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
Cost: No charge, no bookings
Contact: Sue Lalor
Phone: 9114 0941