Plenary Lecture

Advanced Models in Road Traffic Noise Prediction and their Applications in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Claudio Guarnaccia
Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Salerno

Abstract: Road Traffic Noise (RTN) represents a critical problem to be faced in urban and residential areas. The annoyance due to noise, in fact, can be of high impact, as referred in several studies and papers in literature. Assessing noise, such as any other pollutants, can be sometimes difficult and needs specific methods according to the particular conditions of the area under study. For this reason, it is quite hard to draft a general and universal approach to noise prediction. The standard statistical models for RTN prediction, in fact, are usually based on experimental field measurements, so are barely applicable in context much different from the one in which they have been tuned. This will be the starting point to discuss the need for advanced modelling in RTN prediction. Several approaches will be presented, based on different techniques, such as Cellular Automata, Montecarlo methods, Traffic Theory, regression methods, etc.. Special attention will be paid to Time Series Analysis methods. The detection of trend and seasonal components in some RTN datasets will be presented, highlighting how the features of the phenomenon are deduced during the parameter evaluation and tuning.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Prof. Dr. Claudio Guarnaccia is temporary Professor of Physics at the Civil Engineering Department and is post-doc researcher in Applied Physics at the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Salerno. He graduated in 2004 and he took the PhD in 2008 in Nuclear Physics, at the University of Salerno, after a period spent at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), in Geneva (Switzerland). Since 2005 he had teaching assistance activities at the Engineering Faculty of University of Salerno. His research interests are focused on the application of the modern Physics methods to engineering, environmental and bio-mathematical problems, in the "Applied Physics" research group headed by Prof. Joseph Quartieri. He is author of about 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, and was invited for several plenary and keynote lectures in various institutes and conferences. He is editor-in-chief of the “International Journal of Education and Information Technologies”, associate editor and/or reviewer of several international journals. He has been chair or member of the committees of a large number of conferences. He is “main researcher” in the “Modelling and Simulation” research group of WSEAS and has several research collaborations with national and international scholars and institutes. He is member of the Italian Association of Acoustics (AIA), the International Commission for the Occupational Health (ICOH), the World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS), and other international research communities and organizations.

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