ISMA2012 International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering, 17-19 September, 2012

Objectives | Schedule | Abstract submission | Exhibition | Conference venue | Organising committee | Scientific committee


The 2012 Leuven Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering will be held from 17 till 19 September in Leuven, Belgium. It is the 25th international conference in a series of annual courses and biennial conferences on structural dynamics, modal analysis and noise and vibration engineering, organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. This year's edition will be organised in conjunction with the 4th edition of the International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics - USD2012. A single registration will grant access to both conferences.

The conference provides a forum for engineers, researchers and other professionals active in the field of modelling, analysing, testing and improving the noise and vibration characteristics of mechanical systems and civil structures. The conference combines expertise in the noise and vibration fields by stressing common measurement, modelling, analysis and control technologies. The meeting will provide a further impetus to the cross fertilisation of ideas in both areas.

The conference program will include keynote lectures, tutorials and invited and contributed papers in specialised areas of noise and vibration engineering and structural dynamics. The focus of the conference is on experimental and numerical methods, with special attention to recent applications in vehicle and civil engineering. Fields with a strong interaction between noise and vibration behaviour will be stressed. Modal analysis and structural dynamic testing remains one of the backbones of the conference, and herein we would like to emphasise limiting factors such as product and test uncertainty as well as applications in the field of smart monitoring and damage assessment.

Conference topics

Papers are solicited on research results and engineering applications in the following areas:

  • Acoustic testing
  • Active noise and vibration control
  • Aeroacoustics and flow induced noise and vibrations
  • Damage detection and condition monitoring
  • Damping
  • Durability testing - vibration control
  • Dynamics of civil structures
  • Dynamics of lightweight structures
  • Dynamics of rotating machinery
  • Dynamic testing: methods and instrumentation
  • Instrumentation
  • Inverse methods - load identification
  • Measurement techniques - signal processing
  • Medium and high frequency techniques
  • Modal testing and FRF estimation
  • Model correlation and updating
  • Monitoring and diagnostics of rotating machinery
  • Multibody dynamics and control
  • Noise control engineering
  • Non-linearities: identification and modelling
  • Operational modal analysis
  • Parameter estimation and identification
  • Railway dynamics and ground vibration
  • Self-excited vibrations
  • Smart dynamic structures
  • Sound quality engineering
  • Source localisation and transfer path analysis
  • Substructuring and coupling
  • Time-frequency analysis techniques
  • Tyre/road noise and experimental validation
  • Uncertainties in structural dynamics and acoustics
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Vehicle noise and vibration (NVH)
  • Vibro-acoustic modelling and prediction



  • 1 October, 2011: Start of online abstract submission.
  • 15 January, 2012: Deadline for submission of abstracts.
  • 15 March, 2012: Authors are notified regarding acceptance of their contribution, and receive instructions concerning the format of the paper.
  • 1 June, 2012: Deadline for paper submission (in digital format).
  • 17-19 September, 2012: ISMA2012-USD2012 conference.

Abstract submission

Potential contributors are requested to submit an abstract (40 lines) before 15 January, 2012. The scientific committee will decide upon the selection of the papers. If the abstract is selected, the author will be asked to submit a paper (max. 15 pages), suitable for publication in the conference proceedings.

The online abstract submission will be available in November 2011.


Technical exhibition

Parallel to the conference, an exhibition of related equipment (FFT-analysers, data acquisition systems, transducers, software packages, etc.) will be organised, to give the conference attendants the chance to face new products.

The exhibition will take place in the entrance hall of the 'college De Valk', where the conference will be held. It will be opened on: Monday 17 September (13h-18.25h), on Tuesday 18 September (8.50h-18.35h) and on Wednesday 19 September (8.50h-13h).



Online registration will be available from May 2012.


Conference venue

The conference will be held on the city campus of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, located in the old centre of Leuven.

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, founded in 1425, is one of the oldest and most famous universities of the European continent. The historic and artistic past is present everywhere in this charming city which is the true capital of Brabant. The town hall, the beguinage, the numerous churches, monasteries, convents and university colleges are evidence of a glorious past and lend the town a medieval character. Leuven is located in the centre of Belgium only 30km from Brussels and 20km from Brussels National Airport. Practical information and travel information can be found here.

For more information please visit the location website.


Organising committee

K.U.Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Division of Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA)

P. Sas, Conference Chairman,
B. Bergen, E. Deckers, W. Desmet, W. Heylen, W. Jacobs, L. Notr�, J. Swevers, D. Vandepitte, B. Van Hooreweder, K. Vergote

Conference secretary

Mrs. L. Notr�,
K.U.Leuven, PMA Division (Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation)
Celestijnenlaan 300B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
K.U.Leuven box 02420 - AFD PMA
Tel: (+32) 16 32 24 82,
Fax: (+32) 16 32 29 87
E-mail: lieve.notre(@)


Scientific committee

R. Allemang (USA)
J.R. Arruda (BR)
F. Augusztinovicz (HU)
E. Balmes (FR)
T. Bein (DE)
J.W. Biermann (DE)
D. Brown (USA)
I. Bucher (IL)
J. Cooper (UK)
J.P. Coyette (BE)
W. D’Ambrogio (IT)
J. De Baerdemaeker (BE)
A. de Boer (NL)
G. Degrande (BE)
G. De Roeck (BE)
J. De Schutter (BE)
S. Elliott (UK)
D. Ewins (UK)
S.D. Fassois (GR)
M. Friswell (UK)
P. Gardonio (UK)
L. Gaul (DE)
J.C. Golinval (BE)

P. Göransson (SE)
D. Inman (USA)
J. Leuridan (BE)
M. Link (DE)
B. Mace (UK)
N. Maia (PT)
J. Mottershead (UK)
N. Okubo (JP)
M. Pierini (IT)
A. Preumont (BE)
H-H. Priebsch (AT)
H. Ramon (BE)
B. Randall (AUS)
H. Rice (IE)
D. Rixen (NL)
J. Schoukens (BE)
A. Sestieri (IT)
C. Soize (FR)
G. Vermeir (BE)
J. Viñolas Prat (ES)
H. Van Brussel (BE)
H. Van der Auweraer (BE)
K. Worden (UK)

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