Paris, France (April 6, 2006)–Featuring 230 individual presentations organized into 27 specific categories, the 120th AES European Convention, coming up next month in Paris, will reportedly offer the most comprehensive Papers and Posters program ever to appear at an AES convention.
During the planning phases of this year’s convention, the two Chairmen in charge of Papers, Mike Williams and Geoff Martin, put their energies together to offer a high-quality selection of topics, in order to design a program that is as comprehensive in its range as it is in its depth.
Two conference rooms have been reserved exclusively for the Paper Sessions. Additionally, many of these sessions will be accompanied by Poster sessions. The Poster Sessions will give Convention visitors and presenters the opportunity to discuss in greater detail the topics covered in the paper sessions. The idea of the poster sessions was met with such enthusiasm at last October’s NYC Convention that two separate tracks of poster sessions have been organized for AES Europe.
The Papers chairmen were able to shorten the duration of each paper presentation to 15 minutes, while at the same time gaining much more in-depth information during the poster sessions. “We have designed a very compact and multifaceted seminar program, which together with the parallel poster sessions, provides a very intimate and informative atmosphere,” said Mike Williams on the concept behind this year’s sessions.
Thematically the lectures cover the entire gamut of audio topics. Classic topics such as Microphones, Multichannel Sound, Low Bit Rate Coding, as well as Psychoacoustics are offered alongside their more contemporary counterparts. One example of this year’s new session series is the Design and Engineering of Auditory Displays, or in other words, audio-guided displays for the blind.
One main area that has seen a large increase in seminar offerings is Signal Processing, which together with the sessions on Audio in Computers and Audio Networking, reflects the growing trend towards the development of digital, networked systems. The positive feedback from previous convention presentations, such as Loudspeakers and Sound Reinforcement and Archiving and Restoration, have garnered wide-ranging interest at AES and once again are featured in this year’s program.
As an area of great importance, Analysis and Synthesis of Sound, will focus particularly on future product development such as automatic notation programs. Additionally, topics ranging from Room and Architectural Acoustics to Spatial Perception and Processing as well as classics such as Recording, Reproduction and Broadcast, Instrumentation and Measurement, and Car Audio will also be covered.
“We have never had as many Paper submissions from Spanish presenters as this year,” said Roger Furness, executive director of the AES. “We see now that our decision to host the 2005 convention in Barcelona has paid off and had a lasting and enriching effect on this year’s Papers program.” In fact, the new Spanish presenters fit into the international standing of the Convention: as many as 36 nations, from all 5 continents, are represented with authors at this year’s convention.
The Paper and Poster sessions form an important block for the technical conference program. The conference program is traditionally complemented by Workshops, Tutorials, Technical Tours, Student Activities and Special Events. In addition, all convention visitors have access to the continually growing number of Exhibitor Seminars. One major innovation of this year’s program of the Pro Audio Expo and Convention in Paris is the aptly named Theme Seminars, which run concurrently with the regular conference program and dedicate three full days and two half days each on an important topic. Topics of these Theme Seminars include Post Production, Fixed installations, Live Sound, Digital Film Sound, as well as Radio and Broadcast.
All in all the AES offers a comprehensive technical program that is targeted at all types of visitors. Don’t miss your chance to attend the largest and most important European Pro Audio Event in 2006. You can find additional information about the AES Convention at www.aes.org.