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Major meeting on science of sound next month in Victoria, Canada

176th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and Canadian Acoustical Association's 2018 Acoustics Week in Canada will be the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the world this year

Acoustical Society of America

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 25, 2018 -- The Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting, to be held in conjunction with the Canadian Acoustical Association's 2018 Acoustics Week in Canada, will take place next month, Nov. 5-9, 2018, at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, Canada. It will be largest gathering of acoustical experts anywhere in the world this year and the premiere meeting on the science of sound.

Journalists are invited to attend the meeting for free. Press registration may be obtained by emailing the American Institute of Physics' Media Line at Live press webcasts featuring a selection of newsworthy research will take place during the meeting. Times and topics to be announced soon.

The applications of acoustics are wide and varied, and the conference will include experts who are addressing a wide range of issues including:

    - Mitigating unwanted noise in hospitals, classrooms or national parks;

    - Tracking the underwater movements of fish and marine mammals;

    - The secrets of bat and dolphin biosonar;

    - The latest advances in ultrasound for improving human health;

    - The phonetics of underdocumented languages;

    - How the human brain processes emotion in voices of others;

    - The acoustics of musical instruments and beatboxing; and

    - The latest advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence approaches to acoustical problems.



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In the coming weeks, ASA's World Wide Press Room will be updated with additional tips on dozens of newsworthy stories and with lay language papers, which are 300-800 word summaries of presentations written by scientists for a general audience and accompanied by photos, audio, and video. You can visit the site, beginning in late October, at


We will grant free registration to credentialed journalists and professional freelance journalists. If you are a reporter and would like to attend, contact Rhys Leahy or the AIP Media Line (, 301-209-3090). We can also help with setting up interviews and obtaining images, sound clips or background information.


A press briefing featuring a selection of newsworthy research will be webcast live from the conference Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Times and topics to be announced. Members of the media should register in advance at


The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7,000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (the world's leading journal on acoustics), Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year. For more information about ASA, visit


The Canadian Acoustical Association (CAA) is a professional, interdisciplinary organization that fosters communication among people working in all areas of acoustics in Canada; promotes the growth and practical application of knowledge in acoustics; encourages education, research, protection of the environment, and employment in acoustics; and is an umbrella organization through which general issues in education, employment and research can be addressed at a national and multidisciplinary level. For more information about CAA, visit


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