At the AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality that took place from August 20-22 in Redmond (USA) several scientists of the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen were honored with the Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award. The paper with the title “Audio Quality Evaluation in Virtual Reality: Multiple Stimulus Ranking with Behavior Tracking” was written by Olli Rummukainen, Thomas Robotham, Sebastian J. Schlecht, Axel Plinge, Jürgen Herre and Emanuël A. P. Habets.
Here is an abstract of the paper, the full document can be found in the AES library http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=19678: “Virtual reality systems with multimodal stimulation and up to six degrees-of-freedom movement pose novel challenges to audio quality evaluation. This paper adapts classic multiple stimulus test methodology to virtual reality and adds behavioral tracking functionality. The method is based on ranking by elimination while exploring an audiovisual virtual reality. The proposed evaluation method allows immersion in multimodal virtual scenes while enabling comparative evaluation of multiple binaural renderers. A pilot study is conducted to evaluate feasibility of the proposed method and to identify challenges in virtual reality audio quality evaluation. Finally, the results are compared to a non-immersive off-line evaluation method.”
Congratulations to everyone involved.