Pan-American News (Mar 2017)

ICA 2016 Held in Buenos Aires

The 22nd International Congress on Acoustics was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 5–9, 2016. The Congress venue was the Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires (UCA). ICA 2016 was organized by the Ibero-American Federation of Acoustics (FIA) and the Argentinian Acousticians Association (AdAA), in cooperation with the Chilean Acoustics Society (SOCHA), under the endorsement of the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA). The ICA was held jointly with the Ibero-American Federation of Acoustics Congress, incorporating the XIV Argentinean Congress of Acoustics and the XXVI Meeting of the Brazilian Acoustical Society.

The Congress was officially sponsored by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), and the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC). It was also sponsored by several universities and professional institutions of Latin America.

The technical program included plenary and keynote lectures, invited, contributed, and electronic poster papers covering all aspects of acoustics. There was an extensive technical exhibition highlighting the latest advances in acoustical products, such as materials, systems, and equipment. ICA 2016 topics are listed below. The proceeding is available for download

  • Acoustical Measurements and Instrumentation
  • Acoustical Oceanography
  • Animal Bioacoustics
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Biomedical Acoustics
  • Communication Acoustics
  • Education in Acoustics
  • Electroacoustics and Audio Engineering
  • Environmental Acoustics and Community Noise
  • Musical Acoustics
  • Noise—Sources and Control
  • Numerical Techniques
  • Physical Acoustics
  • Psychological and Physiological Acoustics
  • Signal Processing in Acoustics
  • Soundscape
  • Speech Communication
  • Structural Acoustics and Vibration
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Virtual Acoustics

2017 SOBRAC to Be Held in Brasilia, Brazil

The 27th annual SOBRAC meeting will be held May 28–31, 2017, in the federal capital of Brazil—Brasilia. The meeting will be in the Convention Center of the National Confederation of Trade Workers (CNTC), which is centrally located and close to the Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek, the biggest urban park in the region. More details can be found

Acoustics 2017 to Be Held in Boston, MA

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the European Acoustics Association (EAA) invite acousticians from around the world to participate in Acoustics ’17 Boston to be held Sunday through Thursday, June 25–29, 2017, in Boston, MA, USA.

A broad range of topics in acoustics will be covered in technical sessions and keynote lectures. Presentations on emerging topics are especially encouraged. Social events, student events, and an accompanying persons program will be organized.

The best features of meetings of both organizations will be combined to offer a premier venue for presenting your work to an international audience.

Boston is the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It is located on the Atlantic Coast and is home to many historic sites dating back to the American Revolution, in addition to many other cultural and recreational features. The climate in June is very pleasant and ideal for arranging visits before and after the meeting.

A team of individuals from the EAA and the ASA are working enthusiastically to organize the meeting. We hope you will join us in Boston in 2017 to help us make the meeting a success.

New ASA Fellows

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) has promoted the following new Fellows:

  • Douglas A. Abraham, for advancing our understanding of the statistics of non-Rayleigh reverberation and their impact on target detection and false alarm rates
  • Joshua G. Bernstein, for contributions to our understanding of normal and impaired pitch and speech perception
  • David Braslau, for lifetime contributions to noise mitigation and quieter communities
  • Tim Colonius, for contributions to numerical modeling of cavitation, medical acoustics and aeroacoustics
  • Elisa E. Konofagou, for contributions to diagnostic and therapeutic applications of ultrasound
  • Ying-Tsong Lin, for contributions to shallow water acoustics and computational acoustics
  • Tyrone M. Porter, for contributions to the therapeutic applications of ultrasound

NOISE-CON 2017 to Be Held Jointly with SAE Noise and Vibration Conference in Grand Rapids, MI

The Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE-USA) and our NOISE-CON 2017 Committee invite you to attend NOISE-CON 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI, USA. NOISE-CON 2017 will be co-located with the SAE 2017 Noise and Vibration Conference and Exhibition. The program is robust and plenary speakers are experts in the industry. The combined exhibition will be one of the largest ever in North America with over 100 exhibitors expected to attend. With 400 presentations and over 1000 attendees, this will be a major event for noise control professionals. A special set of joint sessions are planned with the following topics:

  • Aerodynamic Noise Prediction and Validation
  • Aircraft Interior Noise
  • Artificially Generated Noise in Vehicle
  • Hybrid/Electric and Electric Vehicles—Consequences of Minimum Sound Regulatory Requirements
  • Impact of Recreational Noise Source on the Surrounding Communities
  • Interiors and Sound Quality Considerations
  • Lightweight Vehicle Construction Acoustic Design
  • Product Development Methods: Cross-Disciplinary Tools and Processes for Delivering NVH Attribute

For more information, see the detailed description provided separately in this issue or go to

2nd FLINOVIA Symposium to Be Held at Penn State University

I-INCE is co-sponsoring the 2nd Flow Induced Noise and Vibration, Issues and Aspects (FLINOVIA II) workshop to be held at Penn State University April 27–28, 2017. Invited speakers will present recent work on structural excitation and noise from turbulent flows, including turbulent boundary layers, ingested turbulence, free and impinging jets, and other turbulent shear layers. Structural response, including vibration, stress, and sound re-radiation are of particular interest. Thirty-two talks, half by international researchers, will be presented. The proceedings will be published by Springer after the symposium. The workshop is free to attend, and you may register by following the links

ASME NCAD IMECE Rayleigh Lecture and Tutorial

The ASME Noise Control and Acoustics Division (NCAD) sponsored the annual Rayleigh Lecture and NCAD tutorial at the 2016 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE), held in Phoenix, AZ, in November 2016.

Dr. Vic Sparrow, Chair of the Graduate Program of Acoustics at Penn State University, gave the Rayleigh Lecture on “Two Approaches to Reduce the Noise Impact of Overland Civilian Supersonic Flight.” The talk explained sonic boom noise and ongoing work to enable overland supersonic flight for civilian aircraft (currently prohibited in the USA and most countries).

Dr. Miao Yu, Director of the Sensors and Actuators Laboratory of the University of Maryland, gave the tutorial on Acoustic Sensing Technologies. The tutorial describes research on using emerging materials and bio-inspiration to create new acoustic sensing concepts and technologies.

The lecture and tutorial are available for free download at the ASME NCAD website:

ASME Per Bruel Gold Medal Awarded to Patricia Davies

The Per Bruel Gold Medal for Noise Control and Acoustics was established in 1987 in honor of Dr. Per Bruel, who pioneered the development of sophisticated noise and vibration measuring and processing equipment. The medal recognizes eminent achievement and extraordinary merit in the field of noise control and acoustics, including useful applications of the principles of noise control and acoustics to the art and science of mechanical engineering.

The 2016 Per Bruel Gold Medal was awarded to Patricia Davies, PhD, professor of mechanical engineering, and director, Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), for exceptional leadership and educational mentorship in the field of noise control and acoustics; and for outstanding contributions to noise control engineering in the areas of signal processing, nonlinear dynamic modeling, product sound quality, and human response to noise and vibration.

Acoustics Week in Canada 2017 in Guelph, Ontario

Acoustics Week in Canada 2017 (AWC17) will be held October 11–13, 2017, at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre Guelph (Ontario). Three days of keynote talks and technical sessions will be framed by events such as the welcome reception, conference banquet, and an exhibition of products and services relating to the field of acoustics and vibration. Features of special interest connected with this conference are:

  • Octoberfest celebrations; and
  • A building code changes and tools workshop by the Canadian National Research Council

Acoustics Week details are available at