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RefMap at QuietDrones Conference 2024

The third edition of the QuietDrones Conference 2024 is organised by the Acoustics Research Centre of the University of Salford, a partner in the RefMap project, and will be held in Manchester (UK) from 8 to 11 September 2024. Building upon the successful QuietDrones conferences in 2020 and 2022, the organisers are excited to welcome participants to the upcoming event. As a renowned institution in the field of acoustics research, the University has always been at the forefront of cutting-edge acoustics research.

QuietDrones 2024 is particularly exciting as it takes on a hybrid format, blending the best of virtual and in-person experiences. More specifically, the Conference chair is Dr. Antonio J Torija Martinez, and the organising team from the University of Salford includes Dr. Deepak Akiwate, Dr. Marc Green, Dr. Carlos Ramos-Romero, Dr. Steven Jung, Nathan Green, and Michael Lotinga. Quiet Drones 2024 is organised with the advice of the former Chair of the organising committee, Jean Tourret (President of INCE Europe).

At the Conference, the University of Salford will also present its research work about the human response to drone noise, and the assessment of the impact of drone noise on soundscapes while another partner of RefMap, Delft University of Technology will also present scientific papers.

One of the highlights of QuietDrones 2024 is the workshop on “Perception Influenced Design for Aircraft Noise” which will be also organised on 8 September 2024 in collaboration with Dr. Siddhartha Krishnamurthy (NASA Langley). This workshop offers a valuable platform for experts and enthusiasts to share insights and explore innovative approaches to designing Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).

Drone noise, noise regulation & applications are among the main topics of discussion

The speakers in the Conference are:

●      Guillaume Malaval, the regulator at the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will be presenting an Approach to Noise Regulation of Unmanned Aviation in the European Union”.

●      Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Sottek, from the Division of Applied Acoustics at the Chalmers University of Technology, will talk on “Psychoacoustics standards using the Sottek Hearing Model and their applications”.

●      Professor Mirjam Snellen and Dr. Roberto Merino-Martinez, from our partner, Delft University of Technology (more specifically, the Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects research group of the Department Control & Operations at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the Delft University of Technology), who will present their work on “Research on drone noise: Measurements, prediction models, and human perception”.


The ImAFUSA project at Quiet Drones 2024

Lastly, in the framework of the SESAR3 JU ImAFUSA partnership, the University of Salford has organised meticulous technical sessions to delve into the crucial factors that determine the acceptance of urban air mobility (UAM) by citizens. These sessions include noise measurement techniques, the impact of UAM on communities, human response to UAM noise, engagement, and perception.  ImAFUSA will play an integral role in the panel discussions, offering its expertise in UAS/UAM noise regulation, and also in community noise assessment and management.


The call for abstracts is now open! The paper submission deadline is on the 16th of June 2024. You can check this link: The venue of the Conference is the University of Salford, Peel Park Campus, Manchester M5 4WT, United Kingdom.


For further details, you can stay updated by following our social media and checking the news section of the project’s website.





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