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Living in the Acoustic Environment (ASA School 2018)

May 05-06, 2018   |   Organized by: Acoustical Society of America (ASA)


Date/Time: May 5-6, 2018

Location: Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center, Chaska, MN.

Description: The Acoustical Society of America is once again sponsoring an exciting event, ASA School 2018, where graduate students and early career acousticians in all areas of acoustics can learn about and discuss a wide variety of topics related to the interdisciplinary acoustical theme Living in the Acoustic Environment. ASA School 2018 will provide opportunities for meeting faculty and fellow students, discussing research topics, developing collaborations and professional relationships within acoustics, and mentoring. 

ASA School 2018 is a two-day course consisting of presentations by prominent acousticians, roundtables, demonstrations, and discussion groups to expand on the lecture materials and to foster communication across disciplines and technical areas of acoustics. Social events, including a Friday evening welcome reception and Saturday evening dinner, are also scheduled to provide an informal setting for further discussions and social exchange. For additional information, download reports covering ASA School 2012 and ASA School 2016.

  • Evening welcome reception: Friday, 4 May 2018.

  • ASA School: 5-6 May 2018,  All day Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding the ASA Spring Meeting in Minneapolis.

  • All ASA School events will be held at Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center located 30 minutes from Minneapolis.


Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp and Judy Dubno have served as co-organizers for ASA Schools in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Stan Dosso joined as co-organizer of ASA School 2016.

  • Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp - a Professor of Psychoacoustics and Noise Effects in the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Acoustics of the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.  Her research and teaching activities include Psychoacoustics, Acoustic Ecology, and Soundscapes. Dr. Schulte-Fortkamp has served as research professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, Osaka University, and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. Dr. Schulte-Fortkamp’s current activities for ASA include serving as the chair for Ad Hoc Committee on International Liaison and as a member of several ASA committees.  In 2011-2012 she served as ASA Vice President. Currently she is serving as Vice-President of the European Acoustics Association (EAA) and since 2013 as member of the board of the German Acoustical Society (DEGA). Dr. Schulte-Fortkamp is a Distinguished International Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE USA). In 2010, she was awarded with the Hear the World Foundation award and in 2012 she was the recipient of the European Soundscape Award.

  • Judy R. Dubno - a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  Her research on human auditory function has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD) since 1981.  Dr. Dubno’s current activities include serving as a member of several ASA committees, the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Physics, the National Academies of Sciences Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Systems, and the Board of Directors of the Hearing Health Foundation.  She served as ASA President (2014-15), as a member of the NIDCD Advisory Council of the NIH, and as President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.  She is a Fellow of the ASA and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the recipient of the James Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology.

  • Stan Dosso - a Professor of Ocean Acoustics and Director of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, Victoria B.C. Canada. His research interests center on the development and application of probabilistic inversion methods for acoustic remote sensing of seabed geoacoustic properties and source localization, and related inverse problems in earthquake seismology. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Associate Editor (Underwater Sound) for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and chair of  the fall 2018 ASA meeting in Victoria.  He served as the President of the Canadian Acoustical Association (2003-07) and as Conference Chair for CAA Annual Meetings in 1999, 2010, and 2012. He was awarded the ASA’s Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography in 2004, and the University Science Teaching Excellence Award in 2006. 

Participants and Requirements

ASA School 2018 is targeted to graduate students and early career acousticians (within 3 years of terminal degree) in all areas of acoustics. Attendance is limited to 60 participants.

Participants are expected to attend all School events and are also expected to attend the ASA meeting, immediately following on 7-11 May 2018, to deepen their understanding of a specific field of acoustics and become better acquainted with scientific work in other fields. ASA School attendees are required to be an author on an abstract for presentation at the ASA meeting in Minneapolis either as a lecture or poster presentation. A certificate of attendance will be presented to participants at the close of the School.

Costs and Transportation

  • The registration fee for ASA School 2018 is $50 and must be paid via PayPal. 

  • Hotel rooms for two nights (double-occupancy), meals, and course materials are provided by ASA.

  • Participants are responsible for their own travel costs including transportation from Minneapolis Airport to the Oak Ridge Conference Center and Hotel. 

  • Shared transportation to the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis after the School will be arranged for and paid by ASA.


Megan S. Ballard

Megan S. Ballard is a Research Scientist at the applied Research Laboratories, University of Texas at Austin. She received a B.S. in ocean engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D. in acoustics from Pennsylvania State University. Her research focus on a variety of topics in underwater acoustics including measurement and modeling of ocean acoustic propagation, as well as direct measurement and inference of sediment geoacoustic properties. She as conducted field experiments in several sites off the coast of North America, spanning from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the frigid environment of the Canadian Beaufort. Dr. Ballard received the R. Bruce Lindsay award from the Acoustical Society of America, the Postdoctoral Special Research Award from the Office of Naval Research, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Award, and the National Defense Industrial Association Undersea Systems Division Fellowship Award. she currently serves as the chair of the Technical committee on Underwater Acoustics.


Mark Bee

Mark Bee is an associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, where he is also a faculty member in the Graduate Program for Neuroscience and the Center for Applies and Translational Sensory Science ( He earned his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Missouri working with Carl Gerhardt on acoustic communication in frogs. He was a postdoc from 2001 to 2005 at the University Oldenburg, where he worked with Georg Klump on the neural mechanisms of auditory processing in songbirds. His research program investigates the mechanisms, functions, and evolution of hearing and sound communication in nonhuman animals. a major objective of his research is to discover the signal processing that require extracting biologically critical information from vocal signals under the adverse listening conditions found in noisy social environments.

Patricia davies

Patricia Davies

Patricia Davies is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. She became Director of the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories in 2005, which is a laboratory of over 100 graduate students and around 20 faculty focused on graduate student research with an emphasis on technology transfer. She also has a courtesy appointment in Psychological Sciences. Her research in vibrations and acoustics includes signal processing, nonlinear system identification, sound perception, and the impact of noise on people. A theme in her research is bridging the gap between experimental results and predictions from models based on current understanding of human, mechanical and/or material behavior. Applications include effects of transportation noise (sleep disturbance, annoyance), HVAC &R systems, diesel engines, seat‐occupant systems, and energetic materials. Her research is sponsored by government agencies and industry. She is a member of a group of engineering and psychology professors at Purdue who conduct research on how people perceive and are affected by machines and engineered systems, and how to integrate that knowledge into engineered system design. Dr. Davies served as President of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering 2008‐2010 and is a Fellow of that society. In Fall 2016, she received the Per Brüel Gold Medal for Noise Control and Acoustics from the ASME.


Klaus Genuit

Klaus Genuit studied electronic engineering from 1971 to 1976 ‐ and economics until 1979 ‐ at the RWTH Aachen University researching different kinds of psychoacoustic effects on human hearing and was awarded a PhD in 1984 for the doctoral thesis “A model for the description of outer‐ear transmission characteristics”. In 1986 he founded the HEAD acoustics GmbH, a leading supplier in the areas of binaural signal processing and analysis, auralization of virtual environments, NVH analysis and telecommunication measurements. Dr. Genuit has published more than 280 scientific papers. He is a member of various associations, such as the Audio Engineering Society, Japanese Acoustical Society, Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Society of Automotive Engineers, German Acoustical Society (DEGA) and was elected ASA fellow in 2004. In addition, he participates in working groups dealing with the standardization of measurement regulations and psychoacoustic parameters (ITU, DIN DKE, NALS, ISO). He has been active in the field of soundscape research for over 10 years and teaches psychoacoustics at the RWTH Aachen University where he became honorary professor in 2008. He received a Certificate of Honor for active national and international work regarding standardization of loudness and sound events from the VDI (DIN/NALS) in 2016. In 2008 he founded the HEAD‐Genuit‐Stiftung, a charitable foundation supporting research for a better acoustical life.

Veerle keppens

Veerle Keppens

Veerle Keppens earned her bachelor’s degree (1989) and Ph.D. (1995) in Physics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). From 1995 to 1998, Dr. Keppens was a Fulbright fellow in the novel materials group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she became interested in the elastic properties of new materials. In 1999, she joined the faculty in the Physics Department at The University of Mississippi. In 2003, she moved back to Tennessee and joined the faculty in the materials science and engineering department at the University of Tennessee, where she continues to study the elastic properties and lattice dynamics of novel materials. At UT, she has received multiple awards at the departmental, college, and campus level, and in 2011 she became a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America for the application of ultrasonics to materials physics. She served as the associate dean for faculty affairs from August 2012 till October 2016. In 2015, she became the department head for the department of Materials Science and Engineering and in June of 2016, she was appointed as the director of the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM), a position she combines with that of MSE department head.


Timothy Leighton

Timothy Leighton is Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton. He undertakes fundamental research in acoustics, and then takes them through to products, including numerous inventions for healthcare, ocean exploration, catastrophe relief, and industry. As regards sound in the sea, these include methods to use sound to study the transfer of gas between atmosphere and ocean, a key component of the carbon budget and a vital factor in predicting climate change; theories on how whales might form ‘nets’ of sound to capture fish, and how dolphins might use advance mathematics to hunt with their sonar; and theories on how we might explore the oceans of other planets using sound. He was trained as a theoretical physicist, and finds it particularly fun to produce, from this research, outputs in the real world, which include new sonar and radar systems, sensors to detect leaks from carbon capture and storage reservoirs, devices used to monitor the effectiveness of shock wave kidney stone treatment, input to guidelines for safe exposures when ultrasound is used to form ultrasonic images of foetuses, and ultrasonic devices used to clean surgical tools between operations.


Andrew Norris

As an undergraduate in Dublin, Ireland, Andrew Norris aimed for a future in mathematical physics but changed course after moving to the USA where he did his PhD in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University. After a few years working with Exxon he moved to Rutgers University where he is a professor of Mechanical Engineering. The common theme all along has been an intense interest in acoustic and elastic waves, which share the same characteristic qualities. He found that learning about seismic waves provides better understanding of acoustic phenomena, and vice versa. His current research is in acoustic and elastic metamaterials, focused on underwater applications. Acoustic metamaterials use concepts that at first sight might appear to be pushing the limits of physics, but are still feasible. A prominent example is transformation acoustics, which can lead to exotic effects such as cloaking, but is also the basis for designing accurate acoustic lenses. Dr. Norris has recently used these ideas to design and demonstrate underwater acoustic focusing devices, with help from collaborators. Dr. Norris is a Fellow of ASA, an Associate Editor of JASA, and in 2016 delivered the Tutorial Lecture at the ASA meeting in Salt Lake City.


Tyrone Porter

Tyrone Porter is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. Additionally, he is the Associate Director for the Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnolgoy. Dr. Porter completed his graduate work in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in 2003. He was awarded the Frederick V. Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship and the R. Bruce Lindsay award from the Acoustical Society of America in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Dr. Porter was inducted as a Fellow of the ASA in 2017 for his contributions to biomedical ultrasound and image-guided therapy. His research interests exist at the intersection between biomedical ultrasound, chemistry, biophysics, and nanomedicine. He is leading several projects focused on the development of stimuli-responsive colloids for diagnostic ultrasound, localized drug delivery, and focal ablation of solid tumors.


Roberto Racca

Roberto Racca is one of the principals and the Chief Communications Officer of JASCO Applied Sciences, a global company that specializes in the study of underwater sound, its effect on marine life, and ways to reduce the environmental impact of human‐made aquatic noise. His career has been focused primarily on acoustics for the past twenty‐five years or so, but he has worked previously and maintains an interest in other subjects of research including medical physics (development of improved cardiac valve prostheses), machine vision (tracking of waterborne targets from particle tracers to fish), multispectral imaging of fugitive greenhouse gases, and application of electro‐optics in ultrahigh speed imaging and holography (for which he received the Hubert Schardin Medal of the German Physical Institute). In his underwater acoustics studies Dr Racca has travelled widely to remote regions from the arctic to the Brahmaputra, but no settings have captivated his interest (and his time) like Sakhalin Island and the population of Gray Whales that return there every summer; he has spent the last nearly 15 years working with industry and environmentalists on the protection of these whales from excessive exposure to underwater noise from hydrocarbon development.


Lisa Zurk

Lisa Zurk is currently a Program Manager in the Strategic Technologies Office (STO) at the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA). She is also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University (PSU, Portland, Oregon), where she also founded and currently co‐directs the Northwest Electromagnetics and Acoustics Research Laboratory (NEAR‐Lab). In addition to representing the faculty as a senator (two terms), she served as the Associate Vice President for Research. Prior to joining PSU, Professor Zurk spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory working on national security programs in the areas of radar signal processing and underwater acoustics for advanced sonar systems. She is the author of over 50 technical papers, and has received multiple recognitions and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the NSF CAREER award, and the ONR Early Faculty Award. She was selected as a recipient for a Murdock grant, an NSF MRI grant, and as a Fulbright scholar. Professor Zurk received her BS/CS at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her MS/ECE at Northeastern University, and her PhD/EE at the University of Washington, where she also was part of the Applied Physics Laboratory as a graduate student.


Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center

1 Oakridge Dr

Chaska, MN US

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