Stephen Oxnard


Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Computing and Technology

Location: Cambridge

Steve’s research interests focus on a novel approach to hybrid virtual acoustic simulation. He teaches studio practice and recording techniques. He has a professional interest in developing good practice in learning and teaching.

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Steve joined the Faculty of Science and Technology in September 2015. His undergraduate and Masters degrees were awarded by the University of York and the University of Edinburgh respectively.

As an undergraduate, Steve held a keen passion for sound and acoustics, researching these topics for both his BEng and MSc dissertations. During his time as a PhD student at the University of York, Steve developed his rigorous, supportive and inclusive approach to learning facilitation as a 'Post-Graduate who Teaches'.

Upon completion of a postgraduate academic development programme (Preparing Future Academics, University of York), Steve was one of a select few awarded for significant commitment to professional academic practice. He is currently furthering his education in research practice through finalising his PhD dissertation, as well as undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching.

Research interests

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  • Numerical acoustic simulation.
  • Physical modelling.
  • Auralisation and sound reproduction formats.
  • Sound engineering and audio processing.

Stephan is a member of our Sound And Game Engineering Research Group.

Areas of research supervision

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  • Room acoustics prediction and analysis.
  • Audio algorithms and processing.
  • The application of auralisation processes to the evaluation of sound pollution.
  • Efficient acoustic modelling systems.

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  • Basic Recording and Studio Techniques
  • Computer Modelling
  • Acoustics, Sound and Music
  • Studio Practice


  • BEng (Hons), Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems, University of York
  • MSc, Acoustics and Music Technology, University of Edinburgh
  • PhD (pending), Music Technology, University of York

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Audio Engineering Society (AES) - Membership
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) – Associate Fellow

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant – University of York

Selected recent publications

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Oxnard, S., O’Brien D., van Mourik J., Murphy D., 2015. Frequency-Dependent Absorbing Boundary Implementations in 3D Finite Difference Time Domain Room Acoustics Simulations. Available:

Oxnard, S. and Murphy, D., 2014. Achieving Realistic Auralisations Using an Efficient Hybrid 2D Multi-Plane FDTD Acoustic Model. Available:

van Mourik, J., Oxnard, S., Foteinou, A., Murphy, D., 2014. Hybrid Acoustic Modelling of Historic Spaces Using Blender.

Oxnard, S. and Murphy, D., 2013. Room impulse response synthesis based on a 2D multi-plane FDTD hybrid acoustic model. Available: