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.


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 (2021)
Additive manufacture of small-scale metamaterial structures for acoustic and ultrasonic applications
Gardiner Alicia, Daly Paul, Domingo-Roca Roger, Windmill James, Feeney Andrew, Jackson Joseph
Micromachines Vol 12 (2021)
Voxel based method for predictive modelling of solidification and stress in digital light processing based additive manufacture
Reid Andrew, Jackson Joseph, Windmill James
Soft Matter Vol 17, pp. 1881-1887 (2021)
Resilin distribution and sexual dimorphism in the midge antenna and their influence on frequency sensitivity
Saltin Brian D, Matsumura Yoko, Reid Andrew, Windmill James F, Gorb Stanislav N, Jackson Joseph C
Insects Vol 11 (2020)
D-PorCCA, a new tool to study the behaviour of harbour porpoises
Cosentino Mel, Schwarzbach Patrick, Tougaard Jakob, Nairn David, Guarato Francesco, Jackson Joseph, Windmill James FC
World Marine Mammal Conference (2019)
Rapid prototyped microvessel flow phantom for controlled investigation of ultrasound-mediated targeted drug delivery
Domingo-Roca Roger, Saltin Brian, Windmill James, Jackson Joseph, Mulvana Helen
2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2019 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS Vol 2019-October, pp. 2390-2393 (2019)

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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)

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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
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
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-2024
3DTransducers: Functional 3D Printed Transducer and Sensor Systems (Sasatin H2020 ERC PoC)
Windmill, James (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator)
3DTransducers - Sasatin ERC Proof of Concept grant
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Bio-Inspired Adaptive Ultrasonic NDE: feasibility study
Windmill, James (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator)
RCNDE Technology Transfer/Feasibility Project: Bio-Inspired Adaptive Ultrasonic NDE: feasibility study
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
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