What are Technical Committee’s (TC’s)?

And why should I care?

The ASA is subdivided into thirteen Technical Committees (TC’s) covering a broad range of acoustics. The TC’s provide a “home base” for Society members, while they arrange the various technical sessions and promote development in their respective fields. Each of the TC’s have their own leadership, their own sessions, and their own student council representative.

In essence, a TC acts as its own mini-society within the ASA. Each TC contains researchers who are world experts in their field, and every TC encourages students to participate. Each TC also holds an administrative meeting during every ASA conference. Students are again encouraged to attend and familiarize themselves with the workings of the TC’s.

Curious? Check out any of the thirteen TC’s below for information on the TC and links to their respective websites!

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. The...

Structural Acoustics and 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. The Structural Acoustics and Vibration Technical...

Speech Communication

The Speech Communication Technical Committee is concerned with the production, transmission and perception of spoken language. Both machine processing and human perception of speech are considered. The Speech Communication Technical Committee Open Meeting is...

Signal Processing in Acoustics

The purpose of the Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics is to increase and diffuse knowledge of signal processing as used in the field of acoustics. The Signal Processing Technical Committee Open Meeting is typically held at every ASA meeting on...

Psychological and Physiological Acoustics

Concerned with the investigation and the dissemination of information about psychological and physiological responses of man and animals to acoustic stimuli. The Psychological and Physiological Acoustics Technical Committee Open Meeting is typically held at every ASA...

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...

Noise

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...

Musical Acoustics

The Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics is interested in the application of science and technology to the field of music, with current interest in the physics of musical sound production, music perception and cognition, and analysis and synthesis of musical...

Engineering Acoustics

Concerned with the evolution and improvement of acoustical techniques and apparatus, and with the promotion of new applications of acoustics for useful purposes. Including transducers and arrays, acoustic instrumentation, applied sonics,...

Biomedical Acoustics

The Biomedical Acoustics TC is concerned with the study of the interactions of acoustic waves with biological materials, which is relevant for diagnostic and therapeutic applications of acoustics in medicine, biological effects of exposure to vibrations and medical...

Architectural Acoustics

The Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics considers room acoustics, airborne and impact transmission in building structures, airborne and structure-borne noise control, noise control of building systems and electroacoustic systems....

Animal Bioacoustics

The Animal Bioacoustics Technical Committee studies the acoustic communication, sound production anatomy and auditory capacities of non-human animals as well as their behavioral responses to environmental sounds. In addition the use of...

Acoustical Oceanography

Acoustical oceanography is the science of inferring oceanic properties (physical, biological, geological, chemical etc.) from acoustic measurements. The field is motivated by the poor propagation of electromagnetic waves in water which renders many terrestrial...

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