Urban Sound Symposium

April 19-21, 2023

Invited speakers

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

Rosa Maria Alsina Pagès

Universitat Ramon Llull, LaSalle Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Rosa Ma Alsina-Pagès is nowadays Director of Research and Innovation of La Salle Campus Barcelona. She has been the Research Director of La Salle Campus BCN since 2019, an institution with six SGR research groups recognized by AGAUR. The campus also houses a technology transfer center with the ACCIÓ TECNIO seal, with more than 90 researchers from the fields of management, architecture, engineering and digital arts, and more than 80 research and transfer projects regularly underway.

Dr. Alsina-Pagès is a Engineer in Electronics and Telecommunications (2002 and 2004 respectively), from La Salle-URL, Graduate in Humanities from the UOC (2012), Master in Project Management from La Salle – URL (2003). She is also a Doctor in ICT and its management by the URL in 2012.

She has published +55 articles in JCR and Scopus indexed journals, and has more than 90 contributions in reference conferences. She has participated in several projects financed with public and private funds. She has led LIFE+, INNOTEC, NEOTEC, JPI Oceans, CDTI and Llavor (IdC) projects, among other public funding projects. For more detailed information about the publications and the projectes, please refer to:


Ruth Bernatek

University of Oxford, UK

Ruth Bernatek is an architectural historian and postdoctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, where she works on the ERC project titled “Sonorous Cities: Towards a Sonic Urbanism”. Her research explores sound in the built environment, with a particular focus on audiovisual spaces (digital and physical) since 1950. In her academic and curatorial projects, Ruth uses interdisciplinary modes of writing, model-making, film, and exhibition to engage critically and creatively with sound archives, sites and their histories.

Edda Bild

McGill University, Canada

Edda Bild is a soundscape researcher and educator working on urban sound and its relationship to the use of public spaces. She is interested in developing and testing methodologies for documenting the urban sonic experience and finding ways of improving it in practice through intentional urban design and planning, and education. Her broader interest lies in participatory approaches, knowledge mobilization and communication, by encouraging sound awareness among urban stakeholders and the broader public on soundscape and promoting the idea of sound as a resource.

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.

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). He also holds a part-time position of associate professor in Ghent University. His research interests deal with (i) the characterization of urban noise environments, including participatory and citizen-based approaches, and (ii) the evaluation of the links between mobility and urban sound environments, relying on mobility and road traffic modeling at different spatial scales. He is currently the coordinator of the ANR SYMEXPO and ANR Sonorezé II projects, and the animator of the axe “Urban Sound Environments” at the Research Federation IRSTV (CNRS FR2488).

Javier Casado

Barcelona City Council, Spain

Javier Casado is a GIS analyst specialized in environmental acoustics. Industrial Engineer and Master Degree in Business Management and Organization from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech, he is currently working in the Environmental Assessment and Management department of the Barcelona City Council, being a regular member of the Eurocities noise working group. He is especially focused on the realization of strategic noise maps, the assessment of implemented actions in order to reduce noise and the management of the noise monitoring network of the city, with the main objective of improving the environmental quality of the city.

Nicola Di Croce

Università Iuav di Venezia, Italy

Architect, sound artist and researcher, Nicola Di Croce holds a PhD in Urban Planning from Università Iuav di Venezia, and is currently Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Iuav and McGill University. His research deals with the relationship between Urban Studies and Sound Studies. He is interested in sound-oriented, qualitative, participatory and creative approaches to inform urban policy analysis and design. He is founder member of SSH! Sound Studies Hub research center at Iuav, Venice.


Stijn Dickel

aifoon, Belgium

After studying philosophy and mixed media, Stijn Dickel (1974) started his artistic sound and listening research as a musician-performer with Jan Fabre/Troubleyn. He also created sound compositions and listening concepts for dance, theatre, circus and documentary (e.g. at fABULEUS, Kopergietery, Campo, Ben Benaouisse, Grenscase). He played as a musician and sonic explorer with Kaboom Karavan and Inwolves. Nowadays he and Karen Willems form the improvisation duo Elms Willdick, where they explore the borders of sound and music performance.

For 18 years now, Stijn is the artistic coordinator at the listening arts organization aifoon. For aifoon, listening is a critical and co-creative tool to achieve an artistic, social and cultural dialogue. Through their participatory artistic work in public space, urbanity and auditory coexistence have become their central focus. In this capacity, Stijn gave lectures at the Acoustical Society of America (San Diego) and at the Deep Listening Conference of Pauline Oliveros (New York/Troy) and coached architecture students at Sint-Lucas Brussels (led by Caroline Claus) on participatory work and auditory experience within urban planning. In addition, he was also involved in the think tank of Atelier De Stad (CANVAS) and developed sound walks for S.M.A.K., KAAP, La Semaine Du Son.


John Drever

University of London, UK

John Levack Drever operates at the intersection of disciplines that deal with sound including acoustics, audiology, environmental studies, sound art and urban design. He has a special interest in soundscape methods, in particular field recording and soundwalking. In 1998 he co-founded the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (a regional affiliate of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology). He was awarded a PhD from Dartington College of Arts in 2001. Drever is an avid collaborator and a member of Blind Ditch. He has devised sound in many different configurations and contexts. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, France (1999) to Shiga National Museum, Japan (2012). Most recently he collaborated with Ruralrecreation on the School of Insects (2021-22) at Trumpington Park Primary School, Cambridge. Together with Prof Andrew Hugill, he co-edited Aural Diversity (Routledge 2022). Drever is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he co-leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR).

Jens Forssen

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Jens is professor at the Division of Applied Acoustics, Chalmers University of Technology. His area of research is outdoor sound propagation. The research deals mainly with physical modelling and numerical methods, with measurements as an integral part. The research topics include: general outdoor acoustics, i.e. effects of meteorology, terrain profile and ground conditions; road and rail traffic noise; wind turbine noise; noise barriers; effects of atmospheric turbulence; sound propagation in urban environments including inner yards and surface treatments; effects of urban planning and auralization of road vehicles and urban acoustics.

Catherine Guastavino

McGill University, Canada

Catherine Guastavino is a Professor at McGill University (School of Information Studies, Schulich School of Music) and a CIRMMT member. She directs the Multimodal Interaction Lab and 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, (multi)sensory experience, spatial hearing, room acoustics, and music perception and cognition. She also has extensive experience collaborating with industry partners, cultural institutions, as well as with municipal and provincial governments.

Lisa Hall

University of the Arts London, UK

Lisa Hall is a sound artist and researcher exploring urban environments as a context for everyday sonic communications, connections and entanglements. Collaborative and solo projects are often sited, relational and participatory, staged as walks, rides, workshops, performances, curations, writings, interventions and sound installations. Lisa explores how sound is or could be part of everyday living, asking what holds sonic behaviours and hearings in place and how else this could be.
Lisa is Research Centre Manager of Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice research centre (CRiSAP), University of the Arts London, and a PhD researcher at University of Oxford, working within the SONCITIES research project.
Lisa has shared her practice-based research works at numerous conferences, in academic journals and with many arts organisations (V&A, Whitstable Biennale, Kochi Muziris Biennale, Lisbon Triennale, Royal Academy). Lisa is part of the Bicrophonic Research Institute where she develops air pollution sonic cycling projects, and a member of the international feminist radio group Shortwave Collective exploring the creative possibilities of radio practice.

Michiel Huijsman

Soundtrackcity, The Netherlands

Michiel Huijsman is an artist, researcher and independent curator based in Amsterdam. Together with Renate Zentschnig he is the co-founder and co director of Soundtrackcity, an artist-led organisation focussing on research and the developement of new collaborative artistic practices concerning sound and the urban milieu. Soundtrackcity developes new forms of media art and new listening practices, initiates participatory research projects with local communities and produces soundwalks with and without headphones. Founded in 2009, Soundtrackcity is active in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Berlin.


Tony Leroux

Université de Montréal, Canada

Tony Leroux is a Professor at Université de Montréal (School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Faculty of Medicine) and a researcher at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation. His research focuses on the effects of noise on hearing and health. He is frequently solicited by national and international government agencies. He has participated in more than 150 media interviews and has given dozens of professional, scientific and knowledge transfer workshops. Socially involved, his interventions before the courts have contributed to the evolution of jurisprudence in Quebec.

Christian Lorenzi

L’École normale supérieure Paris, France

Christian was trained in Psychology at Université Lumière Lyon II and then obtained a Master degree in Cognitive Sciences and a PhD in Experimental Psychology in the same university. He has worked at the Applied Psychology Unit of the Medical Research Council (MRC, Cambridge, UK) as a post-doctoral scientist, and at the Institute of Hearing Research of the MRC (Glasgow, UK) as a junior scientist. He was recruited at the Université Paris Descartes as lecturer (1997) and then full professor (2001), before taking a position of full professor in Experimental Psychology at the École normale superieure (Paris) in 2011. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a former (junior) member of IUF (2001). His research focuses on temporal processing by the normal and impaired human auditory system, the perception of speech and natural soundscapes by normal-hearing and hearing-impaired people.

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.

Sarah Payne

University of Surrey, UK

Sarah Payne is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey, UK. Trained in Psychology (BSc Psychology, MSc Environmental Psychology), her PhD Architecture studying the “restorative value of urban park soundscapes” crossed disciplinary boundaries incorporating environmental psychology and acoustics. The interdisciplinary nature of Sarah’s research interests resulted in her subsequently working in acoustic, engineering, landscape architecture, geography and planning academic departments in the UK, Canada, Norway and Finland. This has resulted in an applied focus to her work, whilst valuing the theoretical and methodological requirements for valuable research.

Mark Plumbley

University of Surrey, UK

Prof. Mark Plumbley is Professor of Signal Processing at the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey, in Guildford, UK. He is an expert on analysis and processing of audio, using a wide range of signal processing and machine learning methods. He led the first international data challenge on Detection and Classification of Acoustic Scenes and Events (DCASE), and is a co-editor of the book “Computational Analysis of Sound Scenes and Events” (Springer, 2018). He currently holds a 5-year EPSRC Fellowship “AI for Sound” on automatic recognition of everyday sounds. He is a Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Committee on Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing, and a Fellow of the IET and IEEE.

Jenny Selander

Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden

Jenny is an Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is a Research Group Leader and the Head of Unit of the Unit of Occupational Medicine at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. She studies joint effects of exposure in Occupational and Environmental settings in relation to health effects. Her focus however, is on noise, air pollution, vibrations and chemicals in the work and living environment in relation to health. Outcome measures she studies include reproductive outcomes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. She is also involved in risk assessment, mainly regarding noise exposure and health.

Christopher Trudeau

McGill University, Canada

Christopher is an urban sound/noise researcher and a PhD Candidate at McGill University. He has been working with the Sounds in the City team since 2017 and initially that meant a lot of work in Montreal’s Plateau-Mont-Royal borough. In comparison with other parts of Montreal, the Plateau is a relatively well-off neighbourhood that already has dynamic and pleasant sound environments. Early on, he became interested in the social inequalities in urban sound and noise exposure. He is exploring these issues in his PhD research where he investigates the extent to which certain social groups are more exposed to noise and have less access to beneficial, high-quality sound environments.

Timothy Van Renterghem

Ghent University, Belgium

Timothy Van Renterghem received his degree in Bio-engineering (Environmental Technologies) at Ghent University, Faculty of Bio-engineering Sciences, in 1999. In October 2003, he obtained his PhD at Ghent University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Department of Information Technology, Research group WAVES. Timothy is currently Associate Professor in Environmental Acoustics, and teaches different courses related to noise pollution, acoustical instrumentation and urban (sound) planning.

Timothy Van Renterghem is member of the Belgian Acoustical Society (ABAV), the European Acoustical Association (EAA), and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). He is Associate-Editor of Acta Acustica united with Acustica (journal of the EAA) for the theme “Atmospheric Sound” and Elsevier’s Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. He is currently author of about 80 A1-publications, and more than 135 publications in the proceedings of international congresses. His main research interest is sound propagation outdoors, strongly linked to the environmental noise issue. Subtopics of interest are the impact of local meteorology on sound propagation in the atmospheric boundary layer, the interaction between vegetation and acoustic waves and urban sound propagation. A specific measure of continuing interest is how vegetation can be used to mitigate environmental noise issues, both from the physical point of view (decibel reduction) and perception improvement (including audio-visual interactions and soundscaping with natural sounds).

Raf Verbruggen

City of Antwerp, Belgium

Raf Verbruggen is project leader on air quality and environmental sound at the city of Antwerp (Belgium), department of Climate & Environment, since 2018. Currently he supervises an innovation project on urban sound planning and quiet urban areas, which contributes to a healthy and pleasant city for residents and visitors. He also coordinates various monitoring and participation projects on air quality, often in collaboration with Antwerp schools. Before, Raf worked several years as a policy officer on youth space at the Flemish Youth Council. He holds a PhD in historical geography from Loughborough University (United Kingdom).

Michael Vorländer

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Michael Vorländer graduated in physics in 1984, gained a doctor degree in 1989 at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and a habilitation degree at Technical University Dresden, Germany, in 1995. Since 1996, he has been a professor at RWTH Aachen, Germany. His book “Auralization” (2nd edition, Springer 2020) is a reference in the field of Acoustic Virtual Reality. His research interests include auralization including simulation techniques and signal processing. Prof. Vorländer was President of the European Acoustics Association, EAA, from 2004 to 2006 and President of the International Commission for Acoustics, ICA, from 2010 to 2013. His awards include the Rayleigh Medal (IOA) in 2021, the W.C. Sabine Medal (ASA) in 2018, and the Award for contribution to promotion of acoustics in Europe (EAA) in 2014.

Mike Woods

University of Salford, UK

Mike graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc in Zoology and then from the University of Manchester with an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control, which allowed him to enter the world of Environmental Consultancy. During 3 years working as a Consultant, he delivered applied research and consultancy for a broad range of clients, but quickly realised that academia was where he wanted to develop his career. He returned to the University of Liverpool to work as an Environmental Scientist, using the experience he had gained as a Consultant to secure substantive research funding in various areas of applied environmental science. In parallel, he undertook a part-time PhD, graduating in 2010.

His first academic post was at Manchester Metropolitan University, which provided him with excellent opportunities to hone his teaching skills. Since 2011, he has been lecturing in environmental management at the University of Salford. He is currently Reader in Applied Ecology at Salford.

The University of Salford provides a fantastic environment for him to undertake his research and to deliver research-led teaching. The University has also allowed him to develop a strong international reputation in science communication. He currently undertakes extensive research in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, studying environmental radioactivity and its impact on wildlife. This research led him to being awarded the highly prestigious Times Higher Education Award for research in 2016.

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