Ian Davis

Dublin, Ireland


Ian graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2009, with a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering. He stayed at Trinity College to undertake a Ph.D. in experimental sound source identification and acoustic interaction effects in turbomachinery.

After completing his Ph.D. in 2013, Ian joined the Efficient Energy Transfer group at Bell Labs Ireland (now Nokia Bell Labs). His research at Bell Labs has focused on acoustic noise mitigation methods using both cutting-edge acoustic metamaterials and traditional absorption methods, image processing of Schlieren images for non-invasive analysis of multiphase flows, and noise-source localisation of shelf products using array signal processing techniques. More recently, his research interests have extended into user-focused audio with topics such as spatial audio rendering, adaptive filtering for noise control, analysis of human speech and immersive audio communication. He also collaborates with artists as part of the Experiments in Arts and Technology programme, with projects involving sonification of non-audio data, projection mapping, and video and audio production.

Outside of work, Ian enjoys music, running and cinema.


Ph.D. in turbomachinery acoustics, 2009 - 2013

B.A., B.A.I. Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2005 - 2009

Selected articles and publications

I. Davis , R. O’Reilly Meehan, K. Nolan, K. Grennan, D. Murray. A wake tracking approach for two-phase Schlieren. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 2018, doi:10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2018.01.018.

I. Davis and G. Bennett. Spectral, Modal and Coherence Analysis of Sum and Difference Scattering of Narrowband Noise in Turbomachinery. International Journal of Aeroacoustics, 15, (1-2), 2016, p180 - 206

I. Davis and G. Bennett. Novel Noise-Source-Identification Technique Combining Acoustic Modal Analysis and a Coherence-Based Noise-Source-Identification Method. AIAA Journal, 53, (10), 2015, p3088-3101

U. Tapken, I. Davis, B. Pardowitz, K. Knobloch, E. Bouty, G. Bennett.  Identification of broadband noise sources of a turbo-shaft engine. 20th AIAA/CEAS aeroacoustics conference in Atlanta, Georgia, 16-20 June 2014

I. Davis and G. Bennett. Sum and difference scattering of tonal noise in turbomachinery. 19th AIAA/CEAS aeroacoustics conference in Berlin, Germany, 27-29 May 2013

I. Davis and G. Bennett. Experimental investigations of coherence based noise-source identification techniques for turbomachinery applications -- Classical and novel techniques. 17th AIAA/CEAS aeroacoustics conference in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., 5-8 June 2011

 I. Davis and G. Bennett. Spatial noise-source identification of tonal noise in turbomachinery using the coherence function on a modal basis. 17th AIAA/CEAS aeroacoustics conference in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., 5-8 June 2011

G. Bennett, I. Davis, J. Mahon, U. Tapken. Non-linear frequency scattering of broadband noise in turbomachinery. 16th AIAA/CEAS aeroacoustics conference in Stockholm, Sweden, 7-9 June 2010

G. Bennett, I. Davis, U. Tapken. Broadband noise-source location in turbomachinery using a conditioned spectral analysis technique coupled with modal decomposition. 39th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Internoise) conference in Lisbon, Portugal, 13-16 June 2010