10 November--14 November 2008
Miami, Florida


Local Meeting Committee

Technical Program and Special Sessions

Other Technical Events
Hot Topics
Vern O. Knudsen-Distinguised Lecture
Online Meeting Papers
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics(POMA)

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Audio-Visual Equipment, Special Equipment and Software
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 Aircraft Noise Prediction
Short Course on Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation and Materials Characterization
Special Meeting Features
Student Transportation Subsidies
Young Investigator Travel Grant
Students Meet Members for Lunch
Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony
Fellows' Luncheon
Social Events
Women in Acoustics Luncheon
Transportation and Hotel Accommodations
Air Transportation
Ground Transportation
Driving Information
Hotel Accommodations
Room Sharing
Hotel Reservation Information
General Information
Committee Meetings
Assistive Listening Devices
Child Care
Accompanying Persons Program
Registration Information
Instructions for Submitting Abstracts via the World Wide Web
Instructions for Preparing Paper Copy Abstracts
Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme (PACS)



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, 10–14 November 2008.

Every effort will be made to schedule contributed papers in accordance with author and Technical Committee 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 ASA Technical Committees. 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.



Attenuation coefficient of sediments from low- to mid-frequencies (Joint with Underwater Acoustics)
There is much debate about the slope of the frequency dependance of the low- to mid-frequency sediment attenuation coefficient

Three-dimensional acoustics and inversions on the Continental Shelf and canyons (Joint with Underwater Acoustics)
Complex oceanography, geology, and acoustic propagation for the Continental shelf and the canyons that cross it


Acoustics of manatees and alligators.
Bioacoustics of manatees: hearing, behavior, sound communication, and considerations for the avoidance of potentially dangerous sound sources

Marine mammal acoustics in honor of Sam Ridgway
Acoustics of marine mammals, reflecting the wide interests and influence of Sam Ridgway


Acoustic challenges of implementing curtain wall construction
Discussion of test results and potentially successful methods for improving the acoustic isolation of curtain wall systems

Acoustical issues of Green buildings(Joint with Noise)
Existing performance data and issues and challenges of Green building acoustical design

Acoustics of retrofitted performance spaces
Case studies/acoustical challenges of spaces retrofitted for performance

Acoustics of single family residences
Explore the different sound characteristics in today's single family residences

Acoustics of small, multipurpose performance spaces
Theory and experience related to acoustics of small, multipurpose performance spaces

Classroom acoustics in honor of Michael Nixon(Joint with Noise and Speech Communication)
Ongoing developments in classroom acoustics, honoring a recently deceased pioneer

Fostering productive architect–acoustician relationships
Professional development discussion about collaboration between architects and acousticians and how it works best in the design process

Innovative integration of acoustic treatment into modern architecture
Discussion of unique ways to integrate acoustic treatments in the current architectural trend of using glass, steel, and concrete

Multifamily structures–Advances and legal issues
Acoustical issues of multi-family structures including advances and legal issues of isolation performance

Special session celebrating the work of Russell Johnson
Russell Johnson's contributions to architectural acoustics at Bolt, Beranek and Newman and Artec


No special sessions planned

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Hands-on experiments for high school students
Experiments for high school students

"Project Listen Up"(Joint with ASA Student Council)
Descriptions of acoustic demonstrations, laboratory experiments or discovery activities for learners of all ages. Apparatus may be shown but the talks should focus on concepts, explanations, diagrams and drawings with an emphasis on careful scientific approach


Acoustics for battlefield operations and homeland security
Sensors, systems, and methods to enhance mission performance in tactical environments and ensure persistent surveillance

High precision acoustical measurements
(Joint with ASA Committee on Standards and Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration)
Techniques and applications for highly accurate or precise acoustical measurements used in metrology, quality assurance, research, and development


Dynamical approaches in the study of music perception and performance
Dynamical models of and empirical studies on time-varying processes in the perception and production of musical events and sequences

Statistical approaches for analysis of music and speech audio signals
(Joint with Speech Communication and Signal Processing in Acoustics)
Exploration of recent advances in data-driven approaches which provide promising alternatives to traditional methods for extracting structure and information from audio

Structural vibrations in musical instruments (Joint with Structural Acoustics and Vibration)
Holographic interferometry and modal analysis as experimental tools and finite element analysis as a theoretical tool to study instrumental vibrations

Telematic music technology
New technological developments and requirements for internet-based music collaborations utilizing broad bandwidth and new telepresence applications


Advances in measurement and noise and noise effects on humans and non-human animals in the environment
(Joint with Animal Bioacoustics)
M Methodologies and metrics for quantifying noise in the environment to quantify effects

Fire codes and acoustics
(Joint with Architectural Acoustics)
Impact of fire codes on acoustical design

Noise control and acoustics of marine vessels
Methods and approaches which address the unique structures and environments of marine interiors and equipment

Progress of noise control in Latin America
Recent work on noise control in Latin America

Sound levels and acoustical characteristics of modular classrooms
(Joint with Architectural Acoustics)
Modular classroom within the concept of classroom acoustics

Soundscape and sound quality–Measurement and lexicon
(Joint with Architectural Acoustics and ASA Committee on Standards)
Interdisciplinarity in soundscape approaches to integrate different disciplines

Special issues for classroom acoustics in tropical environments
(Joint with Architectural Acoustics)
Requirements through the tropical environments-research on specific needs


Nonlinear acoustics
(Joint with Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration)
Current studies of nonlinear problems, innovations and recent developments in all areas of physical acoustics and related specialties

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No special sessions planned


Autonomous system acoustic sensors and processors
(Joint with Underwater Acoustics and Engineering Acoustics)
Acoustic sensors and signal processors for the development of fully autonomous systems in unmanned vehicles for detection, localization, tracking, classification, or obstacle avoidance

Recent developments in coded signals in acoustics
(Joint with Underwater Acoustics, Architectural Acoustics and Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration)
Overview of improvements in the theory and application of coded signals to architectural, audio, biomedical, environmental, remote sensing, and underwater acoustics

Signal processing for high clutter environments
(Joint with Underwater Acoustics)
Signal processing methods used in the presence of high clutter such as dense shipping lanes, harbors, complex machinery and battlefields using both single sensors and distributed networks


A quantal transition: Ken Stevens in "retirement"
Honoring Ken Stevens upon his retirement from teaching

Articulatory--acoustic relationships in the first five years of life
Recent research on the relationship between vocal-tract growth and changes in the acoustic characteristics of speech sounds in children

James J. Jenkins: Teacher, mentor, researcher
Honoring Dr. Jenkins' contributions to speech acoustics and perception through training and mentoring many ASA members as well as his own research


Aeroacoustic and hydrodynamic interactions with structural acoustics and vibrations
Impacts of fluid loading and fluid-structure interactions on structural acoustics and vibrations

Ambient noise correlations in structural acoustics and vibrations
Impacts of ambient and environmental noise on structural acoustics and vibrations

Building structural acoustics and vibrations
Transmissions of sound and vibrations through building structures

Causalities in structural acoustics and vibrations
Vibrations can be excited by sound waves. Conversely, vibrations can generate sound. The interrelationship between sound and vibrations are studied


Acoustics of harbors, ports and shallow navigable waterways
(Joint with Acoustical Oceanography)
Topics and applications relating to acoustic propagation in, or acoustic characterization of, near shore waterways. Relevant topics include acoustic applications for harbor defense, low-frequency acoustic propagation including tidal effects and temporal water column variability, and ambient noise levels in harbors

Robust array processing
(Joint with Signal Processing in Acoustics)
Techniques to reduce the sensitivity of array processors to environmental and array element mismatch

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A "Hot Topics" session sponsored by the Tutorials Committee will cover the fields of Engineering Acoustics, Physical Acoustics and Underwater Acoustics.


Barry Blesser, author of the book Spaces Speak, Are You Listening? Experiencing Aural Architecture will discuss the topic of his research.


The meeting will be highlighted by an exhibit which will feature displays with instruments, materials, and services for the acoustical and vibration community. The exhibit, which will be conveniently located near the registration area and meeting rooms, will open at the Doral with a reception on Monday evening, 10 November, and will close Wednesday, 12 November, at noon. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be available in the exhibit area.

The exhibit will include computer-based instrumentation, sound level meters, sound intensity systems, signal processing systems, devices for noise control, sound prediction software, acoustical materials, passive and active noise control systems and other exhibits on vibrations and acoustics. For further information, please contact: Robert Finnegan, American Inst. of Physics, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747; (516) 576-2433; rfinneg@aip.org.


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 September. 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 http://scitation.aip.org/asameetingpapers.

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 posting at the Online Meetings Papers site, however, is not archival, and posted papers will be taken down six months after the meeting. The POMA online site for submission of papers from the meeting will be opened at 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 at the site http://asa.aip.org/poma.html. Published papers from previous meetings can be seen at the site http://scitation.aip.org/POMA.

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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 have the option to submit abstracts via the World Wide Web or by postal mail. Abstracts must be prepared in accordance with the instructions given for the submission method selected.


Authors should use only one method of abstract submission, i.e., via the web or by postal mail. For abstracts submitted by postal mail, send one original paper-copy abstract to the Technical Program Cochairs:

Eric I. Thorsos/David R. Palmer

c/o Elaine Moran

Acoustical Society of America

Suite 1NO1

2 Huntington Quadrangle

Melville, NY 11747-4502, USA

Tel: (516) 576-2360

ALL ABSTRACTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, 16 JUNE 2008. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Abstracts submitted after 16 June 2008 will not be accepted. Authors should allow at least 5 days for delivery of paper-copy abstracts by U.S. or Canadian mail, 2 days for express mail, and 10 days for international air mail. FACSIMILE TRANSMITTED ABSTRACTS OR ABSTRACTS SENT BY 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. Contributors submitting abstracts by postal mail who desire notification of receipt of their abstracts should include self-addressed postcards. Acceptance notices will be sent to authors in August by postal mail.


  • 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.

    For abstracts submitted on the World Wide Web, 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 a Reference Code and PIN.

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    PC computers with stereo audio playback capability and projectors, overhead transparency 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 and projectors, overhead transparency projectors and laser pointers is "special equipment," and must be separately requested at the bottom of the abstract. Requests for special equipment (e.g., VCR's and monitors, audiotape playback equipment, CD players) must be specified on the abstract. 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. Authors also have the option to connect their own laptops to the computer projector as was done at past ASA meetings. Assistance in loading presentations onto the computers will be provided.

    Authors are encouraged to bring copies of their presentation materials on overhead transparencies as a backup.

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

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    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 by putting the following statement at the bottom of the abstract submitted for the meeting:

    For (name of appropriate Technical Committee) Best Student Paper Award

    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 by putting the following statement at the bottom of the abstract submitted for the meeting:

    For (name of appropriate Technical Committee) Best Student Paper Award


    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 2008

  • 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 identify themselves by placing the following statement at the bottom of the abstract submitted for the meeting:

    Submitted For (name of appropriate Technical Committee) Young Presenter Award

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    A tutorial presentation on "Aircraft Noise Prediction" will be given by Joe Posey of NASA Langley Research Center on Monday, 10 November, at 7:00 p.m.

    Noise has been an issue for airport communities and passengers since the advent of commercial air transport almost a century ago. Impressive gains have been made in aircraft noise control, but expectations are rising and air traffic will at least double in the next twenty years. Also, lighter composite structures pose a challenge for interior noise control. Furthermore, societal expectations for mobility, new technology, demands for carbon footprint minimization, and other environmental imperatives will lead to revolutionary aircraft designs in the future. This tutorial lecture will consider noise from present and future subsonic jet aircraft, rotorcraft, propeller aircraft, and supersonic transports. Noise prediction capabilities will be identified, along with an overview of noise control technology. Acousticians are preparing to predict and control community and interior noise for arbitrary configurations using models based more on first principles, whereas the state-of-the-art is largely semi-empirical. It is imperative that acousticians be included in the early stages of the design process and for all design team members to have some exposure to noise control principles to avoid wasting resources on designs that should be non-starters from the noise perspective.


    Lecture notes will be available at the meeting in limited supply. Those who register by 20 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 $15.00 USD for registration received by 20 October and $25.00 USD at the meeting. The fee for students with current ID cards is $7.00 USD for registration received by 20 October and $12.00 USD at the meeting. To register, use the
    downloadable registration form or register online.

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    Ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation (NDE) is the central topic of this short course. NDE is the process of using a form of energy to interrogate industrial parts or components for the purpose of assessing their fitness for service or manufacture. We begin with a brief review of ideas from continuum mechanics and elasticity. These are used to lay the foundations of wave propagation in infinite media. Ideas such as phase and group velocity, energy in a wave, and wave polarization lead to a consideration of wave scattering at planar interfaces. The method of partial waves and wave potential theory are reviewed. Snell's law and slowness diagrams illustrate the phenomena. Guided wave modes, such as Rayleigh and Lamb waves and SH waves, are explained. The diffraction of finite acoustic radiators is treated and their influence on ultrasonic signals in materials characterization is explained. These results will form the basis of a discussion of the interaction of acoustic beams at liquid-solid or air-solid interfaces. Ultrasound in anisotropic media completes a treatment of basic wave phenomena in solids. Applications of these ideas to various types of ultrasonic NDE are then explored. Scattering of waves by small defects, assessment of porosity, inference of material elastic properties, measurement of surface roughness, and propagation of guided waves in periodically layered structures are some of the applications considered. The course finishes with a discussion of air-coupled ultrasonic NDE and how this emerging new method differs in significant ways from conventional ultrasonic NDE.


    This short-course provides an introduction to the methods of ultrasonic NDE and analytical modeling of ultrasonic scattering at planar interfaces. We present a detailed overview of the basics of elastic wave propagation in solid and liquid media as a precursor to discussions of NDE applications drawn from the current research literature.


    Dale E. Chimenti is Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Senior Scientist in the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation at Iowa State University, Ames IA. He has published nearly 200 scientific and technical papers, over 75 in the archival journal literature. He has held faculty and research positions both at Iowa State and at the Center for NDE at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr Chimenti serves as Editor-in-Chief of NDT&E International and served as Associate Editor of JASA from 1998 to 2004. He is also co-editor of the Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation published by AIP and now in its 27th volume. In 2007 he was selected to receive Iowa State's Eminent Faculty Research Award, and he is a Fellow of ASA.


    Sunday, 9 November 2008, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Monday, 10 November 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..


    • Linear elastic wave equation
    • Pure modes, plane waves, phase and group velocity
    • Pure modes, plane waves, phase and group velocity
    • Reflection and transmission at planar interfaces
    • Slowness surfaces
    • Guided waves: Rayleigh, Lamb, SH
    • Transducer fields, diffraction, reciprocity
    • Fluid-coupled waves at fluid-solid boundaries
    • Plane waves in anisotropic media
    • Small defect scattering
    • Porosity assessment
    • Inference of material viscoelastic properties
    • Influence of surface roughness
    • Guided waves in periodically layered media
    • Air-coupled ultrasonic NDE


    The registration fee is $250.00 USD 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 20 October will be guaranteed receipt of instructional materials. There will be a $50.00 USD discount for registration made prior to 20 October. Full refunds will be made for cancellations prior to 20 October. Any cancellation after 20 October will be charged a $25.00 USD processing fee. To register, use the downloadable registration form or register online.

    If you miss the preregistration deadline and are interested in attending the course, please send an email to asa@aip.org.



    A student transportation subsidies fund has been established to provide limited funds to students to partially defray transportation expenses to meetings. 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 1 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 Miami 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 Miami meeting, are not currently students, and have not previously received the award. Each award will be of the order of $300 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. Sarah Hargus Ferguson at
    safergus@ku.edu. Deadline for receipt of applications is 30 September.


    The ASA Education Committee provides a way 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 wish to participate should contact David Blackstock, 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, and days you are free for lunch. 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.

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    Buffet socials with cash bar will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

    The ASA Plenary session will be held on Wednesday afternoon, 12 November, at the Doral Hotel where Society awards will be presented and recognition of newly-elected Fellows will be announced.

    A Fellows Luncheon will be held on Thursday, 13 November, at 12:00 noon at the Doral. This luncheon is open to all attendees and their guests. To register, use the
    downloadable registration form or register online.


    The Women in Acoustics luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 12 November. Those who wish to attend this luncheon must register. T To register, use the
    downloadable registration form or register online. The fee is $15 (students $5) for pre-registration by 20 October and $20 (students $5) at the meeting.

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    The Miami International Airport, (Airport Code MIA) is served by the following airlines: Air Canada, AirTran, American Airlines, America West Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit, United Airlines, and U. S. Airways. For further information see


    The Doral Golf Resort and Spa is located approximately 7 miles from Miami International Airport. Traffic in Miami can be congested at any time of day, but it is particularly slow on weekdays westbound from the airport from about 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and eastbound from the hotel from about 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Try to avoid these times, or plan on delays.

    Taxicabs: A taxi from Miami International Airport to the Doral costs approximately $32.00. There may be additional charges for excess baggage, fuel surcharge and airport fees. Taxicabs are available on the Arrival/Ground Level of the Terminals, outside of the baggage claim area.

    Airport Shuttle: A continuously operating shuttle service is available from Miami International Airport to the Doral for $21.00 per person, one-way. There may be additional charges for fuel surcharge and airport fees. Call Super Shuttle at 305-871-2000 for more details or to make a reservation. Super Shuttle vans are available on the Arrival/Ground Level of the Terminals, outside of the baggage claim area.

    Automobile Rental: Miami International Airport is served by all major car rental companies. Select rental car companies have registration counters located inside the baggage claim area, on the Arrival/Ground Level of the North and Central Terminal. South Terminal uses the rental car phone center located at the Information and Reservation Boards located on the Arrival/Ground Level and on the 3rd floor. Actual Vehicle pick-up for all companies is not on airport property and is located at various off-site areas which must be accessed by courtesy shuttle vans for each separate rental car company. The airport website suggests stepping outside of the baggage claim area on the median curb on the Arrival/Ground Level and flagging-down your selected company's vehicle as you see them pass by. Miami International Airport does not have any rental car return locations at the terminal facilities. When returning the rental car, please follow the posted signs to the specific company. Be sure to allow at least a half hour for shuttle to the airport. If your company's sign is not posted, contact the rental agency for directions. For a list of rental car companies, visit
    www.miami-airport.com/html/car_rental_list.html. Alternatively, Enterprise Car Rental is available in the main lobby of the Doral Hotel. Call extension #6667 for more information or to make a reservation. Hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


    From East (Airport, Downtown, South Beach)
    Take State Road 836 West (Dolphin Expressway)
    Exit NW 87th Avenue North. Follow exit ramp to traffic light (NW 12 Street) and turn left
    Turn right at next light (NW 87th Avenue)
    Travel 2.5 miles to intersection of NW 36th Street
    Resort entrance is the next traffic light after NW 36 St on the left hand

    From the Northeast (North Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Daytona, Jacksonville)
    Take I-95 South to Exit #12 (826 Expressway, West) also known as Palmetto Expressway
    Travel approximately 13 miles to NW 36 Street exit
    Travel approximately 1 mile West (right) on NW 36 Street to NW 87th Avenue
    Turn right onto NW 87 Avenue

    For a map of the hotel location visit


    The Doral Resort offers complimentary on-site parking. Valet parking is also available for $22.00 per day.

    The meeting will be held at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa
    www.doralresort.com in Miami, Florida. The Doral has been a part of Miami for nearly 50 years. The Resort features ten separate lodges with approximately 700 rooms and suites built on 650 acres in northwest Miami. The property includes five championship 18-hole courses, including the prestigious Blue Monster Course, host of the PGA Tour for over forty years. For attendees interested in golf, please visit the hotel website. ASA has blocked a limited number of rooms so early reservations are advised.

    The European inspired Spa at Doral combines traditionally elegant ambience with a thoroughly modern selection of over 100 spa treatments, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center. In addition to swimming, the Blue Lagoon features waterfalls and a 150 foot waterslide. Other amenities include a driving range, a golf school, Camp Doral (children ages five to 12), boutique shops, and barber/beauty shops. The Doral has five restaurants, including Terrazza Restaurant and Cafe, Atrium Restaurant, Bungalov's Bar & Grill, Champion's Grill & Bar, and Windows, overlooking the Blue Monster golf course. The resort also offers valet parking, complimentary self-parking, concierge service, currency exchange, valet laundry service, and room service. All rooms feature high-speed Internet access, work desks, safes, and free weekday newspapers.


    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, e-mail address, gender, smoker or nonsmoker preference, not later than 1 October to the Acoustical Society of America, preferably by e-mail:
    asa@aip.org or by postal mail to Acoustical Society of America, 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.


    Weather in Miami is generally mild in November with average temperatures between about 68 to 80 degrees F. Colder temperatures (45 to 60 degrees F) may accompany passing cold fronts. November is a relatively dry month, averaging only a few inches of rain, but it can rain in Miami at any time. Locally heavy showers and thunderstorms often accompany the passage of cold fronts. Recent observations and forecasts may be found on a number of different web pages (e.g.,

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    A block of guest rooms at discounted rates has been reserved for meeting participants at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Note that the special ASA meeting rates are not guaranteed after 7 October 2008. You must mention the Acoustical Society of America when making your reservations to obtain the special ASA meeting rates.


    Situated on 650 tropical acres, the Doral Golf Resort and Spa features 693 rooms and suites cloistered inside ten separate lodges.

    The resort features an aquatic recreation area, five championship 18-hole golf courses and five restaurants and lounges. All rooms are equipped with deluxe baths, high-speed internet and fully-equipped mini-bars.

    Please make your reservation directly with the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. When making your reservation, you must mention the Acoustical Society of America to obtain the special ASA meeting rates. Alternatively, reservations can be made directly online at the site listed below, which has been set up specifically for the Acoustical Society of America, and has the conference rates and all applicable information incorporated into it.

    Doral Golf Resort and Spa
    4400 NW 87th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33178-2192
    Tel.: 305-592-2000; Toll Free: 1-800-228-9290
    FAX: (305) 591-6653

    Online: http://marriott.com/miadl?groupCode=asaasaa&app=resvlink


    Rates (excluding taxes)
    Single/Double: $189.00 USD
    Taxes: 13%

    Reservation cut-off date: 7 October 2008

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    Meetings of Administrative, Technical and Standards Committees, including Working Groups, will be announced in the printed program if requests are received not later than 16 June 2008. Requests for meeting space, special luncheons, etc., should be made as early as possible to: [PLEASE PROVIDE NAME, ADDRESS, EMAIL AND FAX OF PERSON HANDLING ROOM RESERVATIONS].

    Requests should be made by postal mail, fax or e-mail, and should specify the committee's needs for space, room arrangement, furnishings, catering, and any special equipment. Reservations will not be taken by phone. Requesters should note that space is limited, and that late requests can be filled only on a space-available basis.


    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, asa@aip.org.


    The Women in Acoustics Committee of the ASA is helping to organize on-site child care services for the Miami meeting and evaluate interest in options for future meetings. Members interested in child care services should contact Andone Lavery member of the ASA Committee on Women in Acoustics, at alavery@whoi.edu as early as possible to indicate interest. On-site child care for children under the age of 5 will be arranged through the Resort Concierge (305-592-2000). For children ages 5-12, the Resort offers Camp Doral, which offers activities that include swimming, arts and crafts, fishing, Tug-of-War, Karaoke, games by the pool, basketball, volleyball, soccer, kickball, indoor games, sandcastle contest, golf putting contest, swimming relays, and poolside bingo.

    Daily Camp Hours are as follows (additional hours may be accommodated): Regular Camp 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Half-Day Camp 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. For further information on Camp Doral, call (305) 592-2000 ext. 6329. Please check the ASA website at
    http://asa.aip.org/meetings.html or email alavery@whoi.edu for updates about child care.


    Spouses and other visitors are welcome at the Miami meeting. The registration fee for accompanying persons is $50.00 for preregistration by 20 October and $75.00 at the meeting. A hospitality room for accompanying persons will be open at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Please check the ASA website at
    http://asa.aip.org/meetings.html for updates about the accompanying persons program.

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    The registration desk at the meeting will open on Monday, 10 November, at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. To register, use the
    downloadable registration form or register online. If your registration is not received at the ASA headquarters by 20 October you must register on-site.

    Registration fees are as follows:

    Preregistration by Category 20 October Onsite Registration Acoustical Society Members $350 $425 Acoustical Society Members One-Day Attendance* $175 $215 Nonmembers $400 $475 Nonmembers One-Day Attendance* $200 $240 Nonmember Invited Speakers One-Day Attendance* Fee waived Fee waived Nonmember Invited Speakers $110 $110 (Includes one-year ASA membership upon completion of an application) ASA Early Career Associate or Full Members $175 $215 (For ASA members who transferred from ASA student member status in 2006, 2007, or 2008) ASA Student Members (with current ID cards) Fee waived $25 Nonmember Students (with current ID cards) $45 $55 Emeritus members of ASA $50 $75 (Emeritus status pre-approved by ASA) Accompanying Persons $50 $75 (Spouses and other registrants who will not participate in the technical sessions)

    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 (2009) 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.



    Online registration is now available at asa.aip.org.

    *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.

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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 for the Miami meeting" from the main page

    3. Enter Password: Miami

    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.

    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. LaTeX codes should be used for entered for boldface, italics, phonetic symbols or mathematical expressions. Please refer to the online LaTeX help link for entering special symbols or refer to pages 20 and 21.

    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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    1. For each meeting paper, one copy of a typed or printed abstract should be sent to the Technical Program Chair of the meeting in time to be received by Monday, 16 June 2008. Allow at least 5 days for delivery within the U.S., and longer from other countries. The Chair's address can be found in the "Abstract Submission Guidelines" section of this Call for Papers. If the paper has been invited for a special session, another copy of the abstract should be sent to the session organizer at least a week before the deadline. Telefaxed abstracts will not be accepted. A cover letter is not necessary.

    2. Limit abstract to 200 words. Count each word in the body of the abstract but do not count title or authors' names and addresses. Indicate number of words in the abstract at the bottom of the sheet. Displayed equations that are set apart from the text count as 40 words. The Program Organizing Committee has the option to alter abstracts to bring them into compliance with the 200-word limit.

    3. Use the format shown in the sample abstract. The paper title and author's name, affiliation, and address should be in a heading set apart from the abstract text. The author's affiliation and address should be set within parentheses, and should be sufficiently complete to ensure delivery of the acceptance notice. If there is more than one author, give the complete address for the author who is to receive the notice. For each of the other authors, give one complete address. One email address will be included in the printed program for each abstract. This should appear immediately after the mailing address for the author whose email address is to be listed.

    4. The entire abstract, consisting of the heading, text and the information requested in Section 9 below, must fit on one side of an 8½ x 11-in. or A-4 sheet of paper. The heading and text should be typed or printed double spaced (3 lines/inch), with 10 or 12-point font; but the information requested in Section 9 may be single spaced.

    5. Do not use footnotes. References and acknowledgments should be set within square brackets. References should be in standard JASA format, viz., in the sequence: authors, abbreviated journal name, volume number, first and last page numbers, and year.

    6. Underline nothing except what is to be italicized.

    7. Use passives instead of pronouns "I" and "we," e.g., "It was noted" instead of "We noted." Avoid use of non-standard abbreviations in abstract title. For example, use dB or Hz but avoid use of abbreviations which are not used across many technical areas such as HRTF, NDE, etc.

    8. If the letter "I" appears as a symbol, loop the letter by hand to form a long-hand l and write "lc ell" in the margin, so as to distinguish it from the number one. If the letter "O" may be confused with the number zero, write "cap oh" in the margin. Identify phonetic symbols by appropriate marginal notes.

    9. Give the following information at the bottom of the abstract, as in the sample:

    a. Indicate the number of words in the body of the abstract (see item 2 above)

    b. If the paper is intended for a special session, indicate the session title. If invited, state "Invited."

    c. Choose and list the Technical Committee most nearly coinciding with the subject matter of the paper. Current Technical Committees are: Acoustical Oceanography, Animal Bioacoustics, Architectural Acoustics, Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration, Engineering Acoustics, Musical Acoustics, Noise, Physical Acoustics, Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, Signal Processing in Acoustics, Speech Communication, Structural Acoustics and Vibration and Underwater Acoustics.

    d. The name, telephone and telefax numbers (with country and city codes if outside the U.S.) and email address of the author to be contacted for information. Notices and other correspondence will be sent to the author who is listed as the first author in the heading unless stated otherwise at the bottom of the abstract.

    e. Describe special equipment desired for the presentation other than a PC computer with audio playback capability and projector, overhead projector or laser pointer. Note that facilities for VCR's and monitors or dual slide and/or overhead projection are considered special equipment. See the section on audio visual equipment for further details.

    f. Indicate a preference (if any) for lecture or poster presentation. If only a lecture presentation is desired, state "Lecture Only," in which case the paper may not be accepted if time is not available. Contributed papers in Speech Communication are encouraged to be submitted for poster presentation.

    g. List one complete PACS subject classification number including letters (for example, 43.28.Ae) under which the abstract should be indexed in the braces following PACS (see the "PACS list, in a recent June or December issue of JASA or via ftp in the /PACS directory of ftp.aip.org)

    h. If you want to enter your paper in one of the available Best Student Paper Award competitions.

    i. Certify that you have complied with the that you have complied 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 entering the following statement: "I have complied with ASA Ethical Principles"


    Binaural loudness summation for tones and noise. Albert B. Jones, Jr. (Dept. of Psychology,

    Northeastern Univ., 1600 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115, abj@server.edu) and Irene J.

    Knox (Boston Univ., Boston, MA 02115) The relation between binaural and monaural loudness

    was measured by magnitude stimation for a 1000-Hz tone and for band-limited white noise.

    Four types of stimuli--monaural and binaural tone, monaural and binaural noise--were presented

    frontally at eight sound pressure levels (SPL) in mixed randomly selected sequences. Subjects

    were instructed to rate the four stimuli according to a single loudness scale. The loudness of the

    monaural and binaural tones was found to be a power function of the mean square sound

    pressure, with an exponent near 0.5. The loudness of the noise increased more rapidly at low

    SPL than loudness of the tone; at high SPL it increased more slowly. The bow shape of the noise

    function would be predicted from loudness matches between wide-band and narrow-band

    stimuli. A sound perceived binaurally was 1.3 to 1.7 times louder than sound of the same SPL

    perceived monaurally. Results of these direct loudness estimations agree almost perfectly with

    earlier results [D.E. McGee and I.J. Knox, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 57, 55-62 (1975)] from another

    group of subjects who made loudness matches between binaural and monaural stimuli. [Work

    supported by NSF.]

    Number of words in abstract: 187
    Suggested for special session on Loudness and Perception
    Technical Area: Psychological and Physiological Acoustics
    Special facility: VCR and 25" color monitor
    PACS Subject Classification number(s): 43.66.Cb
    Method of presentation: Prefer lecture but willing to give as poster
    Ethical Principles: "I certify that I have complied with ASA Ethical Principles"
    Telephone Number: 516-576-2360 (I. J. Knox)
    FAX: 516-576-2377
    Send notice to: I. J. Knox
    Email: ijk@server.com
    I have complied with ASA Ethical Principles


    Harry A. DeFerrari - General Chair
    Eric I. Thorsos/David R. Palmer - Technical Program Cochairs
    Shari Vaughan - Meeting Administrator

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