26 Jan

Seminar: New Orleans Airlift

Join us for our second seminar of the spring semester for a glimpse at an amazing project that lies at the intersection of acoustics, art, culture, and architecture. Come hear members of New Orleans Airlift, a team of artists, musicians, and architects from New Orleans, discuss Dithyrambalina, a sonic playground, performance venue and laboratory for musical architecture in New Orleans.

Date: February 14th, 2014
Time: 11 am
Location: IC 107

As always, food will be provided!


A host of international artists, musicians and inventors are creating Dithyrambalina – a landmark village of musical, playable houses. Invented instruments embedded into the walls, ceilings, and floors of Dithyrambalina’s architecture will support boundary-breaking musical performances and inspire wonder, exploration and invention in visitors of all ages. This New Orleans Airlift project is the evolving brainchild of artists Swoon, Delaney Martin, Taylor Lee Shepherd and Jay Pennington in collaboration with over 100 more artists and musicians to date. Last year they debuted THE MUSIC BOX, as a proof-of-concept for their vision. For more about Dithyrambalina, check out their website.

14 Jan

Speaker: Dr. Julien Meaud

Join us for our first ASA seminar of the spring semester! ME professor Dr. Julien Meaud will give a talk about his work on modeling the mammalian ear. See abstract below.

Date: Wednesday January 22nd
Time: 12 pm
Location: MRDC 4211

As always, food will be provided!

Computational Modeling of the Mammalian Ear

Due to the active feedback by outer hair cells in the cochlea, the mammalian ear is a complex sensory system with high sensitivity and sharp tuning in response to low level sounds and a broad dynamic range. Moreover, the mammalian ear can emit sound that can be non-invasively recorded in the ear canal in order to diagnose hearing pathologies. In this talk I will present the development of a computational model of the mammalian ear that couples a multiphysics model of the cochlea and a lumped parameter model of the middle ear. This model can be used as a virtual laboratory in order to test theories of hearing mechanics and to better diagnose hearing pathologies.