In order to cover the broadest range of high-level technical contributions from all over the world, the Scientific Programme is structured into 14 Theme Areas (T), that include several Structured Sessions and Regular Sessions.


Theme Area T01Acoustical and vibration measurement and instrumentation




Håkansson Lars
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This theme area covers all aspects related to the measurement of sound and vibration. It includes sessions concerning traditional measurement instruments, but also proposals concerning new measurement concepts: new transducers, new mathematical algorithms, new acoustical parameters, or new applications of traditional technologies for multimedia and virtual reality.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T01 RS01 - Acoustic imaging and acoustic detection

(Håkansson Lars, Sweden)

T01 RS02 - Measurement techniques and sensors

(Håkansson Lars, Sweden)

T01 RS03 - Measurement uncertainty in acoustics

T01 RS04 - Instrumentation for sound and vibration measurements and analyses

Structured Sessions

T01 SS01 - Sound and vibration measurements and analysis

(Håkansson Lars, Sweden & Claes Hedberg, Sweden)

T01 SS02 - Measurement techniques and sensors

(Lixue Wu, Canada)


Theme Area T02Active noise and vibration control-mechatronics




Marek Pawelczyk
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The theme includes any concept or device that requires a combination of actuators (loudspeaker, piezoceramic, inertial actuator...), sensors (accelerometer, microphones...), and control units for real-time signal processing. The theme includes active and semi-active, control of sound and vibration, smarts structures, smart earplug, smart headset, mechatronics... Presentations can include conceptual design of system, theoretical development, algorithms design and practical implementations.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T02 RS01 - Active control of sound and vibration

(Marek Pawelczyk, Poland)

T02 RS02 - Active structural acoustic control

(Marek Pawelczyk, Poland)

T02 RS03 - Semi-active control

(Marek Pawelczyk, Poland)

Structured Sessions

T02 SS01 - Actuators and sensors for active control

(Marek Pawelczyk, Poland)

T02 SS02 - Algorithms for active control

(Marek Pawelczyk, Poland)

T02 SS03 - Active meta-materials

(Marek Pawelczyk, Poland)


Theme Area T03Aeroacoustics, thermoacoustics, combustion noise, aircraft noise, and vibration




Maria Heckl
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Ricardo Musafir
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This subject area includes all aspects concerning sound generated by fluid flow, combustion processes or by the interaction of a flow with surfaces, as well as aircraft noise and vibration. Some examples are: the description of source mechanisms or of the propagation in particular situations; jet noise; fan and compressor noise; wind turbines; active or passive control of aerodynamically generated sound and vibration, notably in aircraft, trains, and other vehicles, including space vehicles; analytical and numerical solutions for specific problems.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T03 RS01 - Aeroacoustics

(Ricardo Musafir, Brazil)

T03 RS02 - Aviation noise

Structured Sessions

T03 SS01 - Acoustic simulation, test and control in spacecraft

(Zheng Ling, China)

T03 SS02 - Passive control of aeroacoustic and thermoacoustic instabilities

(Xiaoyu Wang, China)

T03 SS03 - Combustion noise and thermoacoustics

(Jim Kok, Netherlands)

T03 SS04 - Aircraft cabin noise and vibration control

(Bruno Campolina, Germany)

T03 SS05 - Airfoil/High-Lift Device Noise

(Yu Liu, China)

T03 SS06 - Aircraft and gas turbine engine noise in the transition to sustainable fuels

(Jim Kok, Netherlands)

T03 SS07 - Passive control of thermoacoustic instabilities

(Aswathy Surendran, India)

T03 SS08 - Research in Thermoacoustics and Aeroacoustics by the Marie Curie Network POLKA

(Maria Heckl, United Kingdom)

T03 SS09 - Dynamic transitions and effects of noise

(Lipika Kabiraj, India)

T03 SS10 - Turbomachinery noise

(Michel Roger, France)

T03 SS11 - Data-driven methods in thermoacoustics

(Luca Magri, United Kingdom & Andrea Nóvoa, United Kingdom)


Theme Area T04Environmental and community noise, soundscapes




Gaetano Licitra
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Kang Jian
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This theme area covers all aspects of environmental, community noise and soundscape research. These topics include, but are not limited to, environmental noise strategy, the role of sound in urban experience, outdoor noise propagation, community involvement and soundscape assessments.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T04 RS01 - Community and environmental noise

(Gaetano Licitra, Italy)

T04 RS02 - Noise impact assessment

(Jeronimo Vida Manzano, Spain)

T04 RS03 - Noise modelling and mapping

(Francesco Asdrubali, Italy)

Structured Sessions

T04 SS01 - Soundscape auralization

(Gan Woon-Seng, Singapore)

T04 SS02 - Urban soundscapes

(Kang Jian, United Kingdom)

T04 SS04 - Psychoacoustics

(André Fiebig, Germany)


Theme Area T05Physical acoustics, ultrasound, and wave propagation




Serge Dos Santos
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All aspects of ultrasonic wave propagation including analytical modelling, numerical modelling, transduction mechanisms, imaging algorithms, quantitative inversion algorithms as well as nonlinear acoustic. This theme is interested in the biomedical, nondestructive testing and structural health monitoring fields of application.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T05 RS01 - Ultrasound and Ultrasonic measurements techniques and sensors

(W. S. Gan, Singapore)

T05 RS02 - Physical acoustics

(W. S. Gan, Singapore)

Structured Sessions

T05 SS01 - Wave propagation in heterogenous and architectured media

T05 SS02 - Nonlinear acoustics and vibrations

(Serge Dos Santos, France & W. S. Gan, Singapore)

T05 SS03 - Sound propagation in curvilinear spacetime

(W. S. Gan, Singapore & Umberto Lemma, Italy)

T05 SS04 - Duct acoustics

T05 SS05 - Acoustic emission


Theme Area T06Industrial and occupational noise and vibration




Dariusz Pleban
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This theme involves hearing loss prevention and protection of workers exposed to occupational noise and vibration. It includes, but is not limited to, the identification of risk arising from noise and vibration at work, the development and improvement of measurement and assessment methods, predictive and modelling methods, hearing protection (measurements, advanced technologies, comfort), hand-arm and whole-body vibration, machinery and factory noise, etc.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T06 RS01 - Noise source identification in the workplace

(Jan Radosz, Poland)

Structured Sessions

T06 SS01 - Hearing protection

(Rafal Mlynski, Poland & Christian Giguère, Canada)

T06 SS02 - Hand-arm and whole-body vibration

(Piotr Kowalski, Poland)

T06 SS03 - Noise and vibration in small, medium and large industries

(Dariusz Pleban, Poland)

T06 SS04 - Advances in machinery noise and vibration control

(Eleonora Carletti, Italy)


Theme Area T07Structural dynamics and nonlinear vibration




Evangelos Sapountzakis
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This theme area covers all the aspects of experimental and computational methods for the characterization, analysis, design and optimization of nonlinear mechanical systems. These topics include, but are not limited to, emerging methods in mechanical system design, optimal design in the framework of nonlinear dynamics, vibration control and damping of nonlinear systems, stochastic analysis and robust design, recent developments in numerical methods (finite volumes, boundary element methods, octree mesh, isogeometric analysis), artificial intelligence and machine learning in structural dynamics, and rotordynamics.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T07 RS01 - Modal analysis

(Evangelos Sapountzakis, Greece & Konstantinos Kapasakalis, Greece)

T07 RS02 - Vibration and control of nonlinear mechanical systems

(Evangelos Sapountzakis, Greece & Konstantinos Kapasakalis, Greece)

T07 RS03 - Structural acoustics and vibration

(Evangelos Sapountzakis, Greece & Konstantinos Kapasakalis, Greece)

T07 RS04 - Rotordynamics

(Evangelos Sapountzakis, Greece & Konstantinos Kapasakalis, Greece)

T07 RS05 - Fatigue, fracture and joint interfaces

(Konstantinos Kapasakalis, Greece & Evangelos Sapountzakis, Greece)

T07 RS06 - Optimal design and uncertainty quantification

(Konstantinos Kapasakalis, Greece & Evangelos Sapountzakis, Greece)

Structured Sessions

T07 SS01 - Rotordynamics

(Evangelos Sapountzakis, Greece & Konstantinos Kapasakalis, Greece)

T07 SS02 - Vibration Energy Harvesting

(Evangelos Sapountzakis, Greece & Konstantinos Kapasakalis, Greece)

T07 SS03 - Modal analysis in practice

(Evangelos Sapountzakis, Greece & Konstantinos Kapasakalis, Greece)

T07 SS04 - Recent advances in vibration absorption

(Konstantinos Kapasakalis, Greece & Evangelos Sapountzakis, Greece)


Theme Area T08Materials for noise and vibration control




Jorge Arenas
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Francesco Asdrubali
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Marco Caniato
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Materials come in a variety of forms to provide sound absorption, isolation and vibration damping. In the last decades, the use and variety of available materials has increased greatly. Recent advances in material science, manufacturing processes, chemistry, and nanotechnologies are producing significant improvements in the design, production, and performance of specialized materials and metamaterials. Papers related (but not limited) to advances, development, analysis and/or optimization of materials or metamaterials that have been produced for the specific purpose of providing high values of sound absorption, vibration damping, and vibration and/or noise isolation are welcome within this Subject Area. The papers can be related to fundamental research, and/or applications, related to design, modelling, testing, and/or manufacturing of noise and vibration control materials or metamaterials. Due to the importance of the subject, this subject area will also welcome studies on environmentally friendly materials that are made of recycled products and/or through less contaminating processes.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Structured Sessions

T08 SS01 - Passive sound absorbing and insulating materials

(Marco Caniato, Italy)

T08 SS02 - Vibration damping materials

(W. S. Gan, Singapore)

T08 SS03 - Acoustic metamaterial and phononic crystal: fundamentals & applications

(W. S. Gan, Singapore & Wonju Jeon, South Korea)

T08 SS04 - Characterization of acoustical materials in reverberation rooms and impedance tubes

(Marco Caniato, Italy)


Theme Area T09Psychological, physiological, and biological acoustics




Joseph C. S. Lai
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Sebastian Oberst
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This theme area covers a range of topics in the fields of psychological, physiological, and biological acoustics. Both theoretical and applied papers are welcomed.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T09 RS01 - Psychological Acoustics

T09 RS02 - Physiological Acoustics

T09 RS03 - Bioacoustics

(Sebastian Oberst, Australia & Joseph C. S. Lai, Australia)

Structured Sessions

T09 SS01 - Subjective evaluation of noise and vibration in built environment

(Haydar Aygun, United Kingdom)

T09 SS02 - Otoacoustic emissions and cochlear modelling

(Renata Sisto, Italy & Jont Allen, United States)

T09 SS03 - Biotremology

(Valerio Mazzoni, Italy)


Theme Area T10Signal processing and nonlinear methods




Malcolm J. Crocker
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Len Gelman
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Tawhidul Islam Khan
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This theme area covers a wide range of topics related to the application of signal processing and nonlinear methods to the analysis of acoustics and vibration systems. This includes linear and nonlinear signal processing, vibro-acoustic imaging, source localization, inverse problems, big data problems, parametric and non-parametric pattern recognition, vibro-acoustical condition monitoring, diagnosis and prognosis.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T10 RS01 - Signal processing techniques for acoustic array systems and inverse problems

T10 RS02 - Fault diagnosis and prognosis

(Tawhidul Islam Khan, Japan)

T10 RS03 - Signal processing in acoustics and vibration

(Tawhidul Islam Khan, Japan)

Structured Sessions

T10 SS01 - Compressive sensing and sparse signal reconstruction

T10 SS02 - Machinery health monitoring

(Robert Gao, United States)

T10 SS03 - Seismic response of building structures


Theme Area T11Room and building acoustics




John Laurence Davy
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Nicolaas Bernardus Roozen
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This theme area covers all aspects of building and room acoustics related to the transmission of sound and vibration through building elements, the acoustical qualities of spaces and the architectural acoustic design. The common framework is the noise and vibration control methodology and the evaluation of the perceived quality of sound in rooms.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T11 RS01 - Building acoustics

T11 RS02 - Human response to noise and vibration in buildings

Structured Sessions

T11 SS01 - Room acoustics

(Umberto Berardi, Canada)

T11 SS02 - Classroom acoustics

(Astolfi Arianna, Italy)

T11 SS03 - Measurement and prediction of sound insulation

T11 SS04 - Structure-borne and impact noise

T11 SS05 - Acoustics of timber buildings

(Marco Caniato, Italy)


Theme Area T12Marine acoustics




Davide Borelli
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Venugopalan Pallayil
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This theme area on marine noise includes ship noise and vibration, harbour and environmental underwater noise, underwater noise from pile driving, marine propeller noise, underwater acoustic communication and signal processing, numerical methods for underwater acoustics and vibro-acoustics of submerged structures.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T12 RS01 - Underwater sound – measurement and modelling

(Johan Bocanegra, Italy)

Structured Sessions

T12 SS01 - Ship underwater radiated noise

(Adrian Brown, United Kingdom)

T12 SS02 - Propulsion system vibration and noise

(Claudio Testa, Italy)

T12 SS03 - Ship and harbour noise and vibration

(Davide Borelli, Italy)

T12 SS04 - EU Projects on noise reduction in harbors

(Gaetano Licitra, Italy)

T12 SS05 - Low frequency underwater acoustics (under 200Hz)

(Gary Heald, United Kingdom)


Theme Area T13Musical acoustics




Bor-Tsuen Wang
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This theme covers all aspects related to advancements in musical acoustics, including but not limited to the following topics: modelling and analysis of musical instruments and the singing voice, analysis and synthesis of musical sounds, experimental techniques for sound and instrument characterization, psychoacoustics, music cognition, performance and pedagogy, new devices for music performance and interaction.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T13 RS01 - Musical and virtual acoustics

(Chen Jer-Ming, Singapore)

Structured Sessions

T13 SS01 - Vibroacoustics of musical instruments

(Chen Jer-Ming, Singapore)

T13 SS02 - Tools for musical instruments design and making

T13 SS03 - Biomechanical control of musical instruments

T13 SS04 - Physical modelling of musical instruments and singing voice

T13 SS05 - Psychoacoustics in music


Theme Area T14Road and railway noise and vibration




Sifa Zheng
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The theme area on road and rail transportation noise and vibration covers the broad issue of generation and propagation of sound and ground borne vibration from road and rail transport. Structured sessions will be dedicated partly to the urban environment, with rail bound transport and road transport. In addition, novel design and control method for sound effect inside vehicles, will be highlighted. Rail induced vibration has gained more attention in recent years and structured sessions will be organized for this topic. Recent developments such as the revision of EU type approval standards and the gradual increase of electric and hybrid vehicles will be treated. Sound effect analysis and design inside vehicles cabin environment, for electric and autonomous vehicles will also be specially discussed.


Within this Theme Area different sessions are already planned.
Others could be proposed by sending an email to the chair of this Theme Area.

Regular Sessions

T14 RS01 - Road and railway noise and vibration

Structured Sessions

T14 SS01 - Noise and vibration from railway transportation

T14 SS02 - Vehicle noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)

T14 SS03 - Sound effect analysis and control for Vehicles

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