Professor Gregory Watts
Professor of Environmental Acoustics
Expertise: sustainable environments, environmental engineering, road traffic noise, traffic, urban and rural open spaces, tranquillity
Professor Watts is an internationally-recognised expert on road traffic noise research and was awarded the R.W.B Stephens Medal by the Institute of Acoustics for outstanding contributions to research and training.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics and he has a broad experience of working on acoustics projects for government departments, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Group (EPSRG) and the private sector. Using live traffic environments and controlled environments, including involvement in fMRI brain scanning techniques, he has studied audio-visual interactions and their importance for environmental evaluations.
Professor Watts has developed methods to predict, map and improve perceived tranquillity and to assess levels of tranquillity in urban and rural open spaces. He was lead researcher on a DEFRA-funded study to develop national criteria for identifying Quiet Areas to meet the requirements of the Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006.
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