[ 26. Mai 2016 ]

SURREY: [cec-c] Fully-funded PhD studentship in collaboration with BBC R&D: Object-based audio rendering

Von: Kevin Austin

Datum: Thu, 26 May 2016

Betreff: [cec-c] Fully-funded PhD studentship in collaboration

Short Notice . . .

-Apologies for cross-posting-

The Institute of Sound Recording at the University of Surrey is

currently advertising a fully-funded PhD studentship, in collaboration

with BBC R&D, on object-based audio rendering.

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2016


The project aims to develop new methods to render object-based audio for

a range of domestic reproduction systems in order to create novel

listening experiences.

Interest in object-based audio is currently increasing, due in part to

the advent of commercial and standardised systems (e.g. Dolby Atmos,

DTS:X, MPEG-H). This project will investigate optimum methods to render

object-based audio in a domestic environment, taking into account

limitations in the number and position of loudspeakers available in

common domestic scenarios.

The research will involve creating example programme items, determining

methods to render these to a wide range of loudspeaker layouts, and

evaluating the resulting perceived audio quality and quality of

experience. The main body of the research will involve the development

of novel rendering methods; this will be achieved through a systematic

study of the physical and perceptual properties, and will be used to

implement a advanced object-based audio renderer. It is envisaged that

the research will involve a large amount of practical experimentation.

The researcher will be able to make use of the professional-quality

studios and wide range of over 100 microphones at the Institute of Sound

Recording, as well as its multichannel reproduction systems and ITU-R BS

1116 standard listening room. The project will also involve the

researcher spending significant amounts of time at BBC R&D’s North Lab

in Salford, where the researcher will be able to take advantage of the

BBC’s spatial audio listening room as well as links with its production

studios and the audio research team. The researcher will benefit from

being involved in the EPSRC-funded S3A project

(http://www.s3a-spatialaudio.org), both contributing to this project’s

wider aims as well as gaining from working in a large collaborative project.


The successful candidate will need to meet the EPSRC nationality

criteriato be eligible for the funding. Applicants should have a first

or 2:1 honours degree, Masters degree, or equivalent in a subject that

includes sound recording, audio engineering, and/or psychoacoustics.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate excellent skills in one or more

of the following areas: basic psychoacoustics, psychophysics,

statistical planning and analysis of explorative experiments, audio

signal processing, sound recording.

Further details can be found here:


Note that the successful candidate must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria:



Dr Christopher Hummersone

Lecturer in Audio

Music & Sound Recording (Tonmeister) Admissions Officer

Institute of Sound Recording

University of Surrey



Twitter: @IoSR_Surrey, @Dr_Chris_H

Tel.: 01483 686167