Dr Tim Collins BEng, PhD

 

Lecturer and Head of Learning and Teaching in Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Dr Tim Collins

Contact details

Telephone (+44) (0) 212 414 4417

Fax +44 (0) 121 414 4291

Email t.collins@bham.ac.uk

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Tim Collins is a lecturer in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering 

His main research area is in acoustics and sonar, although he also has interests in the wider field of applied signal processing. Recent research activities have included:

Active sonar transmissions
Underwater communications
Coding of underwater images and sonar data
Acoustic source location
Room-response estimation
Spatial audio processing
Semantic audio analysis
Tangible acoustic interfaces
Hi-fi audio signal processing
Digital audio and music production processing
Audio therapy and bio-feedback in medicine

Qualifications

• PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 1997
• BEng (Hons) in Electronic & Communications Engineering, University of Birmingham, 1993

Biography

After working with British Rail’s Signals & Telecommunications department during his BEng degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering, Tim Collins joined the Acoustics and Sonar group and completed a PhD on Active Sonar Pulse Design in November 1996. Following a period of research fellowship he was appointed to the teaching staff in September 2000.

His research has included involvement in many aspects of underwater acoustics; in-air acoustic imaging; and audio/music applications of signal processing. This research has been funded by QinetiQ, DSTL and the European Union. He is currently a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Audio Engineering Society.

Teaching

Teaching Programmes
• 3rd year Analogue Electronics
• 2nd year Music Technology
• Post-experience course in Underwater Acoustics and Sonar Systems

Postgraduate supervision

Tim Collins is interested in supervising doctoral research in applied signal processing for audio, music, acoustics and sonar.
If you are interesting in studying in these areas please contact Tim Collins using the contact details above.

Research

RESEARCH THEMES
Acoustics, Sonar, Music and Audio Signal Processing.


RESEARCH ACTIVITY
Active sonar transmissions
Underwater communications
Coding of underwater images and sonar data
Acoustic source location
Room-response estimation
Spatial audio processing
Semantic audio analysis
Tangible acoustic interfaces
Hi-fi audio signal processing
Digital audio and music production processing
Audio therapy and bio-feedback in medicine

Publications

Selected:

Sea trials of an underwater, ad hoc, acoustic network with stationary assets
Foo, K.Y.; Atkins, P.R.; Collins, T.; Pointer, S.A. & Tiltman, C.P.
IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation, 2010, 4 (1), pp. 2-16

Active acoustic touch interface
Collins, T.
Electronics Letters, 2009, 45 (20), pp. 1055-1056

Results from trials of a planar, incoherent, synthetic aperture sonar for underwater imaging
Foo, K.Y.; Atkins, P.R. & Collins, T.
IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation, 2008, 2 (3), pp. 214 - 226

Carrierless Amplitude Phase Modulation
Collins, T.
The Handbook of Computer Networks, Wiley, 2007.

A Sound Sources and Reflections Localization Method for Reverberant Rooms Using Arrays of Microphones
Roper, S. & Collins, T.
32nd AES International Conf., Hillerød, Denmark, Sept. 2007.

Transmit-Signal Design and Processing Strategies for Sonar Target Phase Measurement
Atkins, P.R., Collins, T. & Foote, K.G.
IEEE Selected Topics in Signal Processing, 2007, 1, (1), pp. 91-104.

The Localization of a Sound Source in a Reverberant Room Using Arrays of Microphones
Roper, S. & Collins, T.
31st AES International Conf., London, UK, June 2007.

A full list is available at www.eee.bham.ac.uk/collinst/publications.html

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