Dr Stefan Bilbao

Main Research Areas: Digital Signal Processing, Physical Modelling Sound Synthesis, Virtual Analog Modeling, High Performance Computing and Audio.

Contact Details

Dr. Stefan Bilbao, Room 1602, James Clerk Maxwell Building, King’s Buildings, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ
t: +44 (0)131 651 7043
e: s.bilbao@ed.ac.uk
web: http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~sbilbao/


Stefan Bilbao received his BA in Physics at Harvard University (’92), then spent two years at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique Musicale ( IRCAM ) under a fellowship awarded by Harvard and the Ecole Normale Superieure. He then completed the MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University (’96 and ’01, respectively), while working at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics ( CCRMA ). He was subsequently a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford Space Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory, and a Lecturer at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at the Queen’s University Belfast.

He currently works on sound synthesis based on physical models of musical instruments, with a particular focus on mainstream numerical simulation techniques, such as, e.g., finite difference methods. Special topics of interest include: Hamiltonian and symplectic methods, distributed nonlinear systems such as strings and plates, estimates of computational complexity, multichannel sound synthesis, and hardware and software realizations.

A sideline is joint work with composers of electroacoustic music. Other interests include virtual analog effect modelling and artificial reverberation design, modelling of electromechanical instruments, shock wave propagation in tubes, numerical absorbing boundaries in acoustics applications, and large-scale audio rendering using graphics processing units (GPUs) in conjunction with the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre.

Research Interests

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Physical Modelling Sound Synthesis
  • Virtual Analog Modeling
  • High Performance Computing and Audio

Research Activity

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Publications List

Publications list for Stefan Bilbao

Projects supervised by Stefan Bilbao

Projects supervised by Stefan Bilbao