Charlie Mydlarz
Research Assistant Professor

I am a Research Assistant Professor at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL). My current research interests include the design, development, and deployment of advanced urban IoT devices for city scale noise monitoring.


I work on the development and implementation of cyber-physical systems for large-scale, high-resolution soundscape data capture from urban environments with a focus on acoustic sensor development using digital MEMS microphone solutions. I’ve also recently dipped my feet into the world of first-order ambisonic microphone design using a high SNR MEMS microphone.

I received my BSc in Audio Technology from The University of Salford in 2007 and went on to earn my doctorate in 2013 Investigating Human Relationships to Sound Environments Using Mobile and Internet Technologies. The data collected during my doctoral work was gathered using a large-scale crowdsourced citizen science project utilizing consumer mobile devices and web technologies, which can be explored at My past research projects also include the influences of sound environments on the attainment of 11-16-year-old school children in England. My expertise lies in: acoustics, mobile application development, acoustic ecology, digital signal processing, web development and quantitative data analysis.


Sep 2016 – Today

New York University

Includes the development, implementation and deployment of accurate, low cost acoustic sensing devices for sound and noise sensing at city scale. This work is part of the NSF funded Sounds Of New York City (SONYC) project.

Oct 2013 – Sep 2016

New York University

Working on the development and implementation of cyberphysical systems for large scale, high resolution soundscape data capture from urban environments.

Jan 2013 – Jun 2013

University of Salford

Framework for Innovation and Research in MediaCityUK (FIRM), Hyperlocal TV research project investigating hyperlocal TV services, with a particular focus on sports coverage. The project is partnered with BT, and a number of local charities and media organisations. The main aim is to gauge audience appreciation towards hyperlocal content and the ways in which they consume it.

Feb 2010 – Jul 2012

University of Salford

EPSRC funded project ISESS (Identifying a Sound Environment for Secondary Schools): a three year research project investigating the effects on teaching and learning of different acoustic designs within secondary schools and classrooms.

Sep 2007 – Feb 2013

University of Salford

Enabling public engagement in a large-scale mass participation soundscape study utilizing smart phones for global subjective and objective data collection and analysis.

Sep 2005 – Sep 2006

HHB Professional Audio Products

In charge of the service and repair of professional audio equipment, including all microphones and CD burners. Ran all of the companies pro audio CD media testing and handled phone and email technical support for industry professionals.

Selected publications

Presented at Internoise 2017 after peer review – Hong Kong

Applied Acoustics, special issue on Acoustics of Smart Cities, 2016

Awarded best paper at the 10th European Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (EuroNoise), Maastricht, The Netherlands, May 2015

Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention 137, Los Angeles, USA, October 2014

Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention 137, Los Angeles, USA, October 2014

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 137.1 (2015): 177-188

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 132.3 (2012): 2045-2045

INTER-NOISE and NOISE-CON Congress and Conference Proceedings. Vol. 2011. No. 7. Osaka, Japan. Institute of Noise Control Engineering, 2011