Nikhil Deshpande

Ph.D. Student
Architectural Acoustics


Nikhil is a Ph. D. student in Architectural Acoustics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying under Dr. Jonas Braasch. His academic focus is on audio digital signal processing, specifically with a focus on dynamic real-time systems and algorithms for audio manipulation and decomposition. Nikhil specializes in understanding, developing, and extending digital reverberation algorithms. His recent research includes a polyphonic pitch model and a dynamic jazz accompaniment system. Nikhil has also been a programmer on Pauline Oliveros’s Expanded Instrument System (EIS), for which his work was featured in the main gallery of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Outside of his academics, Nikhil is an ambient musician and coffee snob, and he enjoys watching football. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2013 and his M.S. in Architectural Acoustics in 2014, both from RPI.