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Methods for Sensing Urban Noises

Tong Liu, Yu Zheng, Lubin Liu, Yanchi Liu, and Yanmin Zhu


Many people live in cities are suffering from noise pollution, which may impair the physical and mental health. A first step towards the understanding of urban noises is to measure real noise levels. In this technical report, we introduce two categories of methods to measure urban noise levels, discussing their advantages and disadvantages. Finally, we apply one of mobile phone-based methods to an in-the-field study that explores the noise situation in New York City (NYC) [10]. The data collected and the mobile client used in the study are available for download at [2].


Publication typeTechReport

Newer versions

Yilun Wang, Yu Zheng, and Tong Liu. A Noise Map of New York City, ACM – Association for Computing Machinery, August 2014.

Yu Zheng, Tong Liu, Yilun Wang, Yanchi Liu, and Yanmin Zhu. Diagnosing New York City’s Noises with Ubiquitous Data, ACM, September 2014.

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