David A. Anderson, PhD

Audio/Sound/Hearing Research

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Audio / Sound / Hearing Research

Wow! Check out my panel at SXSW 2022 on hearing protection and musicians!

My work lies at the confluence of audio, hearing science, music, and electronics research. I develop technologies that allow us to experience sound in new ways – whether through a guitar effect, a revolutionary kind of loudspeaker, an immersive speaker array, or a hearing protection device.

I received my PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2017 from the University of Rochester under Prof. Mark Bocko with the thesis Driver Array-Based Flat-Panel Loudspeakers: Theoretical Background and Design Guidelines. I’ve worked as an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Rochester, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Colorado Denver, and currently as a Senior Scientist at Applied Research Associates, Inc. 

I’m pursuing research concerning the use of flat-panel loudspeakers as haptic and voice-controlled interfaces, hearing protection evaluation/ optimization (with regards to speech intelligibility and preservation of musical dynamics), flat-panel loudspeaker-based holographic sound art installations, and guitar effect pedal design/education. I’m also recently exploring the use of TinyML in acoustics and haptics applications.