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Dr Ben Cox
3.18a, Medical Physics and Bioengineering
Malet Place Engineering Building
  • Reader in Biomedical Acoustics
  • Dept of Med Phys & Biomedical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

I was an undergraduate and a postgraduate at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, during which time I played in the university orchestra, sang in the chamber choir, was chairman of (and sang with) the Light Opera Society, and studied acoustics. For a year while writing up my PhD (on geo-acoustic inversion in shallow water) I sang with the choir at Lichfield Cathedral. I was then fortunate to be offered a job at Arup Acoustics that would help me fulfil an early ambition: working on the acoustic design of concert halls and opera houses. Since 2003 I have been working on another area of acoustics, photoacoustic imaging, in the Department of Medical Physics at University College London, where I remain researching and teaching in ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging.

Research Summary

My interests are mostly in various areas of acoustics, including:

  • Photoacoustic imaging, particularly inverse problems including quantitative photoacoustic imaging (and therefore light transport in tissue)
  • Wave modelling using spectral and k-space methods (www.k-wave.org)
  • Ultrasonic absorption
  • Ultrasound detection
  • Nonlinear ultrasound
  • Biomedical ultrasound
  • Architectural acoustics

Teaching Summary

I currently teach about light-tissue interactions as part of a biomedical optics course, and about the physics of ultrasound as part of a course on imaging using non-ionising radiation. My lecture notes may be found here http://www.ucl.ac.uk/medphys/staff/people/bcox/bens_lecture_notes.

Academic Background
2011   Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education University College London
2010   Chartered Engineer To be updated
1999   Doctor of Philosophy University of Southampton
1996   Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) University of Southampton
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