The Acoustical Society of China

Prepared for Noise/News International, 2004, December.

The Acoustical Society of China (ASC) is the premier professional society in acoustics in China, dedicated to the development of science and technology in the field of acoustics, and to the promotion of diffusion and exchange of relevant knowledge.

In 1964, the Society of Acoustics was initiated as a branch of the Chinese Institute of Physics, which formed a platform for the communications of researchers working in the area of acoustics in China. In 1978, another organization of acoustics, the Applied Acoustical Society, was founded as a branch of the Chinese Institute of Electronics. In 1985, after the exploratory discussion of the peer acousticians of China, mainly Prof. Dezhao Wang, Dah-you Maa, Chongfu Ying, Rongjue Wei, and Wei, the two branch societies were uni.ed into the Acoustical Society of China (ASC).

The Administrative Secretariat of ASC has been located in the Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, since then. ASC is also a Member Society of the Committee of Basic and Applied Physics allied in UNESCO and of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE). Since its establishment, ASC successfully organized several international conferences, including the 16th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering (INTER-NOISE 87), the 14th International Congress on Acoustics (ICA 1992) and the 6th International Congress on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000), and many bilateral and domestic conferences on acoustics.

Three professional journals on acoustics, Chinese Journal on Acoustics (both Chinese and English editions), Applied Acoustics and Noise and Vibration Control (in Chinese only), have been published by the society.

The membership of ASC is at present about 3500, with some institutions and companies as sustaining members. To assure adequate attention to the separate fields of acoustics, ASC has established some 9 technical committees charged with keeping abreast of developments and needs of the membership in their specialized fields. Some such fields are physical acoustics, underwater acoustics, environmental acoustics, audio engineering, speech/hearing and music acoustics, biomedical ultrasonic engineering, detection ultrasonics, sonoelectronics, and nonlinear acoustics.

There are 6 working councils setup to response for different affairs of the Society, including the scientific communication council, scientific popularization council, organization council, international affair council, technical consultant council, and youth affair council. To facilitate the local activity of the Society, ASC also has 12 local committees situated in different provinces and cities around the country, which are Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Xian, Kunming, Shandong, Jiangsu, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Sichuan, Zhejiang and Shanxi.

President: Chaohuan Hou
Vice Presidents: Yuanliang Ma, Jing Tian, Menglu Qian, Xiufeng Gong
Secretary-in-General: Jian Zong
Associate Secretary-in-General: Weizhong Chen
Email Address:
Post Address: No.21, Beishihuanxilu, Beijing 100080
Tel: (010) 6255 4285
Fax: (010) 6256 1833

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