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This paper describes a methodology for designing a flexible and optimal spherical microphone array for beamforming. Using the approach presented, a spherical microphone array can have very flexible layouts of microphones on the spherical surface, yet optimally approximate a desired beampattern of higher order within a specified robustness constraint.(More)
A theory and a system for capturing an audio scene and then rendering it remotely are developed and presented. The sound capture is performed with a spherical microphone array. The sound field at the location of the array is deduced from the captured sound and is represented using either spherical wave-functions or plane-wave expansions. The sound field(More)
Spherical microphone arrays have attracted attention for analyzing the sound field in a region and beamforming. The analysis of the recorded sound has been performed in terms of spherical wave-functions, and recently the use of plane-wave expansions has been suggested. We show that the plane-wave basis is intimately related to the spherical wave-functions.(More)
We design and demonstrate a hemispherical microphone array for spatial sound acquisition and beamforming. Our design makes use of the acoustic image principle. It is especially appropriate for a half 3D acoustic environment where all sound sources are constrained on one side of a rigid plane. It avoids the difficulties of building a full spherical(More)
Worldwide, the access to safe drinking water is a huge problem. In fact, the number of persons without safe drinking water is increasing, even though it is an essential ingredient for human health and development. The enormity of the problem also makes it a critical environmental and public health issue. Therefore, there is a critical need for easy-to-use,(More)
Virtual reality systems are largely based on computer graphics and vision technologies. However, sound also plays an important role in human’s interaction with the surrounding environment, especially for the visually impaired people. In this paper, we will develop the theory of recording and reproducing real-world surround auditory scenes in high orders(More)
Hypoxic and low-glucose stressors contribute to neuronal death in many brain diseases. Astrocytes are anatomically well-positioned to shield neurons from hypoxic injury. During hypoxia/ischemia, lactate released from astrocytes is taken up by neurons and stored for energy. This process is mediated by monocarboxylate transporters (MCTs) in the central(More)
This paper describes an approach to achieving a flexible layout of microphones on the surface of a spherical microphone array for beamforming. Our approach achieves orthonormality of spherical harmonics to higher order for relatively distributed layouts. This gives great flexibility in microphone layout on the spherical surface. One direct advantage is that(More)
We propose a unified and simple approach of capturing and recreating 3D sound fields by exploring the reciprocity principle that is satisfied between the two processes. Our approach makes the system easy to build, and practical. Using this approach, we can capture the 3D sound field by a spherical microphone array and recreate it using a spherical(More)