Technical Study Groups & Reports

I-Ince Technical Activities

I-INCE coordinates a number of technical activities across the world. It is probably best known for its support of the yearly INTER-NOISE congress, but there are a wide number of technical activities that I-INCE supports. These activities are largely run through the office of I-INCE Vice President – Technical Activities. A list of activities are available to browse through on the menu to the left.

  • Rajendra Singh (2009-2017) and Patricia Davies (2018 – Present)
  • I-INCE Vice President – Technical Activities
Overview of Techincal Activities
Overview of Technical Study Groups (TSG)VariousEach group studies one important aspect of noise and its effect on society, and then issues a formal I-INCE report
Future Congress Technical Planners Meeting (FCTP)VP of Technical Activities and next INTERNOISE Technical Program ChairPlan the technical programs of next congresses and offer advice on other aspects via meetings held at congress. Next meeting be held 1-2pm (lunch) Wednesday 2019 June 19 at INTER-NOISE 2019 in Madrid.
Young Professionals Grant ProgramI-INCE YP Coordinator and VP Technical ActivitiesOffers up to 20 travel grants (600 Euro per recipient) to young professionals to attend the next INTER-NOISE Congress
Young Professionals Workshop I-INCE YP Coordinator and VP of Technical Activities A mentorship session for young professionals and students held at INTER-NOISE congress
Practice of Noise Control Case Studies School VP of Technical Activities, Luigi Maffei and Joe Cuschieri May be help on the Sunday before the INTER-NOISE Congress Opening Ceremony. By invitation only. Four presentations focused on different Noise-Control problems with lunch. First held in 2018 in Chicago.
I-INCE Annually Sponsored Symposia VariousSymposia on Noise sponsored by I-INCE. Applications due in April in the year before the symposium takes place. Application for Symposia in 2020 due 2019 April 30.
Miscellaneous Various
  1. I-INCE report on noise control engineering education (based on the books on prior education workshops).
  2. I-INCE Website and Information Dissemination
  3. Represent I-INCE on the ICA Board
  4. I-INCE Lecture Videos (2017, 2018, 2019)
I-INCE Reports

The following TSG reports have been published, and are available on the I-INCE web site:

Overview of Technical Study Groups

The principal technical activities of I-INCE are carried out by I-INCE Technical Study Groups (TSGs) authorized by the I-INCE General Assembly on recommendation of the I-INCE Board of Directors. The following is a summary of the activities of each group. The conveners of the Technical Study Groups are also listed where available.

8 Reports by TSGs (in the past 2 decades); all are posted on site (see Appendix for a listing)
TSG 1 to 9 disbanded after they completed their work

Technical Studies Groups

1Noise of Recreational Activities in Outdoor Areas Philip Dickenson DisbandedFinal Report posted on the I-INCE web site
2Noise Labels for consumer and Industrial Products Bernard Berry DisbandedGathered material transmitted to co-conveners of TSG 7 for possible use
3Assessment of the Effectiveness of Noise Policies and Regulations Hideki Tachibana, William LangDisbandedFinal Report posted on the I-INCE web site
4Noise and Reverberation Control for Schoolrooms Zerhan Yuksel, Carsten Svensson DisbandedWork terminated due to lack of progress
5Noise as a Global Policy IssueLawrence FinegoldDisbandedFinal Report published in NCEJ and posted on the I-INCE web site
6Environmental Noise Impact Assessment and MitigationLawrence FinegoldDisbandedFinal report posted on th I-INCE website
7harmonization and IMplementation of Global Noise PoliciesWilliam Lang, Tjeert ten WoldeDisbandedAn I-INCE Noise Control Evaluation Panel has been established to continue this work.
8Metrics for Environmental Noise Assessment and ControlAndre Fiebig, Paul SchomerDisbandedFinal report completed and published on the I-INCE site in 2015​
9"Buy Quiet" Programs"Marco Beltman, Robert HellwegActiveBuy Quiet Symposium held in 2016 right after IN16 Congress in Hamburg Final report draft is completed
NCTCI-INCE Noise Control Technology CommitteeTor Kihlman, William LangDisbanded
Recent Activities of TSG Groups

TSG 10: Buy Quiet Programs

Marco Beltman and Robert Hellweg, Co-conveners

The objective of I-INCE Technical Study Group 10 (TSG-10) is to make “Buy-Quiet” programs known to purchasers of equipment to which workers are exposed (such as for the construction industry) and to professional buyers. Related programs for industry and consumers such as labeling, declarations, and noise ratings will not be covered by TSG-10. TSG-10 held a one-day symposium on “Buy Quiet” right after the INTER-NOISE 2016 Congress on August 25, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. The TSG 10 final report is in review, final report should be posted early 2019.

Future Congress Technical Planners (FCTP)
The Future Congress Technical Planners (FCTP) meeting includes the I-INCE Vice President for Technical Activities, general and technical chairs for future approved congresses, people interested in organizing sessions or a group of sessions at the next congress, the FCTP Advisory Committee, as well as recent past congress general and technical chairs. The goal is to offer advice on all aspects of congress technical planning including the maximum number of parallel sessions, the type of Structured Sessions, the need for Poster Sessions, etc. The FCTP may recommend new concepts for future INTER-NOISE Congresses. The concepts may involve items that are specific to a particular Congress and which depend upon local circumstances and local ideas. The FCTP holds two meetings at the INTER-NOISE Congress, a Pre-FCTP meeting on Sunday and the full FCTP meeting on Wednesday. The Pre-FCTP meeting is an informal meeting wherein the minutes of the previous FCTP meeting are discussed, and the technical plans for the next congress are explained. The full FCTP meeting discusses the technical plan for the next two congresses and the experience of the congress that has just ended. The principal task is to assist the Organizing Committees of future INTER-NOISE Congresses with planning for Structured (or Special) Sessions as well as Poster Sessions. The primary efforts focus on the next Congress, but ideas may be considered for the next + 1 or even the next + 2 Congress.
I-INCE Lecture Videos (From 2017 and 2018)

I-INCE started the distinguished I-INCE lecture series in 2017. This involves selection of a plenary speaker at an INTER-NOISE or an I-INCE Symposium (in consultation with the congress and symposium organizers) and then to disseminate the lecture video on a topic that may appeal to a wider audience.

  1. I-INCE Distinguished Lecture (2018) on Integration of Sound Quality into Product Design
    Dr. Patricia provides an overview of the processes required to integrate sound quality assessments into product design. This lecture is recommended for both technical and non-technical audience. This lecture is recommended for both noise control engineering professionals, engineering designers and students.
  2. I-INCE Distinguished Lecture (2017) on Tire Noise and Quiet Roads
    Dr. Paul Donavan provides a comprehensive review of the tire noise issues and the role of payment, and suggests measurement methods and noise control solutions. Comparative sound files illustrate the concepts. This lecture is recommended for both technical and non-technical audience.
  3. Lecture on Flow Induced Noise & Vibration (2017)
    This lecture presents a report on the 2017 I-INCE Symposium in April 2017 at Penn State University (USA). Dr. Stephen Hambric highlights some of the work presented at the Second Flow Induced Noise and Vibration – Issues and Aspects (FLINOVIA II) Symposium. This lecture is recommended for both noise control engineering professionals and students.
  4. Lecture on Soundscapes
    Dr. Andre Fiebig, plenary speaker at INTER-NOISE 2019 is being planned.
I-INCE Programs for Young Professionals


In 2010, I-INCE initiated a grant program for noise control engineering students and young professionals who were within the first ten years of their careers. The goals of the grant is to expose students and young acousticians to senior professionals, give them experience in public presentation and paper writing, and assist them in the development of networking abilities. In the beginning, I-INCE allocated 12 to 18 grants, with 500 Euros per recipient, to pay for conference registration and some travel expenses. This grant enabled these young professionals and students to attend the INTER-NOISE Congress and network with senior engineers. The Board approved an increase in the grant from 500 EUR to 600 EUR from 2014 (up to 20 grants per year). Particulars of the grants awarded in 2018 are:

19 YPs selected for INTER-NOISE 2018
YP Coordinator (2017 – 2019): Dr. O. Taha Sen of ITU (Turkey)
INTER-NOISE 2019: Allocated 13000 EUR (12000 EUR for 20 Grants + 1000 EUR for YP Workshop).
INTER-NOISE 2020: Allocated 13500 EUR (12000 EUR for 20 Grants + 1500 EUR for YP Workshop)

History is as follows.

139 I-INCE grants (61 of 500 EUR each and 98 of 600 EUR each) awarded in 9 years (2010-2018) – out of over 300 applications.
40 more to be awarded in the next 2 years
Local congress organizers are expected to enhance these. For example, Melbourne provided funding for 11 grants from developing countries in 2014.
Countries Represented = 39
Total Allocation for travel awards by I-INCE in 11 years (2010-2020) = about 113300 EUR
More detailed information, including rules and history, can be found at this link.


The goals of the Young Professionals workshop are to provide mentorship via case studies and professional issues presented by world-renowned experts and to hold informal discussions between young professionals and I-INCE leaders and senior noise control engineers. Once the winners of the Young Professionals Grant have been determined, all of the participants are invited to this workshop to gain valuable contacts and view presentations by noise control professionals. Information about the history of the workshop and a summary of the presentations made at some previous workshops can be found at this link.

I-INCE Sponsored Symposia
2011InduInducing "Buy-Quiet" Purchasing Attitudes through Simplified Product Noise RatingParis, FranceJean Tourett
2012Noisy Motorcycles - An Environmental Quality-of-Life IssueWashington, DC, USAGeroge Mailing,
William Lang
2013Lessening the Severe Health Effects of EU Traffic Noise by Emission ReductionsInnsbruck, AustriaTor Kihlman
2014Cost-Benefit Analysis-Noise Barriers and Quieter PavementsWashington, DC, USAJudy Rochat,
William Lang
2015Engineering a Quieter America: Progress on Consumer and Industrial Product Noise ReductionWashington, DC, USAAdnan Akay,
Eric Wood,
George Maling
2016Buy QuietHamburg, GermanyMarco Beltman,
Robert Hellweg,
Patrick Kurtz
2017Workshop on Flow Induced Noise and Vibration - Issues and Aspects (FLINOVIA II)Penn State Univ., State College, PA, USAStephen Hambric,
Amanda Hanford

Three workshops were held during 2007 and 2008 on noise control engineering education:

  1. U.S. Education in Noise Control Engineering,
    held during NOISE-CON 2007 in Reno, Nevada, 2007 October 23.
  2. European Education in Noise Control Engineering,
    held during ICA2007 MADRID in Madrid, Spain, 2007 September 4.
  3. Asia-Pacific Education in Noise Control Engineering,
    held during INTER-NOISE 2008 in, Shanghai, China, 2008 October 27

Following each of these workshops a source book was written and distributed to panelists, attendees, and other interested individuals. The three articles then underwent additional copy editing, and were published in three issues of Noise/News International (NNI). This single PDF file contains the three articles as extracted from the issues of NNI. Further, readers may be interested in Chapter 9 (“Education Supply and Industry Demand for Noise Control Specialists”, pp. 121-130) of the book entitled, Technology for a Quieter America, National Academies Press (2010), available online here.



  • Updates on I-INCE Technical Activities, TSG and I-INCE symposium reports are (and will be) posted and updated annually.
  • A separate link on “Young Professionals” developed on the I-INCE site and updated annually.
  • You can find the announcement and applications for the INTER-NOISE 2019 Young Professionals Grant here.

Editorial on the Technical Activities in the NNI (2012 June issue)

  • Description of Technical Study Group Activities
  • Purpose of Future Congress Technical Planning Sessions
  • Young Professionals Grant and Workshop Program
  • I-INCE Symposia

Feature article on the Young Professionals programs in the NNI (2012 September issue)

  • Goals of the YP Program
  • Workshops
  • Summary of Mentoring Presentations
  • Noise/News International published an editorial by I-INCE Vice President of Technical Activities (Rajendra Singh) entitled “Expanding Horizons of I-INCE Technical Activities” in its 2012 June issue. The editorial can be found on the NNI website or by selecting this link. The article is on page 47.
  • Noise/News International published a feature article by Vice President of Technical Activities (Rajendra Singh) entitled “I-INCE Young Professionals Program Offers Grants, Advice and Opportunity” in its 2012 September issue. The feature article can be found at NNI website or by selecting this link. The article is on page 95.

Page Updated December 2018,
Patricia Davies,
I-INCE Vide President – Technical Activities