Thesis Defense

Raphaël Leiba's PhD Defense

Tue 19 December 2017,
10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Université Pierre et Marie CURIE

Free entry

Raphaël Leiba will defend his doctoral thesis carried out at IRCAM in the Perception and Sound Design team STMS - (CNRS/IRCAM/UPMC) :
"Conception of a noise annoyance diagnostic tool in urban areas"

PhD Defense at the université Pierre et Marie Curie
Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 10am
UPMC - Amphitheatre 24, free entry


Noise, especially road traffic noise, is cited by many studies as a source of major societal concern. So far, public responses are based only on energy quantification of sound exposure, often by measuring or estimating LA or Lden, and sound-level reduction related decision are taken. Nevertheless, psychoacoustic studies have shown that the sound level explains only a small part of the perceived noise annoyance. It is interesting to have more information about the source of noise and not to reduce the information to its sound level.

In this thesis a tool is proposed for estimating the noise annoyance induced by each road vehicle using its audio signal and noise annoyance models.

To do so, the audio signal of the vehicle is isolated by using inverse methods, large microphone arrays and image processing to obtain its trajectory. The knowledge of the trajectory and of the signal allows the vehicle to be classified by a machine learning method according to Morel et al. taxonomy. Once its category obtained, the specific annoyance of the vehicle is estimated thanks to a noise annoyance model using psychoacoustic and energetic indices. This allows the estimation of specific noise annoyance for each vehicle within the road traffic. The application of this method is made during a measurement day on a large Parisian artery.

Keywords : Urban environment, noise annoyance, source separation, large microphone array, machine learning, sound perception, psychoacoustic indices


Quentin LECLERE, rapporteur, Maître de Conférences, HDR, INSA Lyon
Catherine MARQUIS-FAVRE, rapporteuse, Directrice de Recherche, ENTPE
Quentin GRIMAL, examinateur, Professeur, UPMC
Catherine LAVANDIER, examinatrice, Professeur, Univ. Cergy-Pontoise 
Judicaël PICAUT, examinateur, Directeur de Recherche, IFSTTAR 
Vincent ROUSSARIE, examinateur, Ingénieur de Recherche, PSA Peugeot-Citroën 
François OLLIVIER, directeur de thèse, Invité, Maître de Conférence, HDR, UPMC 
Régis MARCHIANO, co-directeur de thèse, Invité, Professeur, UPMC 
Nicolas MISDARIIS, co-encadrant de thèse, Invité, Chargé de Recherche, Ircam 
Jacques MARCHAL, co-encadrant de thèse, Invité, Maître de Conférence, UPMC