A wide range of sound-absorbing and sound-insulating elements are currently available on the market. They are generally used to adjust the acoustic features of a room, thanks to the progress made in the research and development of materials and the introduction of new manufacturing technologies. With the growing need to protect the environment, acoustic performances are only one of the required characteristics, together with environmental compatibility, longevity, and affordable cost.

The session “acoustic characterisation of materials and systems” has the aim to collect the advances in the description of sound-absorbing and sound-insulating materials. The application fields can be building, industrial, and tertiary sectors. Works featuring experimental, numerical, or theoretical applications of novel materials and meta-materials are welcome.

– sound absorption
– surface acoustic properties
– metamaterial
– porous material
– environmental compatibility
– life cycle assessment
– experiment
– simulation
– model


Edoardo Piana holds the position of associate professor and founder/head of the Applied Acoustics Laboratory (ISO 9001 certified) at the University of Brescia. His main research fields are: acoustic insulation of composite materials, acoustic absorption of innovative materials, acoustic metamaterials, environmental acoustics, noise from high voltage power lines and electrical substations and sound propagation in ducts.
He authored numerous articles in international and national scientific journals and participates actively to the main congresses in the sector. He is the scientific referent for the University of Brescia in the cooperation agreements for the development of projects in the field of vibroacoustic with the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and the Katholieke Universiteit in Louvain.
Member of ISO/TC 43/SC 2/WG 32, “Determination of acoustical parameters of materials” and of the UNI technical commission “Acoustic and vibrations”, collaborates with various companies on projects with high scientific content.
At his own university, he holds Applied Acoustics and Technical Physics courses. He has also supervised numerous degree and doctoral theses.