ASA San Diego Best Paper Awards


A number of ASA Technical Committees offer Best Paper Awards to students and early career members who present at ASA meetings. More information about these awards can be found on the ASA website’s Funding Sources page. Below, the results of the Best Paper Awards for each Technical Committee that participated at the ASA San Diego 2019 meeting are listed:




Acoustical Oceanography

1st place: Elizabeth Weidner – University of New Hampshire

Tracking the spatiotemporal variability of the oxic-anoxic interface in the Baltic Sea with broadband acoustics

2nd place: Jen Gruber – Naval Postgraduate School

Measurement of acoustic backscattering from rocky outcrops in Monterey Bay


Animal Bioacoustics

First:  Madelyn Strahan – National Marine Mammal Foundation

Relationship between biosonar click emissions, age, and hearing bandwidth in bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus

Second: Youenn Jézéquel – University Brest

Propagation distances and sound properties of the antennal rasps produced by spiny lobsters (Palinurus elephas) in European coastal waters


Architectural Acoustics

First: Shaira Gozun – Angeles City High School

Hibla: An alternative sound absorption material

Second: Ally Taylor – Glasgow Caledonian University

Improving the clinical environment soundscape


Musical Acoustics

First:  Sauhaarda Chowdhuri – Westview High School

PhonoNet: Multi-stage deep learning for raga preservation in industani classical music

Second place (tie):  Mark Rau – Stanford University

A comparison of nonlinear modal synthesis using a time varying linear approximation and direct computation

Colin Malloy – University of Victoria

Study of timbral influence of mallets on the steelpan through spectral analysis



Jonathan Broyles, Pennsylvania State University

Perceived annoyance of Mach-cutoff flight ground signatures compared to common transportation sounds

Jacob Ward – Brigham Young University

Spectral comparisons between ground runup and flyover operations of a high-performance military aircraft

Andrew Mitchell – University College London

Making cities smarter with new soundscape indices


Physical Acoustics

Lawrence Singleton – University of Southampton

Metaheuristic algorithm-based optimisation of an elastic metamaterial for robust control of multiple modes of vibration in a structure

Takahiro Ayukai – University of Tsukuba

Numerical Study on Formation of an Acoustic Soliton in Bubbly Liquids Based on Weakly Nonlinear Wave Equation”


Signal Processing in Acoustics

Poster First: Christine Soh – Massachusetts Institiute of Technology

Alignment of canonical and realized acoustic cue labels for modification patterns in speech analysis

Lecture First: Mark Anderson – Brigham Young University

Characterization of the effects of ground boards on acoustic signals

Lecture Second: David Geroski – University of Michigan

Using the frequency-difference autoproduct to passively range remote sources in the deep ocean


Speech Communication

First:  Reed Blaylock – University of Southern California

Beatrhyming probes the nature of the interface between phonology and beatboxing

Second: Kirsten Meemann – University of Texas at Austin

The effect of clear speech and masking noise on listening effort in native and non-native listeners


Structural Acoustics and Vibration

First: Gage Walters – Pennsylvania State University

Impact of airfoil design uncertainty on the prediction of gust response

Second: Alyssa Liem – Brown University

Investigations into the accuracy of the light damping approximation


Underwater Acoustics

First: Jie Li – Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Passive acoustic inversion with virtual head waves

Second:  Nicholas Joslyn – University of Michigan

Using the frequency difference autoproduct to regain coherence in rough surface scattering