Northeast Regional Acoustics Symposium

Group shot of CARE Symposium 2024.

Hosted by the Center for Acoustics Research and Education (CARE), University of New Hampshire.
 Admission is FREE and includes breakfast and lunch both days. Registration is required. 

PhD student Grant Milne presents his research, funded by the Office of Naval Research Ocean Acoustics Program.

The In-person Symposium on 4/25 will consist of two keynote speakers, oral presentations, and poster presentations. Oral and poster presentation topics will represent all fields of acoustics including (but not limited to) bioacoustics, ocean acoustics, signal processing, speech, biomedical acoustics, and environmental acoustics. 

 Anyone with an interest in reporting acoustics research (in progress or completed) is encouraged to submit an abstract. Presentations are not required, anyone with an interest in acoustics disciplines is encouraged to attend as a participant. Abstracts are due by March 25, 2024.

The Career Workshop on 4/26 is an opportunity for students and early career professionals to meet and learn about possible career paths associated with the field of acoustics, including industry, technology, federal sector, and academia.

Student Travel Awards: This year we will be offering 20 Student Travel Awards to eligible graduate and undergraduate students. If you’d like to be considered for an award, please indicate your interest when you register.

Gary Elko

mh acoustics

Gary W. Elko started his professional career at AT&T Bell Labs in 1984 after completing his BSEE degree at Cornell and MS and Ph.D. degrees at the Pennsylvania State University. He was a Research Supervisor in the Acoustics Research Department at Bell Labs working on acoustic signal processing solutions for high-quality hands-free speech communication systems. In 2002 he cofounded mh acoustics with other Bell Labs colleagues. mh acoustics works with customers on the design and development of front-end acoustic signal processing algorithms for audio communication products. The company develops and markets the Eigenmike® spherical microphone array for spatial sound field capture. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the IEEE. He received the Acoustical Society of America's Silver Medal in Engineering Acoustics in 2012 and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Industrial Innovation Award in 2015. He has more than 60 publications and over 30 patents in acoustic transducers and acoustic signal processing.

Laurel Symes

K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Laurel Symes is the Assistant Director of the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where she conducts research across a range of temperate and tropical environments. In the Northeastern United States, she and collaborators engage in the passive acoustic monitoring of birds and bats with the goal of understanding how habitat variation and management affect species distribution and interactions. She has a particular interest in the methodological considerations for implementing passive acoustic monitoring and automated signal detection.

More broadly, she works at the intersection of ecology, evolution, conservation, and technical development and conducts research across a variety of taxa, including insects, frogs, bats, and birds.  At the Yang Center, she coordinates the tropical biology research program, working with teams in Central and South America, Central Africa, and Southeast Asia to develop research approaches and tools that span tropical terrestrial habitats. She also works with the Yang Center capacity building team to develop introductory and advanced training materials and courses, provide intensive professional mentorship and training, and maximize the accessibility and effectiveness of acoustic tools for research and conservation.

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn Express in Durham on 4/24 and 4/25 at a rate of $111/night, which is within walking distance to the symposium. Rooms can be reserved by calling the hotel directly (603-868-1234) or by going to the Holiday Inn Express website and entering the requested dates, selecting group rate, and entering the code CAR. The rooms and rate will then appear.

If you are unable to locate the group rate, please call the hotel directly as the block may be full and they need to release more rooms at the group rate.

**Schedule is subject to change**
April 25: Symposium Day
  • 8:30 am – Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:15-12 pm – Keynote Address and Oral Presentations
  • 12-1:30 pm – Lunch and Networking
  • 1:30-4 pm – Keynote Address and Oral Presentations
  • 4-5:30 pm – Poster Presentations and Afternoon Social with cashless bar (credit/debit cards accepted)
  • 6:00 pm-? – Optional Group Social at this family-friendly food truck / brewery with inside and outside gathering space: Tideline Public House
April 26: Career Workshop Day
  • 8:30 am – Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Career Symposium
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch and Networking
  • 1:00-2:00 pm – Optional Tour of Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, Data Visualization Lab, and Autonomous Surface Vehicles Lab

All workshop participants can park at no cost to you at the Campus Crossing Visitor Lot (Formerly known as "Mill Road Visitor Lot", or "C-Lot."). The lot is located at Mill Road across from the Durham Market Place plaza (set GPS for 8 Mill Road).

Your parking code is 3188. Approach any kiosk in the lot assigned. Press “Coupon” Button enter code provided above and hit enter, the machine will verify the code, once the code is verified, press the green button and receipt will print out. Receipt must be displayed on driver’s side dash face up to avoid ticketing.

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