Acoustics Week in Canada

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Acoustics Week in Canada

Acoustics Week in Canada 2008, the annual conference of the Canadian Acoustical Association, will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from 6 to 8 October 2008. This is the premier Canadian acoustical event of the year, and is being held in beautiful, vibrant Vancouver, making it an event that you do not want to miss. The conference will include three days of plenary lectures, technical sessions on a wide range of areas of acoustics, the CAA Annual General Meeting, an equipment exhibition, and the conference banquet and other social events.

Acoustics Week in Canada 2008 will be held at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites, in the dynamic West End of downtown Vancouver, steps from the beach at English Bay, walking distance to beautiful Stanley Park and trendy Robson Street, near Granville Island and Chinatown. Participants registering with the hotel before 5 September 2008 will receive the reduced room rate of $129/night (single or double). Stay at the conference hotel to be near all activities and your colleagues, and to help make the conference a financial success, to the benefit
of all CAA members.

Each day of the conference will begin with a plenary lecture:

Stan Dosso, University of Victoria: Studying the Sea with Sound
John Esling, University of Victoria: Origins of Constricted Voice Quality: –First Sounds of Speech
Barry Truax, Simon Fraser University: Micro to Macro–Composing: Microsound and Soundscapes

Special sessions consisting of invited and contributed papers are on topics including:

Acoustical Consulting–Current Challenges/Future Opportunities
Architectural and Classroom Acoustics
Auditory Scene Analysis
Biomedical Acoustics
Environmental Noise/Vibration
First Nations Languages Acoustics
Green Building Acoustics
Occupational Noise
Occupational Noise Standards
Psychological Acoustics
Second Language Acquisition Acoustics
Sound Absorbing Materials
Speech Perception and Automatic Speech Recognition
Speech Production and Speech Disorders
Underwater Acoustics

The conference will include a one-day exhibition of acoustical equipment and products on Tuesday, 7 October 2008. If you are an equipment supplier interested in participating in the exhibition, please contact the Exhibition Coordinator as soon as possible.

The conference will begin on Monday morning with an opening ceremony and welcome by Elder Larry Grant, Musqueam Indian Band. On Monday evening, a reception will be held for all delegates, followed by a visit to Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver, where acoustical consultant Michael Noble, BKL will discuss renovations to improve the Cathedral’s acoustical environment, after which delegates will experience the acoustics during an organ recital.

The participation of students is strongly encouraged. Travel subsidies and reduced registration fees will be available. A hotel room-sharing program will be available to reduce costs. Student presenters are eligible to win prizes for the best presentations at the conference.

Following are the deadlines for submission of abstracts, and of two-page summaries for publication in the proceedings issue of Canadian Acoustics.

Submission of abstracts: 13 June 2008
Notification of abstract acceptance: 20 June 2008
Submission of two-page summaries: 10 July 2008

Publication of two-page summaries is conditional on registration.

Details of registration fees and the registration form are available on the conference website. Early registration at a reduced fee is available until 5 September 2008.

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