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National Symposium on Acoustics held at CSIR -NIO
CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula Goa, along with the Acoustical Society of India’s (ASI), organised a three day national symposium on “National Symposium on Acoustics”. This event was held during the 7th-9th October 2015. The main theme of the symposium was “Acoustics for Ocean Environment”. The objective of this symposium was to have a deep insight on the acoustic activities in the country and to trigger future research activities in this field.
The symposium was inaugurated by Dr. Ehrlich Desa, Distinguished Scientist, CSIR– CMMACS, Bangalore and Former Director CSIR-NIO, along with Shri. S. Ananthanarayanan, Former Director Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory, DRDO, Kochin, and Dr. VR Singh, Retired Chief Scientist CSIR-NPL and President of the Acoustical Society of India. Dr. Naqvi, Director CSIR-NIO welcomed the gathering through a video message as, he had to proceeded on an unavoidable official tour to Bhavnagar to attend the meeting and official work at CSIR- CSMCRI, as he holds additional charge of Director, CSIR-CSMCRI.
The multiple dimensions in research of acoustic oceanography, the use of underwater sound to study the sea and its contents, can help the coastal belt of Goa to gather data about bottom geology, marine mammal behaviour, were the words of Dr. Desa as he addressed the gathering. He further stated that “We need to keep acoustic sensors in the water for decades and conduct meticulous and careful measurements of data to gain more knowledge about the ocean."
The Keynote address was given by Shri. Ananthanarayanan. He indicated that, "Along the entire Goan coast, commercial activities like fish finding sonar can be promoted for the benefit of the fishing community. He also emphasised new areas of study for acoustics applications like oil pipelines; underwaterstructures; health care monitoring; rich materials and natural resources exploration under the sea.
During the programme, Dr Ehrlich Desa released a book of abstract, comprising of the papers presented during the symposium. Shri Ananthannarayanan released a CD on the proceedings of the symposium. Dr VR Singh, highlighted the aims and objective of the ASI.
The symposium was attended by over 161 Indian researchers, acoustical experts, students and specialist, and ASI members attended the sessions. 124 contributory papers were presented out of total 131papers. 12 plenary and invited papers were presented by acoustic expert including Ocean Acoustics experts.
Dr. Bishwajit Chakraborty, Chief scientist, CSIR NIO was the convener of the symposium and Shri Arvind Saran, Senior Principal Scientist, was the co-convener of the symposium.
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