The Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics sponsors Gallery of Acoustics competitions at meetings of the Acoustical Society of America (typically one per year). Its purpose 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, interdisciplinary, and artistic nature of acoustics. Entries for the Gallery competition can be either video, still image(s), or a poster. A cash prize is given to the winner(s). Meeting attendees vote on their favorite entries. Below are past winning entries of Gallery competitions.  Contact Michael Muhlestein (mimuhle*** for more information.

Gallery of Acoustics

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 7-11 May 2018

Grand Prize Winner: $400
“Ultrasonic Wave Propagation Measured with Refracto Vibrometry” (Video)
Benjamin Rorem, Matthew Mehrkens, and Thomas Huber (Gustavus Adolphus College)

Gallery of Acoustics

Boston, Massachusetts, 25-29 June 2017

Grand Prize Winner: $500
“Kaleidosone 2017” (Video)
Brian M. Worthmann (University of Michigan)

Gallery of Acoustics

Salt Lake City, Utah, 23-27 May 2016

Grand Prize Winner: $500
“Acoustics in Flight 2016” (Still Image)
Brent Reichman (Brigham Young University)  [Distribution A: Approved for public release; Distribution is unlimited; April 25, 2016; JSF16-511]

Gallery of Acoustics

Indianapolis, Indiana, 27-31 October 2014

Grand Prize Winner: $500
“Bonneville Boom 2014” (Video)
Blaine Harker, Trevor Stout, and Zac Jensen (Brigham Young University)

Gallery of Acoustics

San Francisco, California, 2-6 December 2013

Grand Prize Winner: $500
“Horseshoe Bat Noseleaf as Smart Emission Baffle Structure” (Video)
Anupam Gupta, Dane Webster, and Rolf Muller (Virginia Tech)

Gallery of Acoustics

Kansas City, Kansas, 22-26 October 2012

Co-Grand Prize Winner: $250
“Friction Oscillator” (Video)
Daniel Russell (Penn State)

Co-Grand Prize Winner: $250
“Arrayzilla and Bats” (Video)
Jason Gaudette (Brown University)

Gallery of Acoustics

Seattle, Washington, 23-27 May 2011

Grand Prize Winner: $500
“Echolocation in a Complex Acoustic Scene” (Video)
Chen Chiu and Cynthia Moss (University of Maryland)

Gallery of Acoustics

Baltimore, Maryland, 19-23 April 2010

Grand Prize Winner: $500
“Propagation of Ultrasound in a Three-Dimensional Breast Model based on High-Resolution MRI Data” (Video)
Gheorghe Salahura, Jason C. Tillett, Leon A. Metlay, and Robert C. Wang (University of Rochester)

Gallery of Acoustics

Paris, France, 29 June – 4 July 2008

Grand Prize Winner: $500
“Outstanding Sound Pressure Distribution On the Outlet of the Spiral Ducts” (Video and Print)
Wojciech Lapka and Czeslaw Cempel

  Gallery of Acoustics

Providence, Rhode Island, 5-9 June 2006

Grand Prize Winner: $500
“Kemplen’s Speaking Machine” (Video and Print)
Tamás Böhm

Gallery of Acoustics

Nashville, Tennesse, 28 April – 2 May 2003

Grand Prize Winner: $350
“Hearing the back of a penny” (Video)
Caleb Farny
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department, Boston University, Boston, MA


Gallery of Acoustics

Newport Beach, CA, December 2000

Grand Prize Winner: $350
“On The Sound of Snapping Shrimp” (Video)
Michel Versluis, Barbara Schmitz, Anna von der Heydt and Detlef Lohse
University of Twente, The Netherlands.

Animation of Snapping Shrimp (top view)

Animation of Snapping Shrimp (side view)CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO TRACK OF SNAPPING SHRIMP

Honorable Mention: Communication of Technical Concept
“Sound Localization by Head Motion” (Poster)
Fred G. Geil. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Oceanic and Naval Systems, Annapolis, MD.

Honorable Mention: Aesthetic Impression
“Synthesis of Child Singing Voice” (Poster)
Sten Ternstrom and Johan Sundberg. Dept of Speech, Music & Hearing Kungliga Tekniska Hgskolan, Sweden.

Gallery of Acoustics

Columbus OH, November 1999

Grand Prize Winner: $350
“Those Twisted Beats” (Poster)
Pantelis Vassilakis. UCLA, Systematic Musicology, Music Perception and Acoustics Lab. Los Angeles, CA.
Interesting images of signals represented in two dimensions based on use of the twisted signal hypothesis.

Second Place Winner
“Acoustic Landmine Detection Using Laser Scanning Vibrometer”
James Sabatier and Ning Xiang. National Center for Physical Acoustics, University of Mississippi, Coliseum Dr. University, MS 38677
Visualization of both shape/size recognition and scattering phenomena of buried mines detected by the laser-Doppler based acoustic detection.

Third Place Winner
“Side Look Sonar Images of a Bridge and a Surface Effect Vehicle”
Thomas Hartka. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Oceanic and Naval Systems, Annapolis, MD.
High resolution side look sonar images of a sunken bridge and an overturned surface effect vehicle.

Peoples Choice Award
“Reverse Time Stretching for Underwater Communication” (Audio)
Fred G. Geil. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Oceanic and Naval Systems, Annapolis, MD.
Audio clips, recorded in 1971, demonstrating a technique for reducing the garbling effect of reverberation on underwater acoustic communications.

Gallery of Acoustics

Norfolk VA, October 1998

First Place
“Inner ear hair cell regeneration.” (Still image)
EDWIN W. RUBEL and DALE CUNNINGHAM. University of Washington. Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph showing normal inner ear hair cells from the cochlea of birds.1998 - Rubel - Hair Cells

Second Place, and Peoples’ Choice Winner
“Flow in the mouth of a flue organ pipe.” (Still Image)
A.HIRSCHBERG, A.P.J. WIJNANDS, B. FABRE AND M.P. VERGE. Eindhoven University of Technology.
Visualization of the oscillation of the jet in the mouthpiece of a recorder-like flue organ pipe.

Third Place
“Acoustic imaging of seafloor hydrothermal vents.”  (Still Image)
PETER A. RONA, et al, Rutgers University.
Acoustic visualization and mapping of hydrothermal vent flows on the East Pacific Rise and the Juan de Fuca Ridge.

Gallery of Acoustics

Honolulu HI, December 1996

First Place and Peoples’ Choice Award winner
“Structural and Acoustic Response to Stiffened Plates”, (Still image)
BENJAMIN CRAY. Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division,Newport, CT.
A set of images summarizing the analytical techniques used tostudy the structural and acoustic behaviour of stiffened plates.

Color Small 1996 - Cray - Stiffened Plates

Second Place winner
“Acoustics and Vibration Characteristics of the King Seong-Deok Bell”, (Video)
YANG-HANN KIM. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon-shi, Korea.
The video showed the ringing of a massive ancient bell, and images of the bell’s vibrational modes and sound field.

Third Place winner
“Plate Mode Visualization with Laser-modulated Phase-stepped Digital Shearography”, (Still image)
BENJAMIN A. BARD, SHUDONG WU, AND GIROWEN LU. The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
A set of four images depicting the results of a vibrating aluminum plate when using shearography, a full field optical interometric technique.

Gallery of Acoustics

St. Louis, Missouri, November 1995

The first Gallery of Acoustics was displayed at the 130th Meeting of the ASA in St. Louis. It consisted of six still image entries and five video entries. The results of the judging lead to agreement on the four best entries, but did not yield a single, clear winner.

The entries, beginning with those selected as Judges’ Choice are:

Judges’ Choice.
“Collapsing cavitation bubble.” (Still)
LAWRENCE CRUM, University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory.
A B&W photo of a cavitation bubble collapsing near a solid surface. This entry is a visually striking photo, with good contrast and depth, showing an intriguing physical phenomenon.

1995 - Crum - Cavitating Bubble

Judges’ Choice.
“Acoustic dunes.” (Still)
BRIAN FERGUSON, GARY SPEECHLEY, AND LIONEL CRISWICK, Defence Science and Technology Organization, Maritime Systems Division, Australia.
A 3D perspective image of a multisource sound field. Interesting lighting effects are used to make a familiar type of plot very appealing. The presentation is enhanced by a tasteful frame.

1995 - Ferguson - Acoustic Dunes

Judges’ Choice.
“Magnetic resonance imaging of acoustic shear waves.” (Video)
RAJA MUTHUPILLAI, P. J. ROSSMAN, J. F. GREENLEAF, A. MANDUCA, D. J. LOMAS, AND R. L. EHMAN, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota.
Video showing acoustic wave propagation through gels of varying stiffness. Segments within this video show aesthetically appealing images of interesting physical phenomena.

Judges’ Choice.
“Sonoluminescence in a standing wave field.” (Still)
LAWRENCE CRUM, University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory.
A color photograph of sonoluminescence revealing a standing wave pattern. The natural, eerie color and the novelty of the phenomenon combine to make the image powerful and visually appealing.

1995 - Crum - SL