Lecture: Virtual Acoustics, Summer Term 2022

  • Instructor: Dr. Albert Prinn
  • Teaching Assistant: TBA
  • Time: Summer Term 2022, Wednesday's 10:15-11:45
  • First Lecture: Wednesday, April 27th, 10:15-11:45
  • Place: Zoom Meeting
  • Format: Lecture
  • Credits: 2,5 ECTS
  • Exam (graded): Oral examination at the end of the term
  • Flyer: PDF


  • The lecture will be offered as an online course via Zoom.
  • Participation in the Zoom session is only possible for FAU students. The Zoom access information for this course will be made available via StudOn. Therefore, you must register via StudOn prior to the first lecture.
  • To ensure privacy, participants are not permitted to record the Zoom sessions. Furthermore, Zoom links may not be distributed.
  • As a technical requirement, all participants must have access to a computer capable of running the Zoom video conferencing software (as provided by FAU).
  • The required material will be made available to the course participants in the following way:
    • All FAU students can get an electronic copy of the required reading material.
    • The slides used in the lecture are made available as PDF.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Emanuël Habets.


Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) are on the rise. While in the 1980s, VR was more science-fiction than actual reality, recent advances in hardware and software technology are enabling VR/AR. Today, VR and AR have matured and are beginning to influence our lives, paving the way to novel concepts in entertainment, engineering, education and science. Sound has a very important role in making these simulations authentic.

This course provides an introduction to the simulation of sound in VR and AR, covering topics from multiple disciplines, including: physics, signal processing, mathematics and computer science. A general overview of the relevant acoustical phenomena and underlying theory is given; auditory perception is considered, particularly the localization of sound; the established simulation algorithms are reviewed, and real-time implementations using efficient signal processing algorithms are discussed.

The course is an ideal start for researchers, engineers, and graduate students who would like to dive deeper into the field of virtual acoustics.

Course Material

The lecture slides can be downloaded on StudOn.


Further audio-related courses offered by the AudioLabs can be found at: