Current ASA Meeting

Acoustics in Focus

Upcoming Meetings

  • 180th Meeting, virtual meeting, June 2021

  • 181st Meeting, Seattle, Washington, December 2021

  • 182nd Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 23-27 May 2022

  • 183rd Meeting, fall 2022, TBD

  • 184th Meeting, spring 2023, TBD

  • 185th Meeting, joint with the Australian Acoustical Society, Sydney, Australia, - December 2023


Technical Program

The technical program, consisting of Focused Technical sessions, Panel Discussions, Tutorials, and Lightning-Round sessions will be scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, 8 to 10 June 2021. Abstracts are solicited only for the Focused Technical Sessions. No poster sessions will be held at Acoustics in Focus.

Authors may present one paper only. Submitting (Corresponding) Authors may submit multiple abstracts but may be the presenter of only one paper.

Abstracts will be rejected if they do not comply with the abstract submission guidelines and submission instructions, including subject matter that matches the scope of one of the Focused sessions. It is possible some abstracts may also be rejected due to session constraints for this shortened meeting.

Session Formats

Focused sessions (abstracts must be submitted) consist of 12-minute pre-recorded invited and/or contributed talks within a specific topic (focus), with live discussion and interaction. The intention is not to hold general sessions that encompass all aspects of acoustics (focuses should provide more in-depth content for a limited number of papers, as well as constrain the number of contributed submissions). Note that Focused sessions in Speech Communication will consist only of invited presentations.

Lightning Round sessions (no abstracts required) consist of a rapid sequence of brief (5-minute) live talks. Those wishing to present in this format must register with the session chair in advance.

Panel Discussions feature up to 7 invited discussion leaders who may give short presentations, answer questions, and lead discussions on topics chosen by the Technical Committees.

Tutorial sessions are centered on one or more invited tutorial presentations not limited to 15 minutes followed by questions and discussions among attendees.






Submission for Lightning Round presentations require title of the presentation and a brief description of the presentation (not more than 1 to 2 sentences) and permission to broadcast and record your presentation should it be accepted.  Submissions must be made at the following site by 22 February 2021:

1 April:  Presentation that will be noted in meeting program

24 hours before sessions:  For authors who prefer to wait until the meeting (June 8 – 10), submissions must be made 24 hours in advance to give the session organizer time to organize the session. Acceptance for late entries is not guaranteed and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Contact the session chair after you have registered online

Questions about Lightning Round sessions should be sent to by email only.



An abstract of not more than 200 words is required for each paper, whether invited or contributed. Abstracts longer than 200 words will be truncated. Authors must submit abstracts online.

All abstracts must be submitted online by 22 February 2021. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Abstracts submitted via postal mail or e-mail will not be accepted. Abstracts will be rejected if they do not comply with the instructions.

Abstract Acceptance

Submitted abstracts will not necessarily be accepted for the meeting. Acceptance is based on the following factors: adherence to the guidelines given here; appropriateness of the subject matter to the session focus; clarity of writing; and originality, correctness, and significance of the contribution. Priority may also be given to students and early-career acousticians. The ASA reserves the right to reject any submitted abstract without extensively documenting the reasons.

The presentation, and therefore the abstract, must be relevant to the one of the Focused sessions. Statements of political advocacy or explicit advertisement of products or services must be avoided. Note that Focused sessions in Speech Communication will consist only of invited presentations—do not submit abstracts for contributed talks for this technical area.


Abstract Disclosure Statements

Authors who submit abstracts, known as the Corresponding Author, will be asked to answer the following questions during the submission process on behalf of all authors of the abstract:

1. Verify compliance with the “Ethical Principles of the Acoustical Society of America for Research Involving Human and Non-Human Animals in Research and Publishing and Presentations” by all authors listed on the abstract [Click here for the full Ethical Principles of the ASA].

2. Author Disclosure 1
All contributing authors of this abstract concur with the submission of this abstract, with their names being included and with the order in which the names are listed:

3. Author Disclosure 2
The author list is complete—no name has been omitted of any person who has contributed substantially to the intellectual and creative aspects of the work.

4. Author Disclosure 3
Select whether the presenting author is
–Early Career (within three years of highest degree, 2018, 2019, 2020)
–Neither of the above

Abstract Limitations

Authors may be the presenter of only one abstract.

Acknowledgment of Receipt of Abstracts Submitted Online

Corresponding Authors will receive an e-mail message confirming that their abstracts have been received. Acceptance notices will be sent to authors by late March.


Complete instructions for the preparation and submission of abstracts are provided online.

Acknowledgment that your abstract has been received will be sent by e-mail. Please note that if you do not receive an email message your abstract has not been entered into the database.

1. Online Abstract Submission site is accessed on the ASA Home Page at
2. Click “Submit Abstract for Acoustics in Focus” from the main page
3. You must first create an account and set up a username and password if you have not already done so in connection with submission of abstracts for prior ASA meetings.
4. After logging into the submission site, click the “Submission” tab.
5. To begin a new abstract click “Create a New Abstract” in the sidebar located on the left-hand side of the screen.
6. If at any time during the submission process you need technical support, click the “Get Help Now” button at the top of the screen.
7. Abstracts are limited to 200 words (approximately 1500 characters).
8. The body of the abstract can be cut and pasted into the submission site. Note that LaTex coding must be entered using the Special Character palette which appears on the Title/Body Screen.
9. Enter all authors and their affiliations in the order they should appear in the abstract. Note: Only one affiliation may be included for each author.
10. Carefully check the proof of your abstract. Make sure all special characters and formatting are displaying properly and that the authors and affiliations are listed in the proper order.
11. When all the required information for your submission is entered, the “Submit Abstract” button will appear at the Proof and Submit stage. Click the “Submit Abstract” button to submit the abstract.
12. Upon submission of your abstract you will receive an e-mail confirmation.
13. To view or edit an existing submission, click “View Submissions” in the sidebar located on the left-hand side of the screen.
14. To edit an existing submission, select “Return to Draft” and then select “Edit.” All abstracts that are returned to draft must be resubmitted to be entered into the system. If not, the submission will remain in the Drafts table.


Note: The following Technical Committees will sponsor Best Student Paper Awards at
Acoustics in Focus: Musical Acoustics, Noise, Signal Processing in Acoustics, and Structural Acoustics and Vibration

Authors must comply with the eligibility requirements that appear below. For all awards, the eligible author’s name must appear as the first author of the abstract and must be the author who presents the paper at the meeting.

If you want your paper to be considered for an award, you must indicate this when you submit your abstract. Follow the instructions for the appropriate technical area that appear below.

ASA Best Student Paper Awards

Award Amounts: For each of the Technical Committees granting awards, up to two awards will be presented to students presenting papers in sessions organized by the specific Technical Committee: USD $300 for first prize and USD $200 for second prize.

Qualifications: To qualify for each of these awards, an author must:
• be enrolled as a student at least half-time (graduates are eligible if the work being presented was performed as a student within one year of the meeting). Note that you do not need to be a member of the ASA to qualify.
• be listed as the first author on the submitted abstract
• present the paper at the meeting.

Selection: The award winners will be selected by a subcommittee of each of the Technical Committees granting awards, based upon the quality of both the content of the paper and its presentation. The awards will be announced after the close of the meeting.

Application: All those who wish to participate in the competition for these awards must indicate their intention to enter the competition during the abstract submission process by clicking the entry box on the online submission form.

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