Plenary and Keynote Lectures

The conference will be opened with a plenary lecture by Swiss journalist and author Sieglinde Geisel on historical and philosophical views of noise in our society.

Marc Schönwiesner from the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research will provide a closing plenary lecture describing a view into the future, focusing on the basic mechanisms of sound analysis in the human brain.

The four keynote topics – Aircraft noise, Road and Train traffic noise, and Underwater noise – will complement major areas covered in the Congress.

Marc Schönwiesner

University of Montreal & McGill University, Canada

Marc Schönwiesner is Professor of Neuroscience at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research, in Montreal, Canada. He is interested in how the brain encodes and processes simple and complex sounds and how these mechanisms change when people adjust to new listening situations. When possible, he studies individual brains, rather than group averages, with the aim to understand how differences in brain processing relate to differences in perception and behavior. The lab uses high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging, EEG, brainstem recordings, computational modeling, and a number of somewhat crazy devices and techniques, such a self-build 80-channel spherical loudspeaker array and miniaturized programmable devices that change the way people hear. In his spare time, he coordinates an Erasmus Mundus training network in auditory cognitive neuroscience that spans 26 universities in 11 countries.

Christ de Jong

Christ de Jong is a senior scientist in the Acoustics and Sonar department of TNO (the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) in The Hague. He did his MSc on flow noise in gas pipes and his PhD on the analysis of pulsations and vibrations in fluid-filled pipe systems, both at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Working at TNO since 1986, he has carried out many research projects aimed at measuring and managing the underwater acoustic signature of ships and naval platforms. In the last decade his field has been extended with studies of the impact of the underwater sound of various anthropogenic sources (ships, dredgers, marine piling) on aquatic species like harbour porpoises, harbour seals and fish (larvae). Examples are the Rotterdam Port extension and the construction of offshore wind farms in the North Sea. Between 2010 and 2013 he chaired the NATO research group SET-166 ‘Signature Management System for Underwater Signatures of Surface Ships’ and he is an active member of the ISO/TC43/SC3 working groups responsible for the development of measurement standards for underwater radiated noise of ships and of marine piling.

Siv Leth

Siv Leth presently holds a position as adjunct Professor in Technical Acoustics at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm within the Marcus Wallenberg Laboratory (MWL) of Sound and Vibration. She has been working on vehicle noise control at different positions in naval, mining, aerospace, automotive and railway industry for over 35 years. Siv has for the last 15 years, until early 2016, been Head of the global Center of Competence for Acoustics and Vibration and Director in Specialist Engineering at Bombardier Transportation. Bombardier is one of the world’s largest supplier of rolling stock and rail equipment. She has had assignments in a number of international R&D projects: As Technical coordinator in the large European Shift2Rail JU for Cross Cutting Activities up to 2016 and chairing UNIFE (European Rail Industry) Noise Expert Group. She was independent Advisor to the European Commission in the Transport Advisory Group, advising on European Research strategies in FP (Frame Program) 7 as well as Member in Steering Committees and WP leader in several European Research projects (ACOUTRAIN, RIVAS, SILENCE and InMAR ). Her initial training was in Naval Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden and as doctoral researcher in aeroacoustics at Luleå University of Technology. She is author of numerous papers published in international journals and conferences on acoustics of trains and aircraft.

Stephen Rizzi

Stephen Rizzi joined NASA in 1989 and is the Senior Researcher for Aeroacoustics at the NASA Langley Research Center.  He is the driving force behind NASA’s Perception-Influenced Design effort to develop revolutionary tools and methods for low noise design of transformative air vehicles.  He and his team support several NASA and industry projects, including the NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology, Convergent Aeronautics Solutions, Transformational Tools and Technologies, and Environmentally Responsible Aviation projects.  He is recipient of the 2015 NASA Exceptional Service Medal for "sustained and exceptional contributions to the acoustics discipline."  He is a member of INCE-USA and an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.  He currently serves on the AIAA Aeroacoustics Technical Committee and the Transformational Flight Program Committee.  He received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MS and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University.

Thomas Beckenbauer

Thomas Beckenbauer joined Müller-BBM in 1990 and is Senior Consultant and Senior Researcher in the field of tyre/road noise focussing on noise mitigation by means of noise reducing road pavements. Being involved in national and European road research projects as well as in consulting services gives him the opportunity to apply and to test the outcomes of the research projects in real road scenarios. Development and application of advanced simulation and measurement tools for the synthesis and analysis of tyre/road noise and relevant road surface characteristics are part of his work.
He is a member of the Acoustical Society of Germany DEGA, the German Road and Transport Research Association FGSV and the World Road Association PIARC. He received his MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Acoustics from Technical University of Munich.