AES Member Profile

Massimo Garai

Massimo Garai

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Audio Fields:

  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Architectural Acoustics
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Measurement and Instrumentation
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development
  • Educational Institutions - Educator

Job Duties:

  • Educator
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Acoustician
  • Author/Journalist/Technical Writer
  • Researcher


Full Professor, affiliated with the Department of Industrial Engineering (DIN) of the School of Engineering an Architecture of the University of Bologna.
Courses: "Applied Acoustics and Lighting" and "Environmental Technical Physics".
Teacher of the post-graduate "School of Acoustics" at University of Ferrara.
Supervisor of more that 80 M.A. and Ph.D. students at University of Bologna.
President of the "Acoustics and Vibrations" committee of UNI (Italian Standardisation Organisation) and convenor of the working groups "Noise screens" and "Determination of uncertainty in acoustics".
Convenor of CEN/TC 256/SC 1/WG 40 "Noise barriers for rail infrastructure".
Italian national representative in CEN/TC 226/WG 6 "Road traffic noise reducing devices".
Full member, of FTI, AIA, EAA, ASA, INCE-USA, and AES.
Responsible of many research projects. Authors of more than 200 papers and 3 books. His scientific interests include: outdoor sound propagation, acoustic barriers, environmental impact assessment, building acoustics, room acoustics, industrial noise control, digital signal processing, properties of materials, sustainability.
Reviewer for all the major international journals on acoustics.
Consultant in acoustics for national road and railway authorities, strategic projects, airports, industrial plants, buildings. Certified as "competent technician in acoustics" according to Italian law 447/95 and certified at level 3 (maximum) by CICPND.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

Best Paper Award at the International Building Physics Conference IBPC 2015.
Congratulated by Elsevier Publisher for being one of the most cited authors of Applied Acoustics for the years 2002-2005.
"Outstanding Reviewer" for the journal Applied Acoustics for the years 2013 and 2015.

Education Background

1991: Ph.D. in Technical Physics, University of Bologna.
1983: Laurea degree in Physics (honors), University of Bologna.
Native language: Italian.
Foreign languages: English and French.

Employment History

2001: Full Professor, University of Bologna.
1998: Associate Professor, University of Bologna.
1990: Researcher, University of Bologna.

Why Am I An AES Member?

Strong interest in architectural acoustics, instruments for acoustical measurements, audio equipment, signal processing.

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