ASA Meetings

ASA Meeting Schedule

176th Meeting
Victoria, Canada
5-9 November 2018

177th Meeting
Louisville, Kentucky
13-17 May 2019

178th Meeting
San Diego, California
2-6-Dec 2019
179th Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
11-15 May 2020
180th Meeting
Cancun, Mexico
9-13 November 2020
181st Meeting
location and dates to be determined
Spring 2021
182nd Meeting
Sydney, Australia
6-10 December 2021

Joint Meeting

176th Meeting
Acoustical Society of America


2018 Acoustics Week in Canada
Canadian Acoustical Association

Victoria Conference Centre
Victoria, BC, Canada

5–9 November 2018

Key Dates

Hotel Reservations at discounted rates: 10 October 2018

Register for the Victoria Meeting
Make Hotel Reservation
The room block at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel is full.
Itinerary Planner
Meeting Mobile App

Canada Border Services Agency – Letter of Recognition
ASA 176th Meeting/2018 Acoustics Week in Canada
Foreign attendees should present this letter to a CBSA Border Services Officer upon arrival to Canada

Table of Contents

Call for Papers
Hotel Reservation Information
Audio Visual Equipment and Information
Other Events and Information
Undergraduate Research Exposition
Early Career Speed-Networking
Open Meetings of Technical Committees
Hot Topics
ANSI Standards Committee Meetings
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA)
Itinerary Planner, Mobile App and Meeting Program
ASA/CAA social run
Tutorial Lecture on An Introduction to Sound in the Sea
Short Course on Bioacoustics and Ecoacoustics
ASA Meeting Policies
Meeting Harassment Policy
Photography and Recording
Funding Opportunities
Student Transportation Subsidies
Young Investigator Travel Grant
Early Career Travel Subsidies
Dependent Care Subsidies

Registration Information
Technical Program
Student Activities
Student Orientation and Meet and Greet
Students’ Reception
Students Meet Members for Lunch
Other Information for Students
Plenary Session, Awards Ceremony, Social Hours
Luncheons, Jam Session
General Information
Room Sharing
Special Accessibility
Coffee Breaks
WiFi, Internet Zone, Email
Accompanying Persons Program
Transportation and Travel Information
Traveling to Canada


Blocks of guest rooms at discounted rates have been reserved for meeting participants at the Fairmont Empress and the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Special ASA meeting rates are not guaranteed after Friday, 10 October 2018 11:59 p.m. PST. You must mention the Acoustical Society of America when making your reservations to obtain the special ASA rates.

Fairmont Empress
721 Government Street
Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 1W5

Please make your reservation directly with the Fairmont Empress. Online reservations are recommended.


  • Reservations must be accompanied by a first-night’s room deposit or guarantee with a major credit card.
  • Check in time: 4:00 p.m./Check out time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Early Departure Fee (charged when guest checks out prior to the reserved check out date): CDN $94.50. To avoid the charge guests must inform the hotel before or at check-in if they wish to change the check-out date to an earlier date.
  • Deposit refunds: Room deposits are refundable if reservations are cancelled up to 72 hours in advance of guests’ arrival.
  • Reservations in ASA group: Complimentary internet access in sleeping rooms with enrollment into Fairmont President’s club (membership in program is complimentary). Enroll in advance or upon arrival at


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

Fairmont Empress online reservation link

Telephone Reservations

Online reservations are recommended. From US or Canada call 800-257-7544.  From all other countries call 800-441-1414. When making reservations by phone you must mention the Acoustical Society of America or group code Acoustical Society to obtain the special ASA room rates:


Single/ Double: CDN $189
Room Types: Fairmont or Deluxe
Charge for each extra person sharing room: CDN $30/Maximum occupancy per room is 4 persons
No charge for children up to and including 18 years of age sharing room with their parents
Other room types at higher rates are available and can be found on the online reservation site

Taxes and Fees: 17.16% Total
11% (PST) + 5% (GST)
Destination Marketing Fee: 1%

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

Reservation cut-off date: 10 October 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST


Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel
728 Humboldt Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3Z5, Canada

Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel – The room block at the Marriott is full

Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel
728 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3Z5, Canada


  • Reservations must be accompanied by a first-night’s room deposit or guarantee with a major credit card.
  • Check in time: 4:00 p.m./Check out time: 12:00 noon
  • First night’s Room & Tax will be charged if cancellations are received 3 days or less prior to arrival.
  • First night’s Room & Tax will be charged if guests do not check in on their scheduled arrival date and who have not cancelled their reservations (no shows)
  • Complimentary wifi throughout hotel 


Telephone Reservations

Attendees can book individually by calling reservations toll-free at 1-888-236-2427 and asking for the Acoustical Society of America Meeting group rate.


Deluxe Single/ Double: CDN $169 (Triple: CDN $199/Quad: $229)
Other room types at higher rates are available and can be found on the online reservation site
Rates will be offered, based on availability from 11/1/2018 to 11/12/2018

Taxes and Fees:
11% (PST) + 5% (GST)
Destination Marketing Fee: 1%



Register online or use the preregistration form. If your registration is not received at the ASA headquarters by 8 October 2018 you must register on-site. The registration desk at the meeting will open on Monday morning, 5 November.

Registration fees are USD as follows:

8 October
ASA/CAA Members$550$650
ASA/CAA Members One-Day Attendance*$275$375
Nonmembers One-Day Attendance*$350$450
Nonmember Invited Speakers One-Day Attendance*$ 0$ 0
Nonmember Invited Speakers-Full Week (Includes one-year ASA membership upon completion of an application)$350$350
ASA/CAA Early Career Associate or Full Members (ASA members within 3 years of their most Recent degrees—proof of date of degree required)$275$375
ASA/CAA Student Members (with current Student ID)$100$150
Nonmember Students (with current Student ID)$200$250
Undergraduate Students (with current Student ID)$25$25
ASA Emeritus Members (Emeritus status pre-approved by ASA or CAA)$150$200
Accompanying Persons(Registrants who are not authors or coauthors on abstracts and/or will not participate in or attend technical sessions)$150$200


Nonmembers who register for the full week and simultaneously apply for Associate Membership in the ASA will be given a USD $50 discount off their dues payment for the first year (2019) of membership. Invited speakers who are members of ASA are expected to pay the registration fee, but nonmember invited speakers may preregister for one-day only without charge and on-site for USD $350. A nonmember invited speaker who pays the full-week registration fee, will be given one free year of membership upon completion of an application form.

Note: A USD $25 fee will be charged for cancellations after 8 October 2018


*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.



The technical program includes 121 sessions with 1290 abstracts scheduled for presentation during the meeting. Several sessions are scheduled in poster format, with the display times indicated in the program schedule. 

The Itinerary Planner is available which contains the technical sessions, other events, and committee meetings.

Each abstract is coded with numbers and letters. As hypothetical examples: paper 2pEA3 would be the third paper in a session on Tuesday afternoon organized by the Engineering Acoustics Technical Committee; 3pSAb5 would be the fifth paper in the second of two sessions on Wednesday afternoon sponsored by the Structural Acoustics and Vibration Technical Committee.

The first character is a number indicating the day the session will be held, as follows:

1-Monday, 5 November

2-Tuesday, 6 November

3-Wednesday, 7 November

4-Thursday, 8 November

5-Friday, 9 November


The second character is a lower case “a” for a.m., “p” for p.m., or “e” for evening corresponding to the time of day the session will take place. The third and fourth characters are capital letters indicating the primary Technical Committee that organized the session using the following abbreviations or codes:

AA   Architectural Acoustics

AB    Animal Bioacoustics

AO    Acoustical Oceanography

BA    Biomedical Acoustics

EA     Engineering Acoustics

ED     Education in Acoustics

ID      Interdisciplinary


MU   Musical Acoustics

NS    Noise

PA     Physical Acoustics

PP     Psychological and Physiological Acoustics

SA     Structural Acoustics and Vibration

SC     Speech Communication

SP     Signal Processing in Acoustics

UW   Underwater Acoustics

In sessions where the same group is the primary organizer of more than one session scheduled in the same morning or afternoon, a fifth character, either lower-case “a,”  “b,” or “c” is used to distinguish the sessions. Note that technical sessions are listed both in the calendar and the body of the program in the numerical and alphabetical order of the session designations rather than the order of their starting times. For example, session 3aAA would be listed ahead of session 3aAO even if the latter session begins earlier in the same morning.




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

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

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


Guidelines for Authors

Guidelines for Oral Presentations

Guidelines for Use of Computer Projection

Suggestions for Effective Poster Presentations


Poster Session Boards

Poster boards and fastening materials will be provided. Poster boards are 8 ft. wide by 4 ft. high.


Audio-Visual Preview Room

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


Undergraduate Research Exposition

The 2018 Undergraduate Research Exposition, a poster session sponsored by Education in Acoustics, will be held in session 3pEDa on Wednesday, 7 November, in Prefunction 1B at the Victoria Conference Centre. This session provides a forum for undergraduate students to present their research in any area of acoustics and can also include overview papers on undergraduate research programs. It is intended to inspire and foster growth of undergraduate research throughout the Society, to encourage undergraduates to express their knowledge and interest in acoustics, and to foster their participation in the Society.


Early Career Speed-Networking Event

ASA is hosting a speed-networking event for early career participants at the meeting to facilitate professional relationships and collaboration between early career participants and more experienced members of the society. The first half of the event will include multiple short conversations between early career participants and more senior society members. The second half will be a social in which the participants will be given the opportunity to continue conversations with the more experienced society members as well as interact with other early career participants. The event will be held on Monday, November 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Participant requirements: The speed-networking event is intended for early career acousticians from any subfield of acoustics, who received their last degree within the past ten years. It is not intended for students or those in the process of receiving a degree. Students are encouraged to attend the activities specifically designed for them throughout the week. Please contact Tessa Bent ([email protected]) or Dom Bouavichith ([email protected]) if you have any questions. 


Open Meetings of Technical Committees

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


Hot Topics

A “Hot Topics” session sponsored by the Tutorials, Short Courses, and Hot Topics Committee will cover the fields of Speech Communication, Education in Acoustics, and Animal Bioacoustics will be held in Session 3pID on Wednesday, 7 November, at 1:00 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at the Fairmont Empress.


ANSI Standards Committees

Meetings of ANSI Accredited Standards Committees will be not held at the meeting.

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

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


Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA)

The Victoria meeting will have a proceedings published as a volume of ASA’s online journal, “Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics” (POMA). Articles published in this open-access journal are indexed by e.g., Google Scholar and Compendex and are promoted through both Twitter and Facebook. Although submission to POMA is optional, all authors are encouraged to submit a written version of their talk or poster. Journal information, manuscript templates, and the 3200+ published POMA articles are located at​/.


Things to note:

  • There is no publication fee, but presentation of the paper at the meeting is mandatory.
  • POMA does not have a submission deadline. Authors may submit manuscripts before or after the meeting; note, however, that review will not take place until after the meeting.
  • POMA has Word and LaTeX manuscript templates and cover pages are now generated automatically at the time of publication.
  • Published papers are being both indexed in scholarly venues and highlighted on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Visit for additional information, including recent changes to the manuscript preparation/submission process


Authors who are members of the Canadian Acoustical Association are invited to submit 2-page conference proceedings papers that will be published in Canadian Acoustics in December 2018. Authors are encouraged to submit their 2-page proceedings papers by 1 November to the Canadian Acoustics journal under the “Conference Proceedings” section. CAA authors who also submit a paper to POMA should change the POMA paper’s title to differentiate from the Canadian Acoustics paper.  See the CAA webpage for details.


Mobile App, and Meeting Program

A mobile app will be available for the Victoria meeting and information will be posted on this site later in August. A complete meeting program will be mailed as Part 2 of the September issue of JASA. The program in pdf format will be posted in September.


ASA/CAA social run

The meeting location is in close proximity to lovely running paths and spectacular views. Join us for a social run to explore the area! There will be two guided runs, a 3 mile/5 km loop and a 5 mile/8 km loop. We’ll have local runners leading a variety of paces, so that there’s something for everyone.

Day: Tuesday November 6

Time: 6:40am: meeting time, to sign waivers / 7:00am: run departure time (to catch the sunrise over the water!) 

Social Run Registration Location: Victoria Convention Centre, Prefunction 1A (same place as meetingregistration) 


Short loop (5km):

Long loop (8km):

Waiver: Participants will be required to complete a waiver to join the social run. These will be available at the social run registration location on the morning of the run. 

Contact: If you have any questions about the run, please contact Sonya Bird: [email protected]



A tutorial on “Introduction to Sound in the Sea” will be presented by Tom Dakin of Ocean Networks Canada, in session 1eID on Monday, 5 November at 7:00 p.m. in Salon A at the Victoria Conference Centre.



This introductory talk will address why underwater acoustics are important, it’s uses, how sound propagates so far in the ocean, man-made sounds, including shipping noise, and the impact of noise in the ocean.  A short overview of organizations working on the issue of underwater noise will be given including those around the Salish Sea where the conference is being held.  The way sound is measured and analyzed will be shown with local examples of marine life, earthquake and anthropogenic noise. A short exercise to show the effects of acoustic masking will be given, followed by an explanation of echolocation use by the Southern Resident Killer Whales and the implications of acoustic masking on finding food for this local and endangered species.


Lecture Notes

Lecture notes will be available at the meeting in limited supply.  Those who register by 8 October 2018 are guaranteed receipt of a set of notes.


Tutorial Lecture Preregistration

To partially defray the cost of the lecture, a registration fee is charged.  The fee is USD $15 for registration received by 8 October 2018 and USD $25 thereafter including on-site registration at the meeting. The fee for students with current ID cards is USD $7 for registration received by 8 October 2018 and USD $12 thereafter, including on-site registration at the meeting.  Register online or use the printed registration form to register for the Tutorial Lecture.


The Short Course will be given in two parts:  Sunday, 4 November, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Rattenbury B at the Fairmont Empress and Monday, 5 November, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Colwood ½ at the Victoria Conference Centre.


Bioacoustics and Ecoacoustics are rapidly developing disciplines to study and monitor ecosystems by their soundscape composition. This is a worldwide emerging research area aimed at monitoring, and possibly contrasting, the decline of biodiversity impacted by habitat reduction and degradation due to both local human activities and global environmental changes (climate changes and chemical pollution). The acoustic environment, also known as soundscape, has been recognized to be an essential component of ecosystems, thus worth of being studied, monitored, protected, and even restored when altered by human activities. In this context, sounds have the potential to serve science, conservation and also education.

Ecoacoustics joins bioacoustics and ecology as an interdisciplinary science that investigates natural and anthropogenic sounds and their relationship with the environment over a wide range of study scales, both spatial and temporal, including populations, communities, and landscapes.  Ecoacoustics operates in all types of terrestrial and aquatic (freshwater and marine) ecosystems extending the scope of acoustics and bioacoustics. Sounds can be both the subject and the tools of ecological research. As the subject, sounds are investigated in order to understand their evolution, functions and properties under environmental pressures. As tools, sounds are used to study and monitor animal diversity, abundance, behaviour, dynamics and distribution, and their relationship with ecosystems and the environment.

The objective of the course is to provide scholars with a solid foundation to understand bioacoustics and ecoacoustics, the equipment needed to do acoustic research and monitoring, the software tools, the applications in the different fields, ranging from basic research to environmental monitoring and protection. The course will include topics related to both terrestrial and marine bioacoustics and ecoacoustics, soundscape analysis, noise pollution, digital sound recording and analysis, also considering the importance of the acoustic environment for the human beings.

Gianni Pavan is a Researcher at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Pavia, in Italy. He teaches Bioacoustics and Ecology in the Master courses of “Nature Sciences” and “Experimental and Applied Biology”. Since the Master degree in Nature Sciences he got in 1983 with a thesis on the computer analysis of bird songs, he dedicated his research time to bioacoustics, computational bioacoustics, marine bioacoustics and, in the last decade, to ecoacoustics. Founder of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioacoustics and Environmental Research (CIBRA) in 1989, he participated in many international activities for the study and protection of marine mammals.



Sunday, 4 November 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, 5 November 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


The full registration fee is USD $300 (USD $125 for students) and covers attendance, instructional materials and coffee breaks.  The number of attendees will be limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.  Only those who have registered by 8 October 2018 will be guaranteed receipt of instruction materials.  There will be a USD $50 discount off the full registration fee (discount does not apply to student fee) for registration made prior to 8 October 2018.  Full refunds will be made for cancellations prior to 8 October 2018.  Any cancellations after 8 October 2018 will be charged a USD $25 processing fee.  Register online or use the printed registration form.  If you miss the preregistration deadline and are interested in attending the course, please send an email to [email protected].


Meeting Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the Acoustical Society of America that all participants in Society activities will enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As a professional society, ASA is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, ASA is dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members regardless of any other reason not related to scientific merit. Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of Society meetings. Violators of this policy will be subject to discipline.

Read the ASA Meeting Harassment Policy


Photography and Recording

Photographing and recording during technical sessions are not permitted without prior permission from the Acoustical Society.


Student Transportation Subsidies
A student transportation subsidies fund has been established to provide limited funds to students to partially defray transportation expenses to meetings. No reimbursement is intended for the cost of food or housing. The amount granted each student depends on the number of requests received. To apply for a subsidy, submit a proposal by e-mail to be received by 8 October 2018 to: Jolene Ehl, [email protected] The proposal should include your status as a student; whether you have submitted an abstract; whether you are a member of ASA; method of travel and approximate transportation costs.

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 the Victoria 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 Victoria meeting, are not currently students, and have not previously received the award. Each award will be of the order of $600 with four awards anticipated. Awards will be presented by check at the WIA luncheon at the meeting. Both men and women may apply. Applicants should submit a request for support, a copy of the abstract for their presentation at the meeting, and a current resume/vita which includes information on their involvement in the field of acoustics and in the ASA. Submit materials by e-mail to Whitney Coyle. Deadline for receipt of applications is 7 September 2018.

Early Career Travel Subsidies

Early career travel subsidies are available to help with travel costs associated with attending the meeting. Early career meeting attendees are eligible to apply if they are members of the Acoustical Society of America, are within 10 years of receiving their last degree, and are not currently students.  Priority will be given to applicants who will be presenting a paper at the meeting, chairing a session at the meeting, and/or hold a leadership position in the ASA. Each subsidy will be on the order of USD $500. Applicants should complete the online application.  The deadline for receipt of applications is September 7, 2018.

Dependent Care Subsidies
The Committee on Women in Acoustics (WIA) is sponsoring a Dependent Care Subsidy to help with dependent care costs associated with attending the Victoria meeting. Meeting attendees are eligible to apply if they plan to present a paper at the Victoria meeting or hold a leadership position in ASA. Each subsidy will be of the order of $500 with four awards anticipated. Both men and women may apply. Applicants should submit a paragraph describing how the funds would assist their dependent care expenses, a copy of the abstract for their presentation at the meeting and/or a paragraph describing their leadership position in ASA. Submit materials by e-mail to Jennifer Miksis-Olds. Deadline for receipt of applications is 7 September 2018.


Student Orientation and Meet and Greet

A New Students Orientation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, 5 November, in the Rattenbury room at the Fairmont Empress for all students to learn about the activities and opportunities available for students at the Victoria meeting. This will be followed by the Student Meet and Greet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Palm Court at the Fairmont Empress where refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

Students’ Reception

The Students’ Reception will be held on Wednesday, 7 November, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Shaughnessy Ballroom at the Fairmont Empress. This reception, sponsored by the Acoustical Society of America and supported by the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, will provide an opportunity for students to meet informally with fellow students and other members of the Acoustical Societies of America and Japan. All students are encouraged to attend, especially students who are first time attendees or those from smaller universities.

Students Meet Members for Lunch (SMMfL)

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

Other Information for Students

Students are also encouraged to visit the official ASA Student Home Page


Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony

The Plenary session and Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday afternoon, 7 November, at 3:45 p.m. in Salon A at the Victoria Conference Centre where Acoustical Society of America and Canadian Acoustical Association awards will be presented and recognition of newly-elected Fellows will be announced.


All attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please join us to honor and congratulate these medalists and other award recipients.


Social Hours

Two socials with complimentary buffets and cash bars will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, 6 and 8 November. The social on Tuesday, 6 November, at 6:00 p.m. will be held at the Royal BC Museum across the street from the Empress Hotel. Regularly rated the best museum in Canada, the Royal BC Museum explores the natural and human history of British Columbia including natural history dioramas; recreations of a frontier town, gold mine, saw mill and fishing village; and the stunning First Peoples gallery and Totem Hall. The social on Thursday, 8 November, at 6:00 p.m. will be held in the Crystal Ballroom at the Empress Hotel.


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



Women in Acoustics Luncheon

The Women in Acoustics luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 7 November, at 11:30 a.m. in the Palm Court at the Fairmont Empress. The fee is USD $25 (students USD $15) for pre-registration by 8 October 2018 and USD $30 (students USD $15) at the meeting. Those who wish to attend this luncheon must register online use the printed registration form.

Society Luncheon and Lecture

A Society Luncheon and Lecture sponsored by the College of Fellows will be held Thursday, 8 November, at 12:00 noon in Salon A at the Victoria Conference Centre. This luncheon is open to all attendees and their guests.  Register online at or use the printed registration form. Tickets cost USD $30.00 each. The speaker will be Bryan Gick who will present “If Bodies Could Talk.”


If Bodies Could Talk
All biological sounds originate with body movements. However, theories of sound production in biological communication have not always been grounded in plausible conceptions of how bodies move. This talk will show how a deeper understanding of biological movement can help us to make sense of how sounds are produced for communication. This approach not only provides a framework for understanding basic mechanics of biological sound production for speech and non-speech communication, but also sheds light on such divergent issues as how innate infant behaviors bootstrap more complex communication, whether vocal and manual communication follow similar principles, and how smiling while you talk is like speaking in a different accent–and how both are like walking on different surfaces.

Bryan Gick (PhD, Yale U. ‘99) is a Professor and Guggenheim Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories. Co-director of UBC Language Sciences, he also holds associate appointments in the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems, and the Department of Psychology. The goal of Gick’s work has been to bring the human body in all its complexity into discussions of speech and language. His recent research develops an embodied approach to speech, with the goal of deepening links between speech production and multimodal perception, biomechanics, motor control, the nervous system, the digestive system and the development of speech communication.


Jam Session

Once again the College of Fellows will be hosting the ASA Jam Session on Wednesday, 7 November, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. (location to be named). 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.


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 1 October 2018 to the Acoustical Society of America, by e-mail, [email protected] The responsibility for completing any arrangements for room sharing rests solely with the participating individuals.

Special Accessibility

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

Coffee Breaks

Morning coffee breaks will be held each day from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45  a.m. in the second floor Prefunction area at the Victoria Conference Centre and in the foyer across from the Rattenbury Room at the Fairmont Empress.

WiFi, Internet Zone and Email

Wi-Fi will be available in all ASA meeting rooms and spaces.

Tables with power cords will also be available for attendees to gather and to power-up their electronic devices.

Computers providing e-mail access will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday in Prefunction area on the second floor at the Victoria Conference Centre.

Accompanying Persons Program

Accompanying Persons and other visitors are welcome at the Victoria meeting. The registration fee for accompanying persons is USD $150 for preregistration by 8 October 2018 and USD $200 thereafter, including on-site registration at the meeting. There will be a hospitality room in the Conference Centre/Empress Hotel for participants. The program will include the following speakers on the history and culture of the city.

Monday, 5 November

Jan Ross, Curator, Emily Carr House

Internationally renowned artist, writer, and Canadian icon, Emily Carr was born in Victoria in 1871.  Emily Carr House is her birthplace and a National and Provincial Historic Site. Jan will tell us about her significance in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond.

Tuesday, 6 November

Daphne Gardner, Manager Public Relations, Butchart Gardens

Over a century ago, Jennie Butchart began building what is now one of the world’s premier floral display gardens. Come and find out how she decided to transform an abandoned quarry into a spectacular garden. 

Wednesday, 7 November

John Hughes, Executive Director, Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle is a National Historic Site built by wealthy coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir. The Castle is a stunning example of Victorian architecture, including exquisite stained-glass windows, woodwork and period antiques. Climb the grand oak staircase to the Tower for the best views in Victoria.

Thursday, 8 November

Crystal Kashman, Program Coordinator, St Ann’s Academy, National Historic Site

St. Ann’s Academy is a testament to the dedication of the Sisters of St. Ann who were integral to the beginnings of education and healthcare in British Columbia. Now a National Historic Site, St. Ann’s remains one of Victoria’s premier landmarks surrounded by heritage gardens and greenspace to provide an oasis in the centre of the Capital city.

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Centered on the bustling Inner Harbour, and graced with abundant parkland and gardens, the city is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. Within a short walk of the meeting hotels is a multitude of museums and attractions as well as a broad range of culinary experiences. There are also a number of excellent tours available, including historic and cultural city sights, the world-famous Butchart Gardens, and whale-watching excursions. Tourism Victoria and the Victoria Visitors Centre (812 Wharf St) are great resources.


Victoria has a Mediterranean climate with mild fall/winter weather. Average high and low temperatures in November are 50° F (10° C) and 43° F (6° C), respectively. Rainfall is common in Victoria in the fall and occurs an average of 15 days in November. Carrying a small folding umbrella may be useful for occasional showers.


Visit the Government of Canada website for information about the documents you will need to enter Canada ().


Air Transportation

Victoria International Airport (Airport Code YYJ) is served by 14 international and domestic airlines, with more than 120 flights daily from throughout North America, including non-stop flights to Vancouver, Seattle, Toronto, and San Francisco. See the Victoria International Airport website for more information.  The airport is approximately 15 miles (25 km) from the Victoria Conference Centre and the conference hotels in downtown Victoria. 

Ground Transportation

Taxi: Taxi cabs are located curbside immediately outside of the arrivals area of the airport. Taxi rides from the airport to downtown Victoria cost about CAD $60 and take about 30 minutes. Taxis are required to accept credit card payments.

Airport Shuttle: Shuttle service is available from the airport to hotels in downtown Victoria for CAD $25 per person one-way or $44 per person round-trip (2 tickets), departing every 40 minutes until 12:30 a.m. Passengers can purchase tickets at the YYJ Airport Shuttle counter in the arrivals area of the airport. See the shuttle website for more information.

Car Rental: Four car rental agencies serve the airport, with counters located in the arrivals area directly across from the Information desk.

Driving from the airport to the Fairmont Empress or Marriott Hotel: Exit the airport on Electra Blvd. Go left on Willingdon Rd at the first roundabout. Proceed on Willingdon Rd through the second roundabout at East Saanich Rd and enter Hwy 17 (Patricia Bay Hwy) to your right (southbound). Hwy 17 becomes Blanshard St at the Victoria city limits; continue southbound on Blanshard St into downtown Victoria. For the Marriott Hotel, turn right on Fairfield Rd—the hotel will be on your left within the first block. For the Empress Hotel, proceed on Blanshard St past Fairfield Rd for two blocks and turn right on Belleville St. Continue on Belleville St for two blocks and turn right on Government St—the Empress Hotel will be on your right.

Driving Directions/Parking Information

Victoria, on Vancouver Island, can be accessed by vehicle via BC Ferries from Tsawwassen (south of Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (north of Victoria). Exit the Swartz Bay ferry terminal southbound on Hwy 17 and follow the driving instructions as per the airport given above.

Hotel parking at the Empress Fairmont Hotel is CAD $32 per day.
Hotel parking at the Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel is CAD $16 per day.



ChairsStan Dosso
Technical Program ChairRoberto Racca
Accompanying PersonsShelley Dosso
Student CoordinatorsJorge Quijan, Graham Warner
Special EventsSonya Bird, Xavier Mouy
SignsSvein Vagle, Tom Dakin
CateringTerry Russell



Roberto Racca, Chair; David P. Knobles, Acoustical Oceano­graphy; David Mann, Animal Bioacoustics; Ian Hoffman, Shane Kanter, Architectural Acoustics; Siddhartha Sikdar, Kang Kim, Biomedical Acoustics; Benjamin Tucker, Daniel Russell, Education in Acoustics; Michael Haberman, Caleb Sieck, Engineering Acoustics; Whitney Coyle, Peter Rucz, Musical Acoustics; William J. Murphy, Kerrie Standlee, Hales Swift, Noise, Kevin Lee, Physical Acoustics; Anna Diedesch, Psychological and Physiological Acoustics; Kai Gemba, Paul Hursky, Kainam Thomas Wong, Signal Processing in Acoustics; Rajka Smiljanic, Kristin Van Engen, Speech Communication; Benjamin Shafer, Robert A. Koch, Structural Acoustics and Vibration; Jon Collis, Underwater Acoustics; Vahid Naderyan, Student Council

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