Dr Joseph Jackson


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am currently a Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and am interested in research questions in biology pertaining to how the ears of animals work, and whether we can create novel engineered acoustic sensors inspired by natural ears.

Originally a physicist at undergraduate level (Imperial College 2003), I gained a PhD in Biology at the University of Bristol (2009), studying active hearing in nature. In 2010 I was awarded an EPSRC Post-doctoral fellowship, based at the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering at Strathclyde, studying acoustic systems in nature and engineering contexts. In 2014 I was promoted to Lecturer.

I am interested in a wide range of topics related to the detection and generation of sound in both natural and engineered acoustic systems.


Non-destructive analysis of the mechanical properties of 3D-printed materials
Domingo-Roca R, Asciak L, Windmill J F C, Mulvana H, Jackson-Camargo J C
Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation Vol 41 (2022)
I beg your pardon? Acoustic behaviour of a wild solitary common dolphin who interacts with harbour porpoises
Cosentino Mel, Nairn David, Coscarella Mariano, Jackson Joseph C, Windmill James F C
Bioacoustics, pp. 1-16 (2022)
Towards a bio-inspired acoustic sensor : Achroia grisella’s ear
Díaz-Garcia Lara, Reid Andrew, Jackson Joseph, Windmill James FC
IEEE Sensors 2021 (2021)
Acoustic band gaps in polyatomic chains of 3D-printed resonators
Domingo-Roca Roger, Foster Euan, Jackson-Camargo Joseph C
AIP Advances Vol 11 (2021)
Achroia grisella's ear as inspiration for acoustic sensing
Díaz-García Lara, Reid Andrew, Jackson Joseph, Windmill James
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Vol 150 (2021)
Finding each other : achroia grisella's oddly simple directional ear
Díaz Garcia Lara, Reid Andrew, Jackson Joseph, Windmill James
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Vol 150 (2021)

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I teach primarily aspects of analogue electronics for the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, as well as assisting undergraduate laboratories and supervising student projects.

Research interests

My research is multi-disciplinary, involving aspects of biology, physics, engineering and mathematics. I research topics related to acoustics systems in nature and engineering - with emphasis on understanding how sound is detected in nature. 

The need to detect sound in nature has resulted in the evolution of a wide variety of ears in the animal kingdom. Many of these acoustic sensor systems are incredibly complex, achieving sensitivity and functionality beyond that of standard engineered acoustic sensors. My research interest focusses on understanding the use of active, nonlinear sensor systems by animals for signal detection and conditioning. In studying active hearing in insects, we hope to gain insight into the mechanisms for hearing in nature and use this to inspire a new generation of acoustic engineered sensors.



Professional activities

Ultrasound Contrast Imaging symposium
Ultrasound 2018
Sensory Transduction in Insects
15th Invertebrate Sound and Vibration (ISV2015)
14th Invertebrate Sound and Vibration (ISV2013)

More professional activities


RESINators - Miniature acoustic resonator systems
Jackson, Joseph (Principal Investigator) Windmill, James (Co-investigator) Domingo-Roca, Roger (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Development of cell-laden photopolymerisable materials for the development of physiologically-relevant, three-dimensional microvascular systems to reproduce solid tumours
Jackson, Joseph (Principal Investigator)
10-Jan-2022 - 09-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Gilmour, Lauren
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) Gilmour, Lauren (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Latham, Brendan
Jackson, Joseph (Principal Investigator) Windmill, James (Co-investigator) Latham, Brendan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Transformative Anatomically accurate Microvascular flow Phantoms for Ultrasound therapy research (TAMP-US)
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Ultrasonic Engineering (FUSE) | Gardiner, Alicia
Jackson, Joseph (Principal Investigator) Gardiner, Alicia (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2025

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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