Spring 2015 Meeting

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania



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Meeting Information

The 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held Monday through Friday 18-22 May 2015 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA where a block of rooms has been reserved.

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Technical Program

Resources for presenters

Tutorial Lecture on Man-Made Noise and Aquatic Life: Data, Data Gaps and Speculation

Short Course on Time Series Analysis and Adaptive Signal Processing in Acoustics

Technical Tours

Other Technical Events

Facilities for Attendees

Pennsylvania State Acoustics 50th Anniversary Reception and Dinner 

Student Information

Young Investigator Travel Grants

Women in Acoustics Luncheon

Society Luncheon and Lecture

Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony

Transportation and Travel Information

General Information

169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America Local Committee


There are 97 technical sessions including over 950 abstracts scheduled for presentation at the meeting.  Please use the Itinerary Planner and the mobile app to view the sessions and abstracts and to create your own schedule for the meeting.


Guidelines for Oral Presentations

Suggestions for Effective Poster Presentations

Guidelines for Use of Computer Projection

The Chartiers Room on the Ballroom level will be set up as an A/V preview room for authors’ convenience to review their presentations and will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Friday.


A tutorial presentation on “Man-Made Noise and Aquatic Life: Data, Data Gaps, and Speculation” will be given by Dr. Arthur N. Popper, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland (College Park) and Editor, Acoustics Today, on Monday, 18 May 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

This talk will consider how man-made sounds may impact aquatic life – with a focus on fishes (with possible digressions to invertebrates, marine mammals, and turtles).  The talk will start with a discussion of a Jacques Cousteau movie and then ask why animals (and humans) hear.  After considering how fishes (and invertebrates) hear, the focus of the talk will turn to potential impacts of sound on these animals and what is currently actually known (based on data and not speculation.) about effects on physiology and behavior.  The talk will conclude with a consideration of recent guidelines on effects of sounds and then provide an overview of data gaps and the most important areas for future research.

Lecture notes will be available at the meeting in limited supply.  Those who register by 20 April 2015 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 20 April 2015 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 20 April 2015 and USD$12 thereafter, including on-site registration at the meeting.  Register online at AcousticalSociety.org or use the printed registration form.


This course will be held on Sunday and Monday, 17-18 May in the Smithfield Room.


The processing and analysis of signals are fundamental to most disciplines in the broad field of acoustics.  Many of the algorithms in common use today can be derived as the solutions to optimization problems, particularly those involving the statistics of the signals or phenomena of interest.  The optimization framework allows these algorithms to be analyzed and compared in a common context in terms of their bases, strengths, and weaknesses.  The choice of the assumptions behind the optimization problems used to derive different algorithms profoundly impacts the algorithms characteristics.  Chief among these is the computational complexity of the algorithm as well as the performance of the algorithm, both when the signal or phenomena satisfy the assumptions and when they do not.   This course will cover the development and analysis of the common algorithms and approaches used for the processing and analysis of time series in acoustics.  The theoretical basis of the algorithms as well their implementation and performance will be covered.  The course assumes an advanced undergraduate level of understanding of probability and random processes, linear algebra, and linear dynamic systems.


To introduce the development of analysis and processing algorithms as solutions to optimization problems and present the principles and assumptions behind the development, analysis, and application of commonly used algorithms in the processing of acoustic signals.


The course instructor is James Preisig of JPAnalytics LLC.  During the past 22 years, Dr. Preisig has worked in academia as a Visiting Professor at Northeastern University from 1994 to 1997 and Postdoc (1992 to 1994) and then Scientist (1997 to 2014) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  During this period he has worked on the development and analysis of adaptive signal processing algorithms including detection, adaptive communications, and adaptive array processing algorithms.  He also taught graduate level courses on digital signal processing, adaptive signal processing, time-series analysis and system identification, and array processing.  In 2013, Dr. Preisig founded JPAnalytics LLC to continue his work in a small business environment.  Dr. Preisig is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the ASA.  He serves on the Signal Processing in Acoustics and Underwater Acoustics Technical Committees and the Membership Committee of the ASA.


Sunday, 17 May 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 18 May 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


The course will be taught in a lecture/problem set format.  Short sections of lecture will be followed by the attendees working in groups to solve problems that highlight the relevant concepts.  The major sections of the course will be:

1. Introduction and Background
2. Hypothesis Testing
  a. Likelihood Ratio Test
  b. Cost Functions
  c. The Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC)
  d. A Priori Information and the Maximum A Posteriori (MAP) Test
3. The Matched Filter
  a. Maximum Likelihood (ML) and Maximum SNR Criteria
  b. Colored Noise Matched Filter
  c. Nuisance Parameters and the Square-Law Detector
  d. Performance
4. Linear Minimum Mean Squared Error (MMSE) Estimation
  a. Inner Products, Orthogonality, and Gradients
  b. The Normal Equations
  c. Performance
  d. The Least Mean Squared (LMS) Algorithms
    i. Gradient Methods and the Stochastic Gradient Approximation
    ii. The LMS Algorithm
    iii. Stability and Performance 
    iv. The Normalized and Leaky LMS Algorithms 
5. Least Squares Estimation 
  a. The MMSE Approximation and ML/MAP Frameworks 
  b. Orthogonality Revisited, Projections, and the Innovation Sequence 
  c. Derivation of the Recursive Least Squares (RLS) algorithm
  d. Performance Analysis
  e. Time-Updated RLS 
6. The Kalman Filter 
  a. Model Based MMSE Estimation 
  b. Linear State-Space Models 
  c. The Innovations Sequence Revisited 
  d. The Discrete-Time Kalman Filter 
  e. Performance Analysis 
  f. The Extended and Linearized Kalman Filters  


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 20 April 2015 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 20 April 2015.  Full refunds will be made for cancellations prior to 20 April 2015.  Any cancellations after  20 April 2015 will be charged a USD$25 processing fee.  Register online at AcousticalSociety.org or use the printed registration form.  If you miss the preregistration deadline and are interested in attending the course, please send an email to asa@acousticalsociety.org.


A walking tour of various Performing Arts spaces such as the Benedum Center, Heinz Hall, O’Reilly Theatre, will be held on Monday, 18 May 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The tour will be led by. Christopher M. Evans, House Sound Engineer, Benedum Center.  Space is limited to 30 participants.  Cost is USD $15.00.  The tour will meet in the hotel first floor lobby at 5:15 p.m. for the 0.5 mi walk to the Benedum Center. Full mobility is required as some of the spaces rear entrances and exits are not handicapped accessible.  Register online at AcousticalSociety.org or use the printed registration form.

A tour of The National Aviary will take place on Wednesday, 20 May, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The National Aviary is America's only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated to birds. The Aviary's collection features birds representing every continent except Antarctica.  Many of these species are showcased in free-flight mixed species exhibits, to allow the birds to demonstrate natural behaviors. Avian expert, Dave Miller, will present his research on flamingo vocalizations and behavioral responses to auditory stimuli and provide an onsite demonstration. Dave will then lead a private tour of the facility, focusing on vocalizations of the Aviary’s unparalleled collection of bird species. Participants may bring small recording devices to capture an exceptional array of unique bird calls. The tour will meet in the hotel first floor lobby at 8:30 a.m. for bus boarding. The bus will leave the aviary at 11:30 a.m. for return to the hotel.  Space is limited to 30 participants. Cost is USD $40.00 and includes transportation.  Register online at AcousticalSociety.org or or use the printed registration form.



Technical Committees will hold open meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tuesday meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday meetings will be held starting at 8:00 p.m. Refer to the Itinerary Planner for the schedule of these meetings.

These are working, collegial meetings. Much of the work of the Society 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.


Meetings of ANSI Accredited Standards Committees will be held at the Pittsburgh meeting on the days and times listed in the Itinerary Planner.

Meetings of selected advisory working groups are often held in conjunction with Society meetings and are listed in the Schedule or on the standards bulletin board in the registration area, e.g., S12/WGI8-Room Criteria.

People interested in attending and in becoming involved in working group activities should contact the ASA Standards Manager for further information about these groups, or about the ASA Standards Program in general, at the following address: Susan Blaeser, ASA Standards Manager, Standards Secretariat, Acoustical Society of America, 1305 Walt Whitman Road, Suite 300, Melville, NY 11747-4300; T.: 631-390-0215; F: 631-923-2875; E: asastds@aip.org


A “Hot Topics” session sponsored by the Tutorials Committee will cover the fields of Noise, Physical Acoustics, and Speech Communication.


The 2015 Student Design Competition will be held on Tuesday, 19 May, in session 2aAAb, at 9:30 a.m. in Ballroom 2.  This competition, which will be professionally judged , is intended to encourage students in the disciplines of architecture, engineering, physics, and other curricula that involve building design and/or acoustics to express their knowledge of architectural acoustics and noise control in the design of a facility in which acoustical considerations are of significant importance. The competition will be a poster session.

The Student Design Competition is sponsored by the ASA Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics, with support from the Wenger Foundation, the Robert Bradford Newman Student Award Fund, and the National Council of Acoustical Consultants.


The ASA Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics is sponsoring a competition for students to develop concepts for smartphone applications (“apps”) that make novel use acoustic signal processing.

Each entrant will present a poster describing their smartphone app concept during a session dedicated to the competition at the 169th meeting of the ASA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A panel of volunteer judges will judge each entry on the following equally-weighted criteria: novelty, feasibility of implementation, technical rigor, and how well the concept is presented.

Cash prizes for top 3 entries of USD $1000, USD $500, and USD $300 per team will be awarded.

It is not expected that teams will develop a fully functioning app, but rather a poster describing the concept for an app. In previous years some teams have used a smartphone or tablet with mock screen-shots or an app prototype to better illustrate how their app would operate.

Examples of previous entries include: an app that asks the user to draw out the shape of his or her living room and then suggests optimal speaker placement, an app that used audible signals emitted from the smartphone speaker to estimate inter-smartphone distances and geometry, and an app that aimed to assess the integrity of speech production for the purposes of providing an augmentative tool for telemedicine.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all countries are encouraged to participate.

Deadline and Other Requirements:

•   Entries may be submitted by individual students or by teams of a maximum of three students.
•   Team must register by April 13th, 2015, by e-mailing Kevin Cockrell at kevincockrell@gmail.com with the names and email addresses of the team members and their schools, indicating which team member will serve as the primary contact for the team.
•   All team members must be enrolled as a student at least half-time.
•   Team member do not need to be members of the ASA.
•   The goal of the competition is not to simply wrap a funded research project inside of an app, but rather to encourage signal processed techniques studied within the ASA to be applied to novel situations. Therefore it is required that teams disclose what portion of the app (if any) was developed using outside funding so that judges may take that into account.
•   The poster must include a short description of how the proposed smartphone application differs from existing applications found on Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
•   The poster format should follow the format found in the ASA call for papers.
•   Winning entries from previous years cannot be resubmitted.
•   Students retain the right to publish and distribute any apps built in conjunction with this competition.



Morning coffee breaks will be held each day from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom foyer.


Computers providing e-mail access will be available 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Friday in the Chartiers Room.

The Internet Café will be located in the Birmingham Room where tables and power cords will be available.


The Penn State Graduate Program in Acoustics is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015, and Penn State is sponsoring a Celebration Reception and Dinner on the evening of Wednesday, 20 May.  All ASA meeting attendees who self-identify as current or former faculty members, students, alumni, or friends of the Penn State Acoustics Program, and their accompanying persons, are welcome to attend.   Although the event will be substantially underwritten by Penn State, there is a nominal chargefor the dinner of USD $40.  ASA attendees may pay the fee for the dinner at the time of their ASA registration.  There will be a separate registration mechanism for current Penn State students, and they should direct their inquires directly to the Penn State Acoustics Program offices.   For more information, please contact Mrs. Karen J. Thal at (814) 865-6364 or kjt3@psu.edu .  Additional details will be available in Spring 2015 at www.acs.psu.edu.   Please come join us for this special 50th Anniversary Celebration.  We are ... Penn State!  Purchase tickets for the dinner online at AcousticalSociety.org or use the printed registration form.


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Student registration fees for the meeting and for meeting events including the Tutorial Lecture, Short Course, and Women’s Luncheon are heavily discounted.


A student transportation subsidies fund has been established to provide limited funds to students to partially defray transportation expenses to meetings.  Students presenting papers who propose to travel in groups using economical ground transportation will be given first priority to receive subsidies, although these conditions are not mandatory.  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 20 April 2015 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; if traveling by auto; whether you will travel alone or with other students; names of those traveling with you; and approximate cost of transportation.


The ASA Education Committee arranges one-on-one lunch meetings between students and ASA members.  The purpose is to make it easier for students to meet and interact with members at Acoustical Society meetings.  Each lunch pairing is arranged separately.  Students who are interested should contact Dr. David Blackstock, University of Texas at Austin, by email dtb@austin.utexas.edu.  Please provide your name, university, department, degree you are seeking (BS, MS, or PhD), research field, acoustical interests, your supervisor's name, days you are free for lunch, and abstract number (or title) of any paper(s) you are presenting.  The sign-up deadline is 12 days before the start of the Meeting, but an earlier sign-up is strongly encouraged.  Each participant pays for his/her own meal.


Are you interested in applying for graduate school, a postdoctoral opportunity, a research scientist position, a faculty opening, or other position involving acoustics? If you are, please stop by the ASA Resume Help Desk near the meeting registration booths. Members of the ASA experienced in hiring will be available to look at your CV, cover letter, and research & teaching statements to provide tips and suggestions to help you most effectively present yourself in today's competitive job market. The ASA Resume Help Desk will be located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer and will be staffed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the lunch hour (12 noon to 1 p.m.) for walk-up meetings. Appointments during these three lunch hours will be available via a sign-up sheet, too.


The Women in Acoustics luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 20 May, at 11:45 a.m. in Sterling 1/2/3 on the lobby level of the Wyndham Hotel.  The fee is USD$25 (students USD$15) for pre-registration by 20 April 2015 and USD$30 (students USD$15) at the meeting.  Those who wish to attend this luncheon must register online at AcousticalSociety.org or use the printed registration form.


A New Students Orientation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday 18 May, in Sterling 1 for all students to learn about the activities and opportunities available for students at the Pittsburgh meeting. This will be followed by the Student Meet and Greet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Sterling 2/3. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The Student’s reception will be held on Wednesday, 20 May, from 6:00 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. in Commonwealth 2. This reception is sponsored by the Acoustical Society of America and supported by the National Council of Acoustical Consultants and will provide an opportunity for students to meet informally with fellow students and other members of the Acoustical Society of America. All students are encouraged to attend especially students who are first time attendees or those from smaller universities.

Students will find a student guide and student sticker to place on their name tags identifying them as students in their registration envelopes which will allow for easier networking between students.



A plenary session will be held Wednesday, 20 May, at 3:30 p.m. in Ballroom 1.

The Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography will be presented to Karim S. Sabra and the William and Christine Prize in Auditory Neuroscience will be presented to Laurel H. Carney. Lily Wang, recipient of the ASA Student Council Mentoring Award and Aaron Moberly, recipient of the Research Grant in Speech Research of the American Speech Language and Hearing Foundation will be introduced. The recipients of the American Institute of Physics Prize for Industrial Applications of Acoustics will be presented to Richard Ruby, John Larson, and Paul Bradley.

The R. Bruce Lindsay Award will be presented to Matthew W. Urban, the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal will be presented to Henry Cox, and the Gold Medal will be presented to Gerhard M. Sessler.

Certificates will be presented to Fellows elected at the Indianapolis meeting of the Society.


Complimentary buffet socials with cash bar will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, 19 and 21 May.

The social on Tuesday, 19 May, will be held at the Wyndham Hotel from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Kings 1-5.

The Social on Thursday will be held on Gateway Clipper Riverboats cruising the three rivers that converge in Pittsburgh (Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio). Boats will depart and return to Point State Park which is located directly across from the Wyndham (less than a 5-minute walk. There will be three departures. The first boat, which will have the highest capacity, will board at 5:30 p.m. and sail at 6:00 p.m. and will return at 7:30 p.m. Departures with limited capacities will be boarded after 6:00 p.m.

The open Technical Committee meetings will start at 8:00 p.m. to provide sufficient time for your return to the Wyndham.

All meeting attendees are invited to attend the social hours. 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 fi rst-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 Technical Committees meetings that begin immediately after the socials.


A Society Luncheon and Lecture sponsored by the College of Fellows will be held Thursday, 21 May, at 12:00 noon in Ballroom 1. The lecture is titled Automating Music Understanding and will be presented by Roger B. Dannenberg.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have found many applications in music, leading to systems that recognize, compose, perform and teach music. Music understanding problems include (1) matching and searching symbolic and audio music sequences, (2) parsing music to discover musical objects such as sections, notes, and beats, and (3) the interpretation and generation of expressive music performance. I will describe how progress in these areas is leading to new musical practices.

Roger B. Dannenberg, Professor of Computer Science, Art, and Music at Carnegie Mellon University, is a pioneer in the field of Computer Music. He holds five patents in the field and was a key contributor to SmartMusic and Music Prodigy, both using artificial intelligence to deliver music education to hundreds of thousands of students. Dannenberg also co-created Audacity, the widely used free audio editor. As a composer, Dannenberg's works have been performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and at many international festivals. As a trumpet player, he has collaborated with musicians including Anthony Braxton, Eric Kloss, and Roger Humphries, and performed in concert halls ranging from the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem to the Espace de Projection at IRCAM. Dannenberg is active in performing jazz, classical, and new works. URL: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rbd

This luncheon is open to all attendees and their guests. Register online at AcousticalSociety.org or use the printed registration form. Tickets cost USD$30.00 each. 


Once again the College of Fellows will be hosting the ASA Jam Session which is scheduled on Wednesday, 20 May, 8:00 p.m. to midnight in Ballroom 1.  Bring your axe, horn, sticks, voice, or anything else that makes music. Musicians and non-musicians are all welcome to attend. A full PA system, backline equipment, guitars, bass, keyboard, and drum set will be provided. All attendees will enjoy live music, a cash bar, and all-around good times. Don’t miss out.


The Women in Acoustics luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 20 May, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Sterling 1/2/3.  The fee is USD$25 (students USD$15) for pre-registration by 20 April 2015 and USD$30 (students USD$15) at the meeting.  Those who wish to attend this luncheon must register online at AcousticalSociety.org or use the printed registration form.



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 Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh meeting, are not currently students, and have not previously received the award. Each award will be of the order of $450 with two awards anticipated. Awards will be presented by check at the Women in Acoustics 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 Jennifer Lentz jjlentz@indiana.edu. Deadline for receipt of applications is 6 April 2015.




Pittsburgh International Airport is located 19 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.  For flight information visit www.pitairport.com.  For specific driving directions visit, www.pitairport.com.


Transportation from the Pittsburgh International Airport to Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel and Downtown Pittsburgh area hotels:

Information:  Desks are located in both the Landside and Airside Terminals.  Use the white courtesy phones located throughout the airport to reach customer service representatives by dialing 6.

Rail Service:  Amtrak’s Pittsburgh (PGH) Station is located at 1100 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, less than 1 mile from the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel. To view routes please visit www.amtrak.com.

Bus Service:  Greyhound bus has an Intermodal Station less than 1 mile from the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel at 55 11th St., Pittsburgh, PA.  Phone (412) 392-6514 or visit www.greyhound.com for rates and reservations.

Major car rental companies:  Rental counters are on the baggage claim level of the Landside Terminal.

Airport Shuttle shared-ride service: SuperShuttle passengers share a van with others going in their direction.  Advanced reservations and pre-payment for your Pittsburgh airport ride take the time and hassle out of getting to and from the airport. One way to/from Pittsburgh International Airport to Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown is USD $24.00 and a pre-purchased round trip fare is USD $46.00. SuperShuttle Pittsburgh, (800) 258-3826 www.supershuttle.com.  

Taxicabs and limousines:  Taxis and limousines are available at the Landside terminal outside of baggage claim.  Downtown Pittsburgh is approximately 25 minutes from the airport, with fares averaging $40.00-45.00 USD one way.  For more information visit; www.pitairport.com or phone (412) 472-5538.


Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

From the North
Take 79S, merge onto 279 S to Pittsburgh. Exit 1A on left to Ft. Duquesne Boulevard. Turn right at Stanwix Street. Stay right on Penn Avenue. Turn right on Commonwealth Place.

From the South
Travel 79N, merge to 376 E via exit 59A to Pittsburgh. Exit 70A to Liberty Avenue. Turn left on Commonwealth Place.

From the East
Take 376W, exit 70D on left to Stanwix Street. Turn left at Ft. Pitt Boulevard. Turn right on Commonwealth Place.

From the West
Take 376 E, exit 70A to Liberty Avenue. Turn left on Commonwealth Place..

From Airport
Go North on Airport Blvd and bear slight left to exit Airport. Take 376E towards Pittsburgh to 279N.
Exit at 70A for CONSOL Center and take Blvd of Allies / Liberty Avenu exit. Make left at end of ramp onto Commonwealth Place.

Parking at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.  Valet parking at the hotel is first come first serve.  The overnight charge is $30.00 per night and availability is limited.  Current day parking charges are $22.00 per day.  To view parking garages in the area and their rates visit, apps.pittsburghpa.gov.


Temperatures average mid 70s during the day dipping into the low 60s in the evening. Pittsburgh does tend to see a bit of light rain this time of year, so don't forget to pack an umbrella!


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 15 April 2015 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.


A block of guest rooms at discounted rates has been reserved for meeting participants at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel. Early reservations are strongly recommended.  Note that the special ASA meeting rates are not guaranteed after 25 April 2015. You must mention the Acoustical Society of America when making your reservations to obtain the special ASA meeting rates.

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel

Please make your reservation directly with the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel. If making your reservation by phone you will need to refer to the reservation code 05166781AS or ask for ASA – 2015 Semi-Annual Spring North American Convention to obtain the special ASA rate.  The hotel address and phone numbers are as follows.

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-391-4600
Fax: 412-467-3474

Web: wyndhamgrandpittsburgh.com


Online Reservations


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

Reservations Link

Telephone Reservations1-888-317-0197 or 412-391-4600


Single or Double:  USD $160.00
Extra charge for 3rd and 4th occupants: $10/night
All rooms are subject to 14% state and local occupancy taxes

Reservation cut-off date: 25 April 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST 




Anyone planning to attend the meeting who will require the use of an assistive listening device, is requested to advise the Society in advance of the meeting:  Acoustical Society of America, 1305 Walt Whitman Road, Suite 300, Melville, NY 11747-4300, asa@acousticalsociety.org.


Spouses and other visitors are welcome at the Pittsburgh meeting. The registration fee is USD$125 for pre-registration by 20 April and USD$150 at the meeting.

A hospitality room for accompanying persons will be open at the Wyndham from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, in Sterling 3.  Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that has much to see and do. Our plan to offer an exciting program will begin by emailing tour and event information to registered persons prior to the meeting so discussion and interest can begin even before we meet.

Pittsburgh area information:

Market Square

Renovated, refreshed, reinvigorated with more life than ever before! Historic Market Square is once again the hub of Downtown activity.  What makes Market Square special?  The eclectic mix of old and new, from the Oyster House, which opened in 1871, to restaurants, outdoor cafes, and watering holes that have just opened their doors. The unique attractions, from public art to quirky boutiques. The free events, from concerts and rallies, to one of the region's best Farmers Markets.

Arts & Culture

Downtown is unquestionably the heart of Pittsburgh’s arts and culture scene. Each night, the Cultural District, 14 square blocks along Penn and Liberty Avenues, buzzes with theatergoers and diners. Enjoy a thrilling night of Broadway at the Benedum Center, or a dramatic evening of symphony, ballet or opera at the Heinz Hall, the home of the internationally-acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Both grand, breathtaking theaters, meticulously restored to their historic opulence, are known nationwide for their beauty and impeccable acoustics. On a more modern note, the O’Reilly Theater, designed by the noted Michael Graves, features theater with a contemporary edge. Art plays its part, too—especially at the popular free Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawls, held each quarter to showcase the Cultural District’s many galleries and art spaces, and when you go to a Gallery Crawl, don't forget to stop by our Night Market which is held in conjunction with each Gallery Crawl. 

Looking for a more historical day in Downtown? Head over to the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Western PA Sports Museum to explore their newest exhibit. The Sports Museum captures the unforgettable and almost forgotten tales of Pittsburgh sports through hundreds of artifacts, more than 70 hands-on interactive exhibits, and 20 audio-visual programs. The History Center is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and presents the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. Or, take a stroll down to the Fort Pitt Museum to learn about Western Pennsylvania's pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh--perfect for field trip, families and history buffs!

Sports & Recreation

With a rich sports history going back more than a century, fans pack world-class venues, Heinz Field, Consol Energy Center, PNC Park, and Highmark Stadium to cheer on the hometown Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Power, and Riverhounds.

Miles of riverfront trails with spectacular views of the city skyline are ideal for walking, jogging, biking and rollerblading. Love the water? Rent a kayak and paddle down the sparkling Three Rivers. Downtown’s Point State Park, at the scenic confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers, offers wide open green space for tossing a Frisbee, playing catch, or kicking the soccer ball around with the kids.




The registration desk at the meeting will open on Monday,18 May.  Register online at AcousticalSociety.org or use the printed registration formIf your registration is not received at the ASA headquarters by 20 April you must register on-site.

  Registration fees are USD as follows:    
  CATEGORY 20 APRIL TO 1 MAY and Onsite
  Acoustical Society Members $495
  Acoustical Society Members One-Day Attendance*     $245 $295
  Nonmembers $570 $645
  Nonmembers One-Day Attendance*  $285 $360
  Nonmember Invited Speakers One-Day Attendance*     Fee waived Fee waived
  Nonmember Invited Speakers $115  $115 
  (Includes one-year ASA membership upon completion of an application)    
  ASA Early Career Members   (ASA members within 3 years of $245 $295
  their of their most Recent degrees – proof of date of degree required)    
  ASA Student Members (with current ID cards)     $50 $100
  Nonmember Students (with current ID cards)   $90 $140
  ASA Emeritus Members (Emeritus status pre-approved by ASA)      $125 $150
  Accompanying Persons
$125 $150
  (Registrants who will not participate in the technical sessions)    

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 (2015) 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 register for one-day only without charge.   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.


*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.



Committee Members

  General Cochairs Robert Keolian and Matthew Poese
  Technical Program Chair Jennifer Miksis-Olds
  Audio Visual Patrick Marcoux
  Signs Derek R. Olson
  Accompanying Persons Bonnie Bradley
  Technical Tour Gregory A. Coudriet
  Society Luncheon Speaker Coordinator Richard M. Stern
  Meeting Administrator Gail Paolino