2010-2011) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Dr. Qiusi Dai (2010-2011) From Chongqing University (CQU), China

Thibaut Lo-Presti (2011) From University of Maine, France

Asso. Prof. Lijiang Huang From Wuhan University, China

Fengfeng Liu (2009-2010) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Asso. Prof. Ming Lu (2009-2010) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Guang-bin Qu (2009-2010) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Asso. Prof. Qin Yi (2009-2010) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Huahua Huang (2008-2009) From Nanjing University, China

Renata Amelia (2010) From Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Febi Rhiana (2010) From Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Prof. Ying Wang (2008-2009) From Taiyuan University of Technology, China

Dr. FengLei Jiao (2008-2010) From the Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Asso. Prof. L.F. Yan (2008) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Jin You (2008) From Hangyang University, Korea

Asso. Prof. Jun Chao (2007-2008) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Prof. Lung Shao (2007-2008) From Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Teresa Ciambellini (2007) From the Florence School of Architecture, Italy

Yun Zhan (2007) From Peking University, China

Prof. Ji Jie (2006) From University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, Anhui, China

Dr. Xiao-qin Liu (2005-2006) From Nankai University, China

Guihua Jiang (2005-2006) From University of Littoral – Cote d’Opale, France

Rodrigo Huerta (2004-2005) From Enginyeria i Arquitectura La Salle-Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain


 

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