Rick Scholte didn’t follow instructions on the first day of an internship for his Master’s programme. He had been assigned to a lab which screened consumer products for noise, and his job was to apply active noise-cancelling technology to quieten a robot used in the screening. Instead, he ignored the robot and spent a week redesigning the code driving the sound-screening technology – which was based on acoustic holography. His academic supervisor was intrigued, and Scholte devoted the rest of his Master’s research, and later also his PhD research, to high-resolution sound imaging. He and his team have just celebrated the ten-year anniversary of Sorama, the start-up which houses the technology and services to improve sound design, reduce noise pollution and create better living conditions.
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