Pieter Thomas was born in 1985, in Aalst, Belgium. He obtained his MSc degree in electronical engineering from Ghent University (Belgium) in 2009. In December 2014 he received a PhD degree in engineering (acoustics) based on the development of assessment techniques for noise mitigation measures and the characterization of the urban sound environment (PhD-title: Tools for Urban Sound Quality Assessment). After his PhD, he continued research at the WAVES-Acoustics department of Ghent University as a recipient of the Innovation Mandate of the Flemish IWT agency, co-funded by industry (Televic Conference), in which he explored options for the valorization of microphone array measurement techniques for conferencing applications. Since 2017 he has been combining a half-time research assignment with a part-time position in industry, triggering the collaboration and knowledge exchange between both worlds.
As a researcher, he was actively involved in various projects as e.g. HOSANNA (“Holistic and sustainable abatement of noise by optimized combinations of natural and artificial means” - where he developed an auralization technique for the evaluation of earth mounds and low vegetated noise barriers) and IDEA (“Intelligent distributed environmental assessment” – the development of a noise monitoring network).
Recently, he has been involved in the AcustiCare project, optimizing the indoor sound environment in nursing homes for people with dementia and in the IoTchef project, investigating the indoor kitchen soundscape and related effect of kitchen hood noise.
Pieter Thomas is co-teacher of the course “Embedded Systems: microcontrollers” and (co-)promotor of several master students of the faculty of engineering and architecture of Ghent University. He is a member of the Belgian Acoustical Society (ABAV) and the European Acoustical Association (EAA). Pieter Thomas is author and co-author of more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings.