Lily Wang

Lily Wang 

Contact Information:
PKI 101A; 114M Othmer
Lincoln/Omaha
(402) 554-2065
(402) 472-5649 (T, Th)
lwang4@unl.edu
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Professor, and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Development
  • Ph.D. in Acoustics, Pennsylvania State University
  • BSE in Civil Engineering with Certificate in Architecture, Princeton University

Distinguished Plenary Lecture at ICSV 22, Florence
Dr. Wang will be presenting a distinguished plenary lecture on "Room Acoustics Effects on Speech Comprehension of English-as-Second-Language Talkers and Listeners versus Native-English-Speaking Talkers and Listeners" at the 22nd International Congress on Sound and Vibration in Florence, Italy, in July 2015.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Effects of Noise and Reverberation on Human Perception and Performance 
  • Linking Room Acoustic Subjective Perception and Objective Metrics
  • Uncertainty in Room Acoustic Measurements
  • Computer Modeling and Prediction of Room Acoustics
  • Scattering and Diffusion in Room Acoustics
Courses Taught

About Lily Wang

Dr. Lily Wang is a Professor within The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Development within the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Prior to her arrival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Acoustic Technology at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby. Her primary research interests are in room acoustics and noise control; recent work has focused on correlating building acoustic conditions to human perception and performance, particularly in office, classroom, and home environments.

She is currently Vice-President (2014-17) of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), having previously served as Chair of its Technical Committee of Architectural Acoustics (2004-07). In 2005, she received the ASA R. Bruce Lindsay Award, the top award given by the society to a person under 35 years of age. Dr. Wang is also a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Her other professional affiliations include the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), through which she is INCE Board Certified, ASHRAE, and the Audio Engineering Society (AES). She obtained her Professional Engineers (PE) License from the state of Oregon in 2007.


Experience

Academic Appointments:
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Development, UNL College of Engineering (2013-present)
  • Professor, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction (2013-present)
  • Program Coordinator, Architectural Engineering (2010-2013)
  • Graduate Committee Chair, Architectural Engineering (2010-2013)
  • Associate Professor, Architectural Engineering (2006-2013)
  • BS/MAE Program Officer, Architectural Engineering (2005-2009)
  • Assistant Professor, Architectural Engineering (2000-2006)
Professional Affiliations:


Honors and Awards

National:
  • ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer (2012-present)
  • ASHRAE Ralph G. Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award (2012)
  • ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award (2012)
  • Girls Preparatory School (GPS) Margaret Rawlings Lupton Award of Excellence (2009)
  • Elected to Fellowship in the Acoustical Society of America (2007)
  • Acoustical Society of America R. Bruce Lindsay Award (2005)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2002-07)
  • Acoustical Society of America F.V. Hunt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1999)
University:
  • UNL Architectural Engineering Student Leadership and Advisory Committee (AESLAC) Award for Extracurricular Support (2014)
  • UNL AESLAC Mentoring Award (2013, 2009, 2006)
  • UNL AESLAC Teaching Award (2012)
  • UNL University Distinguished Teaching Award, joint with College of Engineering Holling Family Master Teacher Award (2012)
  • UNL College of Engineering Holling Family Senior Distinguished Teaching Award (2011)
  • UNL College of Engineering Holling Family Distinguished Teaching/Advising/Mentoring Award (2009)
  • UNL College of Engineering Faculty Service Award (2009)
  • UNL Architectural Engineering Directors Award (2009)
  • Vranek Distinguished Scholar: UNL College of Engineering Endowed Professorship at the Associate Level (2008-11)
  • UNL Excellence in Graduate Education Award (2006)
  • UNL College of Engineering Faculty Fellow Award (2005-07)

Funding

  • “Evidence-Based Interactions between Indoor Environmental Factors and Their Effects on K-12 Student Achievement”, EPA (November 2014 - October 2013)
  • “COBRE: Center for Perception and Communication in Children (CPCC)”, NIH - Subcontracted under Boys Town National Research Hospital (May 2014 – April 2019)
  • “Investigation of Room Effects on the Comprehension of Speech from English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Talkers by ESL and Native-English-Speaking Listeners”, Veneklasen Research Foundation (Sept. 2013 – Dec. 2014)
  • “Study for Determining Bias and Reproducibility of Sound Power Test Methods within the HVACR Industry”, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) (July 2013 – June 2015)

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Papers:
Refereed Conference Proceedings:

Recent Presentations

  • Wang, L. M. (2014) "The impact of building acoustics on speech comprehension and student achievement." Invited Keynote Speaker at Internoise 2014; Melbourne, Australia; Nov. 16-19, 2014.
  • Lee, J. and L. M. Wang. (2014) "Assessment of noise-induced annoyance by tones in noise from building mechanical systems." Internoise 2014; Melbourne, Australia; Nov. 16-19, 2014.
  • Peng, Z. and L. M. Wang. (2014) "Effects of room acoustics on comprehension of foreign-accented speech by native and non-native English-speaking listeners." Internoise 2014; Melbourne, Australia; Nov. 16-19, 2014.
  • Boyd, B. N., Z. Peng, and L. M. Wang. (2014) "Effects of room acoustics on subjective workload assessment while performing dual tasks." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 2126(A). Undergraduate Poster Award.
  • Brill, L., M. G. Blevins, and L. M. Wang. (2014) "Analysis and virtual modification of the acoustics in the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus theatre auditorium." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 2126(A). Undergraduate Poster Award.
  • Hong, H. and L. M. Wang. (2014) "Quantifying and exploring the effect of varying reflection densities from realistic room impulse responses." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 2274(A).
  • Lee, J. and L. M. Wang. (2014) "Evaluating the effect of prominent tones in noise on human task performance." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 2183(A).
  • Peng, Z., B. N. Boyd, K. Hanna, and L. M. Wang. (2014) "Speech comprehension in realistic classrooms: Effects of room acoustics and foreign accent." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 2274(A).
  • Lee, J. and L. M. Wang. (2014) "The presence of tones in environmental noise." 2014 ASHRAE Annual Conference. Seattle, WA: June 2014.
  • Blevins, M. G., L. M. Wang, and S. K. Lau. (2014) "Bias and reproducibility of sound power test methods." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 135, 2203(A).
  • Hong, H. and L. M. Wang. (2014) "Subjective perception of varying reflection densities in room impulse responses." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 135, 2400(A).
  • Lee, J., J. M. Francis, and L. M. Wang. (2014) "Investigating human annoyance thresholds of tones in noise from a dose-response relationship." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 135, 2343(A).
  • Peng, Z., M. G. Blevins, and L. M. Wang. (2014) "Uncertainty in acoustic metrics due to spatial variations of the non-diffuse sound field measured in a variable acoustics classroom." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 135, 2205(A).
  • Blevins, M. G., J. Thede, and L. M. Wang. (2013) "Uncertainty of normal-incidence absorption coefficient measurements using the two-microphone cross-spectral method." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134, 4004(A).
  • Buck, A. T. and L. M. Wang. (2013) "Analyzing the time variance of orchestral instrument directivities." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134, 3994(A).
  • Francis, J. M., J. Lee, A. Steinbach, and L. M. Wang. (2013) "Determining annoyance thresholds of tones in noise."  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134, 4221(A).
  • Hanna, K. and L. M. Wang. (2013) "Comparing the time variance of orchestral instrument directivities in Mozart’s Symphony in G-Minor: First Movement." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134, 4094(A). Undergraduate Poster Award
  • Hathaway, A., K. Hanna, and  L. M. Wang. (2013) "Human responses to impulsive noises with accompanying rattle."  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134, 3970(A).
  • Lee, J., J. M. Francis, A. Steinbach, and L. M. Wang. (2013) "Application of assorted tonality metrics to human annoyance thresholds of tones in noise." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134, 4221(A).
  • Peng, Z., A. Steinbach, K. Hanna, and L. M. Wang.  (2013)  "How room acoustics impacts speech comprehension by listeners with varying English proficiency levels."  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134, 3970(A). Student Paper Award in Architectural Acoustics, 1st Place
  • Blevins, M., A. T. Buck, Z. Peng, and L. M. Wang (2013) "Quantifying the just noticeable difference of reverberation time with band-limited noise centered around 1000 Hz using a transformed up-down adaptive method." International Symposium on Room Acoustics; Toronto, Canada; June 9-11, 2013.
  • Wang, L. M. and B. Kraay. (2013) "Rating low levels of ambient noise in performing arts facilities." International Symposium on Room Acoustics; Toronto, Canada; June 9-11, 2013.
  • Hathaway, A. and L. M. Wang. (2013) "Effects of background noise alternating between two levels at varying time intervals on human perception and performance." 21st International Congress on Acoustics; Montreal, Canada; June 2-7, 2013.
  • Peng, Z., L. M. Wang, S. K. Lau, and A. M. Steinbach. (2013) "Effects of reverberation and noise on speech comprehension by native and non-native English-speaking listeners." 21st International Congress on Acoustics; Montreal, Canada; June 2-7, 2013.
  • Buck, A., L. M. Wang, M. Blevins, Z. Peng, and P. Sim. (2012) "Measurements of the just noticeable difference for reverberation time using a transformed up-down adaptive method." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 132, 2060(A).
  • Ainley, C. and L. M. Wang. (2012) "Effects of short noise bursts on human performance and perception." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 132, 2086(A).
  • Cottrell, J. and L. M. Wang. (2012) "Comparing performance of classrooms with similar reverberation times but varying absorptive material configurations." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 132, 2073(A).
  • Peng, Z., L. M. Wang, and S. K. Lau. (2012) "Speech comprehension by second language learners versus native English speakers under a variety of room acoustic conditions." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 132, 2072(A).
  • Peng, Z., L. M. Wang, and S. K. Lau. (2012) "Effects of acoustic environments on speech comprehension by native-English-speaking listeners." Internoise 2012, New York City, 1865-1875.
  • Lau, S. K. and L. M. Wang. (2012) "Acoustical education in architectural engineering program at the University of Nebraska." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 131, 3252(A).
  • Peng, Z., S. K. Lau, L. M. Wang, S. Brown, and K. P. Roy. (2012) "Binaural room impulse response database acquired from a variable acoustics classroom." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 131, 3281(A); Proceed. of Meetings on Acoustics 15, 015003-9 (2013).
  • Wang, L. M. and L. M. Ronsse. (2012) "Perceptual metrics in elementary classrooms and their correlations to student achievement." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 131, 3318(A).

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