EPSRC logo

Details of Grant 

EPSRC Reference: EP/E06552X/1
Title: IMPRINtS - Internet and Mobile technologies for a Public Role In Noise Surveying
Principal Investigator: Drumm, Dr IA
Other Investigators:
Cox, Professor TJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: Res Inst for the Built and Human Env
Organisation: University of Salford
Scheme: Partnerships- Public Engage
Starts: 01 September 2007 Ends: 30 November 2009 Value (£): 178,834
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
Panel History:  
Summary on Grant Application Form
Summary Soundscapes, like landscapes, have and important role in our lives. Just like a view from an office or bedroom window, a soundscape can help make us feel comfortable, productive and happy or make us feel uneasy and distracted. There will always be some noise in our environment, be it the rustle of leaves, humming PCs, noisy neighbours or the many other sounds we hear in our daily lives. Without soundscapes our lives would lack the contextual references that help contribute to the quality of our lives; though clearly there's fine line between welcome everyday bustle and noise nuisance. Getting the balance right is a challenge for planning, development and construction, and a challenge for how we as individuals choose to spend each day. Traditionally, professionals are used to measure and assess noise issues using expensive and dedicated equipment. It is the intention of this project to exploit mobile phones and computers to allow a large number of people to engage in noise measurement and assessment, and so give the public a more active role in how their soundscape is shaped. By giving the public the tools to enable them to make noise measurements, it is possible for upstream engagement to be carried out because the public can be more involved in the noise issues from the begining of, say, a development process. In corporation with SEPOINT Manchester, the technologies and procedures of the IMPRINtS project will be developed in schools by engaging students in Key Stage 4 activities relating to environmental science. Nowadays mobile phones can be quite a sophisticated sound sampling and analysing devices, and many people have access to PCs linked to the internet. The IMPRINtS project seeks to exploit these new technologies in a way that is both novel and capable of gathering an unprecedented amount of important environmental noise data. During the development, students will follow practical experiments that utilise IMPRINTs software on mobile phones alongside other sound recording devices to investigate their daily soundscape and their relationship with it. This stage will allow the formative evaluation of the software and website and so enable improvements to be made. Then, IMPRINtS will raise public awareness of soundscapes and our relationship to them by engaging people in a large national survey to measure and characterise the huge variety of soundscapes in Britain. A publicity campaign will be launched in the national media to get participants. Members of the public who come to the IMPRINtS web site will be able to download free software to install on their mobile phone and PCs. The software will allow participants to sample and analyse the variety of soundscapes that play an important role in their everyday lives. All IMPRINtS asks is that users make a series samples of different suggested soundscapes at some suggested times are upload to the IMPRINtS central server. IMPRINtS will ask, via some simple online questionnaires, about the participants own impressions of these soundscapes and the features of them that contribute or detract from the quality of their lives. The results of the national survey event will be published online and in the national media. Online material on issues of environment noise and also ways for the public to influence their environment e.g. via involvement with urban planning will be provided.
Key Findings
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Potential use in non-academic contexts
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Description This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Date Materialised
Sectors submitted by the Researcher
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Project URL:  
Further Information:  
Organisation Website: http://www.salford.ac.uk