Immersive Sound and Music: Audio engineering symposium takes place Aug. 28 at RIT

Event features experts from RIT, UR, Seoul National University and Yamaha Corp. in immersive 3D audio and music perception

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Sensors may soon transmit the revving engine sounds and vibrations of a racecar from the TV to the viewer’s recliner, immersing them in both the visuals of the race as well as the full range of sounds from the event. With consumers asking for higher quality immersive experiences, audio researcher-engineers will lead discussions about some of these top trends at the second annual Rochester Interdisciplinary Audio Engineering Symposium, “Immersive Sound and Music Information.” The event takes place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, in rooms 2230 and 2240 in Louise M. Slaughter Hall at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The event is free and open to regional audio engineers, mixing, recording and broadcasting professionals as well as students and faculty researchers interested in these fields. Topics at the symposium will be about architectural acoustics, immersive audio, spatial hearing and music information retrieval.

Speakers include Mark Bocko and Zhiyao Duan, both professors of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Rochester; and Hideo Miyazaki and Takayuki Watanable, both sound system and architectural acoustic experts from Yamaha Corp. who will present information about Yamaha’s acoustic enhancement system and acoustic design of auditoriums. Kyogu Lee, associate professor at Seoul National University and visiting professor at Boston University’s Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology, will also be a featured presenter. Lee’s expertise is in the area of audio/music signal processing, music retrieval and music cognition.

Sungyoung Kim, assistant professor of audio engineering in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology, organized the event to bring together audio engineering professionals in the area and to highlight some of the current work being done in the field to enhance and expand the technology supporting the industry.

“Continuing from last year’s symposium, this year’s event provides the audio and music community of the Greater Rochester area with a unique chance to experience the trends in new audio technologies,” said Kim.

For more information or to register for the program, contact Sungyoung Kim at