Plenary Lecturers

A special feature of the ICA Congress will be the Plenary Lectures. Each day will start off with a plenary lecture by an eminent acoustician on a topic of interest to all. Please meet our Plenary Lecturers:

Murray Campbell (United Kingdom), "Objective evaluation of musical instrument quality: A grand challenge in musical acoustics"

Murray Campbell was born and brought up in the Highlands of Scotland. He studied physics at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with an Honours BSc in Natural Philosophy in 1965. Postgraduate study with the Atomic Physics Research Group at Edinburgh led to the award of a PhD in 1971 for studies into low energy electron-atom spin exchange collision phenomena. He was appointed as as Lecturer in Physics in the University of Edinburgh in 1972, and continued to work on atomic collision physics. A continuing interest in electron spin polarization led to a long-standing collaboration on sources and detectors of polarized electrons with colleagues at the Ecole Polytechnique in France.

Musical acoustics has been taught as an academic subject at the University of Edinburgh since the mid nineteenth century, and while still a postgraduate student Murray was invited to lecture on this topic to students in the Music Faculty. He is a keen amateur musician, and rapidly became enthralled by the fascination of this interdisciplinary subject. A successful programme of practical projects in musical acoustics for physics majors led to the introduction of acoustics as a formal course in the physics BSc programme, and in 1985 he founded the Musical Acoustics Research Group at Edinburgh. He developed a joint Honours BSc programme in Physics and Music, and a Masters programme in Acoustics and Music Technology. In 2000 he was appointed Professor of Musical Acoustics. He retired from full-time teaching in 2008, and continues part-time teaching and research as Senior Professorial Fellow and Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh.

Although he is an active player of keyboard and stringed instruments, wind instruments have been at the heart of his musical activity and his research in musical acoustics. He plays the trombone regularly in an amateur symphony orchestra and a jazz band, and specialises in performance on historic instruments including the cornetto and the serpent. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that Edinburgh has gained an international reputation for research into the acoustics of lip-excited wind instruments. Working with colleagues at the Laboratoire d'Acoustique de l'Université du Maine in Le Mans, he developed the use of artificial lips to study the details of the coupling between lips and resonator in a brass instrument. More recently the musical consequences of nonlinear sound propagation in the bores of trumpets, trombones and horns have been explored in a series of experiments, some of which made use of the renowned collection of historic brass instruments housed by the University of Edinburgh. With his wife Patsy, he has also carried out research on the acoustics of early stringed instruments, notably members of the viola da gamba family.

Murray Campbell has co-authored two textbooks and numerous articles on the acoustics of musical instruments. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Acoustical Society of America and the Institute of Physics. He is currently co-chair of the Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics of the European Acoustics Association, and a member of the Editorial Boards of Acta Acustica united with Acustica and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. He was awarded the Médaille Etrangère by the Societé Francais d'Acoustique in 2000 and the Rossing Prize for Acoustics Education by the Acoustical Society of America in 2008.

Stan E. Dosso (Canada), "Studying the sea with sound"

Stan Dosso was born and raised in beautiful Victoria BC Canada. He received the B.Sc. degree in physics and applied mathematics from the University of Victoria in 1982 as the top science graduate, and the M.Sc. degree in physics also from the University of Victoria in 1985. He received the Ph.D. degree in geophysics from the University of British Columbia in 1990 studying inverse theory in geo-electromagnetic induction.

From 1990-95 he worked as a Defence Scientist in Ocean Physics (Arctic Acoustics) at the Defence Research Establishment Pacific in Victoria, which included yearly 1-2 month Arctic field trips. In 1995, he was appointed to an Ocean Acoustics Research Chair in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, where he is currently a Professor. From 2002-03 he was at the NATO SACLANT Undersea Research Centre (now Centre for Marine Research and Experimentation) in La Spezia, Italy, while on sabbatical, and in 2006 he spent the summer working with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Horton, Norway.

Stan is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), a member of the American Geophysical Union, and is currently serving as Past President of the Canadian Acoustical Association (CAA), having served as CAA President from 2003-07. He has served as Conference Chair for the CAA three times (1999, 2010, 2012) and as Technical Chair for the ASA Spring Conference in Vancouver in 2005.

He was awarded the 2004 ASA Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography for work in ocean acoustic inversion, and the 2006 Teaching Excellence Award in Science by the University of Victoria. He won the 2007 Director's Award for Best Paper in the journal Canadian Acoustics, and a paper published in Inverse Problems in 2011 was featured as a "Highlight Publication for the Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth." He has authored/coauthored more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including more than 50 in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

His research interests include ocean acoustic measurements and inversion to study properties of the marine environment (seabed, water column, ice cover) and/or sound sources (natural or man-made). A particular focus is the development and application of probabilistic inversion approaches with applications to geoacoustics, localization, and underwater positioning, as well as to various geophysical problems (earthquake seismology, seismic hazard assessment, electromagnetic induction). He has had the pleasure of working with many gifted students and researchers over his career to date.

Hugo Fastl (Germany), "Basics and applications of psychoacoustics"

Hugo Fastl is Professor of Technical Acoustics in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University München, Germany. He graduated 1969 in Music from the Academy of Music München, and 1970, 1974, and 1981 he earned at the Technical University München the degrees of Dipl.-Ing., Dr.-Ing., and Dr.-Ing. habil., respectively. His research interests are basic psychoacoustics and multi-modal interactions with applications in fields like audio-communication, noise control, sound quality design, audiology, or music.

In 1987 he was elected Guest Professor of Osaka University, Japan, and in 1990 he became a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is head of the committee "Auditory Acoustics" of the Society for Information Technology (ITG). With the German Acoustical Society (DEGA) he was member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer, President Elect, and President. From 2004 to 2010 he was Treasurer of the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA). In 1983 Hugo Fastl won the Award of the Society for Information Technology (ITG), in 1991 the Research Award in Audiology of the Forschungsgemeinschaft Deutscher Hörgeräte-Akustiker, in 1998 the Research Award of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and in 2003 the Rayleigh Medal of the Institute of Acoustics (UK). In 2010 he was bestowed the Helmholtz Medal of the German Acoustical Society (DEGA) and in 2011 he was elected as Honorary Member of the German Society for Audiology (DGA).

Hideki Tachibana (Japan), "Public space acoustics for information and safety"

Hideki Tachibana is Professor of Chiba Institute of Technology and Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo. He graduated from the Department of Architecture of The Tokyo University in 1967 and received MSc in 1969 and PhD in 1973, respectively, from the Tokyo University. From 1974 to 2004 He has made research and education works at Applied Acoustics Laboratory in the Institute of Industrial Science, The Tokyo University. April 2004 he moved to Department of information Technology of Chiba Institute of Technology. His research interests are building acoustics, acoustic design of auditoria, noise control and acoustic measurement. As well, he has done consulting works for many auditoria in Japan. He also made contributions to standardization of acoustic measurements for Japanese Industrial Standards relating to environmental noise and building acoustics. He worked as chairperson of the Technical Committees at Acoustical Society of Japan and took leadership for the publication of Road Traffic Noise Prediction Model (ASJ RTN-Model) and Construction Noise Prediction Model (ASJ CN-Model).

He won the Paper Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan (1990), The Paper Prize of Acoustical Society of Japan (1991, 2009), and the Paper Prize of Institute of Noise Control Engineering Japan (1996). In 1996 he became a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. In 2001 he was awarded the Rayleigh Medal of the Institute of Acoustics (UK). Hideki Tachibana was President of Acoustical Society of Japan from 1995 to 1997 and President of Noise Control Engineering/Japan from 2002 to 2004. He is a member of the Central Council of Environment, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. As his international activity, he was President of International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE) from 2004 to 2008. He is Head of delegates from Japan for ISO/TC43/SC1 (Noise) and SC2 (Building Acoustics). He worked as General Chairperson of ICA 2004 in Kyoto, Japan.

Tapio Lokki (Finland), "Sensory evaluation of concert hall acoustics"

Prof. Tapio Lokki was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1971. He has studied acoustics, audio signal processing, and computer science at the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and received an M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering in 1997 and a D.Sc.(Tech.) degree in computer science and engineering in 2002. Then he continued at TKK as a lecturing researcher teaching virtual reality and making research on virtual auditory environments. At 2007 he was appointed as an Academy Research Fellow, which is highly competed independent research position in Finland, for a period of five years.

At present Dr. Lokki is an Associate Professor (tenured) with the Department of Media Technology at Aalto University, were he leads the virtual acoustics team jointly with Prof. Lauri Savioja. The passion of Dr. Lokki is to understand how rooms modify sound that we hear. To pursue the total understanding of room acoustics, his team is investigating physically-based room acoustics modeling methods, auralization, spatial sound reproduction, binaural technology, and novel objective and subjective evaluation methods. Particularly, the interest has been in concert halls, in which the team has developed new measurement techniques, analysis methods for spatial impulse responses, and sensory evaluation methods to understand the perceptual differences between concert halls. Furthermore, Prof. Lokki has been continuing a long-term research on augmented reality audio and eyes-free user interfaces. The virtual acoustics team is funded by the Academy of Finland (since 2007) and by the European Research Council (ERC, since 2008). Prof. Lokki received this prestigious ERC Starting Grant in the first round when the success rate was about 3%.

Prof. Lokki has published over 35 journal articles and over 100 conference papers. He has been awarded by the Audio Engineering Society (Board of Governors award), the Academy of Finland Award on social impact, and Aalto University Initiative of the Year Award on the commercialization efforts of the research team. Prof. Lokki is a member of the editorial board of Acta Acustica united with Acustica and a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the Audio Engineering Society, the IEEE Computer Society, and Siggraph Helsinki Finland. In addition, he is the president of the Acoustical Society of Finland.

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