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September 18-21, 2011, University of Patras, Conference and Cultural Center, Patras, GREECE



Organised by:


European Acoustics Association

elinaHellenic Institute of Acoustics


General Chair
John Mourjopoulos (GR)

Honorary Chair
Stamatis Vassilantonopoulos (1947-2010)

Organising Committee
Michael Taroudakis (GR)
Dimitris Skarlatos (GR)
Patrizio Fausti (I)
Androniki Chrisafi (GR)

The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres


The Conference program will include keynote speeches, invited presentations in structured sessions, contributed papers, an in-situ acoustics measurement workshop and a demo room with virtual acoustic presentations of ancient theatres and buildings. Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts on topics related, but not limited to:

• Acoustic modeling and analysis
Sound field analysis of the ancient outdoor theatres
Acoustic computer models
Design properties and environmental factors
• Acoustic measurements
Single channel and multi-channel response measurements
Microphone array and binaural measurements
• Signal processing and virtual reconstructions
Processing and analysis of responses and soundfield
Virtual acoustic reconstruction of ancient buildings
• Roofed theatres, odeia and related ritual spaces
Analysis and modeling of roofed theatres
Analysis and modeling of Public and Ritual buildings of the antiquity
• Perceptual and qualitative aspects
Speech intelligibility and subjective preference
Music performance in the ancient theatres and odeia
Spatial and other qualitative aspects of the soundfield
• Acoustic Archaeology
Musical instruments of the antiquity
Language and speech-specific aspects of ancient theatre
Comparisons and historic – geographical evolution in theatre design

Conference Highlights

• Access and visit to outdoor ancient theatres (Epidaurus, the Roman Odeion of   Patras and other lesser known ancient theatres located close to Patras)
• In-situ measurement workshop (Roman Odeion of Patras)
• Real-time acoustic rendering workshop with demos and comparison to other ancient theatres, contemporary venues and well-known buildings
• Plenary sessions and presentations for related EU projects
• Invited speakers from related and inter-disciplinary fields
• Structured sessions to cover all aspects and geographical-historical evolution of ancient theatres.
• Parallel sessions on other ancient buildings (e.g. roofed odeia) and on acoustic archeology
• Attractive location in the city of Patras, at close proximity to ancient theatres and other important sites (ancient Olympia and Delphi)
• Complementary social program and activities