Dr Luis Gomez-Agustina
Course Director, Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Noise Control and Institute of Acoustics Certificate; Lecturer in Acoustics and Building Services
Telephone:020 7815 7367
School/Division:Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Luis completed his BEng in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Madrid. After moving to the UK and taking the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) Diploma in acoustics and noise control, he joined Dyson, a UK appliance designer and manufacturer, where he worked for 4 years as a research and development acoustic engineer.
Later he gained an MSc in Environmental and Architectural Acoustics from London South Bank University (LSBU). After graduation he re-joined the university to work as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) associate for a three year project involving the acoustic design of Voice Alarm systems (VA) in several London Underground lines. In 2012 he received a PhD from LSBU for his research on the Design and Optimisation of VA systems in Underground Railway Stations for which the IOA awarded him the Peter Barnett Student Award (2013). For five years he has worked as a research fellow at LSBU, where he also lectured on acoustics to undergraduates and postgraduates. He has been actively involved in enterprise and promotional activities within the acoustic group.
He is currently lecturer and researcher at the LSBU Acoustics Group and is also the course director of the IOA Diploma and Certificate of competence in Environmental Noise Measurements (CCENM).
Luis has authored and co-authored 14 publications in journals and conference proceeding on acoustics topics and is reviewer of three acoustics journals. He is currently conducting research into improving the design and simulation performance of underground stations' VA systems under emergency situations. Aiming at improving public safety in underground transportation, he is also promoting the creation of a British Standard to provide dedicated guidance on the electro acoustic design and testing of VA systems in underground railways stations.
Luis is passionate about raising awareness on the importance of acoustics aspects in related engineering disciplines and educating on acoustic issues affecting everyday activities for a healthy and good quality of life. Currently he is also promoting the introduction of basic acoustic education in the performance music curriculum of higher education institutions.
Luis has eight years of experience teaching acoustics to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is a lecturer and tutor for the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) Diploma and Certificate (CCENM) courses, and a lecturer and tutor on acoustics to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Building Services Engineering courses
He has supervised numerous postgraduate student final projects (Diploma and MSc), and has been second and third supervisor of two PhD programmes.
Luis is a holder of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) teaching qualification awarded by the Higher Education Academy.
Luis' past research experience includes:
- Past research and development engineer on noise emission reduction of Dyson home appliances.
- Past associate for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) research project between LSBU and communications and technology company (telent) on optimisation of Voice Alarm systems in London Underground stations.
- Past member of academic team for KTP research project between LSBU and Adande on a novel commercial refrigerator.
- PhD research on the Design and optimisation of VA systems in underground railway stations. Institute of Acoustics (IOA) Peter Barnett Student award 2013 for PhD research work.
Currently, Luis is working on the following:
- Developing of a practical acoustic device to improve acoustic measurements and simulations in indoor spaces (ongoing).
- Promoting the development of a new British Standard on the electro acoustic design and testing of VA systems in underground railways stations (ongoing).
- Working on the potential introduction of basic acoustic education in the performance music curriculum of higher education institutions.
- Reviewer of the following peer reviewed scientific research journals: Applied Acoustics, Building Acoustics and Build and Environment.
Luis' key current research is on the improvement of performance simulation of Voice Alarm systems in railway stations under emergency situations.
- Fellow of Higher Education academy (FHEA)
- Corporate member of the Institute of Acoustics (UK)
Luis is active in the volunteering sector. He promotes cycling in town and cycling to work.