Does a Quieter City Mean Fewer Complaints? The Sounds of New York City During Covid-19 Lockdown

Mark Cartwright, Magdalena Fuentes, Charlie Mydlarz, Fabio Miranda, Juan Pablo Bello

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic had an unprecedented effect in human activity and city landscapes. A very notorious transformation during this period was the change in noise levels and patterns across cities. Small scale studies have show this change in noise levels across different locations in the globe. In this work, we extend these studies by using historical audio data from the SONYC sensor network deployed in New York City. We exploit machine listening models to understand not only noise levels but also patterns, by performing a sound source presence analysis. Finally, we contrast our finding from the acoustic data with noise complaints to better understand the relationship between noise and our perception of it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICASSP 2023 - 2023 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728163277
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event48th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2023 - Rhodes Island, Greece
Duration: Jun 4 2023Jun 10 2023

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2023-June
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Conference

Conference48th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2023
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityRhodes Island
Period6/4/236/10/23

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • Sensor networks
  • machine listening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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