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.
This year we have a contributor from the current AMT MSc group – Raimundo Gonzalez, taking part in the ECA Degree Show. Please do drop in to have a look at his binaural augmented reality headset, which is part of the Sound Installations show.
Binaura (Raimundo Gonzalez): Binaura is a prototype for a VR headset which delivers 3D audio without the need for headphones.
Go to the main eca building at Lauriston place (behind the old fire station), follow directions to scultpure court and look for the room next to it with all the sound looking stuff.
Tomorrow we see all these students in full on ‘Presentation’ mode, as they describe their work to a public audience. It’s an exciting moment of the year, and we wish them all the best of luck.
To give you a flavour of the diverse range of work undertaken this year, here is a list of this year’s Final Project titles:
Simulation of Absorbing Boundaries in 3D Room Acoustics using Finite Difference Methods
Real-time 3D Audio Synthesis: Analytical Approximations of the Spherical Transfer Function
The effect of noise on accurate telemonitoring of Parkinson’s Disease Severity
Ambisonic sound field manipulation: Binaural Decoder
Testing perceptual artefacts in FDTD room acoustic ￼simulation
Cross Talk Cancellation for 3D Auditory Display
Bass Guitar String Synthesis
Designing a portable low-cost system for the detection of otoacoustic emissions
Auralizing virtual spaces: does simulation method matter?
Physical Modeling of the Moog Analog Voltage Controlled Filter
Replicating Fast Estimation of Speech Transmission Index using Reverberation Time
Novel approaches to percussion synthesis: Experimenting with physical modeling and phase/wave shaping methods for percussive timbres
It is a remarkably diverse range of interesting work, and indeed it has been a pleasure to see the projects develop over these past months. Congratulations to all our students for making it to this stage, and for your hard work and dedication during your studies here.
We’ve just published the first of a series of videos about the ongoing NESS (Next Generation Sound Synthesis) Project. In this video, Dr Stefan Bilbao of the Acoustics and Audio Group provides an overview of the background to the project, and lays out its key objectives.
TwoBigEars went on to hire two further recent graduates of the AMT MSc programme (taking them to a 75% AMT MSc core membership!), and have been doing some terrific work in finding practical ways to implement spatial/binaural audio for real time and offline applications, including music videos, computer games and more.
We wish them well, and look forward to seeing what they’ll do with spatial audio under such a powerful banner.
The Early stage researcher Amaya López-Carromero, part of the BATWOMAN project, demonstrated techniques used to capture shock wave patterns in front of brass instruments using high speed photography (see video below) in the acoustic laboratory of the University of Edinburgh. The event was advertised across Scotland via the Explorathon website.
Meanwhile, in Cromarty up in the north of Scotland, Prof Clive Greated described and demonstrated a number of optical techniquehttp://www.acoustics.ed.ac.uks used for sound measurement, which have been developed at Edinburgh. A demonstration of binaural recording techniques also featured in the event.
This year the AAG will be running a series of informal research seminars, geared towards ongoing/incomplete research currently happening in the Group. Anybody else who is interested (AMT students, other UG/PG students, staff) is welcome along.
We’re pleased to announce a new vacancy in the Acoustics and Audio Group. It is for a Postdoctoral researcher, as part of a new EPSRC-funded project in the area of acoustic transducer technology. The position is for 2 years.
The project is a collaboration between the Acoustics and Audio Group and the Scottish Microelectronics Centre/Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (part of the School of Engineering).