SCENIC – Self Configuring ENvironment-aware Intelligent aCoustic sensing

Personnel: Patrick Naylor, Mark Thomas and Jason Filos

Advanced sound processing applications, particularly those based on array processing, are critically sensitive to the environment’s acoustic response because their design does not account for the complex propagation phenomena that cause it. Reverberation is usually seen as a liability to take countermeasures against, while nature teaches us that the information provided by the acoustic interaction with the environment can become a valuable asset that enables complex navigational tasks and more. Turning the acoustic response from a liability into an asset requires a thorough understanding of propagation phenomena, and an accurate acoustic modelling of the environment. This can be done by listening to how the environment renders controlled sound emissions, as long as such emission exhibit a temporal as well as a spatial “structure”.

For more information see: FP7-FET SCENIC