This is a past event
Given by Prof. Philip Nelson, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University of Southampton.
Professor Nelson will discuss our current understanding of human spatial hearing and then introduce the use of classical stereophony for the generation of the illusion of the existence of "virtual" sources of sound.
The evolution of the human auditory system has resulted in a remarkable capability to localise sources of sound. The fundamental cues that the auditory system uses have been well established for many years, although the full details of the neural processing involved are still far from being fully understood. The modern-day ability to digitally process acoustic signals opens up new possibilities for the generation of such illusions and recent developments on the production of “3D sound” will be described. Recent work will also be presented on the accurate reproduction of sound in space and time over extended volumes before confronting the practical challenges of improving the listening experience for consumers of audio material.
Professor Philip Nelson FREng
Philip Nelson is Professor of Acoustics at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University of Southampton. He has personal research interests in the fields of acoustics, vibrations, fluid dynamics and signal processing, and is the author or co-author of 2 books, over 110 papers in refereed journals, 34 granted patents, and over 200 other technical publications. Professor Nelson is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He has served as the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise from 2005-2013 and as Director of ISVR from 2001-2005. He is the recipient of both the Tyndall and Rayleigh Medals of the Institute of Acoustics, and served as President of the International Commission for Acoustics from 2004-2007. He is currently serving as Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.