Ning Xiang

Chair, Graduate Program in Architectural Acoustics, Professor, School of Architecture

Dr. Ning Xiang earned his BS in Electrical Engineering in 1982  from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Tianjin University, China, Ph.D. in 1990 from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) Germany (with advisor Prof. Dr. Jens P. Blauert). Dr. Xiang was then employed as a project manager and R&D Engineer for HEAD acoustics Inc. Germany from 1991-1996 and subsequently joined the Fraunhofer-Institute for Building Physics, Stuttgart, Germany, as a Research Scientist in 1997. Between 1998-2003, he had been with the National Center for Physical Acoustics and a Research Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Mississippi. He joined the School of Architecture at Rensselaer in July 2003, and now is a full professor. For over 30 years, Dr. Xiang has produced over 350 publications in peer-reviewed journals (including J. of the Acoustical Society of America, IEEE, Applied Acoustics, and acta acustica),  proceedings, books and book chapters in such diverse fields as Ultrasonic measurement technology, Bayesian Inference, acoustic approach to landmine detection, model-based data analysis, automatic target recognition, architectural acoustics, binaural auralization, binaural signal processing, and auditory virtual reality. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (IoA, United Kingdom) and a Member of German Acoustical Society, a Member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, USA. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. In 2014, he received Wallace Clement Sabine Medal from the Acoustical Society of America. In Feb. 2018 he is awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Matquis Who's Who.


Bachelor degree, Electrical Engineering, Tianjin University, China

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in Bochum, Germany

Research Focus
  • Architectural Acoustics, Signal Processing in Acoustics, Bayesian Analysis
Select Works
  • Xiang, N. (2020): Model-based Bayesian analysis in acoustics, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 148, pp. 1101-1120.
  • Xiang, N. , and Landschoot, C. (2019): Bayesian Inference for Acoustic Direction of Arrival Analysis Using Spherical Harmonics, J. Entropy, 21, 579 (doi:10.3390/e21060579).
  • Bush, D. Xiang, N. (2018): A model-based Bayesian framework for sound source enumeration and direction of arrival estimation using a coprime microphone array, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 143, pp. 3934–3945.
  • Beaton, D. and Xiang, N. (2017): Room acoustic modal analysis using Bayesian inference, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 141, pp. 4480-4493.
  • Sü-Gül, Z. Xiang, N. and Çaliskan, M. (2016): Investigations on sound energy decays and flows in a monumental mosque" J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 140, pp. 344-355.
  • Bush, D. and Xiang, N. (2015): Broadband implementation of coprime linear microphone arrays for direction of arrival estimation, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 138, pp. 447-456.
  • Xiang, N. , Escolano, J. Navarro, J. and Jing, Y. (2013): Investigation on the effect of aperture sizes and receiver positions in coupled rooms, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 133, pp. 3975-3985.
  • Xiang, N. and Schroeder, M. R. (2003): Reciprocal maximum-length sequence pairs for acoustical dual source measurements, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 113, 2003, pp. 2754-2761.