New England NoiceCon-16

Accompanying Persons

Contact for additional information: Brenda Wood: wood_e@msn.com

Monday 13 June 2016

Breakfast for accompanying persons 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Omni Providence Hotel, Bristol Room. Enjoy coffee, tea, juice, and a light breakfast while meeting together with friends from prior conferences and make new friends.

Plenary Lecture: "University of Hartford Acoustics Program" 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Dr. Robert Celmer will describe the University of Hartford's two ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering programs in the area of acoustics: (1) the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) with Acoustics Concentration and (2) the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Acoustical Engineering & Music. The first is part of our BSME degree program that has required courses in Vibration as well as Engineering Acoustics since the 1960's. The Acoustical Engineering & Music degree is a unique program instituted in 1976, where applicants must meet the math and science entrance requirements for engineering students and also must successfully pass the entrance requirements of the Hartt School (U. of Hartford's music conservatory) — including the audition.

Tour by bus to Newport, Rhode Island. Visit two Newport mansions, the Breakers and Marble House (see below). Arranged with Viking Tours Inc. (http://vikingtoursnewport.com/) showing visitors to Newport the amazing history of the city since 1962. Depart from the Omni Providence Hotel at 9:00 a.m. Return to the hotel by about 4:30 p.m. Includes a guided tour of the Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and Bellevue Ave. mansion area. Lunch on our own in the Newport waterfront area. Tour and transportation cost is $86 per person. Reservations required. Lunch extra. This tour is subject to cancellation on 1 June if less than 16 people have signed up.

(photos from The Preservation Society of Newport County)

A Quieter Future Workshop chaired by Larry Finegold and organized by Darlene Kilpatrick. At the Convention Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A free public outreach workshop, Sound Choices: Empowering People and Protecting Nature. The one-day Workshop is sponsored by A Quieter Future (AQF) and the Michiko So Finegold Memorial Trust and INCE-USA. In the morning session, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, National Park Service, and Dr. Jesse Barber from Boise State University will talk about their research and the effects of noise on marine life, terrestrial wildlife and plants. Lang Elliot, photographer and sound artist, will soothe your senses with the music of nature. NOISE-CON attendees, accompanying persons, vendors, and your New England Area friends are invited. The afternoon session will train educators how to use AQF STEM kits to teach kids about the issues of noise in nature and our oceans. Your expertise and ideas would add a lot! If you plan to attend please register at www.aquieterfuture.org. Click on Events and preregister.

Vendor reception at the Convention Center 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is a pleasant time to gather and relax with our professional colleagues and our important vendors who have their latest equipment on display.

 

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Breakfast for accompanying persons 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Omni Providence Hotel, Bristol Room. Enjoy coffee, tea, juice, and a light breakfast while meeting together with friends from prior conferences and making new friends.

Plenary Lecture: "Landing on the Roof" 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Kurt Yankaskas is the Noise Induced Hearing Loss Program Manager for the Office of Naval Research. The research portfolio investigates noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus, methods to protect Sailors and Marines and how to reduce the noise of military equipment. The research products will further the understanding of the mechanisms of noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus, develop micro-acoustic processors for advanced hearing protection, develop the next generation of hearing protection devices with integrated communications/dosimetry and noise control applications for ships and tactical jet engines.

Highlights of Providence, a one-hour on your own bus tour offered by Experience Rhode Island Tours, Inc. (http://riexperience.com/). Publicly available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Departure is from the Visitor Information Center in the Convention Center at 10:00 a.m. Join for a fantastic introduction to Providence. On this traveling bus tour the engaging guide will acquaint you with the great neighborhoods, people, and sights of the city. This tour is ideal for someone who would like to get a lay of the land, and learn the places you may want to go back to and explore on your own. Your cost will be $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Information Center or make a reservation on the above website link to help ensure a seat will be available for you.

Discover Providence, a two-hour on your own bus tour offered by Experience Rhode Island Tours, Inc. (http://riexperience.com/). Publicly available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Departure is from the Visitor Information Center in the Convention Center at 2:00 p.m. Explore the Providence capital city in a deeper way with an expert guide. The tour will take you to places not seen on other tours, giving an inside look at some of Providence's most beautiful sights along with integral stories about people of Providence. With stops for pictures, personal exploration, and delicious local food along the way. This tour is for those who would like to get out and explore, take pictures, and gain a great overall grasp of Providence. Your cost will be $30 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Information Center or make a reservation on the above website link to help ensure a seat will be available for you.

Visit to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum located a half-mile walk to the northeast or short taxi ride from the Omni Hotel. (http://risdmuseum.org/about/) Accompanying persons can make arrangements to visit the RISD museum on their own, perhaps before or after one of the above bus tours. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Founded in 1877, RISD is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design in the U.S. Each year approximately 2,300 students from around the world pursue a creative, studio-based education at RISD, which offers rigorous bachelor's and master's degree programs in 19 architecture, design, fine arts and art education majors. The RISD Museum houses about 100,000 objects—ranging from ancient art to work by contemporary artists and designers from across the globe. The museum is dedicated to the interpretation of art and design from diverse cultures, and to educating and inspiring artists and designers, families, scholarly researchers and students of all ages. Your cost for admission to the RISD museum will be about $12.

Special Honoring Session: Richard L. Lyon, Eric E. Ungar and István L. Vér. 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Convention Center.

Social event at the Rhode Island School of Design, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A half-mile walk to the northeast from the Omni Hotel.

 

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Breakfast for accompanying persons 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Omni Providence Hotel, Bristol Room. Enjoy coffee, tea, juice, and a light breakfast while meeting together with friends from prior conferences and making new friends.

Plenary Lecture: "Acoustic and Siemic monitoring of pile driving for the first offshore wind farm in the US" 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The acoustic and seismic signals from pile driving activities were monitored using multiple sensors during the construction of the USA's first offshore wind farm located 3 nm off Block Island, RI. The 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF) consists of five turbines in water depths of approximately 30 m and is scheduled to be online in 2016. The substructure for these turbines consists of jacket type construction with piles driven to pin the structure to the seabed. Pile driving operations generate intense sound, impulsive in nature at close range, which radiates into the surrounding air, water and sediment. The underwater acoustic measurement platforms consisted numerous hydrophone systems including towed array, fixed mooring, particle velocity sensors, 3 axis geophone and vessel deployed hydrophones. Based on these acoustic measurements and propagation modeling, the acoustic pressure field as a function of range and depth from the pile is estimated. The transition from fast-rise-time impulsive signals at close range to slow-rise-time non-impulsive signals at longer ranges will be addressed. This study will provide the required information to qualify the different zones of potential marine mammal effects (zones of injury, behavioral effects etc.) and to estimate exposure to fishes and other species. This work was supported by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

Visit Historic Federal Hill in Providence, RI located a half-mile walk or short taxi ride to the west of the Omni Hotel. Accompanying persons can make arrangements to visit Federal Hill on their own, perhaps departing sometime mid-morning and returning after lunch. Federal Hill still retains its status as the traditional center for the city's Italian-American community. Referred to as the "Heartbeat of Providence," Federal Hill is a historic and vibrant district with cobblestone walkways, historic buildings and stunning architecture. Atwells Avenue on the Hill includes quaint boutiques, art galleries, salons, and wonderful restaurants. Known as Providence's Little Italy, this charming community is home to traditional Italian food shops, bakeries and coffee shops with fresh pastries and breads and the perfect espresso. One of our favorites on the avenue is Costantino's Venda Ravioli.

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