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Vacant position in research as a full-time researcher in the Electronic Media Technology group at the Technische Universität Ilmenau which is to be filled from June 1, 2021 for an initial period of 3 years (extension to 5 years possible).
The open position is part of a joint project funded from the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation. The project partners are other groups at Technische Universität Ilmenau focusing on audio, video, communication, robotic, and perception. The overall project is the creation of co-presence of humans and interactive companions for seniors (CO-HUMANICS) using AR and robotic technology.
With the help of position-dynamic binaural synthesis it is possible to enrich a real acoustic environment with additional virtual audio objects (auditory augmented reality). The listeners and the virtual audio objects can move freely in space. The virtual objects are representations of people on distant places, which are brought into the own place. The goal is to provide the listener with an auditory impression in which he or she perceives the virtual audio objects as plausible as in a real environment.
Your task is to investigate how such an audio system has to be set up to adequately fulfill the tasks of co-presence in an Audio-AR scenario. In particular, this involves methods to measure and/or estimate acoustic source properties like source expansion, directional characteristic and near-field effects, development of methods to augment the reproduced virtual audio objects in a new room with the named features using position-dynamic binaural synthesis, and the integration in a demonstration system including virtual visual representations using AR technologies. Starting from the technical realization, quality tests are to be performed to evaluate the suitability of the different acoustic augmentations.
The possibility to obtain a PhD is given. Besides research, you will support organizational and self-administration tasks of the university to an extent typical for scientists at German universities.