About Associate Professor Craig Jin

Craig is recognised world wide as a leader on recording, generation, and perception of spatial audio. In 2005 he was awarded a QEII Fellowship to pursue this research.

Craig's research investigates signal processing related to spatial audio and also models of the human auditory system related to spatial audio perception and auditory scene analysis.

Craig's most significant contribution to the field of audio engineering is the invention of a spatial hearing aid for which he was recognized nationally.  The spatial hearing aid restores the ability of hearing aid users to localise sounds and the ability to follow a conversation amongst a number of competing conversations - skills that are lost with current hearing aids.  His background in spatial audio served him to develop the first hardware/software version of this spatial hearing aid.  This hearing aid work is being commercialised through a University of Sydney spin-off company.  His current research focus is on spatial audio research, which deals with all aspects of the spatial perception of sound.  This includes the study of how humans localise sounds, the effect of room acoustics on sound perception, speech perception in rooms, recording of spatial sound fields, playback using our 64 loudspeaker array (under construction), generation of augmented and virtual reality audio, 3D voice communication systems with location aware computing, and the role of spatial audio in music and cinematic presentations.  He has recently invented a new type of spherical microphone array [1] and contributed to the development of the binaural decoder for MPEG Surround [2].  [1] A. Parthy et al., "Optimization of Co-centered Rigid and Open Spherical Microphone Arrays", Proceedings of the 118th convention of the Audio Engineering Society, Paris, France, May 2006, Convention Paper 6764, P17-26.  [2] J. Breebart et al., "Multi-channel goes mobile: MPEG Surround Binaural Rendering", AES 29th International Conference Audio for Mobile and Handheld Devices, Seoul, Korea, September 2-4, 2006.

Selected publications

  • V. Best, A. van Schaik, C. Jin, and S. Carlile, “Auditory spatial perception with sources overlapping in frequency and time,” Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 91:3, 421-428, 2005. (Psychoacoustic results related to interaural time and level differences as well as spectral cue differences in overlapping sounds are presented.)
  • V. Best, S. Carlile, C. Jin, and A. van Schaik, “The role of high-frequencies in speech localization,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 18:1, 353-363, 2005. (Psychoacoustic results showing the importance of high-frequency sound components for speech localisation are presented. The initial experiments that led to the development of a spatial hearing-aid.)
  • J. Bassett, D. Cabrera, C. Jin, R. Osman, "Measuring the directional variation of spectral energy across time in the Sydney Opera House," In Proceedings of the International Conference on Acoustics, Kyoto, Japan, April 4-9, 2004. (A new method for steered-response-power localisation using a spherical microphone array along with results recorded in the Sydney Opera House are presented.)
  • O. Behrend, B. Dickson, E. Clarke, C. Jin, and S. Carlile, “Neural responses to free field and virtual acoustic stimulation in the inferior colliculus of the guinea pig,” Journal of Neurophysiology, 92, 3014-3029, 2004. (Neuro-physiological brain recordings resulting from individualised presentation of spatial-audio virtual sources to guinea pigs are presented.)
  • C. Jin, A. Corderoy, S. Carlile, and A. van Schaik, “Contrasting monaural and interaural spectral cues for human sound localization,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 151:6, 3124-3141, 2004. (Psychoacoustic results contrasting interaural and monaural spectral cues for human sound localisation are presented.)
  • C. Jin, A. van Schaik, V. Best, and S. Carlile, “Perceptual spatial-audio coding,” In Proceedings of the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2003), Boston, U.S.A., July 2003. (A novel method for binaural perceptual spatial-audio coding is presented.)
  • C. Jin, A. van Schaik, V. Best, and S. Carlile, “Individualization in spatial-audio coding,” In Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics, New Paltz, New York, U.S.A, October 2003. (A novel method for perceptual spatial-audio coding that enables individualisation is presented.)
  • C. Jin, M. Schenkel, and S. Carlile, “Neural system identification model of human sound localization,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 180:3, 1215-1235, 2000.  (First time-delay network system model for human sound localisation is presented.)
  • S. Carlile, C. Jin, V. van Raad, “Continuous virtual auditory space using HRTF interpolation: acoustic and psychophysical errors,” In Proceedings of the IEEE 2000 International Symposium on Multimedia Information Processing, 220-223, December, 2000.  (A novel thin-plate spherical spline interpolation for HRTFs is presented)
  • C. Jin, P. Leong, J. Leung, A. Corderoy, and S. Carlile, “Enabling individualized virtual auditory space using morphological measurements,” In Proceedings of the IEEE 2000 International Symposium on Multimedia Information Processing, 235-238, December, 2000. (The first generative statistical model for morphing HRTFs is presented.)