The Science Writing Award for Professionals in Acoustics will be presented to William M. Hartmann for his article in the November 1999 issue of Physics Today titled How We Localize Sound." The Science Writing Award in Acoustics for Journalists will be presented to Kathryn Brown for a series of articles published in New Scientist and to Roland Pease and Radek Boschetty for their audio program "Soundworks" aired by BBC World Radio Service.
Certificates will be presented to the Fellows elected at the Atlanta Meeting of the Society.
There will be three NOISE-CON plenary sessions. The first will be presented on Sunday afternoon in session 0pNSe by Klaus Brinkman; the second on Monday morning in Session 1aNSa by Glenn Frommer and the third on Monday afternoon in Session 1pNSc by Richard H. Lyon.
On Wednesday afternoon, 6 December, a Hot Topics session (3pID) will be held in the Pacific Ballroom starting at 1:55 p.m. and ending just before the start of the Plenary Session. Papers will be presented on current topics in the fields of acoustical oceanography, animal bioacoustics and musical acoustics.
The Committee on Archives and History will jointly sponsor two special lectures on the history of acoustics. Leo Beranek will present "Acoustical Society's Role in Noise Control," jointly sponsored by the Technical Committee on Noise, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 6 December, in California Ballroom Salon 3. Peter Ladefoged will present "Speech Communication within the Acoustical Society of America,'' jointly sponsored by the Technical Committee on Speech Communication, at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, 7 December, in Pacific Ballroom Salons A, B and C.
In 1997, the ASA Committee on Archives and History conceived a plan for a series of invited lectures on each of the technical areas of the Society which would document the significant achievements and milestones of each of its twelve technical committees and one interdisciplinary technical group during the Society's first 75 years. With the cooperation of the technical committees, distinguished individuals are selected to review the history of their particular technical specialty and present a lecture which shows how that activity has developed and has contributed to the Society at large and to the broad field of acoustics as well. To date a total of four history lectures have been presented, two each at the 138th and 139th meetings. At each subsequent meeting two additional lectures will be scheduled including those in Noise and Speech Communication at this meeting in Newport Beach.
The invited lecturers have been asked to prepare a written manuscript of their lectures which will be published in a commemorative book for the 75th Anniversary of the Society to be celebrated in 2004. The Archives and History Committee and the individual technical committees/group welcome comments and suggestions on both the History Lecture Series and on the proposed ASA Diamond Anniversary Book. Volunteers to assist the committees would be most welcome too. Contact Henry Bass, Chair, Committee on Archives and History, firstname.lastname@example.org
A tutorial presentation on Virtual Musical Instruments will be given by Julius O. Smith, III, of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music, Stanford University, Stanford, California, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, 4 December in Pacific Ballroom Salons C and D. This is the twenty-eighth in a series of Tutorial Lectures intended to provide attendees with some understanding and appreciation of areas of acoustical research other than their own specialties.
A registration fee is charged to defray partially the lecture expenses; $15 if paid in advance by check, money order, or MasterCard, Visa or American Express credit card received no later than 6 November by the Acoustical Society of America, Tutorial Session Registration, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502; or $25 if paid after 6 November or at the meeting. Note: A registration form that can be downloaded is available here.
Students with current IDs may preregister for $7.00 for registration before 6 November and $12.00 afterwards. Pre-registrants are assured of receiving copies of the lecture notes at the meeting.
A Distinguished Lecture on "Ultrasonic Eyeglasses for the Blind" will be presented by Leslie Kay of New Zealand in Session 2pABa on Tuesday afternoon.
A Vern O. Knudsen lecture, sponsored by the Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics, will be presented by Paul Scarbrough of Norwalk, Connecticut in Session 4pAAa on Thursday afternoon.
This short course is designed to develop digital signal processing (DSP) techniques that are applicable to acoustical signal processing problems. The discussions range from basic digital signal processing techniques such as digital filtering and the fast Fourier transform (FFT), to more advanced approaches such as spectral estimation and adaptive processing, to some of the even more sophisticated adaptive and model-based techniques. The intent is to provide an overview which will provide the participant with additional details of a particular approach to investigate them further. At each stop along the way various DSP techniques will be applied to acoustical applications. Participants will obtain a basic understanding of the approaches and their applicability discussed from the practitioner's perspective, rather than that of a DSP expert.
The course instructor will be Dr. James V. Candy, Chief Scientist for Engineering and Director of the Center for Advanced Signal and Image Sciences at the University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has published over 125 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports as well as written two texts in signal processing, Signal Processing: the Model-Based Approach, (McGraw-Hill, 1986) and Signal Processing: the Modern Approach, (McGraw-Hill, 1988).
The registration fee is $250.00 and covers attendance, instructional materials and coffee breaks. Only those who have registered by 6 November will be guaranteed receipt of instructional materials. Any cancellation after 6 November will be charged a $50 processing fee. Registration at the meeting will be on a space-available basis but notes may not be available for at-meeting registrants.
The submitted designs will be displayed at the Newport Beach meeting and judged by a panel consisting of professional loudspeaker designers, design consultants and university professors.
An award of $1,000 US will be made to the submitter(s) of the entry judged "First Honors." Four awards of $500 US each will be made to submitters of entries judged "Commendation."
Entries will be on display in the Newport South Room on Tuesday morning, 4 December, in session 2aAA.
Tuesday Morning: Orange County Performing Arts Center. Depart the hotel at 9:30 a.m. and return at approximately 12:30 p.m. The tour will begin at The Center at 10:00 a.m. and is scheduled to last about 1 1/2 hours. Jerald Hyde will lead a tour of the facility which features the 3000-seat Segerstrom Hall. There will be a walk-through of the main hall, stage, backstage and orchestra shell with a discussion of the main acoustical features and pertinent objective measurement data. A visit to the Founder's Hall and to the central mechanical room will also be included. Preliminary estimate of the cost of transportation is $20 to $25 per person.
Wednesday Morning: John Wayne Airport Access and Noise Office. Depart the hotel at 8:45 a.m. and return at 11:30 a.m. See and experience the newest, state of the art, aircraft operations and noise monitoring system. John Wayne Airport is distinguished as one of the most stringently regulated commercial airports in the world. The tour will led by John S. Leyerle, Manager, Access and Noise. He and his staff will be available for questions during the tour. Transportation cost for this tour is expected to be about $20. For advance registration (recommended), contact John S. Leyerle [email@example.com].
Friday Morning/Afternoon: Fiske Museum of Musical Instruments at The Claremont Colleges. Depart the hotel at 9:00 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m., allowing for 2-hours for travel and 2-hours at the museum and 1 1/2 hours for lunch. The tour will focus on the brasses, which make up the largest collection. To preview the instruments in this museum, visit their website at [www.cuc.claremont.edu/fiskei]. A preliminary estimate of the charge for transportation (not including lunch) is about $20 to $25 per person.
A wide selection of music spaces is available in the Greater Los Angeles area. Consult the current theater listings for events occurring during the ASA meeting week, but keep in mind that distances and travel times can be substantial. Music facilities in the South Coast area include: Orange County Performing Arts Centre, Costa Mesa (714) 556-2787 (about 15 min. from Newport Beach); Cerritos Centre for Performing Arts, Cerritos (562) 916-8500 (40 min.); Irvine Barclay Theater at UC Irvine (949) 854-4646 (15 min); Salmon Hall, Chapman University, City of Orange (714) 997-2400 (35 min); Newport Harbor Lutheran Church (949)548-8004; St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach (949) 631-2880.