Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics

Virtual Acoustics

The Virtual Acoustics Research Group is concentrating on room acoustics – how it could be measured, simulated, and auralized as well as how humans perceive different rooms, in particular the team is world-know on the research of concert halls.
virtual acoustics research group doing measurements in a concert hall

The aim of the Virtual Acoustics group is to get an encompassing understanding how rooms modify sound that we hear. To pursue this goal, the group is investigating auralization, spatial sound capturing and reproduction, binaural technology, and novel objective and subjective evaluation methods, as well as physically-based room acoustics modeling methods. Particularly, the interest has been in concert halls, in which the group has developed new measurement techniques, analysis methods for spatial impulse responses, and sensory evaluation methods to understand the perceptual differences between concert halls. 

The current research topics are:

  • 3D-sound capturing and reproduction (both with microphone arrays and within room acoustics simulations)
  • sound in virtual/augmented reality applications
  • perception of speech in noise and reverberation
  • acoustics of chamber music halls
  • acoustics of cinemas and studios
  • novel bio-based absorption materials

The Virtual Acoustics Research Group belongs to the Aalto Acoustics Lab. The research group is led by Professor Tapio Lokki, AES Fellow.  

Latest publications

Acoustic Coatings—A Discreet Way to Control Acoustic Environment

Jose Cucharero, Tuomas Hänninen, Marko Makkonen, Tapio Lokki 2021 Frontiers in Built Environment

An exploratory investigation of speech recognition thresholds in noise with auralisations of two reverberant rooms

Antti Kuusinen, Eero Saariniemi, Ville Sivonen, Aarno Dietz, Antti A. Aarnisalo, Tapio Lokki 2021 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY

Locating Image Sources from Multiple Spatial Room Impulse Responses

Otto Puomio, Nils Meyer-Kahlen, Tapio Lokki 2021 APPLIED SCIENCES

Movie Sound, Part 1: Perceptual Differences of Six Listening Environments

Janne Riionheimo, Tapio Lokki 2021 Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

Movie Sound, Part 2: Preference and Attribute Ratings of Six Listening Environments

Janne Riionheimo, Tapio Lokki 2021 Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

Kvartetin sisällä

Sebastian Schlecht, Terhi Paldanius, Jukka Untamala, Jussi Tuhkanen, Petra Kainulainen, Nils Meyer-Kahlen, Tapio Lokki, Gautam Vishwanath, Eero Tiainen, Petri Juntunen 2021

Sound absorption properties of wood-based pulp fibre foams

Jose Cucharero Moya, Sara Ceccherini, Thaddeus Maloney, Tapio Lokki, Tuomas Hänninen 2021 Cellulose

Investigating the influence of seating area design and enclosure on the seat-dip effect using scale model measurements

Henna Tahvanainen, Tapio Lokki, Hyung-Suk Jang, Jin-Yong Jeon 2020 Acta Acustica united with Acustica

An acoustic paintbrush method for simulated spatial room impulse responses

Otto Puomio, Tapani Pihlajakuja, Tapio Lokki 2020 Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx2020)
More information on our research in the Research database.
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