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The Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford (USAL) is one of the longest established specialist acoustics research centres in the world, having been established in the early 1960s. It is funded by research councils, national and international government bodies, and industry. ARC research has fed into products that companies make and sell worldwide, as well as regulations and standards used in the UK, Europe and internationally. Today, USAL is a lead partner in the BBC Audio Research Partnership and recipient of major national and international research funding. The research centre has 12 research-active academics with a wealth of experience and expertise in acoustics research, including human perception to sound, psychoacoustic and environmental noise modelling of novel aerial systems. In REF 2014 UoA 16 the panel remarked: “[there was] outstanding impact in acoustics.” Previous work has led to international standards (e.g., ISO 20270:2019) used widely in industry (e.g., Alstom, Boeing, Bentley Motors, QinetiQ and DSTL). Dr Torija Martinez is an Associate Professor in Acoustical Engineering at the University, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton.

Dr Torija Martinez is an internationally recognised researcher with an excellent track record in the development of Perception-Driven Engineering tools to address noise issues of e-mobility and decarbonization. He has published widely in world-leading peer-reviewed journals, including Nature. He has been Investigator of several research projects funded by UKRI, Horizon Europe and Industry. He has been a recipient of a Marie Curie EU Postdoctoral Fellowship (ref: 246550). He is a Human Response and Metrics expert in the NASA Urban Air Mobility Noise Working Group, and UK representative in the Joint ISO/TC 20/SC 16 - ISO/TC 43/SC 1 WG: Noise measurements for UAS (Unmanned Aircraft systems). Dr Torija Martinez is member of the EPSRC Engineering Early Career Forum, and UKAN+ EC Champion in Manufacturing and Transport.

Role in the project

USAL will work closely with TUD for the noise modelling and assessment tasks of ImAFUSA. USAL will lead the planning and collection of noise perception data, and the development of noise metrics for UAM. USAL coordinates with TUD for the development of the procedure for UAM noise measurement, and with the whole consortium for integrating noise in the overall environmental impact and capacity assessment framework. Specific tasks will be: Literature review of aircraft and transportation noise metrics and methods for noise assessment, planning of data collection in the field, analysis of acoustic and perceptual data gathered on the field (in collaboration with TUD), development of metrics and recommendations for UAM noise assessment.

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