International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Event Calendar

The Year of Sound will be celebrated with events originating at the regional, the national, and the international levels. Here we list all events that have an acoustical outreach component in line with the goals of the Year of Sound.


6 August 2020United States

Making meaning from data – from the acoustics lab to machine learning

David Carreon Bradley was scheduled to present a virtual talk, but he is unable to do so. Instead, Andrew Morrison will discuss how the acoustical physics of the steelpan helps machine learning algorithms process large datasets.

The characteristic sound of a Caribbean steelpan drum is easy to recognize by ear, but we still do not have a full scientific explanation for the how this musical instrument produces the distinctive tone. In this talk, Morrison will discuss what is known about the physics of the steelpan, how we have engaged with the public to help us classify our data, and how we are using machine learning algorithms to help us process large data sets. He will also discuss how this study is useful for illustrating some parts of the scientific process.

Location: Melville

Organisation Responsible: The Acoustical Society of America

Contact: Keeta Jones, at


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