Module Leader

Dr Lorenzo Picinali

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will:
  • Have an understanding of the basic principles of acoustics and digital signal processing
  • Have an understanding of the physiology of the hearing system, and of the main principles of hearing perception
  • Be able to integrate different audio software and hardware components, designing and creating audio products and/or complex interactions/experiences
  • Have an experience of applying such knowledge to appropriate case studies


Description of Content

An introduction to audio technology and perception, which includes acoustics (architectural and musical), digital signal processing, audio recording techniques (microphones, DAC/ADC, etc.), audio reproduction techniques (speakers design, etc.) 3D sound synthesis and reproduction, data sonification and psychoacoustics.

The module is structured in order to allow an initial general introduction to the physical and psychological components of the audio experience (i.e. acoustics and psychoacoustics), followed by two SPRINTs, each focusing on one of the following topics:
  • AA – Architectural Acoustics
  • SPAT – Spatial audio and 3D sound
  • PsyPhy – Psychology and Physiology of the hearing system
  • DSP – Digital Signal Processing
  • MIA – Musical Instruments Acoustics
  • SRT – Sound Recording Techniques
  • SPEDE – Speaker Design
  • SONIFY – Data Sonification
The choice of the SPRINTs which will run every year will be given to students before the beginning of the term.