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This paper presents methods for simulating room acoustics using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique, focusing on boundary and medium modeling. A family of nonstaggered 3-D compact explicit FDTD schemes is analyzed in terms of stability, accuracy, and computational efficiency, and the most accurate and isotropic schemes based on a rectilinear(More)
This paper presents an experimental and comparative study of several spherical microphone array eigenbeam (EB) processing techniques for localization of early reflections in room acoustic environments, which is a relevant research topic in both audio signal processing and room acoustics. This paper focuses on steered beamformer-based and subspace-based(More)
In this paper, a complete method for finite-difference time-domain modeling of rooms in 2-D using compact explicit schemes is presented. A family of interpolated schemes using a rectilinear, nonstaggered grid is reviewed, and the most accurate and isotropic schemes are identified. Frequency-dependent boundaries are modeled using a digital impedance filter(More)
Estimating the geometric and reflective properties of the environment is important for a wide range of applications of space-time audio processing, from acoustic scene analysis to room equalization and spatial audio rendering. In this manuscript, we propose a methodology for frequency-subband in-situ estimation of the reflection coefficients of planar(More)
Flexible and efficient spatial sound acquisition and subsequent processing are of paramount importance in communication and assisted listening devices such as mobile phones, hearing aids, smart TVs, and emerging wearable devices (e.g., smart watches and glasses). In application scenarios where the number of sound sources quickly varies, sources move, and(More)
Methods of 3D direction of arrival (DOA) estimation, coherent source detection and reflective surface localization are studied, based on recordings by a spherical microphone array. First, the spherical harmonics domain minimum variance distortionless response (EB-MVDR) beamformer is employed for the localization of broadband coherent sources, which is(More)
Localization of early room reflections can be achieved by estimating the time-differences-of-arrival (TDOAs) of reflected waves between elements of a microphone array. For an unknown source, we propose to apply sparse blind system identification (BSI) methods to identify the acoustic impulse responses, from which the TDOAs of temporally sparse reflections(More)
In hands-free communication applications, the main goal is to capture desired sounds, while reducing noise and interfering sounds. However, for natural-sounding telepresence systems, the spatial sound image should also be preserved. Using a recently proposed method for generating the signal of a virtual microphone (VM), one can recreate the sound image from(More)
This paper presents a method for the localization of reflectors in an acoustic environment, using robust beamforming techniques and a cylindrical microphone array, for which an intuitive and highly efficient three-step procedure is proposed. First, the directions of arrival (DOAs) corresponding to the sound source and reflectors are estimated by a robust(More)
Spatial sound acquisition methods typically capture the sound scene with reference to the position of the recording device. Using a recently proposed virtual microphone (VM) technique, the position and characteristics of the recording device (such as the directivity response and orientation) can be modified. This technique relies on synthesizing a VM signal(More)