From here you will find links to current student's websites to find out research projects, news and information about the current class.
2016 Cohort and Faculty, Troy, NY
Dane Bush (email)
Dane is a Ph.D. student under Dr. Ning Xiang whose research involves combining microphone array signal processing with Bayesian inference. His Master’s thesis and first published journal article, both done at RPI, verified coprime array theory using acoustic implementation, and furthered the theory to include a wide frequency range not initially considered. Between completing his Bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Minnesota Dulth and coming to RPI, Dane was a singer in the professional vocal ensemble From Age to Age. Outside of studies he is an avid homebrewer, a rock climber, and an active ultimate frisbee player on RPI's club team, Trudge.
Jeff Parkman Carter (email)
Currently a PhD student in Architectural Sciences at RPI, J. Parkman Carter holds two Master's Degrees in Architecture and Lighting Design from Parsons The New School for Design, and a BA in Integrated Arts from Bard College. He was trained as a luthier in the UK and has built many stringed and electronic instruments, as well as custom speaker systems and studio spaces. His current research focuses on large-scale immersive projection systems for raising awareness of ecological acoustics in the constructed environment.
Nikhil Deshpande (email)
Nikhil is a doctoral student under Dr. Jonas Braasch. His academic focus is on audio digital signal processing, specifically with a focus on computational auditory scene analysis (CASA) and computational binaural models. Nikhil specializes in understanding, developing, and extending digital reverberation algorithm; his Master's research includes polyphonic pitch decomposition models and a dynamic real-time jazz accompaniment system. He has also been a programmer on Pauline Oliveros's Expanded Instrument System, for which his work was featured in the main gallery of the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of their Biennial in 2014. Outside of his academics, Nikhil is a drone musician and a coffee snob, and he enjoys watching football. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Electronic Arts in 2013 and his M.S. in Architectural Acoustics in 2014, both from RPI.
Torben Pastore (email)
Torben is a Ph.D. Student at the Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture and the Graduate Program in Architectural Acoustics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, studying under Jonas Braasch. He received his Bachelor's degree in Political Philosophy and Studio Art from Bowdoin College and Master's degree in Architectural Acoustics from RPI. Torben's research concerns binaural localization, especially the precedence effect. Torben also studies under Pauline Oliveros and performs using her Expanded Instrument System.