Media can register in-person and virtually to learn about topics including dust devils on Mars, chorusing seal pups, 3D-printed violins, and quiet, supersonic travel.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 29, 2022 – Press conferences at the 183rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Grand Hyatt Nashville Hotel in the Crescent Room. The in-person presentations will also be livestreamed and recorded.

Topics will focus on a wide range of newsworthy sessions from the upcoming meeting, which runs Dec. 5-9. This includes music apps to stabilize emotions, machine learning methods to identify cholera outbreaks, and the soundscape of hydrothermal vents.

To register for in-person attendance, email To watch the livestream virtually, please visit our registration page. Video recordings of the press conference sessions will be available upon request.

Press Conference Schedule – Tuesday, Dec. 6 (topics/times subject to change)

10:00 am ET / 9:00 am CT

  • Baby Seals Show Off Vocal Skills, Andrea Ravignani, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics; Session 5aAB2: Vocal learning, chorusing seal pups and the evolution of rhythm, Friday, Dec. 9, 8:50 am CT
  • Cultivating a Music Studio to Sound Like an Indoor Forest, Peter D’Antonio, RPG Acoustical Systems LLC; Session 2pAA10: The Evolution of Blackbird Studio C, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 4:20 pm CT
  • Listen to the Toilet — It Could Detect Disease, Maia Gatlin, Georgia Institute of Technology; Session 1pCA9: The Feces Thesis: Using Machine Learning to Detect Diarrhea, Monday, Dec. 5, 3:35 pm CT

12:00 pm ET / 11:00 am CT

  • Machine Learning Diagnoses Pneumonia by Listening to Coughs, Jin Yong Jeon, Hanyang University; Session 1pCA8: Pneumonia Diagnosis Algorithm based on Room Impulse Responses Using Cough Sounds, Monday, Dec. 5, 3:20 pm CT
  • Martian Dust Devil Analogues in the Mojave Desert, Louis Urtecho, NASA JPL/California Institute of Technology; Session 3aPAa6: Automated detection of dust-devil-induced pressure signatures, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9:40 am CT
  • Can a Playlist be Your Therapist? Balancing Emotions Through Music, Man Hei Law, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Session 1pMU6: Emotion Equalization App: A First Study and Results, Monday, Dec. 5, 2:15 pm CT

2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

  • Helping Acoustic Concepts Resonate with Students, Andrew Piacsek, Central Washington University; Session 3aPAb9: Students are sitting in a room, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 11:10 am CT
  • Whispers from the Deep Sea: The Subtle Sounds of Hydrothermal Vents, Brendan Smith, Dalhousie University; Session 4aAO3: The soundscape of two deep-sea hydrothermal vent sites, Thursday, Dec. 8, 8:30 am CT
  • Why Those Sounds From Your Upstairs Neighbor Are So Annoying, Markus Mueller-Trapet, National Research Council Canada; Session 2aAAa7: Noise from above: a summary of studies regarding the perceived annoyance due to impact sounds, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10:05 am CT
  • 3D-Printed Violins Bring Music into More Hands, Mary-Elizabeth Brown, AVIVA Young Artists Program; Session 2aSA4: Old Meets New: 3-D Printing and the Art of Violin-Making, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 9:35 am CT

4:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm CT

  • Supersonic Travel, Without the Sonic Boom, Gautam Shah, NASA Langley Research Center; Session 2aNS5: NASA Quesst Mission – Community Response Testing Plans, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 9:50 am CT
  • Improving Child Development by Monitoring Noisy Daycares, Kenton Hummel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Session 4aAA6: Applying unsupervised machine learning clustering techniques to early childcare soundscapes, Thursday, Dec. 8, 10:25 am CT
  • Shhhh… Speaking More Quietly in Restaurants Means Everyone Can Be Heard, Braxton Boren, American University; Session 1aNS9: A Game Theory Model of the Lombard Effect in Public Spaces, Monday, Dec. 5, 11:40 am CT

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In the coming weeks, ASA’s Press Room will be updated with newsworthy stories and the press conference schedule at

ASA will also share dozens of lay language papers about topics covered at the conference. Lay language papers are 300 to 500 word summaries of presentations written by scientists for a general audience. They will be accompanied by photos, audio, and video. Learn more at

ASA will grant free registration to credentialed and professional freelance journalists. If you are a reporter and would like to attend the meeting or virtual press conferences, contact AIP Media Services at  For urgent requests, AIP staff can also help with setting up interviews and obtaining images, sound clips, or background information.

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7,000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (the world’s leading journal on acoustics), JASA Express Letters, Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year. See

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