Category Archives: Research

Dr Brian Hamilton wins new start-up award for room acoustics simulator

Dr. Brian Hamilton, of the Acoustics and Audio Group, has won one of the Scottish Edge “Wild Card Edge” awards, for funding to support a new start-up venture called Roomerical.

Roomerical is the result of an ERC-funded project WRAM (Wave Based Room Acoustics Modeling), concerned with state of the art architectural acoustics simulation.

Many congratulations to Brian, who is certainly on a roll of award successes of late!

Success at Edinburgh start up festival for AAG researcher and alumni

There was more success for AAG entrepreneurs last night, at the Edinburgh Start Up Festival 2017 (everything in Edinburgh is, in the end, a festival).

This festival is organised by the University of Edinburgh Business School, and “offers students and entrepreneurs a space to imagine their future by opening up conversation through talks, panels and activities designed to entertain, encourage and inspire”.

Dr Brian Hamilton, currently a postdoctoral researcher in the AAG funded by the ERC, won first prize in the “Novel Ideas” category, for his work on large scale architectural acoustic simulations. Meanwhile, recent AMT MSc graduate Raimundo Gonzalez came runner up in the “Venture Development” category, for his ongoing work in new methods for binaural rendering on mobile platforms – a system known as BinauraVR.

It was an exciting night all round for researchers and students connected to Edinburgh College of Art, who had a hand in half of the prizes on offer.

It all goes to show what an exciting place Edinburgh is for startup action at the moment. This seems to be especially true in the area of audio and acoustic tech connected to the AAG and AMT MSc, as we have reported numerous times on these pages (e.g. herehere, here, and here).

Major new ERC funding awarded to Acoustics and Audio Group

Researchers in the Acoustics and Audio Group have been awarded prestigious funding through the European Research Council’s Proof of Concept Scheme. The ERC Proof of Concept scheme is open to current principal investigators of ERC-funded projects.waves-450

The new project, entitled WRAM: Wave-based Room Acoustics Modeling follows on from work under the ERC NESS Project (Next Generation Sound Synthesis), which is a joint project which has been running between the Edinburgh College of Art and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre since 2012, and led by Dr. Stefan Bilbao, of the Reid School of Music.

The NESS Project has been concerned with large-scale simulation-based sound synthesis on parallel hardware. Part of this work, led by NESS Project member Dr. Brian Hamilton, has been concerned with very large-scale simulations of room acoustics, with the goal of very high quality auralisation of virtual spaces in 3D. Under WRAM, the joint work of Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Bilbao (PI) will be developed further with an eye towards commercialisation in the area of architectural acoustics and the auralisation of virtual spaces. The project will break ground in December 2016, and runs until June, 2018.

Acoustics & fluid mechanics demo videos

We have recently added a new playlist to our AAG YouTube channel. It’s for cool demonstration videos of acoustics and fluid mechanics in action. The first video is now up, and involves high speed footage of water spouts being generated in the new FloWave wave tank facility at the University of Edinburgh. Filmed and edited by Prof Clive Greated of the Acoustics and Audio Group. The playlist is embedded below.

New MusICA Seminar posted – Chris Chafe of CCRMA

The Acoustics and Audio Group were privileged to host Prof Chris Chafe, the director of CCRMA (Stanford University), for a week long research trip last month.

Chris was kind enough to give a seminar as part of our MusICA series, on the topics of data sonification and `musification’. It was an entertaining and insightful talk, and is now available to watch again via our MusICA archive.

Best paper prize for Bilbao & Torin at Dafx 2014

The Next Generation and Sound Synthesis (NESS) project team, part of the Acoustics and Audio Group, have won the best paper award at the 17th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, in Erlangen, Germany.  Stefan Bilbao and Alberto Torin’s paper was entitled ‘Numerical Simulation of String/Barrier Collisions: The Fretboard’.

The paper is concerned with fine-grained modeling of guitar strings, including the effects of collision of the strings with the fretboard, and fingers, leading to a realistic synthesis algorithm.

NESS is an exploratory five-year project funded through the Computer Science panel of the European Research Council. They are a group of eight engineers and numerical methods specialists, based in the Acoustics and Audio Group and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre at the University of Edinburgh.