SC-04-09 meeting, Online, 2020-10

Report of the Meeting of the SC-04-09 Working Group on Assessment of acoustic annoyance of the SC-04 Subcommittee on Acoustics, held online, 2020-10-07.

The meeting was convened through Zoom by chair David Josephson at 1530 UTC. The patent policy notice was read and no objection was heard to the agenda or the previous meeting’s minutes.

More than a dozen participants identified themselves, from NASA, DOT Volpe Lab, the aircraft industry and academia, and several acoustic designers and consultants. DOT and NASA scientists identified some of the ongoing work and tools for assessing noise and disturbance that may become available publicly soon. The NASA UAM Noise Working Group has issued its white paper, available at

New projects:

AES project AES-X248 was described and participation invited. NASA scientists described work in progress for measuring ambient environmental sound as a masker, as well as sound signatures of drones and other transportation noise sources. There is also ongoing work on annoyance of sound from entertainment venues into the community, such as New York City’s work on noise from concerts. Juliet Page reported on DOT Volpe Lab work on propagation models in urban settings and integration into the AEDT noise mapping tool.


There is no liaison work now underway.

New projects

No new projects were proposed.

New business

No new business was raised.

The next meeting will be held online 2020-06, in conjunction with the AES 150th convention.

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