164th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Kansas City, Missouri
22 - 26 October 2012
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|Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts - 5 June 2012|
|Deadline for Hotel Registration - 24 September 2012|
|Deadline for Preregistration - 1 October 2012|
Register Online - Preregistration is now closed - Registration will be available onsite
Call for Papers (Full Version in PDF Format)
The Fall Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held Monday through Friday, 22-26 October 2012 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
The registration desk at the meeting will open on Monday, 22 October, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel. Register online or use the registration form. If your registration is not received at the ASA headquarters by 1 October you must register on-site.
Registration fees are as follows:
|Category||Preregistration by 1 October||Onsite Registration|
|Acoustical Society Members||$395||$445|
|Acoustical Society Members One-Day Attendance*||$200||$260|
|Nonmembers One-Day Attendance*||$225||$285|
|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 2010, 2011, or 2012)||$200||$260|
|ASA Student Members (with current ID cards)||Fee waived||$25|
|Nonmomber Students (with current ID cards)||$50||$75|
|Nonmember Undergraduate Students (with current ID cards indicating undergraduate status)||Fee waived||$75|
|ASA Emeritus Members (Emeritus status pre-approved by ASA)||$75||$100|
|Accompyanying Persons (Registrants who will not participate in the technical sessions)||$75||$100|
Nonmembers who register for the full meeting week and simultaneously apply for Associate Membership in the Acoustical Society of America will be given a $50 discount off their dues payment for the first year (2013) 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 1 OCTOBER.
Online registration is available at the ASA Website.
*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.
Transportation & Accommodations
A block of guest rooms at discounted rates has been reserved for meeting participants at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Note that the special ASA meeting rates are not guaranteed after 24 September 2012. You must mention the Acoustical Society of America when making your reservations to obtain the special ASA meeting rates.
KANSAS CITY MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN HOTEL
Please make your reservation directly with the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel. When making your reservation, you must mention the Acoustical Society of America to obtain the special ASA rates. The hotel address and phone numbers are as follows, but please make reservations as described below.
Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
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. If you wish to make a reservation via telephone please use the special reservations phone number also listed below.
Single or Double: USD $159.00
Triple or Quad: USD $169.00
All rooms are subject to a USD $1.50 taxable charge plus tax of 15.35%
Reservation cut-off date: 24 September 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Kansas City is served by several major airlines through Kansas City International Airport (MCI). Information is available at http://www.flykci.com. Kansas City International Airport (called KCI although the 3 letter identifier for the airport is MCI) consists of three terminals; A, B, and C. Baggage claim carousels are located near arrival and departure gates. Exiting is directly from these terminals through multiple doors to the adjacent auto drives. Free on-airport shuttle bus service is provided between terminals via the "Red Buses" arriving and departing from each terminal approximately every 15 minutes.
There is a variety of ground transportation options between Kansas City International Airport and the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel, including Metro bus, taxi, shuttle, and car rental. Information on ground transportation can be found at http://www.flykci.com. Click on Ground Transportation under Quick Links.
Currently the Kansas City Metro operates bus service to and from Kansas City International Airport Monday through Friday southbound from the airport to downtown and from approximately 5:30 a.m. to approximately 6:50 p.m. The Metro bus service northbound from downtown to the airport operates Monday through Friday from approximately 6:10 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. The scheduled one-way travel time between Terminal C at KCI to downtown is approximately 50 minutes. The one-way fare is USD $1.50 and the fare boxes on the buses accept exact fare only. The downtown terminal is at 10th and Main Street, about four blocks from the Marriott Hotel. The Metro bus schedule can be found at http://www.kcata.org/documents/ routes/schedules/129. The route name is I-29 Express. In April 2012 changes to the KCI-Downtown bus service are anticipated such that all three KCI terminals will be served and service provided seven days a week from early morning to late night. Thus, please check the Metro bus service schedule prior to arriving in Kansas City if you intend to use this bus service.
Airport Shuttle: Airport shuttle service is provided by several firms (reservations required) including Aero Shuttle Service, Five Guys Shuttle, Quicksilver Airport Service, Super Shuttle, and V.I.P Transportation Services. One-way shuttle fare will vary from approximately USD $40.00 to USD $65.00 depending on the vehicle size. This is the vehicle fare and typically there is no additional fare for more than one passenger. Reservations are required by all of the shuttle services. Information for the shuttle services is available on athttp://www.flykci.com/shuttleIndex.htm.
Taxis: Courtesy phones for taxi service are located both inside and outside the terminal at each baggage claim area and at other strategic locations outside the terminal exits. When requesting a taxi make sure that you give the dispatcher your exact location. The fare from KCI to the Marriott Hotel is approximately USD $40.00 and this fare may be shared when the originating passenger requests it and all other passengers agree.
Rental Car: We do not recommend renting a car unless you are planning trips out of town. Most everything you need should be within walking distance of the hotel.
Acoustic simulation and auralization are established techniques in research, development and consulting in many fields of acoustics and noise control, such as room acoustics, sound insulation, vehicle acoustics, environmental noise and machinery noise, just to list some examples. Auralization is based on modeling the components of sound generation, transmission and radiation on the one hand, and on signal processing and spatial audio technology on the other. When it comes to real-time auralization, the acoustic stimuli can be implemented in audio-visual virtual reality systems. Virtual environments that include acoustic stimuli open the possibility of creating multimodal audio-visual demonstrations in education, investigating aspects of sound design and sound quality, and studying the influence of construction parameters on the overall listener impression. In this course, the creation of Virtual Acoustic Environments is illustrated by specific examples from room acoustics.
To introduce the essential physical principles, basic signal processing techniques, and system design concepts needed to have a correct understanding of how Acoustic Virtual Reality (AVR) systems operate. We will also outline application areas where AVR solutions would be appropriate and which specification and system complexity shall be considered to ensure a reasonable solution in the balance between computational effort and audio quality.
The short course will be taught by an expert in various aspects of Acoustic Virtual Reality. Michael Vorländer is a professor at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, where he has been the director of the Institute of Technical Acoustics since 1996. He finished his habilitation at Technical University Dresden in 1995 with a thesis on reciprocity calibration of microphones. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal ACTA ACUSTICA united with ACUSTICA, and was President of the European Acoustics Association in the term 2004 – 2006. Currently, he is President of the International Commission for Acoustics. Among other awards, he received the RWB Stephens Medal from the UK's Institute of Acoustics in 2005, Fellowship in the ASA in 2006, and the Caracola Award of the Spanish Acoustical Society in 2009. His main research focus is on auralization and acoustic virtual reality in its various applications in room and building acoustics, automotive, and environmental noise. David T. Bradley, who will assist in teaching this short course, received his B.A. in physics from Grinnell College and completed a Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Architectural Engineering program with an emphasis in acoustics. He has worked as an acoustical consultant with several firms, and is currently an assistant professor in the Physics + Astronomy department at Vassar College in New York. His current research efforts focus on the scattering of acoustic energy from rough surfaces, computational modeling of acoustic scattering and source directivity, psychoacoustic response to architectural acoustics phenomena, and acoustics pedagogy. Dr. Bradley was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Technical Acoustics at RWTH Aachen University.
Sunday, 21 October 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 22 October 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
2. The concept of auralization
3. Fundamentals of signal processing
4. Convolution and sound synthesis
5. Characterization of sound sources
6. Sound fields in cavities and in rooms
7. Simulation of sound in rooms
8. Wave models
9. Stochastic ray tracing
10. Image source model
11. Hybrid image source models (deterministic Ray Tracing)
12. Software demo
13. Real-time processing
14. 3D sound reproduction and virtual reality systems
The full registration fee is $300 USD ($125 USD 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 1 October will be guaranteed receipt of instruction materials. There will be a $50 USD discount off the full registration fee (discount does not apply to student fee) for registration made prior to 1 October. Full refunds will be made for cancellations prior to 1 October. Any cancellations after 1 October will be charged a $25 USD processing fee. Register online at or use the registration form. If you miss the preregistration deadline and are interested in attending the course, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A technical tour of the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is planned for Monday afternoon, 22 October. The Kauffman Center opened in September 2011. This tour will be led by a representative of the Center, a representative of the local project architect, and a representative of the acoustical consultant. This excellent performance center, which has opened to great acclaim, contains a 1600 seat concert hall and an 1800 seat proscenium theatre. After touring these halls there will be a discussion of the Center with representatives of the Center management, the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, BNIM the local project architect, and Nagata Acoustics the project acoustical consultant. Bob Coffeen will be the moderator for this discussion. The Kauffman Center is approximately 7 blocks from the Marriott with the walking time about 12 minutes. Bus transportation will be available for those not desiring to walk or in the event of rain. The cost to participate in the tour is $15.00. To register, use the registration form or register online. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.
A tutorial presentation on "The Acoustics of Pianos" will be given by Professor Antoine Chaigne of the École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) ParisTech on Monday, 22 October at 7:00 p.m.
The manufacturing of pianos remains today largely empirical, with numerous trial-and-error procedures and fine adjustments at each step of the building process. The "skeleton" of the instrument obeys fundamental principles of vibrations, acoustics, and material science. An abundance of literature is available on its different constitutive parts: hammer, strings, soundboard, etc. However, scientific studies based on a global model of the instrument that connects all of these constitutive parts together are more recent. Such a global modeling sheds useful light on the essential coupling properties between the elements and, in particular, on the string-soundboard coupling at the bridge, and on the radiation of the soundboard. Fine analysis of piano tones also shows that in most cases, a nonlinear model of the strings is necessary in order to account for perceptually significant features such as precursors in the time-domain and the so-called "phantom partials" in the spectrum. This nonlinearity is based on the coupling between transverse and longitudinal waves in the string. In this tutorial lecture, a time-domain model of a complete piano is presented that couples together nonlinear strings, soundboard vibrations, and radiation in air. It highlights, in particular, the transmission of both transverse and longitudinal string forces to the soundboard, and the influence of rib design and bridge on soundboard mobility and radiation patterns. Comparisons between the results of the model and measurements made on real pianos will be discussed.
Lecture notes will be available at the meeting in limited supply. Those who register by 1 October 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 $15 USD for registration received by 1 October and $25 USD at the meeting. The fee for students with current ID cards is $7 USD for registration received by 1 October and $12 USD at the meeting. Register online or use the registration form.
An instrument and equipment exhibit, conveniently located near the registration area and meeting rooms, will open at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel on Monday, 22 October, and will close on Wednesday afternoon, 24 October. 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. Contact the Exhibit Manager for information about participating in the exhibit: Robert Finnegan, Advertising and Exhibits Division, American Institute of Physics, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502, Tel: 516-576-2433; Fax: 516-576-2481; E-mail: email@example.com.
A "Hot Topics" session sponsored by the Tutorials Committee will cover the fields of Biomedical Acoustics, Speech Communication, and Structural Acoustics and Vibration.
Scott D. Pfeiffer of Threshold Acoustics LLC will present a distinguished lecture titled "The Consultant's Risk in an Invitation to Academia."
Technical Committees will hold open meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. These are working, collegial meetings. Much of the work of the Society is accomplished by actions that originate and are taken in these meetings including proposals for special sessions, workshops and technical initiatives. All meeting participants are cordially invited to attend these meetings and to participate actively in the discussions.
The Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics will sponsor the 13th Gallery of Acoustics at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in Kansas City. Its purpose is to enhance ASA meetings by providing a setting for researchers to display their work to all meeting attendees in a forum emphasizing the diversity, interdisciplinary, and artistic nature of acoustics. The Gallery of Acoustics provides a means by which we can all share and appreciate the natural beauty, aesthetic, and artistic appeal of acoustic phenomena: This is a forum where science meets art.
The Gallery will consist of a multimedia collection of images, videos, audio clips, and narrations, of images and/or sounds generated by acoustic processes or resulting from signal and image processing of acoustic data. Images and videos can consist of actual visualizations of acoustic processes or of aesthetically and technically interesting images resulting from various signal and image processing techniques and data visualization. Audio clips and segments should also have aesthetic, artistic, and technical appeal. It is possible to submit a poster entry but permission from Brian Anderson should be obtained prior to submission. Recently the highly ranked entries have been video entries (a series of photos or video, with audio narration or text to read). The top 3-6 submitted video entries are then burned onto a common DVD that is played on a loop on a TV in a main lobby of the conference hotel for all to see.
Special Events and Meeting Features
Buffet socials with cash bar will be held on Tuesday and Thursday at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel.
The Women in Acoustics luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 24 October. The fee is $20 (students $10) for pre-registration by 1 October and $25 (students $10) at the meeting. Those who wish to attend this luncheon must register online or use the registration form.
The ASA Plenary session will be held Wednesday afternoon, 24 October, where Society awards will be presented and recognition of newly-elected Fellows will be announced.
A Society Luncheon and Lecture sponsored by the College of Fellows will be held Thursday, 25 October, at 12:00 noon. This luncheon is open to all attendees and their guests. Register online or use the registration form.
Spouses and other visitors are welcome at the Kansas City meeting. The registration fee is $75 for preregistration by 1 October and $100 USD at the meeting.
A hospitality room for accompanying persons will be open at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday. A speaker from the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association will present local attractions, events, and a brief history of Kansas City on Monday morning. Some of the attractions in downtown Kansas City are within walking distance of the hotel, but some will require a relatively short taxi ride. Please check the ASA website for updates about the accompanying persons program
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child care can be arranged on an individual or group basis through a professional care provider such as TLC Care Givers. While ASA and the Marriott Hotel are not recommending a particular care provider, TLC Care Givers can be contacted by phone, 913-649-0807, and their website is tlckansascity.com
Information for Students
The ASA Education Committee arranges for a student to meet one-on-one with a member of the Acoustical Society over lunch. The purpose is to make it easier for students to meet and interact with members at ASA Meetings. Each lunch pairing is arranged separately. Students who are interested should contact Dr. David Blackstock, University of Texas at Austin, by email. 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.
A New Students Orientation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, 22 October, in Lido. This will be followed by the Student Icebreaker from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Julia Lee A/B 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 Acoustics of Pianos which begins at 7:00 p.m.
A Student Forum will be held on Wednesday, 24 October, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Bennie Moten Room as an open session to gather student feedback and ideas on Society-related issues.
The Students’ Reception will be held on Wednesday, 24 October, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Barney Allis Lobby/Tea Room.
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 Zone at www.acosoc.org/student/ to learn more about student involvement in ASA.
From KCI: To the Marriott Hotel Downtown, exit the airport L. P. Cookingham Drive (the main KCI exit route) to I-29 south towards Kansas City, exit I-29 at the US-169 exit, continue south on US-169 which becomes Broadway and passes on the east side of Kansas City Downtown Airport, cross the Broadway bridge over the Missouri River, turn left (east) off of Broadway on West 12th Street, the Marriott Hotel will be one block east of Broadway at the corner of 12th and Central on the left (north side of 12th Street). The distance from KCI to the Marriott Hotel is about 20 miles and the driving time from KCI to the Marriott Hotel will be approximately 25 minutes.
The on-site parking fee is USD $3 hourly, USD $13 daily, Valet parking, USD $18 daily, Off-site parking, USD $4 hourly, USD $12 daily,
Convenient off-site parking is available in the City parking garage beneath Barney Allis Plaza directly across 12th Street from the Marriott Hotel.
In October the daily average temperature ranges from highs around 69º F and lows around 48º F. But be prepared for cool weather, light rain, and sun. Average monthly rainfall for October is about 3 inches.
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 7 September 2012 to the Acoustical Society of America, by e-mail,email@example.com. The responsibility for completing any arrangements for room sharing rests solely with the participating individuals.
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 can be found online at http://asadl.org/poma/for_authors_poma. Published papers from previous meetings can be seen online athttp://asadl.org/poma/.
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