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SungYoung Kim

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology

585-475-5706
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SungYoung Kim

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology

Education

BE, Sogang University (Korea); MM, Ph.D., McGill University (Canada)

Bio

Sungyoung Kim is an associate professor at Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunication Engineering Department of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). 

Dr. Kim received a B.S. degree (Computer Science) from Sogang University, Korea, in 1996, and a Master of Music and Ph.D. degree from McGill University, Canada, in 2006 and 2009 respectively. 

His professional work experiences include recording/balance engineer at Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) (Korea) and research associate at Yamaha Corporation (Japan). He is currently a visiting scholar in Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Kyoto University (Japan)

His research interests are rendering and perceptual evaluation of spatial audio, digital preservation of aural heritage, and auditory training for hearing rehabilitation.

585-475-5706

Areas of Expertise
Broadcast audio engineering
Multichannel-delivered sound fields
Auditory depth control
3D visual display
Immersive sound fields

Currently Teaching

EEET-451
3 Credits
3D audio refers to a method to generate and deliver an immersive audio field that is integrated with 3D video. The course covers theoretical and practical aspects of 3D audio: capturing auditory information of a venue using multi-microphone techniques (discrete multichannel methods, microphone arrays, and binaural capture), rendering the captured information using spatial signal processing (Inverse filtering, VBAP and Crosstalk Cancellation), transmitting and delivering as multichannel audio format, and recreating the original auditory information (multichannel loudspeaker reproduction and applying inverse filter for room compensation). In addition, the course will teach the fundamentals of the architectural acoustics (acoustics of a space) and the psycho-acoustics (recognized acoustics by listeners). The course includes practical exercises through which students can evaluate the spatial audio techniques discussed in the course and reproduce immersive multichannel sound and music.
EEET-361
3 Credits
Sound, voice, music, and effects play a critical role in telephone communication and entertainment systems. Development of integrated multi-channel acoustic information is a complex process. This course provides an intermediate level study of the technology used in recording, editing, mixing, and mastering audio. Students are introduced to core concepts and skills necessary to operate a system running large sessions with up to 48 tracks. Students will develop an appreciation of and the requisite skills to create, organize, mix, filter, process, enhance, and coordinate sound information in digital format. Topics include MIDI, virtual instruments, filtering, processing for sound enhancement, editing and adjusting time bases, mixing and mastering, and audio production. Students will develop critical listening skills as well as technical skills.
EEET-261
3 Credits
This course provides a fundamental study of the technology and practice used in recording, editing, mixing, production, and distribution of sound. Topics include microphone types, selection and application the mixing console, mixing techniques and introduction to Signal Processing equipment and associated techniques, an introduction to the concepts relating to digital audio technology such as sampling, the Nyquist theorem, alias frequencies, quantization, dynamic range, compression and their applications will be covered. Topics include basics of digital audio, session creation, importing media, recording techniques, editing, mixing, and mastering. In addition, the course teaches how-to-listen sonic difference to appropriately apply the technical knowledge and to achieve highest sound quality.
TCET-797
1 - 6 Credits
The MSTET graduate project describes and presents the results of scholarly research in the field of telecommunications. The results of a MSTET graduate project provide new knowledge, processes, software, or other assets that advance the state of the art of telecommunications or organize or implement existing knowledge in a unique and useful way. Department permission is required.
CPET-421
3 Credits
The modern audio industry seeks individuals who can implement creative tools for audio and music engineers. This course teaches students how to develop audio software and/or applications for music, sound, and audio engineering and assists them in acquiring programming skills for the audio industry. The course consists of four sections: (1) fundamentals of audio signal processing, (2) audio effects used in digital audio equipment (e.g. digital mixers), (3) applied audio signal processing technologies, and (4) Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugin programing. The sub-topics include (but are not limited to) gain, delay, filter structures (IIR, FIR), EQ, Reverberator, Compressor, Beamforming, Adaptive filtering, VST plugin development. Students will be evaluated through both knowledge on audio signal processing and practical implementation of a VST plugin as a final project.

Latest News

  • March 13, 2019

    Researcher stands in front of TV screen surrounded by small speakers

    Team receives grant to recreate the ‘sound signature’ of cultural heritage sites

    Advanced audio technologies being developed are helping to preserve the unique sounds of historic sites from recording studios in Nashville, Tenn., to a pre-Columbian archeological site in Peru. Sungyoung Kim, an associate professor of audio engineering technology at RIT, is leading a team of researchers to develop a set of tools using advanced augmented and virtual reality technology to preserve and replicate the acoustics of historical venues.

Featured Work

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External Scholarly Fellowships/National Review Committee
4/1/2018 - 3/31/2019
     Yamaha Corporation
     Amount: 10945
1/21/2018 - 6/30/2018
     Harris Communications
     Amount: 40000
11/1/2018 - 12/24/2019
     Yamaha Corporation
     Amount: 26805
1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021
     National Endowment for the Humanities
     Amount: 347702
12/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
     Harris Communication Systems
     Amount: 40000
1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
     Yamaha Corporation
     Amount: 11443
4/1/2017 - 3/31/2018
     Yamaha Corporation
     Amount: 10711
12/1/2017 - 3/31/2018
     Yamaha Corporation
     Amount: 18807
5/1/2015 - 3/31/2017
     Yamaha Corporation
     Amount: $39,997
1/1/2016 - 7/31/2017
     Yamaha Corporation
     Amount: $11,230
7/1/2016 - 12/31/2016
     Revolabs Inc.
     Amount: $4,999
1/1/2013 - 4/30/2014
     Yamaha Corporation
     Amount: $10,090
12/1/2014 - 11/30/2015
     Yamaha Corporation
     Amount: $11,000
10/1/2012 - 12/31/2013
     Yamaha Corporation
     Amount: $12,378
National/International Competition Award Winner
Kim, Sungyoung. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). International Fellowships for Research in Japan (L18521). Tokyo, Japan, 2018.
Imamura, Hidetaka and Sungyoung Kim. Audio Engineering Society. AES 138th Student Design Competition Silver Award. Warsaw, Poland, 2016.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Kim, Sungyoung. "Recognition of an Auditory Environment: Investigating Room-induced Influences on Immersive Experience." The 5th International Symposium on Brainware LSI. RIEC, Tohoku University. Sendai, JAPAN. 24 Feb. 2018. Lecture.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Do we Hear Differently? Comparing Spatial Hearing Detween East-Asian and North-American listeners." Seminar on the spatial aspects of hearing and their applications. RIEC, Tohoku University. Sendai, JAPAN. 30 Oct. 2018. Keynote Speech.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Immersive Audio and Height Channels: Capture and Reproduction." Light and Sound Interactive 2017. LSI. Rochester, NY. 13 Sep. 2017. Lecture.
Kim, Sungyoung. "An Active Learning Game for Better Sound Localization Using Augmented Reality (AR)." Game4Change 2017. Game4Change (G4C). New York, NY. 1 Aug. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Discovering a Physical Parameter that Co-varies with Enhanced Immersiveness." Invited Lecture Series. Department of System Information Sciences, Tohoku University. Sendai, Miyagi. 17 Jan. 2017. Lecture.
Chon, Song Hui and Sungyoung Kim. "Exploration of Perceptual Differences of Virtually Enhanced Sound Fields Using Timbre Toolbox." 174th meeting of Acoustical Society of America. Acoustical Society of America. New Orleans, LA. 4 Dec. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Kim, Sungyoung, et al. "Comparing the Binaural Recordings of 22.2- and 2-Channel Music Reproduced in Three Listening Rooms." 174th meeting of Acoustical Society of America. Acoustical Society of America. New Orleans, LA. 4 Dec. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Ashok, Madhu and Sungyoung Kim. "Factors Differentiating the 22.2- and 2-Channel Reproduced Sound Fields Through an Acoustic Modeling of Three Listening Room." 174th Meeting of Acoustical Society of America. Acoustical Society of America. New Orleans, LA. 5 Dec. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Levine, Justin and Sungyoung Kim. "What You Hear is What You See: A New Spatial Ear-training Paradigm on an AR Device." VR/AR Symposium. RIT. Rochester, NY. 2 Dec. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Okumura, Hiraku, Sushrut Khiwadkar, and Sungyoung Kim. "Investigating Integration Between Auditory and Visual Location Information Presented in an AR Device." VR/AR Symposium. RIT. Rochester, NY. 2 Dec. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Can We Listen Better Through Technical Ear-training?" Audio Engineering Society Webster Section Meeting. Department of Audio Production, Webster University. St. Louis, Missouri. 9 Dec. 2016. Lecture.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Can We Listen Better Through Technical Ear-training?" Invited Lecture Series. Department of Communication Science and Disorders, The University of Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa. 4 Nov. 2016. Lecture.
Kim, Sungyoung and Hiraku Okumura. "Multichannel Music with Height Channels: Significance of Capturing and Delivering Height Information." AES Belmont Section Meeting. Department of Audio Engineering Technology, Belmont University. Nashville, TN. 7 Apr. 2016. Lecture.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Comparing Perceptual Responses of Three Listener-groups in Multichannel Music with Height Ambiences." CIRMMT Axis 4 Workshop. CIRMMT (Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Music Media and Technology). Montreal, Canada. 28 Mar. 2015. Lecture.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Rise and Shine: Height Ambience and Cultural Influence." NOVIC Seminar. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Daejon, Korea. 14 Feb. 2015. Guest Lecture.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Future of Spatial Audio: Adaptation, Immersiveness, and Interactivity." Korea Broadcasting Engineer Academy Invited Lecture Series. Korea Broadcasting Engineer Academy. Seoul, Korea. 15 Jan. 2015. Guest Lecture.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Rise and Shine: Investigating the Influence of Height Channels on the Multichannel Audio Reproduction." AIZU University Research Seminar Series. AIZU University. AIZU, JAPAN. 16 Jan. 2014. Lecture.
Valentine, Eric, et al. "Psychological Aspects of Record Making." 8th Annual Central Region AES Student Summit. Webster University. St. Louis, MO. 22 Mar. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Ryan, Timothy, Sungyoung Kim, and Sean Olive. "Technical Ear Training." 8th Annual Central Region AES Student Summit. Webster University. St. Louis, MO. 22 Mar. 2014. Conference Presentation.
King, Richard, et al. "3D/Immersive Audio." 8th Annual Central Region AES Student Summit. Webster University. St. Louis, MO. 22 Mar. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Virtual Acoustics in Action: Turning a Classroom into a Concert Hall." Rochester Engineering Symposium. Rochester's Technical and Engineering Societies and RIT. Rochester, New York. 23 Apr. 2013. Lecture.
Kim, Sungyoung. "Rise and Shine: Multichannel Audio Beyond Stereo." NYSETA Fall Conference 2013. New York State Engineering Technology Association. Alfred, New York. 25 Oct. 2013. Lecture.
Kim, Sungyoung, et al. "Workshop 1: Train Your Ear! Trend and the Future of Ear Training." AES (Audio Engineering Society) Japan Section Conference. AES Japan Section. Sendai, Japan. 10 Oct. 2012. Lecture.
Journal Paper
Kim, Sungyoung, Hiraku Okumura, and Sushrut Khirwadkar. "Investigating Multimodal Congruence in Localization for an Augmented Reality Device." Acoustical Science and Technology 39. 4 (2018): 320-322. Web.
Chon, Song Hui and Sungyoung Kim. "Auditory Localization Training Uusing Generalized Head Related Transfer Functions in Augmented Reality." Acoustical Science and Technology 39. 4 (2018): 312-315. Web.
Kim, Sungyoung and Hidetaka Imamura. "An Assessment of a Spatial Ear Training Program for Perceived Auditory Source Width." The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 142. 2 (2017): EL201-EL204. Web.
Kim, Sungyoung, et al. "A Cross-cultural Comparison of Preferred Spectral Balances for Headphone-reproduced Music." Acoustical Science and Technology 38. 5 (2017): 272-273. Web.
Diaz, Carlos, Hsun Yi (Sarah) Pao, and Sungyoung Kim. "Film Performance of Poly(lactic acid) Blends for Packaging Applications." Journal of Applied Packaging Researching 8. 3 (2016): 43-51. Print.
Kim, Sungyoung, Hiraku Okumura, and Makoto Otani. "Near-Field Sound Control Using a Planar Loudspeaker." Journal of Audio Engineering Society 63. 1/2 (2015): 54-62. Print.
Koontz, Warren L. G., Sungyoung Kim, and Mark J. Indelicato. "A Digital Reverberation Simulator Based On Multi-Port Acoustic Elements." Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering Science and Technology 2. 1 (2015): 185-191. Web.
Kim, Sungyoung. "An Assessment of Individualized Technical Ear Training for Audio Production." Journal of Acoustical Society of America 138. 1 (2015): EL110—EL113. Web.
Kim, Sungyoung, Richard King, and Toru Kamekawa. "A Cross-cultural Comparison of Salient Perceptual Characteristics of Height Channels for a Virtual Auditory Environment." Virtual Reality 19. 3 (2015): 149—160. Print.
Kim, Sungyoung, Masahiro Ikeda, and William L. Martens. "Reproducing Virtually Elevated Sound via a Conventional Home-Theater Audio System." Journal of Audio Engineering Society 62. 5 (2014): 337-344. Print.
Kim, Sungyoung, et al. "Inter-subject Differences in Personalized Technical Ear Training and the Influence of an Individually Optimized Training Sequence." Acoustical Science and Technology 34. 6 (2013): 424-431. Web.
Published Conference Proceedings
Ashok, Madhu, et al. "Acoustic and Subjective Evaluation of 22.2- and 2-Channel Reproduced Sound Fields in Three Studios." Proceedings of the Audio Engineering Society 144th Int. Convention. Ed. AES. Milan, Italy: AES, 2018. Web.
Kim, Sungyoung, Will Howie, and Denis Martin. "Comparison of Salient Percepts Associated with Three Sound-field Capturing Methods." Proceedings of the The 25th International Congress on Sound and Vibration. Ed. ICSV. Hiroshima, Japan: ICSV, 2018. Print.
Kim, Sungyoung, et al. "Recognition of an Auditory Environment: Investigating Room-induced Influences on Immersive Experience." Proceedings of the Audio Engineering Society Int. Conference on Spatial Reproduction-Aesthetic and Science. Ed. AES. Tokyo, Japan: AES, 2018. Web.
Yuyama, Yuta, Sungyoung Kim, and Hiraku Okumura. "Movie Scene Classification using Audio Signals in a Home-Theater System." Proceedings of the Audio Engineering Society Int. Conference on Spatial Reproduction-Aesthetic and Science. Ed. AES. Tokyo, Japan: AES, 2018. Web.
Chon, Song Hui and Sungyoung Kim. "Understanding the Perception of Acoustic Space from the Perspectives of Timbre." Proceedings of the TIMBRE 2018. Ed. TIMBRE2018. Montreal, CANADA: McGill University, 2018. Web.
Chon, Song Hui and Sungyoung Kim. "Long Term Effects of Auditory Localization Improvement - Pilot Study." Proceedings of the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition. Ed. ICMPC. Graz, Austria: ICMPC, 2018. Web.
George, Jason St., Sungyoung Kim, and Hans-Peter Bischof. "Sonification of Simulated Black Hole Merger Data." Proceedings of the The World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing. Ed. CSCE. Las Vegas, Nevada: CSCE, 2018. Web.
Kaneko, Shoken, et al. "Automatic Feature Extraction From Human Ear Shapes and its Statistical Analysis." Proceedings of the 2018 Fall meeting of Acoustical Society of Japan. Ed. ASJ. Oita, Japan: ASJ, 2018. Web.
Chon, Song Hui and Sungyoung Kim. "Does Technical Ear Training Also Improve Speech-in-noise Identification?" Proceedings of the The 6th Conference of the Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Ed. APSCOM6. Kyoto, Kyoto: APSCOM6, 2017. Print.
Kim, Sungyoung and Sean Olive. "Assessing Influence of a Headphone Type on Individualized Ear Training." Proceedings of the Audio Engineering Society 138th Int. Convention. Ed. AES. Warsaw, Poland: n.p., Web.
Kim, Sungyoung, et al. "Height Loudspeaker Position and its Influence on Listeners’ Hedonic Responses." Proceedings of the 2016 AES International Conference on Sound Field Control. Ed. AES. Guilford, UK: n.p., 2016. Web.
Chon, Song Hui, Sungyoung Kim, and Doyuen Ko. "Effect of Room Acoustics on Listeners’ Preference of String Quartet Performances Recorded in Virtual Acoustics." Proceedings of the International Conference of Music Perception and Recognition (ICMPC). Ed. ICMPC. San Francisco, CA: n.p., 2016. Web.
Wong, Matthew and Sungyoung Kim. "Source-Distance Based Panning Algorithm (SDAP) for 3D Surround Sound." Proceedings of the Audio Engineering Society 141st Int. Convention. Ed. AES. Los Angeles, CA: n.p., 2016. Web.
Kim, Sungyoung, Ron Bakker, and Masahiro Ikeda. "Comparing Preferred Spectral Balances of Listeners from Four Countries." Proceedings of the Acoustical Society of America Fall 2016 Meeting. Ed. ASA. Honolulu, Hawaii: n.p., 2016. Web.
Imamura, Hidetaka and Sungyoung Kim. "Efficacy of a New Spatial Ear Training Program for Ensemble Width and Individual Source Width." Proceedings of the Acoustical Society of America Fall 2016 Meeting. Ed. ASA. Honolulu, Hawaii: n.p., 2016. Web.
Okumura, Hiraku, Sushrut Khiwadkar, and Sungyoung Kim. "Investigating Integration Between Auditory and Visual Location Information Presented in an Augmented-reality Device." Proceedings of the Acoustical Society of America Fall 2016 Meeting. Ed. ASA. Honolulu, Hawaii: n.p., 2016. Web.
Chon, Song Hui, Doyuen Ko, and Sungyoung Kim. "Listeners' Response to String Quartet Performances Recorded in Virtual Acoustics." Proceedings of the AES 59th Int. Conference: Sound Reinforcement Engineering and Technology. Ed. AES. Montreal, Quebec: n.p., 2015. Web.
Kim, Sungyoung, Ron Bakker, and Masahiro Ikeda. "Timbre Preferences of Four Listener Groups and the Influence of Their Cultural Backgrounds." Proceedings of the Audio Engineering Society 140th Int. Convention. Ed. AES. Paris, France: n.p., 2015. Web.
Karampourniotis, Antonios, et al. "Significance of Height Loudspeaker Positioning for Perceived Immersive Sound Field Reproduction." Proceedings of the The 2014 Spring meeting of Acoustical Society of America. Ed. ASA. Providence, Rhodes Island: ASA, 2014. Print.
Diaz, Carlos A., Hsun Yi Pao, and Sungyoung Kim. "Film Performance of Poly(lactic acid) Blends for Packaging Applications." Proceedings of the 19th IAPRI World Conference on Packaging. Ed. IAPRI (International Association of Packaging Research Institutes). Melbourne, Australia: IAPRI (International Association of Packaging Research Institutes), 2014. Print.
Imamura, Hidetaka, et al. "Discovering Perceptual Characteristics of Multichannel Music with Height Ambiences for Japanese Listeners." Proceedings of the International Conference of Music Perception and Recognition (ICMPC). Ed. ICMPC. Seoul, Korea: ICMPC, 2014. Print.
Indelicato, Mark J., Clark Hochgraf, and Sungyoung Kim. "How Critical Listening Exercises Complement Technical Courses to Effectively Provide Audio Education for Engineering Technology Students." Proceedings of the Audio Engineering Society 137th International Convention. Ed. AES. Los Angeles, CA: AES, 2014. Web.
Karampourniotis, Antonios, et al. "Multichannel-reproduced Music with Height Ambiences: Investigating Physical and Perceptual Factors for Comprehensive 3D Experience." Proceedings of the Audio Engineering Society 137th International Convention. Ed. AES. Los Angeles, CA: AES, 2014. Web.
Kim, Sungyoung, Philip Gosselin, and Hiraku Okumura. "Discovering a Physical Parameter Associated with a Near-field Sound Control: Comparing HRTFs of Nine Loudspeakers in a Non-anechoic Room." Proceedings of the Inter-Noise 2014. Ed. Unknown. Melbourne, Australia: Inter-Noise, 2014. Print.
Watanabe, Takayuki, Masahiro Ikeda, and Sungyoung Kim. "Active Field Control Using Sound Field Generation Techniques: Case Study of A Live Concert at A Virtual Renaissance Church." Proceedings of the International Congress on Acoustics. Ed. ICA. Montreal, Quebec: ICA, 2013. Print.
Kim, Sungyoung, et al. "Subjective Evaluation of Multichannel Sound with Surround-Height Channels." Proceedings of the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention. Ed. AES. New York, New York: Audio Engineering Society, 2013. Web.
Kim, Sungyoung, et al. "Rendering an Immersive Sound Field Using a Virtual Height Loudspeaker: Effect of Height-related Room Impulse Responses." Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE Global Conference on Consumer Electronics (GCCE). Ed. GCCE. Makuhari, Japan: IEEE, 2013. Print.
Book Chapter
Kim, Sungyoung. "Height Channels." Immersive Sound. Ed. Agnieszka Roginska and Paul Geluso. New York, NY: Routledge, 2017. 221-243. Print.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Kim, Sungyoung and Mark J. Indelicato. "Front-and-overhead Energy Ratio and Immersive Sound Field Rendering with Height Channels." Proceedings of the Acoustical Society of America Fall 2015 Meeting. Ed. ASA. Jacksonville, FL: n.p..
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Na, Chanmi. Turn Your Living Room into a Carnegie Hall. Director. Sungyoung Kim. May 2014. Imagine RIT, Rochester. Exhibit.
StringQuartet, RIT. Music with a Virtual Auditorium. Dirs. Sungyoung Kim, et al. Feb. 2014. Stan McKenzie Salon, Rochester. Installation.
Beghin, Matt Haimovitz & Tom. Virtual Salon. Dirs. Sungyoung Kim and Wieslaw Woszczyk. 5 Jun. 2013. Multimedia Room (MMR) at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Montreal. Performance.
Provisional Patent
Kim, Sungyoung. "Device, Method, Program, and System for Canceling Crosstalk when Reproducing Sound Through Plurality of Speakers Arranged Around Listener." Patent US 8320590 B2. 27 Nov. 2012.