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VRACE - Virtual Reality Audio for Cyber Environments

Objective

„Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have the potential to become the next big computing platform, and as we saw with the PC and Smartphone, we expect new markets to be created and existing markets to be disrupted.“ (Understanding the Race for the Next Computing Platform, Goldman Sachs 2016). While its technology is still considered in the early stages of development, it is already mature in the video game area.
VR/AR has the potential to change the way we do business, social interactions or education, but its applicability beyond gaming requires further development. An important field of research is the audio part. The importance of sound becomes evident when considering how people orientate themselves in space. Unlike seeing, hearing allows us to perceive instantly from all angles, and plays a leading role in giving us clues where to look at. To support natural orientation in VR/AR, the visual and auditory information has to closely match, as otherwise the illusion is shattered and the experience is not convincing.
VRACE aims at providing physically correct and perceptually convincing soundscapes in VR. This goal is pursued through dedicated training of ESRs in all VR-related domains, namely physical modelling, sound propagation, audio rendering and psychoacoustics. Specific research projects involve modelling of sound sources, such as musical instruments, voices, vehicles, colliding objects or environmental sound sources, studying sound propagation in complex interior spaces like concert halls and in outdoor environments such as urban or rural areas and investigating human perception and localisation of sounds.
With an estimated revenue of $80bn by 2025 (G&S) the demand for trained VR audio experts will increase rapidly. Besides advancing methodologies in this cutting-edge technology, VRACE will train 15 ESRs who will multiply and spread this knowledge in industry and academia. VRACE thus gives European industry a competitive edge in this global race.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT FUR MUSIK UND DARSTELLENDE KUNST WIEN
Address
Anton Von Webern Platz 1
1030 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 792 621,72

Participants (11)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 264 207,24
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HOCHSCHULE FUER MUSIK DETMOLD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Neustadt 22
32756 Detmold
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 619,88
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 274 802,04
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 512 640
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 280 805,76
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 303 172,56
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MULLER-BBM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Robert Kochstrasse 11
82152 Planegg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 256 320
Address
Interleuvenlaan 68
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SENNHEISER ELECTRONIC GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Am Labor 1
30900 Wedemark
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (6)

IESTA - INSTITUT FUR INNOVATIVE ENERGIE -STOFFAUSTAUSCHSYSTEME
Austria
Address
Strasserhofweg 9
8045 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARTIM GMBH
Austria
Address
Ziehrergasse 4
2230 Gänserndorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIMetris GmbH
Germany
Address
Am Weichselgarten 7
91058 Erlangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SYOS
France
Address
3 Cité De L'ameublement
75011 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE D ETUDES ET D EXPERTISE SUR LES RISQUES L ENVIRONNEMENT LA MOBILITE ET L AMENAGEMENT
France
Address
25 Av Francois Mitterrand
69500 Bron
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES LLC
United States
Address
1601 Willow Road
94025 Menlo Park Ca
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)