Gallery of Acoustics
The Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics sponsors annual Gallery of Acoustics competitions at one of the semiannual ASA meetings (look for an announcement in the Call for Papers). The objective of the Gallery is to enhance ASA meetings by providing a setting for researchers to display their work to all meeting attendees in a forum emphasizing the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of acoustics. The Gallery of Acoustics provides a means by which we can all share and appreciate the natural beauty and aesthetic appeal of acoustical phenomena: This is a forum where science meets art.
The Gallery mainly includes video submissions but submissions may also include posters, audio clips of images, and/or sounds generated by acoustic processes or resulting from signal processing of acoustic data. Images and videos can consist of actual visualizations of acoustic processes, or of aesthetically and technically interesting images resulting from various signal processing techniques. Audio clips and segments should also have both aesthetic and technical appeal.
Meeting attendees vote on entries on the basis of aesthetic/artistic appeal, ability to convey and exchange information, and originality. A cash prize of $500 (typically) will be awarded to the winning entry.
Next Gallery at Oct. 2012 Kansas City Meeting and one likely at the Dec. 2013 San Francisco Meeting
Past Winners (runners up may be viewed here):
Spring 2011, 161st ASA Meeting in Seattle, WA - Chen Chiu and Cynthia Moss, "Visualizing acoustically-guided behavior of the echolocating bat."
Spring 2010, 159th ASA Meeting in Baltimore, MD - Jason C. Tillet, Gheorghe Salahura, Leon A. Metlay, and Robert C. Waag, “Propagation of ultrasound in a three-dimensional breast model based on high-resolution MRI data.”
Spring 2008, 155th ASA Meeting in Paris, France - Wojciech Lapka and Czeslaw Cempel, “Outstanding sound pressure distribution on the outlet of spiral ducts.”
Spring 2006, 151st ASA Meeting in Providence, RI - Tamás Böhm, “Print and video presentation of Kempelen’s speaking machine.”
Spring 2003, 145th ASA Meeting in Nashville, TN - Caleb Farny, “Hearing the back of a penny.”
Fall 2000, 140th ASA Meeting in Newport Beach, CA - Michel Versluis, Barbara Schmitz, Anna von der Heydt, and Detlef Lohse, “On the sound of snapping shrimp.”
Fall 1999, 138th ASA Meeting in Columbus, OH - Pantelis Vassilakis, “Those twisted beats.”
Fall 1998, 136th ASA Meeting in Norfolk, VA - Edwin W. Rubel and Dale Cunningham, “Inner ear hair cell regeneration.”
Fall 1996, 132nd ASA Meeting in Honolulu, HI - Benjamin Cray, “Structural and acoustic response to stiffened plates.”
Fall 1995, 130th ASA Meeting in St. Louis, MO - The results of the judging led to agreement on the four best entries, but did not yield a single, clear winner:
- Lawrence Crum, "Collapsing cavitation bubble."
- Brian Ferguson, Gary Speechley, and Lionel Criswick, “Acoustic dunes.”
- Raja Muthupillai, P. J. Rossman, J. F. Greenleaf, A. Manduca, D. J. Lomas, and R. L. Ehman, “Magnetic resonance imaging of acoustic shear waves.”
- Lawrence Crum, “Sonoluminescence in a standing wave field.”
Submission Details (text from the 2012 Kansas City Meeting Call for Papers):
The relevant deadlines are as follows:
(1) 1 September 2012: Deadline for notice of intent to submit. Include a title, an abstract, and complete author list with full contact information. Please indicate the primary point of contact.
(2) 31 September 2012: Deadline for the receipt of all entries and materials.
Entries, requests for information and all other communications regarding the Gallery should be directed to:
Brian E. Anderson
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Solid Earth Geophysics Group (EES-17)
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545
- Brian Anderson (2010, 2011, 2012)
- Sean Lehman (2006, 2008, 2010)
- Preston Wilson (1998, 1999, 2000, 2003)
- Randall Smith (1995, 1996)