Acoustical Oceanography

Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee of the Acoustical Society of America is concerned with the development and use of acoustical techniques to measure and understand the physical, biological, geological and chemical parameters and processes of the sea. Search for our articles in Acoustics Today

Animal BioAcoustics

ANIMAL BIOACOUSTICS is the study of sound production, processing and perception in non-human animals. It includes within its scope the following: animal communication and associated behaviors, sound production anatomy, analysis of animal generated sounds, auditory capacities and mechanisms of animals.  It also includes the use of instrumental sonar for animal population assessment, identification, and behavior, as well as the effects of human-made noise on animals.

Architectural Acoustics

The Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics encompasses the following areas of interest as applied to spaces in and around buildings: Airborne and structure-borne noise control, Noise control of building systems, Electroacoustics systems as well as Psychophysics and psychoacoustics.  Search for our articles in Acoustics Today…

Biomedical Acoustics

The Biomedical Acoustics TC is concerned with  study of the interactions of acoustic waves with biological materials, including cells, tissues, organ systems & entire organisms. Interest areas include: Diagnostic and therapeutic applications of acoustics in medicine, Biological effects of exposure to mechanical vibration and acoustic waves, Acoustic propagation in biological materials, Instrumentation, Ultrasound field calibration, exposimetry and dosimetry, Ultrasound contrast agents, Medical image & signal processing, Characterization & processing of biological materials, Physiological measurements.

Engineering Acoustics

The Technical Committee on Engineering Acoustics is concerned with the evolution and improvement of acoustical techniques and apparatus, and with the promotion of new applications of acoustics for useful purposes. The areas of  Transducers and arrays, Underwater acoustic systems, Acoustic instrumentation and monitoring, Applied sonics, promotion of useful effects, information gathering and transmission, Audio engineering, Acoustic holography, acoustic imaging and Acoustic signal processing are of particular interest.

Musical Acoustics

The Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics of the Acoustical Society of America is concerned with the application of science and technology to the field of music including: Physics of musical sound production, Music perception and cognition as well as the Analysis and synthesis of musical sounds and composition.  Search for our articles in Acoustics Today


The purpose of the Technical Committee on Noise is to increase and diffuse knowledge of noise generation and propagation, passive and active noise control, and the effects of noise. Activities of the Committee embrace the practical and theoretical aspects of noise, in its broadest definition, in all areas of acoustics. Specific interests include the following and similar topics: sound sources, source mechanisms, propagation, perception, prediction, measurement, evaluation, analysis, effects, regulation, mitigation, and legal aspects of noise. Search for our articles in Acoustics Today

Physical Acoustics

The physical acoustics technical committee is concerned with fundamental acoustic wave propagation phenomena, including transmission, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, scattering, absorption, dispersion of sound, and sonoluminescence as well as the use of acoustics to study physical properties of matter, and to produce changes in these properties. Search for our articles in Acoustics Today…

Psychological & Physiological Acoustics

The Technical Committee on Psychological and Physiological Acoustics is concerned with psychological and physiological responses to sound in humans and other species including  Perception and perceptual organization of simple and complex sounds, including speech, Anatomy and function of the auditory pathways,  Hearing disorders, hearing loss, and auditory prostheses, Vibrotactile and vestibular sensation, Developmental, aging, learning and plasticity effects in auditory function and Theories and models of auditory processes. Search for our articles in Acoustics Today…

Signal Processing in Acoustics

The Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics of the  Acoustical Society of America focuses on the representation, transformation, and manipulation of signals and the information they contain including; time-frequency analysis, Fourier transforms, wavelet analysis, Kalman and particle filters, Bayesian signal processing, sparse approximations, time reversal as well as model-based processing. Search for our articles in Acoustics Today…

Speech Communication

The Speech Communication Technical Committee of ASA studies the production, transmission, and perception of spoken language, including ; The acoustic, physiological, psychological, and linguistic phenomena related to the human speech process, Speech-transmission systems, Machine processing of speech, including speech analysissynthesis and automatic recognition, The measurement and assessment of speech as to its intelligibility and its quality. Search for our articles in Acoustics Today…

Structural Acoustics & Vibration

The Structural Acoustics & Vibration Technical Committee includes the study of motions and interactions of mechanical systems with their environments and the methods of their measurement, analysis, and control. Principal topics considered are: Responses of mechanical systems to dynamic excitations, Instrumentation and calibration techniques for measurement of shock and vibration, Resonances of structures, Damping and internal friction,  Isolation of mechanical systems from shock and vibration, Mechanical impedance (mobility), Modal analysis, Simulation of environmental factors, Development and application of analytical techniques and Active control of structural acoustics and vibration. Search for our articles in Acoustics Today…

Underwater Acoustics

The Technical Committee on Underwater Acoustics is concerned with both natural and anthropogenic sound and its generation underwater; and the propagation, reflection and scattering of sound in the underwater environment including the seabed and the sea surface.

Arthur N. Popper, Editor

Fall Issue 

This is a special issue of Acoustics Today (AT) because it is the first issue ever to have articles where all of the senior authors are women. Of course, many past articles in AT have had women authors. But as I started to put this issue together, I realized that all the authors who I had invited to write an article up to that point were women. And, at the same time, I was starting to get to know the Women in Acoustics (WIA) Committee and developing a great appreciation for the substantial value they bring to the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

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Volume 14, Issue 3 Fall 2018


Links to the individual articles in pdf format are below.  To view the full magazine on-line in flipbook format, click here or simply click on the cover image.

From the Editor

From the President

Featured Articles

In Her Own Words: An Acoustic Story – Marcia Isakson and Alex Tolstoy

Building a Sound Future for Students: Considering the Acoustics in Occupied Active Classrooms – Laura C. Brill, Kieren Smith, and Lily M. Wang

Human Perception of Sonic Booms from Supersonic Aircraft – Alexandra Loubeau and Juliet Page

Acoustic Leaky Wave Antennas: Direction-Finding via Dispersion – Christina J. Naify, Michael Haberman, Matthew D. Guild, and Caleb F. Sieck

Advancing Toward What Will Be: Speech Development in Infancy and Early Childhood – Jennell C. Vick

When Two Wrongs Make a Right: Combining Aliased Arrays to Find Sound Sources – Kathleen E. Wage

Physics-Based Signal Processing Approaches for Underwater Acoustic Sensing – Lisa M. Zurk

Sound Perspectives

Administrative Committee Report: Committee on Meetings – Clark Penrod

The Acoustical Society of America and International Noise Awareness Day – L. Keeta Jones

Reflections from Three Early Career Acousticians – Sarah M. Young and Tyler J. Flynn

Ask an Acoustician – Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp and Micheal L. Dent


Foundation Report – James H. Miller

Book Reviews

Engineering Noise Control, Fifth Edition – David A. Bies, Colin H. Hansen, and Carl O. Howard.
Review by Ning Xiang

Human and Machine Learning: Extracting Meaning from Sound – Richard F. Lyon
Review by Brian C. J. Moore