Lecture: Virtual Acoustics, Summer Term 2018

  • Instructor: Prof. Dr. Frank Wefers
  • Credits: 2.5 ECTS
  • Time: Summer Term 2018, Tue 10:15-11:45
  • Place: Am Wolfsmantel 33, Erlangen-Tennenlohe, Room 3R4.04
  • Exam (graded): t.b.a.
  • Dates (10:15 - 11:45, Room 3R4.04): t.b.a.
  • Examination Dates (Room 3R4.03): t.b.a.


This course imparts knowledge on simulating acoustics using computers and creating interactive virtual environments, users can experience and interact with.

Course requirements



  • Basics of Virtual Reality (objectives, senses & stimuli, virtual environments, hardware)
  • Foundations of acoustics (sound fields, acoustic phenomena, sources, surface materials)
  • Acoustic signal processing (linear filters, partitioned convolution, time-varying filtering)
  • Human auditory perception (Binaural hearing , spatial localization, HRTFs)
  • Room acoustics (Geometrical acoustics, real-time simulations, image sources, ray-tracing)
  • Numerical acoustics (modes, wave-based simulation techniques, FEM/BEM, FDTD)
  • Spatial sound reproduction (amplitude panning, crosstalk cancellation, Ambisonics, WFS)
  • Real-time audio programming (programming concepts, latencies, system integration)
  • Design of interactive VR systems (aspects, realization, motion tracking, distributed computing)