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Audio and Acoustics Signal Processing: The Quest for High Fidelity Continues

Tuesday, October 16th 2018, Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, Professor at the Institute for Media Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau, will be presenting “Audio and Acoustics Signal Processing: The Quest for High Fidelity Continues”.

Day & Time: Tuesday October 16th, 2018
4:00 p.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg
Professor at the Institute for Media Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau
Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, Ilmenau

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Industry Application Society (IAS)

Location: Room Number: BA 4287
Building: Bahen Centre for Information Technology
University of Toronto 40 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S2E4

Contact: Sanaz Kanani

RVSP: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/176976

Abstract: The dream of high fidelity continues since more than 100 years. In the last decades, signal processing has contributed many new solutions and a vast amount of additional knowledge to this field. These include:

– Simple solutions like matrix multichannel systems.
– Audio coding which changed the world of music distribution and listening habits.
– Active noise control.
– Active modification of room acoustics.
– Search and recommendation technologies to find your favourite music.
and many more …

So are there any problems left to be solved? Among others, I see two main research areas:

– Music Information Retrieval (MIR), helping us to find and organise music, or teaching playing musical instruments.
– Immersive technologies for movie theatres and eventually our homes, creating the illusion of being at some other place.

For such systems we use our knowledge about hearing, especially how ear and brain work together to form the sensation of sound. However, our knowledge about hearing, about psychoacoustics is still far from complete. In fact, just in the last few years we have learned a lot about what we don’t know.

The talk will touch on a number of the subjects above, explain some current work and its applications and finally talk about open research questions regarding psychoacoustics and the evaluation of audio quality.

Biography: Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg has been a driving force behind some of today’s most innovative digital audio technology, notably the mp3 and MPEG-AAC audio coding standards. He is acclaimed for pioneering work in digital audio coding, psychoacoustics and 3D-Audio

His honors include the AES Silver Medal and the “IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronic Award”, Furthermore he is member in the “Hall of Fame” of the Consumer Electronics Association and of the Internet Society. He holds three honorary Ph.D. degrees.

Dr. Brandenburg holds about 100 patents. He is professor at the Institute for Media Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau, and director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany

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