2014-2015 Technical Committee Reports

Technical Committees represent thirteen different areas of acoustics in the Society. Appointments to the Technical Committees take place in January. Members who are interested in being appointed to a technical comittee should send a message to asa@aip.org.

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

This annual report reviews activities of the Technical Committee on Acoustical Oceanography (TCAO) from the 168th and 169th meetings of Acoustical Society of America (ASA) held in Indianapolis, IN in fall 2014 and Pittsburgh, PA in spring 2015, respectively.

Two well-attended special sessions were organized by the TCOA at the Indianapolis meeting: 1) “Education in Acoustical Oceanography and Underwater Acoustics,” joint with UW, and co-chaired by Andone Lavery (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Art Baggeroer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Preston Wilson (The University of Texas at Austin), and 2) “Parameter Estimation in Environments that Include Out-of-Plane Propagation Effects,” joint with UW and SP, co-chaired by Megan S. Ballard (Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin), and Tim Duda (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution). In addition, there were 3 special sessions that AO co-sponsored: 1) “Mobile Autonomous Platforms for Bioacoustic Sensing,” co-sponsored with AB and SP and organized by Holger Klinck (Oregon State University) and David Mellinger (Oregon State University), 2) “Standardization of Measurement, Modeling, and Terminology of Underwater Sound,” co-sponsored with UW, AB, and ASA Committee on Standards and co-organized by Susan Blaeser (ASA Standards), Michael Ainslie (TNO, The Netherlands), and George Frisk (Florida Atlantic University), and 3) “Use of Passive Acoustics for Estimation of Animal Population,” co-sponsored with AB and organized by Tina Yack (Bio-Waves Inc.) and Danielle Harris (University of St. Andrews).

The highlight of the Pittsburgh meeting was the 2015 Acoustical Oceanography Prize Lecture, presented by Karim Sabra from the Georgia Institute of Technology, entitled “Monitoring deep ocean temperatures using low-frequency ambient noise”. This prize recognizes the accomplishments of young and mid-career scientists involved in research that addresses the effective use of sound in the discovery and understanding of physical and biological parameters and processes in the sea. Also at the Pittsburgh meeting, AO sponsored a special session on “Acoustics of Fine Grained Sediments: Theory and Measurement”, joint with UW, organized by David Knobles (Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin), Mohsen Badiey (University of Delaware), and Charles Holland (Applied Research Laboratory, Penn State University). This session was well-attended and generally considered to be a success.

This report is my second as Chair of the AO Technical Committee. I want to close by thanking the volunteers who made the activities of the AO Technical Committee possible this year. I look forward to continuing to work with the AO Technical Committee and the ASA community more broadly for the remaining year of my term.

Andone Lavery
Chair, 2014-2016

Acoustical Oceanography Website

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 2014 through June 2015.

            The TCAB welcomes Christine Erbe, who begins her term as the new TC Chair in Animal Bioacoustics.

            The 168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America was held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel, October 27-31, 2014. Animal Bioacoustics sponsored or co-sponsored the following 7 special sessions at the Indianapolis ASA Meeting:  Topics in Animal Bioacoustics I, James Simmons, Chair, with 12 contributed papers, Array Localization of Vocalizing Animals (joint with Signal Processing), Michelle Fournet and David Mellinger, Co-Chairs, with 6 invited papers and 6 contributed papers, Mobile Autonomous Platforms for Bioacoustic Sensing (joint with Acoustical Oceanography and Signal Processing), Holger Klinck and David Mellinger, Co-Chairs, with 7 invited papers and 3 contributed papers, Topics in Animal Bioacoustics II, Cynthia Moss, Chair, with 13 contributed papers Predator-Prey Relationships, Simone Baumann-Pickering and Ana Sirovic, Co-Chairs, with 7 invited papers and 3 contributed papers, The use of Passive Acoustics for Estimation of Animal Population Density I and II (joint with Acoustical Oceanography), Tina Yack and Danielle Harris, Co-Chairs, with 9 invited papers and 15 contributed papers.

TCAB thanks Rod Suthers of Indiana University for serving as its representative to the Technical Program Organizing Meeting for the Indianapolis Meeting.

On October 29, 2014, several AB members participated in a RedditAsk me Anything, in which anonymous users asked questions about bioacoustics. This was an experiment of sorts for ASA and was a great success. We hope to continue this at future conferences and across TCs, and think this is a great way to promote the society and the science of acoustics.

Congratulations to the Animal Bioacoustics Best Student Paper Award winners at the Indianapolis Meeting: 

1st prize:  Michaela Warnecke, for her talk: "Foraging among acoustic clutter and competition:  Vocal behavior of paired big brown bats."

2nd prize, Brendan Rideout, for his talk: "Obtaining underwater acoustic impulse responses via blind channel estimation."

The 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America was held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel, May 18-22, 2015. Animal Bioacoustics sponsored or co-sponsored the following 7 special sessions at the Pittsburgh Meeting:  Bioacoustics and Behavior, Sam Denes, Chair, with 6 contributed papers;  Kinematic Hearing:  Perception of Moving Sounds by Moving Listeners (Joint with Psychological and Physiological Acoustics), W.O. Brimijoin, Michael Akeryod and Cynthia Moss, Co-Chairs, with 11 invited papers; Physiology of Animal Hearing, Edward Walsh, Chair, with 4 contributed papers;  Advances in Processing Bioacoustic Data, Kristin B. Hodge, Chair, with 7 contributed papers; Auditory Scene Analysis in Natural Environments (Joint with Psychological and Physiological Acoustics), Annemarie Surlykke and Susan Denham, Co-Chairs, with 6 invited papers and 5 contributed papers; Biosonar, Adrienne Copeland, Chair, with 5 contributed papers; Audio Playback in Animal Bioacoustics, Benjamin Taft, Chair, with 3 invited papers and 2 contributed papers.

Congratulations to the Animal Bioacoustics Best Student Paper Award winners at the Pittsburgh Meeting:

1st prize:  Erica Staaterman for her talk, "Underwater auditory scenes near coral reefs."

2nd prize, Alexander Sweger for his talk, “The potential for acoustic communication in the ‘purring’ wolf spider, Gladicosa gulosa.”

TCAB thanks Ben Taft for serving as its representative to the Technical Program Organizing Meeting for the Pittsburgh Meeting.

Animal Bioacoustics (AB) topics were well represented in the journal publications of the Society. There were 68 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, Micheal L. Dent, Richard R. Fay, Christopher Feuillade, James J. Finneran, Arthur N. Popper, and Andrea Simmons, and Charles E. Taylor for JASA; Cynthia F. Moss for JASA Express Letters; Micheal L. Dent for Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics.

TCAB was represented during the period covered by this report 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; Darlene Ketten on the Medals and Awards Committee; Aaron Thode on the Membership Committee; Michaela Warnecke on the Student Council; and Marla Holt on the ASA Committee on Standards.

Six papers were featured in the press releases of the ASA for the Indianapolis and Pittsburgh Meetings, and 8 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://acoustics.org/world-wide-press-room/.

The link to the Animal Bioacoustics webpage is http://tcabasa.org/

Thanks to Dan Farrell for the design and maintenance of the ABTC site, where visitors can find information about animal bioacoustics topics, including topics covered by AB, new books, conferences, and useful links. The ABTC website is now hosted by the ASA.

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. Dorian Houser of the National Marine Mammal Foundation serves as Chair and Kurt Fristrip of the National Park Service, 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 aquaria; 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.

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 co-sponsorship of symposia and other meetings. ASA is co-sponsoring an upcoming bat echolocation satellite symposium, which will take place before the International Congress in Neuroethology in Sapporo, Japan in July 2015. Four ASA member graduate students and postdocs are receiving travel support to attend this international satellite symposium.

Cynthia F. Moss
Chair, 2012-2015

Animal Bioacoustics Website

List of Committee Members



Architectural Acoustics

Once again the Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics (TCAA) continues its focus on:

1. A rich diversity of relevant ASA Conference Events

2. Outreach and Advocacy in the discipline in between conventions

3. A steady Focus on Future Growth

In a manner to promote continuity and organizational vitality.

TCAA Organizational Abstract:

The state of the TCAA is very healthy due to the long history of visionary professionals that have lead passionately over the years.

A key to the health of TCAA is the professional diversity in applications ranging from Academic, Consultants, Manufactures, Architects, and more. This diversity provides stability in economically adverse cycles, a rich pool of talent and serving capacity, as well as “full loop” interest from concept and research to application and solution.

Another key to the health and vitality of TCAA is leadership development. The TC develops leadership, experience and continuity by promoting team over point person approach in a variety of important roles. As example the TCAA Chair appoints a secretary to a) assist in the chair’s functions and b) learn the process, procedures and duties of the chair developing an excellent candidate as future chair. We intend to implement a similar continuity model across the Medals and Awards, Membership, and other Committees and Subcommittees.

ASA Conference Events

The productivity of ASA members focused on Architectural Acoustics (AA) continues to be reflected in the numerous special sessions, organized by specialists passionate about a topic, and populated by authors generous to advance it.

Spring 2014 Providence:

The Spring 2014 meeting in Providence: We welcomed 122 attendees in our Technical Committee meeting and sponsored 96 papers across 13 special sessions, distinguish lectures, Student Design competition, tours and demonstrations. Thank you Tim Foulkes for serving as our Technical Program Organizing Meeting representative.

Fall 2014 Indianapolis:

The Fall 2014 conference in Indianapolis; TCAA sponsored 86 papers and posters across 9 special sessions. A Special thanks to Patricia Davies and Kenneth DeJong serving as Cochairs, Robert Port serving as Technical Program Chair. Damian Doria and David T Bradley as our Technical Program Organizing Meeting representatives. The TCAA welcomed 82 attendees in our Technical Committee meeting.

Spring 2015 Pittsburgh:

The Spring 2015 meeting in Pittsburgh; We welcomed 93 attendees in our Technical Committee meeting including a healthy student participation of 22. TCAA sponsored 90 papers across 12 special sessions.

Thank you Robert Keolian and Matthew Poese for serving as General Co-Chairs, Jennifer Miksis-Olds for serving as Technical Program Chair, and Damian Doria and David T Bradley as our Technical Program Organizing Meeting representatives.

Outreach and Advocacy efforts took many forms this year:

American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System

The Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics (TCAA) continues to be 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. The development of a second course focusing on acoustics in healthcare spaces was proposed and accepted at the Providence meeting. In order to qualify as an authorized presenter for each AIA/CES short course, presenters must be in attendance at a special workshop, organized and offered periodically at ASA conventions – With the next at the upcoming meeting in Jacksonville, FL, – and membership in TCAA are required. A second CEU Course has been discussed.

In the fall 2014 issue of Acoustics Today the TCAA was the highlighted Technical Committee. The article gave a simplified explanation of Architectural Acoustics and its importance and focused on keys contributing to the success of TCAA.

Publications from and related to Architectural Acoustics

Work continues on a title capturing the state of the architectural acoustics art for worship spaces, led by Erica Ryherd, David Bradley, and Lauren Ronsse. This follows a proven concept as demonstrated most recently in the drama theater book published in 2010. The new book will be based in part on the previously held ASA poster sessions on the topic.

A fourth Classroom Acoustics booklet, “Classroom Acoustics for Architects” is final and ready for publication. This serves as a companion for ANSI S12.60, with architects as the target audience. An additional booklet aimed at school administrators is in the draft stage of production.

Joint with TC Noise, WG 44 has submitted a Standard for Speech Privacy in Healthcare. Comments are being addressed at the time of this report.


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

Students, diversity in application participation, and industry relevance.

Student paper awards

TCAA Student Paper Award competitions continue to run at each biannual ASA conference. We congratulate the following students

Results from Providence:

1st Place: Jennifer K. Whiting, Brigham Young Univ. - On the use of a real-time convolution system to study perception of and response to self-generated speech and music in variable acoustical environments

2nd Place: Matthew Neal, Pennsylvania State Univ. - Use of k-means clustering analysis to select representative head related transfer functions for use in subjective studies

Results from Indianapolis:

1st Place: Martin Lawless - Measuring the impact of room acoustics on emotional responses to music using functional neuroimaging: A pilot study

2nd Place: Matthew Neal - The construction and implementation of a multichannel loudspeaker array for accurate spatial reproduction of sound fields

Continues to be a very active program. Thanks to everyone who helps out with this program, including judges and session chairs.

Lastly, I wish to highlight and thank the key leadership of the relevant committees related to architectural acoustics.

•  Archives and History (Vic Sparrow)
•  Education (David T. Bradley)
•  Medals and Awards (Bennett Brooks)
•  Membership (Ron Freiheit)
•  Standards (Ange Campanella)
•  Student Council (Ellen Peng)
•  Public Policy (Ken Roy, Nancy Timmerman, David Lubman)
•  College of Fellows (Tony Hoover)
•  Tutorials (Michelle Vigeant)

Also thanks to Sean Browne who has transformed our website, the Associate Editors in Architectural Acoustics are Lily Wang, Frank Sgard, Jason Summers, Michael Vorlānder and Ning Xiang for JASA, and JASA Express Letters with Lauren Ronsse is our POMA editor. And a special thanks to Erica Ryherd who serves on Women in Acoustics and as the Secretary of our technical committee.

Last a thank you to all the folks who lead and serve on our numerous subcommittees and session organizers. It is a privilege to serve such an amazing group of people.

Kenneth W. Good Jr.
TCAA Chair, 2014-2016

Architectural Acoustics Website

List of Committee Members


Biomedical Acoustics

The 168th ASA meeting was held in Indianapolis. The special sessions were “Quantitative Ultrasound Techniques” organized by Michael Oelze, “Cavitation Induction and Detection Techniques” organized by Kevin Haworth and Oliver Kripfans, “History of HIFU” organized by Lawrence Crum and Naren Sangvi, and “Mechanical Tissue Fragmentation by ultrasound: methods, tissue effects, and clinical applications” organized by Vera Khokhlova and Brian Fowlkes. The TPOM representatives for the meeting were Jim McAteer and Bob McGough.

We had an eventful BATC meeting on Thursday night, with 33 attendees. At this meeting, we discussed possible changes to the student poster competition. We also previewed the “ASA Leadership for the Future” and discussed ways BATC could take advantage of new funding available for new initiatives. Camilo Perez was introduced as the new Student Council chair.

The 169th ASA meeting was held in Pittsburgh. The special sessions were “Acoustic Radiation Force in Biomedical Applications” organized by: Matthew W. Urban, Mostafa Fatemi, “Ultrasonic Characterization of Bone” organized by: Keith A. Wear, “Ultrasound Contrast Agents: Molecular Imaging Applications” organized by: Tyrone M. Porter and Jonathan A. Kopechek, and “Ultrasound Contrast Agents: Nonlinear Bubble Dynamics” organized by: Tyrone M. Porter and Jonathan A. Kopechek The TPOM representative for the meeting was Siddhartha Sikdar.  

The BATC meeting on Thursday evening was also eventful, with 36 attendees. The format of the next student poster competition was decided. We discussed the upcoming meeting in Honolulu, which will be joint with the Acoustical Society of Japan. We also discussed a pilot program along with Physical Acoustics to have a live webcast of some of the special sessions in the next meeting in Jacksonville. Finally, the BATC gave unanimous approval to a $30,000 initiative by Josh Gladden to support the Physical Acoustics Summer School.

We had another outstanding student poster competition in Pittsburgh. This poster competition was organized and coordinated by Kevin Haworth. First place went to Jonathan Langdon for his poster “Compensating for Scholte waves in single track location shear wave elasticity imaging”. Second place went to Erasmia Lyka on her poster “A sum-of-harmonics time-domain method to distinguish harmonic and broadband signals during passive acoustic mapping of ultrasound therapies”. Third place went to Lauren Mancia for her poster “Stress and strain fields produced by violent bubble collapse”. The poster judges in Pittsburgh were Omer Inan, DongGuk Paeng, Bob McGough, Matt Urban, YiXian Qin, Diane Dalecki, Charles Thompson, Klazina Kooiman, Martin Verweij, Nathan McDannold, Tyrone Porter, and Siddhartha Sikdar.

The efforts of everyone who contributed to the Biomedical Acoustics Technical Committee this past year are gratefully acknowledged. This includes, but is not limited to, incoming and outgoing BATC representatives on committees (Medals and Awards, Membership, and ASACOS) for the Acoustical Society, Associate Editors, special session organizers, session chairs, the student council representative, poster session judges, and the poster session organizer. The Associate Editors of JASA and JASA-EL for BA related areas are  C.C. Church, G. Haïat, D.L. Miller, T.J. Royston, K.A. Wear, Suk Wang Yoon. Timothy G. Leighton is the BA editor for POMA. I would also like to thank everyone else who contributed to or participated in Biomedical Acoustics activities during the past year. See you in Jacksonville.

Nathan McDannold
Chair, 2014-2017

Biomedical Acoustics Website

List of Committee Members



Engineering Acoustics

The Technical Committee on Engineering Acoustics extends its thanks to the following representatives who served as committee members and associate editors:  Stephen C. Thompson, Membership Committee; Gary W. Elko, Medals and Awards Committee; Robert M. Drake, ASACOS; and Caleb F. Sieck, Student Council. JASA Associate Editors are Thomas R. Howarth, Mark Sheplak, David A. Brown, Mingsan R. Bai, and D. D. Ebenezer. The JASA Express Letters Associate Editor is Mark Sheplak and the POMA Associate Editor is Fernando Garcia-Orsuna. Roger T. Richards served as the Engineering Acoustics representative to the Technical Program Organizing Committee meetings for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 meetings.

Congratulations are extended to new Fellow Mingsian Bai and award recipients including Gerhard Sessler who was awarded the Gold Medal and Henry Cox who was awarded the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal in Signal Processing in Acoustics, Underwater Acoustics, and Engineering Acoustics at the spring 2015 meeting in Pittsburgh.

The TCEA gratefully thanks and acknowledges the organizers of special sessions and those who served as chair or cochair of sessions sponsored and cosponsored by Engineering Acoustics during the period covered by this report.

Fall 2014, Indianapolis

The Best Student Paper in Engineering Acoustics award winner was Romain Fleury, University of Texas at Austin for his paper “Non-reciprocal acoustic devices based on spacio-temporal angular-momentum modulation.”

Thomas Gabrielson of Pennsylvania State University presented the well-attended Short Course on Electroacoustic Transducers: Fundamentals and Applications.
Engineering Acoustics sponsored the following sessions:
3aEA Engineering Acoustics and Structural Acoustics and Vibration: Mechanics of Continuous Media. Andrew J. Hull and J. Gregory McDaniel, Cochairs
Engineering Acoustics: Acoustic Transduction: Theory and Practice I. Richard D. Costley, Chair
Engineering Acoustics: Acoustic Transduction: Theory and Practice II, Roger T. Richards, Chair
Engineering Acoustics cosponsored the following sessions
Noise, Physical Acoustics, Structural Acoustics and Vibration, and Engineering Acoustics: Metamaterials for Noise Control I and II. Keith Attenborough and Olga Umnova, Cochairs
Architectural Acoustics and Engineering Acoustics: Architectural Acoustics and Audio I and II. K. Anthony Hoover and Alex U. Case, Cochairs
Archives and History and Engineering Acoustics: Historical Transducers. Steven L. Garrett, Chair
Structural Acoustics and Vibration, Signal Processing in Acoustics, and Engineering Acoustics: Nearfield Acoustical Holography. Sean F. Wu, Chair

Spring 2015, Pittsburgh

The Best Student Paper Award winners were

First: Darren Torrie, Brigham Young University
4pEA5. Initial laboratory experiments to validate a phase and gradient estimator method for the calculation of acoustic intensity
Second: Hubert S Hall, Catholic University
4pEA4. An improved two-microphone transfer function method for measuring oblique absorption coefficient in the free field using numerical modeling

Engineering Acoustics sponsored the following sessions:

4aEA Engineering Acoustics and Physical Acoustics: Funding Opportunities with the National Science Foundation. Allan D. Pierce, Chair
4pEA Engineering Acoustics: General Topics in Engineering Acoustics. Roger T. Richards, Chair 

Engineering Acoustics cosponsored the following session:

2aSA Structural Acoustics and Vibration, Physical Acoustics, and Engineering
Acoustics: Acoustic Metamaterials I and II. Christina J. Naify and Michael Haberman, Cochairs
Roger Richards term as Chair of the Technical Committee on Engineering Acoustics ended at the close of the Pittsburgh meeting. Kenneth Walsh is the new chair of the committee.


Engineering Acoustics Website

List of Committee Members



Musical Acoustics

During 2014-2015 the Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics (TCMU) was chaired by Andrew Morrison. The representatives to the Society committees were: James P. Cottingham, Medals and Awards; Andrew Morrison, Committee on Standards and the Publication Policy Committee; James Beauchamp, Membership; and Chris Jasinski, Student Council. Associate editors of the society publications for the area of musical acoustics were Diana Deutsch, Thomas Moore and Joe Wolf (JASA); Diana Deutsch, D. Murray Campbell, and Thomas Moore (JASA Express Letters); and James Beauchamp and Randy Worland (POMA).

The Technical Program Organizing Committee (TPOM) representatives for the two meetings of the ASA were Andrew Morrison (Indianapolis and Pittsburgh). Those appointed or reappointed as TCMU members during the year were: Rolf Bader, Xavier Boutillon, Jonas Braasch, Murray D. Campbell, Rene E. Causse, Whitney L. Coyle, Nicholas J. Giordano, William M. Hartmann, James M. Pyne, Brad H. Story, Sten O. Ternstrom, George Tzanetakis, Christopher E. Waltham, Randy Worland, Shigeru Yoshikawa, John Price, Keith Moore, Stephen C. Thompson, Judit Angster.

At the 168th meeting of the ASA in Indianapolis, October 27-31, 2014, the TCMU sponsored three special sessions and one general session. The special sessions were: Piano Acoustics (Nick Giordano, chair),   Synchronization Models in Musical Acoustics and Psychology (Rolf Bader, chair) and Assessing the Quality of Musical Instruments (Andrew Morrison, chair). Winners of the award for best student papers were Nikki Etchenique and Daniel Wolff.

At the 169th ASA meeting in Pittsburgh, May 5-9, 2014, the TCMU sponsored two general and two special sessions. The special sessions were: Acoustics of Percussion Instruments (Chris Jasinski and Andrew Morrison, chairs) and Non-Western Musical Instruments and Performance Spaces (Jonas Braasch, chair). Corey Taylor and Mingfeng Zhang won the awards for Best Student Papers. The TCMU also sponsored a percussion concert, which was associated with and immediately followed the session on percussion instruments.

James Cottingham continues to maintain an excellent website for TCMU. It includes links to future meetings, minutes of previous TCMU meetings, annual reports, student paper award winners, and useful links to teaching websites and musical acousticians.

Andrew J. Morrison
Chair, 2014-2017

Musical Acoustics Website

List of Committee Members




During this past year, Young Presenter awardees were announced as being Yuan Peng and Romain Fleury at the Indianapolis meeting, and Pegah Aslani and Donghyun Kim at the Pittsburgh meeting.

The 168th meeting of the ASA was held in Indianapolis, IN, and had 83 noise papers in 10 noise-led sessions. The Noise sessions were "Metamaterials for Noise Control I and II (joint with PA, SA, and EA)”, co-chaired by Keith Attenborough and Olga Umnova; “New Frontiers in Hearing Protection I and II (joint with PP)”, co-chaired by William J. Murphy and Elliott H. Berger; “Launch Vehicle Acoustics I (joint with SA)”, co-chaired by Kent L. Gee and Seiji Tsutsumi; “Launch Vehicle Acoustics II (joint with SA)”, co-chaired by R. Jeremy Kenny and Tracianne B. Neilsen; “Wind Turbine Noise (joint with ASACOS)”, co-chaired by Nancy S. Timmerman, Robert D. Hellweg, Paul D. Schomer, and Kenneth Kaliski; “Sonic Boom and Numerical Methods”, co-chaired by Jonathan Rathsam and Alexandra Loubeau; “Virtual Acoustic Simulation”, co-chaired by Stephen A. Rizzi and Patricia Davies; and “Transportation Noise, Soundscapes, and Related Topics”, chaired by Alan T. Wall. There were (18) applicants for the Young Presenter Award. William J. Murphy served as TPOM representative for the meeting. TCNS members James Phillips and Bonnie Schnitta were both recognized as new Fellows of ASA at the Indianapolis meeting.

The 169th meeting of the ASA was held in Pittsburgh, PA, with 55 noise papers in 8 noise-led sessions. The sessions were:  "Noise, Soundscape, and Health (joint with PP and ASACOS)”, co-chaired by Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp and Klaus Genuit; “Active Control of Sound and Vibration (joint with SA)”, co-chaired by Scott D. Sommerfeldt and Pegah Aslani; “Applications of Psychoacoustics in Noise (joint with PP)”, co-chaired by Klaus Genuit and Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp; “Mobile Technology Solutions for Hearing Loss Prevention (joint with PP)”, co-chaired by William J. Murphy and Michael G. Heinz; “Noise with Tonal Components in the Built Environment (joint with AA and ASACOS)”, chaired by Lily M. Wang; “Environmental Noise and Noise Control Elements”, chaired by Peter Newman; “Wind Turbine Noise I and II (joint with ASACOS, PP, PA, and SA)”, co-chaired by Paul D. Schomer, Nancy S. Timmerman, Kenneth Kaliski, and Robert D. Hellweg; and “Louis C. Sutherland’s Lifetime Contributions to the Fields of Noise, Standardization, and Classroom Acoustics (joint with ASACOS)”, co-chaired by Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp and David Lubman. There were (2) applicants for the Young Presenter Award. Victor W. Sparrow served as TPOM representative for the meeting. TCNS member Kirill V. Horoshenkov was recognized as a new Fellow of ASA, and TCNS member Lily M. Wang was presented with the 2015 Student Council Mentoring Award at the Pittsburgh meeting.

Thanks to following people who have represented TCNS within the ASA during this time:  Ken Cunefare on the Medals and Awards Committee; Alex Case on the Membership Committee; Matthew Blevins as the Noise representative on the Student Council, Rich Peppin on ASACOS (Committee on Standards), and Paul Schomer, Standards Chair. For the Young Presenter Award, Norm Philipp coordinated the Indianapolis meeting, while Ken Kaliski handled the Pittsburgh meeting. The Associate Editors for Noise in JASA are Giovanni Brambilla, Ben S. Cazzolato, Sanford Fidell, Kirill V. Horoshenkov, Raymond M. Kirby, and Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp, Scott D. Sommerfeldt for JASA Express Letters, and Alan Wall and Alexandra Loubeau for POMA.

Scott Sommerfeldt ended his term as chair of TCNS at the Pittsburgh meeting, and William Murphy will serve as the new chair of TCNS until 2018.

Scott D. Sommerfeldt
Chair, 2012-2015

Noise Website

List of Committee Members



Physical Acoustics

168th Meeting of the ASA in Indianapolis, IN

The Physical Acoustics Technical Committee website was ported over to the new WordPress based management system with a new URL:  http://tcpaasa.org/.

Special sessions for this meeting included: Jet Noise I and II (Richard McKinley, Kent Gee, and Alan Wall); Demonstrations in Acoustics (Uwe Hansen and Murray Korman); Acoustics of Pile Driving: Models, Measurements, and Mitigation (Kevin Lee and Mark Wochner); Borehole Acoustic Logging and Micro-Seismics for Hydrocarbon Reservoir Characterization (Said Assous and David Eccles)

The Physical Acoustics Summer School (PASS) for 2014 was held in early June 2014 at a remote mountain lodge in Heber City, UT. 32 students attended from institutions in 4 countries. We greatly appreciate the volunteer lecturers: Greg Swift, Mark Hamilton, Preston Wilson, Jay Maynard, Veerle Keppens, Tom Gabrielson, Mike Averkiou. We also extend a special thanks to Kent Gee and Traci Nelson and other BYU faculty and students for great demos and logistic support.

Technical Initiative requests were approved to support the International Symposium on Non-linear Acoustics and the Winter School on Therapeutic Ultrasound.


169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society in Pittsburgh, PA

            It was decided that PATC would establish its own Twitter account. Dr. Cecille Labuda of the University of Mississippi volunteered to establish the account. Our handle is @ASAcousticsPATC.

A new email management system for membership communications has been established using MailChimp and sign up form added to the PATC website.

A new document sharing and collaboration capability has been established using Google Groups (groups.google.com). The group name is ‘ASA Physical Acoustics’ and membership is open to anyone in the community.

Special sessions at this meeting included: Acoustofluidics: Interaction of Acoustics and Fluid Dynamic Phenomena (Charles Thompson and Max Denis); Wind Noise Mitigation in Atmospheric Acoustics (Kirk Alberts); and Infrasound I and II (Roger Waxler)

A major Technical Initiative for $30,000 to support the Physical Acoustics Summer School was approved by the Technical Council. These funds will allow the 20+ year old biannual summer school to continue for 2016.

Josh R. Gladden
Chair, 2014-2017

Physical Acoustics Website

List of Committee Members



Psychological and Physiological Acoustics

This was a very exciting year for us as both the President (Judy Dubno) and the Vice-President (Barbara Shinn-Cunningham) of the Acoustical Society are representatives of the P&P technical area. We could not be more proud of their leadership that spearheaded big and exciting changes in ASA strategic planning for the future of the Society.

            For the second year in a row, the fall ASA meeting was attended by a larger than typical number of members representing the P&P area. The large attendance was due to the special session on “Physiological and Psychological Aspects of Central Auditory Processing Dysfunction,” organized by Erick Gallun and Adrian KC Lee.

            We thank Jennifer Lentz for being our representative at the Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) for the meeting in Indianapolis. We also thank Chris Brown for agreeing to be our TPOM representative for a two-year term and our first TPOM representative to participate at TPOM remotely (via the Internet). Chris completed the first task of representing the P&P at the TPOM for the spring meeting in Pittsburgh, successfully juggling special sessions and poster sessions held at that meeting.

The spring meeting is always a very active one for the P&P technical area and the meeting in Pittsburgh was no different. The P&P sponsored three special sessions: “Kinetic Hearing: Auditory Perception of Moving Sounds by Moving Listeners” organized by Michael Akeroyd and Owen Brimijon, “Celebration of the Modern Cochlear Implant and the First Substantial Restoration of a Human Sense Using Medical Intervention” organized by Blake Wilson (Lasker-DeBakey Award recipient) and Michael Dorman, and “Influence of Visual Cues on Auditory Perception” organized by Jonas Braasch. All the special sessions were well received.

Laurel Carney (University of Rochester, NY) was the third recipient of the William and Christine Prize in Auditory Neuroscience. Laurel delivered a fascinating Auditory Neuroscience Prize Lecture on “Relating Physiology to Perception: The Case of the Notched-Noise Masker.” Frederick Gallun, Jennifer Lentz, Arlene Neuman and Sunil Puria became Fellows of the Society.

            The P&P Technical Committee meeting in Pittsburgh was well attended. As has become a tradition, reports were given by the JASA Associate Editors for Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, JASA-EL, and POMA. The following Technical Committee members were thanked for their three-year service on the Committee: Joshua Bernstein, M. Christian Brown, Laurel Carney, Robert Lutfi, Virginia Richards, and Christopher Shera. The following six members started their three-year term at the meeting in Pittsburgh: Michael Epstein, Matt Goupell, Ying-Yee Kong, Jungmee Lee, Sunil Puria, and Pat Zurek. We also held our annual elections to select new members of the P&P Technical Committee whose term will begin at the meeting in Salt Lake City (spring, 2016). The following members were elected: Huanping Dai, Karen Helfer, Pamela Souza, Elizabeth Strickland, Sarah Verhulst, and Matthew Winn. Many thanks to Ying-Yee Kong for running the elections and counting the ballots during the meeting.

We extend special thanks to Bill Hartmann for his outstanding nine-year service as our representative to the Medals and Awards Committee that ended at the meeting in Pittsburgh. Brenda Lonsbury-Martin is the current P&P representative on this committee. We thank Marjorie Leek, our representative to the Membership Committee, Skyler Jennings, our representative to the ASA Committee of Standards (ASACOS), and Anna Diedesch, our representative to Student Council, for their on-going service.

We are especially excited about the new Technical Initiative proposed by our representative to Student Council, Anna Diedesch, to organize a special session for the meeting in Salt Lake City, with invited talks by students and post-docs on topics that are currently underrepresented in our technical area. The aim of this session is to attract young auditory physiologist and clinicians to the ASA and facilitate future collaborations between researchers representing basic and translational aspects of research in our technical area.

The P&P Technical Committee will continue traditional Technical Initiatives, which include travel support for invited speakers, student receptions, and homepage updating, while also focusing on implementing innovative initiatives such as workshops and satellite meetings facilitating collaborations and attracting new members from underrepresented research areas (clinical, physiological, industry, education) to the Society. Suggestions for uses of P&P Technical Committee funds for new Technical Initiatives are welcome and should be sent to the Chair of the P&P Technical Committee.

Magdalena Wojtczak
Chair, 2014-2017

Psychological and Physiological Acoustics Website

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Signal Processing in Acoustics

In 2014, the Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics (TCSP) organized an International Student Challenge Competition under the direction of Brian Ferguson and Lee Culver. The first winner was Kay Gemba from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA. A cash award of $500 was given to her as the first place winner. The 2nd place winners were Yu Shiduo, Xu Lingji and Yang Long from Northwestern Polytechnic University, China and Yuta Enomoto from Waseda University, Japan. Each winning team received a $250 cash award. The 3rd place winners were James Esplin and Matthew Shaw from Pennsylvania State University, USA and Sahar Hashemgeloogerdi from University of Rochester, USA. There were also 14 other finalists who were well deserving of honorary mention.

            At the 168th Meeting Indianapolis, IN, Oct 2014, the TCSP organized a special session on ‘Sampling methods for Bayesian signal processing’ by Cameron Fackler and Ning Xiang. During the ‘Hot Topics in Acoustics’ on Wednesday afternoon of Oct. 29th 2014, Lee Culver and Ning Xiang co-authored the presentation titled ‘Advanced methods of signal processing in Acoustics’.

            MingSian Bai was elected Fellow of the ASA and received an ASA Fellow Certificate for his contributions to nearfield acoustic holography and Ning Xiang received Wallace Clement Sabine Medal for his contributions to measurements and analysis techniques and numerical simulation of sound field in coupled rooms during the Plenary Session.

            Cameron Fackler of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute won the Best Young Presenter Paper in Signal Processing for his paper entitled "Bayesian sampling for practical design of multilayer microperforated panel absorbers." Philippe Moquin coordinated judging and evaluations of the Young Presenter competition at the Indianapolis ASA Meeting.

We thank our Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) representative for Indianapolis Meeting, Lee Culver.

At the Pittsburgh ASA Meeting, the TCSP organized the 2nd Smartphone Acoustic Signal Processing Student Design Competition by Josh Atkins and Kevin Cockrell and sponsored by the TCSP. The first competition of this kind was held at San Francisco ASA Meeting in Dec. 2013. As before, the competition had an open ended format to allow students to be as creative as possible. Students who entered the competition were instructed to present a poster describing a smartphone “app” that utilizes acoustic signal processing. Creative ideas and development strategies were left up to the students.

The third runner up, an entry by Eric Danziger and Matthew Clark from Carnegie Mellon University was for their app design “Machine Learning for Source Isolation.” The second runner up, an entry submitted by Trevor Jerome from Penn State University, was for his app design “Binaural Surround Sound Audio / Video Player.” The 2015 Smartphone Acoustic Signal Processing Student Competition winner, an entry submitted by Aaron Carter-Cohn and Quintina Enyi from Columbus, Ohio was for their design “The Tone Trainer.” The first, second, and third place teams were awarded $1,000, $500, and $300 respectively.

At the Pittsburgh ASA Meeting, the TCSP organized three special sessions; Grace Clark organized and chaired ‘Cognitive Signal Processing’. Xiao Perdereau and Daniel Fogerty organized and chaired ‘Characteristic Spectral and Temporal Patterns in Speech Signals. Mingsian Bai organized a ‘Telecom and Audio Signal Processing’ chaired by Mingsian Bai and Ning Xiang. We also thank our Technical Program Organizing (TPO) representatives for the Pittsburgh ASA Meeting, Said Assous and Ning Xiang. The Technical Program Organizing Meeting carried out remotely by the two representatives via the ASA's online and teleconferencing system.

Andrew T. Pyzdek from Penn State University has been awarded the first prize for the Best Young Presenter Paper in Signal Processing for his presentation titled ‘Subarray based localization using extended coprime arrays’. Radienxe Bautista from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth has been awarded the 2nd price for his presentation ‘Testing spatial co-prime sampling theory.’ Philippe Moquin coordinated judging and evaluations of the Young Presenter Competitions at Pittsburgh ASA Meeting.

Lee Culver, Geoffrey Edelson and Ning Xiang, received the ASA 25 Year Certificates, Karim G. Sabra, Georgia Institute of Technology, was awarded the 2015 Medwin Prize during the Plenary Session on Wednesday May 20th 2015.

We give special thanks to Philippe Moquin, who has served as an organizer for the Young Presenter Competition, to Brian Ferguson and Lee Culver who have organized International Student Challenge. Thanks are also extended to Zoi-Heleni Michalopoulou, Patrick Loughlin and Karim G. Sabra for their continued service as the JASA signal processing Associate Editors, to David Chambers and Charles Gaumond, signal processing Associate Editors for JASA Express Letters, and Sean K. Lehman, signal processing Associate Editor for Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, for selfless service to the Society and the TCSP. Since May 2015 Kaiman Thomas Wong has also been appointed Associate Editor of the JASA in May 2015.

Ed Sullivan serves as the TCSP representative to the Medals and Awards committee. Charles Gaumond serves on the ASA Standards committee. James Preisig serves as the TCSP Membership Committee representative. The TCSP website has been maintained by Brian Anderson, who also organized and managed the Gallery of Acoustics. Thanks to Blaine Harker (BYU) for serving as the TCSP student representative on the Student Council. His term has just ended, and Trevor Jerome (Penn State Univ.) has been appointed as the TCSP student representative on the Student Council.

We thank Blaine who serves as a secretary of our technical committee for more than two years.

Ning Xiang
Chair, 2012–2015

Signal Processing in Acoustics Website 

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Speech Communication

The Speech Technical Committee (STC) supports the activities, meetings, publications, etc., for one of the largest technical areas in the Society.  This report covers the ASA meetings in Indianapolis, IN and Pittsburgh, PA as well as activities that occurred in summer 2015 after the end of the Pittsburgh PA meeting.

The current members of the TCSC are:

Peter Assmann
Ann Bradlow
Frederika Bell-Berti
Tessa C. Bent
Suzanne E. Boyce
Charles B. Chang
Cynthia Clopper
Ann Cutler
Carol Espy-Wilson
Sarah Ferguson
Dan Fogerty
Alexander Francis
Marc Garellek
Bruce R. Gerratt
Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
Helen M. Hanson
Eric J. Hunter
Diane Kewley-Port
Mafuyu Kitahara
Laura Koenig
Jody Kreiman
Jelena Krivokapic
Sungbok  Lee
Conor T. McLennan
Geoffrey S. Morrison
Benjamin Munson
Shrikanth S. Narayanan
Peggy Nelson
Sona Patel
Noah Silbert
Rajka Smiljanic
Mitchell S. Sommers
Brad H. Story
Christine H. Shadle
Christian E. Stilp
Maureen L. Stone
Keiichi Tajima
Rachel Theodore
Scott L. Thomson
Emily Q. Wang
Peter J. Watson
Kiyoko Yoneyama
Zhaoyan Zhang
Xinhui Zhou

Many of these members are new to the TC.  I welcome them heartily and thank them in advance for their support of our TC's efforts. 

Other SCTC members who assisted us by serving on committees were Suzanne E.  Boyce-Membership Committee, Anders Lofqvist-Medals and Awards Committee, Rachel Gilbert-Student Council Representative, Zhaoyan Zhang, ASACOS representative, and Brad Story who maintains our web page. I also thank Amy Neel and Rachel Theodore for taking detailed minutes at the Indianapolis and Pittsburgh meetings. 

I, Catherine Rogers (University of South Florida), will serve as the chair of SCTC through mid-2016.   

Associate Editors of JASA are: Speech Perception- Deniz Baskent, Cynthia G.  Clopper, Benjamin Munson, Peggy B.  Nelson; Speech Production -David Berry, Laura L. Koenig Christine Shadle,  Brad H. Story, and Zhaoyan Zhang; Speech Processing-Carol Y.  Espy-Wilson, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson and Shrikanth Narayanan.  Associate Editors for JASA Express Letters are: Speech Perception- Ann Cutler and Sandra Gordon-Salant; Speech Production-Anders Lofqvist, and Speech Processing-Douglas D.  O’Shaughnessy.  The Associate Editor for Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) is Peter Watson.  We thank them for their service. 

The two ASA meetings went very smoothly this year. We are grateful to our Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) representative, who sorted papers, arranged the technical programs, and determined presentation rooms.  The representative was Alexander Francis for both meetings, as well as for the upcoming meeting in Jacksonville FL.  As stated in the previous report, the ASA has decided to move towards an online organizing meeting, and Alexander Francis agreed to serve in that capacity for the two years.   He served as a traditional TPOM representative for the Indianapolis meeting and as an online TPO for the Pittsburgh and Jacksonville meetings.  In addition, several members of the Speech Communication Technical Committee served as organizers for the Society meeting in Indianapolis.  Ken de Jong served as General Cohair; Robert Port served as Technical Program Chair; and Diane Kewley-Port organized the socials. 

To create stimulating and focused sessions, we sponsor special sessions every year, which focus on themes of interest to the speech community.  The Indianapolis meeting had three special sessions: a named special session in honor of Diane Kewley-Port, organized by Catherine Rogers and Amy Neel; a special session on “Findings and methods in ultrasound speech articulation tracking,” organized by Susan Lin and Keith Johnson and a session on “Subglottal Resonances in Speech Production and Perception,” organized by Mitchell Sommers, Abeer Alwan and Steven Lulich.

The Pittsburgh meeting had two special sessions on topics related to the both speech perception and speech production and one (coplanned) jointly sponsored special session: a named special session in honor of Ken Stevents, organized by Stephanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, a special session on listening effort, organized by Alexander Francis and Christian Fullgrabe; Catherine Rogers participated in the organization of the named special session in  honor of Karl Kryter.

Stetson Scholarship.  The SCTC also evaluates the Stetson Scholarship applications.  The names for this year had not yet been forwarded to me at the time of this report.

Silver Medal in Acoustics.   For nominations for the Silver Medal in Acoustics to be forwarded to the Medals and Awards committee, four complete dossiers are required.  This year, three full dossiers were complete and the committee met to discuss and rank the applicants.  The committee consists of the current SCTC chair and the two previous chairs: myself (Catherine Rogers), Benjamin Munson and Carol Espy-Wilson.  We considered the dossiers presented to us and made our recommendations to the Medals and Awards committee.

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 Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.  In Indianapolis, the winner was Rosemary Lester ($300), the second prize went to Sarah, Hamilton ($200), and honorable mention went to Valerie, Freeman. 

In Pittsburgh, the winner was Dominique Simmons ($300) and the second prize recipient was William Bologna ($200) and honorable mention went to Sarah Hamilton.  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 SCTC members and the winners were awarded $300 for first prize and $200 for second prize.  The competitions were large at both the San Francisco and Providence meeting.  We thank Christian Stilp, Dan Fogerty, and Jennell Vick for coordinating this competition. 

Revision to Student Paper competition.  As stated in the previous report, the SCTC voted to change the Best Student Paper competition to a poster only (rather than poster or oral paper presentation) competition.  This was begun at the Pittsburgh meeting.  The wording in the call for papers was changed to make it clear that only poster presentations would be considered for the Best Student Paper competition.   The organizers of the judging noted that the process did seem easier and fairer when only poster presentations were considered. 

Catherine L. Rogers
Chair, 2013-2016

Speech Communication Website

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Structural Acoustics and Vibration

The Structural Acoustics and Vibration Technical Committee (SAVTC) had a successful  year of special sessions sponsored by the committee and Student and Young Presenter competitions at all of the meetings.

167th ASA Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, 5-9 May 2014

      At the 167th ASA meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, SAVTC sponsored six special sessions and one session of contributed papers with a total of 74 papers presented (45 invited, 29 contributed).

·      Undersea Vehicle Noise: Robert Koch and Nickolas Vlahopoulos
·      Acoustic Metamaterials I and II: Christina Naify and Michael Haberman
·      Session in Honor of Murray Strasberg: David Feit and Dean Capone
·      Environmental Vibration: Calum Sharp and James Phillips
·      Acoustics of Sports: Matthew Shaw and Donald Bliss
·      Acoustics of Cylindrical Shells I and II, Sabih Hayek and Robert Koch
·      Recent Advances in Structural Acoustics and Vibrations (contributed papers): Robert Koch and Michal Jandron

SAVTC also cosponsored the following session:

·      Wind Turbine Noise with Noise and ASA Committee on Standards

The TPOM representative was Robert Koch. SAVTC had 19 papers entered in the Best Student and Young Presenter competition at the 167th ASA Meeting (a record by far, to date, for the committee). Ben Shafer coordinated the competition and the winners were: 

1st Place
Aldo Glean, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
Mass sensing using the time domain response of a functionalized microresonator array

2nd Place
Andrew Wixom, Boston University, Boston, MA
Efficient analysis of dynamic coupling between modifications to complex systems

      James Phillips presented “Introduction to the Structural Acoustics and Vibration Technical Committee” in the interdisciplinary special session “Introduction to Technical Committee Research and Activities: Especially for Students and First-Time Meeting Attendees.”

      ASA has started an initiative to conduct the Technical Program Organization Meeting (TPOM) on-line rather than on-site. The first on-line TPOM will be conducted for the 169th ASA Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA (Spring 2015) with an on-site TPOM as backup. Subsequent TPOMs will be conducted on-line only. Robert Koch was elected to be the on-line Technical Program Organizer (TPO) for SAVTC for the next two years.

      A Technical Initiative in the amount of $1000 was proposed and approved by the Technical Council to offset shipping costs for demonstration equipment for a special session of hands-on demonstrations of structural acoustics and vibration at the 169th ASA Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA(Spring 2015).

168th ASA Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, 27-31 October 2014

At the 168th ASA meeting in Indianapolis, IN, SAVTC sponsored four special sessions and one session of contributed papers with a total of 27 papers presented (11 invited, 16 contributed).

·      Computational Methods in Structural Acoustics and Vibration; Robert M. Koch, Co-chair and Matthew Kamrath, Co-chair
·      Vehicle Interior Noise; Sean F. Wu, Chair
·      Nearfield Acoustical Holography; Sean F. Wu, Chair
·      Vibration Reduction in Air-Handling Systems; Benjamin M. Shafer, Chair
·      General Topics in Structural Acoustics and Vibration; Benjamin M. Shafer, Chair

SAVTC also cosponsored the following sessions:

·      Metamaterials for Noise Control; with Noise, Physical Acoustics and Engineering Acoustics
·      Launch Vehicle Acoustics; with Noise
·      Mechanics of Continuous Media; with Engineering Acoustics
·      Acoustics of Pile Driving: Models, Measurements, and Mitigation; with Physical Acoustics, Underwater Acoustics, and Noise
·      Borehole Acoustic Logging and Micro-Seismics for Hydrocarbon Reservoir Characterization; with Physical Acoustics, Underwater Acoustics, Signal Processing in Acoustics, and Noise

      The TPOM representative was Benjamin Shafer.

      The winners of the Best Student Paper competition (out of 5 entrees), coordinated by Ben Shafer, were:

1st Place
Daniel Plotnick, Washington State University
Reversible quasi-holographic line-scan processing for acoustic imaging and feature isolation of transient scattering

2nd Place
Rui Cao, Purdue University
Improved model for coupled structural-acoustic modes of tires

Two committee members were presented their ASA Fellow certificates at the Indianapolis Meeting:

·      Mingsian Bai – for contributions to nearfield acoustic holography
·      James E. Phillips – for contributions to vibration and noise control and for service to the society

169th ASA Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA

At the 169th ASA meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, SAVTC sponsored five special sessions and three sessions of contributed papers with a total of 64 papers presented (25 invited, 39 contributed).

·      Blind Source Localization and Separation for Structural Acoustic Sources; Piervincenzo Rizzo, Chair
·      Acoustic Metamaterials; Christina J. Naify, Co-chair and Michael R. Haberman, Co-chair
·      Time Domain Methods; Micah R. Shepherd, Co-chair and John B. Fahnline, Co-chair
·      Noise Identification and Control in the Mining Industry; Marcel Remillieux, Co-chair and Hugo E. Camargo, Co-chair
·      Demonstrations of Structural Acoustics and Vibration; Daniel A. Russell, Chair
·      General Topics in Structural Acoustics and Vibration I; Robert M. Koch, Chair
·      General Topics in Structural Acoustics and Vibration II; Kuangcheng Wu, Co-chair and Jeffry Cipolla, Co-chair
·      General Topics in Structural Acoustics and Vibration III; Kuangcheng Wu, Co-chair and Jeffry Cipolla, Co-chair

SAVTC also cosponsored the following sessions:

·      Session in Honor of Laymon Miller; with Architectural Acoustics and Noise
·      Active Control of Sound and Vibration; with Noise
·      Wind Turbine Noise; with Noise, ASA Committee on Standards, Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, and Physical Acoustics

This was the first meeting that was organized on-line. The Technical Program Organizer (TPO) for SAVTC was Robert Koch.

      SAVTC had 23 papers entered in the Best Student Paper competition at the 169th ASA Meeting (a record for the committee). Ben Shafer coordinated the competition and the winners were: 

1st Place
Kritika Vayur, Pennsylvania State University
Vibrational analysis of hollow and foam-filled graphite tennis rackets

2nd Place
Timothy D. Daniel, Washington State University
Magnetic excitation and identification of flexural modes of a circular plate

Robert M. Koch is the new chair of the Technical Committee.

James E. Phillips
Chair, 2012 – 2015

Structural Acoustics and Vibration Website

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Underwater Acoustics

The 2014 fall meeting held in Indianapolis had multiple successful special sessions, of which the session on Education in Underwater Acoustics/Acoustical Oceanography was especially notable. Academics as well as funding officials from the Office of Naval Research gave presentations concerning how to best educate the next generation of scientists in the underwater acoustics field. Dr. Michael Porter was presented the Pioneers of Underwater Acoustics Medal at this meeting.

At the 2015 spring meeting in Pittsburgh, the special session on “Historical Perspectives on the Origins of Underwater Acoustics”, chaired by David L. Bradley and Tom Muir, was a unique event. The session spanned two days and provided a grand review of the underwater acoustics: ranging from science to technology to personalities. It was well received. At the meeting, DJ Tang finished his three-year tenure as UWTC chair and Megan Ballard was elected as new chair for the next three years.

Dajun Tang
Chair, 2012-2015

Underwater Acoustics Website

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