Spring 2014 Meeting

Providence, Rhode Island


Rhode Island Convention Center

and

Omni Providence Hotel

5 - 9 May 2014

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167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America



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Overview

The 167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held Monday through Friday, 5–9 May 2014 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Providence Hotel at special ASA rates.

Technical sessions and most other technical and social activities will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center with some committee meetings held at the Omni Providence Hotel. The meeting schedule can be found in the Intinerary Planner.

The Acoustical Society of America is once again sponsoring an exciting event, ASA School 2014, to be held 3-4 May 2014, immediately preceding the spring meeting in Providence, RI. Click here for details.



Audio-Visual and Special Equipment and Software


Audio-Visual Equipment

PC computers with stereo audio playback capability, computer projectors, and laser pointers will be provided in all lecture sessions. All other equipment is considered to be special equipment. Refer to the “Special Equipment” section below for additional information. Note that Mac computers will not be provided.

Special Equipment, Computer Equipment, and Software

Any equipment other than PC computers with stereo audio playback capability, computer projectors, and laser pointers is “special equipment.” Requests for special equipment (e.g., overhead transparency projectors, CD players) must be specified at the time of abstract submission. Provision of unusual special equipment will depend upon availability and cost. Special software requests should also be made, if required.

Please be specific about your audio needs, including number of channels and preferred loudspeaker arrangement.

Poster Session Boards

Poster boards and fastening materials will be provided. If your poster needs to be located adjacent to a power outlet and/or you require the use of a table, please request these items when you submit your abstract.

Projection Guidelines for Authors

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

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

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

Guidelines for use of computer projection will be supplied with acceptance notices.

Audio/Visual Preview Room

558 B on the first floor at the Rhode Island Convention Center will be set up as an A/V preview room for authors’ convenience, and will be available on Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.


Technical Events


Hot Topics

The “Hot Topics” session sponsored by the Tutorials Committee will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7 May, in room 557 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Papers will be presented on current topics in the fields of Engineering Acoustics, Psychological and Physiological Acoustics and Underwater Acoustics.

Auditory Neuroscience Prize Lecture and the William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience

The 2014 William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience will be awarded to Egbert de Boer, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, at the Plenary Session on Wednesday, 7 May. Egbert de Boer will present the Auditory Neuroscience Prize Lecture titled “The role of physics in inner-ear physiology and auditory perception” on Wednesday, 7 May at 11:00 a.m. in Session 3aPPc in Ballroom B at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Acoustical Oceanography Prize Lecture and the Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography

The 2014 Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography will be awarded to Andone C. Lavery, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, at the Plenary Session on Wednesday, 7 May. Andone Lavery will present the Acoustical Oceanography Prize Lecture titled “Advances in remote inference of physical and biological parameters using acoustic scattering techniques: Mapping the ocean in broadband ‘color’” on Wednesday, 7 May, at 1:00 p.m. in Session 3pAO in 554 A/B at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Exhibit

An instrument and equipment exhibit conveniently located near the registration area and meeting rooms, will open at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Monday, 5 May, and will close on Wednesday afternoon, 7 May. The exhibit will include computer-based instrumentation, scientific books, sound level meters, sound intensity systems, signal processing systems, devices for noise control and acoustical materials, active noise control systems and other exhibits on acoustics.

The opening reception will be held Monday, 5 May, starting at 5:30 p.m. One free drink will be provided to each registrant who attends the reception. On Tuesday exhibit hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be available in the exhibit area.

Contact the Exhibit Manager for information about participating in the exhibit: Robert Finnegan,

Advertising and Exhibits Division, AIP Publishing LLC, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502, Tel: 516-576-2433; Fax: 516-576-2481; E-mail: rfinnegan@aip.org

Student Design Competition

The 2014 Student Design Competition will be displayed and judged at the Providence meeting on Tuesday, 6 May, in Session 2pAAb, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in 556 A/B at the Rhode Island Convention Center. This competition is intended to encourage students in the disciplines of architecture, engineering, physics, and other curriculums 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. Entries may be submitted by individual students or by teams of a maximum of three students. Undergraduate and graduate students from all countries are encouraged to participate. Students must be enrolled in either the fall term of 2013 or the spring term of 2014 (or equivalent if a particular school does not operate on a spring and fall term basis) to be eligible for the competition. It is not necessary to attend the Providence meeting to participate in the competition, although attending the meeting is encouraged.

Information about the design scenario and registration for the competition is available on the website of the Newman Fund, www.newmanfund.org. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Norman Philipp <nphilipp@pittstate.edu>.

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.

Technical Tours

A tour of the acoustic test facilities at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island will be conducted, Monday, 5 May 2014. A bus will leave from the main lobby near the registration desk of the Omni Providence Hotel at 1:00 p.m. Expected return time is 4:00 p.m.

A Performance and Presentation on The Organ at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, Rhode Island has been scheduled for Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 7:00 p.m. A delightful performance and history presentation on the magnificent church organ will be provided by resident organist Phillip Faraone. The cathedral organ is a four chamber manual mechanical action Casavant, Opus 3145 designed by Larry Phelps. It is the largest mechanical action organ in North America complete with 6,616 pipes, 126 ranks and 73 stops. Many prominent organists have performed on the instrument including Dame Gillian Weir and Stephen Hamilton. The Cathedral is a leisurely 10-minute walk from the Omni Providence Hotel and Rhode Island Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased on-site at the meeting. Cost is a USD $10 donation. Register online.

Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA)

The upcoming meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will have a published proceedings, and submission is optional. The proceedings will be a separate volume of the online journal, "Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics" (POMA). This is an open access journal, so that its articles are available in pdf format without charge to anyone in the world for downloading. Authors who are scheduled to present papers at the meeting are encouraged to prepare a suitable version in pdf format that will appear in POMA. The POMA online site for submission of papers from the meeting will be opened about the same time when authors are notified that their papers have been accepted for presentation. It is not necessary to wait until after the meeting to submit one's paper to POMA. Further information regarding POMA and published papers from previous meetings can be found online at http://scitation.aip.org/content/asa.

Open Meetings of Technical Committees

A complete meeting program will be mailed as Part 2 of the April issue of JASA. Abstracts will be available on the ASA Home Page.

Automatic Accompaniment Demonstration Concert

A demonstration concert will be presented in session 4pMUb on Thursday, 8 May, 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Ballroom C. Music will be performed by Christopher Raphael (oboe) and Roger Dannenberg (trumpet) accompanied by their automatic systems. All attendees are invited to attend.


Tutorial Lecture and Short Course

Tutorial Lecture on Sound Production: Science in the Service of Art - A tutorial presentation on “Sound Reproduction: Science in the Service of Art” will be given by Floyd E. Toole, formerly of the National Research Council Canada and Harman International, on Monday, 5 May 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Ballroom D at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Short Course on Recent Technologies for Hearing Assistance - A short course on Recent Technologies for Hearing Assistance will be given on Sunday, 4 May 2014 at 1:00 p.m. and Monday 5, May 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in Providence 1 at the Omni Providence Hotel. Note: The short course is full.


Special Meeting Features and Facilities

ASA School 2014

Student Transportation Subsidies

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 7 April 2014 to: Jolene Ehl, jehl@aip.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.

Young Investigator Travel Grants

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 a 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 next meeting, are not currently students, and have not previously received the award. Each award will be of the order of USD $450 with two awards anticipated. Awards will be presented by check at the WIA luncheon at the meeting. Both men and women may apply. Applicants should submit a request for support, a copy of the abstract for their presentation at the meeting, and a current resume/vita which includes information on their involvement in the field of acoustics and in the ASA. Submit materials by e-mail to Lauren Ronsse < ronsse.lauren@gmail.com >. Deadline for receipt of applications is 24 March 2014.

Students Meet Members for Lunch

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, at 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.

Women in Acoustics Luncheon

The Women in Acoustics luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 7 May, at 11:30 a.m. in the Rotunda at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The fee is USD$30 (students USD$15) at the meeting. Tickets may be purchased at the meeting.

Assistive Listening Devices

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, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502, asa@aip.org.

Email Access and Internet Cafe

Computers providing e-mail access will be available 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Friday in 558B at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Wireless access will be available in the Rhode Island Convention Center and Omni Providence Hotel public areas.

Accompanying Persons Program

Spouses and other visitors are welcome at the Providence meeting. The registration fee is USD$125 for pre-registration by 7 April and USD$150 at the meeting.

A hospitality room for accompanying persons will be open in the Blackstone at the Omni Providence Hotel from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday. A representative from the Providence and Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau will be present on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to talk about Providence and the many things to do and places to see.

Providence Area information:

Water Fire is a recurring spring evening event in which organizers place dozens of flaming braziers along the length of the river and broadcast dreamy instrumental music.

The city’s shopping offerings include the Providence Place Mall in the heart of downtown; the older, ornate Arcade between Westminster and Weybosset streets; and many small, personal shops scattered among the neighborhoods. One - but not the only - hot spot for good dining is Federal Hill, the historic Italian neighborhood, as well as many fine restaurants downtown. Nightlife with live music in many small-to-medium-size venues around town is plentiful.

Among the several fine small museums are the Providence Children's Museum, the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design, and the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson and Wales University.

As the home of the Trinity Repertory Company, Providence Performing Arts Center, Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design, the city hosts a fine selection of visual and performing arts, from Broadway shows to student art exhibits and everything in between. People who love architecture should not miss taking a stroll around Rhode Island School of Design along North Main Street and then up toward historic Benefit Street and finally to College Hill, home of Brown University. The walk should meander along Benefit and Wickenden streets for a good tour of lovely Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian buildings. Other notable buildings are the lavish Rhode Island State House – an architectural masterpiece - and the eighteenth-century John Brown House Museum. Moving outside of the immediate downtown, visitors can find the Victorian-era Roger Williams Park, with its zoo, carousel, vintage casino building, lakes, and Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.


Special Events


Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony

  • A plenary session will be held Wednesday, 7 May, at 3:30 p.m. in Ballroom B/C. The award ceremony will include presentations of the 2014 William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience, the 2014 Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography, the R. Bruce Lindsay Award, the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal, and the Gold Medal. Certificates will also be presented to Fellows elected at the San Francisco meeting of the Society.

Coffee Breaks

  • Morning coffee breaks will be held each day from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the East Prefunction area from Monday through Thursday and in the Rotunda room on Friday. An afternoon break will be held on Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in East Prefunction.

Social Hours

  • Complimentary buffet socials with cash bar will be held on Tuesday, 6 May, and Thursday, 8 May, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Ballroom A at the Rhode Island Convention Center. 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 first-time attendees to meet and introduce themselves to others in the field. A second goal of the socials is to provide a sufficient meal so that meeting attendees can attend the Technical Committees meetings that begin immediately after the socials at 7:30 p.m.

Society Lecture and Luncheon

  • A Society Luncheon and Lecture sponsored by the College of Fellows will be held Thursday, 8 May, at 12:00 noon in Narragansett A/B at the Omni Providence Hotel. This luncheon is open to all attendees and their guests. Tom Austin, Principal Engineer, Ocean Systems Laboratory, WHOI, will be our Society Luncheon Speaker. He will present results from field experiments in which a REMUS-100 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) tracked multiple tagged sharks in the open ocean over periods of several hours. The Oceanographic Systems Laboratory (OSL) developed an algorithm that allows the vehicle to use information from an active transponder to provide a three dimensional track of the animal with high spatial and high temporal resolution. Field studies were conducted in the spring and summer of 2012. Two basking sharks and four white sharks were tagged and tracked for 1-3 hours. We present the engineering developments required to create the system as well as some very exciting video footage that was featured on the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week". Register online or use the downloadable registration form. Tickets cost USD$30.00 each and may be purchased at the meeting.

Jam Session

  • Once again the College of Fellows will be hosting the ASA Jam Session on Wednesday, 7 May, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight in the Rotunda at the Rhode Island Convention Center. 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.

Registration Information

 


The registration desk at the meeting will open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, 5 May, in the West Prefunction area at the Rhode Island Convention Center. 

If your registration is not received at the ASA headquarters by 7 April you must register on-site.


Registration fees are as follows:

Registration Fees

Category Preregistration by   7 April Onsite Registration
Acoustical Society Members $470 $545
Acoustical Society Members One-Day Attendance* $235 $350
Nonmembers $570 $645
Nonmembers One-Day Attendance* $285 $325
Nonmember Invited Speakers One-Day Attendance Fee Waived Fee Waived
Nonmember Invited Speakers (Includes one-year of ASA membership upon completion of an application) $110 $110
ASA Early Career Associate or Full Members (For ASA members who transferred from ASA student member status in 2011, 2012, or 2013) $275 $350
ASA Student Members (with current ID cards) $50 $90
Nonmomber Students (with current ID cards) $90 $130
Nonmember Undergraduate Students (with current ID cards indicating undergraduate status) $75 $115
ASA Emeritus Members (Emeritus status pre-approved by ASA) $125 $150
Accompyanying Persons (Registrants who will not participate in the technical sessions) $125 $150

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 (2014) 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.

NOTE: A $25 FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR CANCELLATIONS AFTER 7 APRIL.

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*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.


Accommodations

Omni Providence Hotel

A block of guest rooms at discounted rates has been reserved for meeting participants at the Omni Providence Hotel. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Note that the special ASA meeting rates are not guaranteed after 2 April 2014. You must mention the Acoustical Society of America when making your reservations to obtain the special ASA meeting rates.

The Omni Providence Hotel is connected to the Rhode Island Convention Center via indoor walkway.

Hotel Reservation and Information

OMNI PROVIDENCE HOTEL

Please make your reservation directly with the Omni Providence Hotel. When making your reservation, you must mention the Acoustical Society of America or group code; 050214ACOUSTICA to obtain the special ASA rates. The hotel address and phone numbers are as follows, but please make reservations as described below.

Omni Providence Hotel
One West Exchange Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Phone: (401) 598-8000
Fax: (401) 598-8200
Web: http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/Providence.aspx

RESERVATION PROCEDURES
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.

http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/Providence/MeetingFacilities/167thA...

 

Telephone Reservations
1-888-444-OMNI (6664)

 

ROOM RATES
Single or Double: USD $165.00
All rooms are subject to 13% state and local occupancy taxes

 

Reservation cut-off date: 2 April 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST


Transportation and Travel Information


Air Transportation

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Providence, Warwick's T.F. Green Airport (PVD) was recently named one of the top five airports in the US by Travel + Leisure magazine. Just off Exit 13 on Interstate Route 95, Green Airport is accessible to Boston, Cape Cod and Southeastern New England, and is fast-becoming a popular alternative to Boston's Logan Airport. For flight information visit, http://www.pvdairport.com/.

Ground Transportation

Transportation from the T. F. Green Airport to The Omni Providence Hotel and downtown Providence area hotels:

Information. The Information Booth, located at the sailboat in the airport main common area, serves many needs of the traveler to T. F. Green Airport, including maps, brochures, courtesy paging, parking and directions to locations in the local area. The staff can also provide general information on what is at T. F. Green. The information booth is staffed during normal business hours by Johnson and Wales hospitality students.

Rail Service. Providence is located on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between Washington DC/New York City and Boston. High speed Acela Express train service transports passengers form New York City to Providence in about two and a half hours. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) runs low cost commuter trains to Providence from Boston and other points in Massachusetts. Amtrak’s Providence railway station is within walking distance of The Omni Providence Hotel and The Rhode Island Convention Center. Amtrak’s contact information; 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit, www.amtrak.com.

Major car rental companies. Nearly every major car rental company is represented at T.F. Green. Rental car counters are located in the Interlink building directly connected to the airport via indoor skybridge.

Airport Shuttle shared-ride service.

The shuttle departs T. F. Green Airport every hour on the hour from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. It arrives and departs the Omni Providence Hotel at 17 minutes past every hour. The fee for this service is USD$11.77 per person one way or USD$23.54 round trip. Please Note: Roundtrip tickets are available for purchase inside the airport only. These tickets will guarantee a return seat. Drivers can only accept cash. At the counter, inside the airport, near baggage claims, all major credit cards are accepted. Phone 401-737-2868 or visit, www.airporttaxiri.com for more information.

Taxicabs and limousines. Taxis are available outside the terminal at T. F. Green Airport. Providence is approximately 10 minutes from the airport, with fares averaging USD$35.00 one way. All fares are metered. Please phone 401-737-2868 for more information.

Driving/Parking Information

Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903

From the North. Take 95S to exit 22ABC. Merge onto 22A (Memorial Blvd.) toward Downtown. At the second light turn right onto Cookson Place. Take your next right onto West Exchange Street. Stay straight and the RI Convention Center will be directly in front of you. From the South. Take 95N to exit 22ABC. Merge onto 22A (Memorial Blvd.) toward Downtown. Turn right onto Francis Street. At the light take a right onto West Exchange Street. The RI Convention Center will be directly in front of you.

Parking at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Self-Parking is available at the Rhode Island Convention Center Garage. The full day and overnight rate is USD$18.00. The RI Convention Center garage and the Omni Providence Hotel are connected via indoor walkway. http://www.riconvention.com/

Omni Providence Hotel,One West Exchange Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903

From 95 North. Take Exit 22A. At the first set of lights take a right onto Francis Street, at the next set of lights make a right turn onto West Exchange Street. The hotel will be located on your right.

From 95 South. Take Exit 22A, at the top of the exit ramp stay in your left lane towards Downtown Providence. At the first set of lights go straight onto Memorial Boulevard. At the next set of lights make a right turn onto Exchange Street. At the stop sign make a right turn onto Exchange Terrace. At the next set of lights go straight onto West Exchange Street. The hotel will be located on your right.

From 295 North & South. Take Exit 6 (Route 6), Follow Route 6 East to Route 10 North. Follow Route 10 to the end and bear right into Downtown Providence. At the first set of lights go straight onto Memorial Boulevard. At the next set of lights make a right turn onto Exchange Street. At the stop sign make a right turn onto Exchange Terrace. At the next set of lights go straight onto West Exchange Street. The hotel will be located on your right.

Parking at the Omni Providence Hotel. The hotel valet overnight and full day parking rate is USD$28.00. Self parking is available at the Rhode Island Convention Center Garage next to hotel. The self-parking rate is USD$18.00 for overnight or full day. The Rhode Island Convention Center garage and the Omni Providence Hotel are connected via indoor walkway.

Weather

April showers will have brought a bloom to May flowers and a definite Spring feel in the air. Temperatures are typically in the mid 60s during the day. Dropping to the cool low 50s at night.

Room Sharing

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 24 March 2014 to the Acoustical Society of America, by e-mail, asa@aip.org. The responsibility for completing any arrangements for room sharing rests solely with the participating individuals.


Information for Students


ASA Students on Facebook

Student participation is highly encouraged at ASA Meetings.  Please also visit the ASA Student Zone for additional information.

Student Transportation Subsidies - note: the deadline has passed.

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 7 April 2014 to: Jolene Ehl, jehl@aip.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.

Students Meet Members for Lunch

The 2014 Student Design Competition will be displayed and judged at the Providence meeting. This competition is intended to encourage students in the disciplines of architecture, engineering, physics, and other curriculums 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. Entries may be submitted by individual students or by teams of a maximum of three students. Undergraduate and graduate students from all countries are encouraged to participate. Students must be enrolled in either the fall term of 2013 or the spring term of 2014 (or equivalent if a particular school does not operate on a spring and fall term basis) to be eligible for the competition. It is not necessary to attend the Providence meeting to participate in the competition, although attending the meeting is encouraged.

All competition entries will respond to a design scenario that will be announced by approximately 1 December 2013. Information about the design scenario and registration for the competition will be available on the website of the Newman Fund, www.newmanfund.org. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Norman Philipp <nphilipp@pittstate.edu>.

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.

New Student Orientation and Student Meet and Greet

  • A New Students Orientation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, 5 May, 550A/B at the Rhode Island Convention Center. This will be followed by the Student Meet and Greet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Rotunda at the Rhode Island Convention Center which will provide an opportunity for students to meet informally with fellow students and invited members of the Acoustical Society. Students are encouraged to attend the tutorial lecture on Sound Reproduction which begins at 7:00 p.m. in Ballroom D at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Student Reception

  • The Students' Reception will be held on Wednesday, 7 May, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Narragansett C in the Omni Providence Hotel. This reception, sponsored by the Acoustical Society of America and supported by the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, will provide an opportunity for students to meet informally with fellow students and other members of the Acoustical Society. All students are encouraged to attend, especially students who are first time attendees or those from smaller universities.

  • Students will find a sticker to place on their name tags identifying them as students in their registration envelopes. Although wearing the sticker is not mandatory, it will allow for easier networking between students and other meeting attendees. Students are encouraged to refer to the student guide, also found in their envelopes, for important program and meeting information pertaining only to students attending the ASA meeting. They are also encouraged to visit the official ASA Student Home Page at www.acosoc.org/student/ to learn more about student involvement in ASA.

Please check back regularly for updates on student events.

Local Committee

  • General Chair - James H. Miller
  • Co-Chair - Gopu R. Potty
  • Technical Program Chair - James F. Lynch
  • Audio Visual - Andrea M. Simmons and James A. Simmons
  • Technical Tours - Cathy Ann Clark and David A. Brown
  • Food/Beverage - Gail Paolino
  • Signs - John R. Buck
  • Meeting Administrator - Gail Paolino