2nd Pan American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics


160th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

7th Iberoamerican Congress on Acoustics

17th Mexican Congress on Acoustics


15--19 November 2010
Cancun, Mexico


Meeting Committee

Technical Program and Special Sessions

Other Technical Events
Hot Topics
Paper Collection on CDROM
Open Meetings of Technical Committees
Online Meeting Papers
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
Meeting Program
Abstract Submission Guidelines

Audio-Visual and Special Equipment
Audio-Visual Equipment
Special Equipment, Computer Equipment and Software
Poster Session Boards
Projection Guidelines for Authors
Audio/Visual Preview Room

ASA Best Paper Awards for Students and Young Presenters
Tutorial Lecture on Forensic Voice Comparison and Forensic Acoustics
Special Meeting Features
Student Transportation Subsidies
Young Investigator Travel Grant
Students Meet Members for Lunch
Plenary Session, Awards Ceremony and Social Events
Women in Acoustics Luncheon
Hotel Reservation Information
Transportation and Hotel Accomodations
Travel Tips
Air Transportation
Ground Transportation
Room Sharing
General Information
Committee Meetings
Assistive Listening Devices
Accompanying Persons Program
Post Meeting Excursion
Registration Information
Registration Form
Instructions for Submitting Abstracts via the World Wide Web


Contributed papers are welcome in all branches of acoustics. The technical program will consist of lecture and poster sessions. Technical sessions will be scheduled Monday through Friday, 15-19 November 2010.

Abstracts must be submitted and will be printed in the program in English.

Every effort will be made to schedule contributed papers in accordance with author and technical program organizing preferences. However, authors should be prepared to accept assignment to poster sessions. Assignments will take into account: a) author preference, b) program balance, and c) Technical Committee instructions. Papers will be rejected if they do not comply with the instructions.

The special sessions described below will be organized by the Technical Program Committee. Authors of invited papers must indicate on their abstracts the title of the special session in which they have been invited to participate. Authors of contributed papers have the option to request placement of their abstracts in these sessions. If no special session placement is requested, papers will be scheduled in sessions with papers of similar technical content.



Acoustics of Fish Schools and Bubble Clouds
(Joint with Underwater Acoustics, Physical Acoustics, and Animal Bioacoustics)
Organized by: Orest I. Diachok
Experimental evidence and theoretical descriptions of low frequency resonances associated with fish schools and wave induced bubble clouds

Remote Sensing with Ambient Noise
(Joint with Underwater Acoustics and Signal Processing in Acoustics)
Organized by: Peter Gerstoft, Martin Siderius
Using noise and interferometric methods to obtain information about the environment


Aquatic Animal Communication in Shallow Water
(Joint with Underwater Acoustics)
Organized by: Susan E. Parks
Shallow water propagation effects on sound production and reception by animals

Animal Bioacoustics Metadata Workshop
Organized by: Marie A. Roch
Storage and manipulation of information derived from acoustic data (e.g., detections of calls or species) itself, the collection process (e.g., instrument description, recording time) and environmental variables related to the recording (e.g., CTD, accelerometer data)

Monitoring and Effects of Underwater Noise of New Technologies
(Joint with Noise and Underwater Acoustics)
Organized by: Christine Erbe
Characterization of underwater noise (spectra, source levels, directivity, duty cycles, contribution to noise gadgets) of anthropogenic sources (e.g., tidal turbines, wave energy plants, desalination, new ship design, etc.)

Noise Exposure Metrics
(Joint with ASA Committee on Standards and Noise)
Organized by: Michael Stocker
Ways of measuring and expressing impacts on noise exposure on animals and their habitats

Software for Bioacoustic Analysis
Organized by: David K. Mellinger
Software packages and components to aid in analyzing animal sound and acoustic habitats.

Tropical Animal Bioacoustics
Organized by: Edmund R. Gerstein
Issues related to sound and animals having habitat in the tropics


Acoustics of Ancient Sound Instruments
(Joint with Musical Acoustics and Noise)
Organized by: Roberto Velasquez, David Lubman
Archaeological acoustics of ancient sound instruments throughout the world

Acoustics of Precolumbine Buildings
Organized by: Andres A. Medina and David Lubman
Sound characteristics in ancient buildings

Auralization in Acoustics
Organized by: Norman H. Philipp
Discussion on auralizations in acoustics, its role in the architectural design process, and current advancements.

Binaural Perception of Acoustics in Rooms
(Joint with Psychological and Physiological Acoustics)
Organized by: Lily M. Wang
Recent work on how rooms can affect perception of binaural sound

Classroom Acoustics - International Perspectives - SESSION CANCELLED
(Joint with Noise and ASA Committee on Standards)
Organized by: David Lubman, Louis C. Sutherland
Developments in classroom acoustics emphasing various national perspectives

Mechanical Engineering and Acoustics
(Joint with Noise and Engineering Acoustics)
Organized by: Scott D. Pfeiffer
Continuation in a series hearing from collaborating professionals in architectural acoustics. Panel discussion

Sound Attenuation Through Ceiling Plenums
(Joint with Noise)
Organized by: Kenneth P. Roy, Sergio Beristain
Methods and materials used to alternate sound transmission through ceiling plenums both vertically through floor/ceiling assemblies and horizontally between ceiling and slab above

State of the Art in Measurement Methods and Facilities
(Joint with ASA Committee on Standards)
Organized by: Ron Sauro, Angelo J. Campanella
Recent improvements and new architectural acoustics methods and facilities

The Dish on Drama Theatres: Acoustic Tips, Tricks, and Trends
Organized by: David T. Bradley, Erica E. Ryherd, Michelle C. Vigeant
Motivated by the just released ASA publication on drama theaters, this session will explore recent case studies and current design trends related to the acoustical design of drama theatres


Biomedical Applications of Time Reversal Acoustics
(Joint with Physical Acoustics and Signal Processing in Acoustics)
Organized by: Armen Sarvazyan, Mathias Fink
Fundamental physical mechanisms of time reversal acoustics (TRA) in highly inhomogeneous media and applications of TRA in imaging and therapeutic devices

Doppler Methods and Blood-Flow Imaging in Medical Ultrasound
Organized by: Jonathan Mamou, Michael L. Oelze
Fundamentals of Doppler and blood-flow imaging for biomedical ultrasound applications in humans, animals, and phantoms .

Image Guided Therapeutic Ultrasound
Organized by: Tyrone M. Porter
Therapeutic applications of ultrasound (thermal ablation, drug delivery, histotripsy, etc.) that are guided by an imaging modality such as diagnostic ultrasound, MRI, or PET

Ultrasound Contrast Agent for Molecular Imaging and Therapy
(Joint with Physical Acoustics)
Organized by: Azzdine Y. Ammi, Saurabh Datta
Use of ultrasound contrast agent to target specific cells or ligands to image pathogenic processes and deliver a therapy

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Project Listen Up
(Joint with ASA Student Council)
Organized by: Preston S. Wilson
Descriptions of acoustic demonstrations, laboratory experiments, or discover activities for learners of all ages. Apparatus may be shown but the talks should focus on concepts, explorations, and diagrams with an emphasis on scientific approach

Take 5's
Organized by: Andrew Morrison
An instructional session to exchange successful teaching ideas. Presenters sign up at the beginning of the session for 5-minute time slots to share tests, demos, videos, and any helpful concepts

Teaching Acoustics in the Americas
Organized by: Christopher Rooke, Jorge Arenas, Preston S. Wilson
Share experiences on how education in acoustics at all levels has evolved and is conducted in different countries in the Americas


Engineering Acoustics for Audio: Parametric Sources, Speakers and Horns
(Joint with Musical Acoustics)
Organized by: Scott P. Porter
Application of engineering to audio sources, to include parametric devices, speaker design, measurements, and comparisons

Low Cost Materials for Acoustic Barriers and Noise Control
(Joint with Noise)
Organized by: Christopher Rooke, Jorge P. Arenas
Research on use of recycled or low cost materials in acoustic barriers

Physical Array Microphone Development and Applications for Sound Source Identification
(Joint with Signal Processing in Acoustics)
Organized by: Samir N. Y. Gerges
Beamforming measurement using physical array microphone is a powerful tool for sound source identification of a complex system


Acoustics of Brass Instruments
Organized by: Paul A. Wheeler
A broad range of research on the acoustics of brass instruments

Acoustics of Guitars
Organized by: Thomas D. Rossing, Felipe Orduna Bustamonte, Ricardo R. Boullosa
Acoustics of guitars in North America

Analysis, Synthesis and Perception of Musical Sounds
Organized by: James W. Beauchamp
Methods and models for musical sound analysis and synthesis and techniques for measuring human perception of musical sounds

Effects of Wall Vibrations on Musical Instruments
Organized by: Thomas Moore
Focus on the effects that structural vibrations have on the sound produced by non-percussion musical instruments

Guitar Concert
Organized by: Miguel Zenker, Thomas D. Rossing
Guitar concert following special session on guitar acoustics

Natural and Ethnographic Wind Instruments
Organized by: Murray D. Campbell
The acoustics of wind instruments made of natural materials by ethnic groups throughout the world


Alternatives to A-Weighting
(Joint with ASA Committee on Standards and Animal Bioacoustics)
Organized by: Paul D. Schomer, Andre Fiebig
Discuss additions to and alternative metrics to A-weighting

Culture and Noise
Organized by: Fernando J. Elizondo-Garza
Historic and sociological discussions on noise generation by people.

Environmental Noise in Cities
Organized by: Sergio Beristain, Martha Georgina Orozco
Community and environmental noise within cities

High Performance Hearing Protection
(Joint with ASA Committee on Standards)
Organized by: Richard L. McKinley
New techniques such as active noise reduction earplugs, electronic level-dependent hearing protection for use in impulsive noise, and new techniques for protection from bone/tissue conducted noise

Noise in Latin America and Other Developing Countries
Organized by: Jorge P Arenas, Sergio Beristain
Discuss what is happening about noise in developing countries and the support that developed countries can provide

PanAmerican and International Acoustics and Noise Standardization
Organized by: William J. Murphy, Paul D. Schomer, Samir N.Y. Gerges, Sergio Beristain
Standardization: Hearing conservation, machinery sound power measurement, work place noise prediction, and environmental noise assessment

Soundscape in Progress: Applications in Communities
(Joint with Architectural Acoustics)
Organized by: Bennett M. Brooks, Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp
Application of soundscape procedures in urban planning


Acoustical Exploitation of Periodic Structures
(Joint with Noise)
Organized by: Keith Attenborough, Juan Sanchez Perez
Various uses, developments, and designs of sonic crystals and other periodic structures. Papers are invited concerning acoustic lenses, acoustic cloaking, noise barriers, artificial corrugated surface effects, and diffusers

Thirty Years of Resonant Ultrasound
Organized by: Albert Migliori
Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) has become a standard technique for measurements ranging from elastic moduli determination to nondestructive testing, with the development occurring all in the last 30 years. The development of this simple measurement technique has paralleled the increase in computing speed required for its use. This session is dedicated to the history of the development of RUS and to its modern implementations for science and industry

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The Binaural Display: Psychophysical and Physiological Constraints
Organized by: Philip X. Joris, Armin Kohlrausch
Following Jeffress' (1948) proposal for a place mechanism, i.e., a spatial map of interaural time differences, most binaural models have incorporated binaural displays with systematic internal delays. Recent physiological evidence suggests that the availability of internal delays may be more restricted than assumed by these models, and that the necessity of a systematic binaural display should be reexamined. Contributions to this session will consider psychophysical, physiological, and computational evidence bearing on this question


Signal Processing in Multi-Channel Systems
(Joint with Speech Communication)
Organized by: Ning Xiang
Focus on signal processing methods/algorithms to cope with challenges in Multi-Channel Systems involving multiple sources and/or receivers [either in underwater (communications in particular, underwater applications in general), oceanographic applications, or outdoor sound propagation, sensing, detection/tracking on land, audio/room-acoustics applications].

Signal Processing for Speech Recognition
Organized by: Les Atlas, Mario Jimenez


Forensic Voice Comparison and Forensic Acoustics
Organized by: Geoffrey Stewart Morrison
Acoustic-phonetic and signal-processing approaches to demonstrably valid and reliable forensic evaluation of audio recordings of human voices and other acoustic events

Production and Perception of Spontaneous Speech
Organized by: Ann R. Bradlow, Valerie L. Hazan
Current data and address challenges facing research into the acoustic, perceptual, and processing aspects of spontaneous speech


Acoustic metamaterials
(Joint with Engineering Acoustics and Underwater Acoustics)
Organized by: Stephen D. O'Regan, Thomas R. Howarth, Michael R. Haberman
Developments in theory, experimentation, testing, and application of acoustic metamaterials, i.e., engineered materials incorporating sub-wavelength scale mechanisms whose aggregate effect is wavelength-scale mechanical properties not found in nature, such as highly anisotropic mass density and bulk modulus

Emerging Technologies in Structural Acoustics and Vibration
Organized by: Sean F. Wu
Innovative numerical and experimental technologies for analyzing and predicting vibro-acoustic responses of complex structures

New Research with Waves in Arrays of Scatterers
Organized by: Rafael Mendez
How acoustic waves scatters in structures or on land

Vibrations and Energy Conversion in the Ocean
Organized by: J. Gregory McDaniel
Analysis and design of energy conversion devices for extraction of energy from ocean waves, tides, and currents; emphasis is on the roles played by vibrations and waves


Compressional and Shear Wave Dispersion in Unconsolidated Media
(Joint with Acoustical Oceanography)
Organized by: Marcia J. Isakson, Nicholas P. Chotiros, Pratap Sahay
Measurement and inversion of geoacoustic properties and modeling of wave propagation in unconsolidated media

Physics-Based Signal Characterization, Classification, and Processing
(Joint with Signal Processing in Acoustics)
Organized by: Timothy K. Stanton, R. Lee Culver, Lisa M. Zurk
Analytical formulations, algorithms, and simulations in which the physics of sound propagation and scattering as well as characteristics of the environments, are connected explicitly to the signal processing

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An instrument and equipment exhibit, conveniently located near the registration area and meeting rooms, will open at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Hotel on Monday, 15 November, and will close on Wednesday afternoon, 17 November. 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:


A "Hot Topics" session sponsored by the ASA Tutorials Committee will cover the fields of Architectural Acoustics, Animal Bioacoustics, and Engineering Acoustics.


A CD-ROM containing papers will be produced by the Mexican Institute of Acoustics. Submission of a full paper is optional. All authors are cordially invited to submit their material for inclusion on the CD to Sergio Beristain (
sberista@gmail.com). No special format is required. A page will be added to papers containing the title, authors, and meeting information. The CD-ROM can be purchased at the meeting.


Technical Committees will hold open meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. 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 ASA provides the "Meeting Papers Online" website where authors of papers to be presented at meetings will be able to post their full papers or presentation materials for others who are interested in obtaining detailed information about meeting presentations. The online site will be open for author submissions in October. Submission procedures and password information will be mailed to authors with the acceptance notices. Those interested in obtaining copies of submitted papers for this meeting may access the service at anytime. No password is needed. The url is:


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 format requirements for POMA are somewhat more stringent than for posting on the ASA Online Meetings Papers Site, but the two versions could be the same. The POMA online site for submission of papers from the meeting will be opened after 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 at
http://asa.aip.org/poma.html. Published papers from previous meetings can be seen at http://scitation.aip.org/POMA.


An advance meeting program summary will be published online in September and a complete meeting program will be mailed as Part 2 of the October issue. Abstracts will be available on the ASA Home Page in October.

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An abstract of not more than 200 words is required for each paper, whether invited or contributed. ABSTRACTS LONGER THAN 200 WORDS WILL BE EDITED OR TRUNCATED. Authors must submit abstracts via the World Wide Web (see page 19).


ALL ABSTRACTS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY TUESDAY, 1 JUNE 2010. This deadline will be strictly enforced. ABSTRACTS SUBMITTED VIA POSTAL MAIL, FAX OR E-MAIL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Contributors submitting abstracts via the web will receive acknowledgment that their abstracts have been received in the form of a Resubmission number and PIN on the final page of the submission process. Acceptance notices will be sent to authors in July by postal mail.


  • Psychological and Physiological Acoustics are represented primarily at Spring meetings of the ASA. However, abstracts in these areas are welcome and will be accepted for this meeting.
  • A contributor in Speech Communication may be the principal author of only one paper, and, subject to time and space limitations, may be the co-author of only one additional paper. Authors contributing papers in Speech Communication are also encouraged to select poster-style presentation.
  • Contributed papers in Psychological and Physiological Acoustics and Underwater Acoustics may be scheduled for lecture or poster presentation.
  • While authors may indicate a preference for presentation style, it may not always be possible to honor the request. Authors should be prepared to accept assignment of their abstracts to either lecture or poster presentation.

    A Reference Code and PIN will be issued for each submitted abstract which constitutes acknowledgment that the abstract has been received by the Society. These numbers will be provided on screen in the final step in the submission process. You will not receive separate acknowledgment by e-mail.

    If you do not receive acknowledgment as described above, your abstract has not been received by the Society. Please contact ASA [516-576-2360;
    asa@aip.org] immediately if you have submitted an abstract and do not receive an immediate acknowledgment of receipt or an error message.

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    PC computers with stereo audio playback capability, computer projectors, and laser pointers will be provided in all lecture sessions. All other equipment is considered to be special equipment. Refer to the "Special Equipment" section below for additional information. Note that Mac computers will not be provided.


    Any equipment other than PC computers with stereo audio playback capability, computer projectors, and laser pointers is "special equipment." Requests for special equipment (e.g., overhead transparency projectors, VCR's and monitors, audiotape playback equipment, CD players) must be specified at the time of abstract submission. Provision of unusual special equipment will depend upon availability and cost. Special software requests should also be made if required.

    Please be specific about your audio needs, including number of channels and preferred loudspeaker arrangement.


    Poster boards and fastening materials will be provided. If your poster needs to be located adjacent to a power outlet and/or you require the use of a table, please request these items on your abstract.


    A PC computer with stereo audio 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 CD ROM or 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. Assistance in loading presentations onto the computers will be provided.

    Authors also have the option to connect their own laptops to the computer projector. If using your own computer for your presentation authors are encouraged to bring copies of their presentation materials on CD ROM as a backup. This may overcome 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 insure that their sound files are also saved on the CD or USB drive.

    Guidelines for use of computer projection will be supplied with acceptance letters.


    Computer presentations and other audio/visual materials can be reviewed by authors in the audio/visual preview room at the meeting.


    The ASA Technical Committees on Acoustical Oceanography, Animal Bioacoustics, Architectural Acoustics, Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration (Spring meeting only), Engineering Acoustics, Musical Acoustics, Noise, Signal Processing in Acoustics, Speech Communication, Structural Acoustics and Vibration, and Underwater Acoustics offer Best Paper Awards to students or young presenters who present papers at Society meetings. Authors need not be members of ASA to qualify. If you want your paper to be considered for an award, you must indicate this when you submit your abstract. Please read the entry qualifications to be sure that you are eligible and follow the instructions for entering the individual Technical Committee competitions that appear below.



    Acoustical Oceanography, Animal Bioacoustics, Architectural Acoustics, Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration (Spring meetings only), Engineering Acoustics, Musical Acoustics, Speech Communication, Structural Acoustics and Vibration, and Underwater Acoustics


    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: $300 for first prize and $200 for second prize.


    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
  • submit a copy of the presentation materials or a written text to the online meeting papers website prior to the start of the meeting, <http://scitation.aip.org/asameetingpapers/top.jsp> (this is not required for papers presented in a poster session and/or for entries in Animal Bioacoustics, Speech Communication and Underwater Acoustics)

    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 either at the meeting of the Technical Committee or after the close of the meeting.


    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.


    Note that you need not be a student to qualify for these two awards.


    Noise and Signal Processing in Acoustics


    Noise - Up to three awards of up to $250 each will be given for outstanding papers presented in sessions organized by the Technical Committee on Noise.

    Signal Processing - One award of $500 each will be given for outstanding paper presented in a session organized by the Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics.


    To qualify for an award, the paper author must:

  • be under 30 years of age as of 1 January 2010
  • be listed as the first author of the paper and actually present the paper

    Selection of the award winners will be based on the quality of the presented paper, comprising both the content and its delivery. The award winners will be chosen by a subcommittee of the Technical Committee and will be announced after the close of the meeting.


    The Award Subcommittees would like to consider papers by all authors who meet the eligibility criteria. Neither membership in the Acoustical Society, nor previous experience in the ASA, is required. Because the committees have no other way to identify eligible authors, however, it is essential that eligible authors 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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    A tutorial presentation on "Forensic Voice Comparison and Forensic Acoustics" will be given by Geoffrey Stewart Morrison of the University of New South Wales and Daniel Ramos of the Autonomous University of Madrid on Monday, 15 November, at 7:00 p.m.


    In February 2009 the National Research Council Report to Congress on Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States found that "some forensic disciplines are supported by little rigorous systematic research to validate the discipline's basic premises and techniques. There is no evident reason why such research cannot be conducted" (p. 22), and that "The development of scientific research, training, technology, and databases associated with DNA analysis have resulted from substantial and steady federal support ... Similar support must be given to all credible forensic science disciplines if they are to achieve the degrees of reliability needed to serve the goals of justice" (p. 13) . Over the last decade, a small number of researchers have been working on developing demonstrably valid and reliable forensic voice comparison with evidence evaluated using the same framework as is applied to the forensic evaluation of DNA. This tutorial will present an introduction to the forensic evaluation of acoustic evidence using this framework. Both acoustic-phonetic and signal-processing approaches to forensic voice comparison will be described. The focus will be on evidence in the form of voice recordings, but the framework can also be applied to other forms of evidence, including audio recordings of other types of acoustic events, and the tutorial should therefore be of value to anyone interested in forensic acoustics in general. For more information see


    Lecture notes will be available at the meeting in limited supply. Those who register by 5 October are guaranteed receipt of a set of notes.


    To partially defray the cost of the lecture, a registration fee is charged. The fee is $15 USD for registration received by 5 October and $25 USD at the meeting. The fee for students with current ID cards is $7 USD for registration received by 5 October and $12 USD at the meeting. Register online or use the downloadable registration form.

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    A student transportation subsidies fund has been established to provide limited funds to students to partially defray transportation expenses to meetings. This includes ground transporation from the airport and hotel. Students presenting papers who propose to travel in groups using economical ground transportation will be given first priority to receive subsidies, although these conditions are not mandatory. 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 (e-mail preferred) to be received by 11 October to: Jolene Ehl, ASA, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502, Tel: 516-576-2359, Fax: 516-576-2377, E-mail:
    jehl@aip.org. 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; if traveling by auto; whether you will travel alone or with other students; names of those traveling with you; and approximate cost of transportation.


    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 Cancun 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 Cancun meeting, are not currently students, and have not previously received the award. Each award will be of the order of $900 with three 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. Submission by e-mail is preferred to Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds at
    jlm91@psu.edu. Deadline for receipt of applications is 15 September.


    Students, meet with a member of the ASA for lunch! The ASA Education Committee arranges for a student to meet one-on-one with a member of the Acoustical Soceity 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 wish to participate should contact David Blackstock, The University of Texas at Austin, by e-mail
    dtb@mail.utexas.edu. 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 you are presenting at the meeting.

    The sign-up deadline is ten days before the start of the meeting, but an earlier sign-up is strongly encouraged.

    Each participant pays for his/her own meal.


    The ASA Plenary session will be held on Wednesday afternoon, 17 November, at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach where Society awards will be presented and recognition of newly-elected Fellows will be announced.

    Buffet socials with cash bar will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Hotel.


    The Women in Acoustics luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 17 November. Those who wish to attend this luncheon must
    register online or use the downloadable registration form. The fee is $20 (students $10) for pre-registration by 5 October and $25 (students $10) at the meeting.

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    Guest rooms at discounted rates have been reserved for meeting participants at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach and the Hyatt Regency Cancun. All technical sessions will be held at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach. Committee meetings and some meeting events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cancun which is nearby the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Note that the special ASA meeting rates are not guaranteed after 15 October 2010. You must reference the Acoustical Society of America when making your reservation to obtain special ASA meeting rates.


    Please make your reservations directly with the hotel online (see link below), by phone using the special toll free number, or by using the reservation form.

    Blvd. Kukulcán km. 9.5
    Cancún Hotel Zone
    Cancún, Q.R.,77500
    Toll Free: 1-888-830-9008 (Mon.-Fri.: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sat.: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.-CST)
    Tel.: +52 (998) 881 32 00
    Fax: +52 (998) 881 32 63

    $180.00 Single/Double
    plus 14% tax

    Mandatory Charges:
  • Bellman: $7.00 USD per person round-trip
  • Maid: $5.00 USD per room/per day
  • Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Hotel Online Reservations

    Enter GIYAB@FCB in the box for Group Code on the Fiesta site


    Please make your reservations directly with the hotel either online (see link below) or by using the reservation form. The special ASA discounted rate cannot be obtained by calling the 800 number for Hyatt hotels nor through online reservation services.

    Hyatt Regency Cancun Mexico
    Blvd Kukulcan Km 8.5
    Hotel Zone
    Cancun, Q Roo 77500 Mexico

    Tel: 011-52-998 891 555
    Fax: 011-52 998 883 1694
    E-mail: cancun.regency@hyatt.com

    $135.00 Single/Double or $175 Regency Club Single/Double
    plus 14% tax

    Mandatory Charges:
  • Bellman: $4.50 USD per person round-trip
  • Maid: $2.50 USD per room/per night
  • Hyatt Online Reservations

    Enter G-PANA in the Corporate/Group # on the Hyatt site

    Reservation cut-off date at both hotels: 15 October 2010

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    Visit the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau at

    Entry/Exit Requirements for U.S. citizens: For the latest entry requirements to Mexico, visit the Embassy of Mexico's website http://portal.sre.gob.mx/usa/ or contact the Embassy of Mexico at 1911 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006, telephone (202) 736-1600, or any Mexican consulate in the United States for the most current information.

    All Americans traveling outside of the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to re-enter the United States. Visit the U.S. State Department website for up-to-date information http://www.state.gov.

    Citizens of countries other than the U.S. should contact their local Mexican Embassy or Consulate to determine entry requirements for Mexico.

    Language: English and Spanish are spoken at all hotels and restaurants on the Cancun peninsula.

    Electricity: (Same as U.S.) 110 volts, 60 Hz

    Health Tips: The water standards on the Cancun peninsula, where the hotel is located are as high as those found in the United States. However for visitors who leave the Cancun peninsula, it is advisable to drink only distilled or bottled water. Fresh fruits and vegetables, should be washed with distilled or bottled water before eating; peel them if possible.

    Money, Exchange and Credit: While most businesses will accept foreign currency, especially US dollars, foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many casas de cambio (exchange houses) or at banks and hotels. Mexican banking hours are normally Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. However for money exchange the hours are normally from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Casas de cambio are open later than most banks and they generally offer quicker service. Credit cards are widely accepted. ATM's are plentiful, including at hotels. Note that the dollar sign ($) is often used to denote pesos.


    The Cancun Airport is served by all major airlines. For a full list visit
    http://www.cancun-airport.com/airlines-directory.html. The airport designation is CUN http://www.cancun-airport.com.


    A rental car is not necessary; there are plenty of restaurants and shops within easy walking distance of the hotels. Attendees who do wish to rent cars will find car rental counters at the airport and hotels.

    Advance reservations for ground transportation between the airport and the hotel are highly recommended. It is about a 25 minute trip from the airport to the Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach.

    Reservations for transportation may be made through Aeropuerto Cancun on-line at
    http://www.cancunshuttle.com. You will need your arrival and departure flight information. Remember that the meeting hotels are the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach and the Hyatt Regency Cancun.


    ASA will compile a list of those who wish to share an hotel room and its cost. To be listed, send your name, telephone number, email address, gender, smoker or nonsmoker, by 5 October to the Acoustical Society of America, preferably by email:
    asa@aip.org or by postal mail to Attn.: Room Sharing, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502. The responsibility for completing any arrangements for room sharing rests solely with the participating individuals.

    Cancun's average winter temperature is 80 deg F.

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    Meetings of Administrative, Technical and Standards Committees, including Writing Groups, will be announced in the printed ASA program if requests are received not later than 1 June 2010. Send to: Elaine Moran, Acoustical Society of America, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502; Fax: 516-576-2377;

    Requests should be made by postal mail, fax, or email and should specify the committee's needs for space, room arrangement, furnishings, catering, and any special equipment. Requesters should note that space is limited, and that late requests can be filled only on a space available basis. Most committee meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency.


    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,


    Spouses and other visitors are welcome at the Cancun meeting. The registration fee is $60 for preregistration by 5 October and $95 USD at the meeting. A hospitality room, specifically designated for accompanying persons will be open each morning. Information will be available about activities in Cancun and the surrounding area. The accompanying persons registration fee includes the opening ceremony, buffet socials on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and refreshments in the accompanying persons hospitality suite during the meeting.

    Please visit the ASA website for updates about the Accompanying Persons program


    There will be a post meeting tour departing on Saturday, 20 November, at 8:00 a.m. and returning to Cancun on Sunday, 21 November, at 8:00 p.m.

    The tour will include a light and sound presentation in Uxmal, an overnight stay in Merida City (The White City), and a visit to Chichen-Itza. Prices: $330 per person single; $365 double.

    Further details can be found at
    http://acustica-cancun.blogspot.com. For payment and reservation information contact Sergio Beristain at sberista@gmail.com.

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    The registration desk at the meeting will open on Monday, 15 November, at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach.
    Register online or use the downloadable registration form. If your registration is not received at the ASA headquarters by 5 October you must register on-site.

    Category Preregistration by 5 October Onsite Registration
    ASA, FIA, IMA Members $395 $455
    ASA, FIA, IMA Members One-Day Attendance* $200 $260
    Nonmembers $445 $505
    Nonmembers One-Day Attendance* $225 $285
    Nonmember Invited Speakers One-Day Attendance* Fee waived Fee waived
    Nonmember Invited Speakers (Includes one-year 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 2008, 2009, or 2010) $200 $260
    ASA, FIA, IMA Student Members (with current ID cards) Fee waived $25
    Nonmember Students (with current ID cards) $50 $60
    Nonmember Undergraduate Students (with current ID cards indicating undergraduate status) Fee waived $60
    ASA Emeritus members (Emeritus status pre-approved by ASA) $60 $95
    Accompanying Persons (Spouses, children, other guests
    who will not attend or participate in the technical program)
    $60 $95


    *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.

    Nonmembers who 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 (2011) 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.

    If you register as a Nonmember Student and complete a membership application, your first year's membership dues (2011) are waived.


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    Instructions for the preparation and submission of abstracts on the World Wide Web are provided online.

    Acknowledgment that your abstract has been accepted into the database will be issued online automatically in the form of a "Reference Code" and PIN. PLEASE NOTE THAT UNTIL THESE HAVE BEEN ISSUED ON SCREEN YOUR ABSTRACT HAS NOT BEEN ENTERED INTO THE DATABASE. You will not receive a separate e-mail acknowledgment.

    1. Web Abstract Submission Procedure is accessed on ASA Home Page at

    2. Click on "Submit Abstract" from the main page

    3. Enter Password: Cancun

    4. Next screen will ask you to indicate whether you wish to submit a new abstract or to view/edit a previously submitted abstract.

    5. On the next screen you will enter the corresponding author's contact information, title of abstract, technical committee that covers the topic of your abstract, special session (if any), and the PACS code. Click continue when finished. Please enter the complete postal address to which to send the acceptance notice.

    6. You will then move to the Author affiliation screen. This is where you will enter all authors names (including the corresponding author) and affiliations. Please enter authors in the order that they should appear on the abstract. One complete address and email address will be published for the first author only. Truncated addresses should be entered for all other authors. You must abbreviate as many words as possible, (e.g., Univ., Dept., St., Ave., two letter state abbreviations, etc.)

    7. The next screen will contain a blank template for entering abstract text as well as additional details required for the submission process. It is very important to use LaTeX codes to enter boldface, italics, phonetic symbols or mathematical expressions. Please refer to the LaTeX help link for entering special symbols or pages 20 and 21 of the printed Call for Papers.

    8. When you are ready for final submission of the abstract, click "Save." The next screen will contain your Reference Code and PIN for your submission. This is your acknowledgment that the abstract has been entered into the database. Please retain this number should you wish to view or edit this abstract at a later time (prior to the deadline date).

    9. If you wish to view or edit your submission, select "Existing Submission" and enter your Reference Code and PIN issued at the time you submitted the abstract originally. The templates containing your abstract submission will be provided for viewing or editing. Upon completion, you will not be issued a new Reference Code and PIN.

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    James E. West, Samir N. Y. Gerges and Sergio Beristain - Cochairs
    Mark F. Hamilton - Technical Program Chair
    Charles E. Schmid - Vice Chair
    Rebeca de la Fuente - Cultural Program