Acoustics 2023 Sydney Organising Committee



Meet the Organising Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Jeff Parnell (Co-chair)
Senior Advisor Acoustics, Sydney Metro
Adjunct Fellow UTS

Jeff Parnell is the President of the Australian Acoustical Society and Co-Chair of the Joint ASA/AAS Sydney 2023 Meeting. He is also the 1st Vice Chairman of the Western Pacific Commission for Acoustics which is also incorporated in the Sydney 2023 event. For more than 25 years Jeff has worked in specialist environmental acoustics positions across the breath of NSW Government in the various transport agencies, as well as in the EPA and Department of Planning. He is currently working for Sydney Metro on a new rail network and is also a Adjunct Fellow at UTS in the Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration. Jeff is an author on more than 50 conference and journal papers. 

Marcia J. Isakson (Co-chair)
Director, Signal and Information Sciences Laboratory, Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin

Marcia J. Isakson is the Director of Strategic Programs and a Research Scientist at the Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT).  Dr. Isakson received her B.S. in engineering physics and mathematics from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1992.  CPT Isakson served in the United States Army from 1994-1997 at Fort Hood, Texas.  She earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002.   Dr. Isakson currently serves on the governing board of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the Ocean Studies Board at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.  She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and served as ASA President from 2017 to 2018.

Technical Co-Chairs

Benjamin Halkon
Associate Professor
Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration, UTS

Ben a core member of the Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration, primarily based at UTS Tech Lab where he has established and now co-directs the Vibration Laboratory which includes unique non-contact vibration measurement capabilities, a key area of focus for Ben’s research and engineering consultancy programme. Current UTS-led topics focus on signal conditioning and deep learning approaches for noise and vibration in sectors including transport and defence. Ben co-supervises a growing team of junior researchers, continues to secure industrially oriented funded research projects while publishing excellent research outputs and takes a full role in and recognises the importance of teaching and learning. Ben was co-chair of the APVC 2019 meeting in Sydney.

James Miller
Professor, Department of Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island

James H. Miller earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1979 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1981 from Stanford University, and his Doctor of Science in Oceanographic Engineering in 1987 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  He was on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California from 1987 through 1995.  Since 1995 he has been on the faculty of the Department of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island where he holds the rank of Professor and Chair of the Department of Ocean Engineering. Dr. Miller conducts research in the fields of underwater acoustics, sonar, acoustical oceanography, marine bioacoustics, and the impact of noise from anthropogenic activities such as wind farm construction and operation. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and served as ASA’s President in 2013-2014.

Organisation Representatives

WESPAC Representative

Marion Burgess
Honorary Associate Professor, University New South Wales

For over 40 years Marion has primarily worked in noise including building, environmental and occupational noise measurement, assessments, control, and research. She has gathered diverse experience across teaching, research, and consulting.  Since retiring in 2017, Marion has continued an active involvement as an Honorary Assoc Professor at the University of New South Wales.  Marion has published widely and regularly participates in national and international acoustics meetings and is currently the chief editor of the journal Acoustics Australia. She is the Past President of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering and a previous President of the International Commission for Acoustics.  She has been involved from the outset as co-organiser of the ICA International Year of Sound 2020-2021. 

ASA Representative

Susan E. Fox
Executive Director, Acoustical Society of America

Susan is Executive Director of the Acoustical Society of America. A Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives, Susan earned her M.S. in Public Affairs from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston. She specializes in institutional change, governance, strategic positioning, and organizational development. Previously she served as Executive Director of the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., the American Association of Law Libraries, the Society of American Archivists, and as Director of Programs at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.





ASA Representative

Judy R. Dubno
Distinguished University Professor, Medical University of South Carolina

Judy R. Dubno is a Distinguished University Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, US. Her research on human auditory function and age-related hearing loss has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1981. She previously served on an Advisory Council of the NIH, four National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine consensus committees, and as President of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology and the Acoustical Society of America.  She received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Life Achievement Award from the American Auditory Society, the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science, and the Gold Medal from the Acoustical Society of America.

Student Representative

ASA Representative

Brijonnay Madrigal
ASA Student Council Chair

Brijonnay is the ASA Student Council Chair and student coordinator for the Sydney meeting. She earned a B.S. in Marine Biology and B.A. in Communication from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2016 and a M.Sc. in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Labs in 2019. Brijonnay is currently a PhD candidate in the Marine Mammal Research Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her dissertation research focuses on understanding the spatio-temporal variability of of false killer whales and short-finned pilot whales in Hawai‘i marine protected areas using passive acoustic monitoring.

AAS Representative

Adrian Morris
AAS Student & Early Career Acoustician Representative

Adrian sits on the AAS NSW committee where he liaises with research students and early career acousticians. He was awarded a B. Eng. (Aerospace) from UNSW in 2015. Adrian currently works as senior acoustic engineer and is the lead software developer of Gatewave, a web app to predict noise and vibration impacts on major infrastructure projects across Australia. His research interests pertain to construction noise management and improving construction noise prediction accuracy where he works closely with Government and multi-national construction companies.

Arinex – Professional Conference Organiser (PCO)

Sarah Weatherby
Project Manager
Arinex Pty Ltd
Celina Bewick
Project Coordinator
Arinex Pty Ltd