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Sound to sense, sense to sound

Objective

Nowadays, there is a wide variety of techniques tat can be used to generate and analyze sounds. However, urgent requirements (coming from the world of ubiquitous, mobile, pervasive technologies and mixed reality in general) trigger some fundamental yet unanswered questions:
-how to synthesize sounds that are perceptually adequate in a given situation (or context)?
-how to synthesize sound for direct manipulation or other forms of control?
-how to analyze sound to extract information that is genuinely meaningful?
-how to model and communicate sound embedded in multimodal content in multisensory experiences? -how to model sound in context-aware environments?

As a specific core research emerging and motivated by the above depicted scenario, essentially sound and sense are two separate domains and there is a lack of methods to bridge them with two-way paths: From Sound to Sense, from Sense to Sound. The CA S2S^2 has been conceived to prepare the scientific grounds on which to build the next generation of scientific research on sound and its perceptual/cognitive reflexes. So far, a number of fast-moving sciences ranging from signal processing to experimental psychology, from acoustics to cognitive musicology, have tapped the S2S^2 arena here or there.

What we are still missing is an integrated multidisciplinary and multidirectional approach. Only by coordinating the actions of the most active contributors in different subfields of the S2S^2 arena we can hope to elicit fresh ideas and new paradigms. The potential impact on society is terrific, as there is already a number of mass application technologies that are stagnating because of the existing gap between sound and sense. Just to name a few: sound/music information retrieval and data mining (whose importance exceeds P2P exchange technologies), virtual and augmented environments, expressive multimodal communication, intelligent navigation, etc.

Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

FIRENZE TECNOLOGIA AZIENDA SPECIALE DELLA CAMERA DI COMMERCIO DI FIRENZE
Address
Volta Dei Mercanti 1, Palazzo Borsa Merci
50122 Firenze
Italy

Participants (10)

ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE PARIS
France
Address
45, Rue D'ulm
75230 Paris Cedex 05
FUNDACIO UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
Spain
Address
Placa De La Merce 10-12
08002 Barcelona
HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Finland
Address
Otakaari 1
02015 Espoo
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
Address
Valhallavaegen 79
100 44 Stockholm
OESTERREICHISCHE STUDIENGESELLSCHAFT FUER KYBERNETIK
Austria
Address
Freyung 6
Wien
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Via Viii Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Italy
Address
Via Dell' Artigliere 8
37192 Verona
UNIVERSITE DE BOURGOGNE : DIJON
France
Address
Campus Universitaire De Montmuzard
21078 Dijon Cedex
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent