AI Research Catalyst Fund Awardees Virtual Seminar Series
“Application of Machine Learning in the Prediction and Modeling of Environmental Noise”
by Dr. Hassan Azad
Assistant Professor in School of Architecture, Director at EAAR Lab
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Environmental noise is a critical pollutant directly associated with health and work-related problems such as hearing loss, children’s cognition problems, and reduced work productivity. Estimation methods have been used to calculate and model environmental noise since around 40 years ago. Over the past few years and with the help of high-performance and parallel (GPU) computing, physics-based models have been developed for environmental noise problems in larger scales. These numerical modeling techniques are computationally expensive and time consuming. The primary goal of this research is to use machine learning to replace physics-based solutions to the problem of environmental noise modeling with its AI-generated counterpart. It is anticipated that the outcomes of this research have long-term impacts on 1) helping urban and disaster planners to evaluate their design scenarios and city policy makers to adjust their plans with respect to the harmful effects of environmental noise using the prediction noise models 2) proposing integrated and optimized solutions to the idea of smart and connected communities and civic infrastructures 3) creating a healthier and sustained built environment, and consequently 4) elevating the overall human life experience.
Hassan Azad, currently an assistant professor at the University of Florida’ School of Architecture, is a scholar known for his research and teaching in the areas of architecture and technology, and especially architectural and environmental acoustics. He holds a Ph.D. in design, construction, and planning from the University of Florida. Prior to his current appointment at UF, Dr. Azad worked as a senior acoustical consultant in San Francisco bay area for a year. His research interests include Environmental and Building Technology, Environmental Acoustics, Architectural Acoustics (Building & Room Acoustics), Technology Integration with Architectural Design, and Computer Programming, modeling, and simulation for Architectural & Acoustical Applications.
Dr. Azad is a LEED AP BD + C and holds the membership of several professional and educational organizations such as Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE-USA), Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and Audio Engineering Society (AES). He serves as a reviewer for the ACSA annual conferences and as a member for the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Technical Committee (TC) on Architectural Acoustics, and Technical Specialty Group (TSG) on Computational Acoustics. Dr. Azad has received many awards, scholarships and grants and is a recipient of Robert Bradford Newman Medal for Excellence in Architectural Acoustics.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
12:00PM – 1:00PM
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