Innovator in the Spotlight

Ayda Golahmadi EngD trainee Smart Cities and Buildings

Improving indoor air quality in schools in the Netherlands

My research is focused on improving indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools in the Netherlands as part of the ECOS-IAQ project.


Spatial calibration of acoustic cameras for smart cities and stadiums

VIPNOM focuses on the development of advanced noise measurement methods and experiencing noise in acoustic virtual reality. Noise is the second largest harmful environmental factor in Europe and claims a million healthy years of life each year due to stress and sleep disturbances. To effectively combat unwanted noise, it is important to first be able to measure it.

Currently, noise is measured by placing microphones at specific locations and measurements made are applicable on those exact locations. VIPNOM advocates the use of microphone arrays at central locations, where noise levels at several other locations can also be measured simultaneously, such as at the balconies of an apartment building next to a noisy road, or across a large area of the city centre. In order to accurately measure noise levels, VIPNOM will further develop, optimize and implement the methods that are developed in the base project (ZERO). The resulting algorithms will be tested in the living labs of the Philips Stadium and other location(s) in the city of Eindhoven.

Description of assignment

We are working on a project for calibration of a network of multiple fixed acoustic cameras. In order to enable this calibration we use multiple sound sources.

Our goal is to create a setup that could accurately determine the position of the devices placed in a controlled or open environment. Your background/ study direction lies in Applied Physics or Electrical Engineering. Preferably you have an interest and knowledge of signal processing.

What is expected of the candidate(s): Carry out on-site measurements (Philips stadium and intersections) jointly with the researchers from Sorama, in order to define the recommendations on the ideal operations of the calibration setup.

Types of student project possible

Fontys: Internship, Graduation projects
TU/e: Bachelor project, Master internship, Master thesis

Types of study

  • Applied Physics
  • Electrical Engineering

Starting date/ duration of student projects

Fontys: flexible starting date, 3 – 9 months
TU/e: flexible starting date, 3 – 9 months


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