174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

New Orleans, Louisiana

174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
4–8 December 2017



New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, Louisiana


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Meeting Committee

    Chair Joel Mobley
    Technical Program Chair Natalia Sidorovskaya
    Signs Cecille Labuda, Likun Zhang
    Accompanying Persons Gabriela Petculescu
    Student Coordinator Josette Fabre, Juliette Ioup
    Technical Tours David Woolworth, Andi Petculescu



Call for Papers

Technical Program and Special Sessions

Projection Guidelines for Authors

Audio/Visual Preview Room

Other Technical Events and Information

     Technical Tour

     Open Meetings of Technical Committees

     Hot Topics

     Undergraduate Research Exposition

     Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA)

     Early Career Publishing Workshop

Tutorial Lecture on Infrasound Phenomenology, Propagation, and Detection

Short Course on Ultrasound Contrast Agents

Student Activities

     Student Orientation and Meet and Greet

     Students’ Reception

     Students Meet Members for Lunch

     Other Information for Students

Social Events

     Plenary Session, Awards Ceremony, Social Events, Luncheons

     Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony

     Social Hours

     Women in Acoustics Luncheon

     Society Luncheon and Lecture

     Jam Session

     Hunt Fellowship Recognition and Fund Raising Initiative

Funding Opportunities

     Student Transportation Subsidies

     Young Investigator Travel Grant

     Dependent Care Subsidies

     Early Career Travel Subsidies

Transportation and Travel Information

     Air Transportation

     Ground Transportation

     Driving Directions/Parking Information

Hotel Reservation Information

General Information

     Room Sharing

     Committee Meetings

     Assistive Listening Devices

     Accompanying Persons Program


Registration Information



The Technical Sessions and abstracts are available in the Itinerary Planner.  The pdf edition of the program is now available online in October.



A PC computer with stereo playback capability and projector will be provided in each meeting room on which all authors who plan to use computer projection will load their presentations. Authors should bring computer presentations on a USB drive to load onto the provided computer and should arrive at the meeting rooms at least 30 minutes before the start of their sessions. Authors also have the option to connect their own laptops to the computer projector, however authors using their own laptops must also arrive at the meeting room at least 30 minutes before start of the session to setup this connection. Assistance in loading presentations onto the computers and switching to alternate computers will be provided.

If you utilize your own computer for your presentation you should bring copies of your presentation materials on a USB drive as a backup. This may solve any possible interface or cable problems between your computer and the projector.

Note that only PC format will be supported so authors using Macs must save their presentations for projection in PC format. Also, authors who plan to play audio during their presentations should ensure that their sound files are also saved on the USB drive.

Guidelines for use of computer projection are available here.


Computer presentations can be reviewed by authors in the audio/visual preview room at the meeting. Separate computers will be made available in this room for accessing email.




The technical tour is sold out.

A walking tour of recently renovated performing arts spaces of the New Orleans Theater District will be held on Monday, December 4, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The Tour Group will meet in the Marriott Hotel Lobby at 12:45 p.m. The tour will explore the three grand theaters of New Orleans, the Orpheum, Saenger and Joy, examining their histories and restorations. The Orpheum Theater opened in 1921 as a vaudeville venue and is an example of "vertical hall" construction initially built to provide perfect sight lines and acoustics. The Orpheum was acquired and renovated by the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in the 1980’s, and later became the home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). Severely damaged in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, the renovated theater reopened in 2015 with state of the art sound and lighting systems. The Saenger Theatre was built in 1927 in an Italian Renaissance style and was the flagship theatre for the Saenger chain that ran throughout the southern US. The Saenger was also severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina and reopened 2013 after a $53 million restoration project. It has state of the art building and technical systems including an expanded theatre stage house. The Joy Theater opened in 1947 as one of the four premier movie houses in the city and was a symbol of the economic boom in post-World War II America. It closed in 2003 due to competition from modern multiplex theaters. After renovation, which preserved its original art-deco style, the Joy reopened in 2011 as a multipurpose performing arts center. The group will leave from the Marriott Hotel lobby at 12:45, and walk five blocks along Canal St. to the theater district. In case of inclement weather, transportation will be provided. The cost is USD $20 and is limited to 30 participants. If you wish to participate in the tour, please sign up when you preregister for the meeting or use the printed registration form. 


Technical Committees will hold open meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. These are working, collegial meetings. Much of the work of the ASA is accomplished by actions that originate and are taken in these meetings including proposals for special sessions, workshops, and technical initiatives. All meeting participants are cordially invited to attend these meetings and to participate actively in the discussions. 

See the Itinerary Planner for meeting days and times for each committee.


A “Hot Topics” session will be held on Wednesday, 6 December, at 1:00 p.m. in Salon E and will cover the fields of Underwater Acoustics, Architectural Acoustics, and Noise.


The 2017 Undergraduate Research Exposition is a forum for undergraduate students to present their research pertaining to any area of acoustics and can also include overview papers on undergraduate research programs, designed to inspire and foster growth of undergraduate research throughout the Society. It is intended to encourage undergraduates to express their knowledge and interest in acoustics and foster their participation in the Society.

The Undergraduate Research Poster session will be held on Tuesday, 5 December, in Session 2aED, at 9:00 a.m. in the Studios Foyer.



All authors of New Orleans meeting papers are encouraged to submit a pdf manuscript to ASA's Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA). Things to note:

• There is no publication fee, but presentation of the paper at the meeting is mandatory.

• POMA does not have a submission deadline. Authors may submit manuscripts before or after the meeting; note, however, that review will not take place until after the meeting. 

• POMA has new Word and LaTeX manuscript templates and cover pages are now generated automatically at the time of publication.

• Published papers are being both indexed in scholarly venues and highlighted on Twitter and Facebook. 

• Visit http://asa.scitation.org/pma/authors/manuscript for additional information, including recent changes to the manuscript preparation/submission process.

EARLY CAREER PUBLISHING WORKSHOP: "A hands-on look at the roles of author, reviewer, and editor.”

The Workshop will be held on Wednesday, 6 December, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Salon F/G/H.

Publication of one's technical results is important to many people for many reasons, but it is especially important to early career academics.  This is a group that certainly will participate in the publication process as authors and reviewers of papers, but also is the pool of people from which journal editors and associate editors eventually will be selected. Thus, it is of great use to understand the publication process from as much of an "insider" perspective as possible.

In this workshop, the JASA Editor-in-Chief and a number of Associate Editors will provide such a perspective by having the participants handle a mock submission from the viewpoint of an author, an Associate Editor, and a reviewer. The mock submission, along with its supporting documentation, will be a "problematic" one, and the challenge to the participants (in each role) will be to ascertain what is wrong about the submission, what is right about it, and how to deal with it effectively and properly. Though use of the Editorial Manager peer review system will be part of the experience, the main focus will be on good judgment, and not so much on software. (A computer is not needed by participants.) When done with their "tasks", participants will engage in a group discussion to compare notes and approaches.

The Early Career Publishing Workshop is intended for early career acousticians from any subfield of acoustics, who received their last degree within the past ten years. The event is not intended for students or those in the processing of receiving a degree. Students are encouraged to attend the activities specifically designed for them throughout the week.

Participants are asked to RSVP for the event by 17 November 2017 by completing and submitting the form at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/znjIdFVJkpnOYNmC2

This workshop should be both educational and enjoyable. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact Jim Lynch (jlynch@whoi.edu), Tessa Bent (tbent@indiana.edu), or Martin Lawless (msl224@psu.edu).




A tutorial on “Infrasound Phenomenology, Propagation and Detection” will be presented by Roger M. Waxler of the National Center for Physical Acoustics, University of Mississippi, on Monday, 4 December at 7:00 p.m. in Salon D.


Infrasound is generally understood to refer to acoustic disturbances in the atmosphere in frequency bands below the threshold of human hearing, but above the frequencies at which internal gravity waves propagate. The infrasonic band is nominally taken to be 0.05 Hz up to about 20 Hz. Infrasonic signals tend to be generated by large, violent events and propagate efficiently in sound ducts formed by wind jets and temperature gradients in the middle and upper atmosphere. Infrasonic signals can be detected at very large distances from the source, sometimes even globally. This tutorial will present an overview of the generation of infrasound by both natural and anthropomorphic sources and of the subsequent propagation and detection of infrasonic signals. Two particular sources will be discussed in detail: the signal generated by a large explosion and the so-called microbarom signal generated by colliding ocean waves. Signal propagation through the atmosphere will then be discussed. Available open source infrasound propagation packages and their use will be introduced, the significant atmospheric sound ducts will be identified, and the difficulties inherent in modeling propagation through a dynamic atmosphere will be emphasized. The current state and availability of atmospheric specification will be touched upon. Finally, the use of array processing for the extraction of infrasonic signals from the pressure fluctuations inherent to a turbulent atmosphere will be discussed.


Lecture notes will be available at the meeting in limited supply.  Those who register by 6 November 2017 are guaranteed receipt of a set of notes.


To partially defray the cost of the lecture, a registration fee is charged.  The fee is USD $15 for registration received by 6 November 2017 and USD $25 thereafter including on-site registration at the meeting.  The fee for students with current ID cards is USD $7 for registration received by 6 November 2017 and USD $12 thereafter, including on-site registration at the meeting.  Register for the Tutorial Lecture when you preregister online or use the registration form.



Ultrasound contrast agents (UCA) have expanded the effectiveness and utility of ultrasound in medicine.  These agents predominantly consist of gas bodies coated with a biocompatible shell that stabilizes the core from dissolution and serves as a platform for linking biomolecules that facilitate agent binding to specific cells. Originally intended for improving contrast in diagnostic ultrasound images, these nonlinear oscillators have enabled a broad spectrum of exciting therapeutic applications, such as drug delivery to the brain and enhancing the potency of cancer radiotherapy.  This course will cover the various formulations of UCA, experimental and theoretical approaches for studying their response to acoustic excitation, and the variety of biomedical applications that benefited from their development.


The objective of this course is to provide scholars with a solid foundation for formulating, characterizing, and utilizing their own UCA.  First, we will review the various chemistries and strategies employed for producing UCA.  This will be followed by a discussion on the theoretical and experimental methods used to characterize the nonlinear dynamics of UCA.  Last, we will review the array of applications that have leveraged the nonlinear dynamics of UCA, ranging from harmonic (nonlinear) imaging to transient disruption of the blood-brain barrier.


Tyrone Porter is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University. Dr. Porter earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University in Texas and completed his doctoral studies in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington.  He was awarded the Frederick V. Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship and the R. Bruce Lindsay award from the Acoustical Society of America in 2003 and 2008, respectively. In 2017, Dr. Porter was elected a Fellow of the ASA.  Dr. Porter founded the Nanomedicine and Medical Acoustics Laboratory (NanoMedAL) at BU with the goal of integrating chemistry, biology, and physics to engineer novel stimuli-responsive particles for medical applications. Since establishing the lab, his group has produced monodisperse phospholipid-based ultrasound contrast agents using microfluidic platforms and characterized their nonlinear response to acoustic excitation.  More recently, the group has begun to leverage the nonlinear response of UCA for ultrasound-mediated drug delivery to the brain. 


Sunday, 3 December 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 4 December 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 


The full registration fee is USD $300 (USD $125 for students) and covers attendance, instructional materials and coffee breaks.  The number of attendees will be limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.  Only those who have registered by 6 November 2017 will be guaranteed receipt of instruction materials.  There will be a USD $50 discount off the full registration fee (discount does not apply to student fee) for registration made prior to 6 November 2017.  Full refunds will be made for cancellations prior to 6 November 2017.  Any cancellations after 6 November 2017 will be charged a USD $25 processing fee.  Register for the Short Course when you preregister online or use the registration form. If you miss the preregistration deadline and are interested in attending the course, please send an email to asa@acousticalsociety.org.



A New Students Orientation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, 4 December in Salon F-H, for all students to learn about the activities and opportunities available for students at the New Orleans meeting. This will be followed by the Student Meet and Greet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Riverview 1 where refreshments and a cash bar will be available. 


The Students’ Reception will be held on Wednesday, 6 December, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Riverview 1. This reception, sponsored by the Acoustical Society of America and supported by the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, will provide an opportunity for students to meet informally with fellow students and other members of the Acoustical Societies of America and Japan. All students are encouraged to attend, especially students who are first time attendees or those from smaller universities.


A student in the SMMfL program meets one-on-one with an ASA member over lunch during the ASA meeting. The purpose is to encourage students, as they embark on their acoustical careers, to network with more senior members. Each lunch pairing is arranged to ensure a good match between the student's and member's acoustical interests. Each participant pays for his/her own meal. Students who wish to participate should check the SMMfL check box in the on-line pre-registration form. They will be contacted later for additional information to assist with the matching process. The Students Meet Members for Lunch program is sponsored by the Committee on Education in Acoustics.



Students are also encouraged to visit the official ASA Student Home Page at http://asastudentcouncil.org/.                       



The ASA Plenary session will be held Wednesday afternoon, 6 December in the Bissonet Room, where Society awards will be presented and recognition of newly-elected Fellows will be announced.


Two socials with complimentary buffets and cash bars will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, 5 and 7 December in the Carondelet Room at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel.

The ASA hosts these social hours to provide a relaxing setting for meeting attendees to meet and mingle with their friends and colleagues as well as an opportunity for new members and first-time attendees to meet and introduce themselves to others in the field. A second goal of the socials is to provide a sufficient meal so that meeting attendees can attend the open meetings of the Technical Committees that begin immediately after the socials.


The Women in Acoustics Luncheon is sold out.

The Women in Acoustics luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 6 December in Riverview 1. The fee is USD $25 (students USD $15) for pre-registration by 6 November 2017 and USD $30 (students USD $15) at the meeting. If you wish to attend this luncheon, purchase a ticket when you preregister online or use the registration form. 


A Society Luncheon and Lecture sponsored by the College of Fellows will be held Thursday, 7 December, at 12:00 noon in Riverview 1. This luncheon is open to all attendees and their guests. Our speaker will be Gabriela González, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University. Dr. González is a founding member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration and serves as the spokesperson for the group. The title of her talk is “Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves.” In 2015, one hundred years after Einstein’s unveiling of general relativity, the LIGO detectors picked up a faint chirp signal, the result of the merging of two black holes over one billion years ago. This marked the first direct detection of the ripples of space-time predicted by Einstein’s theory. Dr. Gonzalez’s research deals with the characterization of noise in the supremely sensitive LIGO system. She is a fellow of three professional societies, and the recipient of numerous awards in Physics and Astronomy. Register online at AcousticalSociety.org or use the form on page 19. Tickets cost USD $30.00 each. If you wish to attend this luncheon, purchase a ticket when you preregister online or use the registration form.


The College of Fellows will host the ASA Jam Session on Wednesday, 6 December, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St., New Orleans) which is a 10-minute walk from the Marriott.


The Hunt Fellowship has been an outstanding feature of the Acoustical Society Foundation for 40 years.  Recipients of the Fellowship have made major contributions to acoustical science and service to the Society.  An event to commemorate and celebrate this anniversary is being planned for the New Orleans ASA meeting in the fall of 2017.  In conjunction with this celebration, the Foundation, with support of the Executive Council, is initiating a fund raising campaign to support Early Career Awards for development of talent within the Society.  Details of the Hunt Recognition event and fund raising campaign are underway and further information will follow. 



A student transportation subsidies fund has been established to provide limited funds to students to partially defray transportation expenses to meetings. No reimbursement is intended for the cost of food or housing. The amount granted each student depends on the number of requests received. To apply for a subsidy, submit a proposal by e-mail to be received by 6 November 2017 to: Jolene Ehl, jehl@acousticalsociety.org. The proposal should include your status as a student; whether you have submitted an abstract; whether you are a member of ASA; method of travel, and estimated cost of transportation.


The Committee on Women in Acoustics (WIA) is sponsoring a Young Investigator Travel Grant to help with travel costs associated with presenting a paper at the New Orleans meeting. Young professionals who have completed their doctorate in the past five years are eligible to apply if they plan to present a paper at the New Orleans meeting, are not currently students, and have not previously received the award. Each award will be of the order of $500 with four awards anticipated. Awards will be presented by check at the WIA luncheon at the meeting. Both men and women may apply. Applicants should submit a request for support, a copy of the abstract for their presentation at the meeting, and a current resume/vita which includes information on their involvement in the field of acoustics and in the ASA. Submit materials by e-mail to Elin Roverud <emroverud@gmail.com>. Deadline for receipt of applications is 2 October. 


The Committee on Women in Acoustics (WIA) is sponsoring a Dependent Care Subsidy to help with dependent care costs associated with attending the New Orleans meeting. Meeting attendees are eligible to apply if they plan to present a paper at the New Orleans meeting or hold a leadership position in ASA. Each subsidy will be of the order of $500 with four awards anticipated. Both men and women may apply. Applicants should submit a paragraph describing how the funds would assist their dependent care expenses, a copy of the abstract for their presentation at the meeting and/or a paragraph describing their leadership position in ASA. Submit materials by e-mail to Simone Graetzer <s.graetzer@liverpool.ac.uk>. Deadline for receipt of applications is 2 October.


Early career travel subsidies are available to help with travel costs associated with attending the meeting. Early career meeting attendees are eligible to apply if they are members of the Acoustical Society of America, are within 10 years of receiving their last degree, and are not currently students.  Priority will be given to applicants who will be presenting a paper at the meeting, chairing a session at the meeting, and/or hold a leadership position in the ASA.  Each subsidy will be on the order of USD $500. Applicants should complete the online application at the address below:


 Deadline for receipt of applications is October 2, 2017.




The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, (Airport Code MSY) is served by 15 international and domestic airlines. For further information visit www.flymsy.com. The airport is approximately 16 miles from the New Orleans Marriott, at the boundary of the French Quarter and the Central Business District.           


Taxi: Taxicab booths are located on the first level of the Terminal outside of Baggage Claim Belts 1 and 14. Passengers must wait in line at one of these booths for taxi service. Taxi rides cost $36.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) and French Quarter for up to two passengers. For three or more passengers, the fare will be $15.00 per passenger. Taxis are required accept credit card payments.

Airport Shuttle: Shuttle service is available from the airport to hotels and various other locations in the New Orleans for $24.00 (per person, one-way) or $44.00 (per person, round-trip). These fares include three (3) bags per person. Additional baggage may be subject to additional fees. Passengers can purchase tickets at the airport at Airport Shuttle ticket booths located on the first level throughout the Baggage Claim area. Those needing Wheelchair-Accessible Service should also call 1-866-596-2699 for assistance.

Visit www.airportshuttleneworleans.com for more information.

Car Rental:  Nine car rental agencies serve the airport. To get to the Consolidated Rental Car Facility, walk to the West Terminal Baggage Claim (Claims 12-14) and proceed outside the building.  To the right is a covered walkway leading to the customer service building.  Passengers with special needs should contact MVI Field Services at (615) 318-3108.

Driving from the airport to the Marriott, take Airport Rd to I-10 E. From I-10, take Exit 234B (Poydras St., Superdome) and continue on to Poydras St. Take Poydras 0.9 mi and turn left onto Camp St. Continue on Camp St. 0.2 mi to Canal St. At the Canal St. intersection, the hotel will be directly across to the right. Turn right onto Canal St. and make a U-turn just past the hotel to get to the parking garage.


New Orleans is at the intersection of Interstate 55 from the north and Interstate 10 from the east and west. It can be reached by car in 8 hours or less from Atlanta, GA, Jacksonville, FL, Dallas, TX, Austin, TX, and Nashville, TN.

Travelers to the Central Business District from north will eventually encounter Interstate 10.

            Westbound on I-10: take Exit 235B (Canal St., Superdome) and stay straight on Derbigny St. At the traffic light turn right onto Canal St. The Marriott is 0.9 mi down Canal St. on the left. Do a U-turn just past the hotel to get to the parking garage.         

            Eastbound on I-10: Take Exit 234B (Poydras St., Superdome) and continue on to Poydras St. Take Poydras St. 0.9 mi and turn left onto Camp St. Continue on Camp St. 0.2 mi to Canal St. At the Canal St. intersection, the hotel will be directly across to the right. Turn right onto Canal St. and make a U-turn just past the hotel to get to the parking garage.           

From the South: Follow the West Bank Expressway across the Mississippi River into downtown New Orleans and exit at Camp Street. Continue on Camp Street for 0.8 mi to Canal Street. At the Canal St. intersection, the hotel will be directly across to the right. Turn right onto Canal St. and make a U-turn just past the hotel to get to the parking garage.           

Hotel parking is $47.56/day, $19 for up to 6 hours, and $24 for 6 to 10 hours.



A block of guest rooms at discounted rates has been reserved for meeting participants at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Special ASA meeting rates are not guaranteed after Friday, 10 November 2017 5:00 p.m. CST. You must mention the Acoustical Society of America when making your reservations to obtain the special ASA meeting rates.

New Orleans Marriott

555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-2349

Please make your reservation directly with the New Orleans Marriott. Online reservations are recommended.



●    All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night’s room deposit or guarantee with a major credit card.

●    Check in time: 4:00 p.m./Check out time: 11:00 a.m.

●    Early Departure Fee (charged when guest checks out prior to the reserved check out date): USD $191.00. To avoid this charge inform the hotel before or at check-in if you plan to change your check-out date.

●    Deposit refunds:  Room deposits are refundable up to 72 hours in advance of event date.

●    Reservations in ASA group:  Complimentary internet access in sleeping rooms.



Online Reservations 

Reservations can be made directly online at the website listed below, which has been set up specifically for the meeting where the meeting rates and all applicable information is incorporated.


Telephone Reservations

Online reservations are recommended. If you must make reservations by phone, it is strongly recommended that callers dial the hotel directly rather than the toll-free reservations number. When making reservations by phone you must mention the Acoustical Society of America or group code Acoustical Society to obtain the special ASA room rates:

+800-654-3990 (international operator)


Single: USD $181 / Double: USD $201

Taxes and Fees:

14% + $3 occupancy tax

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau assessment: 1.75% per room, per night

Rates will be offered, based on availability, 3 days before and 3 days after the meeting dates


Reservation cut-off date: 10 November 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST




ASA will compile a list of those who wish to share a hotel room and its cost. To be listed, send your name, telephone number, e-mail address, gender, smoker or nonsmoker preference, not later than 6 November 2017 to the Acoustical Society of America, by e-mail, asa@acousticalsociety.org. The responsibility for completing any arrangements for room sharing rests solely with the participating individuals. 


Meetings of Administrative, Technical and Standards Committees, including Working Groups, will be announced in the meeting program if requests are received not later than 10 July 2017. Requests for meeting space, special luncheons, etc., should be made as early as possible to: Jolene Ehl, asa@acousticalsociety.org. Reservations will not be taken by phone. Requesters should note that space is limited, and that late requests can be filled only on a space-available basis.


Meeting attendees who have special accessibility requirements, should indicate their needs by informing ASA at asa@acousticalsociety.org not less than 30 days in advance of the meeting. Please provide a cell phone number, e-mail address, and detailed information so that we may contact you directly.


Spouses and other visitors are welcome at the ASA’s 174th meeting in New Orleans. The registration fee for accompanying persons is $150 for preregistration by 6 November 2017 and USD $175 thereafter (including on-site). The hospitality room reserved for accompanying persons at the New Orleans Marriott, the conference hotel, is St. Charles Room on the 41st floor. Lectures on elements of touristic interest, food, history, music, and culture of the city of are planned for the ASA members, spouses, and other visitors accompanying them.


All special presentations are scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday to Thursday, in St. Charles Room (41st floor). The program opens on Monday with Andrew Morgan’s “Welcome to the Big Easy!”. Andrew is a board member of New Orleans Concierge Association and a Licensed Tour Guide. He holds a wealth of information on the touristic attractions of the city, which will help you plan your week.


On Tuesday, Connie Zeanah Atkinson will speak about the cultural and social contrasts of life in the city of New Orleans during the special year of 1803 in “Battle of the Ballrooms: New Orleans at the Time of the Louisiana Purchase”. Connie is a professor in the History Department at the University of New Orleans. A quote from a New Orleans visitor, in 1803, “They dance in the city, they dance in the country […] everywhere it is carried out to excess” gives a flavor of this engaging collection of authentic stories.


On Wednesday, Poppy Tooker, a native of New Orleans, author and radio/TV host, will explore the delightful culinary culture of New Orleans with the audience in “Food Culture of New Orleans - Past and Present”. Poppy’s NPR affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats!, provides excellent education and preservation of New Orleans’ culinary culture. Poppy’s latest book, “Tujague’s Restaurant Cookbook - Recipes and Lore in the Grand Creole Tradition”, along with other titles, will be available for purchase after her talk.


On Thursday, Bridget Bordelon will guide the audience through less-known facts of the enigmatic city of New Orleans with her presentation “Off the Beaten Path - Cultural Gems and Tourist Attractions”. Bridget is a professor in the Hospitality Management Department at the University of New Orleans.


Founded in 1718, New Orleans is a truly unique city. Settled by the French on land inhabited by the Chitimacha, who have inhabited the Atchafalaya Basin for the longest time, soon to be ruled by the Spanish and later becoming part of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the city of New Orleans caries the history of many intertwining cultures that shaped its distinctiveness. The city has exceptional food, extraordinary culture, and amazing rhythms, all a potpourri of influences mixed into one “pot of gumbo” with unique flavors.

For the tourist, New Orleans has recovered mightily from 2005’s hurricane Katrina. The devastation of the floods produced by the city’s collapsed levees due to high wind-driven waters is well known throughout the world. While museums and memorials can inform and remind tourists of the traumatic events, the city is considered recovered. Vibrant new neighborhoods are growing, young families are moving in, and the city’s population is almost back to pre-Katrina numbers, after falling to less than half after the hurricane. The uptown and downtown areas, the scenic St. Charles Avenue, the parks, universities and the French Quarter, all continue to evolve into the new era. The city is famously linked to Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday). In SE Louisiana, the one-day event has metamorphosed into an entire season. For many, it is a way of life guided by the motto "Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler" (or “Let the Good Times Roll”). You'll enjoy hearing about Mardi Gras traditions and how they influenced the character of New Orleans during the meeting. Jeanne Richardson, a member of a Mardi Gras Krewe, will have videos and artifacts to share with the group throughout the week. The Thursday night social will also have a Mardi Gras theme, including a New Orleans-style jazz quintet, beads, and costumed greeters.


For the more adventurous and energetic traveler, the region of SE Louisiana is a charming place to visit by itself. The flora and fauna of the swamps and bayous are unique ecosystems in the USA. While swamp tours in the proximity of New Orleans are offered all year long, alligators sightings are not very abundant in December, as they brumate (become lethargic) during colder weather. If you do schedule a tour, you will have a better chance to see wildlife during the warmer afternoons. Tours of plantations around New Orleans are also popular.

Please check the ASA website for updates about the accompanying persons program.



New Orleans has a subtropical climate with pleasant year-round temperatures. Average high and low temperatures in December are 64 F (18 C) and 50 F (9C), respectively. Rainfall is common in New Orleans and occurs on an average of ten days in December. Carrying a small foldable umbrella may be useful for occasional showers.



Preregistration is now closed. Please register at the meeting.

The registration desk at the meeting will open on Monday morning, 4 December. Register online or use the printed registration form. If your registration is not received at the ASA headquarters by 6 November 2017 you must register on-site.

Registration fees are USD as follows:

Category Preregistration by 6 November Onsite Registration
  ASA Members $525 $625
  ASA/ Members One-Day Attendance* $265 $365
  Nonmembers $650 $750
  Nonmembers One-Day Attendance* $325 $425
  Nonmember Invited Speakers One-Day Attendance* $ 0 $100
  Nonmember Invited Speakers-Full Week (Includes one-year ASA membership upon completion of an application) $150 $215
  ASA Early Career Associate or Full Members (ASA members within 3 years of their most Recent degrees—proof of date of degree required) $265 $365
  ASA Student Members (with current Student ID) $50 $150
  Nonmember Students (with current Student ID) $150 $250
  ASA Emeritus Members (Emeritus status pre-approved by ASA) $150 $175
  Accompanying Persons (Registrants who will not participate in the technical sessions) $150 $175


Nonmembers who register for the full meeting week and simultaneously apply for Associate Membership in the Acoustical Society of America will be given a USD $50 discount off their dues payment for the first year (2018) of membership. Invited speakers who are members of the Acoustical Society of America are expected to pay the registration fee, but nonmember invited speakers may preregister for one-day only without charge  and USD $100 onsite registration.  A nonmember invited speaker who pays the full-week registration fee, will be given one free year of membership upon completion of an ASA application form. 

Note: A USD $25 fee will be charged for cancellations after 6 November 2017.


Online registration is available at http://AcousticalSociety.org.

*One-day registration is for participants who will attend the meeting for only one day. If you will be at the meeting for more than one day either presenting a paper and/or attending sessions, you must register and pay the full registration fee.