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Research interests

  • Soundscape design for the built environment
  • Speech intelligibility in multilingual environments
  • Building acoustics and the use of Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) models to predict sound transmission through buildings
  • Acoustical properties of green roofs
  • Noise in hospitals
  • Classroom acoustics

Biography

Dr Laurent Galbrun is an Assistant Professor in Acoustics in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK). His expertise covers the fields of building acoustics, environmental noise and soundscapes. An engineer, he is experienced both in theoretical modelling and in carrying out experimental work, as well as in carrying out standardised measurements for consultancies. In 2004, he was awarded a PhD in building acoustics at Heriot-Watt University, and in 2005 he became a Lecturer in Acoustics in the School of the Built Environment of Heriot-Watt University. His research initially focused on sound transmission through buildings and statistical energy analysis modelling, as well as hospital noise. Since 2008, Galbrun has been carrying out soundscape research, an approach which relies on both physical characteristics and mental perception of the aural environment. His work on soundscapes has mainly focused on the acoustical design of water features and their use for road traffic noise masking, as well as office noise masking. He has also expertise in speech intelligibility within indoor spaces, with research that has focused on the particular issue of cross-cultural communication. Other research work includes the acoustical properties of green roofs.

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Research Output

Audio-visual preferences, perception, and use of water features in open-plan offices

Abdalrahman, Z. & Galbrun, L., Mar 2020, In : Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147, 3, p. 1661-1672 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Role requirements in academic recruitment for construction and engineering

    Pilcher, N., Galbrun, L., Craig, N., Murray, M., Forster, A. M. & Tennant, S., 12 Feb 2020, In : European Journal of Engineering Education. 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Networking in audio and acoustics

    Galbrun, L. & Somerville, A., Jul 2019, In : Acoustics Bulletin. 44, 4, p. 8-10 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Perceptual analysis of the speech intelligibility and soundscape of multilingual environments

    Kitapci, K. & Galbrun, L., Aug 2019, In : Applied Acoustics. 151, p. 124-136 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Prizes

    Graduate's Teaching Award 2013, Heriot-Watt University

    Laurent Galbrun (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Graduate's Teaching Award 2017, Heriot-Watt University

    Laurent Galbrun (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Key Scientific Article award by Advances in Engineering

    Laurent Galbrun (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration

    Laurent Galbrun (Chair)
    26 Jul 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    PLEA 2017 Edinburgh

    Laurent Galbrun (Chair)
    4 Jul 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Frontiers in Psychology (Journal)

    Laurent Galbrun (Peer reviewer)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Press / Media

    The Naked Scientists - Making quieter roads

    Laurent Galbrun

    28/03/20

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    BBC Radio Scotland programme 'Brainwaves'

    Laurent Galbrun

    2/01/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Want to be more productive? Make some noise

    Laurent Galbrun

    26/09/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Qu'est-ce qui produit le bruit de l'eau?

    Laurent Galbrun

    1/08/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research