Is noise pollution the next big public-health crisis?
SONYC includes Juan Pablo Bello, a professor of computer science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering and Oded Nov, an associate professor of technology management and innovation and at NYU Tandon. ... A few weeks later, back in the States, I visited the headquarters of a smaller but similar noise-monitoring project, at N.Y.U.’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, on Jay Street, in Brooklyn. That project is called Sounds of New York City (SONYC) and is funded mainly by the National Science Foundation. SONYC’s purpose ... is “to monitor, analyze, and mitigate noise pollution.” ... The sonyc researchers are developing algorithms that they hope will eventually be able to identify a full range of noise sources by themselves—an example of so-called machine listening.