Urban Sound Symposium

April 3-5, 2019 in Ghent, Belgium

Invited speakers

Below you can find the invited speakers at the conference, in alphabetical order (as of 4 October 2018).

Aelita Skaržauskienė

Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania

Prof. Aelita Skaržauskienė is the Head of the Social Technologies LAB at Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania. She is also leading the Programme of Communication and Information Management Technologies at Kaunas University of Technology. Her main research interests are digital co-creation, collective decision-making, and decentralized governance. She has developed a Collective Intelligence Monitoring Technique for evaluation of networked platforms. She is a member of scientific committees of different scientific conferences and journals, a part of PhD Students Society, and a guest lecturer at international PhD schools. She has developed her scientific competencies during internships at a.o. MIT and Washington University, USA, and universities in South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Italy. She received a diploma for Cluster Facilitator at the IESE Business School in Barcelona. At present, she is leading the international interdisciplinary ERA-NET project “C3PLACES – using ICT for developing inclusive public spaces”, and is representing Lithuania in two COST networks. As a Social Technologies advisor, she is engaged in building up the platform Tenzorum, which will enable a decentralized access to the Blockchain products.

André Fiebig

HEAD acoustics, Germany

André Fiebig studied communication science, acoustics and sociology and earned his PhD in the scope of psychoacoustics at the Technical University of Berlin. He has been working for HEAD acoustics GmbH for several years where he leads a working group concerned with developing test procedures for the investigation of sound perception and assessment. He is involved in national and international standardization working groups and has contributed to several international research projects investigating the impact of environmental noise on humans. He currently chairs the technical committee on noise at the German Acoustical Society DEGA. He has authored several scientific publications including book chapters about soundscape, metric development and jury testing methods. His special research interest lies in the field of cognitive stimulus integration of streams of auditory sensations in the context of environmental noise.

Arnaud Can

IFSTTAR, France

Arnaud Can is a researcher in environmental acoustics at the French institute of science and technology for transport, development and networks (IFSTTAR). He received his PhD degree in 2008, which dealt with the use of road traffic modeling for noise prediction. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Ghent University between 2009 and 2011. Since 2011, he is a researcher at UMRAE (Joint Research Unit in Environmental Acoustics), the common laboratory of IFSTTAR and CEREMA. His research interests deal with the characterization of urban noise environments and the evaluation of the impact of road traffic on noise. This research includes the coupling between road traffic and noise models, approaches that combine measurements and modelling, and specific work on sound indicators. As author or co-author, he has contributed to more than 60 publications, including 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is currently the scientific coordinator of the CENSE project funded by ANR (“Characterization of urban sound environments: A comprehensive approach combining open data, measurements and modelling”).

Bert De Coensel

Ghent University, Belgium | ASAsense, Belgium

Bert De Coensel is a part-time associate professor in computational psychoacoustics at Ghent University. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Engineering Physics in 2002 and 2007, both at Ghent University. From 2008 to 2014, he was a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen). He has been a visiting scholar at Stockholm University, at the University of California at Berkeley (supported by an honorary fellowship of the BAEF), at Griffith University, and at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. His research interests include audio signal processing, computational auditory scene analysis, machine audition, auditory perception and soundscape. As author or co-author, he has contributed to more than 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. At Ghent University, he teaches the course on audio engineering. He is a member of the Belgian Acoustical Society (ABAV) and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Furthermore, he is co-founder and managing director of ASAsense, a spin-off company of Ghent University that focuses on the development of intelligent sensor networks.

Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp

TU Berlin, Germany

Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp is a Professor (retired) of Psychoacoustics and Noise Effects, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.  Her research and teaching activities include Psychoacoustics, Acoustic Ecology, and Soundscapes. Dr. Schulte-Fortkamp was visiting as research professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, Osaka University, and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. Among others, she was co-chair of the European Committee COST Action TD 082011-201204 “Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes”. She is not only a member of ISO/TC 43/SC 1/WG 54 -12913-1 “Perceptual assessment of soundscape quality” but also project leader for ISO/TS 12913-2 Soundscape 2018: Data collection and reporting requirements. She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and served for 12 years as Associate Editor in Noise for JASA. Dr. Schulte-Fortkamp’s current activities for ASA include chairing the Committee on International Liaison and being active as a member of several ASA committees.  In 2011-2012 she was ASA Vice President. Currently she is Vice-President of the European Acoustics Association (EAA) and since 2013 a member of the board of the German Acoustical Society (DEGA). Dr. Schulte-Fortkamp is a Distinguished International Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE USA). In 2010, she was awarded with the Hear the World Foundation Award and in 2012 she was the recipient of the European Soundscape Award.

Catherine Lavandier

University of Cergy-Pontoise, France

Catherine Lavandier is a full professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Sustainable Construction at the IUT (Technical Institute) and researcher at the ETIS laboratory, UMR 8051 of the University Paris Seine, the University of Cergy-Pontoise, the ENSEA and the CNRS. The aim of her research is to understand how humans perceive their sound environment, in the areas of architectural acoustics for the interior of buildings, environmental acoustics for urban soundscapes and industrial acoustics for noise annoyance due to transport. She has managed several French national projects on urban sound quality and has participated in international environmental noise projects. Presently she is the vice-president of the French Acoustical Society.

Daniele Quercia

Bell Labs Cambrigde, UK

Daniele Quercia is a computer scientist, leads the Social Dynamics team and is Site Leader at Bell Labs Cambridge (UK). He has been named one of Fortune magazine’s 2014 Data All- Stars, and spoke about “happy maps” at TED (seen by 2M+). He is interested in the relationship between online and offline worlds, and his work has focused on the area of urban computing and digital health. His research received best paper awards from ACM Ubicomp 2014 and from AAAI ICWSM 2015, and an honorable mention from AAAI ICWSM 2013. He was Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs, a Horizon senior researcher at The Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, and Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT. He received his PhD from UC London. His thesis was sponsored by Microsoft Research Cambridge and was nominated for BCS Best British PhD dissertation in Computer Science.

Dick Botteldooren

Ghent University, Belgium

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. Dick Botteldooren was born in 1963 in Oudenaarde, Belgium. He obtained an MSc degree in Electronic Engineering in 1986 from Ghent University and a PhD in Applied Science in 1990 from Ghent University. In 1992 he became interested in acoustics and in particular environmental noise and obtained a post-doctoral fellowship with the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research. In April 1993, he became a part-time professor at Ghent University. Since October 2000 he is a full-time professor in acoustics. 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. This work was reported in 140 journal publications and several hundred conference contributions. Based on his expertise he was an advisor for national and international health councils, and noise policy makers.

Donald Albert

U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, USA

Dr. Donald Albert received a Ph.D. from Scripps Institute of Oceanography for his research on the attenuation of sound caused by a snow cover, and has extensive experience in seismic and acoustic wave propagation research in cold and complex environments. He has conducted seismic and acoustic experiments in Antarctica, Greenland, Norway, and Alaska, as well as in urban and forested areas, and was involved in the design of an autonomous seismic profiler for lunar exploration.  His theoretical modeling of seismic wave propagation at the South Pole provided the basis for relocating the Global Seismic Network sensors in a borehole, a site that is now one of the quietest on Earth. He has published papers on theoretical, experimental, and computational wave propagation, and has received reimbursable funding from various Army agencies, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense, NASA, USGS, and the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.  Dr. Albert recently retired from the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) after a 38-year career and is currently consulting part-time.

Erik Salomons

TNO, The Netherlands

Erik Salomons is a scientific researcher at TNO in the Netherlands. He has been working in the field of atmospheric acoustics and environmental noise during the past 26 years. He has published 40 first-author articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In 2001 he published the monograph ‘Computational atmospheric acoustics’. He has worked in various EU projects related to the Environmental Noise Directive and strategic noise mapping, such as Harmonoise, Imagine, CityHush, QSIDE, and Heimtsa. His work includes research on quiet urban areas and quiet facades. He has been involved in the development of the EU noise calculation method Cnossos. He has worked in EU project Mach on parallel computation of noise maps, fluid flow, and sound propagation.

Irene van Kamp

RIVM, 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 frameworks of the WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines. Current projects include mapping the burden of disease from low frequency noise; advising the EU on the use of environmental health indicators in the Environmental Noise Directives; the perception of noise and vibration from rail traffic; and the health promoting role of positive aspects in the sound environment in their physical and social context. 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.

Jean-Dominique Polack

Sorbonne University, France

Jean-Dominique Polack, Dr.rer.nat. (Göttingen, Germany) 1982, Dr. es Sc. 1988, is Professor of Acoustics at Sorbonne University/University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris since 1997, and was director of the Laboratoire d’Acoustique Musicale, now merged into Institut d’Alembert, from 2002 to 2006. He then headed the Doctoral Schools in mechanics, acoustics and robotics (ED391 SMAER) from 2009 to March 2011, and was elected Director of the Doctoral Education Institute at UPMC (IFD, equivalent to Dean of Doctoral Studies) from March 2011 to March 2016. His professional experience includes 18 months at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 1985-86, and 6 years at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) between 1991 and 2001, including 2 years as Professor of Electroacoustics. Jean-Dominique is a specialist in Room Acoustics and Environmental Acoustics, with work on the ecological validity of sound reproduction. He also was the first Editor-in-Chief of Acta Acustica between 1993 and 1998, and Vice-President of the European Acoustics Association (EAA) from 2004 to 2007. In 1997, he was awarded the Prix Chavasse from the French Acoustical Society (SFA), and he received the ID-Prisen from the Danish Design Centre in 1998 for OmniSource, a sound source designed for Brüel&Kjær A/S. He has published over a hundred papers in journals and conferences.

Jérôme Defrance

CSTB, France

Jérôme Defrance (PhD Acoustics, MSc Acoustics, MSc HVAC) is currently head of the R&D Acoustics Division at CSTB (French scientific and technical building research center). His domains of expertise are outdoor sound propagation, engineering prediction models for noise mapping, transportation noise, urban noise and innovative noise reducing devices including low barriers. For the past 25 years, he has been involved in many national and international environmental noise projects such as ALPNAP, NMPB-Model, HARMONOISE, ADRIENNE, CITEDYNE, QUIESST, HOSANNA and URBASON. He is author or co-author of over 170 journal papers and papers in congress proceedings and books.

Jian Kang

University College London, UK

Jian Kang, FIOA, FASA, FIIAV, CEng, Professor of Acoustics at University College London (UCL), obtained his BEngArch and MSc from Tsinghua University and PhD from University of Cambridge. Previously he also worked at the University of Cambridge, the Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics in Germany, and the University of Sheffield. He has worked in environmental and architectural acoustics for 30+ years, with 60+ engineering/consultancy projects, 70+ research projects, and 800+ publications. His work on acoustic theories, design guidance and products has brought improvements to the noise control in underground stations/tunnels and soundscape design in urban areas. He chairs the Technical Committee for Noise of the European Acoustics Association, and EU COST Action on Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes. He was awarded IOA Tyndall Medal 2008, and Peter Lord Award 2014, and he is recipient of the prestigious Advanced ERC Grant on Urban Soundscapes.

Luigi Maffei

University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy

Luigi Maffei is full professor of Building Environmental Control and Applied Acoustics at the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy. Since 1980, his research has been  focused on topics related to Architectural Acoustics and Noise Control. He is Dean of the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design and he has been Director of the Master in Acoustics and Noise Control. He is coordinator of international didactic projects co-funded by the Italian University and the Research Ministry, such as the MEDACOUSTICS Master “Acoustics and Noise Control in Mediterranean Countries” with the Yildiz Technical University di Istanbul  and the  Summer School on “Built Environment Control” with the Togliatti State University. He is scientific coordinator for his University of  the FP7 ITN Marie Curie Project “SONORUS- Urban Sound Planner” and Coordinator of the WG5 of the project EU-COST TD0804 “Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes”. He has been President of the EAA European Acoustics Association (2007-2010), Vice President of the I-INCE Institute of Noise Control Engineering (2010-2021) and President of the Acoustical Society of Italy (2014-2017). He was chairman of the European Conference on Noise Control Euronoise 2003, Technical Co-Chair of the INTERNOISE 2016 Conference in Hamburg, member of advisory committee and organizer of structured sessions of different international conferences. He is an associate editor of international journal Acta Acustica united with Acustica.

Marcel Cobussen

Leiden University, The Netherlands

Marcel Cobussen is Full Professor of Auditory Culture and Music Philosophy at Leiden University (the Netherlands) and the Orpheus Institute in Ghent (Belgium). He studied jazz piano at the Conservatory of Rotterdam and Art and Cultural Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Cobussen is author of several books, among them The Field of Musical Improvisation (LUP 2017), Music and Ethics (Ashgate 2012/Routledge 2017, co-author Nanette Nielsen), and Thresholds. Rethinking Spirituality Through Music (Ashgate 2008). He is editor of The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art (Routledge 2016, co-editors Barry Truax and Vincent Meelberg) and Resonanties. Verkenningen tussen kunsten en wetenschappen (LUP 2011).  He is editor-in-chief of the open access online Journal of Sonic Studies (www.sonicstudies.org). His PhD dissertation Deconstruction in Music (Erasmus University Rotterdam 2002) is presented as an online website located at www.deconstruction-in-music.com.

Sarah Payne

Heriot-Watt University, UK

Sarah Payne is an Associate Professor of Health in the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University, UK, teaching Architectural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Geographers, Planners, and Interior Designers. She is a Chartered Psychologist, specialising in Environmental Psychology. Sarah’s PhD in Architecture from the University of Manchester focused on urban park soundscapes and their restorative value. She won three awards (at Acoustics ’08; IAPS2018; Internoise 2013), for her PhD work and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow work at McGill University. Sarah has been a Researcher at Salford University, the University of Warwick, and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. She co-edited a Frontiers in Psychology edition on Soundscape Assessments and wrote a Soundscape report for Defra. She is currently Principal Investigator of Project DeStress, which aims to Design and Engineer Soundscapes To enable Restorative Environments for Sustainable Societies. She is treasurer of the International Association of People-Environment Studies [IAPS], after having convened the IAPS Restorative Environments Network (2012-2018) and IAPS Sensory Environments Network (2015-2018).

Timothy Van Renterghem

Ghent University, Belgium

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 a regular chair of thematic sessions at European and International conferences. He is (co-)author of about 65 A1-papers in peer-reviewed international journals, 100+ papers in conference proceedings and several chapters in books. His main research interest is sound propagation in the outdoor environment.

Supported by

Ghent University
ASAsense
HEAD Genuit Foundation
C3PLACES
EUROCITIES