Acoustic Camera Technologies

Optimisation of microphone array for source location based on sound characteristics

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

An acoustic camera is an imaging device used to locate sound sources and to characterise them. It consists of a microphone array from which signals are simultaneously recorded and processed to form a comprehensive sound map, which is overlaid onto an optical image.

We are seeking at least two students.

Project 1 seeks to incorporate the geometric layout of the surrounding area to improve initial estimates on the sound sources found in those sound maps. Far field and near field effects will be investigated.

Project 2 seeks to quantify sound maps for different specific source characteristics, to investigate the effect of array geometry and/or signal processing on those sound maps, and to explore methods to suppress or minimise unwanted artefacts.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Brian Salmon


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • A candidate with an electronics or mechanical engineering, physics, or mathematics bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Skills in signal processing and/or machine learning are recommended
  • Strong mathematics, programming and writing skills are essential

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • A passion for acoustics, vibrations, wave mechanics, computational mechanics, simulation and/or artificial intelligence
  • A candidate with practical design approach will be valued

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Brian Salmon to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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