Annual Reports of Technical Committees for the period 21 April 2010 to 23 May 2011

Technical Committees represent thirteen different areas of acoustics in the Society. Appointments to the Technical Committees take place in January. The chair of the Technical Committee (see reports below) should be contacted for information about how to initiate procedures to join a Technical Committee.

Acoustical Oceanography (AO)
Animal Bioacoustics (AB)
Architectural Acoustics (AA)
Biomedical Acoustics (BA)
Engineering Acoustics (EA)
Musical Acoustics (MU)
Noise (NS)
Physical Acoustics (PA)
Psychological and Physiological Acoustics (PP)
Signal Processing in Acoustics (SP)
Speech Communication(SC)
Structural Acoustics and Vibration (SA)
Underwater Acoustics (UW)

Acoustical Oceanography

The Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee had a busy year in 2011 with a number of significant events at the 160th and 161st meetings of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in Cancun, Mexico and Seattle, Washington. At the 161st meeting in Seattle, the 2011 Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography was awarded to Aaron Thode for his contributions to Acoustical Oceanography. His Acoustical Oceanography research has been primarily in marine mammal acoustics but Aaron has also made numerous contributions to Underwater Acoustics and Signal Processing. The Medwin Prize was formally presented at the awards ceremony. Also during the Seattle meeting, Aaron gave the prize lecture, “Skipping stones along the boundary between marine mammal acoustics and acoustical oceanography” to a room filled to capacity. The audience was clearly fascinated by the images and sounds he presented that summarized years of research.

In Seattle, a very successful fisheries workshop was held that was co-sponsored by the ASA and the American Fisheries Society. The workshop title was, “Acoustic Challenges in Aquatic Ecosystem Assessment”. This was very well attended with posters and lectures presented over a two-day period in parallel with the ASA meeting. The workshop organizers were John Horne, (University of Washington), Robert McClure (BioSonics Inc.), Charles Schmid (Acoustical Society of America) and Martin Siderius (Portland State University).

In 2011 there were several outstanding special sessions at both the Cancun and Seattle meetings. At the Cancun meeting there was “Acoustics of Fish Schools and Bubble Clouds” about experimental evidence and theoretical descriptions of low frequency resonances associated with fish schools and wave induced bubble clouds. The session organizer was Orest Diachok. The special session, “Remote Sensing with Ambient Noise” on using noise and interferometric methods to obtain information about the environment was also held in Cancun. Peter Gerstoft and Martin Siderius organized this session. Both Cancun sessions were well attended and had many contributed papers as well as invited lectures. In Seattle, Brian Dushaw and Tim Duda organized “Ocean Observing Systems: Acoustical Observations and Applications” on passive and active acoustic methods for long-term observations of physical, chemical, and biological processes. This session included invited speakers whose presentations spanned a wide variety of topics related to ocean observing systems and also had an impressive number of contributed papers. Also in Seattle Jim Lynch organized the special session “Integrating Ocean and Acoustic Observations with Models”. This session was primarily about improving results from forward and inverse problems by including physical, oceanographic, geologic, or biologic information in ocean models. Acoustical Oceanography was also featured in the Hot Topics session in Seattle where Brian Dushaw gave the lecture “Building the oceanic concert hall: Multidisciplinary applications of acoustics for ocean observing systems”.

There were also impressive student papers presented in Acoustical Oceanography at the Cancun meeting. The first place winner of the student paper contest was James Traer (University of California, San Diego) for “Ocean bottom profiling with ambient noise: A model for the passive fathometer” and second place went to David Barclay (University of California, San Diego) for “Ambient noise in the Mariana Trench.” There was no student paper contest for the Seattle meeting.

Unfortunately, 2011 also brought the passing of Clarence S. Clay on April 4 at the age of 87. “Clay” was well known among acoustical oceanographers; he co‐authored Fundamentals of Acoustical Oceanography by Medwin and Clay as well as Ocean Acoustics by Tolstoy and Clay. There was unanimous consent among the AO technical committee to organize a special session to honor his memory. It was agreed that the upcoming Kansas City ASA meeting would be the most suitable venue for this session.

Martin Siderius
Chair, 2010–2013

List of committee members


Animal Bioacoustics

This report covers the activities of the Technical Committee on Animal Bioacoustics (TCAB) and its members during the period from July 2010 through May 2011.

The 160th meeting of the ASA was held at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancún Resort & Spa in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. TCAB was lead sponsor of the following 6 special sessions: Noise Exposure Metrics, organized by Michael Stocker and Aaron M. Thode (2 invited papers, 4 contributed); Software for Bioacoustic Analysis, organized by David K. Mellinger (6 invited papers, 3 contributed); Monitoring and Effects of Underwater Noise in New Technologies, organized by Christine Erbe (6 invited papers, 2 contributed); Tropical Animal Bioacoustics, organized by Edmund R. Gerstein (6 invited papers, 7 contributed); Animal Bioacoustics Metadata Workshop, organized by Marie A. Roch (5 invited papers, 6 contributed); and Aquatic Animal Communication in Shallow Water, organized by Susan E. Parks (5 invited papers, 7 contributed). There were also 2 general sessions: Acoustical Studies of Abundance, Distribution, and Behavior of Marine Mammals, chaired by Natalia A. Sidorovskaia (7 contributed papers); and Biosonar, also organized by Natalia A. Sidorovskaia (5 contributed papers). TCAB was also co-sponsor of 3 special sessions whose primary sponsor was another TC: Acoustics of Bubble Clouds and Fish Schools, organized by Orest I. Diachok (sponsored by AO, and also co-sponsored by UW and PA; 6 invited papers and 4 contributed); Acoustics and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, organized by George E. Ioup, Juliette W. Ioup, Christopher O. Tiemann, and Natalia A. Sidorovskaia (sponsored by UW, and also co-sponsored by AO, PA, and SP; 10 invited papers); and Alternatives to A-Weighting, organized by Paul D. Schomer and André Fiebig (sponsored by NS, and also co-sponsored by ASACOS; 6 invited papers and 2 contributed).

TCAB thanks Natalia A. Sidorovskaia for serving as its representative to the Technical Program Organizing Meeting for the Cancún meeting.

The 161st meeting of the ASA was held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington, USA. This meeting was an unusually active one for AB, with 148 papers presented in 12 special sessions and the session rooms often full or overflowing. These special sessions were sponsored by TCAB: Ambient Noise and Marine Mammals, organized by Michael B. Porter and Christian P. de Moustier (co-sponsored by NS & UW; 4 invited papers and 6 contributed); Active Acoustic Applications to Bioacoustics Research, organized by Elizabeth Küsel (co-sponsored by AO; 3 invited papers and 5 contributed); Long-Term and Cumulative Effects of Sound on Animals, Including Acoustic and Non-Acoustic Stressors, organized by Christine Erbe (8 invited papers and 7 contributed); Marine Mammal Depredation, organized by Aaron Thode (5 invited papers and 5 contributed); Memorial Session in Honor of Ronald Schusterman and David Kastak parts I, II, and III, organized by Robert Gisiner, Roger L. Gentry, and Patrick W. Moore (20 invited papers and 6 contributed); Fish Bioacoustics I and II, organized by Richard R. Fay, Joseph A. Sisneros, Allison Coffin, and David G. Zeddies (co-sponsored by AO and UW; 24 invited papers and 7 contributed); Use of Sound Propagation Modeling as a Tool in Bioacoustic Studies, organized by Elizabeth Küsel and Jon M. Collis (co-sponsored by UW; 4 invited papers and 7 contributed); Killer Whale Acoustics, organized by David K. Mellinger (co-sponsored by AO; 5 invited papers and 9 contributed); General Topics in Bat Acoustics, chaired by James A. Simmons (5 contributed papers); General Topics in Beaked Whale Detection, chaired by Holger Klinck (5 contributed papers); General Topics in Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Animals I and II, chaired by Catherine L. Berchok and Michael Stocker (13 contributed papers; note that the program says that Manuel Castellote was chair, but he was unable to attend and Mr. Stocker graciously agreed to chair the session).

TCAB was also co-sponsor of additional sessions whose primary sponsors were in other areas: Measurement and Assessment of the Soundscape in Parks and Wilderness Areas, organized by Kurt Fristrup and Paul D. Schomer (sponsored by NS, with additional co-sponsorship by ASACOS); Ocean Observing Systems: Acoustical Observations and Applications, organized by Brian D. Dushaw and Timothy D. Duda (sponsored by AO, with co-sponsorship by UW); Advances in Auditory Development, organized by Lynne A. Werner and Emily Buss (sponsored by PP); Comparative Approaches to Peripheral Auditory Function, organized by Christopher Bergevin (sponsored by PP); Measurement, Characterization, and Mitigation of Underwater Anthropogenic Noise, organized by Peter H. Dahl, George V. Frisk, and Lisa M. Zurk (sponsored by UW, with additional co-sponsorship by AO); Advanced Acoustic Systems for Small Underwater Vehicles, organized by Kenneth M. Walsh (sponsored by EA, with additional co-sponsorship by UW); Wind Turbine Noise, organized by Edward C. Duncan and Kenneth H. Kaliski (sponsored by NS, with additional co-sponsorship by ASACOS, PA, and UW); and Tracking using Least-Mean-Squares (LMS) Recursive Estimators, Autoregressive (AR) Models, or Related Methods, organized by Zoi-Heleni Michalopolou and Edmund J. Sullivan (sponsored by SP, with additional co-sponsorship by UW).

Congratulations to Brendan Rideout of the University of Victoria for winning the best student paper award at the 160th (Cancún) ASA meeting for his paper, "Three-dimensional Bayesian passive acoustic tracking of walruses in the Chukchi Sea."

TCAB thanks Kathleen M. Stafford and Marla Holt for serving as representatives to the Technical Program Organizing Meeting for the Seattle meeting.

Animal Bioacoustics (AB) topics were well represented in the journal publications of the Society. There were 56 AB papers published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and JASA Express Letters during the period covered by this report.

Associate Editors serving in the area of Animal Bioacoustics are Whitlow W. L. Au, Richard R. Fay, James J. Finneran, Mardi C. Hastings, Michael J. Owren, and James A. Simmons for JASA; Cynthia F. Moss for JASA Express Letters; and Richard R. Fay for Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics.

TCAB is represented by its members on various ASA committees that help in conducting the business of the Society. They include the Associate Editors mentioned above who serve on the Editorial Board; James M. Simmons on the Medals and Awards Committee; Richard R. Fay on the Membership Committee; Mary E. Bates and Alexis Rudd, who succeeded Ms. Bates in May 2011, on the Student Council; and Marla Holt on the ASA Committee on Standards.

Although technical committees are not individually represented on the Public Relations Committee, over a dozen papers were featured in the press releases of the ASA for the Cancún and Seattle meetings, and 10 authors of papers on animal bioacoustics topics prepared lay-language versions of their papers to be used for outreach by ASA to science writers and the general public. These can be viewed at the ASA World Wide Press Room at http://www.acoustics.org/press/index.html.

The Animal Bioacoustics webpage has been and is available at http://www.animalbioacoustics.org/. Thanks to David K. Mellinger, Holger Klinck, and Sara L. Heimlich for the design and maintenance of the site, where visitors can find information about animal bioacoustics topics, including topics covered by AB, new books, conferences, and useful links.

TCAB members also participate in the Standards activities of the Society through its representative on ASACOS and through a Standards Committee: Accredited Standards Committee S3, Subcommittee 1, Animal Bioacoustics. David K. Delaney of USA CERL serves as Chair and Mardi C. Hastings, serves as Vice Chair. This committee's scope covers standards, specifications, methods of measurement and test, instrumentation and terminology in the field of psychological and physiological acoustics, including aspects of general acoustics, which pertain to biological safety, tolerance and comfort of non-human animals, including both risk to individual animals and to the long-term viability of populations. Animals to be covered may potentially include commercially-grown food animals; animals harvested for food in the wild; pets; laboratory animals; exotic species in zoos, oceanaria or aquariums; or free-ranging wild animals. There are currently two active standards writing groups functioning under the auspices of the Committee, including S3/SC 1/WG1 Animal Bioacoustics Terminology and S3/SC 1/WG2 Effects of Sound on Fish and Turtles. For additional details about Standards activities of this group, please visit http://acousticalsociety.org/standards/ansi/s3-sc1.

Several members of the ASA animal bioacoustics community have been recognized for their accomplishments during the past year. They include Kelly J. Benoit-Bird, who was named recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award in 2010"; and Paul E. Nachtigall and Ronald A. Kastelein, who were elected Fellows of the Society.

Further evidence of the TCAB's outreach and influence on the field of animal bioacoustics, both in the U.S. and abroad, is the sponsorship and cosponsorship of symposia and other meetings. The ASA co-sponsored the 5th Animal Sonar Symposium, held Sept. 14-18, 2010 in Kyoto, Japan; a special section from this conference appeared in the Sept. 2010 issue of JASA. Other sponsors included Marine Micro Technology Co. Ltd., IOP Publishing, and Avisoft Bioacoustics. The ASA, along with Cornell University, is organizing and presenting the Third International Conference on Acoustic Communication by Animals, to be held August 2-5, 2011 in Ithaca, New York. The organizing committee comprises Christopher Clark, Chair, Ronald Hoy, Co-chair, and Charles Schmid, Vice Chair. Sponsors include the ASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The ASA is also co-sponsoring the Fifth International Workshop on Detection, Classification, Localization, and Density Estimation of Marine Mammals using Passive Acoustics, which will be held Aug. 22-25, 2011.

David K. Mellinger
Chair, 2009-2012

List of committee members


Architectural Acoustics

AA continues its focus on (1) a rich diversity of relevant ASA Conference Events, (2) Outreach and Advocacy in the discipline in between conventions, and (3) a steady Focus on Future Growth.

(1) ASA Conference Events
Through the generous efforts of so many of our TC members, we continue to populate the ASA conferences with ambitious sets of special sessions. The Fall 2010 conference in Cancun included:

  • Acoustics of Ancient Sound Instruments, joint with MU and NS (Dave Lubman, Roberto Velasquez)
  • Acoustics of Pre-Columbian Buildings (Dave Lubman, Andres Madina)
  • Auralization in Acoustics (Norman Philip)
  • Mechanical Engineering and Acoustics, joint with NS and EA, (Scott Pfeiffer)
  • Perception of Binaural Acoustics in Rooms, joint with PP (Lily Wang)
  • Sound Attenuation Through Ceiling Plenums, joint with NS (Ken Roy, Sergio Beristain)
  • State of the Art in Measurement Method and Facilities, joint with ASACOS (Ron Sauro, Ang Campanella)
  • The Dish on Drama Theaters: Acoustic Tips, Tricks, and Trends (David Bradley, Erica Ryherd, Michelle Vigeant)
  • Hot Topics: Green Buildings and Hospitals (Erica Ryherd)

The Cancun Technical Program Organizing Meeting Representative for Architectural Acoustics was Phil Robinson from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, under the thoughtful mentorship of Angelo Campanella, serving as Technical Program Organizing Meeting Representative for Noise. We intend, wherever possible, to nurture future leaders by encouraging motivated new members to serve the Technical Program Organizing Meeting Representative with the guidance of a more experienced member.

At the Spring 2011 conference in Seattle, Architectural Acoustics was busy (!), offering 120 papers, plus 2 Knudsen Lectures, plus 2 Panel Discussions, plus 1 Newman Medal Reception, plus 1 Student Design Competition, plus the Student Paper Competition:

  • Computational methods for auralization in air and underwater (Jason E. Summers, Michael Vorländer)
    • This session invites presentations on algorithms and techniques for real-time computational simulation of acoustic time-series both in air and underwater
  • Acoustics of Green Buildings (Joint with Noise) (David M. Sykes, Brandon D. Tinianov, Ralph T. Muehleisen)
    • Continuation of the discussion of noise problems in green buildings with special focus on the new acoustics credits and how the LEED Rating System affects consultants
  • Acoustics of Healthcare Spaces (Kenneth P. Roy, Erica E. Ryherd)
    • The acoustics of healthcare facilities are important relative to health and healing aspects, speech intelligibility for error avoidance, and speech privacy for the protection of confidential information
  • Developments in Plumbing Noise Control (Joint with Noise) (David L. Adams)
    • Plumbing noise is a serious problem in many multi-family projects
  • Memorial Session for Manfred R. Schroeder (Joint with Signal Processing in Acoustics, Engineering Acoustics, Musical Acoustics and Speech Communication) (Ning Xiang, Gerhard M. Sessler)
    • Schroeder's contributions to many fields of acoustics
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Effects of Diffusion in Rooms (Jonathan Botts, Peter D'Antonio)
    • Topics encompass quantitative, measurable, and subjective effects of diffusive and scattering surfaces and forms of rooms
  • Soundscape: Standardization and Implementation (Joint with Noise and ASA Committee on Acoustics) (Bennett M. Brooks, Gary W. Siebein)
    • Latest developments in soundscape analysis, standardization, and methodology
  • Speech Privacy (Joint with Noise) (Eric L. Reuter)
    • Latest developments in speech privacy research, standards, and legislation
  • Towards a Benchmark in Computational Room Acoustics (Alexander C. Bockman, Jason E. Summers)
    • A number of competing methods exist for the prediction of acoustic parameters that describe the performance of a space. This session moves to define a set of benchmarks against which the methods may be tested for accuracy and efficiency.
  • 25th Anniversary of Newman Fund Awards - Recipient and Participating School Updates (Michelle C. Vigeant, William J. Cavanaugh)
    • A celebration for the 25th anniversary of the Newman Fund Awards, to both honor past recipients and acknowledge participating university programs

Ron Sauro attended Technical Program Organizing Meeting representing Architectural Acoustics.

(2) Outreach and Advocacy efforts took many forms this year:

    • International Code Council – Green Construction Code

      In the spring of 2010 members of the Technical Committee for Architectural Acoustics became aware of a proposed set of acoustical requirements in the International Green Construction Code being developed by the International Code Council. The acoustics section as proposed contained many problems, challenges, and concerns. Several members of the Acoustical Society of America submitted comments pointing out the problems and suggesting changes, or recommending that action be delayed until appropriate changes could be developed. The ICC accepted only a few of the comments submitted for inclusion in the next draft. Subsequently, a member of the ICC committee that reviewed the comments offered to help with comments on the new draft and suggested that what the ICC needed was a recommendation endorsed by the acoustical community. The interests of this Technical Committee fed the process in several ways. The technical committee voted to allow Noral Stewart to make a good faith effort to influence the code writing process and to speak with the full backing of this committee, receiving help from all interested and available experts in AA. Some 20 others worked with him to read the drafts, debate strengths/weaknesses, develop solutions, and attend necessary meetings to influence the discussion and process at ICC positively. The Technical Committee on Noise, the ASA Technical Council and Executive Council similarly voted to support this effort and vest Noral with the ability to speak with the authority of the ASA. Noral Stewart subsequently obtained similar endorsements from National Council of Acoustical Consultants and American Society for Testing and Materials. Noral ultimately volunteered several 100 hours of his expertise (and counting!) to help shape the code. This technical committee - and the chair in particular – are very appreciative of his efforts. It is certain that the acoustical ramifications of the revised code have been improved significantly direction. Though difficult to coordinate, this combination of ASA’s general authority with individual ASA members’ direct expertise in a specific field represents an essential activity for us. Continued advocacy influencing this and related codes and standards will be important going forward.

    • Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Study Group: Movie Theater Sound System Measurement and Adjustment Techniques

      The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers' (SMPTE) Standards Committee informed ASA that it had created a Study Group, chaired by Brian A. Vessa, focusing on movie theatre sound system measurement and adjustment techniques. In response to SMPTE’s request for participation from interested parties, ASA has recommended Russ Berger to participate in this Study Group. Russ is a Fellow of ASA and holds "professional" level membership status in SMPTE. The Russ Berger Design Group deals with the design of studios for television and movies.

    • American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System The Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics (TCAA) is a Registered Provider in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES). The TCAA has developed a standardized introductory short course for architects, called “Architectural Acoustics”. An architect can earn one continuing education unit (CEU) by attending this short course, if it is presented by a qualified member of TCAA. The course covers topics in sound isolation, mechanical system noise control, and finish treatments. In order to qualify as an authorized presenter for this AIA/CES short course, attendance at a special workshop, organized and offered periodically at ASA conventions, including the upcoming San Diego meeting, and membership in TCAA are required.
    • Publications from Architectural Acoustics

A new title, Another Two Decades of Drama Theaters, was released at the Cancun meeting of the ASA and it is stunning! The TC Congratulates and thanks the editors for their hard work and such a well-crafted book: David Bradley, Erica Ryherd, and Michelle Vigeant. Unwilling to rest on our laurels, a new subcommittee was formed and has begun work on a similar release of the state of the architectural acoustics art for worship spaces (title to be determined), led by Erica Ryherd, with David Bradley. As with the drama theater book, the new book will be based in part on the previously held ASA poster sessions on the topic.

(3) Our Focus on Future Growth is realized in the following ways:

  • Student papers competition

TCAA Student Paper Award competitions continue to run at each biannual ASA conference. Results from Baltimore, with 9 entrants competing:

  • 1st: Jeremy Manternach, Div. of Music Education and Music Therapy, School of Music, Univ. of Kansas, for the paper, “Acoustical considerations for vocal music rehearsal rooms: A choir director’s perspective.”
  • 2nd: Matthew B. Zimmern, Sound Recording Technology, University of Massachusetts Lowell, for the paper, “Soul spaces: How acoustics influence the music production process and the recordings that result.

Results from Seattle, with 20 entrants competing:

  • 1st: Miriam A. Kolar
  • 2nd: Ana M. Jaramillo
  • Student design competition

Thanks to the year-long efforts of Bob Coffeen and Andy Miller, another Student Design Competition was run in Seattle. Chalmers University of Technology swept the competition this year with the first honors award and four commendation awards. One commendation was awarded to an RPI team. Some 32 very impressive entries were judged.

First Honors

  • Anna Arvidsson, Malin Landh, Mihkel Toome, Chalmers Univ. of Technology

Commendation (not listed in any particular order)

  • Jonas Lundgren, Patrik Thorsson, Dario Bogdanovic, Chalmers Univ. of Technology
  • Tobias Gothfelt, Marcus Stark, Vijendra Bhat, Chalmers Univ. of Technology
  • Sandra Berg, Anna Glansberg, Chalmers Univ. of Technology
  • Erik Allinger, Fredrik Asphult, Simen Tornquist, Chalmers Univ. of Technology
  • Matthew Azevedo, Kristen Murphy, Vanessa Li, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.

The competition relies on a major investment of time and expertise from our volunteer judges: Thank you to judges: David Adams, Rob Curran, Steven Dance, Tony Hoover, Scott Pfeiffer, Lauren Ronsse, Robert Smolling, and Michael Yantis. We intend to organize another student design competition at the upcoming meeting in Hong Kong.

  • Student Council

    After several years of generous, and precedent-setting, leadership, Norman Philipp completed his tenure as Architectural Acoustics representative to the ASA Student Council. Sam Clapp has been elected to be the next TCAA representative. This essential position requires a terrific amount of work, and TCAA is thoroughly grateful for Norm’s service and looks forward to Norm’s participation and leadership in ASA as a post-student, fully professional member.

Lastly, I wish to highlight and thank the key leadership of the relevant committees related to architectural acoustics. Tim Foulkes was our representative on the Medals and Awards Committee. Ron Freiheit serves on the Membership Committee, and George Winzer and Paul Schomer are out TCAA representatives to the ASA Committee on Standards. Lauren Ronsse, Norm Philipp, and Sam Clapp serve as our Student Council. The Associate Editors in Architectural Acoustics are Franck Sgard, Lily Wang and Ning Xiang for JASA, Ning Xiang for JASA Express Letters. Ralph Muehleisen is the TCAA  editor of POMA. Finally, thanks to Kenneth Good the Secretary of our technical committee.

Alex Case
Chair, 2010–2013

List of committee members


Biomedical Acoustics

The 160th ASA meeting in Cancun presented excellent weather and a nice collection of sessions while still providing some time to relax by the pool. The special sessions were “Biomedical applications of time reversal acoustics” organized by Armen Sarvazyan and Matthias Fink; “Doppler methods and blood-flow imaging in medical ultrasound” organized by Jonathan Mamou and Michael Oelze; “Image guided therapeutic ultrasound” organized by Tyrone Porter; and “Ultrasound contrast agents for molecular imaging and therapy” organized by Azzdine Ammi and Saurabh Dattas. Also, thank you to the contributed session chairs Peter Kaczkowski, George Lewis, and Constantin Coussios. Your illustrious chair was the TPOM representative for the meeting. Mark Schafer was elected a Fellow of the Society and Christy Holland received the Student Council Mentor Award.

After the Cancun meeting, a change was made to the method of electing a new chair. In the past, elections were held at the Technical Committee meeting at the end of the current chair’s term. This was not very efficient due to an uncertainty in how many voters may actually show up and, more importantly, it did not lend itself to a smooth transition between chairs. Therefore, with the approval of the official Technical Committee to Biomedical Acoustics, the voting method was changed to an email vote with the Technical Committee representing the eligible voters along with the ex officio members of BA. The new voting method was then implemented before the Seattle meeting to elect a new chair. The selection committee, composed of ex chairs (Robin Cleveland, Carr Everbach, and Mike Bailey), assembled a top notch slate of candidates consisting of Robert McGough, Franco Curra, and Oliver Kripfgans and after a very competitive vote, Robert McGough won the election and will begin his three year term after the Seattle meeting. Thank you to all the candidates for their willingness to serve as chair and to the Technical Committee for helping to implement the new voting method.

The 161st ASA meeting in Seattle was well attended and had a program packed from Monday morning until Friday afternoon. Special sessions (and organizers) at the meeting included 1) “Photons and phonons: Diagnostic and therapeutic applications” (Ron Silverman and Parag Chitnis [(Emmanuel Bossy filled in for Parag as co-chair at the meeting)], 2) “Medical acoustics in urology” (Mike Bailey and Robin Cleveland), 3) “Tissue erosion techniques in therapeutic ultrasound” (Vera Khokhlova and Larry Crum), 4) “HIFU-induced thermal lesion imaging with ultrasound” (Larry Crum and Vera Khokhlova), 5) “Metrology of high intensity ultrasound” (Peter Kaczkowski), and 6) “Student poster competition” (Tyrone Porter, Todd Hay, and Kevin Haworth). Also, thank you to the Contributed Session Chairs who were: Carr Everbach, Pei Zhong, Stuart Mitchell, Pierre Mourad, Franco Curra and Jonathan Mamou. Franco Curra and Stu Mitchell were the TPOM representatives for the meeting. Brian Fowlkes became a Fellow of the Society. At the special session for new students titled “Introduction to Technical Committee Research and Activities: Especially for Students and First-time Meeting Attendees,” Tyrone Porter gave the BA talk. Christy Holland hosted Jonathan Kracht at the Society Luncheon and Lecture Jonathan Kracht as part of the Take-a-Student-to-the-Fellows-Luncheon event.

Seattle marked the first time we used a poster competition for the Best Student Paper Award. The session was organized as a special session by Tyrone Porter, Todd Hay, and Kevin Haworth and they did an excellent job pulling everything together. The session was set up not to compete with any other BA session and used the Wednesday afternoon time slot. Attendance was quite good and the session ran well beyond the allotted 1.5 hours. Three awards were given: 1st prize - Peng Zhang (Boston University) "The application of phase-shift nanoemulsion in high intensity focused ultrasound-mediated heating and its potential in monitoring lesion formation”; 2nd prize - Himanshu Shekhar (University of Rochester) "A coded excitation technique for the functional imaging of coronary atherosclerosis using ultrasound contrast agents"; 3rd prize - Pavlos Anastasiadis (University of Hawaii) "Ultrasound-induced permeability variation in cell gap junctions for drug delivery.”

Thank you to all the competition judges for doing a great job and putting in a herculean effort. Each judge ended up judging 5-6 posters and each student was judged by three judges. In the future, we will need more BA members to volunteer as judges. The judges were: Todd Hay, Christy Holland, Glynn Holt, Peter Kaczkowski, Jon La Follett, Michael Oelze, Dong-Guk Paeng, Kausik Sarkar, and Martin Verweij. The TC felt it was worth continuing the poster competition format at the Spring meetings. Hong Kong would be the next meeting to have the competition, but it was decided to postpone the competition until Kansas City in Fall 2012 because student attendance in Hong Kong is uncertain and Hong Kong would be harder to organize.

In addition to everyone who volunteered to help this past year, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of some specific individuals. The Associate Editors of JASA and JASA-EL for BA related areas are Charles Church, Doug Miller, Doug Mast, Robin Cleveland, Mardi Hastings, Oleg Sapozhnikov, Paul Barbone, Joel Mobley, Steve Kargl, Mark Hamilton, Tom Matula, Joel Mobley, and Andrew Szeri. Lawrence Crum is the outgoing representative to the Medals and Awards Committee and Ronald Roy is the incoming representative. Christy Holland is the outgoing representative to the Membership Committee and Mike Bailey is the incoming representative. Steve Kargl is the outgoing representative on a committee to update the PACS structure and Doug Mast is the incoming representative. Peter Kaczkowski and Vera Khokhlova are the representatives to ASACOS. Derek Thomas is the student council representative. Finally, Seattle represented the end of my term as Chair for BA. My term began as Chair of Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration and ended with a streamlined name that we can all remember. The notable events that occurred during my tenure included the name change of the TC, a new BA website, implementation of an automated list server to handle BA emails, moving the midweek TC meeting from Thursday night to Wednesday night, a new method of electing Chairs, and the adoption of a new format for the student paper competition. Thank you to everyone for making the past three years productive and relatively stress free. BA is lucky to have a large group of active volunteers and it is always (fairly) easy to find some help.

Jeffrey A. Ketterling
Chair, 2008–2011

List of committee members


Engineering Acoustics

I encourage ASA members to become more active in the Engineering Acoustics Technical Committee (EATC). Our committee’s focus encompasses the theory and practice of creating tools for investigating acoustical phenomena and applying knowledge of acoustics to practical utility. This includes the design and modeling of acoustical and vibrational transducers, arrays, and transduction systems in all media and frequency ranges; instrumentation, metrology, and calibration; measurement and computational techniques as they relate to acoustical phenomena and their utility; and the engineering of materials and devices. The breadth and scope of EATC’s mission is an enabler to the other committees and to the interests of every member

I personally thank each of the Engineering Acoustics Special Sessions organizers. In addition to the creativity and effort put forth by these chairs to draw in high quality papers and recognized subject matter experts, they also helped demonstrate the depth of Engineering Acoustics, facilitated valuable interdisciplinary discussions and technology transitions. The success of these special sessions reinforces how important Engineering Acoustics is to all the different technical areas with ASA. I encourage you to contact me or an EATC member with ideas for special sessions, hot topics, tutorials, or other areas you would like ASA and EATC to pursue.

The Engineering Acoustics Technical Committee (EATC) usually meets Tuesday night of all ASA conferences, and I welcome you to become involved in helping EATC plan future conference sessions. If there is a topic that interests you, I guarantee there are plenty of other researchers willing to present their work in the same area, and I welcome you stepping forward to lead the session or put us in contact with appropriate subject matter experts.

EATC sponsored the following Special Sessions in Cancun, Mexico: “Hot Topic” Meta-materials (Tom Howarth), EA for Audio: Parametric Sources, Speakers & Horns (Scott Porter), Low Cost Materials for Acoustic Barriers & Noise Control (Christopher Rooke & Jorge Arenas), Physical Array Mic. Development & Applications for Sound Source Identification (Samir Gerges), Acoustic Metamaterials (Structural Acoustics & Vibration lead w/ Tom Howarth), Mechanical Engineering and Acoustics w/ Architectural Acoustics. I volunteered to be EATC’s TPOM for Cancun; not a hardship trip by any means! The conference itself was a great success and very enjoyable for all who attended.

The Special Sessions EATC sponsored in Seattle, WA included: Advanced systems for underwater vehicles (Ken Walsh), Acoustic sensor and array technologies (Dehua Huang and Tom Howarth), Sensors and systems for acoustic detection, localization, and characterization of underground structures, objects and tunnels (Mike Scanlon), Material Properties and applications (Joe Vignola) and several other co-sponsored sessions. Daniel Warren gave a great summary of what our EATC is all about during a special session covering all ASA’s TCs. A special thanks to TPOM volunteer Dan Costley for his help in making arrangements for these excellent sessions.

Steve Baker agreed to be the TPOM for the upcoming San Diego, CA conference. EATC is planning the following special sessions: Micro-machined Acoustic Transducers (Neal Hull & Wonkyu Moon), Periodic Structures (Neal Hull), Transduction Methods for Energy Harvesting (Steve Thompson & Jim West), Vector Sensors, Projectors & Hydrophones (Stephen Butler & Roger Richards), and cosponsoring a session on Hypersonic spectroscopy and GHz inspection (Paul Snow). San Diego looks like it will be another great conference.

Plans are underway for Hong Kong. A special thanks to Tom Fedenczuk for volunteering to be the TPOM in Hong Kong. Right now I am EATC’s POC for arranging the following collaborative special sessions with my counterparts in Hong Kong, China and Japan: Civil Non-Destructive Testing with Ultrasound or other Non-Contact Methods, Acoustic Metamaterials, Biomedical Transducers, Acoustic Sensors and Actuators, Mufflers and Silencers, Flow Noise and Mitigation Methods, Acoustic Well Logging and Borehole Acoustics, and Sound Quality Engineering. If you are planning to go to the Hong Kong Acoustics meeting, and would like to help organize or contribute leadership to one of these special sessions, please let me know; we’d appreciate the extra help.

The student contributions to all of these sessions have been excellent, and I encourage all students and their advisors to make sure that they submit their abstracts for the student competition. EATC gives a cash prize to the 1st and 2nd place student papers. I also would like to thank all of the meeting attendees who volunteered to be student paper judges, and hope that others will volunteer for future conferences.

I thank all of the committee volunteers for their time and efforts to help EA and ASA. The EATC is represented on the Metals and Awards committee by Kim Benjamin, on Membership by Steve Thompson, on ASACOS by Robert Drake, and on Student Council by Michael Wilson. Our representative on the Journal Editorial Board has been Allan Zuckerwar for many years. Unfortunately, this is Allan’s last term, and we want to thank him for his lengthy and exceptional service; we will miss his representation as liaison between EATC and JASA, but look forward to his continued participation in our TC.

I sincerely hope to see you in San Diego and Hong Kong!

Michael V. Scanlon
Chair, 2009–2012

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Musical Acoustics

During 20010‐2011 the Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics (TCMU) was chaired by Paul Wheeler. Representatives to the Society's committees were: James P. Cottingham, membership; Diana Deutsch, Committee on Standards; Eric A. Dieckman, Student Council; and Paul A. Wheeler, Technical Council. Associate Editors were Diana Deutsch and Neville H. Fletcher (JASA), Diana Deutsch, D. Murray Campbell, Thomas D. Rossing and Thomas R. Moore (JASA Express Letters), and James W. Beauchamp (POMA). The Technical Program Organizing Committee (TPOM) representative for the Seattle meeting was Evan Davis. Those appointed or reappointed as TCMU members for 2010‐2013 were R. Dean Ayers, Judith C. Brown, Courtney B. Burroughs, John R. Buschert, Joel Gilbert, Thomas M. Huber, Bozena Kostek, Timothy W. Leishman, Daniel O. Ludwigsen, Thomas R. Moore, Thomas D. Rossing, David B. Sharp, Julius O. Smith, William J. Strong, and Joe Wolfe. TCMU member Thomas Moore was elected as a Fellow of the ASA.

In 2011, James Beauhamp was appointed as the representative to the Membership Committee, Andrew Morrison was appointed to the Committee on Standards, and Thomas Moore was elected the chair of TCMU for the period 2011-2014. The TCMU representative to the Student Council, Eric Dieckman, was elected to chair the Council and a new TCMU representative will be selected.

At the 160th Meeting in Cancun, held November 15‐19, 2010, the TCMU presented four special sessions: Acoustics of Brass Instruments (chaired by Paul Wheeler); Acoustics of Guitars (chaired by Tom Rossing, Phillipe Bustamonte, and Ricardo Boullosa); Analysis, Synthesis, and Perception of Musical Sounds (chaired by James Beauchamp); Effects of Wall Vibrations on Musical Instruments (chaired by Thomas Moore); Natural and Ethnographic Wind Instruments (chaired by Murray Campbell). There was also a guitar concert (organized by Miguel Zenker and Thomas Rossing). The best student paper awards were given to Jack Perng (Stanford University) and Charalampos Saitis (McGill University).

At the 161st Meeting in Seattle, held May 23-27, 2011, the TCMU presented four special sessions: Materials in Musical Instruments (chaired by Uwe J. Hansen); Acoustics of Keyboard Instruments (chaired by Antoine Chaigne); Singing and Perception in Musical Acoustics (chaired by Uwe J. Hansen); and Optical Methods for Studying Musical Instruments (cosponsored with Engineering Acoustics and chaired by Thomas D. Rossing and Randy Worland). A tour of the Dusty Strings harp and dulcimer factory was also organized by Roger Hanson. The best student papers were presented by Juliette Chabassier (ENSTA ParisTech) and Kevin Dooley (UCSD).

James Cottingham continues to maintain an excellent website for TCMU http://www.public.coe.edu/~jcotting/tcmu/. It includes links to future meetings, minutes to previous TCMU meetings, annual reports, student paper award winners, as well as useful links to teaching websites and musical acousticians.

Thomas R.Moore
Chair, 2011–2014

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Noise

The Technical Committee on Noise (TCNS) continued to be very active in 2010-2011. Mike Stinson has been elected Vice President-Elect. Two new fellows were received this year: Noral D. Stewart and Giora Rosenhouse. Young presenter awardees were announced as being Colin Jemmot, Julia Vernon, and Cole Duke at the Baltimore meeting (3 awards) and Alan Wall at the Cancun meeting.

The 160th meeting of the ASA, joint with the Iberoamerican Federation of Acousics and The Mexican Insitute of Acoustics, was held in Cancun, Mexico, had 69 noise papers in 8 sessions. The Noise sessions were "Noise Sources, Noise Reduction Materials, and Active Noise Control", co-chaired by Angelo J. Campanella and Christopher Rooke; "Environmental Noise in Cities I: Noise Surveys", co-chaired by Sergio Beristain and Martha G. Orozco; "Soundscapes in Progress: Applications in Communities (joint with AA)", co-chaired by Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp and Bennett Brooks; "High Performance Hearing Protection (joint with ASACOS)", chaired by Richard L. McKinley; "Environmental Noise in Cities II: Measurements, Health, and Legislation", co-chaired by Martha Orozco Medina and Sergio Beristain, "Culture and Noise", chaired by Fernando J. Elizondo-Garza, "Noise in Latin America and Other Developing Countries", co-chaired by Jorge Arenas and Sergio Beristain, and "Alternatives to A-Weighting (joint with ASACOS and AB)", co-chaired by Paul D. Schomer and Andre Fiebig. There were fifteen (15) applicants for the Young Presenter Award. Angelo Campanella served as TPOM for the meeting. The Noise committee cooperates with Architectural Acoustics with standards activities on Classroom Acoustics and LEED (Green building) standards for schools and hospitals, and Noral Stewart led an effort to provide technical input to the Green International Code Council on acoustics.

The 161st meeting of the ASA was held in Seattle, WA. There were 91 noise papers in 9 noise-led sessions. The sessions were: "Indoor Psychoacoustic Response to Outdoor Noise Sources", co-chaired by Alexandra Loubeau, Edward Nykasa, Erica Ryherd, Ken Roy, and Jonathan Rathsam, "Public Outreach Workshop on Community Noise", co-chaired by Lawrence S. Finegold and George Luz, "Aircraft Flyover Noise Measurements and Source Modeling (joint with ASACOS and PA)", chaired by Richard L. McKinley, "Acoustical Modeling for Complex Outdoor Environments (joint with PA)", co-chaired by Siu-Kit Lau and Kai Ming Li, "Wind Turbine Noise (joint with ASACOS, PA, AB, and UW)", cochaired by Edward C. Duncan and Kenneth Kaliski, "Community Noise Impact, Criteria, Mitigation from Outdoor Concert Venues (joint with AA and MU)", co-chaired by Joel A. Lewitz and Steven Pettyjohn, "Analysis and Control of Information Technology Noise", co-chaired by Scott Sommerfeldt and Kent Gee, "Measurement and Assessment of the Soundscape in Parks and Wilderness Areas (joint with AB and ASACOS)", co-chaired by Kurt Fristrup and Paul Schomer, and "Occupational Noise Exposure: Assessment to Intervention", co-chaired by William J. Murphy and Charles S. Hayden. In addition, there was a symposium called "Urban Design with Noise in Mind" which was similar to a function held in Baltimore, coordinated by Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp, and supported by innovation funding on Tuesday (off-site). Erica Ryherd gave an introduction to the Technical Committee on Noise at the Interdisciplinary Session, "Introduction to Technical Committee Research and Activities, Especially for Students and First-Time Meeting Attendees". There were sixteen (16) applicants for the Young Presenter Award. Jerry Lilly was the TPOM for the meeting. Standards groups also met at this meeting. It was announced that Nancy Timmerman will chair a subcommittee of the Panel on Public Policy on Wind Turbines.

Thanks to following people who have represented TCNS within the ASA during this time: Angelo Campanella on the Medals and Awards Committee, Bennett Brooks on the Membership Committee, Alan Wall on Student Council, Rich Peppin on ASACOS (Committee on Standards), and Paul Schomer, Standards Chair. For the Young Presenter Award, Mike Stinson coordinated Cancun, while Eric Reuter handled Seattle. The Associate Editors for Noise are Ben S. Cazzolato, Ken Cunefare, Vladimir Ostashev, Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp, and Kirill V. Horoshenkov, Mike Stinson for JASA Express Letters, and Kent Gee for POMA. Kent has become Editor of POMA, and Alexandra Loubeau will replace him as the Noise representative. Ken Cunefare is going off as Associate Editor and will be replaced with Sanford Fidell. Les Blomberg, of Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, continues to maintain the committee's website.

Nancy S. Timmerman
Chair, 2009–2012

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Physical Acoustics

During 2010-2011 the Technical Committee on Physical Acoustics (PATC) was chaired by Ron Roy and posted the following representative to ASA Committees: Charles Church (Membership), Richard Raspet (ASACOS, Fall ’10), Joel Mobley (ASACOS, Spring ’11), Carr Everbach (Medals and Awards), Phil Marston (Books), Matt Guild (Student Council), Tom Matula (TPOM, Cancun), Andy Piacsek (TPOM, Seattle), and Steve Kargl (TPOM, Seattle). In addition, PATC member Tom Matula served as the General Chair for the Seattle meeting. PATC members appointed (or reappointed) in the spring of 2011 include Kirk Alberts, Brian Anderson, Philippe Blanc-Benon, Robin Cleveland, Larry Crum, Francesco Curra. Carr Everbach, Mike Haberman, Jon La Follett, Bart Lipkins, Tom Matula, Michelle Swearingen, Richard Weaver, and Preston Wilson. At the Seattle Meeting, Albert Migliori of Los Alamos National Laboratory was elected the new Physical Acoustics Technical Committee Chair moving forward.

In Cancun, Mexico (Fall 2010) the PATC served as primary sponsor for two day-long special sessions: 3aPA & 3bPA “Acoustical Exploitation of Periodic Structures I & II” organized by Keith Attenborough & Juan Sanchez Perez, and (4aPA & 4pPA) “Thirty Years of Resonant Ultrasound I & II” organized by Albert Migliori & Veerle Keppens. PATC also sponsored three contributed sessions, chaired by Tom Matula, Bart Lipkins, and Claire Prada.

The Fall 2010 PATC meeting had about 50 attendees, of which included five students attending the meeting for the first time. The Committee acknowledged the excellent services of outgoing Student Council representative Jon La Follett and entertained reports on activities in Student Council and ASACOS. In addition to the usual planning activities re future meetings (proposed special sessions, etc.), the committed discussed a technical initiative to secure funds in partial support of the biannual Physical Acoustics Summer School and engaged in discussions on topics that included the need for an advance paper copy of the ASA Call for Papers (a show of hands supported eliminating the paper distribution), the need for an advance mailing of the Meeting Program (response was mixed, with some support for a searchable electronic version), and the need for a CD ROM distribution of JASA (a show of hands strongly supported eliminating the default mailing of the CD ROM), and a proposal from George Frisk to hold an “International Year of Acoustics” patterned off of the recent Geophysical Year (strong support).

In Seattle, WA (Spring 2011) the PATC served as primary sponsor for four special sessions: (2pPA) “Advances in Physical, Nonlinear, Engineering, and Atmospheric Acoustics in Memory of Professor RongJue Wei - a Pioneer of Acoustics Research and Education in China” organized by Junru Wu & Cheri Deng, (4aPA & 4bPA) “Violent Cavitation Activity in Water and Other Liquids I & II” organized by Larry Crum & Tom Matula, (5aPA) “The Acoustics of Gas Hydrates” organized by Preston Wilson, and (5pPA) “Nonlinear Acoustic Waves and their Characterization” organized by Oleg Sapozhnikov & Robin Cleveland. In addition, there were four contributed sessions listed under the PA masthead and chaired by Joel Mobley, Philip Spoor, Roger Waxler, and Andy Piacsek.

The Seattle PATC meeting was very well attended, with 95 members and friends in the room, including 15 new guests and students attending the meeting for the first time. After receiving reports on activities in the Student Council and ASACOS, the committee dove into the hard work of meeting planning, including a discussion of plans and issues relative to the upcoming meeting in Hong Kong. In addition to the usual debate on the appropriateness of holding international meetings on a regular basis (the Committee generally favors this, with some notable objectors), concern was voiced over the substantial cost of going to Hong Kong at a time when funds for travel are dear. In particular, attention was focused on the unusually high registration fee and an informal show of hands revealed that the majority of the persons present do not plan to attend this meeting. There were also discussions on the value of peer review for POMA (no strong committee opinion either way) and on a JASA invited paper recruitment program proposed by Whitlow Au (strong support). There was a brief discussion of the idea of having a student paper award sponsored by the PATC. This was voted on by a show of hands, and the Committee agreed that we would sponsor such an award in the future. It is too late to do this for San Diego and the student turnout is likely to be low in Hong Kong, so the Chair recommends that this be done for the first time in Kansas City (Fall 2012). The meeting then concluded with the introduction of the newly minted PATC Chair, Albert Migliori.

Ronald A. Roy
Chair, 2008–2011

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Psychological and Physiological Acoustics

The Fall meeting in Cancun, Mexico, was an unusually large one for the P&P Technical Committee, with one special session, organized by Philip Joris and Armin Kohlrausch, and two contributed sessions. We thank Judy Dubno for representing P&P at the Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM). The Spring meeting in Seattle was a great success with four special sessions, along with numerous contributed sessions. Particularly exciting was the emphasis on multi-disciplinarity, embraced by all four special sessions, each of which covered areas of physiology, neuroscience and perception. The special sessions included Auditory-Tactile Integration (organized by Charlotte Reed and Louis Braida), Comparative Approaches to Peripheral Auditory Function (organized by Chris Bergevin), Advances in Auditory Development (organized by Lynne Werner and Emily Buss), and Psychophysical and Physiological Sensitivity to Interaural Level Differences (organized by Chris Stecker). There was a P&P session on virtually every morning and afternoon of the conference, so we are particularly grateful to Lynne Werner and Chris Stecker for carrying out the daunting task of organizing the sessions with the minimum of clashes at the TPOM.

The Technical Committee meeting in Seattle enjoyed the highest attendance I have witnessed in my time, and saw the presentation of annual reports from the current Associate Editors (AEs) of JASA. Bill Shofner is stepping down after six years of outstanding service, and we welcome Michael Stone as a new AE in Psychological Acoustics. The Technical Committee meeting was used as the venue to elect new members to the P&P technical committee. The terms of Brian Roberts, Christian Lorenzi, Christophe Micheyl, Daniel Pressnitzer, Huanping Dai, and Roy Patterson came to an end, the terms of Gin Best, Bob Carlyon, Monita Chatterjee, Torsten Dau, Eric Healy, and Peggy Nelson began, and the following new members were elected to begin their terms in 2012: Josh Bernstein, Chris Brown, Laurel Carney, Bob Lutfi, Ginny Richards, and Chris Shera. Thanks to Christophe Micheyl for recruiting the candidates and preparing the ballots and to Brian Roberts for running the election. We thank Bill Hartmann, our representative to the Medals and Awards Committee, Lynne Werner, our representative to the Membership Committee, and Jeff DiGiovanni, our representative to ASACOS. The P&P Technical Initiatives continue unchanged. The initiatives include limited travel support for invited speakers, student receptions, and homepage maintenance. Suggestions for uses of funds, including innovations such as workshops and satellite meetings, etc., are welcome and should be sent to the new chair of the P&P committee, Dr. Michael Heinz, at mheinz@purdue.edu.

Andrew J. Oxenham
Chair, 2008–2011

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Signal Processing in Acoustics

The Signal Processing Technical Committee (SPTC) organized 3 special sessions for the November 2010 Cancun meeting and 3 special sessions for the May 2011 Seattle meeting.

The Signal Processing in Acoustics special sessions for Cancun were “Signal Processing in Multi-channel Systems,” organized by Ning Xiang and Martin Schneider, “Signal Processing for Speech Recognition,” joint with Speech Communications and organized by J. L. O. Rodriguez and S. A. Zahorian, and “Physics-Based Signal Characterization, Classification, and Processing,” joint with UW and AO and organized by Tim Stanton, Lisa Zurk, and Lee Culver. There were a total of 18 invited papers and 35 contributed papers presented in these sessions.

The Best Paper by a Young Presenter Award at the Cancun meeting was awarded to Elizabeth Hoppe of Virginia Tech for the paper "A dual space approach to beam tracing for optimal microphone placement.” There were 5 entries.

We thank our Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) representative for Cancun, Kevin Heaney.

In Seattle the Signal Processing in Acoustics special sessions were “Detection and Classification of Buried and Proud Targets” (co-sponsored by Engineering Acoustics, Underwater Acoustics and Animal Bioacoustics) organized by Jason Summers and Patrick Loughlin; “Source Localization and Characterization Using Time Reversal Methods” (co-sponsored by Physical Acoustics, Underwater Acoustics and Biomedical Acoustics) organized by Brian Anderson and Sean Lehman; and “Tracking Using Least-Mean Squares (LMS) Recursive Estimators, Autoregressive (AR) Models, or Related Methods” (co-sponsored by Animal Bioacoustics and Underwater Acoustics) organized by Edmund Sullivan and Zoi-Heleni Michalopoulou. There were 24 invited papers and 25 contributed papers presented in these sessions.

The Best Paper by a Young Presenter Award at the Cancun meeting was split between Shaun Anderson from Georgia Tech for his paper entitled "Bistatic detection and imaging of proud targets in shallow water using coherent space-time-frequency processing" and David Hague of U Mass Dartmouth for his paper entitled "A deterministic filterbank compressive sensing model for bat biosonar.” There were 11 entries.

We thank our Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) representative for the Seattle meeting, Jason Summers.

Special thanks go to Sean Fulop, Zoi-Heleni Michalopoulou and Edmund J. Sullivan, the signal processing Associate Editors of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and to Jim Candy and Charlie Gaumond, the signal processing Associate Editors for JASA Electronic Letters, for selfless service to the Society and SPTC.

The SP web site has been maintained by Brian Anderson and Sean Lehman, who also took care of the Gallery of Acoustics. Paul Gendron is responsible for the Student Challenge Problem.

Bill Carey continues to serve as the SP representative to the Medals and Awards committee. Zoi-Heleni Michalopoulou serves as representative to the Membership Committee and Charlie Gaumond serves on the ASA Standards committee.

Thanks to Brandon Hamschin for serving as student representative for the past year.

Lee Culver
Chair, 2009-2012

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Speech Communication

The Speech Technical Committee (STC) supports the activities, meetings, publications, etc., for the largest technical area in the Society. This report covers the ASA meetings in Cancun, Mexico and Seattle, WA.

The current members of the TC are Augustine Agwuele, Jean E. Andruski, Fredericka Bell-Berti, Tessa C. Bent, Suzanne E. Boyce, Ann R. Bradlow, Kate E. Bunton, Carol Y. Espy-Wilson, Bruce R. Gerratt, Helen M. Hanson, Rachel Frush Holt, Susan G. Guion, Athanasios Katsamanis, Jody E. Kreiman, Jelena Krivokapic, Conor T. McLennan, Shrikanth S. Narayanan, Kuniko Neilsen, Sona Patel, Michael B. Porter, Tarun Pruthi, Lawrence J. Rosenblum, Christine H. Shadle, Rajka Smiljanic, Mitchell S. Sommers, Brad H. Story, Joan E. Sussman, Scott L. Thomson, Jennel C. Vick, Patrick Wolfe and Xinhui Zhou. Many of these members are new to the TC. I want to welcome them and thank them for their support.

Other STC members who assisted us by serving on committees were Jody Kreiman-Membership Committee, Suzanne E. Boyce-Membership Committee, Shrikanth Narayanan-ASACOS, Anders Lofqvist-Medals and Awards Committee, Santiago Barreda-Student Council Representative, and Brad Story who maintains our web page.

Associate Editors of JASA are: Speech Perception- Abeer Alwan, Cynthia G. Clopper, James M. Hillenbrand, Benjamin R. Munson, Peggy B. Nelson, Michael S. Vitevitch,; Speech Production-David Berry, Anders Lofqvist and Christine Shadle, Brad H. Story, Zhaoyan Zhang; Speech Processing-Carol Y. Espy-Wilson, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson and Shrikanth Narayanan. Retiring JASA Associate Editors are Kenneth Grant, Paul Iverson, Allard Jongman, Rochelle Newman Mitchell Sommers, and Joan Sussman. Associate Editors for JASA Express Letters are: Speech Perception-Sandra Gordon-Salant; Speech Production-Anders Lofqvist, and Speech Processing-Douglas D. O’Shaughnessy. The Associate Editor of Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) is Peter J. Watson. The retiring POMA Associate Editor is Suzanne E. Boyce. The committee thanks the outgoing editors and associate editors for the service. The two ASA meetings went very smoothly this year because of the particular efforts of several members. First, we are grateful to our Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) representatives, who sorted papers, arranged the technical programs, and determined presentation rooms. They were Catherine L. Rogers for the Cancun meeting and Molly E. Babel and Richard A. Wright for the Seattle meeting.

We are very happy to welcome H. Timothy Bunnell, Sandra Gordon-Salant, Mark A. Hasegawa-Johnson, James J. Jenkins, Benjamin R. Munson, Michael Owren, Charlotte M. Reed, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, and Zhaoyan Zhang, as new fellows of the ASA in Speech Communication. We congratulate David B. Pisoni who was awarded the Silver Medal in Speech Communication at the Seattle meeting. To create stimulating and focused sessions, we sponsor special sessions every year, which focus on themes of interest to the speech community. In Cancun there were two special sessions: "Forensic Voice Comparison and Forensic Acoustics I and II" chaired by Geoffrey Stewart Morrison and "Production and Perception of Spontaneous Speech I and II" chaired by Ann R. Bradlow and Valerie L. Hazen. In Seattle, there were two special sessions: “Technological, Methodological, and Theoretical Advances in Neuroimaging and Speech Perception” chaired by Patricia K. Kuhl and “Acoustic Analysis of Children’s Speech” chaired by Helen M. Hanson and Stefanie R. Shattuck-Hufnagel. Speech Communication members have planned a great deal of special sessions for the upcoming meetings, particularly the San Diego meeting in Fall 2011.

Student Activities

In our continuing effort to promote student participation in ASA meetings, the Speech Technical Committee sponsored two student activities at each meeting, a competition with a cash award for best student presentation and evening receptions in Cancun and Seattle. The student reception, which is joint with other technical committees, is intended to allow students to meet more senior ASA members informally. The receptions were well attended.

The student papers were judged by STC members and the winners were awarded $300 for first prize and $200 for second prize. At the Cancun meeting, the first place winner was Nancy Ward of UCLA for “Development of native language preference in the visual modality” and the second place winner was Melissa Baese-Burk, Northwestern University for “Learning novel phonetic categories in perception and production.” At the Seattle meeting, the first place winner was Tyler Perrachione of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for “Optimized design and analysis of sparse-sampling functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments of speech and hearing” and the second place winner was Argyro Katsika of Yale University for “Boundary tones as gestures: coordination relations at boundaries.” A special thanks to all of the reviewers of the student papers.

In closing, I would like to thank Carol Espy-Wilson for guiding the committee and its activities for the past three years.

Benjamin R. Munson
Chair, 2010–2013

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Structural Acoustics and Vibration

The Structural Acoustics and Vibration Technical Committee (SAVTC) had a successful year with a number of special session sponsored at the meetings and Student Paper competitions at all of the meetings. The 159th meeting of the ASA was held in Baltimore, MD, the 160th meeting of the ASA was held in Cancun, MX, and the 161st meeting was held in Seattle, WA.

At the 159th ASA/INCE Meeting, at Baltimore, MD, SAVTC sponsored five special sessions:

  • Damping Mechanisms: Greg McDaniel (Joint with Physical Acoustics)
  • Computer Modeling of structural acoustics and vibration for complex structures: James Phillips
  • Space Vehicle Vibro-Acoustics (jointly sponsored by INCE USA): Dean Capone, Joint with Noise
  • Noise Control of Small Submersible Vehicles (to be jointly sponsored by INCE USA): Joe Cushieri
  • Nondestructive Testing of Materials: Hasson Tavossi (Joint with Engineering Acoustics)

The TPOM representatives were David Feit and Robert Koch and the winners of the Best Student Papers competition, coordinated by James Philips, were: first place, Sebastian Roa Prada (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and second place, Micah Shepherd (Penn State University). A SAVTC representative/liaison for the Hong Kong Meeting, Kai Ming Li, Purdue University was selected.

At the 160th ASA Meeting in Cancun, MX, SAVTC sponsored three special sessions:

  • Emerging Technologies in Structural Acoustics and Vibrations, Sean F. Wu (Invited speakers only)
  • Vibrations and energy conversion in the ocean, Greg McDaniel
  • Acoustic meta-materials, Steve O’Regan (To be jointly sponsored by Underwater Acoustics).

The TPOM representative was Mark Hamilton, and the winners in the Best Students Papers Competition, coordinated by Dean Capone and James Philips, were, first place, Ashley Cannaday (Rollins College), and second place, Christina Naify (University of Southern California).

At the 161st ASA Meeting, in Seattle, WA, the SAVTC sponsored four special sessions:

  • Fluid-Structure Interaction: Experimental and Computational, Dean Capone
  • Near-field Acoustic Holography(Joint with Noise), Alan Wall, Kent Gee, Scott Sommerfeldt
  • Advancement in vibroacoustic treatments for vehicles, Ben Shafer and Micah Shepherd
  • Designing Quiet Composite Structures, Gopal Mathur

The TPOM representative was James Philip, and the winners of the Best Student Papers competition, coordinated by James Philips were; first place, Matthew Shaw (Brigham Young University), and second place, Christina Naify (University of Southern California).

Dean E. Capone
Chair, 2009–2012

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Underwater Acoustics

The Fall 2010 meeting in Cancun had three UW special sessions: “Deep water ambient noise, Buckingham & Siderius, “Acoustic particle velocity and vector fields: Signal processing and communication applications”, Badiey & Abdi, and “Impact of shallow water acoustic propagation by linear internal waves and neutrally buoyant intrusions”, Tang & Bradley. The first place student paper award was awarded to Adam Metzler for "Scintillation statistics of broadband acoustic transmissions in the Gulf of Maine" and second place went to Wu-jung Lee for "Analysis of mixed assemblages of fish using the statistics of echoes from a single beam broadband echosounder”. We also wish to congratulate George Frisk, who received the 2010 Pioneers of Underwater Acoustics Medal.

The status of the 2010 UW Technical Initiative (under Dave Bradley and Jeff Simmen) was discussed at the Cancun meeting. This initiative had resulted in the drafting of a letter signed by ASA President Whit Au, and sent to RADM Carr (Chief of Naval Research). Two additional letters (from “Concerned scientists” and UW leadership) were also sent. The letters expressed concern about the levels of funding support for UW research activities from ONR. The response from RADM Carr was read and discussed, this response stated a NNR mandate for a “Robust US research in long-term S&T” and “pipeline of new scientists”.

The evolution of new ASA standards for underwater environments was also presented and discussed at the Cancun meeting, with overwhelming support from the UW community. The Spring 2011 meeting in Seattle had UW member Eric Thorsos serving as Technical Program Chair and two UW special sessions: “Measurement, characterization, and mitigation of underwater anthropogenic noise”, by Dahl, Frisk & Zurk, and “Sediment Acoustics & Geological Processes”, Holland & Lowrie. The UW TC also discussed planning for the Hong Kong meeting (spring 2012), with a record number of eight special sessions proposed and approved by the committee. We also wish to congratulate Karim Sabra, who received the 2011 Bruce Lindsay Award at the Seattle meeting.

Dave Bradley gave a short presentation at the Baltimore meeting concerning the decline in the ONR funding for ocean acoustics and proposed that this concern be voiced in two letters, one from the ASA President and one signed by individuals in the acoustics community. A vote was conducted on the letter from the ASA, and passed overwhelmingly (ONR program managers abstained from the vote). Several ASA members signed the letter from the community. The ASA letter was approved by the Executive Council, and a signed copy is attached to this annual report.

A revised statement of technical scope was presented at the Baltimore meeting and accepted by unanimous vote. The proposed new scope is:

  • The Underwater Acoustics TC is focused on sound-wave phenomena in the ocean and seabed, with primary emphasis on the following topics:

1. Propagation phenomena: steady-state and transient solutions of the wave equation, including boundary effects, and seismoacoustics.

2. Scattering and reverberation: characterization and quantification.

3. Ambient noise: noise sources, spectra, directionality, and spatial/temporal fluctuations.

4. Signal processing and sonar algorithms, with emphasis on the detection of signals in noise and statistical analysis.

5. Underwater acoustic instrumentation.

Lisa M. Zurk
Chair, 2009–2012

List of committee members