Curriculum of Dr. Nicola Prodi


2001      University of Bologna, Engineering Faculty 

    Research Doctorate (PhD) in Applied Physics with a Thesis entitled “Systems for analysis and synthesis of the acoustics of opera


1994      University of Bologna, Natural Sciences Faculty
                Degree in Physics (full marks)

1993      Parified Musical Institute,  “O.Vecchi”, Modena
                Intermediate Diploma in OperaticSinging (mark7/10)

1990      Parified Musical Institute, “A.Peri”, Reggio Emilia
                Diploma in Oboe (9.50 /10)


Work positions

03/1995 – 06/1997    National Research Council - IMAMOTER, Cassana (FE)
                                    Junior Researcher. Topic: Noise control and sound intensity.           

11/1997 – 10/2005    Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara
                                    Research assistant. Topics: architectural acoustics, environ. acoustics, noise control.

11/2005 – present      Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara
                                    Researcher:Environmental Applied Physics


Scientific activity

Member of Italian Acoustics Association and associate members of the American Acoustical Association

Main research topics

-            Room acoustics: reverberation and propagation theory, measurements and scale models;

-            Acoustics of public venues;

-            Virtual acoustics and auralization;

-            Speech intelligibility;

-            Acoustical properties of materials.

Reviewer for the journals

-            Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

-            Acustica – ActaAcustica

Projects and collaborations

-            European funded projects (THEATRON; CAHRISMA, ERATO, CANTOR) and Italian ministry funded projects (PRIN2003, PRIN2005; Made in Italy)

-            Local coordination of the PRIN2008 Project “Intelligibility in classrooms”

-            Participation to several research projects funded by public or private Institutions in the field of acoustics and noise control 

-            Collaboration with several National and International research groups: research stays at DTU-Oersted in Lyngby (Denmark), ITA – RWTH in Aachen (Germany),  Kobe University (Japan) and South China University (Guangzhou, China)

-            Member of the ISOWG19/SC2 on room-acoustical measures


-            Faculty of Engineering, University of Ferrara: Applied Acoustics and Lighting Technics (2002 – present), Applied Physics (in team 2002 - present)

-            Faculty Delegate for Tutoring (2010 – 2013)

-            School of Acoustics, University of Ferrara: Course for Technicians in Acoustics (2005 – present), various specialization Courses (2008 – present)

-            Supervisor of PhD theses and of MSc. – BSc. theses.


Professional activity

-            Chartered Technician in Environmental Acoustics

-            Since 2004 co-founder of Materiacustica S.r.l., a spin-off company of the University of Ferrara in the field of acoustics and vibration.



H-index: 7 (source: Scopus)

26 papers published on “peer reviewed” International journals

2 papers published on a National “peer reviewed” journal

50 papers on International Conference Proceedings

30 papers on National Conference Proceeding




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