Friday, November 30, 12:00 noon-1:00 pm
Opening Ceremonies, Awards Presentation and Keynote Address
- Executive Director Roger Furness
- President Roy Pritts
- Convention Chair Bill Allen
- AES Awards Presentation
- Keynote Address by Dr. Floyd E. Toole
AES presented special awards to those who have made outstanding contributions to the Society in such areas of research, scholarship and publication, as well as other accomplishments that have contributed to the enhancement of our industry.
Awards were given to: Elizabeth Cohen, Doug Cook, Jeremy Cooperstock, Martin Dietz, Wesley Dooley, Patricia Macdonald, Bob Moses, Subir Pramanik, Zack Settel, Wieslaw Woszczyk, Aoxiang Xu, and Junichi Yoshio.
Keynote speaker Dr. Floyd E. Toole discussd "Audio Engineering Science in the Service of Art." Audio engineering, whether it is in a recording studio or a product design lab, is motivated by a love of music and directed toward providing moving and memorable listening experiences. Art is the alpha and omega of audio, but the capture, storage, and reproduction of the art are complex technical exercises. Physical science underpins the devices, signal processing, and acoustical expertise necessary to do it well. Physical measurements are essential in the design of audio devices, but it is the interpretation of the technical data that has been the greatest challenge to progress. The transformation of listening tests into subjective measurements has been central to advances in the science of audio, which, as a result, is now better able to serve the art.
Floyd E. Toole is corporate vice president of acoustical engineering for Harman International Industries, Inc., where he oversees the product engineering and evaluation processes. Dr. Toole is noted for his research on the acoustics and psychoacoustics of sound reproduction, conducted during his 25-year tenure at Canada's National Research Council. His work has been widely published in scientific journals and popular magazines. He has been an AES past president and is an AES fellow, Silver Medal recipient, and Publications Award winner.