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Elias Alfredo Zea Marcano

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Assistant professor



About me

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and received a diploma degree in Electronic Engineering at the Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, 2013) and a Ph.D. degree in Vehicle Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, 2017) under the supervision of Prof. Ines Lopez Arteaga. I was a postdoc (2018-2019) and research associate (2020-2023) at the Marcus Wallenberg Laboratory for Sound and Vibration Research (MWL). I received the "Best Paper and Presentation Award for Young Researchers" from the European Acoustics Association at the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics (Aachen, 2019) and a Starting Grant from the Swedish Research Council (Stockholm, 2020).

In March 2023, I was appointed assistant professor in engineering acoustics at MWL. My research interests range from theoretical acoustics to experimental methods and a strong focus on sparse signal processing, harmonic analysis, and data-driven methods. I am a reviewer in several international journals of acoustics, vibrations, and signal processing: The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America; Journal of Sound and Vibration; Applied Acoustics; EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing; Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing; Noise Control and Engineering Journal; Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control.


Ongoing research

  • Data-driven modeling of resonance frequencies and eigenmodes in daily acoustic environments, with applications to noise control and urban planning. Collaborators: NTNU and Siemens.

  • Measurement of sound absorption of finite absorbers with deep learning. Collaborators: Federal University of Santa Maria, Siemens, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and NTNU.

  • Sparse representations of wave fields in space-time, with applications to acoustic fields in enclosures and gravity-capillary waves in water. Collaborators: University of Sheffield and the University of Trento.

  • Literature survey on engineering acoustics using natural language processing. Collaborators: ABB, NeuralMind, and the University of Campinas.

  • Sustainable aviation with applications to noise, air-traffic management, and drones. Collaborators: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Aurskall Akustik, University of Salford, TU Delft, among others.

My research is financially supported by the Swedish Research Council and the European Commission.

Selected publications

  1. Zea et al. (2023), "Sound absorption estimation of finite porous samples with deep residual learning," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America154(4), 2321–2332.
  2. Zea and Laudato (2021) "On the representation of wavefronts localized in space-time and wavenumber-frequency domains," JASA Express Letters1(5), 054801.
  3. Zea, Fernandez-Grande, and Lopez Arteaga (2020) "Separation of rail and wheel contributions to pass-by noise with sparse regularization methods," Journal of Sound and Vibration487, 115627.
  4. Zea (2019) "Compressed sensing of impulse responses in rooms of unknown properties and contents," Journal of Sound and Vibration459, 114871.
  5. Zea et al. (2017) "Wavenumber–domain separation of rail contribution to pass-by noise," Journal of Sound and Vibration409, pp. 24–42.

All my publications can be found here.

Recorded talks

Supervision experience

  • J. Ling, MSc thesis, KTH / Zound Industries (2023).
  • O. Lundin, MSc thesis, KTH / Siemens / NTNU (2022).
  • F. Vernersson, MSc thesis, KTH / Delta Akustik (2022).
  • M. Vourakis, Industrial Ph.D. (academic advisor), Chalmers / KTH / Volvo, (2021–).
  • R. Vestman, M. Westberg, BSc thesis, KTH / Astrid Education (2021).
  • P. Gräsberg, V. Söderlund, Individual project SD2101, KTH / ACAD (2020).
  • J. Chow, E. Kouamé, BSc thesis, KTH / Scania (2020).
  • A. G. Cairelli, MSc thesis (cosupervisor), Polytechnic University of Milan (2020).
  • G. Eriksson, Individual project SD2102, KTH (2019).
  • T. van Loon, BSc traineeship, Technical University of Eindhoven / ABB (2018).
  • V. Reyes, MSc thesis, University of York (2016).
  • L. Manzari*, MSc thesis, KTH (2014).

*Awarded "Best MSc Thesis" by the Swedish Acoustical Society in 2015.

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Teaching experience


Building Acoustics and Community Noise (SD2166), teacher | Course web

Experimental Structure Dynamics, Project Course (SD2150), teacher | Course web

Noise and Vibration Control (SD1120), teacher | Course web

Signals and Mechanical Systems (SD2125), examiner, teacher | Course web