Meeting Topic: 19th meeting of the Portuguese Section of the Audio Engineering Society
Moderator Name: Diamantino Freitas
Speaker Name: Sixteen speakers
Other business or activities at the meeting:
During the PSAES meeting (restricted to AES members) several decisions were taken, namely:
1) the current PSAES President invited for a new team of PSAES officers to step forward and to lead the PSAES starting this year, a procedure based on e-mail communications will start immediately implementing this decision in the light of the section by-laws;
2) the realization of one important conference to take place in Aveiro, Portugal, specifically DAFx in 2018 and the possibility of applying for AES Audio Forensics in 2019 to also be held in Portugal, was looked at as excellent opportunities not only to articulate with next PSAES meetings, but also to engage current AES members and to motivate new ones, notably students; and
3) efforts will be developed to raise the profile of future PSAES meetings, namely, by
i) inviting distinguished lecturers, with possible support from various organizations including the AES (International), FLAD (PT), FCT (PT) and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (PT) will be sought in this regard;
ii) reinforcing the component of audio demonstrations and musical realization, and iii) increasing the PSAES visibility in social networks.
Finally, all AES members congratulated Diamantino Freitas and the organizing committee for a successful PSAES meeting that was well attended by more than 30 people.
Local visits to technical sites with interest for audio enthusiasts at FEUP, such as the Sound and Music Computing Lab, coordinated by Prof. Rui Penha (professor at FEUP-Department of Informatics Engineering -DEI), the FEUP's main auditorium control room and the Student Radio installations (Engenharia Rádio, now 10 year old) were also organised.
Meeting Location: Faculty of the Engineering of the University of Porto (Department of Electrical and Computers Engineering -DEEC)
The Portuguese Section of the Audio Engineering Society (PSAES) held its 19th meeting on March 25, 2017 at FEUP, the Faculty of the Engineering of the University of Porto (Department of Electrical and Computers Engineering -DEEC). The organizing committee led by Diamantino Freitas (currently chair of the section assembly and professor) was also composed by Augusto Silva (currently the President of the section and professor at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa — ESML), and Aníbal Ferreira (currently the secretary of the section assembly and also professor at FEUP-DEEC).
The meeting format consisted of an open program of submitted and invited communications, local technical visits and a final meeting with voting restricted to AES members.
The open program of communications included twelve 20-minute presentation slots equally distributed in the morning and afternoon. Many presentations reflected on-going or recently completed master student research. The topics included automatic music identification; sound insulation; voice quality assessment, forensic analysis and glottal reconstruction; classroom spatial acoustic design, head and torso acoustic simulation, and glottal pulse modeling; bassoon sound pickup; audio in clinical simulation, diagnosis and training; immersive audio guiding; and voice packet scheduling using Arduino. There were three more presentations; the first was a didactic one, addressing practical spectral estimation, the second was illustrative of a recently developed product for intelligent and distributed urban environmental continuous sound monitoring, the FI-SONIC, and the third was a prospective view of the potential of audio forensics in Portugal and the future of PSAES activities.
Written By: Aníbal Ferreira and Diamantino Freitas