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Review of Papers, Workshops and Exhibits
1ญญ37th AES Convention

John Vanderkooy and AES Exec





Tuesday, 28 October 2014


7:00 PM


Ryerson University
RCC 204, Eaton Theatre, Rogers Communications Building 
80 Gould Street, Toronto, ON

Corner of Gould and Church, east of Yonge St (Dundas Subway)

Pre-Meeting "Dutch Treat" dinner 5:00 pm at the Pickle Barrel (corner of Edward and Yonge, just north of Dundas, in the Atrium)

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John Vanderkooy is back once again to give us a review of the papers presented at this year's AES convention in Los Angeles. For those who couldn't attend the conventions, this is an excellent opportunity to get an overview of the papers presented in an informative and digestible format.

Various Workshop, Tutorials, Master class and Exhibition Floor reviews from the convention will be provided by Jeff Bamford, Bob Breen, Alan Clayton, Ron Lynch, Denis Tremblay and Ike Zimbel.


John Vanderkooy was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to Canada with the family as a young boy.  John received a B.Eng. degree in Engineering Physics in 1963 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1967, both from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  After a two-year postdoctoral appointment at the University of Cambridge in the UK, he went to the University of Waterloo.

For some years, John followed his doctoral interests in high magnetic-field low-temperature physics of metals.  His research interests since the late 1970's however, have been mainly in audio and electroacoustics. 

He retired in 2006 and is still an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo.  Over the years he has spent sabbatical research leaves at the University of Maryland, Chalmers University in Gothenburg, the Danish Technical University in Lygnby, the University of Essex in the UK, the Bang & Olufsen research centre in Struer, Denmark, Philips National Labs in Eindhoven, and the Steyning Research Establishment of B&W Loudspeakers, where he is returning again for the ninth time!   

John is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, a recipient of its Silver Medal and several Publication Awards.  He served as editor of the Journal for six years.  Over the years he has contributed a wide variety of technical papers in such areas as loudspeaker crossover design, electroacoustic measurement techniques, dithered quantizers, and acoustics.  

Together with his colleague Stanley Lipshitz and a  number of graduate students they formed the Audio Research Group at the University of Waterloo, and it continues today although both of them have formally retired.  His current interests are active acoustic absorbers and the acoustics of the trumpet. 


On September 25, 2014, Paul Sellers succumbed to his long fight with cancer. Many of us may not have even known he was sick. His too-brief battle with cancer was, until very recently, a private affair - and news was slow to spread.

Paul worked as Manager of Audio Operations at CTV, and was well-known to the Toronto AES section.  He received multiple Gemini nominations for Best Sound for ENG, Night Heat, Littlest Hobo & Veronique Hot. He won Best Sound in Documentary Format from the Canadian Film Sound Society for "Inuit Christmas" and at the New York Arts Festival for "Nahoni". Mr. Sellers was also recognized by the New York Arts Festival for Best Sound in Variety Special with "Canadian in New York".

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