Dear subscribers of the colloquium newsletter,

we are happy to inform you about the next date of our Communication Technology Colloquium.

Wednesday, March, 30, 2022
Speaker: Nora Pöhlau
Time: 10:00 a.m.

                    Meeting-ID: 979 0415 7921
                    Passwort: 481650

Master Lecture: Performance Evaluation of Sound Field Translation Methods for Recorded Virtual Reality

The Higher-Order Ambisonics (HOA) format allows directional recording and playback of sound, making it an attractive tool for spatial audio or immersive sound applications. Because Higher-Order Ambisonics are mathematically based on Spherical Harmonics (SHs), they offer full rotational freedom for the listener (3DoF). However, the sound field can only be correctly reconstructed in a small area around the original recording position due to physical constraints. Three algorithms developed at the Institute for Communications Systems (IKS) make it possible to allow an additional translational movement of the user, even beyond the sweet spot. These algorithms deviate from the physically correct reconstruction in favour of an acoustically plausible playback.

In this thesis, the three algorithms of Space Warping (SW), Adaptive
Space Warping (ASW) and Adaptive Beamforming (ABF) are perceptually compared by conducting multiple listening tests. ABF and ASW split the sound signal into a primary and an ambient part and apply the translation operation only to the primary part. In two web-based listening tests, it was found that this separation is an acoustically valid approach. It was not distinguishable for the listeners if the primary part contained only direct sound or additional early reflexions. In a second step, a listening test in the laboratory was conducted. Here, the algorithms were compared for different translation distances. For small distances, ABF showed the best performance of all algorithms. ABF introduced fluctuating residual noise for higher distances but still obtained the highest source position ratings. Besides that, a newly proposed variant of SW has proven to perform surprisingly well and scored second best in all ratings behind ABF.

All interested parties are cordially invited, registration is not required.

General information on the colloquium, as well as a current list of dates of the Communication Technology Colloquium can be found at:

Irina Esser
Institute of Communication Systems (IKS)
RWTH Aachen University
Muffeter Weg 3a, 52074 Aachen, Germany
+49 241 80 26958 (phone)