Waiting for Matera…

Waiting for the 47th National Conference, AIA proposes “Waiting for Matera …” an interesting cycle of free educational seminars, in webinar mode.

The program includes 12 events (6 in autumn and 6 in spring) which will be held on some Fridays of each month during the lunch break, from 13.30 to 14.30.

The speakers will mainly be young researchers and professionals, experts in acoustics and in other disciplines related to the study of sound.
We will start by talking about soundscape during the lockdown and global comfort at the time of COVID, then moving on to acoustics in school environments and the design of spaces for teaching, through the introduction of new technical tools such as machine-learning and regulatory tools such as UNI 11532-2: 2020. We will then discuss noise in densely occupied places, restaurants and wind farms, sensor and monitoring networks, virtual reality simulations and applications, wooden buildings, acoustic metamaterials, vibroacoustic methods for elastic/viscoelastic characterization. of materials and structures, of performance-based design; issues related to the most recent developments in applied acoustics.

Free events for AIA Members and Non-Members. The issue of professional training credits is not foreseen.

The webinar cycle “Waiting for Matera” is one of the initiatives of the International Year of Sound 2020-2021.

SPRING WEBINAR 2021

Friday 19 February 2021  1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Webinar

EXTENDED NETWORKS OF SENSORS FOR THE MONITORING OF NOISE AND VIBRATIONS
Metrological aspects and data management

Chiarman Sergio Luzzi

In the last decade, the advent of MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) technology applied to microphones and accelerometers has led to the development of small and inexpensive digital sensors with good performance. These sensors, born in the gaming and IT fields, are composed of a sensitive element and analog-digital converters integrated in volumes on a millimeter scale. The main advantages of digital MEMS sensors are extremely low costs and easier digital signal processing. For this reason they begin to find new and particular applications within extended networks of low-cost wireless sensors that allow to collect large amounts of data in real time for environmental or industrial monitoring, where, on a large scale, it is not always necessary. have high precision sensors, but at the same time metrological traceability is necessary, in order to guarantee the effective accuracy of the measurement. Furthermore, sensor networks require sophisticated data management, in terms of connection, transfer and analysis, and an adequate IT hardware and software infrastructure. However, for these extensive sensor networks it is not always possible to implement standard calibration procedures, which, in addition to technical differences, are not suitable in terms of cost when compared to the low cost of the sensors themselves. Consequently, as also reported by the BIPM strategic vision document in the context of emerging metrological requirements for the future, it is necessary that these technologies «are supported by a new metrology to support reliable and safe operation (including digital sensors) and to guarantee traceability chains and quality management requirements “.
In this webinar, the first of the second cycle of “Waiting for Matera”, we will talk about MEMS and extended monitoring networks together with Luca Nencini, Jacopo Fogola and Andrea Prato, respectively experts in production and adaptation, environmental applications and sensor calibration and traceability issues.
We will try to understand what they are and why they are cheap, what are the prospects and limits of general use for environmental measures, how they are used in networks for noise and vibration control and how to deal with the problems related to the management of large amounts of data and the need for good connection and large-scale reliability.

Relatori

Foto Jacopo_4

Jacopo Fogola,graduated with honors in Physics, since 1998 I have been working at Arpa Piemonte, where since 2011 I have been responsible for the “Noise and Vibrations” Coordination, with the task of defining the guidelines and standardizing the activity on noise pollution at regional level. Since the same year I have been in charge of the “Noise” Operational Unit of the North West Territorial Department, with the task of managing the monitoring and control activities in the province of Turin. As part of the roles assumed, I coordinated various projects and applied research activities, aimed at the characterization of noise on a large scale, the analysis of population exposure, the preparation of recovery plans, as well as the development of innovative solutions for measuring and acoustic modeling. Within the AIA I was coordinator of the Environmental Acoustics Group from 2008 to 2012, member of the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014 and from 2018 to 2021, as well as contact person for web communication. In recent years I have actively collaborated with the Association for the scientific organization of various national conferences and thematic seminars.

Foto Luca Nencini

Luca Nencini,has acquired years of experience in the electroacoustic sector and graduated in Physics in 2003 from the University of Pisa. He worked as a Competent Technician in Environmental Acoustics gaining knowledge in the areas of acoustic modeling, remediation and acoustic mapping. He was technical coordinator for the development of the monitoring infrastructure implemented in the European Life Dynamap project which saw the implementation of prototype monitoring networks on the Grande Raccordo Anulare of Rome and in the Municipality of Milan. He is the author of publications at national and international conferences and articles in scientific journals.
He is a founding member of the innovative startup Blue Wave Srl, within which he plays the role of technical reference for research, development and production control of outdoor remote acoustic monitoring systems based on latest generation micro electromechanical transducers.

Foto Andrea Prato

Andrea Prato, graduated in Physics in 2011 at the University of Turin. In 2012, as a PhD student in Metrology (title later obtained in 2015), he joined the Applied Acoustics group of the National Institute of Metrological Research (INRIM) and worked on issues relating to building and architectural acoustics. He is currently a post-doc research fellow at INRIM, within the Applied Metrology and Engineering Division, in the Mechanical Measurements group. He is the author of several articles in scientific journals and contributions to national and international conferences and is a collaborator in the courses of “Experimental statistics and mechanical measurements”, “Sound engineering” and “Building physics” of the Turin Polytechnic.

AUTUMN WEBINAR 2020

Friday  March 5th  2021   1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Webinar

From the cave to the stage: virtual spaces for the show

Chairman Arianna Astolfi 

Auralization and acoustic spatialization are topics that have been widely developed, especially during the last few decades, in conjunction with the advancement of technologies. Among other things, the virtual 3D reconstruction – both sound and visual – of architectural and natural environments has represented in the last year the way to escape the restrictions of domestic spaces, considered very limited. Therefore, the evolution of microphones and spherical sound sources, equipped with mini capsules respectively for the recovery and restitution of sound, are the expedients through which the virtual reconstruction is made possible both in special listening rooms and through the ” use of cheap devices (such as smartphones and normal headphones).
During the seminar the operating methodologies and applications that took place both in closed or confined places such as the historical Italian nineteenth-century theaters will be exposed through the data collection of the SIPARIO project, and outdoors by exploiting the natural architectures of Paleolithic caves and inlets of which the project ARTSOUNDSCAPE is one of the leaders.
Through a “virtual” reconstruction, the acoustic evolution of the Roman theater of Benevento will be presented: from the original conformation in the imperial era, the abandonment following historical events and natural events, the decadence with the construction of houses in the cavea making it lose the memory until the rediscovery at the end of the 19th century and the return of the theater to the city in the mid-20th century.
Some results will then be shared which will be later discussed both from an acoustic and architectural point of view.

Relatori

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Antonella Bevilacqua, graduated in Architecture and Building Engineering at the University of Parma, she then continued her studies in acoustics at London South Bank University (LSBU). The combination of technical knowledge together with artistic musical knowledge, gained after two diplomas and a second level two-year course at the A. Boito Conservatory in Parma, was the basis on which Antonella’s vast experience developed in different fields of acoustics, ranging from industrial acoustics for power and oil plants to environmental acoustics for the construction of railway lines and airports. But Antonella’s real passion remains the acoustics of buildings, especially that applied to complex volumes such as theaters and concert halls, whose interest has mainly focused on the auralization and spatial reconstruction of these historic places, heritage of humanity.

Adriano Farina, was born in Parma in 1990. After high school he graduated in Computer, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. He has always worked on the intersection between audio and panoramic video, using the Ambisonics technique for recordings in the air and in water. He recently worked for the ARTSOUNDSCAPES project, participating in archaeological expeditions to carry out Ambisonics measurements of the acoustic characteristics of Paleolithic caves with rock paintings, investigating the relationship between placement of paintings and acoustic characteristics, and creating the software to process and analyze them.
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Ilaria Lombardi,Graduated in Architecture with honors, qualified as an architect, Competent Technician in Environmental Acoustics (enrollment in ENTECA). Student of the Doctorate course in Environment, Design and Innovation of the XXXVI CYCLE, at the Department of Engineering of the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. It uses BIM and architectural acoustics simulation software (Odeon and I-Simpa). Author of 13 Scopus indexed publications in the applied acoustics sector.

AUTUMN WEBINAR 2020

Friday 19 March 2021 1.30 pm-2.30pm

Webinar

Everything swings! What the waves tell us

Chairman Francesco Asdrubali

With the contribution of   AIA 2021 Gold Supporter.

The analysis of the propagation of acoustic, ultrasonic or vibrational waves is used for the characterization of a specific system in different fields: from quality control in the industrial field, to the diagnostic one in the medical field, from the characterization of components used for example in industry. aeronautics, the determination of the elastic characteristics of the ground and the identification of defects of various kinds in the structures. In this webinar some applications related to the characterization and analysis methodologies based on the study of wave propagation will be presented and discussed with the interventions of Andrea Santoni, Federica Morandi and Luca De Marchi. A brief introduction on the analysis techniques used in identifying the dispersion curves will be contextualized in the context of the characterization of the elastic properties of materials and the implementation of vibro-acoustic prediction models. From this starting point we will analyze a series of applications in the field of Non Destructive Testing (NDT), which will range seamlessly from the industrial sector to the medical one, to that … of marine biology! Finally, the intervention ends with an examination of the specific applications on the world of wood, through the presentation of the main acoustic, sonic and ultrasonic investigation techniques, aimed at characterizing the wooden elements along the entire production chain: from the log to the engineered products, and to the diagnosis of related to delamination problems, the presence of parasites or water.

Relatori

Luca De Marchi he is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical, Energy and Information Engineering of the University of Bologna. His research activities concern sensor networks and non-destructive investigation techniques for Structural Health Monitoring applications and… more!

Federica Morandi, research fellow at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, he works on the issues of global comfort and the vibro-acoustic properties of wooden elements. In particular, he worked on the study of lateral transmission and on non-destructive investigation techniques applied to wooden buildings.

Andrea Santoni he is currently a research fellow in the Engineering department of the University of Ferrara. He mainly deals with vibro-acoustics and material characterization, with particular interest in the fluid-structure interaction in the phenomena of radiation and sound transmission, both from an experimental point of view and by means of simulation models.

AUTUMN WEBINAR 2020

Friday 9 April 2021   1.30 pm-2.30 pm

Webinar

The complex issue of wind noise: recognition, low frequencies and influencing factors of its perception

Chairman Francesco Asdrubali 

With the contribution of   AIA 2021 Gold Supporter

Thanks to the reduced CO2 emissions during the entire life cycle, wind energy is currently considered one of the most efficient energy solutions with the lowest environmental impact where the systems are installed in sites with adequate wind. However, the acoustic impact, together with the visual one, represents a significant obstacle for the construction of new wind farms, usually installed in places where the quiet and the landscape are the main attractions. Unlike the most common sources of road and railway noise, the noise produced by wind power plants has particular emissive characteristics and strictly dependent on natural phenomena. This has led to the development of specific measurement procedures for compliance with the emission levels, which also provide for a correct determination of the relationships between the wind profiles and the propagation of noise in the prevailing atmospheric conditions. The presence of low-frequency spectral components, amplitude modulation and a multiplicity of moderation factors, both environmental and subjective, are among the main aspects able to explain how, at the same level, wind noise is more disturbing than that produced by other environmental sound sources.

Relatori

Fredianelli

Luca Fredianelli, is a PhD in Applied Physics. Currently research fellow for the Physics Department of the University of Pisa. Active in the field of research, currently dedicated to the study of port noise. Previously, he studied wind noise both in master’s thesis and in doctoral student, participating in the drafting of the ISPRA guidelines for the assessment and monitoring of the acoustic impact of wind power plants in 2013. He collaborates with iPOOL srl as a competent technician in environmental acoustics with experience in impact assessments and mapping of noise produced by road, rail, airport, industrial traffic, and in the acoustic characterization of pavements with the CPX method.

Masullo

Massimiliano Masullo,  is Associate Professor of Environmental Technical Physics at the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design of the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”. Scientific director of the SENS i-Lab multisensory laboratory. It deals with the perception of environmental noise and the moderating effects that the latter can have on well-being and disturbance. He is co-executive director of the Italian review of acoustics. Author of over 125 publications in scientific journals and international and national conference proceedings.

Tombolato

Andrea Tombolato, has a degree in Physics, a freelance consultant in acoustics and vibrations with a studio in Padua. He is included, on behalf of AIA, in UNI Working Groups (National Technical Standardization Body) operating in the field of acoustics. In 2015 he was called to be part of the ISPRA / Ministry of the Environment working group aimed at adapting the national acoustic legislation to the European provisions of the sector. He is author and co-author of scientific papers on acoustics.

AUTUMN WEBINAR 2020

Friday 23 April 2021   1.30pm-2.30pm

Webinar

Designing with / waves: Performance Based Design for acoustic design in architecturea

Chairman Francesco Martellotta 

With the contribution of   AIA 2021 Gold Supporter

Performance-based design (PBD) approaches are arousing growing interest in architectural design for two reasons: on the one hand, they give the opportunity to explore the performance of a building from the early stages of the design process; on the other hand, the limits of technology are gradually smaller, thanks to the availability of digital tools that are easier to use and more functional. However, the adoption of PBD in acoustic design is still infrequent, despite the fact that these tools allow you to combine different perspectives (e.g. acoustic and visual) at the same time by exploring geometric and material solutions that can adapt to optimal parameter values ​​and perceptual criteria.

In this seminar some successful professional, didactic and research experiences will be presented. Despite having different objectives, these three perspectives agree in two key aspects that, at present, prevent the use of PBD tools on a large scale: it is necessary to improve the integration and interoperability between modeling and simulation tools and, together, improve the acoustic knowledge and programming skills of architectural professionals.

(Credits immagine: Jeremy Stephen Watts Bonwick, MSD, Studio 30, 2020.)

Relatori

Sofia Colabella_2

Sofia Colabella is Lecturer in Construction Technology in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning of the University of Melbourne. Co-founder of ‘Gridshell.it’, a company specializing in the design and construction of special wooden structures. Visiting researcher at the ‘Structural Xploration Lab’, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), 2016-2017, she has developed a research on the reuse of sports equipment for structural purposes in architecture. He worked as a lecturer at the University of Naples Federico II. In 2020, he won the ABP Engagement Excellence Award (University of Melbourne), and in 2019 the bronze medal at the ‘2019 Tongji Construction Festival’ (Shanghai). He is a member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), and of the commission for the Hangai Prize 2020.

Tomas Mendez_2

Tomás Méndez Echenagucia is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture of the University of Washington. His research focuses on the use of simulation methods, computational geometry and optimization with the aim of improving the environmental performance of buildings. He has published in the fields of acoustic, architectural and energy structural design. He obtained a double degree in Architecture from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Politecnico di Torino in 2007, and a PhD in Architecture and Building Design from the Politecnico do Torino in 2014. He has worked as a professional and consultant in the field of Architecture in Europe and South America, he designed and built several pavilions and prototypes in the course of his research, including “L’Armadillo Vault” for the 2016 Venice Biennale, the “ETH Pavilion” at the “Ideas City” festival in the city of New York in 2015. He recently completed a 5-year stint as a post-doc researcher at Block Research Group – ETH Zurich, where he worked on the design of the “HiLo research unit” project, currently under construction. He is also co-developer of the COMPAS open source library, an ecosystem of modeling, design and simulation tools for researchers and designers in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction.

Louena Shtrepi she is a researcher at the Polytechnic of Turin at the Department of Energy “Galileo Ferraris” since 2018. Subsequently, she obtained the title of PhD in 2015 with a thesis in Metrology: Science and technique of measurements, awarded with the Newman medal (Newman Student Award Fund and Acoustical Society of America) for excellence in the study of acoustics and its application to architecture. His research and teaching interests are mainly in applied acoustics. In particular, since 2012 he has started working on the properties of acoustic materials, on acoustic simulations and on measurement uncertainty. Furthermore, his research goal is to raise awareness on the management of acoustic problems and solutions from the earliest stages of the design process by actively involving architects and designers. These aspects have been deeply studied in multidisciplinary research which also involved subjective perceptual tests. His research results have been published in well-known international scientific journals and awarded at many conferences. He teaches in two main courses with a focus on acoustics at the Politecnico di Torino: Sound engineering in the master’s degree course in Cinema and Media Engineering and in the Exhibition Design course: Light, sound, climate during the degree course three-year degree course in Design and Visual Communication. He is a member of the AIA (Italian Acoustic Association), ASA (Acoustical Society of America), FTI (Italian Technical Physics Association) and ATI (Italian Thermotechnical Association).

AUTUMN WEBINAR 2020

Friday 7 May 2021   1.30pm-2.30pm

Webinar

EXTRA-HEARING DAMAGES FROM EXPOSURE TO NOISE
Sources and evidence of damage to health in the school setting

Chairman Sergio Luzzi

With the contribution of  AIA 2021 Gold Supporter.

Many significant evidence of non-auditory effects of noise exposure on workers’ health has emerged in recent years. Among the surveys present in the literature, in the various occupational scenarios, the environments intended for teaching are particularly critical and are of particular interest for the medical-scientific and technical aspects that could lead to a revision of the legislation. At the moment, the Consolidated Law on safety at work does not expressly include the assessment of extra-auditory risk and even in the accident and forensic field there is little evidence of non-auditory damage, whether of a physiological, neuro-behavioral or perceptual-cognitive nature.
School activities often take place in classrooms with inadequate acoustic properties, where the background noise is high and has unfavorable spectral characteristics. Exposure to noise seems to have a significant impact on the behavior of kindergarten and primary school pupils and on the reactions of teachers to lead children to silence or to moderate the typical excesses of developmental age.
The BRiC INAIL 2019-ID 14 project sees five Italian universities engaged in ambitious research work on how inadequate acoustic contexts can lead to impairment of cognitive skills, particularly critical for the development of children, as well as an increase in the effort associated with speech. and listening, with the onset of fatigue and pathological or behavioral consequences in students and teachers of schools of all levels.
In this webinar of Aspettando Matera, the first results of the research will be presented, including the results of the research and cataloging of extra-auditory damage, through a reasoned review of literature and jurisprudence. The interventions will concern the cataloging of sources and scenarios capable of generating extra-auditory damage, first of all the vocal effort, and the possible implications deriving from the incomplete and univocal consideration of the problem at the legislative, regulatory and juridical level.
We will also discuss the medical aspects, the effects on heart function deriving from the increase in heart rate and blood pressure; how exposure to noise increases respiratory rate, disturbs the balance organ and even the digestive system. And above all the effects on the voice, one of the best known effects in the medical field, but ignored by the layman.

Relatori

Bisetti

Massimo Spadola Bisetti, Surgeon. Specialist in Audiology, Phoniatrics and Otolaryngology. PhD in Physiopathology of Sense and Communication Organs. Since 1995 Medical Director at the University Complex of Otolaryngology of the A.O.U. City of Health and Science of Turin where he dealt with deafness and the planning of cochlear implants in adults and children. Lecturer in the degree courses in Speech Therapy, Audiometric Techniques, Audioprosthetic Techniques and at the Masters in Deglutology of the University of Turin and of the University of Pisa. Lecturer in refresher courses and speaker at national and international conferences. He currently manages the phoniatrics clinic with expertise on voice and communication disorders. Since 2014 he has been collaborating with acoustics and metrology experts from the Polytechnic of Turin in studies on voice analysis.

 

Guattari2

Claudia Guattari, she graduated in Civil Engineering and subsequently obtained the title of PhD in Civil Engineering at the Roma TRE University. During the research doctorate, he studied issues relating to the environmental impact of transport infrastructures. To date, he is a technician in the Technical Physics laboratory at the Department of Engineering and carries out research activities addressing environmental technical physics issues, with particular attention to the thermophysics of buildings, instrumental energy diagnosis, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. It also deals with research issues related to the study of the sound landscape and environmental acoustics through the analysis and theoretical modeling of the behavior of artificial acoustic materials. She is the author of over 60 scientific papers published in impacted international journals and presented at national and international conferences.

Busa

Lucia Busa,
Architect and PhD in Architectural Technology. Partner and Technical Director of “Vie en.ro.se. Engineering “, a company specializing in acoustics, physical risks, environmental and safety engineering. Competent Acoustics Technician enrolled in the ENTECA list (under no. 8449) at the Ministry of the Environment and Land and Sea Protection. Registered in the Register of Technical Consultants and Experts of the Court of Pistoia since 2019. He deals with acoustics at a scientific and professional level, with particular reference to building and architectural acoustics, providing numerous design and consulting services to public and private clients. national and international, in collaboration with universities and research institutes. He has been a member of organizing committees of numerous conferences and seminars in the fields of acoustics and environmental physics and has held numerous lectures in advanced and professional refresher courses. He is the author of the book “The acoustic protection of buildings” (2005) published by Alinea, Florence and of numerous scientific publications on Acoustics.

19/02/21

Friday 19 February 2021  1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Webinar

EXTENDED NETWORKS OF SENSORS FOR THE MONITORING OF NOISE AND VIBRATIONS
Metrological aspects and data management

Chiarman Sergio Luzzi

In the last decade, the advent of MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) technology applied to microphones and accelerometers has led to the development of small and inexpensive digital sensors with good performance. These sensors, born in the gaming and IT fields, are composed of a sensitive element and analog-digital converters integrated in volumes on a millimeter scale. The main advantages of digital MEMS sensors are extremely low costs and easier digital signal processing. For this reason they begin to find new and particular applications within extended networks of low-cost wireless sensors that allow to collect large amounts of data in real time for environmental or industrial monitoring, where, on a large scale, it is not always necessary. have high precision sensors, but at the same time metrological traceability is necessary, in order to guarantee the effective accuracy of the measurement. Furthermore, sensor networks require sophisticated data management, in terms of connection, transfer and analysis, and an adequate IT hardware and software infrastructure. However, for these extensive sensor networks it is not always possible to implement standard calibration procedures, which, in addition to technical differences, are not suitable in terms of cost when compared to the low cost of the sensors themselves. Consequently, as also reported by the BIPM strategic vision document in the context of emerging metrological requirements for the future, it is necessary that these technologies «are supported by a new metrology to support reliable and safe operation (including digital sensors) and to guarantee traceability chains and quality management requirements “.
In this webinar, the first of the second cycle of “Waiting for Matera”, we will talk about MEMS and extended monitoring networks together with Luca Nencini, Jacopo Fogola and Andrea Prato, respectively experts in production and adaptation, environmental applications and sensor calibration and traceability issues.
We will try to understand what they are and why they are cheap, what are the prospects and limits of general use for environmental measures, how they are used in networks for noise and vibration control and how to deal with the problems related to the management of large amounts of data and the need for good connection and large-scale reliability.

Relatori

Foto Jacopo_4

Jacopo Fogola,graduated with honors in Physics, since 1998 I have been working at Arpa Piemonte, where since 2011 I have been responsible for the “Noise and Vibrations” Coordination, with the task of defining the guidelines and standardizing the activity on noise pollution at regional level. Since the same year I have been in charge of the “Noise” Operational Unit of the North West Territorial Department, with the task of managing the monitoring and control activities in the province of Turin. As part of the roles assumed, I coordinated various projects and applied research activities, aimed at the characterization of noise on a large scale, the analysis of population exposure, the preparation of recovery plans, as well as the development of innovative solutions for measuring and acoustic modeling. Within the AIA I was coordinator of the Environmental Acoustics Group from 2008 to 2012, member of the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014 and from 2018 to 2021, as well as contact person for web communication. In recent years I have actively collaborated with the Association for the scientific organization of various national conferences and thematic seminars.

Foto Luca Nencini

Luca Nencini,has acquired years of experience in the electroacoustic sector and graduated in Physics in 2003 from the University of Pisa. He worked as a Competent Technician in Environmental Acoustics gaining knowledge in the areas of acoustic modeling, remediation and acoustic mapping. He was technical coordinator for the development of the monitoring infrastructure implemented in the European Life Dynamap project which saw the implementation of prototype monitoring networks on the Grande Raccordo Anulare of Rome and in the Municipality of Milan. He is the author of publications at national and international conferences and articles in scientific journals.
He is a founding member of the innovative startup Blue Wave Srl, within which he plays the role of technical reference for research, development and production control of outdoor remote acoustic monitoring systems based on latest generation micro electromechanical transducers.

Foto Andrea Prato

Andrea Prato, graduated in Physics in 2011 at the University of Turin. In 2012, as a PhD student in Metrology (title later obtained in 2015), he joined the Applied Acoustics group of the National Institute of Metrological Research (INRIM) and worked on issues relating to building and architectural acoustics. He is currently a post-doc research fellow at INRIM, within the Applied Metrology and Engineering Division, in the Mechanical Measurements group. He is the author of several articles in scientific journals and contributions to national and international conferences and is a collaborator in the courses of “Experimental statistics and mechanical measurements”, “Sound engineering” and “Building physics” of the Turin Polytechnic.

AUTUMN WEBINAR 2020

05/03/21

Friday  March 5th  2021   1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Webinar

From the cave to the stage: virtual spaces for the show

Chairman Arianna Astolfi 

Auralization and acoustic spatialization are topics that have been widely developed, especially during the last few decades, in conjunction with the advancement of technologies. Among other things, the virtual 3D reconstruction – both sound and visual – of architectural and natural environments has represented in the last year the way to escape the restrictions of domestic spaces, considered very limited. Therefore, the evolution of microphones and spherical sound sources, equipped with mini capsules respectively for the recovery and restitution of sound, are the expedients through which the virtual reconstruction is made possible both in special listening rooms and through the ” use of cheap devices (such as smartphones and normal headphones).
During the seminar the operating methodologies and applications that took place both in closed or confined places such as the historical Italian nineteenth-century theaters will be exposed through the data collection of the SIPARIO project, and outdoors by exploiting the natural architectures of Paleolithic caves and inlets of which the project ARTSOUNDSCAPE is one of the leaders.
Through a “virtual” reconstruction, the acoustic evolution of the Roman theater of Benevento will be presented: from the original conformation in the imperial era, the abandonment following historical events and natural events, the decadence with the construction of houses in the cavea making it lose the memory until the rediscovery at the end of the 19th century and the return of the theater to the city in the mid-20th century.
Some results will then be shared which will be later discussed both from an acoustic and architectural point of view.

Relatori

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Antonella Bevilacqua, graduated in Architecture and Building Engineering at the University of Parma, she then continued her studies in acoustics at London South Bank University (LSBU). The combination of technical knowledge together with artistic musical knowledge, gained after two diplomas and a second level two-year course at the A. Boito Conservatory in Parma, was the basis on which Antonella’s vast experience developed in different fields of acoustics, ranging from industrial acoustics for power and oil plants to environmental acoustics for the construction of railway lines and airports. But Antonella’s real passion remains the acoustics of buildings, especially that applied to complex volumes such as theaters and concert halls, whose interest has mainly focused on the auralization and spatial reconstruction of these historic places, heritage of humanity.

Adriano Farina, was born in Parma in 1990. After high school he graduated in Computer, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. He has always worked on the intersection between audio and panoramic video, using the Ambisonics technique for recordings in the air and in water. He recently worked for the ARTSOUNDSCAPES project, participating in archaeological expeditions to carry out Ambisonics measurements of the acoustic characteristics of Paleolithic caves with rock paintings, investigating the relationship between placement of paintings and acoustic characteristics, and creating the software to process and analyze them.
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Ilaria Lombardi,Graduated in Architecture with honors, qualified as an architect, Competent Technician in Environmental Acoustics (enrollment in ENTECA). Student of the Doctorate course in Environment, Design and Innovation of the XXXVI CYCLE, at the Department of Engineering of the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. It uses BIM and architectural acoustics simulation software (Odeon and I-Simpa). Author of 13 Scopus indexed publications in the applied acoustics sector.

AUTUMN WEBINAR 2020

19/03/21

Friday 19 March 2021 1.30 pm-2.30pm

Webinar

Everything swings! What the waves tell us

Chairman Francesco Asdrubali

With the contribution of   AIA 2021 Gold Supporter.

The analysis of the propagation of acoustic, ultrasonic or vibrational waves is used for the characterization of a specific system in different fields: from quality control in the industrial field, to the diagnostic one in the medical field, from the characterization of components used for example in industry. aeronautics, the determination of the elastic characteristics of the ground and the identification of defects of various kinds in the structures. In this webinar some applications related to the characterization and analysis methodologies based on the study of wave propagation will be presented and discussed with the interventions of Andrea Santoni, Federica Morandi and Luca De Marchi. A brief introduction on the analysis techniques used in identifying the dispersion curves will be contextualized in the context of the characterization of the elastic properties of materials and the implementation of vibro-acoustic prediction models. From this starting point we will analyze a series of applications in the field of Non Destructive Testing (NDT), which will range seamlessly from the industrial sector to the medical one, to that … of marine biology! Finally, the intervention ends with an examination of the specific applications on the world of wood, through the presentation of the main acoustic, sonic and ultrasonic investigation techniques, aimed at characterizing the wooden elements along the entire production chain: from the log to the engineered products, and to the diagnosis of related to delamination problems, the presence of parasites or water.

Relatori

Luca De Marchi he is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical, Energy and Information Engineering of the University of Bologna. His research activities concern sensor networks and non-destructive investigation techniques for Structural Health Monitoring applications and… more!

Federica Morandi, research fellow at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, he works on the issues of global comfort and the vibro-acoustic properties of wooden elements. In particular, he worked on the study of lateral transmission and on non-destructive investigation techniques applied to wooden buildings.

Andrea Santoni he is currently a research fellow in the Engineering department of the University of Ferrara. He mainly deals with vibro-acoustics and material characterization, with particular interest in the fluid-structure interaction in the phenomena of radiation and sound transmission, both from an experimental point of view and by means of simulation models.

AUTUMN WEBINAR 2020

09/04/21

Friday 9 April 2021   1.30 pm-2.30 pm

Webinar

The complex issue of wind noise: recognition, low frequencies and influencing factors of its perception

Chairman Francesco Asdrubali 

With the contribution of   AIA 2021 Gold Supporter

Thanks to the reduced CO2 emissions during the entire life cycle, wind energy is currently considered one of the most efficient energy solutions with the lowest environmental impact where the systems are installed in sites with adequate wind. However, the acoustic impact, together with the visual one, represents a significant obstacle for the construction of new wind farms, usually installed in places where the quiet and the landscape are the main attractions. Unlike the most common sources of road and railway noise, the noise produced by wind power plants has particular emissive characteristics and strictly dependent on natural phenomena. This has led to the development of specific measurement procedures for compliance with the emission levels, which also provide for a correct determination of the relationships between the wind profiles and the propagation of noise in the prevailing atmospheric conditions. The presence of low-frequency spectral components, amplitude modulation and a multiplicity of moderation factors, both environmental and subjective, are among the main aspects able to explain how, at the same level, wind noise is more disturbing than that produced by other environmental sound sources.

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Fredianelli

Luca Fredianelli, is a PhD in Applied Physics. Currently research fellow for the Physics Department of the University of Pisa. Active in the field of research, currently dedicated to the study of port noise. Previously, he studied wind noise both in master’s thesis and in doctoral student, participating in the drafting of the ISPRA guidelines for the assessment and monitoring of the acoustic impact of wind power plants in 2013. He collaborates with iPOOL srl as a competent technician in environmental acoustics with experience in impact assessments and mapping of noise produced by road, rail, airport, industrial traffic, and in the acoustic characterization of pavements with the CPX method.

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Massimiliano Masullo,  is Associate Professor of Environmental Technical Physics at the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design of the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”. Scientific director of the SENS i-Lab multisensory laboratory. It deals with the perception of environmental noise and the moderating effects that the latter can have on well-being and disturbance. He is co-executive director of the Italian review of acoustics. Author of over 125 publications in scientific journals and international and national conference proceedings.

Tombolato

Andrea Tombolato, has a degree in Physics, a freelance consultant in acoustics and vibrations with a studio in Padua. He is included, on behalf of AIA, in UNI Working Groups (National Technical Standardization Body) operating in the field of acoustics. In 2015 he was called to be part of the ISPRA / Ministry of the Environment working group aimed at adapting the national acoustic legislation to the European provisions of the sector. He is author and co-author of scientific papers on acoustics.

AUTUMN WEBINAR 2020

23/04/21

Friday 23 April 2021   1.30pm-2.30pm

Webinar

Designing with / waves: Performance Based Design for acoustic design in architecturea

Chairman Francesco Martellotta 

With the contribution of   AIA 2021 Gold Supporter

Performance-based design (PBD) approaches are arousing growing interest in architectural design for two reasons: on the one hand, they give the opportunity to explore the performance of a building from the early stages of the design process; on the other hand, the limits of technology are gradually smaller, thanks to the availability of digital tools that are easier to use and more functional. However, the adoption of PBD in acoustic design is still infrequent, despite the fact that these tools allow you to combine different perspectives (e.g. acoustic and visual) at the same time by exploring geometric and material solutions that can adapt to optimal parameter values ​​and perceptual criteria.

In this seminar some successful professional, didactic and research experiences will be presented. Despite having different objectives, these three perspectives agree in two key aspects that, at present, prevent the use of PBD tools on a large scale: it is necessary to improve the integration and interoperability between modeling and simulation tools and, together, improve the acoustic knowledge and programming skills of architectural professionals.

(Credits immagine: Jeremy Stephen Watts Bonwick, MSD, Studio 30, 2020.)

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Sofia Colabella_2

Sofia Colabella is Lecturer in Construction Technology in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning of the University of Melbourne. Co-founder of ‘Gridshell.it’, a company specializing in the design and construction of special wooden structures. Visiting researcher at the ‘Structural Xploration Lab’, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), 2016-2017, she has developed a research on the reuse of sports equipment for structural purposes in architecture. He worked as a lecturer at the University of Naples Federico II. In 2020, he won the ABP Engagement Excellence Award (University of Melbourne), and in 2019 the bronze medal at the ‘2019 Tongji Construction Festival’ (Shanghai). He is a member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), and of the commission for the Hangai Prize 2020.

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Tomás Méndez Echenagucia is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture of the University of Washington. His research focuses on the use of simulation methods, computational geometry and optimization with the aim of improving the environmental performance of buildings. He has published in the fields of acoustic, architectural and energy structural design. He obtained a double degree in Architecture from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Politecnico di Torino in 2007, and a PhD in Architecture and Building Design from the Politecnico do Torino in 2014. He has worked as a professional and consultant in the field of Architecture in Europe and South America, he designed and built several pavilions and prototypes in the course of his research, including “L’Armadillo Vault” for the 2016 Venice Biennale, the “ETH Pavilion” at the “Ideas City” festival in the city of New York in 2015. He recently completed a 5-year stint as a post-doc researcher at Block Research Group – ETH Zurich, where he worked on the design of the “HiLo research unit” project, currently under construction. He is also co-developer of the COMPAS open source library, an ecosystem of modeling, design and simulation tools for researchers and designers in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction.

Louena Shtrepi she is a researcher at the Polytechnic of Turin at the Department of Energy “Galileo Ferraris” since 2018. Subsequently, she obtained the title of PhD in 2015 with a thesis in Metrology: Science and technique of measurements, awarded with the Newman medal (Newman Student Award Fund and Acoustical Society of America) for excellence in the study of acoustics and its application to architecture. His research and teaching interests are mainly in applied acoustics. In particular, since 2012 he has started working on the properties of acoustic materials, on acoustic simulations and on measurement uncertainty. Furthermore, his research goal is to raise awareness on the management of acoustic problems and solutions from the earliest stages of the design process by actively involving architects and designers. These aspects have been deeply studied in multidisciplinary research which also involved subjective perceptual tests. His research results have been published in well-known international scientific journals and awarded at many conferences. He teaches in two main courses with a focus on acoustics at the Politecnico di Torino: Sound engineering in the master’s degree course in Cinema and Media Engineering and in the Exhibition Design course: Light, sound, climate during the degree course three-year degree course in Design and Visual Communication. He is a member of the AIA (Italian Acoustic Association), ASA (Acoustical Society of America), FTI (Italian Technical Physics Association) and ATI (Italian Thermotechnical Association).

AUTUMN WEBINAR 2020

07/05/21

Friday 7 May 2021   1.30pm-2.30pm

Webinar

EXTRA-HEARING DAMAGES FROM EXPOSURE TO NOISE
Sources and evidence of damage to health in the school setting

Chairman Sergio Luzzi

With the contribution of  AIA 2021 Gold Supporter.

Many significant evidence of non-auditory effects of noise exposure on workers’ health has emerged in recent years. Among the surveys present in the literature, in the various occupational scenarios, the environments intended for teaching are particularly critical and are of particular interest for the medical-scientific and technical aspects that could lead to a revision of the legislation. At the moment, the Consolidated Law on safety at work does not expressly include the assessment of extra-auditory risk and even in the accident and forensic field there is little evidence of non-auditory damage, whether of a physiological, neuro-behavioral or perceptual-cognitive nature.
School activities often take place in classrooms with inadequate acoustic properties, where the background noise is high and has unfavorable spectral characteristics. Exposure to noise seems to have a significant impact on the behavior of kindergarten and primary school pupils and on the reactions of teachers to lead children to silence or to moderate the typical excesses of developmental age.
The BRiC INAIL 2019-ID 14 project sees five Italian universities engaged in ambitious research work on how inadequate acoustic contexts can lead to impairment of cognitive skills, particularly critical for the development of children, as well as an increase in the effort associated with speech. and listening, with the onset of fatigue and pathological or behavioral consequences in students and teachers of schools of all levels.
In this webinar of Aspettando Matera, the first results of the research will be presented, including the results of the research and cataloging of extra-auditory damage, through a reasoned review of literature and jurisprudence. The interventions will concern the cataloging of sources and scenarios capable of generating extra-auditory damage, first of all the vocal effort, and the possible implications deriving from the incomplete and univocal consideration of the problem at the legislative, regulatory and juridical level.
We will also discuss the medical aspects, the effects on heart function deriving from the increase in heart rate and blood pressure; how exposure to noise increases respiratory rate, disturbs the balance organ and even the digestive system. And above all the effects on the voice, one of the best known effects in the medical field, but ignored by the layman.

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Bisetti

Massimo Spadola Bisetti, Surgeon. Specialist in Audiology, Phoniatrics and Otolaryngology. PhD in Physiopathology of Sense and Communication Organs. Since 1995 Medical Director at the University Complex of Otolaryngology of the A.O.U. City of Health and Science of Turin where he dealt with deafness and the planning of cochlear implants in adults and children. Lecturer in the degree courses in Speech Therapy, Audiometric Techniques, Audioprosthetic Techniques and at the Masters in Deglutology of the University of Turin and of the University of Pisa. Lecturer in refresher courses and speaker at national and international conferences. He currently manages the phoniatrics clinic with expertise on voice and communication disorders. Since 2014 he has been collaborating with acoustics and metrology experts from the Polytechnic of Turin in studies on voice analysis.

 

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Claudia Guattari, she graduated in Civil Engineering and subsequently obtained the title of PhD in Civil Engineering at the Roma TRE University. During the research doctorate, he studied issues relating to the environmental impact of transport infrastructures. To date, he is a technician in the Technical Physics laboratory at the Department of Engineering and carries out research activities addressing environmental technical physics issues, with particular attention to the thermophysics of buildings, instrumental energy diagnosis, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. It also deals with research issues related to the study of the sound landscape and environmental acoustics through the analysis and theoretical modeling of the behavior of artificial acoustic materials. She is the author of over 60 scientific papers published in impacted international journals and presented at national and international conferences.

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Lucia Busa,
Architect and PhD in Architectural Technology. Partner and Technical Director of “Vie en.ro.se. Engineering “, a company specializing in acoustics, physical risks, environmental and safety engineering. Competent Acoustics Technician enrolled in the ENTECA list (under no. 8449) at the Ministry of the Environment and Land and Sea Protection. Registered in the Register of Technical Consultants and Experts of the Court of Pistoia since 2019. He deals with acoustics at a scientific and professional level, with particular reference to building and architectural acoustics, providing numerous design and consulting services to public and private clients. national and international, in collaboration with universities and research institutes. He has been a member of organizing committees of numerous conferences and seminars in the fields of acoustics and environmental physics and has held numerous lectures in advanced and professional refresher courses. He is the author of the book “The acoustic protection of buildings” (2005) published by Alinea, Florence and of numerous scientific publications on Acoustics.

Friday 2 October 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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Measurements of noise and perception of the sound landscape at the time of Covid-19

Chairman Sergio Luzzi

The COVID-19 pandemic spread to Europe after a few months of first appearing in China and Far Eastern countries and before spreading across the planet. The virus has had and is having terrible consequences on people’s health, governments and health authorities of various countries have often reacted by introducing restrictive measures to contain the phenomenon, including the closure of buildings and public areas until the complete lockdown. In this critical scenario, however, some positive effects were also observed. From an environmental point of view, in fact, during the lockdown there was a reduction in road traffic, as well as a reduction in navigation and air transport activities, which led to a significant benefit for air quality and emissions of noise in the cities.
During the seminar we will discuss the consequences that the pandemic has had in terms of objective reduction of noise levels, but also in relation to the perception of the sound landscape by citizens.
A summary of the results of the noise monitoring carried out, using smart sensors, in an urban area of ​​the city of Monza, before, during and immediately after the lockdown, will be shown, using the data collected by the LIFE MONZA project. Some results of two international projects will then be shared, the first of which aimed at the documentation and subsequent analysis of the changes in the sound landscape, conducted in the different phases of the lockdown in a town in the Basque Country, in northern Spain; The second, The Sound Outside, which tells of the lockdown in the world during the first phase of the pandemic and which saw the participation of more than 100 sound professionals from various countries. The data objects presented will then be discussed from a philosophical point of view, in order to understand how our auditory perception has been strongly influenced by listening to the sounds of cities “in silence”.

Relatori

Chiara Bartalucci

Chiara Bartalucci she is post-doc researcher at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Florence. Since 2018 she has been the holder of a research grant at the University of Florence and collaborates with Vie en.ro.se Engineering, mainly in the field of European design. She participated in the writing and management of several European projects, such as LIFE + 2008 HUSH, LIFE + 2010 QUADMAP, LIFE + 2015 MONZA. Her interests also concern soundscape, citizen science, global comfort and forensic acoustics.

Elvira Di Bona

Elvira Di Bona teaches philosopher of mind at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin. She deals with the philosophy of perception and musical aesthetics. Shee spent periods of study at UCL (University College London), New York University and the University of Sydney. She was a fellow of the Italian Academy of Columbia University in New York, a post-doc researcher at Freie Universität Berlin and Polonsky Academy Fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. She graduated from the Conservatory in the violin class, and from the Academy of Higher Improvement of Musical Studies of Santa Cecilia (Rome) in the solo violin class.

Sara Lenzi

Sara Lenzi is a sound designer and popularizer in the field of sound communication. Co-founder of the English-language web magazine sounDesign.info, she founded the first Italian sound branding agency, was manager and strategic advisor in the field of tech startups dedicated to sound and lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. She is currently a PhD student in sonification at the Density Design Lab, Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano

Friday 16 October 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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Global comfort in the days of COVID: rethinking learning spaces

Chairman Francesco Asdrubali

The environmental quality of school environments is a multidisciplinary theme that covers thermo-hygrometric, acoustic, visual and air quality aspects. These aspects are very strongly correlated with each other, particularly in the behavioral reaction of students. An example: despite being hot, would the students open the window if it looked out onto a noisy street?

The study of these issues has assumed great importance following the health emergency, when the well-being of students has become a priority for institutions and families.

The webinar will see the intervention of two speakers: Federica Morandi, collaborator of Prof. Andrea Gasparella (unibz) and a school director. The results of the #vogliamoinvertirelarotta project will be presented, a research carried out at the beginning of 2020 on comfort in classrooms, through the analysis of thermal, acoustic, visual comfort and air quality. Students’ evaluations and their behavior in reaction to a non-optimal environmental stimulus will be presented. And it will be an opportunity to read these data in light of the recent return to school.

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Federica Morandi, research fellow at the Free University of Bolzano, works in the group of Prof. Gasparella on the themes of global comfort and high-performance wood construction. She participated in the activities of the project “Change is in the air”, developed by Agorà Activities with the aim of raising awareness among students and families on the environmental quality of school environments.

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Gaetana Iacobone, Headmaster of the IIS Margherita Hack di Morlupo, a reality that includes the Piazzi Scientific and Linguistic High School, the I.T.C.G. Nervi and the I.P.S.C.T. Rignano Flaminio. The IIS was involved in the “Change is in the air” project: students and teachers actively participated in the phases of environmental monitoring and in the collection of subjective assessments on environmental quality.

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Andrea Gasparella, Full Professor of the Free University of Bolzano and Vice Dean of Didactics for the Faculty of Science and Technology, is president of IBPSA Italy and a member of the board of the Italian Technical Physics Association. The research activities that he follows and coordinates cover the “Building Physics and HVAC Systems” sector, from the well-being of the occupants to energy modeling on an urban scale.

Friday 13 November 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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Shut up! The effort of learning in a noisy classroom

Chairman Arianna Astolfi

Correctly hearing, understanding and memorizing the teacher’s explanations are essential aspects in the learning processes that take place within the classroom, and which require the establishment of correct verbal communication between teachers and students. Classroom acoustics are therefore of great importance in facilitating or hindering students in their learning processes, and it is essential to carefully design school environments with the primary objective of reducing background noise and controlling the sound tail.

Students who learn in classrooms with favorable acoustic conditions will be able to hear better what the teacher is explaining, keep attention focused while carrying out a task and, over the years, develop better phonological skills, math and reading-writing skills . Conversely, poor acoustics not only compromise students ‘performance in academic tasks but also affect the amount of cognitive resources required of students to perform those tasks, impacting the speed with which new information is received and students’ motivation to stay focused. on the task. These effects are more pronounced for students of lower grades (primary school, lower secondary school), i.e. for those age groups in which key skills are developed from a cognitive, linguistic and academic point of view.

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Chiara Visentin

Chiara Visentin, post-doc research fellow in Applied Acoustics at the University of Ferrara. Her research activity includes the study of the effects of the sound environment on the occupants and in particular of the effect of classroom acoustics on student learning. She is the author of several articles in scientific journals and contributions to national and international conferences.

Giuseppina Puglisi

Giuseppina Emma Puglisi, post-doc research fellow at the “Galileo Ferraris” Energy Department of Politecnico di Torino. Her activity is mainly related to the evaluation of the influence of classroom acoustics (noise and reverberation) on the voice production of teachers, on learning and speech intelligibility for learners of all levels. The activity, in recent years, has taken on an increasingly multidisciplinary character thanks to the collaboration with experts, among others, in the fields of medicine, neuroscience and statistics. Giuseppina is a member of the Italian Acoustics Association and the Acoustical Society of America, and is the author and co-author of numerous scientific contributions published internationally.

Sara Caviola

Sara Caviola, researcher in Developmental Psychology at the University of Leeds (UK) interested in numerical cognition and in particular in the influence of cognitive and emotional factors in mathematical success. Member of several national and international scientific associations, she is the author of several scientific contributions.

Friday 20 November 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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Anthropogenic noise: what it is, how to measure it and how to mitigate it

Chairman Arianna Astolfi

Anthropogenic noise, ie the noise generated by people, has so far been kept on the border of acoustic regulations due to its nature of “non-reproducibility”. Consequently, the technical-acoustic community faces it in a partial way, despite being the main sound source and cause of disturbance in many contexts, such as nightlife environments, restaurants, open-plan offices and school environments.

While international research has been studying for some time the effects that anthropogenic noise causes on comfort, well-being and productivity, an open problem is that of its measurement. Typically the anthropogenic contribution is added to other sources of noise: in nightlife contexts to traffic noise, in offices to noise from systems, in classrooms to the teacher’s speech. Recent applications of simple data-analysis algorithms make it possible to isolate the anthropic contribution and quantify the contribution of sound emission, in compliance with current acoustic regulations.

Among the solutions to mitigate this noise source, acoustic treatments are not sufficient, therefore it is desirable to promote the use of new strategies capable of encouraging virtuous behavior in people. In this sense, noise awareness campaigns have been organized and monitoring devices have been introduced, such as an “acoustic traffic light” which continuously detects the level of anthropogenic noise and warns, through light feedback, when it becomes disturbing.

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Sonja di Blasio

Sonja Di Blasio, PhD Candidate in Management, Production and Design, is a researcher at the Applied Acoustics Group of the Politecnico di Torino. In her research activity she has been involved in the development and validation of a device for monitoring and controlling anthropogenic noise. She has participated in entrepreneurship and innovation programs.

Dario D_Orazio

Dario D’Orazio, electronic engineer, PhD in applied acoustics. He has been working in the applied acoustics group of the University of Bologna since 2007. He deals with the acoustic quality of performance, work and teaching environments. UNI expert member since 2011, he collaborated in the drafting of UNI 11532 standards.

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Enrico Gallo is an environmental engineer and has been working for the Public Administration for 15 years in the field of urban sustainability, GIS analysis and environmental acoustics. He represents Eurocities, the association of major European cities, at the Noise Expert Group of the European Commission. He has coordinated projects and implementation activities of Italian and European legislation at urban level, with contributions of procedural, technological and communication innovation, presented at national and international conferences. He is currently technical manager at the Environment Area of ​​the City of Torino.

Friday 27 November 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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Dinner invitation: it takes an ear!

Chairman Sergio Luzzi

At the webinar will attend Prof. Bottalico, Eng Tombolato and Master Pizzaiolo Pappalardo as guests. Prof. Bottalico will discuss the results of a study on restaurant acoustics that involved participants over the age of sixty with and without hearing problems. The findings link background noise in a restaurant with diners’ vocal effort and conversation quality. Eng. Tombolato will discuss the acoustic design of catering facilities by introducing the concept of acoustic capacity. Master Pizzaiolo Pappalardo will discuss acoustics from the point of view of the restaurateur. Pappalardo is the owner of La Cascina dei Saporil in Rezzato (BS) winner of the “Best Acoustics” award assigned by the Guide of the Italian Touring Club “Hotels and Restaurants of Italy 2020” for the best acoustics with style in Northern Italy.

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Pasquale Bottalico

Pasquale Bottalico, Master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering and PhD in Metrology, Politecnico di Torino. As a lecturer in Audioloiga at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign he deals with the interaction between speech and environmental acoustics. He has worked as a consultant in the environmental acoustics sectors. He is the author of 40 publications in impact journals on acoustics and about a hundred publications including conference articles and abstracts.

Andrea Tombolato

Andrea Tombolato, Master’s degree in Physics, University of Padova. He has carried out and continues his consulting activity in the acoustics and vibrations sectors for the benefit of companies, design companies, public bodies. He is an effective member of the Italian Acoustics Association (AIA); since 2014 he is a member of the Board of Directors. Since 2015 he has been included, representing AIA, the Italian Acoustics Association, in UNI Working Groups (National Technical Standardization Body) operating in the field of acoustics. In 2015 he was called to be part of the ISPRA / Ministry of the Environment working group aimed at adapting the national acoustic legislation to the European provisions of the sector, directives 2002/49 / EC, 2000/14 / EC and 2006/123 / CE and Regulation n. 765/2008 / EC. He is author and co-author of scientific works on acoustics.

Antonio Pappalardo

Antonio Pappalardo, Mastro Pizzaiolo, La Cascina dei Sapori, Rezzato (Brescia), I couldn’t say when my passion for cooking began, because I am convinced it was born with me, and it has always accompanied me. Even as a child I loved helping my parents while they worked in their restaurant, and it wasn’t just a game, there was more. Something was probably already starting to make me understand what my path would be, and I always tried to follow it. It was precisely following it that I chose the hotel school for my high school education, graduating in 2008. And always following the same path I started my first work experiences, from which I tried to make the most to give even more definition to my passion. I wanted my training in the kitchen to be complete, and at the same time help me to take a specific direction. I worked in the kitchen, pastry shop and pizzeria, and that’s how I understood that the right answer for me was pizza. Because with pizza I didn’t really have to choose, I knew I was giving my creativity the possibility of having no limits. From the appetizer to the dessert, any dish I wanted to make I could combine with a well-leavened disc of dough, transforming a dish that was already unique into something even more special.

Friday 11 December 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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The new UNI 11532-2: 2020 on school spaces

Chairman Arianna Astolfi

The new UNI 11532-2: 2020 standard for the acoustic quality of school environments aims to bring order in a field of standards that has been stratified over time and is not free from ambiguity. Made mandatory by the CAM of 2017, the standard is part of a broad context of European regulations on the subject (such as the English BB93, the German DIN 18041) introducing two substantial innovations. The first concerns the indication of a compliance interval of the reverberation time, according to the intended use and the volume of the environment. For intended uses that require the static presence of a person, this interval takes into account the acoustic absorption of the occupants. The second novelty concerns the forecast evaluation of the C50 / STI intelligibility criteria. The use of these descriptors, already anticipated in the CAM 2017, is detailed here and related to the specific context of the school environments (e.g. the role of background noise, the vocal effort of teachers …). The introduction of new design logics has consequences on the materials and on the different design criteria to be implemented according to the grade of the structure. Some case studies will be discussed and analyzed from several points of view: respect for design criteria, perception analysis, choice of materials.

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Dario D_Orazio

Dario D’Orazio, electronic engineer, PhD in applied acoustics. He has been working in the applied acoustics group of the University of Bologna since 2007. He deals with the acoustic quality of performance, work and teaching environments. UNI expert member since 2011, he collaborated in the drafting of UNI 11532 standards.

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Daniele Ponteggia, graduated in electronic engineering from the University of Perugia and qualified to practice as an engineer, he is enrolled in the Order of Engineers of the Province of Terni. Competent technician in environmental acoustics.
He mainly works as a consultant in the field of architectural acoustics and electroacoustics with particular experience in the use of CAD acoustic measurement and simulation software. He is an expert in measuring and characterizing electroacoustic transducers.
It also deals with sound level measurements, drafting of acoustic impact assessments, on-site and forecast evaluations of the passive acoustic requirements of buildings, design of acoustic correction interventions.
He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society’s “Acoustic and Sound Source Modeling” and “Loudspeaker Modeling and Measurement” working groups.

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Cristina Carrus graduated in Building Engineering-Architecture. After working in the world of design, she attended the Master in Architecture, Structures and Technologies, deepening the issues relating to new construction technologies, environmental sustainability, energy efficiency.
In 2012 he began working for Ecophon Saint-Gobain, developing skills related to acoustics and acoustic comfort design. It carries out Market Development activities, researching different accounts and accompanying customers during the specification, design process up to the installation on site of the acoustic solutions adopted.

02/10/20

Friday 2 October 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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Measurements of noise and perception of the sound landscape at the time of Covid-19

Chairman Sergio Luzzi

The COVID-19 pandemic spread to Europe after a few months of first appearing in China and Far Eastern countries and before spreading across the planet. The virus has had and is having terrible consequences on people’s health, governments and health authorities of various countries have often reacted by introducing restrictive measures to contain the phenomenon, including the closure of buildings and public areas until the complete lockdown. In this critical scenario, however, some positive effects were also observed. From an environmental point of view, in fact, during the lockdown there was a reduction in road traffic, as well as a reduction in navigation and air transport activities, which led to a significant benefit for air quality and emissions of noise in the cities.
During the seminar we will discuss the consequences that the pandemic has had in terms of objective reduction of noise levels, but also in relation to the perception of the sound landscape by citizens.
A summary of the results of the noise monitoring carried out, using smart sensors, in an urban area of ​​the city of Monza, before, during and immediately after the lockdown, will be shown, using the data collected by the LIFE MONZA project. Some results of two international projects will then be shared, the first of which aimed at the documentation and subsequent analysis of the changes in the sound landscape, conducted in the different phases of the lockdown in a town in the Basque Country, in northern Spain; The second, The Sound Outside, which tells of the lockdown in the world during the first phase of the pandemic and which saw the participation of more than 100 sound professionals from various countries. The data objects presented will then be discussed from a philosophical point of view, in order to understand how our auditory perception has been strongly influenced by listening to the sounds of cities “in silence”.

Relatori

Chiara Bartalucci

Chiara Bartalucci she is post-doc researcher at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Florence. Since 2018 she has been the holder of a research grant at the University of Florence and collaborates with Vie en.ro.se Engineering, mainly in the field of European design. She participated in the writing and management of several European projects, such as LIFE + 2008 HUSH, LIFE + 2010 QUADMAP, LIFE + 2015 MONZA. Her interests also concern soundscape, citizen science, global comfort and forensic acoustics.

Elvira Di Bona

Elvira Di Bona teaches philosopher of mind at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin. She deals with the philosophy of perception and musical aesthetics. Shee spent periods of study at UCL (University College London), New York University and the University of Sydney. She was a fellow of the Italian Academy of Columbia University in New York, a post-doc researcher at Freie Universität Berlin and Polonsky Academy Fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. She graduated from the Conservatory in the violin class, and from the Academy of Higher Improvement of Musical Studies of Santa Cecilia (Rome) in the solo violin class.

Sara Lenzi

Sara Lenzi is a sound designer and popularizer in the field of sound communication. Co-founder of the English-language web magazine sounDesign.info, she founded the first Italian sound branding agency, was manager and strategic advisor in the field of tech startups dedicated to sound and lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. She is currently a PhD student in sonification at the Density Design Lab, Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano

16/10/20

Friday 16 October 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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Global comfort in the days of COVID: rethinking learning spaces

Chairman Francesco Asdrubali

The environmental quality of school environments is a multidisciplinary theme that covers thermo-hygrometric, acoustic, visual and air quality aspects. These aspects are very strongly correlated with each other, particularly in the behavioral reaction of students. An example: despite being hot, would the students open the window if it looked out onto a noisy street?

The study of these issues has assumed great importance following the health emergency, when the well-being of students has become a priority for institutions and families.

The webinar will see the intervention of two speakers: Federica Morandi, collaborator of Prof. Andrea Gasparella (unibz) and a school director. The results of the #vogliamoinvertirelarotta project will be presented, a research carried out at the beginning of 2020 on comfort in classrooms, through the analysis of thermal, acoustic, visual comfort and air quality. Students’ evaluations and their behavior in reaction to a non-optimal environmental stimulus will be presented. And it will be an opportunity to read these data in light of the recent return to school.

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FM

Federica Morandi, research fellow at the Free University of Bolzano, works in the group of Prof. Gasparella on the themes of global comfort and high-performance wood construction. She participated in the activities of the project “Change is in the air”, developed by Agorà Activities with the aim of raising awareness among students and families on the environmental quality of school environments.

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Gaetana Iacobone, Headmaster of the IIS Margherita Hack di Morlupo, a reality that includes the Piazzi Scientific and Linguistic High School, the I.T.C.G. Nervi and the I.P.S.C.T. Rignano Flaminio. The IIS was involved in the “Change is in the air” project: students and teachers actively participated in the phases of environmental monitoring and in the collection of subjective assessments on environmental quality.

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Andrea Gasparella, Full Professor of the Free University of Bolzano and Vice Dean of Didactics for the Faculty of Science and Technology, is president of IBPSA Italy and a member of the board of the Italian Technical Physics Association. The research activities that he follows and coordinates cover the “Building Physics and HVAC Systems” sector, from the well-being of the occupants to energy modeling on an urban scale.

13/11/20

Friday 13 November 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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Shut up! The effort of learning in a noisy classroom

Chairman Arianna Astolfi

Correctly hearing, understanding and memorizing the teacher’s explanations are essential aspects in the learning processes that take place within the classroom, and which require the establishment of correct verbal communication between teachers and students. Classroom acoustics are therefore of great importance in facilitating or hindering students in their learning processes, and it is essential to carefully design school environments with the primary objective of reducing background noise and controlling the sound tail.

Students who learn in classrooms with favorable acoustic conditions will be able to hear better what the teacher is explaining, keep attention focused while carrying out a task and, over the years, develop better phonological skills, math and reading-writing skills . Conversely, poor acoustics not only compromise students ‘performance in academic tasks but also affect the amount of cognitive resources required of students to perform those tasks, impacting the speed with which new information is received and students’ motivation to stay focused. on the task. These effects are more pronounced for students of lower grades (primary school, lower secondary school), i.e. for those age groups in which key skills are developed from a cognitive, linguistic and academic point of view.

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Chiara Visentin

Chiara Visentin, post-doc research fellow in Applied Acoustics at the University of Ferrara. Her research activity includes the study of the effects of the sound environment on the occupants and in particular of the effect of classroom acoustics on student learning. She is the author of several articles in scientific journals and contributions to national and international conferences.

Giuseppina Puglisi

Giuseppina Emma Puglisi, post-doc research fellow at the “Galileo Ferraris” Energy Department of Politecnico di Torino. Her activity is mainly related to the evaluation of the influence of classroom acoustics (noise and reverberation) on the voice production of teachers, on learning and speech intelligibility for learners of all levels. The activity, in recent years, has taken on an increasingly multidisciplinary character thanks to the collaboration with experts, among others, in the fields of medicine, neuroscience and statistics. Giuseppina is a member of the Italian Acoustics Association and the Acoustical Society of America, and is the author and co-author of numerous scientific contributions published internationally.

Sara Caviola

Sara Caviola, researcher in Developmental Psychology at the University of Leeds (UK) interested in numerical cognition and in particular in the influence of cognitive and emotional factors in mathematical success. Member of several national and international scientific associations, she is the author of several scientific contributions.

20/11/20

Friday 20 November 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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Anthropogenic noise: what it is, how to measure it and how to mitigate it

Chairman Arianna Astolfi

Anthropogenic noise, ie the noise generated by people, has so far been kept on the border of acoustic regulations due to its nature of “non-reproducibility”. Consequently, the technical-acoustic community faces it in a partial way, despite being the main sound source and cause of disturbance in many contexts, such as nightlife environments, restaurants, open-plan offices and school environments.

While international research has been studying for some time the effects that anthropogenic noise causes on comfort, well-being and productivity, an open problem is that of its measurement. Typically the anthropogenic contribution is added to other sources of noise: in nightlife contexts to traffic noise, in offices to noise from systems, in classrooms to the teacher’s speech. Recent applications of simple data-analysis algorithms make it possible to isolate the anthropic contribution and quantify the contribution of sound emission, in compliance with current acoustic regulations.

Among the solutions to mitigate this noise source, acoustic treatments are not sufficient, therefore it is desirable to promote the use of new strategies capable of encouraging virtuous behavior in people. In this sense, noise awareness campaigns have been organized and monitoring devices have been introduced, such as an “acoustic traffic light” which continuously detects the level of anthropogenic noise and warns, through light feedback, when it becomes disturbing.

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Sonja di Blasio

Sonja Di Blasio, PhD Candidate in Management, Production and Design, is a researcher at the Applied Acoustics Group of the Politecnico di Torino. In her research activity she has been involved in the development and validation of a device for monitoring and controlling anthropogenic noise. She has participated in entrepreneurship and innovation programs.

Dario D_Orazio

Dario D’Orazio, electronic engineer, PhD in applied acoustics. He has been working in the applied acoustics group of the University of Bologna since 2007. He deals with the acoustic quality of performance, work and teaching environments. UNI expert member since 2011, he collaborated in the drafting of UNI 11532 standards.

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Enrico Gallo is an environmental engineer and has been working for the Public Administration for 15 years in the field of urban sustainability, GIS analysis and environmental acoustics. He represents Eurocities, the association of major European cities, at the Noise Expert Group of the European Commission. He has coordinated projects and implementation activities of Italian and European legislation at urban level, with contributions of procedural, technological and communication innovation, presented at national and international conferences. He is currently technical manager at the Environment Area of ​​the City of Torino.

27/11/20

Friday 27 November 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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Dinner invitation: it takes an ear!

Chairman Sergio Luzzi

At the webinar will attend Prof. Bottalico, Eng Tombolato and Master Pizzaiolo Pappalardo as guests. Prof. Bottalico will discuss the results of a study on restaurant acoustics that involved participants over the age of sixty with and without hearing problems. The findings link background noise in a restaurant with diners’ vocal effort and conversation quality. Eng. Tombolato will discuss the acoustic design of catering facilities by introducing the concept of acoustic capacity. Master Pizzaiolo Pappalardo will discuss acoustics from the point of view of the restaurateur. Pappalardo is the owner of La Cascina dei Saporil in Rezzato (BS) winner of the “Best Acoustics” award assigned by the Guide of the Italian Touring Club “Hotels and Restaurants of Italy 2020” for the best acoustics with style in Northern Italy.

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Pasquale Bottalico

Pasquale Bottalico, Master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering and PhD in Metrology, Politecnico di Torino. As a lecturer in Audioloiga at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign he deals with the interaction between speech and environmental acoustics. He has worked as a consultant in the environmental acoustics sectors. He is the author of 40 publications in impact journals on acoustics and about a hundred publications including conference articles and abstracts.

Andrea Tombolato

Andrea Tombolato, Master’s degree in Physics, University of Padova. He has carried out and continues his consulting activity in the acoustics and vibrations sectors for the benefit of companies, design companies, public bodies. He is an effective member of the Italian Acoustics Association (AIA); since 2014 he is a member of the Board of Directors. Since 2015 he has been included, representing AIA, the Italian Acoustics Association, in UNI Working Groups (National Technical Standardization Body) operating in the field of acoustics. In 2015 he was called to be part of the ISPRA / Ministry of the Environment working group aimed at adapting the national acoustic legislation to the European provisions of the sector, directives 2002/49 / EC, 2000/14 / EC and 2006/123 / CE and Regulation n. 765/2008 / EC. He is author and co-author of scientific works on acoustics.

Antonio Pappalardo

Antonio Pappalardo, Mastro Pizzaiolo, La Cascina dei Sapori, Rezzato (Brescia), I couldn’t say when my passion for cooking began, because I am convinced it was born with me, and it has always accompanied me. Even as a child I loved helping my parents while they worked in their restaurant, and it wasn’t just a game, there was more. Something was probably already starting to make me understand what my path would be, and I always tried to follow it. It was precisely following it that I chose the hotel school for my high school education, graduating in 2008. And always following the same path I started my first work experiences, from which I tried to make the most to give even more definition to my passion. I wanted my training in the kitchen to be complete, and at the same time help me to take a specific direction. I worked in the kitchen, pastry shop and pizzeria, and that’s how I understood that the right answer for me was pizza. Because with pizza I didn’t really have to choose, I knew I was giving my creativity the possibility of having no limits. From the appetizer to the dessert, any dish I wanted to make I could combine with a well-leavened disc of dough, transforming a dish that was already unique into something even more special.

11/12/20

Friday 11 December 2020 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

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The new UNI 11532-2: 2020 on school spaces

Chairman Arianna Astolfi

The new UNI 11532-2: 2020 standard for the acoustic quality of school environments aims to bring order in a field of standards that has been stratified over time and is not free from ambiguity. Made mandatory by the CAM of 2017, the standard is part of a broad context of European regulations on the subject (such as the English BB93, the German DIN 18041) introducing two substantial innovations. The first concerns the indication of a compliance interval of the reverberation time, according to the intended use and the volume of the environment. For intended uses that require the static presence of a person, this interval takes into account the acoustic absorption of the occupants. The second novelty concerns the forecast evaluation of the C50 / STI intelligibility criteria. The use of these descriptors, already anticipated in the CAM 2017, is detailed here and related to the specific context of the school environments (e.g. the role of background noise, the vocal effort of teachers …). The introduction of new design logics has consequences on the materials and on the different design criteria to be implemented according to the grade of the structure. Some case studies will be discussed and analyzed from several points of view: respect for design criteria, perception analysis, choice of materials.

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Dario D_Orazio

Dario D’Orazio, electronic engineer, PhD in applied acoustics. He has been working in the applied acoustics group of the University of Bologna since 2007. He deals with the acoustic quality of performance, work and teaching environments. UNI expert member since 2011, he collaborated in the drafting of UNI 11532 standards.

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Daniele Ponteggia, graduated in electronic engineering from the University of Perugia and qualified to practice as an engineer, he is enrolled in the Order of Engineers of the Province of Terni. Competent technician in environmental acoustics.
He mainly works as a consultant in the field of architectural acoustics and electroacoustics with particular experience in the use of CAD acoustic measurement and simulation software. He is an expert in measuring and characterizing electroacoustic transducers.
It also deals with sound level measurements, drafting of acoustic impact assessments, on-site and forecast evaluations of the passive acoustic requirements of buildings, design of acoustic correction interventions.
He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society’s “Acoustic and Sound Source Modeling” and “Loudspeaker Modeling and Measurement” working groups.

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Cristina Carrus graduated in Building Engineering-Architecture. After working in the world of design, she attended the Master in Architecture, Structures and Technologies, deepening the issues relating to new construction technologies, environmental sustainability, energy efficiency.
In 2012 he began working for Ecophon Saint-Gobain, developing skills related to acoustics and acoustic comfort design. It carries out Market Development activities, researching different accounts and accompanying customers during the specification, design process up to the installation on site of the acoustic solutions adopted.

Event Details
  • Start Date
    2 October 2020 13:30
  • End Date
    7 May 2021 14:30
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