Techical Committee Reports
Annual Reports of Technical Committees for 2012-2013
Technical Committees represent thirteen different areas of acoustics in the Society. Appointments to the Technical Committees take place in January. The chair of the Technical Committee (see reports below) should be contacted for information about how to initiate procedures to join a Technical Committee.
Acoustical Oceanography (AO)
Animal Bioacoustics (AB)
Architectural Acoustics (AA)
Biomedical Acoustics (BA)
Engineering Acoustics (EA)
Musical Acoustics (MU)
Physical Acoustics (PA)
Psychological and Physiological Acoustics (PP)
Signal Processing in Acoustics (SP)
Structural Acoustics and Vibration (SA)
Underwater Acoustics (UW)
The Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee (AO TC) continued to be very active in 2012-2013. This annual report reviews events from the 164th and 165th meetings of Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in Kansas City, MO and Montréal, Canada.
At the Kansas City meeting, John Colosi was awarded the 2012 Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography and gave the prize lecture, “The problem of sound propagation through the fluctuation ocean and the interplay between ocean acoustics and physical oceanography”. This prize is given to recognize a person for the effective use of sound in the discovery and understanding of physical and biological parameters and processes in the sea. John was given the award for work on ocean internal waves as they relate to sound fluctuations in the sea. The 2013 Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography was awarded at the Montréal meeting to Philippe Roux. Philippe gave the Medwin Prize lecture, “Acoustical tomography in the shallow water ocean: Dream or reality?”
The 2013 Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal was awarded to Tim Leighton at the Montréal meeting. The award was given to Tim for contributions to physical acoustics, biomedical ultrasound, sonochemistry, and acoustical oceanography.
A highlight of the Kansas City meeting was the special session honoring Clarence Clay. Clarence Clay passed away in 2011 and was well known in the Acoustical Oceanography community for his many contributions to the field. He received the first ASA Silver Medal in Acoustical Oceanography in 1993. The session was very well attended with an opening talk given by Ivan Tolstoy, which was an excellent tribute. There were also family members at the session and reception that followed.
The Montréal meeting had a special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS http://www.dosits.org/). There was a symposium to commemorate the anniversary that included several excellent lectures describing research activities in Acoustical Oceanography, Animal Bioacoustics and Underwater Acoustics. Presentations were given by Gail Scowcroft from the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Arthur N. Popper from the University of Maryland, Dr. Darlene Ketten from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Dr. Kathleen Vigness-Raposa from Marine Acoustics Inc., Dr. Peter Worcester from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Dr. James Miller from the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation and the University of Rhode Island.
For the Kansas City meeting the student paper contest was combined with the Underwater Acoustics TC. The two best papers at that meeting were, “Reconstructing surface wave profiles from reflected acoustic pulses,” by Sean Walstead and, “Estimating numerical density of scatterers in monotype aggregations using the statistics of broadband echoes: Applications to fish echoes.” by Wu-Jung Lee. In Montréal there were quite a few student papers presented in Acoustical Oceanography. The first place paper was by Florian Aulanier, “Time-angle ocean acoustic tomography using sensitivity kernels: Numerical and experimental inversion results.” The second place paper was by Kevin Jerram, “Observing natural methane seep variability in the northern Gulf of Mexico with an 18-kilohertz split-beam scientific echosounder.”
The AO TC also wants to thank several members who have served or will serve on ASA committees: Tony Lyons served on ASACOS and is being replaced by Gopu Potty, Ross Chapman on Medals and Awards and is being replaced by Tim Duda, Ken Foote on the Membership committee and being replaced by Tim Stanton.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Andone Lavery who was elected in the winter of 2013 to be the next Chair of Acoustical Oceanography. Andone is currently an Associate Scientist with tenure in the Department of Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Andone has been very active in Acoustical Oceanography and the AO TC is fortunate to have someone with her background and enthusiasm as Chair for the next three years. Her term begins after the Montréal meeting.
This report covers the activities of the Technical Committee on Animal Bioacoustics (TCAB) and its members during the period from May 2012 through June 2013.
The 164th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America was held in Kansas City, Missouri, October 22-26, 2012.
Animal Bioacoustics (AB) sponsored the following 10 special sessions: Echolocation, Bio-Sonar and Propagation, chaired by Whitlow Au, with 7 contributed papers, co-sponsored by Engineering Acoustics and Signal Processing in Acoustics. Acoustics as Part of Ocean Observing Systems, co-chaired by Ana Sirovic and Lora J. Van Uffelen, with 7 invited papers and 5 contributed, co-sponsored by Acoustical Oceanography and Arctic Bioacoustics. Vocalization, Hearing, and Response in Non-Human Vertebrates I, chaired by Michael A. Stocker with 5 invited papers and 8 contributed. Vocalization, Hearing, and Response in Non-Human Vertebrates II, chaired by Michael A. Stocker, with 8 contributed papers. Underwater Noise from Pile Driving I, co-chaired by Mardi C. Hastings and Martin Siderius, with 8 invited papers, co-sponsored by Acoustical Oceanography, Structural Acoustics and Vibration, Underwater Acoustics, and the ASA Committee on Standards. Terrestrial Passive Acoustic Monitoring I, Chaired by David Delaney, with 7 invited papers. Underwater Noise from Pile Driving II, co-chaired by Mardi C. Hastings and Martin Siderius, with 5 contributed papers, co-sponsored by Acoustical Oceanography, Structural Acoustics and Vibration, Underwater Acoustics and ASA Committee on Standards. Terrestrial Passive Acoustic Monitoring II, chaired by Ann E. Bowles, with 11 invited papers.
TCAB at the Kansas City meeting was also co-sponsor of 3 special sessions whose primary sponsor was another TC: Broadband, Complex Pulses for Echolocation, haired by Kenneth Walsh, with 8 invited papers, Sponsored by Engineering Acoustics, co-sponsored by Signal Processing in Acoustics and Animal Bioacoustics. Outdoor Sound Propagation, co-chaired by Siu-Kit Lau and Kai Ming Li, with 5 invited papers and 7 contributed, sponsored by Noise, co-sponsored by Physical Acoustics, ASA Committee on Standards, and Animal Bioacoustics. Sound Production in Organs, Wind Instruments, Birds, and Animals, co-chaired by Thomas D. Rossing and Joe Wolfe, with 10 invited papers, sponsored by Musical Acoustics, co-sponsored by Animal Bioacoustics.
At the Kansas City Meeting, Professor Richard Fay was awarded the Silver Medal in Animal Bioacoustics for his pioneering research in fish hearing. The encomium for Richard Fay, written by William A. Yost, can be found on pages 2021-2022 of the September 2012 issue of JASA.
John Hildebrand, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, was recognized at the Kansas City meeting as a newly-elected Fellow of the ASA. TCAB thanks Michael Stocker for serving as its representative to the Technical Program Organizing Meeting for the Kansas City Meeting.
ICA 2013 Montréal, the 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, the 52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association, and the 21st International Congress on Acoustics took place in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, June 2-7, 2013.
Animal Bioacoustics sponsored the following 7 special sessions: Sound Generation and Perception in Animals, chaired by Nancy Allen, with 12 contributed papers. Conditioning, Segmentation, and Feature Extraction in Bioacoustic Signals, chaired by David K. Mellinger, with 5 invited papers and 3 contributed, co-sponsored by Signal Processing in Acoustics. Listening in the Natural Environment Animal Bioacoustics, co-chaired by Cynthia F. Moss and Peter M. Narins, with 8 invited papers and 4 contributed, co-sponsored by Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, Signal Processing in Acoustics, and Noise. Perceiving Objects I, co-chaired by Caroline M. DeLong and Eduardo Mercado, with 9 invited papers, co-sponsored by Psychological and Physiological Acoustics. Perceiving Objects II. Co-Chaired by Caroline M. DeLong and Eduardo Mercado, with 2 invited papers and 4, contributed, co-sponsored by Psychological and Physiological Acoustics. Modeling and Measurement of Anthropogenic Noise in Marine Environments, chaired by Bruce Martin, with 2 invited papers and 4 contributed, co-sponsored by Noise. Animal Vocal Modification in Noise, Chaired by Susan Parks, with 7 invited papers and 3 contributed.
TCAB was also co-sponsor at the Montréal meeting of 2 special sessions whose primary sponsor was another TC: Future of Acoustics, co-chaired by Michael J. Buckingham and Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp, with 3 invited papers, sponsored by Noise, and co-sponsored by Animal Bioacoustics, Acoustical Oceanography, Underwater Acoustics and Signal Processing in Acoustics. Biomechanics of Hearing, chaired by Sunil Puria, with 7 invited papers, sponsored by Psychological Physiological, and co-sponsored by Animal Bioacoustics.
TCAB thanks Bruce Martin for serving as its representative to the Technical Program Organizing Meeting for the Montréal meeting.
Congratulations to Jillian Vitacco Ocean Sciences, University of California, the Animal Bioacoustics Best Student Paper Award winner at the Kansas City meeting for her talk, “Seals and sound in a changing Arctic: Ongoing psychoacoustic studies of spotted and ringed seals,” and to the Animal Bioacoustics Best Student Paper Award winners at the Montréal meeting, Erickson Neilans, Psychology, University of Buffalo, “Call perception in mice” 1st place and Allison Hahn, Psychology, University of Alberta, “Categories, concepts and calls: Auditory perceptual mechanisms and cognitive abilities across different types of birds” 2nd place.
Animal Bioacoustics topics were well represented in the journal publications of the Society. There were 60 AB papers published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) and JASA Express Letters (JASA EL) during the period covered by this report. The entire Proceedings of ICA 2013 Montréal have been published in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA).
Associate Editors serving in the area of Animal Bioacoustics are Whitlow W. L. Au, Richard R. Fay, James J. Finneran, Mardi C. Hastings, Michael J. Owren, and James A. Simmons for JASA; Cynthia F. Moss for JASA EL; and Richard R. Fay for POMA.
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; James A. Simmons on the Medals and Awards Committee; Aaron Thode on the Membership Committee; Samuel L. Denes on the Student Council; and Marla Holt on the ASA Committee on Standards.
Four papers were featured in the press releases of the ASA for the Kansas City and Montréal meetings, and five authors of papers on animal bioacoustics topics prepared lay-language versions of their papers to be used for outreach by ASA to science writers and the general public. These can be viewed at the ASA World Wide Press Room at http://www.acoustics.org/press/index.html.
The Animal Bioacoustics webpage has been and is available at http://www.animalbioacoustics.org/. Thanks to David K. Mellinger, Holger Klinck, and Sara L. Heimlich for the design and maintenance of the site, where visitors can find information about animal bioacoustics topics, including topics covered by AB, new books, conferences, and useful links.
TCAB members also participate in the Standards activities of the Society through its representative on ASACOS and through a Standards Committee: Accredited Standards Committee S3, Subcommittee 1, Animal Bioacoustics. David K. Delaney of USA CERL serves as Chair and Mardi C. Hastings, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, 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. These included Seabass 2012–BioAcoustics Summer School, 17-22 June, International Congress for Neuroethology, 5-10 August 2012, and DOSITS: Discovery of Sound in the Sea website which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Montréal on June 4, 2013. The DOSITS website contains valuable information for education.
CYNTHIA F. MOSS
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, and (3) a steady Focus on Future Growth.
(1) 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.
At the spring 2012 conference in Hong Kong, Architectural Acoustics sponsored 110 papers and posters across 12 special sessions, along with a Student Design Competition, and a Student Paper Competition. Joint meetings and international events add to the usual administrative and technical challenge of a conference. We are indebted to Ning Xiang, ASA Architectural Acoustics Co-Chair, for organizing the technical program and our Technical Program Organizing Meeting representatives, Bruce Olson and Ken Roy.
At the fall 2012 conference in Kansas City, AA sponsored 67 papers across 8 special sessions, ran a Student Paper Competition, and hosted a Knudsen Distinguished Lecturer, Scott Pfeiffer. Norman Philipp and Yun Jing represented Architectural Acoustics at the essential Technical Program Organizing Meeting. The Kansas City conference was particularly exciting for AA, as the leadership for the conference is based in our discipline, with Bob Coffeen serving as General Chair, and Lily Wang as Technical Program Chair.
At the spring 2013 conference in Montréal, Architectural Acoustics was lead sponsor of 144 papers across 18 special sessions, 1 Student Design Competition, 1 Technical Tour, plus the Student Paper Competition. As with Hong Kong, this joint meeting in an international location required above-and-beyond administrative attention. We are indebted to Michael Stinson (General Chair), Luc Mongeau (Technical Program Chair), and our Technical Program Organizing Meeting representative, Eric Reuter.
(2) 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. In order to qualify as an authorized presenter for this AIA/CES short course, attendance at a special workshop, organized and offered periodically at ASA conventions – San Diego, most recently, with more to follow at future meetings – and membership in TCAA are required.
- 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 last year. 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 in the final stages of 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.
(3) Our Focus on Future Growth is realized in the following ways:
- Student paper awards
TCAA Student Paper Award competitions continue to run at each biannual ASA conference. We congratulate the following students
Results from Hong Kong:
- 1st: Jia Luo; Tsinghua University Student Design Competition
- 2nd: Ingo Witew; A model to predict measurement uncertainties due to loudspeaker directivity and its validation
Results from Kansas City:
- 1st: Johannes Klein; Reciprocal binaural room impulse response measurements
- 2nd: Daniel Marquez; Sound power measurements in non-ideal enclosures using acoustic energy density
● Student design competition
Phillip Robinson and Dave Woolworth were successful in organizing a design competition that literally knew no borders. The competition included 20 outstanding entries, from 12 universities. Thank you to the Judging Panel: Angelo Campanella, Campanella Associates; Clemeth Abercrombie, Artec Consultants; Zane Au Shen, Milsom, & Wilke Assoc. Hong Kong; Calvin Chan, Shen, Milsom, & Wilke. Assoc. Hong Kong; Tim Gulsrud, Kirkegaard & Associates; and Dave Adams, DL Adams Associates Inc.
- Wang Yunyong, Pan Lili, Liu Yiyi – South China University of Technology
Commendations: (in no particular order.)
- Per Bergström, Erik Olsson, Viktoria Henrikssson – Chalmers University of Technology
- Maria Hult, Petrus Torstenson, Einar Himmelmann – Chalmers University of Technology
- Mizuki Inoue, Hidehiko Kondo, Saori Masuda – Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo/ Shibaura Institute of Technology
- Grant Price – University of Kansas, School of Architecture, Design and Planning
Norman H. Philipp, Andy Miller, and David Woolworth organized a very successful design competition, with 14 schools from around the world participating.
- Isak Naslund – Chalmers University
- Hjalmar Kaudern – Chalmers University
- Xianjuan Wong – Chalmers University
- Andrew Schmidt – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ted Pitney – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Jeff Carter – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Mizuki Inoue - Tokyo Institute of Technology Kaoru Watanabe – Tokyo Institute of Technology Kayoko Imaiida – Tokyo Institute of Technology
- Shota Ishizuka – Shibaura Institute of Technology Arata Onoshima – Tokyo Institute of Technology Chiemi Wakabayashi – Tokyo Institute of Technology
- Yoshihiro Miura – Meiji University
- Koichi Toida – Meiji University
- Tomoya Yoshimitsu – Meiji University
Concert Hall Research Group Summer Institute
The next gathering of leading researchers, practitioners, early career professionals and students for a concentrated set of experiences on architectural acoustics is in the planning stages for August 2014.
Lastly, I wish to highlight and thank the key leadership of the relevant committees related to architectural acoustics. Tim Foulkes was our representatives on the Medals and Awards Committee. Ron Freiheit serves on the Membership Committee, and Angelo J. Campanella is the TCAA representative to the ASA Committee on Standards. Lauren Ronsse, Sam Clapp, and Ellen Peng serve on the Student Council. The Associate Editors in Architectural Acoustics are Franck Sgard, Lily Wang, and Ning Xiang for JASA, Ning Xiang for JASA Express Letters. Ralph Muehleisen for POMA. Erica Ryherd serves on Women in Acoustics. Finally, thanks to Kenneth Good the Secretary of our technical committee who was elected Chair at TCAA meeting Montréal.
ALEX U. CASE
The 164th ASA meeting in Kansas City featured several interesting special sessions sponsored by Biomedical Acoustics (BA), including “Biomedical applications of acoustic standing waves” organized by Martin Wiklund, “Measurement of material properties using wave propagation methods” organized by Matt Urban, and “Nonlinear simulations of medical ultrasound” organized by Martin Verweij and Koen van Dongen. BA also jointly sponsored a session honoring Wes Nyborg with Physical Acoustics. The session for Wes Nyborg was organized by Larry Crum and Junru Wu. The TPOM representatives for the Kansas City meeting were Xinmai Yang and Bob McGough. Lihong Wang gave an excellent “Hot Topics” presentation in Kansas City.
Another highlight of the Kansas City meeting was the student poster competition, which was organized and coordinated by Kevin Haworth. The winners of the poster competition were Kirthi Radhakrishnan (first place), Kun Jia (second place), and Karla P. Mercado (third place). The poster judges in Kansas City were Koen W. A. van Dongen, Matt Urban, Martin Verweij, Larry Crum, Vera Khokhlova, Goutam Ghoshal, Ken Bader, Guillaume Bouchoux, Kevin Haworth, Joel Mobley, Christy Holland, Doug Mast, Kausik Sarkar, Bob McGough, and Tim Stiles. Amit Katiyar, who won the raffle for the “Take-a-Student-to-the-Society-Luncheon” at the student reception, was hosted by Christy Holland.
The 165th ASA meeting was held jointly with the ICA and the CAA meetings in Montréal. This large, well-attended meeting had morning and afternoon BA sessions scheduled every day of the week. Parallel BA sessions were also scheduled on several days. The special sessions were “Acoustic microscopy: Biomedical applications” organized by John Allen, “Ultrasound tomography” organized by Yun Jing, “Biophysical mechanisms of sonoporation” organized by Richard Manasseh and John Allen, and “Delivery of nucleic acids (DNA, siRNA, antisense oligos)” organized by Tyrone Porter and Raffi Karshafian. The TPOM representatives for the Montréal meeting were Ron Roy and Jeff Ketterling.
The awards ceremony was especially exciting in Montréal, where candidates sponsored by Biomedical Acoustics were the recipients of three of the top awards. Larry Crum received the Gold Medal, Tim Leighton received the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary (HRI) Silver Medal, and Eleanor Stride received the R. Bruce Lindsay Award. Interestingly, all three award winners gave presentations during one of the Tuesday morning sessions in Montréal. The extraordinary efforts of Ron Roy and Carr Everbach on the behalf of the award winners and BA are greatly appreciated.
We had another outstanding student poster competition in Montréal. This poster competition was also organized and coordinated by Kevin Haworth. The winners of the poster competition were Kirthi Amin Jafari Sojahrood (first place), Pol Grasland-Mongrain (second place), and Matthew Adams (third place). The poster judges in Montréal were Carr Everbach, Jamie Collins, Constantin Coussios, Eleanor Stride, Glynn Holt, Kavitha Chandra, Koen W. A. van Dongen, Tim Leighton, Tanya Khokhlova, Tyrone Porter, Vera Khokhlova, Wagner Coelho de Albuquerque Pereira, Wayne Kreider, Yun Jing, Charles Thompson, Jeremy Brown, Christy Holland, and Likun Zhang.
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, BA representatives on committees for the Acoustical Society, Associate Editors, special session organizers, session chairs, the student council representative, poster session judges, and the poster session organizer. The BA committee representatives are Mike Bailey (Membership), Ron Roy (Medals and Awards), Doug Mast (Publications), Peter Kaczkowski and Vera Khokhlova (ASACOS), and Jason Raymond (Student Council). The Associate Editors of JASA and JASA EL for BA related areas are Charlie Church, Doug Miller, Robin Cleveland, Guillaume Haïat, Mardi Hastings, Oleg Sapozhnikov, Paul Barbone, Tim Leighton, Keith Wear, Suk Wang Yoon, and Martin Verweij. Charlie Church 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. Thanks to your efforts, this year has been a big success for Biomedical Acoustics.
ROBERT J. MCGOUGH
ROGER T. RICHARDS
During 2012‐2013 the Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics (TCMU) was chaired by Thomas Moore. The representatives to the Society committees were: James P. Cottingham, Medals and Awards; Andrew Morrison, Committee on Standards; James Beauchamp, Membership; and Whitney Coyle, 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, Thomas D. Rossing and Thomas Moore (JASA Express Letters); and James W. Beauchamp (POMA). The Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) representatives for the meetings were Jim and Judy Cottingham (Kansas City) and Gary Scavone (Montréal). Those appointed or reappointed as TCMU members during the year were: Edgar Berdahl, Judith Brown, Courtney Burroughs, Joel Gilbert, Thomas Huber, Wilfried Kausel, Bozena Kostek, Timothy Leishman, Daniel Ludwigsen, Thomas Rossing, Daniel Russell David Sharp, Julius Smith, William Strong, and Joe Wolfe.
At the 164th meeting of the Society in Kansas City, October 22-26, 2012 the TCMU sponsored six special sessions: General Topics in Musical Acoustics (Thomas R. Moore, Chair), Acoustics of the Pipe Organ (Uwe J. Hansen, Chair), Teaching Musical Acoustics to Non-Science Majors (Jack Dostal, Chair), Physics of the Blues (Andrew C. H. Morrison, Chair), The Acoustics of Rhythm (James P. Cottingham, Chair) with an associated performance on the Mridangam by Rohan Krishnamurthy, Sound Production in Organs, Wind Instruments, Birds, and Animals, a Special Session in Honor of Neville Fletcher (Thomas D. Rossing and Joe Wolfe, Cochairs). Of particular note is the special session in honor of Neville Fletcher, which was held jointly in the United States and Australia with real-time internet access between the two locations. This was an unqualified success. Winners of the award for best student papers were Rohan Krishnamurthy and Mert Bay.
At the joint 21st ICA/165th ASA meeting in Montréal, Canada held June 2-7, 2013 the TCMU sponsored ten special sessions: String Instrument Measurements (Agnieszka Roginska and Chris Waltham, cochairs), Player/Instrument Coupling (Gary Scavone and Tamara Smyth, cochairs), Aeroacoustics of Wind Instruments and Human Voice I (Shigeru Yoshikawa and Xavier Pelorson, cochairs), Musical Preference, Perception, and Processing (Jean-Francois Petiot and Richard L. King, cochairs), Aeroacoustics of Wind Instruments and Human Voice II (Shigeru Yoshikawa and Xavier Pelorson, cochairs), Perception and Orchestration Practice (Stephen McAdams and Punita G. Singh, cochairs), Transient Phenomena in Wind Instruments: Experiments and Time Domain Modeling (Stefan Bilbao and D. Murray Campbell, cochairs), Measurements, Modeling, and Simulations of Brass Instruments (James W. Beauchamp, Wilfried Kausel and Thomas Moore, cochairs), Acoustic Analysis of Musical Instruments (Thomas D. Rossing and Vincent Gibiat, cochairs) and Digital Libraries for Speech and Singing (Annabel J. Cohen and Steven R. Livingstone, cochairs). Mossein Mansour and Jiaxi Liu won the awards for Best Student Papers.
James Cottingham continues to maintain an excellent website for TCMU, which can be accessed at www.public.coe.edu/~jcotting/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.
THOMAS R. MOORE
In 2012, Nancy Timmerman stepped down as Chair of The Technical Committee on Noise (TCNS) at the Hong Kong meeting and Scott Sommerfeldt moved into that position. Young presenter awardees were announced as being Carl Hart at the Kansas City meeting, and Calum Sharp and Frederik Nielbo (2 awards given) at the Montréal meeting.
The 164th meeting of the ASA was held in Kansas City, MO, and had 63 noise papers in 8 sessions. The Noise sessions were “Sound Absorption of Micro-Perforated Structures (joint with AA and PA),” co-chaired by Li Cheng and Ning Xiang; “Outdoor Sound Propagation (joint with PA, AB, and ASACOS),” co-chaired by Siu-Kit Lau and Kai Ming Li; “Sound Quality, Sound Design, and Soundscape (joint with AA),” co-chaired by Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp, Klaus Genuit, and Bennett M. Brooks; “Soundscape Workshop (joint with AA),” co-chaired by Bennett M. Brooks and Jian Kang; “Launch Vehicle Acoustics (joint with PA and SA),” co-chaired by Kent L. Gee and R. Jeremy Kenny; “Passive and Active Noise Reduction in Hearing Protection (joint with ASACOS and PP),” co-chaired by Richard L. McKinley and Hilary L. Gallagher; and “Ongoing Developments in Classroom Acoustics – Theory and Practice in 2012, and Field Reports of Efforts to Implement Good Classroom Acoustics (joint with AA and ASACOS),” co-chaired by David Lubman and Louis C. Sutherland – 2 sessions. There were eleven (11) applicants for the Young Presenter Award. Sui-Kit Lau and Angelo Campanella served as TPOM representatives for the meeting.
The 165th meeting of the ASA was held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, jointly with the 21st International Congress on Acoustics (ICA) and the 52ndmeeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association (CAA). There were 153 noise papers in 20 noise-led sessions. The sessions were: “Advanced Hearing Protection and Methods of Measurement,” co-chaired by Christian Giguere, Elliott H. Berger, and Jeremie Voix – 2 sessions; “Community Noise,” chaired by Eric L. Reuter; “Transportation Noise,” chaired by Kenneth Kaliski; “International Aviation Noise Standards (joint with ASACOS),” chaired by Victor Sparrow; “Community Response to Low-Amplitude Sonic Booms ,” co-chaired by Alexandra Loubeau and Juliet A. Page; “Soundscape and its Application (joint with AA),” co-chaired by Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp and Bennett M. Brooks; “Wind Turbine Noise,” co-chaired by Nancy Timmerman, Paul Schomer, and Sheryl Grace – 2 sessions; “Aviation, Aviation Engines, and Flow Noise,” chaired by Victor Sparrow; “Noise Barriers,” chaired by Murray Hodgson; “Poster Session on Noise and Architectural Acoustics (Poster session, joint with AA),” chaired by Hideki Tachibana; “Effects of Noise on Human Performance and Comfort (joint with AA and PP),” co-chaired by Lily M. Wang and Arianna Astolfi – 2 sessions; “Future of Acoustics (joint with AB, AO, UW and SP),” co-chaired by Michael J. Buckingham and Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp; “Children’s Perception of Noise,” co-chaired by Irene van Kamp and Janina Fels; “Noise Control (joint with AA),” chaired by Fabian Probst; “Urban Noise and Modeling,” chaired by Fabian Probst; and “Current U.S. and Canadian Noise Standards (joint with ASACOS),” chaired by Richard L. McKinley. Jane Hupe gave a Distinguished Lecture on “The Work of the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection and the Development of International Noise Standards”. There were thirty-five (35) applicants for the Young Presenter Award. Kenneth A. Cunefare and Kenneth H. Kaliski were the TPOM representatives for the meeting.
Thanks to following people who have represented TCNS within the ASA during this time: Ken Cunefare on the Medals and Awards Committee, Ken Roy on the Membership Committee, Cameron Fackler on Student Council, Rich Peppin on ASACOS (Committee on Standards), and Paul Schomer, Standards Chair. For the Young Presenter Award, Steve Pettyjohn and Eric Reuter coordinated Kansas City, while Norman Philipp handled Montréal, assisted by Nancy Timmerman. The Associate Editors for Noise are Ben S. Cazzolato, Sanford Fidell, Raymond M. Kirby, Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp, and Kirill V. Horoshenkov for JASA, Scott D. Sommerfeldt for JASA Express Letters, and Alexandra Loubeau for POMA. Les Blomberg, of Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, continues to maintain the committee's website.
SCOTT D. SOMMERFELDT
Jeffrey A. Ketterling of Biomedical Acoustics represented Physical Acoustics at the lightly-attended the Acoustics 2012 Hong Kong meeting the week of 13 May 2012. A general consensus was that the attendees found the “apps” very worthwhile but the paper program still was needed. A large number of attendees came from Japan and China, as well as from Europe.
Physical Acoustics Special Sessions (some joint with Biological Acoustics) included:
• John Allen, Richard Manasseh & James Friend: “Acoustic Micro-nanofluidics”
• Charles Church, Suk Wang Yoon and Gail ter Haar: “How does the definition of cavitation influence quantification of its physical and biological effects?”
• Lawrence A. Crum, Juan Tu & W.Z. Chen: “Sonoluminescence”
• Philip L. Marston, Jack Ng: “Negative radiation forces exerted by acoustical and optical beams”
• W.S. Ohm, Preston Wilson: “Emerging Technologies and Concepts in Ultrasonics”
For the 164the meeting of the Acoustical Society in Kansas City the week of 22 October 2012, Physical Acoustics open meeting attendance was heavy with more than 125 attending. Discussions of the types and use of media reinforced the value of phone “apps” but emphasized the need for the paper program and for Acoustics Today and Echoes to remain as paper publications. Special sessions were well attended, peaking at of order 40 attendees per session. Physical Acoustics Special Sessions (some joint with Biological Acoustics) included:
• D. Keith Wilson and Dinesh Manocha: “Recent Developments in Computational Acoustics for Complex Indoor and Outdoor Spaces”
• Joseph A. Turner and Goutam Ghoshal: “Waves in Heterogeneous Solids”
• Larry Crum, Junru Wu: “Memorial Session for Wesley Nyborg”
• Josh R. Gladden: “Thermoacoustics, Physics, and More”
• Roger M. Waxler: Infrasound I, II
The ICA 2013 Montreal meeting was exciting, including components of the 21st International Congress on Acoustics, 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, and the 52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association. Attendance at the Physical Acoustics meeting was about 70. Particularly noteworthy was the awarding of the Gold Medal in Acoustics to Lawrence A. Crum, a central figure for Physical Acoustics, and the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal in Biomedical Acoustics, Physical Acoustics, and Acoustical Oceanography to Timothy G. Leighton.
ASA students now have a facebook page, www.facebook.com/ASAstudents, and the Physical Acoustics website has been rejuvenated, accessible at http://acosoc.org/TechComm/PATC/. The technical initiative for support of the always-successful Physical Acoustics Summer School was acquired by the Acoustical Society as a whole, instead of obtaining support via separate initiatives from several technical committees.
The general consensus is slowly drifting away from the paper version of Echoes.
Physical Acoustics Special Sessions (some joint with Biological Acoustics) included:
• Lawrence A. Crum, Michel Versluis, Yong-Joe Kim: “Acoustics in Microfluidics and for Particle Separation: Standing Waves, Streaming, and Radiation Forces, Bubbles and Drops, Biological Applications”
• Srikar Vegallatore: “Nanoacoustics”
• Said Assous, Weichang Li: “Borehole Acoustics Logging for Hydrocarbon Reservoir Characterization”
• Kenneth Suslick, Hao Feng: “Chemical and Non-Medical Biological Effects of Ultrasound”
The tradition of the P&P Technical Committee emphasizing the spring meeting over the fall meeting continued, with the fall 2012 meeting in Kansas City, Missouri having only two contributed P&P sessions. These included "Perception and Models" chaired by G. Christopher Stecker and a poster session titled "Physiology and Perception" chaired by Gabriel A. Bargen. The P&P committee also cosponsored two special sessions with other technical committees. These included "Binaural an Spatial Evaluation of Acoustics in Performance Venues," sponsored by Architectural Acoustics and cosponsored by P&P, Engineering Acoustics, and "Noise and Passive and Active Noise Reduction in Hearing Protection" sponsored by Noise and cosponsored by the ASA Committee on Standards and P&P. Michael Heinz presented "Psychological and Physiological Acoustics: From Sound to Neurons to Perception...to Clinical and Engineering Applications” in the special session "Introduction to Technical Committee Research and Activities: Especially for Students and First-Time Meeting Attendees." We thank Tiffany Johnson of the University of Kansas Medical Center for being our representative at the Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) for the Kansas City meeting.
A larger than usual (for a fall meeting) Technical Committee meeting was held in Kansas City, with the attendance of about 40 participants. New Fellows in P&P were announced including David Eddins, as well as Peter Assmann, William J. Murphy, and Peter Howell who have PP as their secondary area of interest. P&P representatives to other ASA committees and Associate Editors of ASA Publications were thanked. These include Marjorie Leek (Membership), William Hartmann (Medals and Awards), Bill Woods (ASACOS), Elin Roverud (Student Council) and JASA, JASA-EL, and POMA Associate Editors: Carolina Abdala, Karl Grosh, Chris Shera, Emily Buss, John Culling, Torsten Dau, Laurent Demany, Enrique Lopez-Poveda, Michael Stone, Brenda Lonsbury-Martin, Qian-Jie Fu, and Erick Gallun.
Brenda Lonsbury-Martin was thanked for serving as guest editor for a very impressive issue (April 2012) of Acoustics Today, which focused on some of the exciting ongoing research in P&P. Brenda thanked the authors for their time and effort in helping to represent P&P to the rest of ASA.
The newly created William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience was announced. It is an annual prize to recognize and honor research that links auditory physiology with auditory perception or behavior (i.e., research that links our two P's). The prize, which includes a cash award and a silver medal, is to be awarded at spring meetings of the ASA where the recipients are also required to deliver the Auditory Neuroscience Prize Lecture.
The new P&P website was launched the week before the Kansas City meeting (http://acosoc.org/TechComm/PPTC/Homepage.html). The site was presented by Mike Heinz, who with much help from Megan Masterson at Purdue Univ., developed this new site.
The spring meeting in Montreal was a joint meeting including the 21st International Congress on Acoustics, the 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the 52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association. P&P sponsored seven excellent special sessions, including “In Memory of Bertram Scharf: Five Decades of Contributions to Auditory Perception” (organized by Mary Florentine, Huanping Dai); “Binaural Hearing and Binaural Techniques I and II” (organized by Janina Fels, Pablo Hoffmann ); “Celebrating a “Long” Career: Explorations of Auditory Physiology and Psychoacoustics” (organized by Jungmee Lee, Elizabeth A. Strickland); “Multimodal Influences on Auditory Spatial Perception” (organized by Shuichi Sakamoto, William L. Martens); “Biomechanics of Hearing” (organized by Sunil Puria); “Computational Modeling of Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Models and Applications” (organized by Michael G. Heinz, Torsten Dau); and “Recent Trends in Psychoacoustics I and II” (organized by Hugo Fastl, Sonoko Kuwano). P&P also sponsored several contributed posted sessions including “Psychoacoustics and Perception”, “Speech, Attention and Impairment”, “Auditory Physiology and Modeling”, and “Binaural Hearing”. P&P cosponsored sessions with other Technical Committees including “Player/Instrument Coupling” with Musical Acoustics; “Adapting, Enhancing, and Fictionalizing Room Acoustics” with Architectural Acoustics and Signal Processing in Acoustics; “Listening in the Natural Environment” with Animal Bioacoustics, Signal Processing in Acoustics, and Noise; “Perceiving Objects” with Animal Bioacoustics; “Learning By Listening: Education in Acoustics Based on Listening” with Education in Acoustics; “Perception and Orchestration” with Musical Acoustics; “Methods and Materials that Improve Speech Intelligibility for the Elderly and Hearing Impaired”, and “Effects of Noise on Human Performance and Comfort”. Hugo Fastl presented a plenary lecture on Tuesday morning to start that day’s technical program, entitled “Basics and applications of psychoacoustics.”
Charlie Liberman was awarded the von Békésy Silver Medal Award in P&P on Wednesday afternoon, “for discoveries regarding coding of sound by the auditory nerve in normal and impaired hearing.”
Tom C.T. Yin was named recipient of the first William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience. The award was presented to Dr. Yin at the Wednesday afternoon plenary session. Tom Yin presented the Auditory Neuroscience Prize Lecture titled “Physiological and behavioral studies of sound localization” earlier in the meeting.
We are grateful to Judy R. Dubno who served with Michael Heinz as our representatives at the TPOM for the Montreal meeting.
At the Technical Committee meeting in Montreal, JASA AEs Torsten Dau and Laurent Demany, who are stepping down as AEs for JASA, were thanked for their valued service. We welcome Leslie R. Bernstein, Virginia Best, Ian Bruce, Frederick J. Gallun, Virginia M. Richards and Elizabeth A. Strickland as new JASA AEs for P&P. New Fellows in P&P were announced including M. Patrick Feeney, Eric W. Healy, and Philip X. Joris. The Technical Committee terms of Michael A. Akeroyd, John H. Grose, Ervin R. Hafter, Walt Jesteadt, Lori J. Leibold, Nicole L. Marrone, Christopher J. Plack, and Pamela E. Souza came to an end, while the 3-year terms of Michael Akeroyd, Richard Freyman, Adrian K.C. Lee, Ruth Litovsky, Ewan MacPherson, Dorea Ruggles, and Chris Stecker began. The TC meeting was used as the venue to elect new members to the P&P Technical Committee, and the following new members were elected to begin their terms following the Spring 2014 meeting in Providence: Ian Bruce, Hedwig Gockel, Jennifer Lentz, Lynne Werner, Magdalena Wojtczak, and Pavel Zahorik. Thanks to Lori Leibold for running the election. We thank Bill Hartmann, our representative to the Medals and Awards Committee, Marjorie Leek, our representative to the Membership Committee, Bill Woods, our representative to ASACOS (Standards), and Elin Roverud, our outgoing representative to Student Council. Our new Student Council representative is Anna C. Diedesch.
The P&P Technical Initiatives continue unchanged. The initiatives include limited travel support for invited speakers, student receptions, and homepage updating. Suggestions for uses of funds, including innovations such as workshops and satellite meetings, etc., are welcome and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICHAEL G. HEINZ
The Technical Committee on Signal Processing (TCSP) gratefully acknowledged Lee Culver for his service as Chair of the Committee from 2009 to 2012. The chair was passed to Ning Xiang, the newly elected chair, at the TCSP open meeting in Kansas City.
During the ASA Kansas City meeting, the TCSP organized two special sessions. Paul Gendron organized and chaired the special session on “Methods for underwater acoustic parameter estimation and tracking at low signal-to-noise ratios,” and Grace Clarke and Lee Culver organized and chaired the special session on “Cognitive approaches to acoustic signal processing.” We thank our Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) representative for Kansas City, Lee Culver.
Samuel J. Anderson of the Graduate Program in Acoustics at Pennsylvania State University was named the recipient of the Best Paper by a Young Presenter Award at the Kansas City meeting for the paper entitled "Acoustic cavitation localization in reverberant environments". Paul Hurskyand Paul Gendron coordinated judging and evaluations of the Young Presenter competition at that meeting.
At ICA 2013 Montréal, the joint conference of the 21st International Congress on Acoustics, the 165th ASA Meeting, and the 52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association, the TCSP organized three special sessions, Yang-Hann Kim and Jung-Woo Choi organized and chaired the special session on “Array Signal Processing for Three-Dimensional Audio Applications”. Leon Cohen and Patrick Loughlin organized and chaired the special session on "Methods and Applications of Time-Frequency Analysis.” Cameron Fackler and Ning Xiang organized and chaired the special session on “Sampling Methods for Bayesian Analysis and Inversions in Acoustic Applications”.
Paul Gendron coordinated the judging and evaluations of the Young Presenter Competitions at ICA 2013. Two Best Paper by Young Presenter Awards were awarded to Chuang Shi from the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University for his poster presentation entitled "Steerable parametric loudspeaker with preprocessing methods" and to Stewart Holmes from Lloyd’s Register ODS, Denmark for his oral presentation entitled "Circular harmonic beamforming with spheroidal baffles". We thank our Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) representatives Jens Meyer and Ning Xiang.
Special thanks go to Zoi-Heleni Michalopoulou, who has served as the TCSP representative to the Membership Committee. James Preisig was appointed as her successor on the Membership Committee beginning in June 2013.. Our thanks also go to James Candy, who has served the Associate Editor of JASA Express Letters for TCSP for many years and who retired from that position in June 2013. Thanks are also extended to Sean Fulop, Zoi-Heleni Michalopoulou, and Patrick Loughlin for their continued service as the signal processing Associate Editors of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 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 TCSP.
The TCSP web site has been maintained by Brian Anderson, who also organized and managed the Gallery of Acoustics. Paul Gendron was responsible for the TCSP Student Challenge Problem and the Young Presenter Competition
Ed Sullivan serves as the TCSP representative to the Medals and Awards committee. Charles Gaumond serves on the ASA Standards committee. Thanks to Blaine Harker (BYU) for serving as the TCSP student representative on the Student Council.
Finally, thanks to Blaine who serves as a secretary of our technical committee.
The Speech Technical Committee (STC) supports the activities, meetings, publications, etc., for the largest technical area in the Society. This report covers the ASA meetings in Kansas City, MO, and Montréal, QC, as well as activities that occurred in summer 2013 after the end of the Montréal meeting.
The current members of the TC are Suzanne E. Boyce, Bruce R. Gerratt, Eric J. Hunter, Jelena Krivokapic, Sungbok Lee, Conor T. McLennan, Geoffrey S. Morrison, Rajka Smiljanic, Mitchell S. Sommers, Brad H. Story, Scott L. Thomson, Peter J. Watson, Zhaoyan Zhang, Fredericka Bell-Berti, Ann R. Bradlow, Kate E. Bunton, Rachel Frush Holt, Kuniko Neilsen, Lawrence J. Rosenblum, Augustine Agwuele, Tessa C. Bent, Carol Y. Espy–Wilson, Helen M. Hanson, Michael B. Porter, Athanasios Katsamanis, Jody E. Kreiman, Shrikanth S. Narayanan, Sona Patel, Tarun Pruthi, Christine H. Shadle, Patrick Wolfe, and 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 STC members who assisted us by serving on committees were Suzanne E. Boyce–Membership Committee, Shrikanth Narayanan–ASACOS, Anders Lofqvist–Medals and Awards Committee, Jenna Luque–Student Council Representative, and Brad Story who maintains our web page. Jenna ended her term just prior to the Montréal meeting and was replaced by Rachael Gilbert. We thank Jenna for her service and welcome Rachael into this new role.
My term ended after the Montréal meeting. Catherine Rogers (University of South Florida) will serve as the chair of SC through mid-2016. I thank Cathy in advance for her work, and pledge whatever support she needs.
The editors of JASA did not change from last year. Associate Editors of JASA are: Speech Perception– Abeer Alwan, Cynthia G. Clopper, John M. Hillenbrand, Benjamin Munson, Peggy B. Nelson, Brad H. Story; Speech Production –David Berry, Anders Lofqvist and Christine Shadle; Speech Processing–Carol Y. Espy-Wilson, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson and Shrikanth Narayanan. Associate Editors for JASA Express Letters are: Speech Perception–Sandra Gordon-Salant; Speech Production–Anders Lofqvist, and Speech Processing–Douglas D. O’Shaughnessy. The Associate Editors for Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) is Peter Watson. A number of these individuals retired as of June 30, 2013. We thank them for their service.
The two ASA meetings went very smoothly this year because of the particular efforts of several members. First, we are grateful to our Technical Program Organizing Meeting (TPOM) representatives, who sorted papers, arranged the technical programs, and determined presentation rooms. They were Joan Sereno, Michael Vitevitch, and Allard Jongman for the Kansas City meeting and Molly Babel and yours truly, Benjamin Munson, for the Montréal meeting. Both the Kansas City and Montréal meetings had many large special sessions, which made for two very exciting TPOMs. I know I speak for all of the past TPOM representatives when I say that we are more than happy to provide tips and support for future TPOM representatives.
We also enjoyed celebrating our new fellows Peter Assmann, Peter Howell, David Eddins, and Ron Scherer in Kansas City. To create stimulating and focused sessions, we sponsor special sessions every year, which focus on themes of interest to the speech community. Both the Kansas City and Montréal meetings had numerous special sessions on topics related to the three sub-areas of our TC: perception, production, and processing.
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 Kansas City and Montréal. In Montréal, the winner was James Dias ($300), the second prize went to Lee Yoonjeong ($200), and honorable mention went to Page Piccini. In Kansas City, the winner was Beth Casserly ($300) and the second prize was Ben Parrell ($200). The student reception, which is joint with other technical committees, is intended to allow students to meet more senior ASA members informally. The receptions were well attended.
The student papers were judged by STC members and the winners were awarded $300 for first prize and $200 for second prize. The competitions were large at both the Kansas City and Montréal meetings. The Montréal meeting, in particular, had 94 students in competition. We thank Rachel Theodore and Molly Babel for coordinating this competition.
BENJAMIN R. MUNSON
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.
Acoustics 2012 Hong Kong, China (Joint with 163rd ASA Meeting)
At the Acoustics 2012 Hong Kong, China, SAVTC sponsored four special sessions with a total of 47 papers presented (13 invited, 34 contributed):
- Energy Based Methods in Structural Acoustics, Wen Li, M.N. Ichchou, Fusheng Sui
- Noise Control Methods for Aerospace Structures, Gopal Mathur
- Machinery Noise and Vibration (two sessions), Zhuang Li, Hongwei Liu, Wilson Ho
- Aircraft Cabin Noise, Anders Nilsson, Bilong Liu
The TPOM representative was Win Li and the winners of the Best Student Paper competition, coordinated by James Phillips, were: first place, André Verstappen (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), and second place, Ye Wang (Harbin Engineering University, China).
164th ASA Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri
At the 164th ASA meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, SAVTC sponsored four special sessions plus one session of contributed papers with a total of 44 papers presented (29 invited, 15 contributed).
- Damping Applications and Modeling, Benjamin Shafer
- Session in Honor of Preston W. Smith, Jr., Allan Pierce, J. Gregory McDaniel
- Guided Waves for Nondestructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring (two sessions), Session I, Tribikram Kundu and Wolfgang Grill, Session II, Henrique Reis, Michael Lowe
- Structural Acoustics Optimization, Micah Shepherd
SAVTC also cosponsored the following sessions:
- Launch Vehicle Acoustics, cosponsored with Noise and Physical Acoustics
- Underwater Noise from Pile Driving (two sessions), cosponsored with Animal Bioacoustics, Acoustical Oceanography, Underwater Acoustics, and ASA Committee on Standards
The TPOM representative was Robert Koch and the winners of the Best Student Paper competition, coordinated by Ben Shafer, were: first place, Alan Wall (BYU), and second place, Rico Meier (Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany).
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.”
ICA 2013, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Joint with 165th ASA Meeting)
At the International Congress on Acoustics 2013 in Montréal, Québec, Canada, SAVTC sponsored four special sessions plus four sessions of contributed papers with a total of 82 papers presented (34 invited, 48 contributed).
- Measurement and Modeling of Structures with Attached Noise Control Materials (two sessions), Franck Sgard, Noureddine Atalla
- History and Application of Constrained Layer Damping, J. Gregory McDaniel, Kenneth Foote
- Memorial Session in Honor of Miguel Junger, David Feit, Joel Garrelick
- Acoustic Metamaterials (two sessions), Yun Jing, Dean Capone
SAVTC also cosponsored the following sessions:
- Array Signal Processing for Three-Dimensional Audio Applications (two sessions) cosponsored with Signal Processing in Acoustics, Engineering Acoustics, and Physical Acoustics
- Nearfield Acoustical Holography (NAH) Measurements and Applications cosponsored with Signal Processing in Acoustics, Engineering Acoustics, and Physical Acoustics
- Wind Turbine Noise (two sessions) cosponsored with Noise, ASA Committee on Standards, Engineering Acoustics
The TPOM representative was Robert Koch and Ben Shafer coordinated the Best Student Paper competition, winners yet to be announced at the time this report was written.
JAMES R. PHILLIPS
At the Kansas meeting, the Technical Committee on Underwater Acoustics (TCUW) organized two special sessions, “Random Matrix Theory” and “Memorial Session in Honor of Clarence S. Clay.” Of particular note is the latter special session which drew a large audience and was a wonderful recount of Clay’s life-long, wide-ranging contributions to underwater acoustics, from technical insights to education of young scientists.
In the TC discussions, it was apparent that two areas in underwater acoustics are enjoying increased interest: Arctic acoustics and acoustics involving cabled observatories.
The Montréal meeting was noted for its multiple successful special sessions. While traditional topics such as seabed acoustics continued to draw large number of attendees, diverse subjects on computation, signal processing and new engineering techniques, co-sponsored with other TCs, were a standout feature for this meeting.
Finally, the TCUW with support from its members, has agreed to co-sponsor or endorse a number of events in the past year, extending its influence internationally. They include Discovery of Sound in the Sea Symposium in Montréal, the UAM-ECUA in Corfu, Greece, Ocean Acoustic Interference Phenomena and Signal Processing workshop in Moscow, Russia, and the Pacific Rim Underwater Acoustics Conference in Hangzhou, China.
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