Urban Sound Symposium

April 19-21, 2021

Invited speakers

Below you can find a short resume of all invited speakers at the conference, in alphabetical order.

Francesco Aletta

University College London, UK

Dr. Francesco Aletta is a researcher currently based in London at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. He is a member of the Italian Acoustical Society (AIA) and the Secretary of the Technical Committee Noise of the European Acoustics Association (EAA). He has been active for more than 10 years in soundscape studies, and environmental acoustics more broadly, with a particular focus on soundscape descriptors and indicators and the harmonization of protocols for gathering perceptual data on acoustic environments. He was recently appointed by the British Standards Institution as Committee Member in the WG 54 “Perceptual assessment of soundscape quality” to work on the development of the ISO 12913 series on soundscape.

Pierre Aumond

Gustave Eiffel University, France

Dr. Pierre Aumond is a researcher in environmental acoustics at the Gustave Eiffel University, within the UMRAE laboratory. His research focuses on the analysis of the link between the physics and perception of sound environments as well as the development of methodologies for the numerical modelling of urban sound environments.

Juan Pablo Bello

New York University, USA

Dr. Juan Pablo Bello is Professor of Music Technology and Computer Science & Engineering at New York University. Juan’s expertise is in digital signal processing, machine listening and music information retrieval, topics that he teaches and in which he has published more than 120 papers and articles in books, journals and conference proceedings. He is the director of the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL) and of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), where he leads research on acoustic sensing and machine listening. His work has been supported by public and private institutions in Venezuela, the UK, and the US, including Frontier and CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation and a Fulbright scholar grant for multidisciplinary studies in France.

David Bernfeld

Bruitparif, France

David Bernfeld has a background in music, sound engineering, electronics as well as aviation. His two current activities at Bruitparif are to provide research and development insight for electronic designs, and to help assess the impact of Urban Air Mobility on the city soundscape.

Dick Botteldooren

Ghent University, Belgium

Dr. Dick Botteldooren is a full professor at Ghent University where he leads research on Acoustics and teaches a variety of courses related to sound and computational methods. He obtained an MSc degree in Electronic Engineering in 1986 from Ghent University and a PhD in Applied Science in 1990 from Ghent University. Between 2004 and 2013 he was the Editor-in-Chief of Acta Acustica united with Acustica, the journal of the European Acoustics Association. Until 2018 he was the president of the Belgian Acoustical Society; currently he is I-INCE vice-president for Europe and Africa. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He has made research contributions in the field of acoustic modeling, noise mapping, environmental sensor networks, computational intelligence, modeling perception of environmental sound, health impacts of sound, biomonitoring, urban sound planning, soundscapes, and noise policy support.

Oscar Breugelmans

National Institute of Public Health, The Netherlands

Oscar Breugelmans recently moved to the regional health service of Amsterdam. He has worked for 25 years at the National Institute of Public Health (RIVM), where his focus has been on the public health aspects of different noise sources. Especially the complex (noise) situations around airports located in densely populated areas have had his interest. In and around Amsterdam, there is ample opportunity to continue his work on the noise problems that a large city has to deal with.

Mark Brink

Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

PD Dr. Mark Brink is a Senior Scientist at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment in Bern, and a private lecturer at ETH Zurich. He is vice-president of the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN), member of the Swiss acoustical society and full member of the German psychological society. He also acts as the secretary of the Swiss noise abatement commission. He is an external consultant to the WHO in the domain of noise effects on health and a co-author of the WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines. He has conducted many studies on noise effects of different sources, and was a module leader in the large scale SiRENE project in Switzerland. His current research interests encompass environmental noise effects in general, with a special focus on annoyance, sleep disturbance and mental health, as well as the effects of noise interventions and the substantiation of noise exposure limit values.

Arnaud Can

Gustave Eiffel University, France

Dr. Arnaud Can is a researcher in environmental acoustics at the Gustave Eiffel University, in the Joint Research Unit in Environmental Acoustics (UMRAE). His research interests deal with the characterization of urban noise environments and the evaluation of the links between mobility and urban sound environments, relying on road traffic models at different spatial scales. He is currently the scientific coordinator of the CENSE project funded by ANR, and the animator of the axe “Urban Sound Environments” at the Research Federation IRSTV (CNRS FR2488). As author or co-author, he has contributed to 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Chi-Kwan Chau

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Dr. Chau has a multidisciplinary academic background in architecture and mechanical engineering. His major research interests are on revealing the interrelationships between human beings and the environment, in particular with regard to air and noise pollution, with an ultimate aim to promote sustainable built development in high-rise high-dense cities. Over the years, he has formulated numerous statistical and econometric models for portraying human exposure and annoyances to noise and air quality, and for revealing individual preferences for sustainable development, and soundscape as well as for studying visual-aural interactions in built environments.

Andy Chung

Macau Instituto de Acústica

Andy Chung has over 20 years of practical experience in advisory, research and development in acoustics and innovation with particular interests in soundscape and urban sound planning.   He is Founding Fellow of Macau Instituto de Acústica and Chapter Rep of ASA ESEA Regional Chapter. Andy has a Researchgate score of 22.32.

Mattia Cobianchi

Goldsmiths University of London, UK

Mattia Cobianchi is an acoustic engineer and a PhD student at the Music Department of Goldsmiths University of London. His research project explores adaptive soundscape composition for urban spaces and his interests include electroacoustics, psychoacoustics, noise control, the soundscape approach and audio processing and synthesis.

Déborah Delaunay

Noise and Night-Time Commissioner, Montreal, Canada

A professional in urban management, Déborah Delaunay has worked for several years on various issues related to sound environment, urban health, mobility and nightlife. Since 2020, she is the Noise and Night-time Commissioner for the City of Montreal.

Papatya Nur Dökmeci Yörükoğlu

Cankaya University, Turkey

Dr. Papatya Nur Dökmeci Yörükoğlu is an Associate Professor of Interior Architecture specialized in the field of acoustics and noise management. She earned her Ph.D. degree at Sheffield University, School of Architecture, focusing on establishing a novel framework of indoor soundscaping. She currently works as the Co-chair of the Interior Architecture Department and coordinates Building Physics and Environmental Control Laboratory at Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey, where she also teaches year-4 design studio and courses on architectural acoustics, soundscape, and building services for both undergraduate and graduate levels. She works on indoor environmental quality, acoustic comfort, auditory and spatial perception, and semiotics within the scope of the soundscape research field with her graduate students. She is a member of the European Acoustics Association Technical Committee on Noise council.

André Fiebig

Technical University Berlin, Germany

Dr. André Fiebig studied communication science, acoustics and sociology and earned his PhD in the scope of psychoacoustics at the Technical University of Berlin. After several years working for HEAD acoustics GmbH where he lead a working group concerned with developing test procedures for the investigation of sound perception and assessment, he went back to the Technical University of Berlin. Since January 2019 he teaches psychoacoustics and noise effects in the Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Technical Acoustics at the TU Berlin. He currently chairs the technical committee on noise at the German Acoustical Society DEGA and at the European Acoustics Association EAA as the vice chair.

Catherine Guastavino

McGill University, Canada

Catherine Guastavino is an Associate Professor at McGill University and a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). She directs the Sounds in the City partnership, which brings together diverse academics, professionals, artists, and citizens to rethink the role of sound in cities. She has published extensively on urban soundscapes, sensory experience, auditory perception, music psychology, spatial hearing, and spatial audio. She also has extensive experience collaborating with industry partners, cultural institutions, as well as with municipal and provincial governments.

Kurt Heutschi

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Kurt Heutschi is a Lecturer in Acoustics at ETH Zurich and a Senior Scientist at EMPA with a background in Electrical Engineering and 30 years of experience in Acoustics. Recent and actual research topics are computation of outdoor sound propagation, wave theoretical numerical simulations and auralisation of environmental sound.

Maarten Hornikx

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Dr. Maarten Hornikx holds an MSc from TU/e (2004) and a PhD in Applied Acoustics from Chalmers University of Technology (2009). He was appointed as Assistant Professor at TU/e in 2012 and Associate Professor in 2017. During his studies, Maarten collaborated with TNO (2002) and the University of Mississippi (2007). From 2009 to 2011, he worked as a post-doc at KU Leuven in Belgium in the field of aeroacoustics. He was appointed as a senior researcher at Chalmers (2011-2013), focusing on modeling urban sound propagation in the EU funded projects Hosanna and QSIDE. Hornikx has spent a sabbatical period at Aalto University and Stockholm University (2018). Hornikx’ research interests are: Development of efficient numerical methodologies for sound propagation with the built environment as application; Application of numerical models to investigate propagation effects as the role of vegetation and influence of meteorological effects on sound propagation outdoors; Auralization from wave-based methods and hybrid wave-based/geometrical acoustics techniques; Auralization for human echolocation. He has published 42 peer reviewed journal papers, is associate editor of Acta Acustica united with Acoustics, and editorial board member of Building and Environment. He has been awarded two individual Marie-Curie fellowships: an ITN post-doc grant (2009) and a Career Integration Grant (2012). He currently coordinates the H2020 ITN project Acoutect (2017-2020).

Kirill Horoshenkov

University of Sheffield, UK

Kirill Horoshenkov is Professor of Acoustics at the University of Sheffield. His research interests are in acoustic sensing, robotics and porous media. He leads the EPSRC UK Acoustics Network with over 1200 members. He also leads the EPSRC Programme Grant, Pervasive Sensing of Buried Pipes).  He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), UK Institute of Acoustics and Acoustical Society of America (ASA). He is also a coordinating editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.  He is a founder of two successful spin-off companies which commercialised his research into acoustics sensing for sewer pipes (SewerBatt device) and sustainable noise absorbing materials (now marketed as ArmaSound). He is a chartered engineer.

Jin Yong Jeon

Hanyang University, South Korea

Dr. Jin Yong Jeon received his master’s degree and PhD in building science and architectural acoustics, respectively, from the University of Sydney. He is a professor in the Division of Architectural Engineering at Hanyang University, having joined the faculty in 1998. His major research interests include room acoustics, VR-related audio and acoustics, psychoacoustics, soundscape, and sound quality. Professor Jeon has conducted many research projects on soundscape and published numerous articles. Notably, in 2010, he joined an EU-FP7 project as a non-EU participant and conducted a three-year study on improvement of urban acoustic environments using vegetation and artificial components under the HOSANNA consortium, including six European countries and twelve institutes. He also participates in international standardization activities, including ISO TC 43 SC 1 WG 54 (ISO 12913). Since 2013, he has been an associate editor for room acoustics for Acta Acustica united with Acustica: the Journal of the European Acoustics Association. In international recognition of his achievements in soundscape and architectural acoustics, he has been a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America since 2017.

Jian Kang

University College London, UK

Dr. Jian Kang is Professor of Acoustics at the Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment, University College London. He is Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, chairs the European Acoustics Association Technical Committee for Noise, and is recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant Award, working internationally on developing Soundscape Indices.

Christine Kerrigan

Lucion, Canada

Christine Kerrigan is a Montréal-based (but Boston-born) multidisciplinary designer, system thinker, and action researcher who is on a mission to create cities that support human happiness, health, equity, connectedness, and sustainability. Approaching design from both a practitioner and research perspective, Christine applies creative thinking, human-centered design principles, visual and written storytelling, and co-creation processes to help improve public life in cities. She conducted action research with the Sounds in the City team, a living lab at McGill University, for several years and remains committed to the importance of considering all senses when designing our environments and cities. Christine is currently dreaming up new concepts with the creative studio Lucion (https://lucion.ca/en/) in areas that touch topics in sustainability, nature, wellness, education, collaborative storytelling, diversity, inclusion, history, heritage, and entertainment.

Jordan Lacey

RMIT University, Australia

Dr. Jordan Lacey is a transdisciplinary creative practitioner and research fellow in the School of Design at RMIT University. He is author of Sonic Rupture: a practice-led approach to urban soundscape design (Bloomsbury 2016), and various articles, which explore the role of sound installations in transforming urban life.

Catherine Lavandier

Cergy Paris University, France

Catherine Lavandier holds a civil engineering diploma and is full professor in building acoustics at the CY Cergy Paris University, France. Her academic interests include room acoustic quality with a psychophysical approach and soundscape quality with an ecological approach. She is regularly involved in national or international projects whose common aim is to link the physical world of acoustics to the sound perceptions or to the sound representations of people. She participated to the European research network COST TD0804 “Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes”. Currently, she works on the audio-visual interactions for outdoor and indoor environments.

Lisa Lavia

Heriot-Watt University, UK

Lisa Lavia MBA is managing director of UK NGO the Noise Abatement Society; conducting PhD research investigating soundscape, engagement and policy at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh; a member of ISO TC43/SC1/WG54 on Soundscape. Lisa works to implement soundscape research-to-practice, training and policy development to solve noise pollution and evolve soundscape practice.

Maryse Lavoie

Noise control technician, Montreal, Canada

Maryse Lavoie received a PhD in musicology from Université de Montréal and post-doctoral training in music technology at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), McGill University. She is currently managing noise complaints at the Plateau-Mont-Royal, Ville de Montréal, where she is also collaborating with the Sounds in the City team. Her interests include urban soundscapes design, sound perception, acoustical indicators, urban noise policies as well as the development of new methodologies and integrative (holistic) approaches.

Trond Maag

Trond Maag is an urbanist who works within project teams and scientific working groups, in particular performing multidisciplinary research, guiding case studies, organising panels and workshops, serving on juries for architectural projects and urban planning, and programing public walks and activities. His practice involves interdisciplinary work that overlaps with artistic practice and methodologies. Maag is also responsible for urban sound planning at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, establishing sound and noise-related guidelines and policies on national level. He has been awarded by the European Environ­mental Agency for his work that is focused on the urban sound realm and the quality of public spaces.

Julien Maillard

CSTB, France

Dr. Julien Maillard received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, on active noise and vibration control. He is now a senior researcher at CSTB. He has been involved with the development of auralisation techniques for indoor and outdoor environments. His research has led to several auralisation modules used in research as well as commercial software. He is project leader for the development of MithraSound, a commercial software for the prediction and auralisation of outdoor environments. He took part in several European and National research projects involving auralisation. He also carries out public and private consultancy in acoustics for the building and transportation industries. Recently, he co-directed a PhD in collaboration with SNCF on the auralisation of railway noise. This work led to new audio noise emission models for train rolling noise and equipment noise.

Efstathios Margaritis

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Dr Efstathios Margaritis is a Lecturer in Human Geography and Planning at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. He is specialised in the field of urban morphology and soundscape with his latest work to be in the field of smartphone-based participatory soundscape mapping using GIS tools. He earned his PhD degree at Sheffield University, School of Architecture, investigating the effects of urban morphology on the urban sound environment. He is a Marie Curie Alumni and took part in the SONORUS EU project, which highlighted the importance of Urban Sound Planning. He is also a member of the AESOP Young Academics Network.

Susanne Moebus

University Hospital of Essen, Germany

Susanne Moebus is full professor at the University Hospital of Essen where she heads the newly founded Institute for Urban Public Health (InUPH) – formerly Centre for Urban Epidemiology. She has a PhD in Biology as well as a master degree in Public Health/Epidemiology. She is principle investigator of several epidemiological cohort studies. In recent years, her research interests have focused on strength and risks of the urban environment on population health. To this end she is interested in understanding how a health-promoting acoustic quality in cities can be assessed and created for environmental and human health.

Sarah Payne

Heriot-Watt University, UK

Sarah Payne is an Associate Professor of Health in the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University, UK. She is a Chartered Psychologist, specialising in Environmental Psychology. She led Project DeStress, which explored the relationship between cognitive restoration, soundscapes, and built environment designs. Having studied and worked at multiple Universities across Europe and North America, she has received multiple awards and written for academia and government bodies, as well as engaging with the public of all ages to improve urban environments for health and wellbeing.

Kerstin Persson Waye

Gothenburg University, Sweden

Kerstin Persson Waye is Professor (full) at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at Gothenburg University, Sweden. She was appointed docent 2006, and holds a PhD within the medical faculty in Environmental Medicine (1995). She has also had positions as associate professor within acoustics and visiting professor within hearing sciences. Her current research focus is how children perceive and respond to sounds and noise, and how noise effects human health in a life course perspective. Within the field of noise, she has studied sleep disturbance, stress, hearing, work performance, cardio-metabolic outcomes and annoyance always with the prime interest to evaluate the connection between specific sound characteristics, human perception and response. She has been engaged in national and international expert panels, such as the Council of Canadian Academies and the WHO, the latter for the revision of the noise guidelines for Europe. She is also chair of the team 3 within the International Commission of Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN).

Judicael Picaut

Gustave Eiffel University, France

Dr. Judicaël Picaut is senior researcher at the Gustave Eiffel University, where he heads the Environmental Acoustics research unit. For more than 20 years, he has been carrying out and leading research in connection with the analytical and numerical modelling of acoustic propagation in complex spaces (architectural and urban acoustics), the study of propagative effects (façade diffusion, diffusion by fittings, meteorological effects…), noise mapping in the environment (modelling and sensors). He is one of the founders of the Noise-Planet.org project, and at the origin of several open-source tools (NoiseCapture, NoiseModelling, I-Simpa).

Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp

EAA Vice-President, Germany

Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp is a Professor of Psychoacoustics and Noise effects recently retired from the TU- Berlin, Germany.  In the mid of the nineties she started to initiate Soundscape research being presented at international acoustic conferences.  She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, moreover in 2011-2012 was  the  Vice President of ASA. Dr. Schulte-Fortkamp is a Distinguished International Member of the INCE,USA. Concerning Soundscapes, she was awarded with the “Hear the World Foundation award” and she was the recipient of the “European Soundscape Award”. Currently, among numerous activities including publications related to Soundscape research, she is serving for the second consecutive time as Vice-President of the EAA.

Nadine Schütz

(((Echora))), France/Switzerland

Dr. Nadine Schütz (((Echora))) is an independent sound architect and artist based in Paris. She explores the auditory environment through sound installations and acoustic designs that relate space and listening, landscape and music, the urban and the human. Among her ongoing projects, an installation for the new courthouse’s forecourt in Paris, a series of elementary instruments for a 330m bridge crossing the train tracks in Pleyel Saint-Denis, the sonic landscape design for a part of the future Olympic Village for the Paris 2024 games. In 2017 she received her PhD from ETH Zurich, where she has installed a new research and teaching lab for the spatial simulation of sonic landscapes. She is currently an artist in residence at IRCAM at Centre Pompidou Paris and lectures on Landscape Acoustics at ETH Zurich.

Daniel Steele

Sounds in the City, Canada

Dr. Daniel Steele is a soundscape researcher and project manager for the Sounds in the City partnership based in Montreal, Canada. His main interests are in design, planning, management, and policy interventions that can transform urban environments through the largely ignored modality of sound. His work combines of mixed-methods empirical research with knowledge mobilization activities like workshops for built environment professionals. His soundscape work is preceded by experience in hearing impairment research, audio technology, and music.

Irene Van Kamp

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Centre for Sustainability, Environment and Health, The Netherlands

Irene van Kamp (NL) was educated at the University of Groningen and the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and has a background in sociology, psychology and epidemiology.  She has a broad interest and experience in working in interdisciplinary teams and policy preparing research.  Since 2000 she is working as a senior researcher and project manager at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (Netherlands), with an assignment in the field of urban environmental quality and quality of life, and specific expertise in the field of environmental noise. She is and has been supervising several  students (PhD and Msc) on the health impacts of noise and electromagnetic fields, the efficacy of noise interventions, risk perception and risk governance. She was co-author in the review on interventions in the framework of the WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines. Current projects include the health effects of wind turbine sound and the health effects of noise and vibration from rail traffic. Recently she was granted a Horzion2020 project on the Early Environmental quality and life-course mental health effects (Equal- Life). At RIVM she works closely together with acousticians, physicists and GIS experts. Irene van Kamp is (co) author of some 150 publications and five book chapters. In 2012 she was granted the Dutch Golden Decibel award for her scientific work in the noise domain and the ICBEN achievement award in 2020.

Timothy Van Renterghem

Ghent University, Belgium

Dr. Timothy Van Renterghem obtained his MSc in Environmental Engineering (Bio-science engineering) at Ghent University, in 1999, and his Phd in numerical acoustics at the Research Group Acoustics, Dept. of Information Technology, in 2003. After that, he participated in a bilateral cooperation between TNO (The Netherlands) and UGent on the topic of Outdoor sound propagation. As a post-doctoral researcher, he took an active role as researcher and work package leader in various large European research projects including IMAGINE, HOSANNA, QSIDE, and SONORUS. In 2009, he was appointed as a part-time professor (assistant Professor) in the subject area “Environmental sound”; this appointment was extended in 2015 as associate Professor. He teaches courses on “noise pollution”, “sound and vibration”, “control of environmental noise” and “instrumentation for auditive research”. In 2014, he was a visiting Professor at the lab of Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield University (UK). He is member of the Belgian Acoustical Society (ABAV), the European Acoustical Association (EAA) and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). He is a recognized noise expert by the Flemish Government. He is Associate-Editor of Acta Acustica united with Acustica for the theme “Atmospheric Acoustics”. He is (co-)author of about 65 A1-papers in peer-reviewed international journals, 100+ papers in conference proceedings and several chapters in books.

Danielle Vienneau

Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland

PD Dr. Danielle Vienneau is a geospatial environmental epidemiologist and co-Leader of the Environmental Exposure Modelling group at Swiss TPH. Working at the interface between environmental exposures and health effects, she has conducted studies on noise, air pollution and greenspace, with recent noise projects including SiRENE and TraNQuIL from Switzerland.

Jean Marc Wunderli

Empa, Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology, Switzerland

Dr. Jean Marc Wunderli is head of the laboratory of Acoustics / Noise Control at Empa and lecturer at ETH Zurich. He has more than 25 years of experience in measuring, modelling and assessing environmental noise. A second field of research are the effects of noise on human beings, where he conducted projects to establish exposure-response-functions for transportation noise (road, rail, air traffic) and shooting noise. As current president of the Federal Noise Abatement Commission (FNAC) he is also strongly involved in the transfer of research results in Swiss noise abatement policy and Switzerland’s noise legislation.

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