RIT presents ‘The Future of Audio Engineering’ at the Rochester Interdisciplinary Symposium Aug. 31

Yamaha and Fulcrum-Acoustic speakers headline event about trends in music technology and sound reproduction




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Several prominent researchers will participate in the third annual Rochester Interdisciplinary Audio Engineering Symposium at RIT on Aug. 31 to discuss top trends and systems in audio engineering. Last year, Yamaha Corp.’s Hideo Miyazaki was a featured presenter, and he shared information about several of the company’s current projects with the more than 60 participants gathered.

Prominent researchers in the field of audio engineering will be featured presenters at the upcoming Rochester Interdisciplinary Audio Engineering Symposium. The third annual event takes place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Louise Slaughter Hall, rooms 2230-2240.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff, industry professionals and the general public. Registration is recommended and can be done online. A full list of the symposium topics and speakers can also be found at the registration site.

“The Future of Audio Engineering” is this year’s theme, and topics during the symposium will include music perception, music listening and brain signals, live sound, music information retrieval and new materials and equipment for sound reproduction. Featured speakers are:

  • Mark Bocko and Zhiyao Duan, both professors of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Rochester
  • Inyong Choi, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Iowa to discuss his work in how the brain segregates a target sound from a mixture of interfering sounds
  • Stephen Siegel, president of Rochester-based Fulcrum-Acoustic, a maker of high performance speaker systems
  • Shoken Kaneko, research engineer at Yamaha Corp. to discuss trends in 3D audio and acoustic virtual reality
  • Song Hui Chon, assistant professor of audio engineering at RIT, will detail research on virtually enhanced acoustic conditions and listener preferences.

Sponsored by RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology and its Department of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology, the program has grown since it began three years ago and is a forum bringing together top researchers from industry and academia from around the world to share insights about varied aspects of music technology, said Sungyoung Kim, event organizer and assistant professor of audio engineering at RIT. Kim, who will also be one of the presenters, came to RIT in 2012 after working as a researcher at Yamaha Corp. in Japan. He was part of the company’s international research team that developed the processing technology for layered, enhanced sound that replicated the distinct acoustics of a cathedral.