Morrison, a professor of physics and astronomy at Joliet Junior College, was intriguesby the characteristic sound of a Caribbean steelpan drum, which is easy to recognize by ear and yet still does not have a full scientific explanation for the how this musical instrument produces the distinctive tone.
His virtual talk, Making meaning from data – from the acoustics lab to machine learning, starts at 1 p.m. Eastern U.S. on August 6.
He will discuss what is known about the physics of the steelpan, how scientists have engaged with the public to help classify the data, and how machine learning algorithms are being used to help process large data sets. He will also discuss how this study is useful for illustrating some parts of the scientific process.
A question-and-answer period will follow.
Morrison’s research interests include using optical methods and machine learning analysis techniques to study the vibrations of musical instruments. He is a past chair of the ASA Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics, is actively involved in the ASA Committee on Education in Acoustics and has a passion for working with undergraduates in his laboratory.
Don’t forget to register for this free event at this link