Human Behaviour in Virtual Acoustic Environments

22 April 2010

Bill Martens Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

Introduction: Densil Cabrera, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

About the talk

For more than a century human operators have been devising wearable mechanisms to augment their abilities to hear sounds in the space surrounding them. For example, the pictured "topophone" was presented in 1880 as a means to assist navigation in fog. Today, in what may seem like similarly bizarre installations, human users wearing headphones that monitor their head movements are enjoying a wide range of interactive experiences in virtual acoustic environments, such as playing the electric piano, walking through an unbuilt building, or simply speaking on the telephone!

About the speaker

Dr. William (Bill) L. Martens is Associate Professor in Audio and Acoustics. Bill was formerly employed at the Department of Music Research within the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (Canada), where he served as Chair of the Sound Recording Area. He is a perceptual psychologist specialising in spatial hearing research and the simulation of virtual acoustical spaces for human interaction. He holds several patents on spatial sound processing technology and has contributed to development of several commercial spatial sound processing technologies.

Time: 6.30 to 8.00pm

Location: Lecture Theatre 1, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, 148 City Rd The University of Sydney

Cost: No charge, no bookings

Contact: Sue Lalor

Phone: 9114 0941

Email: 095e511d19571b17281810382909030c1b121c30642927