Keynote Speakers

(By alphabetical order)

Dr Paul Donovan
Topic: Using Quieter Pavement to Move Quietly – the US Experience in Tire-Pavement Noise Reduction (I-INCE Lecture)

Dr. Paul Donavan is a senior consultant and principal in the acoustical consulting firm of Illingworth & Rodkin, Incorporated in Petaluma, California. He has been involved in tire-pavement noise for over 35 years in noise mechanism research, interior noise development, pass-by noise regulation, and quieter pavement research. Over the past 10 years, Paul has been the Principal Investigator for four National Cooperative Highway Research Projects on tire-pavement noise topics and heavy truck noise source mapping. He has lead ongoing quieter pavement research projects for the California and Arizona Departments of Transportation for the last 15 years. Dr. Donavan has presented more than 75 papers at national and international noise conferences, contributed to five standards, and twice co-authored chapters in the Handbook of Noise and Vibration Control. Paul is five-time the recipient of the Best Paper on Transportation Noise award from the Transportation Research Board, and also recipient of the Lloyd L Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. In 2009, he received the Institute of Noise Control Engineering Excellence in Noise Control Engineering Award. Paul received his Doctor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology specializing in Acoustics. 

Dr Jian Pang
Topic: Trend of Automobile Development and Its Challenge for Noise and Vibration Control 

Dr. Jian Pang is a vice president and chief engineer of Changan Auto Global R&D Centre since 2008. He used to be a technical specialist in Stewart & Steven Service, Inc. (1997-1999, Houston, Texas) and a senior engineer in Ford Motor Company (1999-2008, Dearborn, Michigan).
He received his Ph.D. degree and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1996 (Norman, Oklahoma, USA) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1991 (Shanghai, China), respectively.
Dr. Pang has over 30 years experience in noise and vibration control engineering, especially in vehicle engineering. He published 4 technical books and 2 literature books. "Automotive Noise and Vibration - Principle and Application" (in Chinese) and "Vehicle Body Noise and Vibration Control" (in Chinese) are regarded as the most influence books in the NVH field in China. The English version of the book "Vehicle Body Noise and Vibration Control" will be published. He published over 70 papers on international and national journals and conferences.
He serves as the vice director of China National Key Lab of Vehicle NVH and Safety, the leader of OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles) China Noise Group, vice chairman of China NVH society, guest professor of Tong Ji University and Chongqing University. He used to be the chairman of NVH Technical Committee of 2012 FISITA (World Automotive Engineer Congress).
He is fellow of Society of Automotive Engineers of China (only 16 fellows in the society). He serves as the editor of International Journal of Vehicle Noise.

Prof Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp
Topic: Soundscape and Noise Management - a Matter of Lifequality

Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp is a Professor of Psychoacoustics and Noise Effects at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Acoustics, Technische Universität Berlin Germany. She has been a research professor at MIT Boston, Osaka University, and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Her research activities include Psychoacoustics, Acoustic Ecology, and Soundscapes. Among others, she served as co-chair of the European Committee COST Action TD 082011-201204 “Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes. She is not only a member of ISO/TC 43/SC 1/WG 54 -12913-1 “perceptual assessment of soundscape quality” but also project leader for the NWIP 12913-2 Acoustics-Soundscape-Part 2: methods and measurements in soundscape studies. She is a Distinguished International Member of INCE USA. In 2011-2012 Professor Schulte-Fortkamp was serving as Vice President of the Acoustical Society of America. In 2012 she received the European Soundscape Award. Moreover, currently she is a member of the board of the German Acoustical Society(DEGA) and serves as Vice-President of the European Acoustic Association EAA.

Prof Xin Zhang
Topic: Computational Aeroacoustic Study of Leading Edge Noise 

Dr Xin Zhang is the Swire Professor of Aerospace Engineering and a chair professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He holds a Ph.D degree in fluid mechanics from Cambridge University, UK and a B.Eng degree in aerospace engineering from Beijing Institute of Aeronautics, China. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Prior to joining HKUST in 2015, he was the Airbus Professor of Aircraft Engineering and the founding director of the Airbus Noise Technology Centre at the University of Southampton, UK. Dr. Zhang conducts research and delivers lectures in aerodynamics and aeroacoustics. He has performed experimental and computational research in unsteady aerodynamics, ground effect and racing car aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, and aircraft noise. His research over a period of 25 years led to the establishment of Airbus Aircraft Noise Technology Centre (ANTC) at Southampton in 2008. His current research areas include future aircraft configurations, broadband noise simulation and attenuation, turbofan and rotor noise, physics-based aircraft noise models, computational aeroacoustics, aircraft interior noise modelling, sound transmission, and noise control. Xin Zhang worked as consultants for a number of aerospace engineering companies, Fomula 1 industry, etc. He is now the director of Aviation Industry Corporation of China Advanced Aircraft Noise Technology Centre at HKUST.


Prof Steffen Marburg
Topic: Conventional Boundary Element Techniques: Recent Developments and Opportunities

Professor Steffen Marburg obtained his PhD from the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden in Germany. From 2010 until 2015, he held the Chair for Engineering Dynamics at the Universität der Bundeswehr (University of the Federal Armed Forces) in Munich, Germany. In July 2015, he took over the Gerhard Zeidler endowed Chair for Vibroacoustics of Vehicles and Machines of the Technical University of Munich. His research interests include simulation and simulation methods of vibroacoustics, uncertainty quantification, experimental identification of parameters and parameter distributions, damage detection and other problems of vibroacoustics. Steffen Marburg is one of the chairs of the EAA technical committee for Computational Acoustics and associate editor of Acta Acustica united with Acustica, editor for the Journal of Computational Acoustics (JCA) and Acoustics Australia. He is author of nearly 90 peer reviewed journal papers and 7 book chapters. Furthermore, he is editor of a book on finite and boundary element methods and has worked as a guest editor for six special issues of JCA. Professor Marburg is a well-known expert in computational acoustics.


(updated as of 23 March 2017)