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AES Expands Electrical Engineering Programs

The Audio Engineering Society is increasing workshop programming for electrical engineers at the upcoming 2006 AES convention in San Francisco, which takes place at the Moscone Convention Center from October 5 through October 8.

“Our 2006 convention presents an ideal platform for leaders in the EE field to share their expertise with our members,” reports 121st convention chair John Strawn. “To accomplish that goal, 121st committee tutorial and master class co-chairs Bob Moses and Valerie Tyler have coordinated a variety of EE-centric presentations by preeminent members of the EE community, including Robert Pease, Henry Ott, Bill Whitlock, Marina Bosi and Karlheinz Brandenburg.”

Master class offerings will include “What’s All This Analog Stuff Anyhow,” in which Robert Pease of National Semiconductor presents his unique perspective on analog design for audio equipment, and “Partitioning and Layout of a Mixed Signal PCB,” presented by Henry W. Ott of Henry Ott Consultants. There will also be tutorials on audio data compression, grounding and shielding, and balanced interfaces.

“Over the past 58 years, Audio Engineering Society members have created a vast library of research papers documenting every aspect of the field, from digital filtering to speaker design and acoustic treatment,” remarked AES 121st convention tutorials and master class co-chair Bob Moses. “The AES has also pioneered the acceptance of many important standards for digital audio connectivity: AES3, FireWire, Audio Over Ethernet, audio measurements, metadata and many others [that] have been AES-tested, examined, debated and ultimately passed into the day-to-day vocabulary of audio professionals.”

AES executive director Roger Furness adds that AES conventions, technology expos and forums attract the participation many of the international organization’s more than 14,000 members. “Attendees include scientists, educators, systems designers, leading manufacturers such as Dolby, Fraunhoffer, Apple, Harman and Sony, along with Grammy and Academy Award-winning recording engineers, producers and artists,” he says. “It is clearly to the benefit of every audio professional that members of the EE community take a more active role in AES conventions. We hope this year’s event will inspire them to do so.”

Dates, times and locations for all AES convention events are posted at